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The latest treatments for diabetic eye disease; plastic surgery for bullying victims

Q: My mom thinks she needs laser treatment for her diabetic retinopathy. I've told her that there's new stuff out there and that she should find out more about the latest treatments before she makes any decision. What do you think? More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

May is Older Americans Month Raises awareness of seniors missing meals

Nine percent of those served by northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin food shelves are seniors over the age of 65 according to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Drinking diet sodas and your health; why America's food supply promotes weight gain

Q: I gave up sugary sodas and got used to drinking diet ones. Now I hear they're not good for my health either. What's up with that? -- Kaylie G., Tampa, Florida   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

ChooseYourFish.org helps pregnant women choose the best fish for health

Equipping women who are or may become pregnant with the information they need to choose the right fish to eat—that’s the goal of a new campaign launched this week by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and HealthPartners.  More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Global warming and diabetes; later start times for schools

Q: I hear that global warming is causing more cases of diabetes. Is it because rising global temperatures slow people down so they exercise less? -- Rachel M., Gary, Indiana   More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Stimulating weight loss; sciatica

Q: I heard that there are magnets that can change your gut biome and make you thinner. Sounds like sci-fi to me -- although I would love it if it works! What's the story? -- Patricia J., Boise, Idaho   More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

How the brain adapts and remaps; obesity needs to be treated as a disease

Q: We've all been told that when people lose one of their five senses -- say, eyesight -- the brain compensates by sharpening the other senses. Is there any science to that, or is it just wishful thinking? -- Dorothy S., Hartville, Ohio   More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

"Triage" approach improves service delivery

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County citizens seeking the help of Public Health and Human Services in the Virginia area, now are benefiting from more efficient and complete service. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

National Volunteer Week events announced

VIRGINIA/HIBBING – In honor of National Volunteer Week April 23 – 29, a Purple Ribbon Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Virginia Senior Center. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

There is no magic bullet to good health

Health is hard work. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

Working out and staying healthy; coffee or caffeine: what's the health booster?

Q: Every year about this time, I head to the gym to burn off some winter fat. Problem is, I always start off overdoing it. Then after I go once or twice, I get a cold. Is it me or the gym or what? More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Kids’ meltdown behavior can be eased with communication, validation

The snow isn’t the only thing melting down lately. I would like to blame daylight saving time or the change in seasons, but I am sure it is my own stress levels causing the increase in meltdowns with my kiddos. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Why loud chewing sends you around the bend; getting Grandma off tranquilizers

Q: My co-worker cracks his knuckles all day long! Sometimes he does it in meetings. It bothers me so much I want to throttle him. Is something wrong with me? -- Haley O., New York   More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

Ely Area Food Shelf participating in Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

ELY – Minnesota FoodShare’s March campaign is a statewide fundraising and food drive to benefit over 300 local food shelves in communities throughout the state, including the Ely Area Food Shelf. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

Ruby’s Pantry March 25 food distribution in Babbitt

BABBITT – The Ruby’s Pantry food distribution in Babbitt will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Babbitt Municipal Center, 71 South Drive. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Shelf March campaign underway

NASHWAUK – Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) FoodShelf in Nashwauk is participating in the 2017 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign.  If you give to NHN directly, every dollar and every pound stays here in Nashwauk and works to feed members More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

36 students to perform in “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players and the Reif Center, showcasing their collaborative Theatre Education program, will present “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” on the Reif Center Wilcox stage in Grand Rapids. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Protecting your health and health insurance; air pollution and dementia

Q: I'm worried that in the future, my family is going to have a hard time finding health insurance and affording health care. How we can make sure we are protected? -- Julia P., Garden City, Kansas   More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

How to improve alertness during the workday

A long workday can be both mentally and physically draining. As a result, office workers and professionals whose jobs are more physically demanding than office work may find themselves less alert at the end of the workday than at the beginning.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Appointment companions are a smart move

Visits to a physician are just one step people make in an effort to improve their well-being. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

How seniors can preserve their brains

Physical activity and proper diet and nutrition can help people age 50 and older maintain their physical health. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Should health companies be taking sugar industry money? Keep taking those daily walks

Q: Is it true that some of our national health organizations are accepting money from the sugar industry? Isn't that a conflict of interest? -- JoAnn F., Columbus, Missouri   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

How is our brain connected to our guts?

Understanding the brain is a monumental task for scientists, let alone the average person. First, there are differences of opinion on just what the brain is, what makes up the brain, and where the brain is actually located in the body.  More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Struggling through school with ADHD (and not knowing it)

The schoolwork was easy. Being there was hard. Although he had a high IQ and was placed in accelerated classes, Sam could not focus. If there was a window he could not help to look out it. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Take note of your child’s behaviors

Dear Parents: Please take note of your child’s behaviors. It is not uncommon for parents to be completely unaware of their child’s mental health needs. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Fairview Range walks for stronger, healthier babies; team raises $15,757!

Fairview Range was in full force again at this year’s March for Babies held in Virginia on April 30, 2017. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

May is Mental Health Month Focus is on access to services for everyone

“Mental health is health” is the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ theme for May’s Mental Health Month. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Seven ways to reconnect with your partner

Couples in long-term relationships may live together and see each other daily yet may start to feel alone in their relationship. It is not simply time that is needed together but attention to reconnect on an emotional and physical level. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Essentia Health encourages vaccination for measles

Measles is an extremely contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. While no longer common in the United States, Minnesota is experiencing an increase in cases this spring. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

What is your plan for aging?

Aging is a gift. As our birthdays roll around each year, so many of us bemoan the fact of getting older because we assume aging is accompanied by mental and physical decline. Yet aging does not have to mean slowing of the mind and body. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

The junk food sabotage on kids

VIRGINIA – Teaching kids about nutrition is more common now than it was when I was a kid. People are more concerned about childhood obesity and food-related health problems these days. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Child abuse, neglect reports rise dramatically

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The number of Minnesota children suspected of being abused or neglected grew significantly in 2016. More than 39,500 children were the subject of reports, a 25 percent increase from 2015. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Doubling veggie and fruit intake for health benefits; treating toenail fungus

Q: I just heard that the latest research says 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or twice what we eat daily, offer a lot more than twice the health benefits. How am I supposed to double my family's intake? More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Put diabetes in remission; beware stem cell treatments for AMD

Q: I hear there's a clinic in Canada that can medically cure Type 2 diabetes without bariatric surgery. I was diagnosed two years ago. Is this true? -- William T., Bozeman, Montana   More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Targeted cancer treatment; what's causing all these outbreaks of strange diseases?

Q: My sister-in-law was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, and she's taking the targeted therapy Gleevec, which is working unbelievably well. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

At-home genetic testing; there are many factors to kids’ obesity epidemic

Q: I'm thinking about using one of those mail-in genetics tests. Are they reliable? -- Gini W., Brooklyn, New York   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Pros and cons of testosterone therapy; can pain cause hypertension?

Q: My husband, 76, is on testosterone therapy and says he feels great. But I heard there was a new study that was negative about the side effects of the therapy. What's the real deal? -- Gladys F., Plano, Texas   More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Uncertainty continues about paying for long-term care costs in old age

If you lost your ability to care for yourself because of disability or old age, how ready are you and your family to meet your needs?  Half of people responding to the Own Your Future annual survey at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair said they are More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

East Range hospice volunteers being sought

VIRGINIA – Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospice East Range team is looking for volunteers for their service area that includes a 70- mile radius around Virginia. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

NAMI family support group meets each month

VIRGINIA – NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Iron Range will hold a family support group meeting on Tuesday, March 14, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Essentia Health-Virginia Medical Arts Building (McMillan Room B) in Virginia. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Hope for Recovery workshop in Duluth

DULUTH – NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold a free, interactive workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies, and hope for recovery. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Area multiple sclerosis activities announced

GRAND RAPIDS – Chair yoga is held weekly on Wednesdays from 9 – 10 .m. at Majestic Pines in Grand Rapids. Chair yoga addresses balance issues, muscle toning and strengthening, and overall wellness. Cost is $4 per class. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Haarfager Lodge #40 crowns 2017 king and queen

Sons of Norway Haarfager Lodge #40 of Virginia held a king and queen coronation at their meeting on February 2, 2017. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Historic agreement strengthens services for all Native Americans, tribal members in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have reached a historic agreement that will preserve culturally relevant substance abuse and addiction treatment services for American Indians throughout the state.&nb More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

State’s annual report shows progress in prevention of adverse health care events

The Minnesota Department of Health released its 12th annual Adverse Health Events report Friday as part of its nation-leading hospital and ambulatory surgical center safety program.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; don't blame your pains on the weather

Q: I'm pretty sure my sister didn't drink during her pregnancy, but my 6-monthold niece looks like she may have fetal alcohol syndrome. Is it possible that something else is the case? -- Emma W., Los Angeles   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Dealing with stress during pregnancy

When women attend their initial prenatal visit with an obstetrician they are asked to fill out a questionnaire screening for depression symptoms. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Brain training to control tinnitus; new, clear fish-eating guidelines for moms, babies

Q: Lately, my ears have been ringing so loudly at night that I have trouble sleeping. During the day it's very distracting. I have tried several treatments to no avail. Will anything help? -- Steven M., Los Gatos, California   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Shoulder problem indicator of heart disease; what is 'non-HDL'

Q: I recently injured my rotator cuff while swimming. I'm 61 and in good health, but when I went to my doctor, he said he wants me to get an EKG as well as an MRI for my shoulder. Since when is my shoulder connected to my heart? More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Breathalyzer for cancer and more proof of vaccines' importance

Q: I know that dogs can sniff out diseases like diabetes and cancer, but I heard about a breathalyzer that can identify multiple sclerosis. Is that true, and if so, how is that possible? -- Darin C., Toledo, Ohio   More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

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