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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

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

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

Suicide prevention workshops offered at MRC

VIRGINIA – A one-hour QPR training workshop for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention will be held in the theatre at Mesabi Range College on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Humidifier time; ibuprofen and HBP

Q: I want my folks to upgrade their humidifier. Their apartment complex just got a new boiler; the heat is relentless, and my dad had nosebleeds last week. How do I help them find the best one? -- Josh F., Queens, New York More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:27 PM

MNsure tops 100,000 private health plan enrollments

MNsure announced on Monday that 103,578 Minnesotans have enrolled in private health plan coverage since November 1, the start of the 2017 open enrollment period. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Have cabin fever? Some tips for coping

What is cabin fever? Oddly enough, there was a study published in 1984 through The Journal of Social Psychology that described cabin fever and it was done here in Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Cleaning up day care and school cafeterias; electroacupuncture for hot flashes

Q: I can't believe the news I'm hearing about how unhygienic day-care facilities and school cafeterias are! What can I do to make sure my children aren't being made sick by their day care and schools? -- Maureen G., Jacksonville, Florida   More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Handling teen stalkers; wrestling with eating disorders

Q: My 13-year-old daughter says a boy in her class won't leave her alone - he's always texting and turning up where she is. I can't figure out if it's just awkward youthful affection or something menacing. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:25 AM

Recognizing cognitive distortions

In the world of clinical mental health there are many complicated terms used to describe the pathology of any given disorder. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 11:53 PM

At-home births; new statin guidelines

Q: My daughter is considering having her first child at home with a midwife. I'm pretty skeptical, and she wants me to be there with her. What should I tell her? -- Rita M., Naples, Florida   More...

Posted 12/8/2016 10:22 PM

How to mentally prepare for the holidays

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season and a roller coaster of emotions. When I walk into the store and hear Christmas music I feel warm and cozy. I instantly want sugar cookies. More...

Posted 12/2/2016 12:38 AM

The crisis of fake illegal drugs; insulin receptors in fruit flies

Q: There's a lot of drug-related news about fake marijuana, Xanax and even heroin. I want to talk to my teenagers about the dangers of all these fake drugs. Can you give me a basic understanding of this strange new world? More...

Posted 11/17/2016 11:49 PM

The surprising power of yoga; don't ditch the fitness tracker

Q: Everyone I know is doing some kind of yoga. I want to try it. Everyone says it's super healthy, but isn't it more of a cult? -- Katie F., Oak Park, Illinois  More...

Posted 11/10/2016 10:47 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

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

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

Health Fair Feb. 9 at Old School Lives, Cotton

COTTON – A Health Fair will be held at Old School Lives in Cotton on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Minnesota health officials urge flu shots as flu activity increases

Flu activity is increasing in the state, and health officials remind all Minnesotans it’s not too late to get their flu shot. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Walking program for dialysis patients; easing adolescent anxiety about world affairs

Q: My grandfather, 78, always was a positive guy, but he's been pretty downin the-dumps lately. He's been on dialysis (and a kidney transplant list) for a couple of years now. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Best of 2016: The BIG issues of 2016 - environmental pollution and mental/emotional health

The questions you sent in last year raised issues vital to your health and happiness. Here, we spotlight environmental pollutants and mental/emotional health issues to remind YOU what you can do about them. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

How to help children during a divorce

Divorce is a difficult and chaotic time for most children. Often times it is necessary because parents are no longer getting along or no longer love one another. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Vaping and oral health; teen depression

Q: I started vaping to stop smoking, believing that it is the way to go. Now I hear that it can trigger mouth cancer! Should I stop this too? -- Katie J., Bloomington, Indiana   More...

Posted 12/15/2016 11:53 PM

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 10:22 PM

How women can lower their cancer risk; limit your exposure to hormone disruptors, and fight for their regulation

Q: With cancer rates are on the rise, especially the ones that affect women, what can I do to protect myself? -- Michelle S., Walnut Creek, California   More...

Posted 12/2/2016 12:38 AM

What happens to meds that get recycled; new warnings about testosterone supplements

Q: There's a big push in my community to take old, unused meds to a designated pharmacy or police station for disposal. But what do they do with them? Is it any better than throwing them in the trash at home or flushing them down the toilet? More...

Posted 11/23/2016 11:39 PM

What good are emotions?

Emotions play an important role in providing survival information about how to get along with other people. Beginning in childhood we learn that emotions have a direct link to how our bodies react, what we do, how we think and our overall mood. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 11:49 PM

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