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Dear Readers,   This week we look at some weird and rare health conditions that were suggested by readers and contributors to Hometown Focus. The weirdness begins on page 8, and kicks off with a doozy: cyclic vomiting syndrome. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:12 PM

Dry eye syndrome

Treatment options ARE available

VIRGINIA – Have you ever experienced symptoms of itching, burning, watery or red eyes? If you have, you are not alone. If you have not, there may be a time in the future that you do. These symptoms are hallmarks of dry eye syndrome. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

SHIP training, coaching helps child care providers give young children a healthy start

Family and small, independent child care providers were more likely to offer vegetables, increase kids’ physical activity and support infants’ breastfeeding after receiving trainings and coaching from Minnesota’s Statewide Health Im More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

It takes a village to help save Ella

COOK - My daughter, Ella, was diagnosed with High Risk B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), in October of 2016. She is currently being treated at the Erick Peter Person Cancer Center at Essentia Health, and St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Blacklegged tick (formerly deer tick)

Female blacklegged tick adults are reddish brown with a black head, legs, and scutum (the plate-like structure behind the head). More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Fun and Fit Health Expo to be held at HCC February 4

HIBBING – Fairview Range and Hibbing Community College are once again partnering to host the third annual Fun and Fit Health Expo, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hibbing Community College.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Fairview Range welcomes Nancy Middlestead, FNP

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes Nancy Middlestead to its full-time medical staff as a family nurse practitioner at Fairview Mesaba Clinics—Hibbing.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Fiona’s Hope Totes provide care packets of essentials

ST. PAUL - Fiona's Hope Totes are tote bag care packages for families that are experiencing an unexpected, extended hospitalization with their sick child. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Castleman’s: Rare disease of the lymphatic system

Editor’s note: The author of this piece requested to remain anonymous. – Jean Cole   In response to Hometown Focus’s request for uncommon medical conditions, I share this:  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Mental health service aims to reach people early

Reducing the time it takes for a person experiencing psychosis to get treatment is the goal of two new mental health pilot projects in the Twin Cities.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Couple finds high quality care at Essentia’s Urgent Care

VIRGINIA – When Phyllis Harvey recently took her husband, George, to the Essentia Health-Virginia Urgent Care for the first time, the couple was pleasantly surprised by the level of care they received. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law offers options for parents in crisis

Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law allows mothers to safely and anonymously give up newborns to safe places such as hospitals and urgent care facilities, or by calling 9-1-1.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

New assisted living facility in Virginia to open in spring 2017

VIRGINIA - Spectrum Health Companies is excited to bring a new assisted living community to Virginia. The new building will be located on Virginia’s historic south side on 5th Avenue and 10th Street. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Fairview’s Dr. Sandra Hanson: Care that includes empathy and so much more

HIBBING – When you’re one of 10 kids (including two who are disabled) in a rural Wisconsin family struggling to survive adversity and dysfunction in the 1950s and ‘60s, you learn how to care for others. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

Gretchen Metsa faces her challenge with diabetes

BUHL - I first met Gretchen when we were co-workers at DreamWeaver Salon in Cook. She had always been a fun, outgoing, beautiful person but all of us saw the change in her when she was diagnosed with diabetes. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

Glenn Erickson of Embarrass:

His ALS symptoms were relieved by medical cannabis

EMBARRASS – Teresa Erickson was kind enough to sit down with me just days after she buried her husband of 24 years, Glenn Erickson. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:46 PM

A Q. and A. with a medical cannabis patient

Terri (Mestnick) Kashani, a native of Virginia, MN, has had rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

An overview of the ACA, MNsure and individual health insurance

November 1 begins the fourth year of the open enrollment period for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As the enrollment period ends on January 31, 2017, now is a good time to get started.  Background   More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

When poor health prevents you from working…then what?

Exercise daily. Floss your teeth. Count your calories. Get eight hours of sleep per night.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Managing diabetes during the holiday season

The holiday season is synonymous with many things, including food. Family gatherings and holiday office parties wouldn’t be the same without great food.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Changing seasons: Signs of seasonal affective disorder

The leaves are falling from the trees, days are getting shorter and nights are becoming cooler. This is a hint that winter is soon to come. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Car Seat Clinic to be held at Hibbing Fire Hall

HIBBING – A Car Seat Clinic will be held at the Hibbing Fire Hall (south end) on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 3 – 5 p.m. (note that this date is a change from the usual third Wednesday of the month). More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Presentation on adverse childhood experiences Paper Tigers film screening at Mesabi Range College

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Range College Diversity Committee, in collaboration with the North St. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

A cancer survivor: Fairview treated me like family

HIBBING – A dream that woke Michelle Chamernick would end up saving her life.  “My husband’s alarm went off for work and I woke up from a dream about doing a breast exam,” said Chamernick of Chisholm.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Telemedicine at Fairview Range

It’s not different medicine, it’s just a different interaction

HIBBING – Given America’s culture of convenience, it’s no wonder telemedicine -- the integration of technology and healthcare – has become an increasingly popular and efficient option for medical care.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

12 steps, 12 stories

A holiday of self-discovery

Dedicated to Jean Cole More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

READERS SHARE:

Weird and rare health conditions

EDITOR’S NOTE: I asked friends and Hometown Focus readers to suggest and/ or share stories about weird and/or rare health conditions they are familiar with for this week’s Health Edition. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all life-savers

Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims and premature babies. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

I almost died

Going from 6% to 100% in less than a heartbeat

As I reviewed the consent form for my angioplasty, the doctor advised me that there was a 6% chance that something could go wrong during the procedure and that death was always a possibility. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Transverse myelitis

Mark’s story: Puzzling paralysis put me in a wheelchair

On July 1, 2016, right before a regular check-up scheduled with Dr. Ciriacy at Ely Health Clinic, I had trouble moving my legs correctly. They just weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Marvin Fosso shakes the hand of the doctor who saved his life

HIBBING – Marvin Fosso of Britt made a trip to Fairview Range to see a doctor. But this wasn’t a routine visit.  He came to thank the doctor who helped save his life.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Living Well 6-week workshop announced

HIBBING – Fairview Range is sponsoring a Living Well workshop, a six-week workshop that guides people in exploring healthy ways to live and maintain an active lifestyle while managing the symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthrit More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Peyton’s Pepper Jelly helps support children and families in need

BIWABIK – Desta Lashmett of Biwabik, MN, and her best friend, Roxy Woods from Angora, MN, founded their non-profit business, Peyton’s Pepper Jelly in 2013 as a way to help raise money to donate to entities that support people with intelle More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

She’s not kidding

Serious cheese lover diagnosed with ‘Swiss cheese defect’

If I had been waiting in a deli line, an announcement of “it’s Swiss cheese” would not have surprised me, however, that was not the case. Funny how words can take on different meanings when used in different settings. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Volunteer-itis: The feel-good disease with a positive impact on you and others

VIRGINIA – In my time working with volunteers I have noticed a condition common to the people I come in contact with. Many have an infectious enthusiasm and positive energy that can be easily spread to others. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

Fresh fruits and vegetables bring community together

VIRGINIA – Freshly grown lettuce straight from the garden may seem like a dream in the dead of winter, but community growers are enjoying the fruits of their labor at Virginia’s Olcott Park Greenhouse. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

MN’s Return to Community: Helping older adults

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized Minnesota’s Return to Community program as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative.  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:13 PM

A northern Minnesota summer of cycling, canoeing and, oh yeah, cancer

BUHL – “Is $40 too much for a pair of specialty biking shorts?” Julie [not her real name] wondered. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

How running has helped me deal with my diagnosis of diabetes

BUHL - I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 19. I had only been married a couple of months to my husband, Adam, who is a firefighter and paramedic on the Virginia Fire Department. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

Medical cannabis in Minnesota:

Good luck with all THAT!

Overview and patient stories By Jean Cole | p. 4-7 IF you have 1 of 10 health conditions IF you can get a doctor to participate IF you can travel to 1 of 8 patient centers IF you can afford it More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:46 PM

Medical cannabis: A miracle for Amelia Weaver and her family

HIBBING - When Jean Cole at Hometown Focus asked me to write an update on our daughter Amelia, I thought the timing was pretty perfect, because we are fast approaching November, which is epilepsy awareness month. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Jack’s got a new heart

VIRGINIA – On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, at 8 a.m., Donna Luzovich answered the telephone. The voice on the other end of the line said, “We got one! We have it for you! This is your call!”  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Know the ABCs of Safe Sleep

Health officials urge parents to take action during Infant Safe Sleep Week

Parents wouldn’t leave the hospital without a car seat for their newborn, and evidence shows it is just as important to know the ABCs of safe sleep for babies. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Life with MCS: Chemical stew, not fragrances to be enjoyed

They were tucked behind the pictures hanging on the walls. They were pushed deep into the pockets of clothing, even in the little coin pockets of the jeans. They were scented Bounce dryer sheets – and there were a lot of them. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Think nutritional therapy for great health and wellness

VIRGINIA – Hello, my name is Angela Reimer and I am a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and a RESTART instructor. I want to share with you what this is, and why I am a nutritional therapy practitioner.  More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Spectrum to hold Virginia facility community meeting

VIRGINIA – Spectrum Health Companies is holding a community meeting for its new 42-unit Carefree Assisted Living and Memory Care building in Virginia. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health

Building road map to positive well-being for all

During October’s Mental Illness Awareness Week [Oct. 2 – 8], which was established by the U.S. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all life-savers

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM

Fairview Range rehab expansion open house on Nov. 2

HIBBING – Fairview Range is celebrating the expansion of their Rehabilitation Services department with an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the public is invited to attend. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Nashwauk

Clinic receives Bridges to Excellence recognition

NASHWAUK – The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced on Oct. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

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