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Fairview to offer tobacco cessation classes

HIBBING – Fairview Range will be offering the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart tobacco cessation support classes starting September 12, 2016 for anyone who wishes to quit using tobacco.  More...

Posted 7/28/2016 09:39 PM

Laughter is really good for your heart

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Laughter helps keep blood vessels healthy

Using laughter-provoking movies to gauge the effect of emotions on cardiovascular health, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have shown for the first time that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood ves More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

The effects of stress on your body

Stress has an immediate effect on your body. In the short term, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but chronic stress puts your health at risk.  More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Spring clean your recipes with healthy food substitutions

Editor’s note: While this article was written with cancer patients in mind, its recommendations apply to all individuals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Eating well is one tool in the stress-busting toolbox! – Jean Cole   More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Natural ways to alleviate anxiety

No one is immune to anxiety, which can be triggered by a number of factors. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Biofeedback for stress, the sneaky culprit

The American Medical Association has noted that 80% of all disease and illness is caused by stress. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Meditation for powerful energy

Meditation is different from prayer. In meditation, we listen, and merge into the divine. In prayer, we communicate with the divine. Meditation brings inspiration and understanding that changes our desires, actions and reactions. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Alec, awesome, autistic

One thing the story on Macey Collins did not touch on was her big brother Alec. Since April is not only Limb Loss Awareness Month but also Autism Awareness Month, it is a perfect time to tell Alec’s story as well.  More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Dance in Embarrass to raise funds for ALS

EMBARRASS – Timber Hall in Embarrass will be the venue for an ALS fundraiser dance to be held on Saturday, April 30. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the dance taking place from 7 – 11:30 p.m. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Lower-back pain meets mindful meditation; how to handle a food intolerance

Q: I hear that meditation can cure my chronic lower-back pain. Is that true? -- Linda P., Easton, Pennsylvania   More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Breast cancer survivor finds care close to home

HIBBING – Cancer wasn’t on Elisabeth “Lis” Feiro’s mind, even when she found an odd lump under her arm. “It felt like two marbles,” the Hibbing woman recalls.  More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Does natural progesterone aid in the effective treatment of breast cancer?

VIRGINIA – Spring was on time in the Metsa Memorial Garden in the year 2000. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Memorial Blood Centers screens blood supply for infectious tick-borne illness

Warmer weather is fast approaching and with the increase in temperatures comes a new tick season. Memorial Blood Centers is taking extra precautions to help keep a tick-borne illness from compromising the safety of the blood supply. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

City of Gilbert commends lifesaving efforts

GILBERT – I would like to take a few minutes to recognize the following Gilbert employees and volunteers for their heroic and dedicated work on two incidents. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:54 PM

Getting older? What are you doing about it?

Let’s say we’ve been on this earth for five or six decades or more. Something ails us. If we’re lucky and we have health insurance, we go to the doctor. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Peggy’s chronic pain story: No more opioids

“I know that I am going to be OK,” Peggy says with a smile.  That’s something this chronic pain sufferer has not always been able to say. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Food as medicine

Americans are bombarded with information about "healthy eating," but we suffer from higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than ever before. We are told one year to avoid fat and the next to avoid carbohydrates. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Many not ready for long-term health care costs

A large percentage of Minnesotans continue to be unsure about how they would pay for long-term care expenses as they age, but many are interested in financial products that could help them pay for that care.  More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Minnesota ranks 4th in U.S. in overall health

In the country’s annual health checkup, Minnesota ranks 4th this year when compared with other states – according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings ® Annual Report. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Senior fitness Mall walking, mall talking

I cringed when Jean Cole suggested I write something about physical fitness. What if I get fat tomorrow? It could happen. Okay, maybe not tomorrow, but what about when I retire? More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Project Care Free Clinic, 2015 by the numbers

IRON RANGE – Project Care Free Clinic recently shared 2015 patient statistics and related information. “You will see a decrease in patient numbers, said Carrie Estey-Dix, executive director of Project Care Free Clinic. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

Cook Hospital rehab unit offers traditional and alternative therapies

Dear Readers,  The stories on pages 32-35 by HTF staff writer Kirsten Reichel are a profile of how one small town in our area provides health care for their residents and the surrounding rural communities.   More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

True Care therapy team keeps clients moving

COOK - I was fortunate to have the chance to visit briefly with some True Care Medical Therapy employees on what appeared to be a busy day early last week. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

Is it worth it to exercise?

When it comes to healthy living, exercise is critical. Not only will it benefit you physically, it’ll also boost your self-esteem and improve your mood. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

Welcome to HTF’s Health Edition!

Dear Readers,   I hope you enjoy this week’s Health Edition. Our focus is on stress. What it is, how it affects us, and what we can do about it.  More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Laughter is the best medicine

So, it’s deadline day. I have a lot of writing and editing to do and many pages to lay out and proof. I’m cutting it close. I’m writing about stress.  More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

The different types of stress

There are different types of stress — acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress — each with its own characteristics, symptoms, duration and treatment approaches. Let’s look at each one.  Acute stress   More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Stress and chronic pain

Having a painful condition is stressful. Unfortunately, stress can contribute to a range of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and anxiety. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Get a good night’s sleep

Like eating well and being physically active, getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your well-being. Are you not sleeping well because you’re stressed? Or are you stressed because you’re not sleeping well? More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Kundalini Yoga: Focusing on stress relief

TOWER – I have been a participant in Linda Rodorigo’s Kundalini Yoga classes at the Tower Civic Center, usually in the fall of the year. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Little Miss Macey, ambassador on the billboard

The girl's got moxie. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Six natural solutions to address PMS causes

COOK – For many women, anxiety and stress go hand-in-hand with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Other common signs and symptoms include bloating, mood swings, breast tenderness, skin problems, back pain, cramps, headaches, and fatigue. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

The Side Lake Summer Fitness Challenge kicks off on May 28

SIDE LAKE – What does “fitness” mean to you? What about “community”? How does an opportunity to combine community and fitness together sound to you? More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

A year of new beginnings

HIBBING – At age 35, I gave birth to my second son. I was overweight at this point – I have no delusion about that. After his birth I started to gain weight, a lot of weight. I was tired and would take uncontrollable naps after meals. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Five of the most common ocular diseases Knowing when something is wrong is part of taking care of your eyes

VIRGINIA – Our eyesight is something that we take for granted on most days from getting up in the morning and reading our alarm clock to driving our vehicles out for lunch to reading our children a bedtime story. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Tips for avoiding the stressors of caregiving

VIRGINIA – It’s not commonly known that the stressors experienced from caring for a family member can lead to caregiver vulnerability from a range of physical and emotional problems. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

Memorial Blood Centers blood drives in May

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

Posted 4/28/2016 09:53 PM

$48M saved on health insurance premiums

MNsure announced Minnesotans enrolled in qualified health plans through the state marketplace saved an estimated $48,306,315 in health insurance premiums in 2015. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:01 AM

For senior adults, exercise really is a big deal

You don’t have to imitate a weight lifter or even a clinical exercise physiologist, both of which sound a bit pretentious. Especially if all you’re interested in is a solid exercise program. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:33 PM

Core strength and good posture are key to aging gracefully

VIRGINIA – My go to physical therapy guy is Rick Flatley who works at Iron Range Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. I last spoke to him for a previous Health Edition when we focused on common student athlete injuries. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Alternative treatments: The Rx for chronic pain is changing

DULUTH - Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

SilverSneakers: Fitness, friends and fun for active older adults

VIRGINIA – I stopped by the Mesabi Family YMCA in Virginia on Thursday to check out the SilverSneakers class scheduled that morning. I had the opportunity to visit with four ladies waiting for the start of the class. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

A woman’s perspective

40-something but 20-something at heart

My name is Dana and I am a fabulous 44-years old. The past four years have been an interesting journey of different challenges, changes and self-discovery. I can say I am at a point of feeling fabulous now, but this did not happen overnight. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Who gets cataracts? We all do (they’re age related)

Cataract is a very popular word in the eye community, likely because cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness in the world. Even with this staggering fact, cataracts are a commonly misunderstood ocular condition. So, who gets them? More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the benefit held on my behalf on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Virginia Elks Club. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity, love and support that you have given to me.  More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Homeless in St. Louis County count to be conducted this week

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Despite this winter’s relatively mild weather, living outdoors without a home would be a brutal existence. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

Natural Choice offers alternatives

COOK - The Natural Choice store, a cooperative effort between Jill Gilley and John Chaulklin, both of the Cook area, recently opened its doors at its new location on November 15, at 5 North River Street, in Cook. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

Carefree Living for elders in Cook

As part of the Spectrum Health Community, Carefree Living operations have grown over the years with sites around the state of Minnesota. More locally, Carefree Living communities can be found in Ely, Cook, Babbitt, Orr and Aurora. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

Tower retiree chooses double-knee replacement surgery

Tom Kintner knew he needed two new knees. A lifetime of construction work, including lots of kneeling on newly poured concrete, made that a fact.  Retired and living on Lake Vermilion, Kintner knew he wanted to recover as quickly as possible. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

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