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Heroin and opioid overdose is a regional public health crisis

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – A 24-year-old man from Brevator Township is alive today thanks to the quick actions of St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Smith. The man was found unresponsive after overdosing on heroin. More...

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The Follow Along Program and your child’s development

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Follow Along Program targets young children at risk for developmental delays. This program helps families know if their child is playing, talking, growing, moving, and acting like other children the same age. More...

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Suicide is real: Things need to change

I am writing today to ask for your support of the 2016 Iron Range 5K Walk to Remember on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Miners Memorial in Virginia, MN.  In a very short period of time I got a crash course in loss. Three friends in six months:  More...

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People with hearing loss can try new tech equipment

New devices that help people who are deaf and hard of hearing in their daily lives are now available to be tested at offices of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division.  More...

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Rutabaga Project Initiatives: Nutritious and local food

Earlier this month, the Rutabaga Project was featured in the AEOA newsletter section of the Hometown Focus. More...

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Lower your risk of type 2 diabetes with this free class

VIRGINIA – One in 3 Minnesotans has prediabetes and three local health organizations are partnering to change that.  The Mesabi Family YMCA, with support from Essentia Health and Healthy Northland, will be offering a lifestyle change class More...

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Weight management doctor says:

Low carbs, high fat is the ticket

What kind of foods should we eat to improve our health? Low carbs, high fat. That was the message (with some caveats), boiled down to its essence, at last month’s Health and Wellness Luncheon at Essentia Health-Virginia. More...

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Low-carb foods:

The good stuff

VEGETABLES  Asparagus  Broccoli  Spinach  Artichokes  Cabbage Sweet and bell peppers  Bamboo sprouts  Cauliflower  Water chestnuts  Celery  Zucchini  Collard Greens  Cucumbers  Lettuce& More...

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Project Care offers programs that support education and prevention

HIBBING/VIRGINIA/GRAND RAPIDS – Project Care with clinics in Hibbing, Virginia and Grand Rapids, is dedicated to offering programs that promote living a healthy life while being a productive citizen in our communities. More...

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Mind your magnesium for good health: Are you getting enough?

Magnesium is important for our health, yet more than half of Americans don’t get enough in their diets.  The mineral is involved in more than 300 functions in our bodies. More...

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Essentia Health-Virginia team saves mother’s life after rare childbirth complications

VIRGINIA - Danielle Pavelich nearly lost her life while bringing a new life into the world.  The Eveleth mother recently suffered two rare and unpredictable complications while giving birth at Essentia Health-Virginia.  More...

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Agencies work to improve community health with Healthy Living as You Age initiative

Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are leading a transformative effort to improve community health. More...

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Healthy Living as You Age classes

A Matter of Balance   More...

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Blue light: How it affects the eyes and how to protect your eyes

VIRGINIA – What is blue light? Blue light is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is seen by the human eye. More...

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Frank Catani applauds healthcare team effort at Fairview Range

HIBBING – Frank Catani of Hibbing knows a thing or two about teamwork.  The retired Hibbing Community College hockey coach led the Cardinals to eight conference championships, six state championships, and two national titles.  More...

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Fairview’s annual Patient Crisis Fund golf event

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center is holding the 3rd annual charity golf event in aid of the Patient Crisis Fund on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Eshquaguma Country Club in Gilbert.  More...

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. More...

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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...

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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 10:53 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...

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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...

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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...

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Natural ways to alleviate anxiety

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

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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...

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Little Miss Macey, ambassador on the billboard

The girl's got moxie. More...

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North St. Louis County Rescue Squad building to be dedicated

VIRGINIA – The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Volunteer Rescue Squad at last has dedicated space of its own in the northern part of the county. More...

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When mental illness enters the family: Four messages

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a transcription of a TEDx talk given by Dr. Lloyd Sederer about mental illness. It was shared with Hometown Focus by Dan Richards of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). More...

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Bois Forte Band member

Dr. Shanna Landgren returns home to practice medicine

NETT LAKE/TOWER - In February, the Bois Forte Clinics at Nett Lake and Vermilion welcomed the first physician who is an enrolled Bois Forte Band member: Dr. Shanna Landgren. Here, in her own words, Dr. More...

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County’s PCA services and the Managed Care Team

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The Adult Services staff of St. Louis County Public Health completes assessments for residents to determine eligibility for services such as personal care assistance and home and community-based waiver services. More...

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On the Range: Is the healthy choice an easy choice?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the healthy choice was the easy choice? My name is Raymond Jobe and that’s precisely what we at St. Louis County Public Health and Healthy Northland are working to accomplish. More...

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Itasca County Family YMCA empowers adults at risk for diabetes

GRAND RAPIDS – Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes can be reduced. More...

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Dr. Park’s weight management tips

Consistent meal planning   More...

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Map the Meal Gap report on child food insecurity

One in five NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin children are food insecure according to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 report released recently. More...

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Range Respite announces Memory Club initiative

VIRGINIA – A new initiative for people with early memory loss and those who care for them has been initiated by the Iron Range area’s Range Respite and the Alzheimer’s Association. More...

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BHN: A special network for improving health in Ely

Behavioral health - including mental health and substance abuse issues - is an integral piece of community health in this region and nationwide. Behavioral health issues are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. More...

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Essentia hospitals work to Identify health needs and improve community health

As the region’s premiere healthcare provider, Essentia is committed to caring for patients who seek services within its walls – and to working outside its walls to improve the overall health and wellness of the communities it serves.  More...

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High-tech help for high-risk pregnancies

DULUTH – When expectant Northland moms learn of a potential issue with their pregnancy, they are often referred to Dr. Patricia O’Day at Essentia Health. Dr. More...

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Essentia Health-Virginia welcomes hospitalist

VIRGINIA – Dr. Tazeen Al-Haq has joined the hospitalist department at Essentia Health- Virginia in Virginia. As part of the hospitalist team, Dr. Al-Haq will care for patients who are hospitalized due to illness or injury.  More...

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Outpatient clinics sought to be MN Influenza Incidence Surveillance Providers

The Minnesota Department of Health is looking for outpatient clinics to become Minnesota Influenza Incidence Surveillance Providers (MIISP). Participating providers conduct surveillance for respiratory illness in the outpatient setting. More...

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Sleep better, naturally (it’s important for well-being)

COOK – High quality sleep is critical for hormone regulation, brain function, and a healthy immune system. More...

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Fairview Range Breast Center in Hibbing receives recognition

HIBBING – Fairview Range Breast Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Participant of the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC™). More...

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Statewide hotline takes reports of vulnerable adult abuse

Starting this summer, Minnesotans will be reminded that they could make the difference in stopping maltreatment of vulnerable adults.  More...

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Fairview Range plans butterfly release hospice fundraiser

CHISHOLM – Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice will hold their 4th annual butterfly release on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Minnesota Discovery Center Pavilion in Chisholm. The public is welcome to attend the butterfly release.  More...

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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 10:53 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Biofeedback for stress, the sneaky culprit

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

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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...

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