Reducing risk of blue light exposure; medications prescribed for dementia

Q: The amount of time my 10-year-old son spends staring at a screen is out of control. I have heard that the blue light from digital devices can cause all kinds of problems, from eye damage to sleep disturbances. Should I get him some blue-light-blocking glasses? —Janine R., Salt Lake City A: You’re right that blue light from digital devices […]

Oral health in older adults

Brush up on ways to care for your mouth

Significant attention is being paid to the management of chronic diseases today due to the fact that 25 percent of people in the United States are 65 and older. Heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other systemic conditions attract the attention of medical professionals, drug companies, and government agencies. The contribution of a healthy mouth to a person’s overall wellbeing […]

Webinar will address vaccine concerns

Essentia Health is hosting a public webinar on Wednesday, April 14 to emphasize the importance of receiving a vaccine, clarify vaccine myths, and highlight recent COVID-19 trends and the prevalence of variants. If you are undecided about the COVID-19 vaccine, Essentia Health experts will address your concerns in a live online forum on April 14 at 5 p.m. The hour-long […]


Six ways to avoid injury when exercising

It’s that time of year when we’re itching to get outside and move more. Have you ever been so excited to get back in the workout saddle, only to set yourself back with an injury early on? Could it have been avoidable? “Are there certain ways to go about exercising to lessen your chances of injury?” you ask. 100 percent […]

Apply now for disability leadership training program

STATEWIDE — Partners in Policymaking is now taking applications for a free leadership training program from parents of young children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities who are Minnesota residents. Starting in September and ending in May, eight sessions are presented over a period of nine months. “We aim for self-confidence and understanding of disability law and policies. This […]

The good in gardening—and a goodbye

EDITOR’S NOTE: I would like to thank Ann Bussey for sharing with Hometown Focus her email messages to older Mesabi Family YMCA members. Jenna Ballinger, community health specialist at Essentia Health, connected Ann and me for HTF’s October Health Edition, which focused on healthy aging. Ann continued to send some of her emails that talked about how older adults can […]

St. Luke’s encourages colonoscopies

St. Luke’s is encouraging those 45 and older to get a colonoscopy to prevent colon cancer. March is Colon Cancer Awareness month, and the American Cancer Society now recommends people be screened at 45 years old. According to the Centers for Disease … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

COVID-19 tests available in Aurora March 22 – 23

St. Louis County pop-up will offer no-cost saliva testing

AURORA — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced on March 19 a new temporary COVID-19 testing event at the Aurora Community Center. Testing will occur Monday, March 22 through Tuesday, March 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome an… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

MDH officials announce state’s first case of COVID-19 variant found in South Africa

TWIN CITIES — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced on March 11 the state’s first confirmed COVID-19 case linked to the variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as B.1.351. To date, a total of 91 other cases of the variant have been found i… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Essentia launces substance use hotline

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA — Essentia Health has developed a new 24-hour hotline to connect patients with a substance use disorder provider near them. The hotline was created as a service to the communities that Essentia Health serves and is open to anyo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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