Herbs and some meds don’t mix: Safe use is not guaranteed

Herbal remedies may be used to treat symptoms of many conditions and can often be a viable tool in an overall health plan. But there is a dearth of research evaluating the use of herbal medicines, particularly in clinical trial. However, the Mayo Clinic says about one-half of adults in the United States reports having used at least one dietary […]

Health officials investigating increase in Cyclospora infections in the state

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is investigating an increase in Cyclospora infections within the last month. To date, state health officials have identified two outbreaks together involving at least three dozen Minnesotans. One outbreak has been identified among people who ate at Sonora Grill in Minneapolis in mid-May. To date, 17 patrons have reported illness. The restaurant is fully […]

Take vitamin D during pregnancy; handling sports-related concussions

Q: Should I take vitamin D while I’m pregnant? Should I give a supplement to my two-year-old? I hear conflicting reports on how necessary it is. — Claudia H., Mill Valley, California A: Vitamin D deficiency is common in pregnant women, and if you have low levels, that translates to low vitamin D levels in your fetus and your newborn. […]

Hospital registration department receives donation

Coach Tom’s Corner

Back to square one

M y last column acknowledged the slap-dash process I utilized to fulfill that particular bi-monthly obligation. At the time and unbeknownst to you I was scrambling to prep for a knee replacement procedure. I had quite a few loose ends that needed tidying up and very little time to do it. Seventy-two hours postop finds me scrambling yet again. Last […]

Treating ankle bone spurs; protein important for seniors

Q: My ankle has been chronically sore, so I had it X-rayed. It showed a bone spur. My doctor wants me to do physical therapy before deciding on surgery. Is PT really going to help, or should I just go ahead and have the operation? — Jerry H., Roanoke, Virginia A: As a general rule, always try physical therapy first. […]

Jennifer Enich, Andy Aldrich awarded Northern Minnesota Dental scholarships

Pictured (l. to r.) are Dr. Carl Schneider, executive director of Northern Minnesota Dental; Jennifer Enich and Andy Aldrich, dental scholarship recipients; and Dr. Michael Zakula, chairman of the Northern Minnesota Dental Scholarship Committee. Subm… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Opioid abuse prevention grant awarded to Fairview

HIBBING — Fairview Mesaba Clinics-Hibbing, Nashwauk and Mountain Iron are among eight Minnesota health care organizations to receive grant funding through Minnesota’s new opioid abuse community prevention pilot program. T he grant awards, totaling $7… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Marijuana harmful to fetus; get active to overcome loneliness

 Q: My sister lives in Colorado, and she’s three months pregnant. When she went to a marijuana dispensary (store), she was told that smoking pot would ease her morning sickness. I told her that was nuts and she’s poisoning her fetus. I’m right, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Coach Tom’s Corner

All over the map

 T oday’s column is a solid example of what happens when I get running in a bunch of different directions at the same time and suddenly realize that I’m missing my submission deadline. Whether it’s apparent or not, I usually give some deliberate… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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