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Cataract surgery and the elderly; be safe, see an allergist for testing

Q: My 87-year-old mother has a cataract in one eye and is developing another in the other. Her doctor says she should have surgery, but at her age, I'm worried about the operation. What's your advice? -- Edie C., Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania   More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

What to do when you don’t feel like making healthy choices

It’s easy to feel motivated to exercise and eat well at certain times of the year, such as two weeks before a beach vacation or a milestone birthday. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Advanced autoregulation: Reps in reserve

In the context of physical training, autoregulation can be summed up as to how you feel. Prior to commencing, and while engaging in physical activity, you subjectively evaluate your ongoing physical state. Do you feel strong? More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Pancake feed fundraiser Nov. 24 to benefit AEOA homeless shelters

MT. IRON – AEOA homeless shelters will be holding a pancake feed fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 24, from 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Community Center in Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

HIBBING – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Three more ways to improve your health

In my last column (HTF Oct. 13 edition) I offered three very simple ways to improve your health: get enough sleep, deliberate stress management, and eat whole foods. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Antibiotic resistance and stewardship fact sheet released to help dentists

The Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Board of Dentistry has released a fact sheet to help dentists improve how they use antibiotics. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Understanding elusive lupus; how to minimize scars

Q: I have two friends who have lupus, and it seems like they have two different diseases. One is having a lot of aches and pain, and the other seems to just be losing it -- tired all the time, confused, moody. Have they been diagnosed correctly? More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Grand Itasca Volunteer Services holds annual fall luncheon, meeting

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Volunteer Services members met for their annual fall luncheon at the Sawmill Inn. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Essentia Health-Virginia foundation moves its annual fundraiser to spring

VIRGINIA – The Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Foundation has announced that its main fundraiser will be moved to a spring dinner and auction to be held at the Elks Club in Virginia on April 13, 2018. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Equine assisted psychotherapy: Horse-assisted healing option

Offered locally by Lotus Transitional Services

Equine (from the Latin word Equus, meaning “horse”) assisted psychotherapy is a relatively new phenomenon and fundamentally an experiential form of psychotherapy that is facilitated by a mental health professional and involves being aroun More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:42 PM

A little help for chronic pain; managing depression during cancer treatment

Q: I took a new job, and now my health insurance plan won't cover my old pain medication. (I deal with chronic pain after losing a vertebra in a car accident.) But long-acting morphine is covered. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:42 PM

Talking with kids about sex is an important part of parenting

Parents, the time is now – it’s Let’s Talk Month in Minnesota

From “Where do babies come from?” to discussing teenage relationships, talking about sex is an important part of parenting that can make for some pretty interesting stories.  More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Three simple things to improve your health

I’m a practical guy. I’m fine with scientific theory as such, but at the end of the day, I want to see theory applied so I can evaluate the results myself. I’ve talked before about variability between individuals. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Minnesota awarded for family caregiver support

State receives The SCAN Foundation award for leadership in aging services

STATEWIDE – Minnesota was honored this month for supporting people who care for older adults, as part of the state’s exemplary long-term services and supports system.  More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Hospice Foundation of America program to discuss complicated grief

VIRGINIA – The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) program, When Grief is Complicated, will be presented locally on Monday, Oct. 30, at Essentia Health Virginia, Medical Arts Building in the McMillan A room on the lower level. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Presentation Monday, Oct. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Mt. Iron

Managing menopause madness and getting answers to why it happens

Recently, one of our female patients who is in her early 50s started to develop excruciating pain around the bladder and surrounding tissues. Lab work showed lots of inflammation, but no infection. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

Runner from Buhl ranks in top-ten finishers of ultra trail race

EDITOR’S NOTE – In a January 2017 HTF edition, Gretchen Metsa wrote of her struggles of coming to terms with her Type 1 diabetes. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

World Rabies Day: Residents urged to understand dangers of the rabies virus

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Department of Health are calling on Minnesotans to educate themselves about rabies as part of World Rabies Day (Sept. 28, 2017). More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Visit Palo TOPS group at Wellness Fair

AURORA – The Palo TOPS group will be hosting a table at the Health and Wellness Fair to be held on Friday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Loon Lake Community Center, 3816 Hwy. 100 in Aurora. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Central Mesabi Medical Foundation awards scholarships

HIBBING – The Central Mesabi Medical Foundation Scholarship Committee (committee chair Pat Ives, Dr. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Fasting before a blood test; the benefits of an annual flu shot

Q: I hate not eating for hours and hours before a blood test. Is it really necessary? -- Craig M., Schenectady, New York   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Range Respite’s next Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series on Oct. 4

VIRGINIA – The next session of Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series is titled “Minnesota Health Care Directives.” Lori Hendrickson, M.Ed., AFC, CFCS, extension educator and professor from the University of Minnesota Extension Regiona More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Governor Dayton marks National Recovery Month with state proclamation

In order to mark National Recovery Month, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed September 2017 Recovery Month in the state of Minnesota.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

Autism information meetings to focus on co-occurring conditions

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – An individual with autism spectrum disorder is likely to have other diagnoses ranging from anxiety to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to sleep struggles. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

State of Minnesota launches next step in health care reform

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) last week called for feedback on health care purchasing reforms that will build upon the successful Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) program, an initiative designed to reward providers who deliver More...

Posted 11/22/2017 02:52 PM

Use Thanksgiving to talk about more than just turkey

Thanksgiving is more than just turkey and pumpkin pie. It’s a time for many people to get together with their dearest family and friends. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Contrast therapy for aches and sprains; are gun laws a public health or Second Amendment issue?

Q: I sprained my ankle and put an ice pack on it right away. Then my massage therapist said to put heat on it later so it wouldn't get stiff. I thought that would just inflame it. Which is it, heat or ice, that helps a sprain heal? More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

New grocery bus improving access to healthy foods for Aurora residents

AURORA – The closure of Aurora’s only grocery store in 2016 resulted in limited healthy food options locally. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Antibiotics Awareness Week: Help fight antibiotic resistance

STATEWIDE – Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health threats of the 21st century—in Minnesota and across the globe. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Some tips for making healthy choices when dining out

Americans enjoy eating out. It’s convenient, and we like to have someone else do the cooking and cleanup.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Vegetarian moms and teen behavior problems; pneumonia is contagious

Q: I just read that because I'm a vegetarian -- and will be when I get pregnant -- my kids will be at increased risk for alcohol, cigarette and marijuana use as teenagers. That seems insane! What is that all about? More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Two Fairview Mesaba Clinics recognized for improvements

HIBBING/NASHWAUK – The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced that Fairview Mesaba Clinics is among 248 Minnesota and border state clinics recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascu More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Drug Disposal Day is planned at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital Oct. 28

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital has partnered with the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office to host a Drug Disposal Day, as part of the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Dine out during November to support United Way of 1000 Lakes

GRAND RAPIDS – For the months of October and November, local restaurants have teamed up to make a difference in Itasca County communities by participating in this year’s Dining United. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Essential Health’s six-week grief support group meetings start Nov. 6

VIRGINIA – The winter 2017 six-week grief support group sponsored and facilitated by Essentia Health-St. Mary’s East Range Hospice will meet on Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. on the following dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

When the going gets tough

So often we look at ourselves in the mirror and see the imperfections: I look old, I look tired, and I need to lose some weight. We meticulously study each cosmetic flaw, neglecting all that is right with us. Are you alive? Are you breathing? More...

Posted 10/19/2017 10:42 PM

Final 2018 health insurance rate information released for Minnesota

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman released the 2018 insurance company rates for individual and small group health plans in advance of the open enrollment period that begins on Wednesday, Nov. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

St. Scholastica receives $1.33 million federal support to strengthen rural healthcare

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded $1.33 million by the federal government to offer stipends to graduate clinical social work students.  More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

For gun safety: do ask, do tell; make it a healthy veggie diet

Q: I have had to tell my boys, ages 8 and 10, that they cannot go over to the house next door (those kids can come over here) because I know there are guns in the house. Am I overreacting? -- Franny G., Evanston, Illinois   More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Free, public documentary showing at HCC features the biology of stress

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College (HCC) and Family Service Collaborative invite the public to learn about the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study and the effects of “toxic stress” with a free showing of the documentary Resil More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Public invited to learn how Essentia’s cancer research benefits patients

DULUTH – Essentia Health invites the public to the 2017 Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH) Oncology Research Event on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Clyde Ironworks, 2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Staying in shape as you get older; understanding color blindness

Q: Why is it so hard to get back in shape and stay in shape as I get older? I know the most obvious answer is: "Because you're aging!" But I want to know why aging diminishes strength so I can stay strong. -- Tom T., Annapolis, Maryland   More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

Heart failure explained; why chemo causes hair loss

Q: My father was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure. How can he still be alive if his heart has failed? -- Phil P., Little Rock, Arkansas   More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Continued suggestions on weight-management methods

Regular readers of this bi-weekly column know that I bounce around on topics. I’m pretty much all over the map since ideas for columns are often the result of feedback from or interactions with readers. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

'Tis the season for school and lice

As the school year is underway, lice often becomes a subject of conversation among concerned parents. In certain areas, such as in classrooms and locker rooms, lice easily can be transferred from person to person. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 PM

On letting go of bad habits

Change is in the air. Daylight hours are getting shorter. Flocks of southbound geese flap overhead. The trees let go of their leaves, reminding us that now is as good a time as any for us to abandon a few habits that no longer serve us.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Two simple things to protect yourself and your loved ones

As we head into cold and flu season, Essentia Health is encouraging everyone to do two simple things to greatly improve their health— get a flu shot and practice good hand hygiene.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Grand Itasca Home Care achieves “Superior Performer” status for 2016

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital Home Care was recently recognized as a Home Health Patient Satisfaction Award Winner achieving Superior Performer status for 2016. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Minnesota’s drug overdose deaths continued to rise in 2016

Health department launches Opioid Dashboard to save lives through data

Minnesota’s total number of drug overdose deaths continued to climb in 2016, with heroin taking an increasing toll in the Twin Cities and methamphetamine deaths on the rise in Greater Minnesota. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 10:50 PM

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