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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Hospice volunteers: helping people live
Posted: February 10, 2016

It’s not about death and dying. It’s about living. It’s about the quality of life for a terminally ill person. It’s about comfort, compassion and companionship. It’s about hospice care and all they can do for not only the patient, but his or her family and friends.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Could your java be good for your heart?
Posted: February 03, 2016

I don’t drink coffee. Not for any particular reason other than I just don’t particularly like it and it gives me heartburn.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Talk explores living with chronic disease
Posted: January 27, 2016

For some of us, having a chronic illness isn’t an emotional issue. It’s only about popping a pill or two every morning or evening. No big deal. But, that’s not the case for others. Think about an amputee who has to put on a prosthesis every morning. Think about a lupus sufferer who can’t go out in the sun without total head-to-toe protection.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Leafy green vegetables may cut glaucoma risk
Posted: January 20, 2016

“Eat your vegetables!” Yes, that’s your mother talking and now is a good time to start listening. Study results published in Health Day this week say that the risk of glaucoma drops by 20 percent or more for those who consume vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, chard and other greens (you know, collard, turnip, mustard, etc.).

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Linda Plaster’s many contributions applauded by BGH
Posted: January 13, 2016

It’s time to sing the praises of an unsung hero. The first time I met Linda Plaster was when I was working as the ad director at the Daily Bee. She shook my hand and then apologized for the fact that hers was dirty. Dirty? Oh yeah. Muddy to be truthful.

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
Vaccination, tests can curtail cervical cancer
Posted: January 06, 2016

Once the most common causes of cancer death for American women, cervical cancer is on the decline. This is good news. In the last 30 years, according to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50 percent.

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Wednesday 12/23/2015
My Christmas wish for Santa Claus
Posted: December 23, 2015

Dear Santa:

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
Healthy pregnancies start before conception
Posted: December 16, 2015

“We’ve just closed on our new house, we have a few dollars left in our savings account, so we’re now ready to get pregnant,” a friend of mine’s daughter said recently. So, being the AAD (Almost a Doctor) that I am I asked what she was doing health-wise to make sure she was really ready.

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Wednesday 12/09/2015
Your appendix isn’t useless after all … unless it bursts
Posted: December 09, 2015

The article said, “Charles Bergstrom, who recently underwent an operation by Dr. Stackhouse for a ruptured appendix, is rapidly getting out of danger.” An example of HIPAA law infraction? No, this article ran 100 years ago. Good job Dr. Stackhouse!

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
Toy safety is nothing to play around with
Posted: December 02, 2015

Believe it or not, there is a product on the market called “Poo-Dough.” Yes, my dear readers, it’s a Play-Doh like substance that looks like, well, poop. Gross as that is in itself, the toy-safety group called WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has it on its top ten list for dangerous toys because it contains wheat — a potential for allergy-related injuries.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
Avoid accidents; have a happy Thanksgiving
Posted: November 25, 2015

“Accidents happen, my mother used to say.” And she was always right. After all, if it isn’t an accident it would be called an intentional and who would intentionally get food poisoning, or a sliced finger, or a severe burn or broken bone? No one, of course.

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Wednesday 11/18/2015
Know the FACTS about teen suicide
Posted: November 18, 2015

“I hate my life, I wish I was dead,” the teen said. But, no one listened. It’s just a phase he’s going through. She’s being a drama queen. He’s acting out again. Well, that may be what friends, family, teachers and parents are thinking and they may be right. But, then again, maybe not.

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Wednesday 11/11/2015
Grieving death due to suicide
Posted: November 11, 2015

Here are the statistics. We’ve lost three local children to suicide in the last year. In the U.S. it’s the second leading cause of death in 15 to 24-year olds and the third leading cause of death in 10 to 14-year olds. For every suicide there are at least 25 attempts.

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Wednesday 11/04/2015
Nighttime leg cramps mostly just a nuisance
Posted: November 04, 2015

“Has anyone had any leg cramps at night? I have had them now for almost a week. I go to bed and sleep four hours and wake up with terrible leg pains or cramps. I have to get out of bed and walk through the house. When I come back to bed they start hurting again. 

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Wednesday 10/28/2015
Diabetes Day Pit Stop planned for Monday
Posted: October 28, 2015

I’m willing to bet that not one of you woke up this morning and said to yourself, “Sure hope I get diabetes today.” I am also willing to bet that several of you woke up this morning and said to yourself, “Sure hope these symptoms I’m having don’t mean I have diabetes.”

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Wednesday 10/21/2015
Vaccine is not just about preventing flu
Posted: October 21, 2015

If you were told that getting a flu shot may lower your risk for having a heart attack or stroke would you be more inclined to get vaccinated? Hopefully, you answered that you would get a flu shot just to make sure you didn’t get the flu, but researchers at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom had some interesting findings.

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Wednesday 10/14/2015
Can’t say it often enough, early detection saves lives
Posted: October 14, 2015

Our stories today have happy endings, all because these incredible women listened to their bodies, their healthcare professionals and had regular mammograms. Read on.

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Wednesday 10/07/2015
Get the kids to walk or bike to school
Posted: October 07, 2015

Today is International Walk to School Day. This is a global event with over 40 countries participating. That’s pretty impressive when you think about it. Our children, in our little rural community are joining with millions of other children not only around the country, but around the world to either walk or bicycle to school.

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Wednesday 09/30/2015
Forgetfulness isn’t always a precursor to Alzheimer’s
Posted: September 30, 2015

Someone the other day gave me a great topic for this week’s column. I forget what it was, though. I like to think my forgetfulness is because my brain is just too cluttered. You know, like that closet you keep cramming stuff into. Is anyone old enough to remember Fibber McGee? I know it’s in there somewhere, I just can’t find it!

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Perform self-exam to rule out skin cancer
Posted: September 23, 2015

I got a call from Eddie the other day. He said that he had been to the dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. 

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Wednesday 09/16/2015
Check your child’s backpack today
Posted: September 16, 2015

Before we think it’s odd that today is National School Backpack Awareness Day, let’s think about how much sense it actually makes.

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Wednesday 09/09/2015
Do your symptoms indicate diabetes?
Posted: September 09, 2015

After writing about diabetes last week it occurred to me that I didn’t address the fact that over seven million people in the U.S. have undiagnosed diabetes. And, much to my chagrin, I have to admit that a lot of people are reluctant to have regular medical checkups. 

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Wednesday 09/02/2015
BGH talk focuses on diabetes management
Posted: September 02, 2015

“I may need to go on insulin and I’m scared,” wrote a young man on a diabetes forum site. One of the women who answered said that she sobbed through her entire doctor’s appointment while being shown how to give herself an injection. In her words, it turned out to be a “no biggie.”
“It hurts less than a lancet. In fact, it really doesn’t hurt at all,” she wrote.
What are people afraid of when it comes to being prescribed insulin? Many things. And those things will be the topic of conversation on Tuesday, September 8 at 10 a.m. in the classroom of Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Ave.
The presenter, Norma Cannon, is a diabetic. She is also one of the A1C Champions who bring diabetes management training to communities like ours. Her “been there, done that” experience gives her the ability to counsel, console and inspire diabetes patients.

For the rest of the letter, see the print edition of the Bonner County Daily Bee or subscribe to our e-edition.

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Wednesday 08/26/2015
Air quality is an ongoing concern
Posted: August 26, 2015

“It would be a beautiful day if it weren’t for the smoke,” my neighbor said last Wednesday when we met while out walking. “Even the dogs are coughing!”

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
Senior citizen obesity counseling proven effective but under-used
Posted: August 12, 2015

A little over a year ago I wrote about the Medicare funded weight-loss counseling program called Intensive Behavior Therapy.

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