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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Hospital introduces new technology for area’s stroke victims
Posted: May 20, 2015

My father had a stroke seven years before he died.

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Wednesday 05/13/2015
Hospital Week: A focus on continuous improvement
Posted: May 13, 2015

I must say, that I am far more often contacted by people who have had exemplary experiences with our hospital than not. And, I’ve personally had diagnostic imaging, surgeries and trips to the emergency department and have never had anything less than very satisfactory results, so if someone were to say that their visit was unpleasant, I’d frankly be surprised.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Teen pregnancy in the U.S. down but not out
Posted: May 06, 2015

The good news is that teen pregnancies have continued to drop by roughly 10 percent a year since 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that although the reasons aren’t clear, teens seem to be less sexually active and are better educated about birth control.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
What does blood have to do with it?
Posted: April 22, 2015

Often one subject leads to another. Robin Hanson, Bonner General Health Community Development Assistant and I were having a conversation about Cancer Care Services fundraising tea that was held last Saturday.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Don't tiptoe around your foot health
Posted: April 15, 2015

Actress Patrician Heaton said, “My favorite body part? My feet. They’re not pretty, but they get me where I want to go.” And with more than 50 bones, 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons and ligaments, they are a marvel of engineering according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Passer-by credited with saving family
Posted: April 08, 2015

SANDPOINT — A passer-by is credited with saving the lives of nine people who were unaware their Cedar Street home was burning on Tuesday morning.

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Don’t get distracted and read this while driving
Posted: April 08, 2015

Several years ago I was a passenger in a large van driven by a colleague of mine. She had borrowed the vehicle in order to transport a group of us to and fro Schweitzer Mountain.

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Sagle hitchhiker robbed at gunpoint
Posted: April 08, 2015

SANDPOINT — One man died and another was arrested after allegedly robbing a Sagle man at gunpoint on Saturday night in Okanogan County, Wash., according to a published news report.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
No foolin’ — there are good reasons to laugh
Posted: April 01, 2015

In 1931, a professor in Hamburg, Germany, by the name of Eugene Lirpa discovered that good health can be catching. He believed that his theory of a “germ of health” was destined to revolutionize old-fashioned methods of rejuvenation.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Get screened for colon cancer
Posted: March 18, 2015

Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, died at age 77 just 60 days after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer (aka colon cancer). Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, developed colon cancer at age 66 and died when she was 101 years old. What was the difference? Oh, you know the answer. It’s early detection.

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Monthly pain may be from endrometriosis
Posted: March 11, 2015

“In light of March being Endometriosis Awareness Month, I wanted to share my experiences,” wrote a woman named Lyn from Kansas on www.fightlikeagirlclub.com.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Ward Richard Tifft
Posted: February 25, 2015

Ward Richard Tifft passed away peacefully at the age of 94 at the Bridge at Sandpoint on the Feb. 12, 2015, from late stage Lewy Body dementia.

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Good heart health habits can start at any age
Posted: February 25, 2015

Let’s recap. So far this month we’ve talked about heart attacks and how the symptoms differ in men and women. We’ve talked about angina and how it can be a precursor to more serious heart problems. We haven’t talked about heart failure, arrhythmia and heart valve problems, all of which can be uncomfortable at best and life threatening at worst.

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Gloria Ann Brooks
Posted: February 25, 2015

On Feb. 12, 2015, our beloved and courageous mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt left this world hand in hand with Jesus, her Savior.

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Joanne Edinger, 85
Posted: February 25, 2015

Joanne Edinger, 85, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Know the symptoms, treatments for angina
Posted: February 18, 2015

Grandma was around 85 or 86 and still mowing her lawn. This was back in the ’60s and she had a push mower. She also had a neighbor kid who my uncle paid to mow the lawn, but as soon as he was done she re-did it because only she could do it right. You know women like her, or maybe you are one.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Heart attack symptoms are different in men, women
Posted: February 11, 2015

It’s no surprise. Men and women differ in many ways.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
February puts focus on heart health, awareness
Posted: February 04, 2015

Wow, you can’t walk into any grocery store right now and not see an abundance of bright red, beribboned, heart shaped boxes of chocolates! They might be a reminder that Valentine’s Day is just a week and a half away. Or, maybe it’s because February is heart health awareness month. Well, maybe they would be pushing flowers instead of fat laden candy if that were the case.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
BGH nurse is selected to serve on perinatal board
Posted: January 28, 2015

If you’ve given birth at Bonner General Health in the last nine years, you were probably assisted by perinatal nurse JoAnn Filce. A registered nurse since 1978, Filce has an unbridled passion for obstetrics, and has recently been chosen to serve on the advisory board of the Idaho Perinatal Project.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Once thought eradicated, measles making comeback
Posted: January 21, 2015

I’m not a happy Mouseketeer right now. Planning a trip to sunny California next month was to include a trip to Disneyland, and now I’m not so sure I want to go. And, that’s saying a lot. I haven’t been to the Magic Kingdom since I was a young teen, and thought a look through adult eyeballs would be magical.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
BGH to open clinic for anticoagulant patients
Posted: January 14, 2015

If you or someone you know takes the drug warfarin, brand name Coumadin, you’ll want to read this. The rest of you can take the day off!

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Local skiers compete in Bend
Posted: January 07, 2015

Four Sandpoint Nordic Club skiers competed at the Pacific Northwest Ski Association Junior Qualifier Nordic race at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., last weekend.

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The cold? The flu? How can you tell which it is?
Posted: January 07, 2015

You woke up this morning with a sore throat. Dry, scratchy, hurts to swallow sore throat.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
New year? Try one of these healthy resolutions
Posted: December 31, 2014

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other!” I like this uncredited quote!

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Let’s be safe out there this Christmas
Posted: December 24, 2014

My niece who’s an intensive care nurse at a Spokane hospital drew the short straw to work through all the holidays this year. On Thanksgiving Day, one of her critically ill patients said, “I can’t believe you’re not home enjoying dinner with your family!”

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