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Time is critical with cardiac arrest cases
February 1, 2023 1 a.m.

Time is critical with cardiac arrest cases

Even if you’re not a football fan, you probably heard about Damar Hamlin, the 24-year-old player who went into cardiac arrest during a game recently. He was “dead” when he hit the turf and was resuscitated by medical staff on the scene. Today, he’s well on his way to a complete recovery and undergoing rehabilitation.

Detached retina is a medical emergency
January 25, 2023 1 a.m.

Detached retina is a medical emergency

In order to best understand what a detached retina actually is, and to be aware that it’s a medical emergency, we’ll start today’s lesson with an explanation of how our eyes work. If you find yourself blinking a lot, don’t be surprised. Also, if you are a visual learner, there’s an animated graphic that you can see if you keyword “retina” at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website: aao.org.

Studies confirm HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer
January 4, 2023 1 a.m.

Studies confirm HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer

A landmark study in 2020 in Sweden concluded that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine dramatically reduces the number of women who develop cervical cancer. How dramatically? To the tune of a 90 percent reduction in cervical cancer incidence compared to incidence of those unvaccinated during the 11-year study of nearly 1.7 million women.

Should we put snow on the holiday menu?
December 21, 2022 1 a.m.

Should we put snow on the holiday menu?

While reading a whole bunch of articles about how to have a safe holiday season, I came across a headline that caught my attention. It said, “Is it safe to eat snow?” Now, there’s a subject I’ve never even considered writing about. It reminded me of a movie I watched many years ago about a couple stranded on some remote mountain, ill-prepared for the blizzard-like conditions. They bundled up to walk to safety. I remember little about the film except that the wife was pregnant and kept eating snow. The husband didn’t, and he survived. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that staying in your car is most often the safest choice when faced with inclement weather. They say not to eat snow because it will lower your body temperature, potentially causing hypothermia.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot
December 7, 2022 1 a.m.

It’s not too late to get a flu shot

On November 10, the first death from influenza in Idaho was reported in Boise. As of October 29, only 26 percent of adults living in Idaho had obtained a flu shot. However, if you talk to people around town, it seems everyone has come down with what appears to be the flu. So, maybe it’s time you stopped making excuses and headed out to one of the pharmacies offering free shots.

Don’t pooh-pooh poop problems
November 30, 2022 1 a.m.

Don’t pooh-pooh poop problems

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common chronic disorder involving the stomach and intestines, aka the gastrointestinal tract. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. Only a small number of people with IBS suffer severe symptoms, but severity aside, the symptoms can be very uncomfortable.

Make safety tomorrow’s main course
November 23, 2022 1 a.m.

Make safety tomorrow’s main course

Whether you’re hosting or attending a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, there are a slew of safety measures to be taken. Even if you plan to stay home alone, there are some tips here that can be useful. For instance, if you didn’t change the batteries in your smoke alarms when we changed the clocks, you should do so today.

Ask if you should seek routing screening for lung cancer
November 16, 2022 1 a.m.

Ask if you should seek routing screening for lung cancer

About 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking tobacco. The longer and more packs a day you smoke puts you at higher risk. The American Cancer Society says that cigar and pipe smoking are almost as likely to cause lung cancer and smoking low-tar or “light” cigarettes doesn’t reduce the risk.

Let’s talk about unusual diabetes symptoms
November 2, 2022 1 a.m.

Let’s talk about unusual diabetes symptoms

Diabetes is a group of health conditions that impairs how your body processes sugar for energy. They include Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can result in a multitude of complications, so it’s crucial that we all know the warning signs. The symptoms we hear about most often are sometimes called the three polys of diabetes. They are polyuria which is frequent urination; polydipsia which is increased thirst, and polyphagia which is an increased appetite due to loss of glucose and fluids because of increased urination.

ABCs of an infant's safe sleep
October 19, 2022 1 a.m.

ABCs of an infant's safe sleep

High on the list of terrifying healthcare issues is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It's described as the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old, usually during sleep. It's often called "crib death" because that’s where the child dies.

Understanding the facts of blood cancers
September 7, 2022 1 a.m.

Understanding the facts of blood cancers

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society says that every three minutes, one person in the United States is diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma. Blood cancers make up around ten percent of new cancer diagnoses.

Helmets only work if they're on your head
August 17, 2022 1 a.m.

Helmets only work if they're on your head

Jack was a seemingly normal kind of guy. He was a college grad. He owned and managed a shop that sold novelty items. He rode a motorcycle without a helmet. He was involved in a minor crash. He developed a traumatic brain injury. He suffers severe seizures, double vision, and vertigo.

Think of hospice as a way to live, not a way to die
August 3, 2022 1 a.m.

Think of hospice as a way to live, not a way to die

I can’t recommend hospice enough. My mother’s team was in a different state. Still, since then, I’ve personally had two experiences with Bonner General Health Community Hospice, and, even though I’m a wordsmith, I can’t find enough superlatives for their services.

The A, B, Cs of viral hepatitis
July 27, 2022 1 a.m.

The A, B, Cs of viral hepatitis

Thursday is World Hepatitis Day

Ten reasons to stay hydrated year round
July 20, 2022 1 a.m.

Ten reasons to stay hydrated year round

In your heart of hearts, you know it’s good for you

Don't let a calamity ruin your day on the water
July 6, 2022 1 a.m.

Don't let a calamity ruin your day on the water

Idaho leads the nation in drowning victims.

Knowledge is the best defense against skin cancers
June 1, 2022 1 a.m.

Knowledge is the best defense against skin cancers

Besides the sun’s harmful UV rays, the other main cause of skin cancers is tanning beds.

Getting 'back to basics' for mental health month
May 25, 2022 1 a.m.

Getting 'back to basics' for mental health month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

National Nurses Week starts Friday
May 4, 2022 1 a.m.

National Nurses Week starts Friday

National Nurses Week runs from Friday, May 5 to Thursday, May 12

Take a moment today to thank a doctor
March 30, 2022 1 a.m.

Take a moment today to thank a doctor

Local doctors all deserve recognition for providing the best quality healthcare

Kidneys perform a life-sustaining job
March 9, 2022 1 a.m.

Kidneys perform a life-sustaining job

Put your hand up if you know what your kidneys do?

Younger people being diagnosed with colorectal cancer
March 2, 2022 1 a.m.

Younger people being diagnosed with colorectal cancer

People over the age of 50 are seeing fewer diagnoses of CRC, but unfortunately, that’s not the situation with younger people.

Folate critical for red cell development and more
January 12, 2022 1 a.m.

Folate critical for red cell development and more

Whatever you call it, it’s important for a range of functions in your body.

Improve your health by having a positive attitude
December 29, 2021 1 a.m.

Improve your health by having a positive attitude

Last week I promised to offer you great advice for being healthy

Let’s be thankful for 'modern' medicine
November 24, 2021 1 a.m.

Let’s be thankful for 'modern' medicine

I’m thankful that I live in a community with such competent, caring medical care

Food for thought about heartburn
November 17, 2021 1 a.m.

Food for thought about heartburn

Most of us will suffer occasional heartburn.

Don’t call it a ‘dowager’s hump’
October 20, 2021 1 a.m.

Don’t call it a ‘dowager’s hump’

It’s always a good idea to call conditions by their proper name.

No doubt about it, head lice are a nuisance
September 8, 2021 1 a.m.

No doubt about it, head lice are a nuisance

Pediculosis, which is big talk for a louse infestation, dates back to prehistory.

How different is Hodgkin’s vs. non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
September 1, 2021 1 a.m.

How different is Hodgkin’s vs. non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a type of cancer

HFMD common in children but rarely serious
August 18, 2021 1 a.m.

HFMD common in children but rarely serious

HFMD is often painful, but it isn’t serious

Blindness can be preventable
July 21, 2021 1 a.m.

Blindness can be preventable

The good news is that in most cases, losing your sight is preventable.

Every pregnancy carries risks
July 7, 2021 1 a.m.

Every pregnancy carries risks

Good prenatal care and timely screenings can minimize those risks

Myasthenia Gravis, rare and hard to diagnose
June 9, 2021 1 a.m.

Myasthenia Gravis, rare and hard to diagnose

Myasthenia gravis is a disease characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of muscles under your voluntary control.

Asthma and allergies controllable but not curable
May 26, 2021 1 a.m.

Asthma and allergies controllable but not curable

About 25 million Americans have allergic asthma, while 24 million Americans have hay fever, rhinitis, or nasal allergies.

It's time to thank a nurse
May 5, 2021 1 a.m.

It's time to thank a nurse

COVID-19 has taught us a lot about nursing care.

Your dentist should check for oral cancers
April 28, 2021 1 a.m.

Your dentist should check for oral cancers

Early cancer detection is of utmost importance.

Tremors not always caused by Parkinson’s
April 21, 2021 1 a.m.

Tremors not always caused by Parkinson’s

There’s a common misconception that everything that shakes is Parkinson’s disease.

Wait-and-see often successful with ear infections
January 23, 2013 6 a.m.

Wait-and-see often successful with ear infections

The baby got fussy. That’s all the new mom noticed. He just wasn’t himself, if he really had a sense of self at six months of age.