Weekly Health Columns

July 5, 2017

Bee Stings are No One’s Favorite Things

We call them all bees, even though a honeybee is different from a wasp or a hornet or your morning newspaper, for that matter. But they’re all, and we can add bumblebees, yellow jackets and fire ants, Hymenoptera insects which means that they all can inflict a poisonous bite or sting. There are 20 active […]

June 28, 2017

When To Call 911 For A Medical Emergency

Despite all the prevention tips (I know I’ve given you a ton of them over the years) accidents will happen. Surely, this upcoming Fourth of July will be no different. We expect there to be more fireworks injuries, but this weekend will also produce more automobile accidents, swimming incidents, food borne illnesses plus various and […]

June 21, 2017

Sunscreen Is Only Effective If You Use It

I have a cousin who has lived all of his adult life in Hawaii. When he was diagnosed with melanoma he said to his doctor, “I guess that’s to be expected living here so long.” The doctor shook his head and said, “No, it’s not the sun exposure you have here, it was the sunburns […]

June 14, 2017

Aphasia Affects Communication Skills Both Oral and Written

From time to time it happens to all of us. We’re trying to say something and the words just don’t come out; or we can’t think of the word we want to say; or the whole sentence comes out a jumbled mess of spoonerisms. More than likely it’s a normal occurrence and our brains engage […]

June 7, 2017

Rising Education Levels May Lower Dementia Risk

“When I was a little girl I had my very own golden haired princess. She had a soft voice, easy laugh and was so kind to me. I would visit her in her room and watch her get ready to go out. When I was eight she left me for someone else who would become […]

May 31, 2017

Dry, itchy eyes may be a sign of chronic dry eye syndrome

If you watch any television you’ve seen the commercials about dry eye syndrome. One features a woman who is actually an eye doctor (yes, I looked her up) and the other stars famous actress Jennifer Aniston. Out of curiosity, and the need for a subject this week, I did a search about chronic dry eye […]

May 24, 2017

Medical Student Plans Rural Practice Combined With International Research

“I didn’t decide to become a physician until my first year of undergraduate school. I knew I wanted to work to help people and to be impactful so I choose biology as a major because it was the basis of most of the careers I was interested in, like medicine or medical research,” Renee Newby, […]

May 17, 2017

Hay Fever Season is a Sneeze Away

“We’re invited to a hay ride,” my childhood girlfriend said when we were young teens. “And Dicky Engall is going to be there!” Well, she didn’t have to ask me twice since she knew that I had a terrific crush on him. And, soon we were off bouncing along in a cart full of freshly […]

May 10, 2017

A Little History in Celebration of Hospital Week

“A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope,” Sheryl Rickard, Bonner General Health CEO said in an article about Hospital Week in this month’s employee newsletter. “Our staff, physicians, and volunteers are invested in caring from the heart […]

May 3, 2017

Garden Safely: Pull Weeds, Not Muscles

Woohoo and hallelujah! It’s actually not supposed to rain for a few days and the temperatures will finally hit the 70 degree mark tomorrow. I know, there’s still snow on Baldy Mountain, so while I wait for Valle Novak to tell me that it’s time to plant my annuals I’ll start doing a little yard […]

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