Weekly Health Columns

November 29, 2017

Kids Losing Health Insurance Can Be Helped By Clinic

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired in September. CHIP provided health coverage for children (and pregnant women) whose family income exceeded the maximum to qualify for Medicaid, but was still close to the federal poverty level. In Idaho alone, CHIP provided benefits to 35,000 children. Although the state is responsible for some […]

November 22, 2017

Half-way Healthy Thanksgiving Feasting

  In theory it’s perfect. A family get-together with the menu pre-determined. No presents, no elaborate decorations, no greeting cards, no singing, no church services, just a time to be thankful for family and friends. Right? Well, yeah, for some. But, for those who chronically battle weight gain Thanksgiving dinner can be bulging with forbidden […]

November 15, 2017

Ten More Reasons To Quit Smoking

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. And, yet 40 million American adults still smoke. Why? Because tobacco is one of the strongest addictions and it takes a powerful will to quit. That’s probably why the American Cancer Society started the Great American Smokeout which […]

November 9, 2017

20th Annual Rose Event Benefits Hospice Clients

In searching for an appropriate quote for starting this article about today’s 20th Annual Rose Event benefitting Bonner General Health Community Hospice, I came across this one by Eleanor Roosevelt: “I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: […]

November 1, 2017

All Are Welcome to BGH’s Diabetes Day

You most likely know someone with diabetes. It might be a friend, a child, a sibling a parent or, of course, it might be you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that there are 30.3 million people in the U.S. with diabetes. That’s 9.4 percent of the population of which 23.8 percent […]

October 25, 2017

Tricks for Surviving Candy Treats

It’s about candy, candy, and more candy! It’s Halloween next Tuesday and since this holiday is specifically geared to putting your teeth in jeopardy, it’s time for me to tell you how to survive with little to no damage to your health – oral health that is. “The bacteria in your mouth are probably more […]

October 18, 2017

Stop Popping Opioids with Physical Therapy

“It hurts! I can’t stop taking pain pills!” This is the familiar cry of the multitudes of people who are causing or perhaps you might say are victims of this country’s opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control says that opioids are appropriate in certain cases – think cancer treatment, end-of-life care – but for […]

October 11, 2017

Easy Child Print ID Kit a Must for Each Child

While idly waiting to pick up a prescription for a friend at a local pharmacy, I saw a display item that was called “Child Print ID Kit.” So, being curious and slightly bored, I opened the packet and found that it contained an amazing resource for parents of minor children that I feel compelled to […]

October 4, 2017

What’s new in breast cancer risk research?

You know. It’s October. October is breast cancer awareness month. Breast cancer awareness month reminds you to get a mammogram. If I didn’t have the rest of this column to write, I could leave it right there. But let’s take a look at the news. According to the Breastcancer.org an estimated 252,710 new cases of […]

September 27, 2017

Vitiligo: a cosmetic or medical condition?

Maybe the first time you ever heard about vitiligo was when Michael Jackson was interviewed by Oprah. He is, by far, the most famous sufferer although he’s joined by actors Steve Martin and Jon Hamm and comedian Joe Rogan and a slew of other somewhat famous people I hadn’t heard of. Maybe you personally know […]

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