Weekly Health Columns

March 22, 2017

Only You Can Prevent Accidental Poisoning

In the fall of 1961 Congress passed a joint resolution requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation to make it happen. (Note to children: yes, Congress and a President once actually agreed on […]

March 15, 2017

BGH awarded Level IV Trauma Center designation

You know you’ve made a lot of visits to the emergency department when they greet you by name when you arrive and you remember theirs. This isn’t small town, everyone knows everyone, this is you’ve been there before, several, maybe too many times. Don’t ask how I know this! The National Center for Health Statistics […]

March 8, 2017

PT may be treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome

“I had a nerve conduction test about four weeks ago and have been told today that I have carpal tunnel syndrome,” wrote a woman named Louise on a patient forum. “My doctor has referred me to a surgeon. Is there anyone out there who surgery has worked for?” Most of the respondents had sad tales […]

March 1, 2017

Cellphones are breeding grounds for bacteria

“I can’t believe I have another ear infection!” Angie said recently. “It’s the third one I’ve had this winter. And, don’t tell me I don’t wash my hands enough, I wash them so often they’re as dry as the desert.” Her RN sister quickly asked, “When’s the last time you cleaned your cellphone?” Angie thought […]

February 22, 2017

Tuberculosis down but not out

When he was nineteen years old, George Washington (whose birthday is today, you know) had never been farther than 200 miles from where he was born. As a matter of fact, he’d hardly been out of the state of Virginia. His brother’s tuberculosis diagnosis gave him exposure to a different world and two serious diseases. […]

February 15, 2017

U.S. Presidents not the heart healthiest bunch

Malaria, smallpox, tuberculosis, dysentery, diphtheria, and notorious tooth decay are just some of the afflictions George Washington endured. But today, as we look forward to a long weekend to celebrate former presidents, we’re going to take a look at some of those who suffered from heart disease. It’s still Heart Health Month after all. William […]

February 8, 2017

Add love to your heart health regimen

This close to Valentine’s Day you probably don’t want to read another article about how you need to exercise, eat properly, keep your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure under control to ward off heart disease. No, you want to hear about eating dark chocolate and drinking red wine. Okay. But, you need to share […]

February 1, 2017

Cause of congenital heart defects often unknown

A cousin posted a photo on Facebook of a healthy looking, roughly three-year-old boy holding a sign saying that he was about to undergo his third open heart surgery and wanted 1,000 likes. I would have thought he’d want to get well, receive a lot of toys and start a GoFundMe page to pay for […]

January 25, 2017

HIPAA laws protect your privacy up to a point

One hundred years ago last week, according to the archives of Bonner County History Museum, Mrs. A.E. Cherry was in the hospital recovering from surgery, Little Helen Burke was there “very ill with stomach trouble.” Mrs. John Berg was being released after six weeks in hospital during which time her children had recovered from smallpox […]

January 18, 2017

Researchers study urinalysis as a healthy diet indicator

“The recognition of the importance of urine in diagnosis was made over 6,000 years ago by several of the earliest civilizations, and few of their clay tablets have been found that give us some insight into their observations and conclusions,” says the National Institutes of Health’s website. Obviously back then, the methods for analysis weren’t […]

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