Weekly Health Columns

October 12, 2016

What do you know about breast cancer?

More than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Today’s quiz is meant to ascertain what you know about the disease. Let’s get started. 1. 80% of all women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. True or false? It’s true. The American Cancer Society says that you are […]

October 5, 2016

who wins in the battle of the analgesics?

If you read this column regularly you know that the focus, for the last couple of weeks, has been on over-the-counter pain medications. And believe me, if you don’t already have a headache, researching all these drugs will give you one. The primary lesson I’ve learned is that taking an occasional pain reliever is probably […]

September 28, 2016

Shhh … silent hospitals help healing

When I was a kid my dad’s shop was near an area in Oakland called Pill Hill. So called because of all the medical offices and three hospitals that were located there. Surrounding the roughly mile square area were signs that said, “Quiet, Hospital.” Naturally my mother interpreted that to mean her noisy kids were […]

September 21, 2016

Take two aspirin and call me if it works

“When I get a headache, I take two aspirin and keep away from children, just like it says on the bottle!” Yeah, I know. That’s an old joke. But, more and more I’m reading about taking aspirin for all sorts of things besides headaches, fevers, toothaches and arthritis pain. Aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin) is a […]

September 14, 2016

More than you want to know about acetaminophen

When I was a little girl I asked my mother, how does the Tylenol know to go to fix my headache? How does it know that the pain isn’t in my toe? She told me it was magic. Apparently that’s not far from the truth. An article I read recently stated that it isn’t known […]

September 7, 2016

A simple test will determine if you can save a life

Today’s story is about David Strathman, an employee in Bonner General Health’s Information Systems Department. Having moved all over the country, Strathman and his wife have settled in Sandpoint for all the usual reasons plus one that will save some lives. Strathman in 1997, at age 11 was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Now at […]

August 31, 2016

Weathering the Elements Run/Walk set for 9/11

It’s being called “Weathering the Elements” not because there will be any inclement weather, but because it’s a unique walk/run celebration for those who’ve overcome or are working on overcoming the difficulty of getting outdoors for some exercise. First the details. The 3k walk, 5k walk/run will be held on September 11 at the University […]

August 24, 2016

If you can’t hear the sound of silence it may be tinnitus

“In addition to being exposed to some really loud noise over the last four days, I’ve also been sick with a cold and I’m pretty stressed out over a couple of unrelated things,” wrote a drummer and concert goer as he complained about a high-pitched ringing in his ear. The condition is called tinnitus. We […]

August 17, 2016

Binge-eating disorder is a serious mental health issue

If you consistently consume large quantities of food and feel unable to stop, you may be suffering from binge-eating disorder (BED). It’s the most common eating disorder in the United States and should be taken very, very seriously. We’re not talking about overeating. We all eat too much occasionally – Thanksgiving dinner comes to mind […]

August 3, 2016

Celebrate Life benefits local cancer patients

I was thinking this morning that I wish I had known Jenny Meyer. But now that I think about it, I do know Jenny Meyer. I just didn’t know her when she was alive. I know her because her sister, Julie Walkington, has carried on her legacy of giving an essential and much appreciated resource […]

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