Weekly Health Columns

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 […]

July 27, 2016

Choosing knee replacement surgery shouldn’t be a knee jerk reaction

Going through security for a recent flight, the TSA announced that everyone who couldn’t go through the body scanner because of implants should move to the right. And, it was startling how many grey-haired folks moved into that line and how quickly they all began talking about their knee replacement surgeries. Wondering whether or not […]

July 20, 2016

Antibiotic resistance can be curtailed

Two articles came out last week that I found particularly interesting. The one written by Zhai Yun Tan for Kaiser Health News discussed a study that was published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy that concluded that many people are tempted to use antibiotics without a doctor’s prescription. What? It said that people rely […]

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