Healing Waters

Courtesy Joel Carter

How Water and Big Lake Living Keep Us Well

Water lapping against the shore and a blue horizon stretching forever – we often experience the benefit of spending time beside the Big Lake in its calm moods and know how it seems to soothe us. Does water have actual restorative powers?

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The Risks and Realities of Radon in Our Homes

Inhaled over an extended period of time, radon’s radioactive particles can cause lung cancer. Fortunately, it’s easy to test your home and there are ways to reduce the gas in the house. more »

Oct 21, 2014 9:47 AM Health/Wellness 1 Comments

“A Matter of Balance” is built around low-impact exercises, as demonstrated in this class put on by the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging in Duluth.

Burton Laine

Balancing Act: Programs Help Seniors Prevent Falls

In the Lake Superior region, courses like “A Matter of Balance” and “Stepping On” help seniors prevent falls – and, should they take a spill, help them return to full, active lives. more »

Jun 24, 2014 10:23 AM Health/Wellness

At The Spot in Ashland, the bar features inviting booths and tables.

Ashland's The Spot: Fitness Studio, Bar and Gathering Place

Charmaine Swan is used to the quizzical looks when she tells people that she owns a combination yoga studio and bar. Not a juice bar, mind you, but the kind of bar where you can stop for an icy cold tap or glass of chardonnay after a workout. more »

Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Games like “Crutch Club Soccer” are organized to make use of children’s abilities at whatever level.

Courtesy Bay Cliff Camp

Bay Cliff: A Camp for Health & Happiness

High on a cliff overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Superior, the 170 acres of Bay Cliff Health Camp are home to the Lake’s largest, and oldest, year-round camp mainly serving disabled children. more »

Apr 30, 2014 8:43 AM Health/Wellness

Don’t panic – the images of these ticks are much enlarged, as you can tell by the comparison to the dime at top. The blacklegged – or “deer” – tick can carry Lyme disease and other maladies, which it acquires by feeding on infected animals. Dog ticks, found in much of North America, do not carry Lyme.

Centers for Disease Control

Keeping Bug-Borne Illness at Bay

In our North Woods, ticks and mosquitoes are an unfortunate – and all too abundant – part of the outdoor experience. These blood-sucking creepy-crawlies may even carry diseases, but a few simple precautions can keep them at bay. more »

Jun 6, 2013 9:13 AM Health/Wellness

Adding nordic walking poles to your stroll can enhance your workout and make it more fun, as these walkers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum discovered.

Courtesy Linda Lemke

Buffing Up Your Resolve

Plenty of support exists around the Big Lake for you to meet your fitness goals. Some people even travel here just to join programs that help them get healthier. more »

Apr 5, 2013 2:08 PM Health/Wellness

Judith Taylor, who sails often to the Ontario shore of Lake Superior with her husband, Larry, found great medical care in Nipigon District Memorial Hospital after a medical emergency near the rural town.

Larry Carpenter

Far North

A town with a population of fewer than 2,000 may not sound like a medical haven, but Nipigon District Memorial Hospital provides state-of-the-art care beyond what might be expected of its remote location. Just ask Judith Taylor. more »

Feb 18, 2013 3:52 PM Health/Wellness

The Ethics of Dementia

Our society wants us to look at people with dementia as incomplete. They are viewed as defective, helpless and confused. This emphasis on the defects of the afflicted person doesn’t tell the whole story. more »

Jan 2, 2013 2:18 PM Health/Wellness

Lakehead University students in the “Creative Community Engagements in Music” course became part of a five-year research project led by Dr. Mary Lou Kelley to enhance the lives of residents of long-term care facilities.

Courtesy Jessica Wyatt

Palliative Care Makes Inroads on Rural Roads

Thunder Bay researcher Dr. Mary Lou Kelley finds new ways to provide “comfort, quality and dignity” to the end-of-life experience in remote communities and in long-term care facilities. more »

Dec 12, 2012 9:32 AM Health/Wellness

Three plant methods for making you miserable.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Poison Ivy, Nettles and Parsnips

They jab you with tiny spines, coat you with rash-causing oils or leave a layer of plant juice that causes the sun to burn you. So what is it with stinging nettles, poison ivy and wild parsnips – why do they hate us? more »

Oct 2, 2012 10:33 AM Health/Wellness

A True Home Away

One dollar and 38 cents – that’s what one guest at the Beacon House in Marquette left for an overnight stay there. The payment envelope also had a note that explained he gave all he had, keeping just enough to get home. more »

Apr 13, 2012 4:39 PM Health/Wellness

Not Lost in Translation

A New Device Developed in Duluth Can Save Lives. It could be the stuff of nightmares: You have a medical crisis in a foreign country and no one in the hospital can speak your language as you desperately try to explain your emergency. more »

Jan 23, 2012 2:57 PM Health/Wellness

Superior Notes (right)

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