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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Small Town Caregiver

Claire Duquette

Small Town Caregiver

Recently a family brought a newborn to Jan Penn, a nurse practitioner at Essentia Health Ashland Clinic. They didn’t need medical advice; they needed Jan to pose for a photo with the child, the fifth generation of the family to come to Jan for care. more »

May 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Get the Skinny on Winter Skin Care

Courtesy Jennifer Baldwin

Get the Skinny on Winter Skin Care

Living near Lake Superior, we naturally know how to handle winter. But even the hardiest winter warriors sometimes disregard the special care needed for our body’s first line of defense – our skin. more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Dem Bones

Courtesy Paleo-DNA Lab Lakehead University

Lakehead Lab Uses DNA to Uncover Secrets of the Past and Present

The team at Lakehead University’s Paleo-DNA Laboratory never knows what questions might come over the transom. They've traced ethnic lineage back to ancient times, they've done paternity testing – and then there are the gruesome cases. more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

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

Balancing Act

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

The Spot

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

Bay Cliff Health Camp

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


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

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

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

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

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