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?



Game, Set, Match

John Shibley / Lake Superior State University

The quick swab of a cheek was soon forgotten by the busy Lake Superior State University students who volunteered to give life-saving cells during a donor drive. But something worth long remembering would come of it. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Joint Efforts: Getting Your Knees Back in Action

Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Unwilling to concede mobility to arthritic joints or injuries as they age, baby boomers are receiving total knee replacements in unprecedented numbers and at younger ages. A local orthopedic surgeon offers some words of advice. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

The Bee’s Knees: Local Couple Adopts a Healthful Honey of a Hobby

Claire Duquette

Three years ago, Paula Cunningham looked out at the little apple orchard behind her and husband Tom’s Ashland, Wisconsin, home and had an aha thought: “It would be a great idea to get some bees.” more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Fit for School

Felicia Schneiderhan

When it’s time to send children off to school, parents’ health checklists might include vaccinations and teaching children to cover when they cough. But there are a few extra health tips for children in our northern clime that might surprise you. more

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Engineering Better Health

Courtesy Michigan Tech

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Research coming out of Michigan Tech could create medical wonders, and highlighted here are a few of those innovations. more

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Health/Wellness

Small Town Caregiver

Claire Duquette

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

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

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 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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