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

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

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

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

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

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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