THE NEW FORTY Apparently, the days of gym socks are over...
It doesn't take much to amuse me most days. Simple things amuse simple minds. Some of the things I find amusing I think would be generally amusing to most folks, but others may be amusing based on my ... Posted on 3/16/13 at 2:35 PM
THE DIRT: THE REAL DIRT ON GARDENING FROM A MASTER GARDENER IN MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA On hold
We had a wonderful weekend at the lake with family--it was hot and sunny and not too windy (a rarity at our place, it seems), so we did plenty of boating and swimming and just reading in the shade. It... Posted on 7/23/12 at 9:01 AM
HEALTHBEAT Complications of surgery
A patient advocate who blogs at 2centsdujour has come right out and asked the same question that's been bothering me ever since the death of Andy Rooney last week: Unexpected and fatal complications f... Posted on 11/11/11 at 11:47 AM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Unfantastic Plastic
I had an interesting discussion the other day with a guy about plastic surgery.
I mentioned the famous women who are generally considered "the most beautiful," whatever that really means. Nicole Kidm... Posted on 9/29/10 at 11:29 AM
STAFF BLOG IN THE SPIRIT Thousand thousand thanks shall be!
A thousand thanks to all of you who prayed for my Ruby Girl Sister as she underwent surgery for a brain tumor this week. She came through the surgery fine and Thursday night's update is that she... Posted on 5/6/10 at 6:13 PM
Last fall, Brooke Conlin of Grand Forks had three massive cysts in her abdomen — one was one and a half times the size of a football, the others were each as big as a grapefruit. She had no idea they were there.
Ryan Erickson was 11 months old when his parents were told that part of his brain, the left hemisphere, would need to be surgically removed. Julie and RJ Erickson of Grand Forks took a few minutes to discuss it and made the decision to go ahead.
Despite the abundance of information about cosmetic plastic surgery that permeates the media, some of it is “incomplete” and anyone considering such procedures should be cautious, said Dr. Kevin Muiderman of Altru Health System in Grand Forks.
Arlene Olson had a bulge in the aortic artery inside her abdomen that was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. Not long ago, because of the small size of her artery, Olson, 87, would have required open surgery to repair the aneurysm that, if untreated, would eventually rupture and end her life.
Dr. John Lenihan and many other surgeons say the surgical robot, the da Vinci, gives them powerful new abilities in the operating room, shortens recovery time for their patients and decreases their risk of complications. Despite its stunning price — up to $2.6 million — the robot has been enthusiastically adopted by hospitals large and small.
A severe shortage of drugs for chemotherapy, infections and other serious ailments is endangering patients and forcing hospitals to buy life-saving medications from secondary suppliers at huge markups because they can't get them any other way.
Doctors say nearly any surgery usually done with a local anesthetic could work with hypnosis and less pain medicine. Proponents say hypnosis can dull patients' sense of pain and that it also cuts down on the need for anesthetic.
Exercising, bad joints take their toll on 45-to-64 age group
We’re becoming a nation of bum knees, worn-out hips and sore shoulders, and it’s not just the Medicare set. Baby boomer bones and joints also are taking a pounding, spawning a boom in operations to fix them.
UPDATED 5:15 P.M. A day after surgery to repair her skull, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' doctor has dubbed her "gorgeous Gabby," encouraged by how she looks and is communicating after an operation considered a major milestone in her recovery from a gunshot wound.
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