When Heartburn May be More Than Just Heartburn

Many people experience heartburn from time to time. In most cases, it is temporary discomfort treatable by an over-the-counter antacid. However, if heartburn becomes more frequent, occurring more than twice a week, you may need medical attention. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, which occurs when acid from the stomach splashes into the more…

It’s Back – Measles in the U.S.

In the first 3 months of 2017, 28 people from 10 states, including Minnesota, have been reported as having measles according to the CDC. Measles can spread quickly in communities where people are not vaccinated so children and anyone else who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected. That’s why it…

Why Your Advance Care Plan Matters

Across the country, more patients and healthcare providers are talking earlier about end-of-life care. Prior to the 19th century, people generally lived shorter lives and death had a greater degree of religious and social ritual behind it. Since then, modern medicine dramatically extended lifespans and transformed dying into a process. More people now die in…

How to Have Happy, Healthy Feet for Spring

Great health requires taking care of your body from head to toe, but our feet do not always get the attention they deserve. Uncomfortable shoes, athlete’s foot, and other problems can make walking difficult or unpleasant. As the weather changes and vacation season begins, many people trade their boots and tennis shoes for sandals. Tips…

A Good Pair Makes a World of Difference

Do you need a new pair of good sunglasses? Have you ever compared the difference in quality, sun protection, and clarity? This is the best time to get them – and on April 19th – you’ll get special pricing too at the new Glenwood Family Eye Center from 3-7p during their vendor trunk show. There…

Occupational Therapy Answers “Now What?”

Your life is made up of occupations – meaningful, everyday activities. These occupations can include many roles, such as being a parent, a friend, a spouse, a tennis player, an artist, a cook, or a musician. From toddlers whose occupations are playing and learning new skills to the older adult whose occupations are engaging with…

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

With spring on its way, there is often an increase in visits for heel pain. Minnesotans looking forward to becoming active outdoors are sometimes sidelined with pain in the sole of the foot or the back of the heel. It can become severe enough to take a toll on the activities they love and even…

How Diabetes Management Impacts Your Health

For American Diabetes Association Alert Day, March 28th, we created this infographic to promote diabetes awareness. It shows how each area of the body is impacted by diabetes and how properly managing diabetes can help improve your health. Diabetes has two main types, Type 1 and Type 2, and they both may cause significant complications…

What’s Going On In Your Colon?

One test can prevent cancer. It’s true – there are a lot of unexpected surprises that can happen in life, but colon cancer doesn’t have to be one of them. Talk a walk through an inflatable colon, narrated by Dr. Gus Mellgren, and see why a screening colonoscopy can actually prevent colon cancer. Dr. Gustave Mellgren,…

Video Connects Ambulance to ER

By Zach Anderson, Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times, February 20, 2017 Technology is constantly evolving, sometimes helping provide better emergency care. Glacial Ridge Health System Emergency Services will be able to provide better emergency care with its added secure i-Pad video feed that connects the ambulance to the emergency room. Emergency Services and Training…