Patients will benefit from improved treatment for cancer and other conditions with the use of new high-tech equipment that more precisely targets cancerous tumors, according to Dr. Grant R. Seeger, radiation oncologist at the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks.
Your dog may have a fur coat, but that doesn't necessarily mean he can handle the bitter cold and winds Mother Nature has battered us with in recent weeks. "Pet attire," such as a coat or sweater and booties, provides the extra protection most dogs need to avoid the harmful, sometimes life-threatening, effects of extreme cold, according to a local veterinarian. Unless your dog has a thick heavy coat, she could benefit from outerwear to protect against the harmful, sometimes life-threatening, effects of extreme cold, said Dr.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A baby may look pink and perfect at birth but could have heart problems that are not visibly evident before the newborn leaves the hospital, according to a neonatologist with Altru Health System in Grand Forks. "It takes longer than, say, 24 to 48 hours -- when baby is ready to go home -- to detect such problems," said Dr. Durga Panda.
In the five "difficult years" when her husband was battling a dementia that eventually took his life, Madelyne Camrud, Grand Forks, captured her thoughts and emotions in poetry, as she had for years. Writing gave expression to "the work of caring for someone with an ongoing illness," she said. Someone she fell in love with and married as a teenager, someone with whom she raised four children. Ted Camrud was her life partner for 51 years, she said.
Caring for your baby's teeth -- as soon as the first one appears -- will go a long way to keeping your child healthy, according to a Grand Forks pediatric dentist. Started early, good dental care practices help children get used to having a toothbrush and floss in their mouths, said Dr. Chad Hoge, who practices at Dakota Pediatric Dentistry. They also help counteract the damage that sugar can do to kids' teeth. "Children are typically exposed to sugary foods and sugary drinks early on," he said.
After her bout with bladder cancer two years ago, Carilynn Maw, 76, of Grand Forks said she could do everything she'd done before, "but I was tired." Looking for an exercise class last fall, she said, "I wondered, 'Gee, am I going to keep up?'" Then, she spotted an ad for a LIVESTRONG class that was starting in October at the local Altru Family YMCA and decided to sign up. "This is perfect," said Maw. "You work your way into it; you're not pressured. There are people to help you." Since she started the program, "a lot of things are easier for me; I have more energy," she said.
With a fleece blanket across his lap, Darrell Jensen listened intently as the woman seated near him sang and played the John Denver hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" on her guitar. He smiled. Through the expansive window behind him, bright midday sunlight flooded the small room at the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks. Jensen was receiving chemotherapy to fight the cancer that had upended his life with no warning last summer. The retired Langdon, N.D., banker said he enjoys music of all kinds, but is partial to country and easy-listening. "It uplifts you," he said.
Carly Flaagan, a UND music therapy student, recently received the E. Thayer Gaston Research Writing Award from the American Music Therapy Association for her research paper on music therapy and speech pathology collaboration. "It's the most prestigious student award given by the association for a research paper," said Andrew Knight, assistant professor of music at UND. Flaagan, the first UND student to win the award, accepted it at the AMTA meeting in November in Florida. "The old way of treating patients was (based on) the part of the body," Knight said.
Looking for an au pair to take care of her two young children while she and her husband were away at work, Sarah Edwards wanted experience, a calm temperament and a philosophy of child care that matched her own. An au pair is a child-care provider from different country who lives in the employer's home and is subject to government restrictions. The role is similar to that of a nanny, Edwards said, but "I think 'nanny' is a broad catch-all term" for hired help that may or may not live with the family.
Sometimes, the very things people love about the holidays -- the anticipation, the hustle and bustle, the celebrations -- can leave some of us with a sense of sadness, emptiness and even depression. When such feelings arise, being aware and "doing the opposite" of our natural tendencies may be among the best ways to combat them, according to a behavioral health provider at Mayo Clinic.