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Health Notes: Take St. Luke’s robot for a test drive

St. Luke’s hospital is inviting the public to test drive a surgical robot.

The hospital’s daVinci surgical robot will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the cafeteria of St. Luke’s, 915 E. First St. People are invited to sit in the driver’s seat.

Ten surgeons use the daVinci for general, urologic, gynecologic and colorectal operations, a St. Luke’s news release said. The robot’s microscopic “hands” provide smaller incisions than standard surgery.

At 2 p.m., Dr. Susan Goltz, an obstetrician and gynecological surgeon, and Dr. John Bollins, a general surgeon, will give brief presentations followed by questions and answers. They were the first surgeons in the region to perform robotic surgery with a single incision.

Free medical clinic

A free medical clinic will be offered Wednesday at the Lake Superior Life Care Center, on the first floor at 1522 E. Superior St.

Services include non-emergency medical care for men, women and children.

Call (218) 727-3399 for an appointment.

Speaking of eating

“Healthy Eating on a Budget” is the topic of a program this evening at the Duluth Public Library’s main branch, 520 W. Superior St.

Jill Holmen from Whole Foods Co-op will talk about the benefits of shopping in bulk, learning to cook grains and beans from scratch and eating what is in season.

The free program, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Green Room, is sponsored by the library as part of its Health Happens @ your library series.