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There's your first step, your first word, your first day of school, your first kiss. And then, for many of us at age 50, a rite of passage that's not nearly so popular: your first colonoscopy. Eww. "The disadvantage is, the main one that everybody knows about, is that you have to do the colon prep," Dr. Erin Thackeray said. As a gastroenterologist for Essentia Health in Duluth, Thackeray is familiar with the reasons — excuses? — people have for putting off or entirely going without a colonoscopy.
Diabetes prevention program recognized Use of a national program in Duluth to prevent Type 2 diabetes has won full recognition from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is offered to anyone in the community who is at risk for Type 2 diabetes, the Duluth YMCA reported in a news release. The YMCA sponsors the program in Duluth along with Healthy Northland and Essentia Health.
Tara Haakonson thought she was healthier than she'd ever been. In her freshman year at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the St. Cloud-area native was doing all the right things. She worked out obsessively, and her diet was heavy on fruits and vegetables. She entirely eschewed processed foods and fast foods. She started out with a goal of 1,200 calories per day, but that decreased to between 900 and 1,000, said Haakonson, now 24. "Now" is seven years later, and she knows that level is "not sustainable. It's not nearly enough to keep your body healthy."
Since Amanda Haddock was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a 5-year-old, some things have been part of her life that most of her peers never have to think about. Now 20 and a junior at Northland College in Ashland, Haddock carefully tracks the carbs in her meals, she said. She always carries with her Glucagon, medicine with which she could be injected if she passes out because of low blood sugar. People close to her know where she keeps it and how to use it if needed.
Fireworks caution advised It's a summer tradition for the Health Notes inbox: emails from physician groups urging caution in celebrating the Fourth of July.
Duluth School Board members agreed Monday, in a reluctant 4-2 vote, to a tentative “resignation and release” deal with chief financial officer Doug Hasler. From the few remarks they made, the members who voted yes during a brief early afternoon public meeting appeared to be only slightly happier about it than those who voted against. The vote came in a brief early afternoon meeting that followed an hourlong closed session.
A Duluth clinic is discontinuing a form of treatment for depression and mood disorders, and patients are raising an alarm. "I genuinely believe this will kill at least one of the 30 to 40 current patients, if not more," said Andrew Ronding, 36, in an email. Essentia Health confirmed that treatment with ketamine infusions has been provided at the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street Building by Dr. Michael Messer, a psychiatrist. Messer retired on Monday.
John Marshall is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War, well known in the area as captain of the Duluth Honor Guard, which serves at military funerals. His patriotism is beyond question, but one aspect of Independence Day is difficult for Marshall. "The Fourth of July, when you've got the bangs and the smell of gunpowder, it drives me nuts," Marshall said recently. "I don't go watch fireworks just because it causes me that much discomfort."
A roundabout at the place where Michigan Street splits off from Superior Street in Lincoln Park could be constructed next year as part of the buildup to the major rebuild of the "Can of Worms" interchange. The roundabout is not a sure thing, said Roberta Dwyer, project manager for what the Minnesota Department of Transportation calls the Twin Ports Interchange of Interstate 35, Interstate 535 and U.S. Highway 53.
A common scourge for youth The vast majority of adolescents have struggles, at least some of the time, with eating, activity or weight-related issues. That's the conclusion of a University of Minnesota School of Public Health study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the University News Service reported.