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For Amber Boettcher, there was excruciating pain and unwanted hair growth. Molly Rineck developed significant acne for the first time in her life when she was in her early 20s. Amy Feely noted no symptoms at all, but was trying to figure out why she couldn't get pregnant. All three young adult Northland women eventually were diagnosed with the same thing: polycystic ovary syndrome, commonly abbreviated as PCOS.
SOLON SPRINGS — About a dozen Douglas County residents waited patiently in 30-degree weather outside the locked community center here on Monday to hear what their congressman had to say four days before the inauguration of a new president. Fortunately, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, on a three-city town hall tour of Wisconsin's sprawling 7th District, arrived just ahead of the 5 p.m. start time and had been tipped off that the key would be under the planter.
Free dentistry for kids Minnesota dentists will offer free care to as many as 4,000 children on Feb. 3 and 4, and appointments can be made now. More than 2,000 dental professionals are volunteering at more than 125 clinics across the state for the annual Give Kids a Smile campaign, according to a news release from the Minnesota Dental Association.
The flu bug is showing some strength in the Northland. "It's clearly starting to ramp up for the season," said Dr. Sara Lund, an infectious-disease specialist at St. Luke's hospital. "It's really happening over the past two or three weeks." Six people were hospitalized with influenza in Northeastern Minnesota for the week ending Jan. 7, according to the weekly summary from the state's Department of Health. That compares with a total of three for all of the month of December and a total of 11 for the entire flu season.
The organization representing many of Minnesota's doctors is getting involved in the discussion over repealing the Affordable Care Act. "The current effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without clear guidance as to what a replacement plan will encompass is reckless," said a letter to Minnesota's congressional delegation signed by Dr. David Agerter, president of the Minnesota Medical Association.
On the surface, it doesn't seem like much of a challenge. The International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is challenging the people of Grapevine, Texas, on the question of which is more entitled to rhyme the words "bold" and "cold" in conjunction with a foot race on Jan. 21. "How bold do you need to be to run in Texas in January?" asked Shawn Mason, president of the Minnesota city's chamber. At issue are the International Falls Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run, which uses the slogan "Only the Bold Run the Cold," and Grapevine's "Bold in the Cold" run.
This is something you may not have given much thought to, but leeches have wonderful saliva. "Within the leech saliva there is a substance in there called hirudin," Jim Tomsche said. "And there's other things in their saliva as well ... which allows blood flow to expand or vessels to open up their blood supply and also has an anesthetic effect." If that news doesn't make your blood flow, it might some day when you need it the most.
Free diabetes prevention A yearlong program designed to help people lose weight and avoid type 2 diabetes will be offered in Duluth beginning this month. Known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, it has been proven by a national research study to help people make lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes, according to a news release from Healthy Northland, one of the sponsoring agencies.
St. Luke's hospital is building another new clinic, this time in Ashland. The new, 22,000-square-foot Chequamegon Clinic is expected to open in early 2018 on the north side of U.S. Highway 2 between Culver's and the Ashland Honda Toyota dealership, the health system announced in a news release on Friday. It will replace the existing clinic, which is at 415 Ellis Ave. next to Central Railyard Park. That clinic is just more than 17,000 square feet.
An appeal from the president of the United States got her attention, Duluth East graduate Shannon Grace-Anderson said. "What really struck me was at the very end he said the citizens are actually the most powerful," Grace-Anderson said. "My takeaway was to continue to speak up and have the courage to say: Here's what the benefits are."