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Flu season starts early

December 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Flu season is hitting the region early this year, with 380 reported cases in North Dakota already and nearly 300 hospitalized in Minnesota from the virus so far. Continue Reading

VIDEO: 8 cases of TB in Grand Forks county, officials say

November 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Eight cases of active tuberculosis, including a student at Phoenix Elementary School, have been diagnosed in Grand Forks County, health officials said today. Continue Reading

Minnesota reports 4 more West Nile cases

October 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Four more cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Minnesota this past week. But the rate of infection is dropping. The new illnesses mean that so far this year 65 cases and one death have been attributed to the mosquito-borne virus in Minnesota. Continue Reading

New SARS-like virus detected in Middle East

September 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Global health officials are closely monitoring a new respiratory virus related to SARS that is believed to have killed at least one person in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari citizen in critical condition in London. Continue Reading

Cancer debate: Are tumors fueled by stem cells?

August 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

How can a cancer come back after it’s apparently been eradicated? Three new studies are bolstering a long-debated idea: that tumors contain their own pool of stem cells that can multiply and keep fueling the cancer, seeding regrowth. Continue Reading

Autism coordinator tops $7 million worth of recommendations

May 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota lawmakers heard Wednesday more than $7 million worth of recommendations to improve autism services in the state. The state’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force prepared several suggestions for lawmakers to consider after being directed to come up with a list of policy recommendations and costs. Continue Reading

Woman’s Alzheimer’s program uses art to bring back memories

May 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Emily Lu was a student at Harvard University when she saw people with Alzheimer’s respond to works of art. Lu, who is graduating in May from medical school at Emory University, has created the new Museum Moments program at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Lu, 26, modeled the program at the Carlos museum after Meet Me at MoMA, a program at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which uses specially trained tour guides to help people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s to connect to art. Continue Reading

East Grand Forks couple deals with saying goodbye to 2 sons

April 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s the quiet of the evening that’s the most difficult for Brett Wilkening. Quiet usually meant his young son, Sam, was up to something he shouldn’t be. Memories of their little boy are vibrant and still fresh. Sam, who was almost 5, passed away March 2 from complications of a congenital heart defect. Compounding the Wilkenings’ tragedy is they had already lost another son, Chase, to a different congenital defect. The boy was only four months and four days old when he died in 2005. Continue Reading

Committee asks North Dakotans, who have autism spectrum disorder, for input

April 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When Colin Vieweg goes to the mall, he feels like he’s in a jungle surrounded by howler monkeys all screaming at the same time. “I just need to go away and stay away from the noise,” the Fargo 12-year-old said. “My mom says that’s because my brain processes noises differently than other people.”
Colin was one of several people who told state lawmakers Tuesday about what life is like living with Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: Church body vows to wipe our malaria

April 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For what’s believed to be the first time in the history of an individual church denomination, a vow has been made to wipe out a devastating disease within a certain time period. The church body: United Methodist. The disease: malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The time period: three years.
Christened, “Imagine No Malaria,” this mission project has been wholeheartedly embraced by Thief River Falls United Methodist Church, which just last weekend exceeded $10,000 on its way to its total pledge of $20,000. Continue Reading