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HEALTH MATTERS: New developments in mammography

December 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dr. Joshua Wynne answers the question: In a previous column, you talked about the use of mammography for breast cancer screening. A recent story in the news questioned its value. Can you help me understand this latest development? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Medicare vs. Medicaid

October 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q. I see ads for screenings performed for various forms of hardening of the arteries, such as the blood vessels in the neck. Since these tests often require out-of-pocket expenditures, are they a good idea? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Tricks to ward off sickness: Hand-washing, good hygiene

October 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q. As we get into the cold season, what should I take to ward off a cold, or at least reduce the severity of a cold if I get one? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Clean water a factor in increasing life span

September 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Life expectancy in the United States has been increasing steadily throughout our history. The improvement in life span during the first half of the 20th century was due in large part to control of infectious diseases. Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: The ABCs of blood pressure RX

September 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I have high blood pressure and have to take three different medications to keep my pressure under control. Why do I have to take so many pills? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Is open-heart surgery the only option for a narrow valve?

August 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

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HEALTH MATTERS: Best hemorrhoid treatment is prevention

August 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

I noticed some bleeding when I went to the bathroom, and my doctor diagnosed hemorrhoids. Should I be worried? What is the treatment? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Introducing public health

July 30, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q. I’ve heard UND and NDSU are now offering a joint Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. What is public health, and what will public health graduates do? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Finding the right doctor

July 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q. I am new to Grand Forks and need a doctor. What is the best method for selecting the right doctor for my family? Should I use one of the services on the Web that rates doctors? Continue Reading

HEALTH MATTERS: Co-pays, deductibles are here to stay

July 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Q. I’m annoyed by the co-pays and deductibles I have to pay to get medications and various health services. That’s why I have insurance! Why do insurance companies often insist on them? Continue Reading

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