While much attention has been given to steering kids away from using social media to bully others, a recent study has found that some teens are anonymously posting hurtful messages about themselves online. It's called "digital self-harm," and its rates are similar to traditional means of self-harm, such as cutting or burning, researchers say. The study, led by Justin Patchin, professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, found that 6 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 engage in digital self-harm.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Because of the way it's structured, the nation's health care system may be more accurately labeled a "disease care system." But wellness advocates point to growing recognition that health promotion and wellness play an important part in preventing disease and reducing medical costs. "If you think about our whole medical care system, it evolved as a 'disease-treatment model,' " said Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Healthy Living Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — Ever since they were about 6 or 7 years old, the Adams children have helped their parents work on renovating older homes for resale — starting out with tasks like fetching tools or sweeping out debris and moving on to buying, remodeling and reselling homes as teenagers. Now, as experienced house-flippers, Precious, 19, and triplets Serenity, Kazmir and Roman, 20, may have a chance to show their stuff on a reality show on HGTV, the network dedicated to all things home and garden.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The "toolkit" to protect the rights of transgender students, which recently was distributed to Minnesota school superintendents, "was given to us as a guide" and is not legally binding, said East Grand Forks Superintendent Mike Kolness. "The Toolkit for Ensuring Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students" was approved last month by an advisory council of the Minnesota Department of Education.
GRAND FORKS—Cases of dog flu in central and eastern Minnesota have put veterinarians on alert for possible signs of the disease in the Red River Valley. The virus has been reported in Crow Wing, Kandiyohi, Ramsey, Sherburne and Wright counties in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health website. The virus, which is "extremely contagious," is spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact between dogs or contaminated surfaces, said Dr. Stacy Lord, veterinarian at Petcetera Animal Clinic in Grand Forks.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — An East Grand Forks elementary school teacher plans to spend July in Nepal helping train teachers in the underdeveloped southeast Asian country. Kylie Melby, a 23-year-old who teaches fourth grade at South Point Elementary School, will join 25 teachers and others in education-related jobs who will work with teachers in Kathmandu and small villages. Melby, who earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of North Dakota in 2016, recently completed her first year as a teacher.
GRAND FORKS — Michael Johnson, an executive with Grand Forks-based Edgewood Management Group, and his colleagues set out in 2013 to determine what they could do to reduce the number of falls in the company's senior living facilities. They wanted to find out if the medications residents were on might be contributing to the incidence of those falls. The Edgewood company owns and operates about 60 senior living facilities—including independent and assisted living and memory care facilities—in seven states throughout the Upper Midwest.
GRAND FORKS — If you've noticed that it's getting harder to focus on things up close as you've gotten older, you're not alone. With aging comes inevitable changes in vision, a local eye specialist said, but there are steps you can take to protect your eye health and possibly slow deterioration. The most common vision problem in older adults is "presbyopia" which affects the eye's ability to focus on near objects, said Dr. Mark Sczepanski, an ophthalmologist at the North Dakota Eye Clinic in Grand Forks. This is because "the lens gets larger and less pliable."
Heavy drinking has become a bigger, more socially accepted part of American women's lives. And health statistics show the results have been deadly. "Alcohol is killing twice as many middle-age women as 18 years ago," said Kristie Gerrells, a licensed addiction counselor and clinical supervisor at the Red River Behavioral Health System in Grand Forks. "We have more understanding of why that takes place. Women have an extra predisposition to health problems stemming from alcohol abuse, due to their physiology," she said.
GRAND FORKS — Her pregnancy was progressing well when Cassie Marka headed to the clinic for a 20-week ultrasound procedure in the spring of 2013. She and her husband, William, were excited about the pending birth of their first child. "We went in to learn just the gender," Cassie Marka said. But they learned much more. "They said something was wrong with her heart but we'll wait and take a closer look later," she said. The weeks between hearing something was wrong and learning exactly what was wrong were "pretty awful."