GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sitting near a hospital bed at Altru Hospital, Leslie Saulsbury spreads the tools of her trade on the blanket in front of 7-year-old Josiah Green. The assorted music-making instruments include a portable keyboard, maracas, tambourine and a wooden stick with hinged, cup-shaped clappers that, when shaken, sound like horses' hooves on pavement. Josiah sits subdued and quiet next to the music therapist. "Would you like to play a song?" she asks gently, demonstrating the keyboard. He hesitates, then presses a few keys. "Should we write a Halloween song?" Saulsbury a
GRAND FORKS—A packed lunch from home can be a great way to make sure your child--and you, for that matter—have a healthy, nutritious meal at lunchtime. Not only does a balanced lunch provide the nutrients kids need to grow, it helps them learn better in school and sets the foundation for health benefits long into the future, according to John Crist, dietician with Altru Health System in Grand Forks. Children who don't eat a healthy lunch are more susceptible to viruses that are going around, Crist said. The U.S.
GRAND FORKS -- Although he wanted to, Paul Voth could not donate a kidney to his girlfriend, Tanya Knodle, whose health has been failing in recent years. Their blood types are not compatible. But they found another way that Knodle, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, could receive the kidney she needed due to the diabetes-caused kidney disease she had. The Grand Forks couple agreed to be part of a "paired exchange" program.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Gwen and Todd Pesch are raising seven kids who range in age from 2 to 18. “We never set out to have a lot of...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- After she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer five years ago, Teri Behr began reading about a genetic mutation that greatly increases one's risk for breast or ovarian cancer. She struggled with the question of taking the genetic test which would reveal whether or not she carried the mutation.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- BRCA1 and BRCA2 are "tumor suppressor genes," meaning that, when normal, they make proteins that keep cells from growing abnormally, according to Cancer.org. "The way I explain it to patients is, they act like a stop sign.
You don't need to hire an attorney to prepare an advance healthcare directive, said Moriah Opp, patient education coordinator at Altru Health System in Grand Forks. "You can go online and print out the forms," said Opp, who teaches a class, offered quarterly, on advance healthcare directives. "The directive becomes a legal document when it is notarized." The questions listed on the advance directive forms "are very broad--and they are meant to be," she said. "They give the provider and the care team a sense of who you are and what you believe in.
On a November morning in 2011, Kraig Lee was hit with the worst headache of his life. The 58-year-old Wannaksa, Minn., farmer took several over-the-counter pain pills. They didn't help. He called his wife, Bonnie, who was at work at the family's hardware store in Wannaska. By the time she got home, he was lying on the floor. He needed to go to the emergency room in Roseau, Minn., he told her.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Norman Roberts, 61, of Grand Forks has lived with schizophrenia since he was 15. Schizophrenia, a severe brain disorder which causes people to abnormally interpret reality, may result in hallucinations, delusions and extremely disordered thinking and behavior, according to MayoClinic.com. "I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by chemical imbalance," Roberts said. Sometimes he hears voices. "Mainly they say things like, 'Look out' or 'What are you doing?' Sometimes they criticize me." At times, the voices are distorted a bit, he said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- At 4 days old, Jozy Austreng did not act like a typical newborn. She was exhibiting early signs of the health crisis that was to come. "Her breathing changed. Her temperature had dropped to 92 degrees, and she had lost about one pound," said her mother Megan Goulet, 23, of Grand Forks. "She'd open her eyes but they wouldn't stay open," Goulet said. "She wouldn't feed from her bottle.