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Thursday 04/16/2015
Lower back could be the source of constipation
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Did you know the lower back can be responsible for your constipation? The spine in the lower back is called the lumbar spine. There are five vertebrae in this section of the spine. The nerves housed inside the lumbar spine run the organs in the abdomen. These organs include the small and large intestine and female and male organs. When these nerves get irritated, pinched, or rubbed on by the vertebrae surrounding them, the nerve can no longer get the power to that organ. 

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It’s time to put away our winter coats
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Dear winter coat:

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Is the length of your eyelashes important?
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 3:00 pm

The purpose of eyelashes is to block, deflect and collect debris. Working with the blink reflex, they help keep debris out of the eye. It seems there is another function that eyelashes serve. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology looked at 20 different mammal specials and found that eyelash length was the same for all of them and that same length matches humans. The magic length of a proper set of eyelashes was found to be one third the width of the eyelid. This length allows the creation of a pocket of slowly moving air in front of the eye. This microenvironment helps to keep dust and debris out, as well as minimize moisture lost to evaporation.

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Inform your loved ones of your healthcare wishes
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 9:40 am

Minnesota and North Dakota residents have the right to inform others of their health care wishes. These wishes are most often indicated in a legal document called an advance directive. An advance directive informs others of your healthcare wishes in the event you are unable to speak for yourself, either because of physical or mental incapacity. 

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Thursday 04/09/2015
Seven steps for helping overcome grief
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 3:00 pm

What is on everybody’s mind lately? One thing – all the funerals that have been happening in our area lately.

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Unregulated lasers pose a risk to your eyes
Posted: April 09, 2015 - 3:00 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a continual consumer warning regarding the safety of lasers. Internet sales of unregulated high-powered lasers have been on the rise. Availability of these unregulated, and in some cases, illegal overpowered lasers have become more common on the Internet for the past few years. These lasers pose serious safety concerns for eye health. The intense light can cause damage to the eye with a relatively brief amount of direct exposure. To understand the risk, we need to know how lasers are rated.

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