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What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is a potentially blinding disease of the retina, the light-detecting tissue within the eye.

Compassionate care trademark of hospitalís home health service

Home health care has become a standard service through most hospitals. Home health care agencies deliver comprehensive and supportive care to the patient right in the home, either by a skilled professional who provides medical care or by caregivers or aids who are trained to help the patient with daily activities.

Volunteers needed to help dental hygiene students

ODS College of Dental Sciences student Madison Garcia adjusts x-ray equipment in preparation for taking pictures of a patientís teeth. The ODS College of Dental Sciences in La Grande is looking for 46 volunteer patients in need of a cleaning who are also willing to help a dental hygiene student take a step toward beginning their career. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

The ODS College of Dental Sciences in La Grande is looking for 46 volunteer patients in need of a cleaning who are also willing to help dental hygiene students take a big step toward beginning their career.

HEALTH BRIEFS: Brain awareness teacher workshop set for March 8

This year’s Brain Awareness workshop has been scheduled for 10 a.m. March 8 in Room 13 in the basement of Inlow Hall at Eastern Oregon University. 

The check-in for the workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. 

The presenter this year is Dr. Carol S. Dweck from the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She will present on transforming students’ motivation to learn. 

Advanced registration is recommended. The cost to participate is $15, and light morning snacks and coffee will be served. Registration deadline is Feb. 28. 

For more information, visit www.eou.edu/neoahec or call 541-962-3422. 

Familiar face returns to WMH

ENTERPRISE — The new year brought with it a new, though familiar, face to the top spot at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

Larry Davy is the new chief executive officer at the hospital, taking over for Dave Harman. Davy served as CEO with Wallowa Memorial Hospital six years ago when he guided the Health Care District through the building of the new hospital. 

WINTERS: Tips for improving your health this winter

It’s the “flu season” again. Here are some thoughts on improving your health this winter.

Get plenty of sleep and rest. Taking a break from life’s challenges can be wonderful and good sleep is essential. Adequate quality sleep allows your body to restore itself and to gird for the next day. 

Keeping the flu at bay can be tricky

It’s that time of year again. Cold weather, short days, sniffles and relentless “get your flu shot” messages.

GRH manager earns credential from RACC

Troy Juniper, imaging services manager at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande, has recently received the credential of certified radiology administrator through the Radiology Administration Certification Commission.

Juniper will now hold the CRA designation and may add “CRA” credentials after his name.

Hearing aids Going high tech to fix hearing loss

Audiologist Dr. Robin Maxon, right, is in the Acoustics System audiometric sound booth with patient KC Kunkle, using an otoscope to examine the anatomy of his ear canal to be sure there are no abnormalities in the ear canal or at the level of eardrum. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Like so many medical technologies, hearing aids have gone high tech. Away with the clunky brown thing in your ear that buzzes and whistles at the most inopportune moments of your life. The 21st century hearing aids are known as “behind the ear receiver-in-the-canal technology.”

When a patient has his hearing evaluated and is equipped with these state-of-the-art hearing aids, he might feel he’s being fitted for a miniature computer and he would be right. 

Flu season hits oregon

Nurse practitioner Renee Edwards of Village Health Care in La Grande checks Penny Zarate for flu symptoms Monday. Edwards has been seeing patients with seasonal illnesses since October and is seeing patients with flu symptoms. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

There have been more than 60 flu-related deaths in the state since the start of September

Twenty-five states are now reporting cases of this year’s flu, a familiar one identified as the “swine flu”of the H1N1 type. 

MTHFR gene can affect health

In our recent exploration into factors affecting your health, we have learned about genetic influences. The MTHFR gene, short for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, affects some very important body functions. If you are of the roughly 40 percent of U.S. citizens with this mutation, your health will be affected. 

Lab at Wallowa Memorial Hospital offers help to people suffering from sleep disorders

Lisa Bauk runs the sleep lab at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, where she monitors people with potential sleep disorders. (KATY NESBITT/WesCom News Service)

Snoring seems as ordinary as sneezing or the occasional headache, but according to Lisa Bauk, who runs the sleep lab at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, it’s a symptom of sleep disorder.  

Sleep disorders often coincide with hypertension, diabetes, obesity and strokes and can shorten one’s lifespan as well as quality of life, Bauk said. 

No one need be alone in Lostine

Weekly Stone Soup Drop-In Center open to people suffering from mental illness, addiction struggles

LOSTINE — In the legend of Stone Soup the villagers learn that the sum is greater than the parts. 

At the Stone Soup Drop-In Center in Lostine this message is taken both literally and metaphorically.

Putting together a dining strategy

Grande Ronde Hospitalís Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetic Educator Susan Lewis shows two foods that can rack up the carb grams and blood sugar at any holiday meal. The half banana has 15 carbohydrate grams and is equivalent to one carb unit. The whole potato is 37 carbohydrate grams or 2.5 carb units. Not exceeding 45 carb grams per meal is ideal but takes a dining strategy.

Holiday season offers plenty of temptations to those watching what they eat

If the holiday words “stuffed,” “butterball” and “puffs” are any indication of things yet to come, then listen up to the dining tips offered by Susan Lewis, a registered dietician nutritionist and certified diabetic educator at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Dealing with the holiday blues

Holiday blues are a common affliction for many, but a few easy tips can alleviate short-term depression, according to writer and therapist Evan Katz.

Katz, the author of “Inside the Mind of an Angry Man,” said holiday activities often trigger a host of negative emotions linked to family and financial issues. 

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