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Getting a clearer picture

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Troy Juniper, Grande Ronde Hospital imaging services manager, shows off one of two remodeled ultrasound suites at GRH. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
 

New MRI and ultrasound suites at Grande Ronde Hospital

The imaging services department at Grande Ronde Hospital has expanded with two remodeled ultrasound suites and a newly installed 


Keeping a record

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Dr. Charles Hofmann of St. Alphonsus Medical Group in Baker City said the change to electronic medical records means he spends more time in front of his computer monitor. (MARK BOGART/WesCom News Service)
 

Medical clinics, Baker City hospital enter the digital age with medical records

Most of Baker County’s medical practitioners and the local hospital have entered the digital age in maintaining medical records. Instead of using paper charts, they record and store patient information using laptop computers and remote digital servers.  


Estate planning and power of attorney explained

Estate planning and necessary health care documentation for an aging loved one was the topic presented at Wildflower Lodge Tuesday evening by Attorney Wyatt Baum of Baum Smith LLC of La Grande, who specializes in municipal law and family law. 

“There are three documents we discuss in basic estate planning: the power of attorney, the advance directive and the basic will,” Baum said. 


Shingles: How it affects us

It was a hazy Wednesday in October, and T. Marie Landowski, a healthy, retired high school guidance counselor living in Fort Atkinson, Wis., was preparing to do some heavy-duty leaf raking at her rental property. 


MTHRF gene holds blueprint

Join me for a brief but important journey into your body’s cells. Every cell in your body possesses a complete copy of your unique DNA. 


Diabetes and your eyes

Eye doctors are uniquely positioned to detect diseases affecting the entire body, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. 

Battling super germs

Antibiotic-resistant infections pose threat to human health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a landmark health report called “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.”  


Walking With Ease

Wallowa County’s OSU Extension Office offers course, developedby Arthritis Foundation, which can reduce pain and improve health 

ENTERPRISE — Walking with ease just got easier through a class offered by Oregon State University.


Focusing on solutions to low vision problems

Anyone with low vision will tell you how devastating it is not to be able to perform daily tasks they once did effortlessly. However, low vision specialists and vision enhancing technology are now more readily available to patients living in Eastern Oregon.  

New facility caring for Wallowa County seniors

Enterprise — The Wallowa Valley Senior Living Center and Memory Care opened in June caring for some of the county’s most at need elderly.

Critical mass

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Body Mass Index is the measurement of a personís weight in relation to his height. Though BMIís do not reveal the percentage of fat in the body, Dr. Nancy Findholt of OHSUís School of Nursing at EOU believes itís still the best indicator of obesity in children and teens. (Trish Yerges photo)
 

Collaborative project measures body mass index of Union, Wallowa county students

Oregon Health and Science University’s nursing faculty and students at Eastern Oregon University are calculating body mass indexes of students in grades K-8 in schools in Union and Wallowa counties as part of the SNACZ research study.  


Long-term care: Making decisions

Discussions about long-term care for the elderly are often postponed until action is unavoidable due to hospitalization from falls, medication mismanagement or malnutrition, says Pam Peyron, owner of Elkhorn Adult Foster Home in Baker City.

Fitting in with Aspergerís syndrome

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Donovan Durfee of La Grande, left, plays the hyper-talkative Donkey in the musical comedy "Shrek." (Trish Yerges photo)
 

The Elgin Opera House may seem the most unlikely stage for someone who has challenges with social interaction, but that’s precisely where two “Shrek” actors with Asperger’s syndrome feel they fit in. 



Pulse of Elgin Health District beats $78,000 stronger, thanks to grant

ELGIN — The Elgin Health District’s board of directors made several landmark announcements recently. 

The benefits of yoga

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Yoga teacher Adrienne Tyler, of Yoga Dawn in La Grande, encourages participants to ďopen their heartsĒ as they perform a series of poses during yoga class. (Trish Yerges/For The Observer)
 

Achieve self-realization through body-mind discipline 

Reconnecting body and mind through traditional yoga is the occupation and passion of integrated yoga therapist and instructor Adrienne Tyler of Yoga Dawn in La Grande. 


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