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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.

REAL PEOPLE: Familyís personal adoption story worth sharing

Growing up, Sharilyn Martin knew a story of adoption and acceptance.

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. 

MTHFR can explain many illnesses

Today, we continue our tour of your body’s machinery. Your cells contain DNA organized into genes. Genes contain very precise, organized information your body uses as blueprints for building your muscles, bones, nerves, everything. These blueprints also determine how we process food in order to supply the necessary ingredients for health. 

Getting a clearer picture

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 

GARDEN GUIDE: Missing my garden catalogs

The top of the desk in my office is bare. Not one single seed or plant catalog has found its way to my address, not even from vendors that I made purchases through this past year.

GARDEN GUIDE: Missing my garden catalogs

The top of the desk in my office is bare. Not one single seed or plant catalog has found its way to my address, not even from vendors that I made purchases through this past year.

Keeping a record

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. 

BIRTHS: November 25, 2013

Diabetes and your eyes

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

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