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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. 

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.
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