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Basic training for joint surgery

David Deurwaarder signed up for Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s “Joint Camp” to learn what to expect before, during and after a total knee replacement. “The purpose of the class is to de-mystify what is going to happen,” said Kim Hartley, a registered nurse and coordinator of the program.

Build resiliency, cope with stress

The response to stress is primarily determined by a person’s perception of an event, transition or problem, says Ann Farris, personal trainer and health coach at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Her quest is to help people find balance in their lives and build resiliency to manage stress.

Giving kids a Valentine’s Day smile

Uninsured children from throughout the Columbia River Gorge will be all smiles on Valentine’s Day, but their grins won’t necessarily be from eating lots of heart-shaped sugary treats. Instead, they are being “treated” to free medical and dental care by One Community Health, which is participating in national Give Kids a Smile day.

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A smoker’s boot camp

Elise Bailey started smoking at the age of 18 and tried for years without success to conquer the addiction. “Nothing worked — I even chewed (cessation) gum while I smoked, and I thought, ‘That can’t be good for me,’” she said. Lung diseases ran in her family, so Bailey knew it was vital to her health that she stop puffing a pack of cigarettes every day.

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Go Red for Women's Heart Health: Stats and facts about a ‘killer’

Hayli Eiesland is armed with dozens of facts and stats about why people should quit smoking for heart health and to prevent other major illnesses. She plans to share some of her information at the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health expo on Friday, Feb. 3, on the second floor of Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Boulevard in The Dalles.

Register now for Go Red heart walk, run

Community members wanting to participate in the fifth annual walk/run that is part of the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health program in The Dalles need to pre-register by Monday to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Blue Zone meetings set

The Dalles is among three Oregon towns being considered for a Blue Zone Project, which would bring three years of paid staff to help create a healthier community.

The facts of hypothermia

Hypothermia is when the body gets very cold and can’t warm up on its own, according to UpToDate, a medical website. It occurs when the body, normally at 98.6 degrees, drops below 95 degrees.

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Wanted: Stuffed animals

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has run out of stuffed animals to provide to children undergoing treatment or visiting family members who are hospitalized.

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Local nurses honored by March of Dimes

For the sixth consecutive year, nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center were among a group of Oregon health care professionals selected to receive one of the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards.

Gas leak at MCMC

Roads were closed around the hospital this morning for about an hour when a leak in Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s main oxygen tank was detected.

'Good, bad, ugly' explored Nov. 7

Painkillers and opiates might be called “the good, the bad and the ugly.” Of all problem drugs, non-prescribed use of opiate-type painkillers affects all segments of our local population. Yet it’s also a problem the general population can help solve, prevent and understand.

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Governor extols gorge health care coordinated care coalition

Health care oversight in the gorge is alive and well, Gov. Kate Brown heard last week during a visit to Hood River.

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Pink Walk

Margie Bodolay of Lyle untangles balloons floating outside Burgerville on Second Street in The Dalles during the annual Pink Walk Saturday morning.

Sherman doctor honored

Dr. Erin Burnham of Sherman County Emergency Services is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016. Burnham, a Hood River resident, was honored last month at the Oregon State Health Division Annual Oregon EMS conference in Bend. The award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, on-line or off-line, and who has served with distinction.

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