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DULUTH, Minn.—Shadab Rahman's business is sleep, but it wasn't his dream job. "I needed a summer research project," the Harvard Medical School instructor said. "The only available lab was in Toronto. ... They studied sleep." That was when Rahman, now 36, was an undergraduate with an interest in cardiovascular medicine. His summer in Toronto led to a second summer as a research associate at the same lab and then work at another Toronto lab with the same mentor as he achieved his doctorate degree.
EVELETH, Minn.—More isn't necessarily better when it comes to air ambulance service. "Having a helicopter is good for a rural community," said Tom Judge, executive director of LifeFlight of Maine, the only air ambulance service in Maine. "Are more helicopters better? ... At some point, all of these helicopters, that's part of what's driven up (costs)."
DULUTH — Being poked with needles sounds unpleasant, but acupuncture doesn't hurt, Dr. Like He said. "The needle insertion itself really doesn't hurt," He said. "I don't want them to feel a sharp pain." If there is a sharp pain, it usually means the needle is penetrating a tiny blood vessel, He said. But what the patient should feel is the deqi sensation, a sort of numbness or tingling. "If they don't feel anything at all, usually the result is not as good," He said.
DULUTH — William Brown was reluctant to try acupuncture as a treatment for his chronic lower back pain. "I was very concerned about it," the 70-year-old Solon Springs, Wis., man said. "I guess I'm like everyone else in that I think acupuncture is ... witchcraft."
DULUTH — Sister Judine Mayerle stood in a basement passageway, one hand on a massive white column. "I think this is really cool," the Benedictine nun said, with almost the same respect in her voice with which she might speak of a religious icon. "This is holding up the building." The column, accessible down a corridor lined with excess furnishings, is one of the footings holding up Tower Hall, built as "Villa Sancta Scholastica" in the first decade of the 1900s and now the landmark building on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica.
CLOQUET, Minn. — Bradon "Bo" Setterquist's life has changed dramatically in the six months since he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS. From living the good life in a northern California apartment, he has moved to an assisted living facility in his hometown of Cloquet, where he's starting to need help eating.
DULUTH — A Duluth family is asking for the community's help after a family member died suddenly with no savings to pay for funeral expenses. Melanie Anne Hanson, the mother of seven and grandmother of three, died on Tuesday from the effects of a stroke, said her younger sister, Angel Ricker, 39. Hanson, who worked as a housekeeper for the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth, was 41. She hadn't been able to plan for future expenses, Ricker said.
A clinical trial planned for heart attack patients at Duluth's Essentia Health and 66 other institutions is unethical and should be suspended, a public interest group argues. The Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion Trial "fails to satisfy the basic ethical principles" required of such research, write Drs. Michael A. Carome and Sidney M. Wolfe of the Public Citizen's Health Research Group in a letter to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Veterans Health Administration. The letter was released today.
DULUTH, Minn. — Your retirement date is approaching, and you're looking forward to the new you. You've never had the time before, but now you're going to exercise regularly and practice healthier eating habits, right? Not necessarily. "There's a lot of promises," said Dr. Addie Licari of the optimistic talk from patients at St. Luke's Mount Royal Medical Clinic in Duluth, where she practices. " 'I'm going to lose weight, and I'm going to exercise.' "Then you see them in a year, and it has not happened."
Arndt Braaten was never one to make impulsive decisions. When he was confirmed into the Lutheran church, for example, the 13-year-old saw it as an irrevocable lifetime commitment. "I was very much aware that I was standing before almighty God who created the universe and everything in it, promising to be faithful to him to the end," said Braaten, now 91. "Now that was very awesome, and I wasn't about to break it."