disease

Three Cases of Meningococcal Meningitis in North Dakota

The three have been diagnosed within the past couple of months

BISMARCK, N.D. — Health officials say three people have been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in North Dakota the past couple of months. The state’s Department of Health says two of those cases have been confirmed by laboratory testing. The disease is rare in North Dakota and in the U.S. Before this year, the last cases reported in North Dakota were…

Hundreds Gather In Fargo Walk For Alzheimer’s

With hundreds packed into the Fargo Civic Center ready to go, one team of runners bear a message for a beloved family member who's battling the disease.

FARGO N.D. — With hundreds packed into the Fargo Civic Center ready to go, one team of runners bear a message for a beloved family member who’s battling the disease. “My mother is one of the casualties of Alzheimer’s, and we will support anything any efforts to resolve this medical issue,” walker Dave Gierszewski said. This is the first year…

Getting By With a Little Help From Her Friends; Rock and Roll Fan Battles Autoimmune Disease

"But the one I need for Ankylosing Spondylitis to slow it down, is the cosentyx, and that is $6,000 a month"

FARGO, N.D. — A proud Fargo rock fan says good friends and music can help you get through some of life’s toughest battles. Take a look at how her friends are combining some of her favorite things to take one burden off her shoulders. Since she was a teenager, Shannon Neece has been misdiagnosed. It wasn’t until recently, she is…

Making the Little Things Count: Local Organization Helps Breast Cancer Fighters

That's where Pink It Forward comes in...they think about the details

FARGO, N.D. — When you are fighting a life threatening disease, the little things can make all the difference. That’s exactly what Pink It Forward is doing. One in every eight women will develop breast cancer. “In some way we are all affected by breast cancer,” said Shannon Tjaden, the United States of American Mrs. North Dakota. But it’s not…

One Moorhead Teen Doesn’t Let Epilepsy Stop Her From Living Her Dream

But Emma is taking off her usual protection and putting on a look fit for a fighter

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Things haven’t always come easy to 14–year–old Emma Pederson, but one thing always has…a smile, ear to ear. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen met Emma a few weeks ago and knew her story needed to be told. Now she shows us how her dream has finally become a reality. The roar of the engine and heavy gear has always…

Community Fighting North Dakota’s Leading Cause of Death at Annual Walk: Heart Disease

They are teaching people that it is 80% preventable by living a healthier lifestyle

FARGO, N.D. — The American Heart Association is celebrating its 20th Annual Heart Walk nationwide. Hundreds planned to come out and walk tonight in Island Park in Fargo to raise funds and awareness to fight heart disease. They are teaching people that it is 80% preventable by living a healthier lifestyle. By eating better and getting more physical activity into…

“My Disease Won’t Stop Me From Living”: People Take Steps Towards a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

There was a feeling of power, strength and motivation at the annual JDRF walk at Scheels Arena

WEST FARGO, N.D. — For the fifth year, people are gathering at Scheels Arena to fight for a world without type 1 diabetes. TJ and I (Alison Voorhees) had the opportunity to emcee the event and hear from those whose lives have made a 360 because of the disease. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen captured the walk and tells us how they…

Fargo Cass Public Health Introduces New Harm Reduction Center

The main goal of the HRC is to help individuals and the community stay as healthy as possible by reducing disease and other health issues among people who inject drugs

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health is introducing the new Harm Reduction Center at 510 5th Street North. The HRC has been newly formed under the harm reduction division which consists of several programs. Veteran’s Drop-in Center, Withdrawal Management Unit, and the Good Neighbor Project Harm Reduction Center are just a few. The main goal of the HRC is…

Fargo Cass Public Health Conducts Training Exercise

The training covers the process people would through during a public health emergency

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health hosted a training exercise at Fargo North High School to practice what would happen if a biological or chemical attack happened. Fargo North’s gym was converted into a makeshift point-of-dispensing, or POD, so residents could go through a simulation of what would happen if there was a public health emergency. “It’s a community point-of-dispensing…

One Woman’s Symptoms Lead to Rare Diagnosis

She has pulmonary hypertension, which causes the blood vessels of the lungs to shrink

FARGO, N.D. — One woman received a rare diagnosis after months of experiencing unexplained symptoms. Shari Hagen–Oxton says she always felt out of breath a year ago. “Even just letting the dog out in the morning, walking from one end of the house I’d have to sit down,” she said. She had other symptoms like stomach issues and swelling of her…