disease

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…

Bringing Opiate Education to the Moorhead Community

Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Moorhead Police Department have partnered up

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Moorhead Police Department have partnered up to bring opiate education to the community. They hosted a seminar for people to learn more about the epidemic affecting millions across the nation and people right here in the valley. The Moorhead Police Department recently brought on a chaplain to their team…

Essentia Health Offers Free Handwashing Posters to Public

Proper handwashing can reduce diseases by thirty percent

FARGO, N.D. — Essentia Health is offering free handwashing posters to the public. The hospital distributes these posters every year around flu season. According to health officials, this year’s flu season has been the worst in a decade. The posters include seven steps for proper handwashing. Experts say regular handwashing can prevent diseases by 30 percent. “Hand washing is the…

The Public is Giving Feedback About a Proposed Needle Exchange Program

It will help to prevent the spreading of diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV Aids

FARGO, ND — The public had the chance to let Fargo Cass Public Health know what they think about a proposed needle exchange program. Some said they were very proud of the direction Fargo is moving in with the program. The idea was taken from Moorhead’s Good Neighbor Project. It will help to prevent the spreading of diseases like Hepatitis…

Boston University Study: Concussions Don’t Lead to CTE

CTE is a condition that can only be diagnosed upon death

  NATIONAL — A new study is shedding some light on the theory over concussions and a neurodegenerative disease. Researchers at Boston University say they do not believe concussions lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE can cause a number of cognitive issues and show dementia and Alzheimer’s-related symptoms. Researchers say CTE is caused by repeated head trauma, regardless…

Doctors Told Her it was Crohn’s Disease; Six Years Later, She Finds Out They Were Wrong

Surgeons found the cause of her pain was two pieces of a Heinz sauce packet in the lining of her intestine

  INTERNATIONAL — Six years ago, a woman from the U.K. went to the doctor for her stomach ache and bloating issues. The British Medical Journal says doctors diagnosed her with Crohn’s disease, an incurable inflammation of the bowels. When the 41-year-old ended up in the hospital again due to her symptoms, doctors performed what is called a “keyhole,” or…