Category Archives: Local Columnists

Contributions from local columnists

Health Watch: Early detection of lung cancer

With lung cancer still in the lead for cancer related deaths in America, finding ways to detect lung cancer in its early stages has been the focus of many studies over the years. None of these studies were able to support a method for the widespread screening of individuals at high risk for lung cancer… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Building resilience, transform your life

By Teresa E. Araas Years of working with students and clients­ and personal life experiences have helped me discover the undeniable significance of absorbing life’s challenges, adapting, managing and persevering in the midst of adversity. This skill, called resilience, is the capacity for maintaining strength during stressful life events. It helps us recover and spring… Continue Reading

Guest Column: Celebrate National Public Health Week

By Dadrea Duca Every year, during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association observes National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Public Health strives to shift the focus of our country’s health care system… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Things to know about antibiotic resistance

By Judy McDowell On Sept. 18, 2014, President Barack Obama and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued an executive order with national goals for combating the growing issue of antibiotic resistance in this country. So what is antibiotic resistance? What does it mean for your health? Antibiotic resistance is the ability… Continue Reading

Column: Regions and standing apart in a crowded world

Dave Kinskey represents Wyoming Senate District 22, consisting of Johnson County and parts of Sheridan County.  A businessperson, Kinskey is the former mayor of Sheridan. Civic pride is a hallmark of Wyoming cities and towns.  It brands the places we call home with strong identities, and each community’s personality is a reflection of its residents. … Continue Reading

Community Perspectives: It is all about communication

Ryan Koltiska is the Director of Marketing & Communications, Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce. Communicating is a big deal.  Billions are spent every year trying to communicate messages through television, radio, print, billboards…in any way they can, people are trying to convey their message to you.  It’s happening right now as you read this article.… Continue Reading

Health Watch: User-friendly yoga for health

Dawn Sopron, LCSW, RYT-500, is a psychotherapist and yoga teacher with Clay Pot Counseling, Inc., and a supporter of Sheridan Health Center. Most people think Yoga requires turning your body into a pretzel. The most accessible thing about Yoga is learning user-friendly techniques to lower stress, with or without wearing spandex! Yoga is actually a… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Detoxification diets

Georgia Boley (MS, RDN, LD, CSO) is the owner of Tailored Nutrition, LLC. Using the term “detoxification” is a turn off for many dietitians and traditional health care professionals, as it is seen to describe diet approaches that are not evidence based. This is too bad, because there are many great detoxification programs available that… Continue Reading

Health Watch: Journey from patient to board member

Mandy Cantrell is a board member at Reproductive Healthcare of the Bighorns. The World Health Organization defines reproductive health care as “A state of physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system at all stages of life.” I have been a client of Reproductive Healthcare of the Bighorns (formally Family… Continue Reading

Health Watch: An introduction to cardiac devices

Jennifer Graslie is a physician assistant at the Big Horn Heart Center of Sheridan Memorial Hospital. “Electricity is just organized lightning.” — George Carlin Case 1: John Doe, an elderly gentleman, was admitted to the hospital for recurrent episodes of passing out. He had been struggling with excessive fatigue for six to 12 months. On… Continue Reading

Column: Charging call needs a little work

Ask any basketball coach at any level, and they’ll tell you how important taking a charge can be to a game. Sheridan College head coach Matt Hammer gets on his guys on a daily basis for not stepping over and taking a charge. For a defender to have that in his arsenal can become crucial… Continue Reading

Health Watch: The high cost of health care

Stormy Fanning, RN, BSN is a nurse at Sheridan Health Center and a local author. There have been many interesting and even heated discussions across the country about the cost of health care. Costs are rising dramatically and health insurance coverage can be a challenge to obtain. The Affordable Care Act was intended to make… Continue Reading

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