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Someone You Should Know: Therapy Dog Helps Patients Heal

Mary Dunn has gotten used to one of her coworkers stealing the spotlight.

"Usually the patients kind of forget I'm in the room," she says. "And they're like 'Max!' And then it's like, 'Oh, hi Mary.'" She says that's exactly the way it's supposed to be when Max the therapy dog wags his tail up and down the halls of CHI St. Alexius Medical Center.

Max the Therapy Dog

Annual Night for the Stars fundraiser for CHI St. Alexius

The Night for the Stars fundraiser for CHI St Alexius was held Saturday night. The sixth annual black tie event raises money for a different department each year.

Night for the Stars

National Presenter from Futures Without Violence to Speak at Summit

Catholic Health Initiatives’ (CHI) North Dakota Violence Prevention Program is hosting its third annual summit and training, Spotlight on Intimate Partner Violence on April 24, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5 pm. This free event will be held at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center, Boniface Auditorium located at 900 East Broadway Avenue. Videoconferencing is available in Carrington, Dickinson, Lisbon, Oakes, Valley City and Williston.

Study shows e-cigarette use leads to smoking

It's a fact that cigarettes are bad for your health, but the impact of the electronic cousin e-cigarettes is a little hazier.

Tech neck: a growing problem of shrinking stature

Texting, playing games, reading emails - all of those can now be done on your phone. As we use phones more and more, we're actually changing the human body, and bringing new problems with it. If you've ever been sore after a long day on your phone, you could be developing "Tech Neck.”

Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by varicose veins

Chronic pelvic pain is extremely common and accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of referrals to gynecologists and pain clinics. For many women, the pain is caused by a condition called pelvic congestion syndrome. Unfortunately, often this condition is undiagnosed because many physicians are unfamiliar with it.

Screenings Best Way to Deter Colon Cancer

Cancer research continues to make strides but it is still not completely clear what causes colon cancer. We do know most colon cancer begins as a growth called a polyp. And while not all polyps become cancerous, the only way to find out is by getting screened.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women at average risk start colorectal cancer screening at age 50. Some people may be at higher risk based on their family health history and need to start testing earlier. Recommended screening options such as Fecal Occult Blood Test, Stool DNA test kit shipped directly to your own home or colonoscopy are available.

Kristie Todd-Reisnour, FNP

North Dakota Nurse Shortage: By the Numbers

Across the country and right here at home, a nursing shortage is being felt. About a year ago, the governor began a Nursing Shortage Task Force to find out the numbers surrounding this problem.