A group of six centenarians (those either 100 years old or about to be within the next couple months) gathered at Mille Lacs Health System Long Term Care to have their photo taken to celebrate this auspicious milestone.

Summer is just around the corner, promising warmer and sunnier days ahead. While most of us love summer and being in the sun, we also recognize the dangers of extensive sun exposure.

June is Men’s Health month, and the medical providers at Mille Lacs Health System want men to take an active role in their health care by making sure they get their annual checkups. The sad stereotype of the man who won’t go in to see a doctor when they are having issues with either their physical or emotional health is all too true.

by Mary Rains

Mille Lacs Health System


by Dawn Huffman

Mille Lacs Health System


May is National Stroke Awareness month. According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke can happen to anyone at any age and at any time. It is not just about being older. Strokes in children, teens, and young adults are increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S., with a 44% spike in the number of young Americans (under 45 years) hospitalized due to stroke over the last decade. Sadly, 73% of young Americans are not familiar with stroke symptoms and the need for urgent medical attention.

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Syphilis used to be a sexually transmitted disease that got quite a bit of attention for its highly contagious and serious effects on the body. With the advent of penicillin and education about the disease, syphilis rates decreased significantly. Despite that success, however, there is now a resurgence of the disease, and the Mille Lacs area is no stranger to it. The cause for the rise in cases is due to many factors, such as 21st century dating apps like Tinder and Grindr, as well as the need for fast money. The resurgence of syphilis, thought to have been mostly eradicated in the U.S., is now posing a major threat to public health. Minnesota has seen double-digit increases in cases of syphilis and gonorrhea, with a record high in 2016.


May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day and the CDC says this about clean hands:


National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week was April 24-30. We honor the contributions our Lab Dept. brings to care here at MLHS. These “Diagnosis Detectives” are important members of the healthcare team. Visit their dept. page here to see what they offer


When thinking about your overall health and well-being, having strong bones is an important component of staying well. While it may be known that having weak bones puts a person at a greater risk for injury from falls, it also can increase the chance of other types of complications.

Osteoporosis is a disease involving weak bones. However, the term osteopenia is not commonly known. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are related diseases. Both are characterized by varying degrees of bone loss, as measured by a bone mineral density test, which is a marker for how strong a bone is.

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle – so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.