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Humane Society Medicine Spoils

The Kootenai Humane Society is soliciting funds from the public to replace expensive medicine that was ruined recently when the refrigerator door to the veterinarian room was found open. "We believe that the seal for the door didn’t stay secured (old fridge), so while the Vet and Vet Tech’s were gone for 2 days the door was open," said executive director Rondi Renaldo. Among the medicines lost were: Cat vaccines FVRCP, Dog Vaccines DA2PPV and Bordetella, Rabies Vaccines, SNAP test kits – which test for Parvo and these are very expensive, and Blood test panels – slides for our machine. "We have around 80 dogs and 120 cats so we can’t wait to replace the medicine," said Renaldo. The Humane Society doesn't get money from local governments. All donations are tax deductible. /Kootenai Humane Society news release (208-699-4844).

Time To ‘Man Up,’ Men, Visit Doctor

A friend of mine in his mid-forties recently asked me whether he should worry about a new mole on his arm. It was not large, but the first thing I said was, “When was the last time you saw your doctor?” It had been over two years. I told him to make an appointment for a full physical, and to be sure to bring up the mole. Compared to women, only half as many men visit their primary care doctor every year. Men are more likely to consider the emergency room or an urgent care center their usual place of health care or they never go to the doctor at all. These are expensive and potentially deadly habits. Some men are breaking these habits and getting routine physicals. Often this is because someone in their life urged them to do so, like me telling my friend to go/Dr. Alisha Hideg, SR. More here.

  • Cutline: Dr. Thomas Sansone, a urologist at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, holds up a model of a prostate and bladder. Prostate cancer is rare in young men, with the risk increasing after the age of fifty. (PH) AP PL KD 1998 (Horiz)

Question (for men): When did you last have a physical?

Boisean Donates Kidney To Stranger

Item: Boise organ donor gives stranger a life-saving gift: The kidney she thought was for a co-worker’s daughter still goes to ‘somebody’s family member’/Idaho Statesman

More Info: Dolores “Lola” Macias of Boise celebrated Valentine’s Day by giving a kidney to a stranger Friday. Many people have called her remarkable, but she doesn’t see it. “I honestly don’t think of it that way,” the 49-year-old said. “It was simply a nice gesture to get tested, but when you have to make a decision, is it really a decision? How would you not do it?”

Question: Would you donate a kidney?

HBO @ Noon: Octuplets, Anyone?

Item: Surviving Octuplets Born for Second Time Ever: Doctor: Eighth Baby Was a ‘Tremendous Surprise’/ABC News

More Info: After she gave birth to seven babies, a California woman — and the massive 46-person team of doctors that was assisting the birth — thought she was done. But one last baby, perhaps hiding behind the others, had other ideas. When the baby popped out Monday at 10:48 a.m., the woman, whose name the hospital did not release, became the second ever to give birth to surviving octuplets — six boys and two girls.

Question: What advice would you give to a woman who’d just given birth to eight surviving infants?