Tuesday, November 21st

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By Robert Preidt

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study.

Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors.

Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are commonly used by older adults. Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the production of stomach acid.

But this new study found that use of the drugs was not associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's, even among those who took a higher dose or used the drugs for more than three years.

The findings are from an analysis of data from Finland on nearly 71,000 Alzheimer's disease patients and nearly 283,000 people without the disease.

The study shows people need not avoid the drugs due to fears about developing Alzheimer's, said the University of Eastern Finland researchers led by Heidi Taipale, a postdoctoral researcher.

WARRENS—Renovating and transforming the former Bog restaurant site into Lost at Donna K’s Bar and Grill has been a challenge.

But the end is in site, and the restaurant is tentatively expected to open Wednesday, Nov. 15 pending a state health inspection.

Chuck Bowers, owner of Donna K’s, said there were more problems with the building than expected.

“This was a long road,” he said. “This building was very distressed, run into the ground. The previous owner did good when he was here, but as the end came they let things go.”

There was a lot to fix, Danielle Laehn of Donna K’s, said.

“There were more troubles here than we thought as far as plumbing and electricity; there was a lot of remodeling,” she said.

Nature scenes have captured Jim Hornby’s creative imagination, which have inspired him to capture them in photographs.

The former Black River Falls High School educator, coach and athletic director presented a slide show of his work at the Nov. 8 Friends of the Black River meeting.

In the presentation, Hornby traced his photography hobby from his early adult years when he borrowed a camera to record a trip to Europe.

He has practiced the hobby throughout his adulthood, but since retiring, he has found more time to pursue the avocation.

His favorite subjects are bald eagles, leading him to visit three nests in the area to capture the birds of prey with his digital camera. He showed photos of adult eagles in flight and at the nests.

Community members are invited to Black River Memorial Hospice’s Evergreen Memorial Service to pause and remember those who have died during this past year.

“We know that the holidays can be an especially hard time for those who have recently lost a loved one,” says Dena Graff, director of Black River Memorial Hospice and Homecare departments. “We will have printed materials and grief support staff available to help those who have experienced a loss,” said Graff.

The memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Black River Memorial Hospital Dorothy Halvorson Conference room. The program will include readings, songs and sharing.

There will also be a “Remembrance” evergreen tree at the service.

Friends and Family of Hometown Heroes is still sending care packages to locally connected soldiers serving overseas. If anyone has a name and address, please get information to Barb Simonis to be included for a Christmas goodie box. Packages will be sent by Dec. 18. If anyone is interested in making a monetary donation, please make payable to Fiends and Family of Hometown Heroes and mailed to 360 N. 12th Street Black River Falls, WI 54615 or brought to Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors located at 304 Main Street in Black River Falls.

Friends and Family of Hometown Heroes is still sending care packages to locally connected soldiers serving overseas. If anyone has a name and address, please get information to Barb Simonis to be included for a Christmas goodie box.

Friends and Family of Hometown Heroes with Barb Simonis will be doing a collection for the Tomah VA again this year starting on Veteran's Day until mid-December. They have checked with the VA and they have given a list of items that are needed for the veterans:

  • Coffee
  • Men's boxer and briefs sizes medium to 3-XL (new only)
  • Men's pocket t-shirts all sizes
  • Personal care items including denture adhesive and cleansers, shampoo, body wash, shaving cream, nail clippers and deodorant
  • Word puzzle books

If you would like to donate items, please bring the items to the Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors office located at 304 Main Street in Black River Falls.

If you would like to make a monetary donation checks or cash are accepted to go towards the purchase of items.

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