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Tuesday: Health

Doing things the right way

BIG BAY — It’s probably a big fear among many beginners who pick up a power tool for the first time, and it definitely was a concern for Munising’s Brenda St. Martin. “I want to know how not to cut my fingers off,” St. Martin said. She was one of a handful of participants who took ...

Basics of wound care can save limbs

I’m going to begin this little diatribe by begging your forgiveness. Indulge me, please, as I mount my soapbox to get a few things off my chest. I’m referring to the current level of knowledge of wound care amongst health professionals and the general public alike. We’ll use an example: a ...

When just a cut is much more

When it comes to ill-wishes, people can get really creative. Here are two examples: I wish you would swallow an umbrella, and that later, it would open up in your belly. Or, may all of your teeth fall out but one which would give you a toothache for the rest of your life. Of all curses, ...

‘Cost of Addiction’ focuses on families

MARQUETTE — The problem of substance abuse goes beyond the abuser. If a family is involved, that problem can be exacerbated. To address this part of the issue, a panel discussion entitled “The Cost of Addiction: Family Strategies” took place Wednesday at Marquette Alternative High School ...

Collapsing arch in foot causes nerve compression discomfort

I have a new case for you, and it's one that some of you may be able to relate to. Have you ever experienced pain from the bottom of your foot? Suzie, our protagonist, did and had for years. She considered herself to be fairly normal: brought up in an average, middle-class family, worked in an ...

Dementia a tough condition

According to the USA National Institutes of Health, dementia is not a specific disease. Rather, it is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. Memory loss is perhaps the most commonly seen symptom of dementia. However, it ...

Chocolate has many benefits

The diversity of humanity is unquestionable, seen in the variety of shapes and sizes, color and culture, beliefs and actions, that people possess. Walk down the street and the truth of that statement is obvious. We are all so different, and yet, humans are very much alike. Medically speaking, ...

Urology Pearls: Is a frugal physician the best?

Necessity is the mother of frugality: without the means to live large, one has to live on less, and to own little. But for many, I have noticed, frugality has become a fashionable choice: Some people choose to abandon the American dream and live in a tiny cabin in the wilderness, while others ...

UPHS-Marquette has new human resources director

MARQUETTE — UP Health System – Marquette has announced that Kelley Gaul-Houser will assume the role of Director of Human Resources, effective Feb. 7. Gaul-Houser joins UP Health System-Marquette from her position as HR Director for Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, ...

Keeping Wildcats well

MARQUETTE — The Wildcat Wellness Health Fair typically is a diverse event, and the Feb. 7 fair was no exception, allowing participants to take home a green apple, pet a therapy dog or even get tested for the HIV virus. The event, which took place at the University Center on the campus of ...

Yoga: for mental health

MARQUETTE — Do you dwell too much on the past and then become depressed? Do you think too much about on the future, which can bring about anxiety? Or are you at peace while living in the present? Yoga could help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette on Jan. 30 at the ...

Treatments vary for Achilles heel

Have you heard of the phenomenon of the weekend warrior? It’s not just a cliche, but a real thing, the desk-bound office worker, who sits at a desk for the 40-hour work week, then glued to the television after another tough workday. On the weekend, he goes to war on the local football field, ...

Laughter is the best medicine

Since we are now well into our Upper Peninsula winter, I believe it is time for a review of some winter jokes. So, let’s start off with some snowman jokes. And, as always, there will be no groaning allowed! - Where does the snowman keep his money? In the “snow bank.” - One snowman ...

Planting seed for good health

MARQUETTE — Imagine picking a fresh tomato right off a vine growing in your backyard. How good would that taste? Obviously, it’s pretty hard to do that now in the middle of winter, but it’s not too soon to start planning a garden. Members of the local group ...

Urology Pearls: Dora Maar and her cat prevail

A Chinese doctor is growing an ear on a patient’s arm and all I can think about is Dora Maar and her cat. The Chinese physician is Dr. Guo Shuzhong, a plastic surgeon from a hospital in Xi’an Jiaotong University. His patient, Mr. Ji, lost his right ear in a car accident. “I lost one ...

Trauma not required for painful fracture

This is the story of Jan, and her long, difficult experience with foot pain. It developed after a weekend at Disneyland with her grandkids, and she chalked it up to over-use, a condition you read about frequently. The vacation had been glorious, getting to spend such quality time with the ...

UP Health System donates $2,500 to UP 200/Midnight Run/Jackpine 30

MARQUETTE — U.P. Health System has donated $2,500 to the U.P. 200/Midnight Run/Jackpine 30. Victor Harrington, Regional Director of Marketing & Business Development for UP Health System, presented the check to Ron Hewson, Board President of the U.P.200/Midnight Run/Jackpine 30, along ...

Addiction’s cost

MARQUETTE — If the Surgeon General’s report — that one in seven Americans suffer from substance abuse — is any indication, then using the same math, between 8,000 and 10,000 Marquette County residents might be impacted by the same problem. “If that doesn’t sound the drum that ...

Significant challenges to measuring obesity

The dangers of being overweight are well-publicized, in these and many publications. It’s hard not to be aware of the war on obesity, although it has not been officially recognized as an actual war….maybe just a long and bloody battle. But a trip to the grocery store will confirm the ...

‘Self talk’ extremely important

Self talk is usually defined as the ongoing internal conversation with ourselves, which certainly influences how we feel and behave each and every day. Be aware that our self talk is very important and will certainly have an impact on our personal short and long term success. Let me begin ...