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Tuesday: Health

Wisdom available from famous quotes

As we are now into our always busy holiday season, and will soon enter into another year, I believe it is timely to reflect on some of the wisdom we find in a few of my favorite quotes that are noted below. These quotes have certainly withstood the test of time. Let me suggest that a good New ...

Edema: A story of swelling

As a youth, Roger had been quite interested in athletics, unlike his parents. They were immigrants, having come over from Europe, and had no association with nor interest in sports. When Roger’s father was young, helping out around the house, running their small farm, doing chores, these were ...

Study: Brain differences may be tied to obesity

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function. Does excess body weight somehow reduce brain regions that regulate planning and impulse control? Is obesity a result of that brain ...

Urology Pearls

In my previous article, I told you about a colleague of mine, a doctor, who was terrified of his barber. “It is a long story,” my colleague said laconically, “about a feud, a French doctor, a company of barbers, and the art of straightening a banana.” I felt that it wasn’t simply the ...

The consequences of electronic media

My father used to tell me, repeatedly and emphatically, that too much television watching will rot your brain. What study documented this, and how this process occurred, these were all very mysterious questions. You did not interrogate my father, so I am uncertain as to how this decision, to ...

E-cigarette education

MARQUETTE — While 99% of electronic cigarettes contain nicotine — a “highly addictive” compound that can harm brain development — only about a third of young adults ages 15 to 24 who use JUUL e-cigarettes know that they contain nicotine, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...

Talk with the Doc

We are truly blessed in our wonderful Upper Peninsula to have multiple universities that offer various levels of college degrees. Following is a brief review of just four of these great educational institutions that we are truly fortunate to have here in the U.P. Northern Michigan ...

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Why do we need such a thing? Everyone has heard of diabetes, we all know of its existence and basically what it is. Most would say it is a disease where there is sugar in your blood stream. What’s the big deal? Why do we need a day ...

Blood drives save lives

Taking a few minutes to donate blood can make a big difference in the lives of others. Due to this, area residents and Northern Michigan University students participated in a blood drive held Thursday by the American Red Cross at NMU’s Lydia M. Olson Library. Sandra Olive, a collection ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This story, the first of a two-part series, is from Dr. Shahar Madjar's upcoming book “Take Love Twice Daily: Essays, Tales, Love Poems.” ‘I am terrified of my barber,” my friend, Dr. Daniel Doom, who is a general surgeon, told me. “And I am afraid of death,” ...

Dangers of the ingrown nail

Medicine provides for so many fascinating topics, from basic human anatomy to some bizarre medical condition. Some diseases are so strange we can’t help but be intrigued. But what about the mundane that affects so many of us at one time or another? Certainly an obvious candidate would be the ...

Fighting food insecurity

MARQUETTE — With over 780 million people chronically undernourished across the globe, international food security is “critical to ensuring the health and productivity of the world’s people,” according to the American Public Health Association. Due to this, the “top high school ...

Talk with the Doc

Yesterday, on Nov. 11, we celebrated our annual U.S. Veterans Day. The date of Nov. 11 is very significant because it was on 11/11/1918 that an armistice was declared between the Allied Nations and Germany. Fortunately, this armistice was the beginning of the end of World War I. This ...

Foot drop makes walking dangerous

Walking is a complex act. So many different structures are involved in putting one foot in front of the other. Muscles pulling, joints moving, ligaments tightening, as a person strolls casually down the street, nary a thought given to the complexity of the act. It’s an unconscious process, ...

Caring for the community

MARQUETTE — Looking for a way to help neighbors in need this holiday season? U.P. Home Health and Hospice is working with the TV6 Canathon and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots programs in “their efforts to help our community during the holidays,” by collecting ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. July was so hot that the sand along the Mediterranean Sea was threatening to melt. Amir and I found refuge at the Tel-Aviv swimming pool where the water was cool and the tiny waves ...

Many treatments for toe injuries

As is my inclination, I hope to subdue another dragon of an old wive’s tale. In other words, I want to destroy another medical cliche, a truism which is not actually true. There are so many of them, I have an abundance of choices. I won’t include the one about getting a cold by sitting in a ...

Bells for Hospice

MARQUETTE — As the clocks struck noon on Friday in Marquette, a choir of handbells joined church bells to honor and recognize hospice patients who have passed away, as well as the families who have lost a loved one under hospice care. The Marquette County Bells for Hospice event, which was ...

Talk with the Doc

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, to celebrate the work our great dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health. This year, the Dental Hygiene month is focusing on healthy dental routines that can help people maintain healthy ...

Top of foot pain: Causes and solution

Medical problems can have a high degree of visibility in our culture, depending on the flavor of the day. Part of this phenomenon is to encourage fund raising efforts, which certainly benefit research efforts. But some common health problems end up getting ignored without the marketing. When it ...