Tuesday: Health

Mind’s garden capable of growing much

My mind is my garden and my thoughts are my seeds. When I choose positive thoughts, I plant good seeds. Good seeds always lead to a rich harvest. When I choose negative thoughts, I plant bad seeds and bad seeds will yield nothing but weeds. This wisdom of thinking of our mind being a garden has ...

Low back pain usually due to body mechanics

Many health issues have received front page attention over the years, with a few recent winners including the ebola virus, the AIDS epidemic, and, of course, cancer, which is always high on the list. But when it comes to actual number of people afflicted, nothing comes close to chronic low back ...

Getting the point

SAWYER — New Points, a syringe service program operated by the Marquette County Health Department in collaboration with Great Lakes Recovery Centers, has now been operational for a little over a month at the Upper Great Lakes Sawyer Family Health Center. The program aims to prevent the ...

The other woman with a dragon tattoo

Chuck and Vera spent their second date at Antoni’s. They shared the gnocchi in marinara sauce, then a pizza with anchovies, and when the time came for “a tiramisu with two spoons, por favore,” he couldn’t but realize that he was in love. Vera was his type, more so than any other woman. ...

Brand new treatment for bent toes causes less pain

The variety of conditions I treat is quite large, from the sprained ankle to the leg ulcer, the infamous bunion to the ubiquitous fungal nail. This is a significant perk of the position. Some problems are strange and unusual, some seen every day. With the availability of so much information via ...

Treatment change

U.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45. The vaccine protects against the ...

GLRC’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Clinic

MARQUETTE — With the opening of Great Lakes Recovery Centers’ Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Clinic, Dr. Steven Klamerus, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, will begin providing weekly psychiatric services Thursday at the GLRC Adolescent Services Center in ...

Bittersweet truth about sugar hard to swallow

The average sugar intake in the USA today is a whopping 150 pounds of sugar per year, or about 3 pounds of sugar per week, meaning that we consume, on average, about 42 teaspoons of sugar every day! This added sugar is usually in the form of sucrose (table sugar), high fructose corn syrup, and ...

Stroke’s impact on mind hard to predict

The human mind is a wonderful thing. Not to say that the brain of a dog is not, but there is this tremendous distinction between the mind and the brain. And what we know about the “mind” of a dog is, scientifically, inadequate, whereas human thought be can verbalized and described. The ...

Questions arise about psychiatric drugs for children

Being a parent these days has got to be an extraordinarily difficult task. My full-time parenting days are long gone with my youngest child of parenting age himself. Endless commercials selling foods you know are unhealthy, toys peddled to kids at every turn, the job of parenting small children ...

Performance passion

MARQUETTE — Ultra-marathon runners. Individuals recovering from injury or surgery. High school and college athletes. Older adults. Rowers. First-time gym users. Physical fitness and wellness are important for all of these groups and individuals — but it’s also critical that their ...

Human body contains many organ systems

The scientific literature regarding human anatomy and biology informs us that there are 11 major organ systems in the human body and nearly 80 individual organs that make up these 11 organ systems. These organ systems allow our human body to maintain and care for itself each and every day. ...

Childhood obesity a developing health crisis

Times have changed. How’s that for an absurdly accurate introduction? Modern technology has altered our day-to-day routine fundamentally, inalterably, completely. We have machines of every sort, able to do every possible task imaginable, from lawn work to food preparation. In fact, Americans ...

Continuum of care

MARQUETTE — UP Health Systems - Marquette recently received a re-verification as a Level II trauma center by the American College of Surgeons, according to UPHS-Marquette officials. This verification recognizes the hospital’s “dedication to providing optimal care for injured ...

Sound advice not always easy to come by

We are all looking for advice, a different perspective that could help us make the right decision. We feel that professional advice doesn’t come cheap, nor is it easy to understand. To get proper advice, it seems, one would have to sit down, listen, learn complicated terms, then pay a hefty ...

There are many ways to help a bad foot ‘quarterback’

For those of you who happened upon this column recently, I wanted to offer my condolences. You may have learned more than you ever thought possible about the sub-talar joint: that most critical of foot joints in allowing proper foot function. This particular joint, found just below the ankle, ...

4-year-old recovers, preps for school after Detroit shooting

By ORALANDER BRAND-WILLIAMS The Detroit News DETROIT — To many people, London Muldrow is a walking miracle. The now 4-year-old bounces around and talks like any typical youngster, even though a bullet is lodged in the left side of her brain. The bullet is a sad reminder of being shot in ...

Dealing with major grief, death a challenge

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. was a Swiss-born psychiatrist, a noted pioneer in near-death studies, and the author of the ground-breaking book, “On Death and Dying”. She was born in Switzerland on July 8, 1926, and passed away at age 78 at her home in Arizona on Aug. 24, 2004. It is ...

Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

CHICAGO — Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. About 1 in 7 affected ...

Medical students learn to handle any emergency

CHATHAM, Ill. (AP) — Clara was by herself when her water broke. She was 39 weeks pregnant on a solo camping trip as the contractions started. Hikers passing by her cabin heard her screams and called 911. Shortly afterward, a team of four emergency medical residents were dispatched to help ...