Tuesday: Health

Safety and schnitzel

MARQUETTE — North Star Academy students — all wearing chef hats — sliced celery, pounded pork and cut up pieces of bologna. “Welcome to my world,” said Christopher Kibit, professor of hospitality and tourism management at Northern Michigan University. The students spent part of ...

Bursitis: A painful condition with real solutions

I would like to tell you the story of Sue and her hip pain. She was a moderately over-weight, middle-aged woman, who, over-all, was in decent health. But Sue had recently developed pain in her right hip, and it was dragging on for too long. She attributed it to the fall she had almost taken ...

New advice: Peanuts in baby’s diet can prevent scary allergy

WASHINGTON — New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods — starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic. The National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines Thursday saying most babies should regularly eat those foods starting around 6 months of age, ...

Proven strategies increase longevity

Do you know anyone that is “old”? This begets the question: what exactly is old? Not all that long ago, a person was doing well to reach their 50th birthday. People are living longer, of that there is no doubt. Three centuries ago, life expectancy was less than 16 years and 75 percent of ...

Safety first on snowmobiles

Our winter season of snowmobiling is now here in our wonderful Upper Peninsula. Today, let’s review some history and some safety tips regarding this great winter activity. Regarding safety, be aware that today’s high-powered modern snowmobiles used throughout the U.P. can achieve speeds in ...

The need is now

MARQUETTE — Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross. So, there’s an obvious need for blood donors — and if you’re thinking about becoming one, January is the time to do it. It’s National Blood Donor Month. Sallie Coron, ...

McLean: Cancer surgery leads to disfigured limb

Certain diseases are more popular than others, which may sound like a strange statement, but to those in health care, this is a well-recognized phenomenon. I speak of popularity in terms of media attention, research efforts into cures, charitable organizations aiming to support this research, ...

Dr. Huggins and the Nobel Prize

Even if you listened carefully, you could not hear your cells talking. But they do; they converse and instruct each other, their voice is carried not by sound waves but by molecules called hormones. This is a story about a urologist, Charles Brenton Huggins, who did not only listen to the ...

Awareness in a mug: U.P. Run For Life donates gifts to Fresenius Kidney Care

MARQUETTE — Amy Harju knows first-hand what it’s like to be a kidney recipient. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that the U.P. Run For Life organizer showed up to Fresenius Kidney Care Thursday with gifts for the patients at the facility, located on Harbor Hills Drive, on behalf of her ...

Special light makes good medicine

Technology has impacted every aspect of modern life, from the home to the work place, including getting from one location to another. Advances in computers and electronics have changed society, human relations, and our culture in so many ways it is difficult to fathom. By way of a single ...

New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

As we come to the end of another year, many of us will be thinking about what might be a good personal New Year’s Resolution, and one that perhaps we could even make happen. It has been estimated that in the United States, approximately one in three Americans make New Year’s resolutions in ...

What is microneedling and why is it gaining popularity?

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Julie is slim, tanned and has a brilliant white smile. The 50-year-old Weatherby Lake resident obviously puts a lot of time into looking good. So it’s no surprise that she's lying on a table at Quinn Plastic Surgery Center in Overland Park having tiny holes poked ...

Healthy diet beats ‘superfood’

Americans spend billions each year on health products. These have included a vast array of things, from diet products, to prepackaged foods, meal plans, to books and dvd’s. We all want to be healthy, with little effort, and big results. This is a somewhat dangerous situation, when you see how ...

Pants for rats tells tale on sex practices

The Ig Nobel prize, a parody of the Nobel prize, is given out for unusual or trivial scientific achievements “that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” The 2016 Ig Nobel Prize was awarded to the late Professor Ahmed Shafik, an Egyptian urologist from the Cairo University ...

Healthy holidays: Good nutrition possible this time of year

MARQUETTE — It might be asking too much to actually lose weight during the holiday season, even for people on a strict diet. However, most people probably don’t want to pack on the pounds either. It’s possible to overcome that culinary challenge as long as they keep some things in ...

Diabetic shoes can save lives

Many people associate this time of year with holiday shopping. The shoppers are out en masse, perusing the holiday specials, hoping to find the perfect gift, and often finding something for themselves. Shoes are not a terribly common gift, shoe fit being such a precarious and challenging ...

COPD can be a difficult malady to treat, defeat

Chronic obstructive pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. COPD generally includes three all-too-common lung diseases, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases, asthma. It is estimated that in the ...

S.H.A.P.E. Superior Health Alliance Promoting Exercise

MARQUETTE — For many people, it’s harder to stay in shape in today’s world, considering work was more focused on physical labor in the past. Still, there are things people — even senior citizens — can do to stay in shape. And speaking of shape, that was the focus of a Saturday event ...

Braces are available to treat joint problems

New surgical techniques are developed regularly, and some of these are “hi tech”, requiring incredibly expensive equipment to perform. All manner of new surgical procedures are written about daily, from robotic surgery to radio-wave surgery, and of course, laser surgery. Yes, these are ...