Tuesday: Health

Fat man appears to have significant dilemma

No matter how hard she tried, Dr. Margaret Wise could not suppress the image of the fat man standing on the bridge. She had learned about the fat man as a medical student, during a Bioethics 101, a class she elected to take in the summer semester of 1991. Dr. Wise remembered the lesson ...

Spicy foods provide health benefits

In case you weren’t aware, spicy foods are hot. I don’t mean in the literal sense, but in that they are becoming dramatically more popular with cooks and consumers. A majority of Americans now keep hot sauce in their house, and hot ingredients are being added to all sorts of food items, ...

World AIDS Day

MARQUETTE — Government agencies and health care providers have been working since the late 1980s to find a cure for HIV, but part of that requires having an open dialogue about the disease, officials say. The Marquette County Health Department Continuum of Care Program joined ...

Assisted living means making decisions

Let’s start today be reviewing the basic definition of assisted living.” The following is the definition of assisted living as defined by the National Institutes of Health: Assisted living is for people who need help with daily care, but not as much help as a specific nursing home may ...

Physical therapy has many faces

Sue, a new retiree, finally is willing to take the “time off” to have that knee replacement she has needed. The procedure goes smoothly, and after a week of recovery in the hospital, she is sent for various strengthening exercises. Soon, she is back to having a busy, active lifestyle. John, ...

Green therapy

MARQUETTE — A Northern Michigan University graduate student has successfully defended her thesis research that offers support for the benefits of horticultural intervention. Rachel Ochylski of downstate Grosse Pointe found that gardening increased social engagement and reduced ...

Dilemma involving twins

When the twins were born, there was little reason to celebrate. Their mother, Faith, noticed that her friends were no longer coming to visit. She noticed that people around her were whispering to each other. When she asked them what they were saying, they sometimes refused to repeat, and on ...

Dangers of a fungal nail

A foot and ankle physician is called upon to treat a host of serious and consequential problems. A broken heel bone has far-reaching manifestations not readily apparent to the casual observer. A diabetic with an open sore is at risk for a bone infection, with amputation a common consequence. ...

Application period open for Superior Health Foundation 2018 grants cycle

MARQUETTE — The Superior Health Foundation is seeking non-profit groups with a health-centered mission to be recipients of grants up to $10,000 in 2018. The foundation is accepting funding applications until Dec. 15 in anticipation of the organization’s seventh annual gala in September. ...

Walk in someone else’s genes

MARQUETTE — Two-year-old Sadie Scott has a condition without a name, but that hasn’t stopped her family from working to find a cure. Sadie is one of the youngest children diagnosed with a KIF1A related disorder, a rare genetic disease caused by the mutation of the KIF1A gene. “KIF1A ...

Snowshoeing has many health benefits

The use of snowshoes has been around for a long time. I am sure that many of you know that Bishop Frederic Baraga, who spent many winters traveling by foot throughout the Upper Peninsula, was given the nickname of “The Snowshoe Priest.” This nickname was given out of respect for Bishop ...

Mysterious inflammation has impact

The media certainly loves their buzzwords. And I hate to inflame the issue, but what is up with one of the most frequently used in popular publications? How many medical conditions, when referred to in newspapers and magazines, somehow utilize the term “inflammation”? Another common ...

UP Health System-Marquette gets 3-D mammography

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette recently announced an expansion of services to include 3-D mammography — also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. “This cutting-edge technology reveals greater detail, which can help us detect cancer sooner,” Dr. Heidi Henry, board-certified ...

Grand Plan: A battle against disease

Dr. Julius Wagner-Jauregg, an Austrian psychiatrist, considered himself an island of sanity surrounded by madness. In black-and-white photos of him, I see a man with an intense look in his eyes and a groomed mustache, a man who entertains daring ideas others would consider crazy. When Julius ...

Crooked foundation consequences

Suppose some guy, let’s call him Joe, builds a cabin out in the woods. But Joe has no background in construction, and has not done his homework, so he doesn’t properly level the ground for his foundation. This means Joe’s house is going to be crooked, causing various problems for those ...

Window to the Womb

MARQUETTE — The “best room” in the Care Clinic of Marquette just got a whole lot better. About 50 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and demonstration of the new ultrasound machine at the clinic on north Third Street recently. The $35,0000 machine, paid for with funds raised ...

Talk with the Doc: US flag has noble history, future

As some of our U.S. history lovers may know, the creation of our great flag was originally ordered to be created by the Second Continental Congress in the year 1777. Following is the specific Flag Resolution passed by this Continental Congress. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental ...

Diagnosing foot injury difficult

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to present, for your reading entertainment, another medical mystery. Granted, this may not be an everyday sort of problem, but, because of the difficulty in getting an accurate diagnosis, and the frustration experienced by many who have suffered from this ...

Battling breast cancer

MARQUETTE — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although most people probably are aware of the disease 365 days a year. “Breast cancer is quite mainstream, and it’s all over the media,” said Dr. Sheetal Acharya, who specializes in cancer care at UP Health System-Marquette. ...