Tuesday: Health

State responds

MARQUETTE — It’s going to take a multi-faceted effort by the state of Michigan to deal with the opioid crisis. “Michigan’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Response,” the fourth in a series of public forums on “The Cost of Addiction,” took place Wednesday at the ...

Short leg treatment is no mystery

Most people obtain much of their medical knowledge from advertisements, gossip, and a host of unreliable sources. For example, it can be seen as amusing how often people don’t know that a problem can occur on only one side of the body. Most know that some internal organs are found on only one ...

Three train tales

A good train-ride story is always a tale of transformation. A passenger may find comfort in the pre-determined course, the well-grounded tracks, the rumbling sound and the monotonous vibration. He may open a conversation with a fellow passenger, or just fall asleep. “It feels as if I have ...

When migraines attack

MARQUETTE — There are headaches, and then there are headaches. Count migraines in that second category. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, characterized by episodes often called migraine attacks, according to migraine.com. Some migraines cause pain on just the right or left side ...

Consequences to a high-arched foot

Know anyone who has sprained their ankle? Do you know anyone who hasn’t? Isn’t that a better question? Because of its weight-bearing function and the construction of this joint, the ankle is the most commonly injured joint among athletes, and a frequent cause of pain and problems in the ...

Smoking and cancer just go together

It is a very well-established medical fact that smoking causes at least 90 percent of all lung cancer. As you would expect, this very high risk for lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked and also increases over time as a person continues to choose to smoke. The bad news ...

She has served, too

IRON MOUNTAIN — The fastest growing population group in the military today is women who currently comprise 14.5 percent of active duty personnel and 18 percent of National Guard and Reserves. Correspondingly, the face of Veterans Administration health care is changing, according to a news ...

Vein disease not easily repaired

The care of chronic wounds is a favorite component of my profession. These can be an extremely challenging condition, developing due to a variety of problems, with different treatments required. Non-healing sores often have multiple causes, making the best care unclear. Still, I appreciate the ...

Fairy circles: liver by any other name

In my last article, I told you that as all doctors, mine, too, is the duty to notice patterns, and to detect disturbances in patterns. Here is a story about a patient, his doctors, and one disturbed pattern that was a key to the correct diagnosis: Adam was 58 when he came to the emergency ...

Match Day reveals future for MSU-CHM U.P. Region students

MARQUETTE — The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus recently announced results of Match Day for 12 graduating medical students. The MSU College of Human Medicine U.P. Region is a medical education collaborative between the MSU College of Human ...

Vaccines can, do save lives

I recently attended a scientific medical program about vaccinations presented by one of the nation's medical experts on this subject. It was very timely, especially in light of all the totally non-scientific, inaccurate, and negative information being spread around about vaccinations today. In ...

Beware mysterious ankle injury

I’ll bet you knew a guy like Joe. He was one of those fellows who was sort of popular in school, though not really part of the “it” crowd. He was smart, but not that smart, not one of the brainy nerds. Joe liked sports, but wasn’t ever good enough to be a starter or even a back-up; ...

Matters of the HEART

MARQUETTE — The heart, being the complex organ it is, sometimes doesn’t function properly depending on the circumstances. One of those issues — atrial fibrillation — was the subject of a UP Health System “Heart Talk with the Docs” program Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. Commonly ...

Athlete’s foot can lead to cellulitis

Are you familiar with the wonders of the microbial world? I realize that many of you likely do not consider this aspect of life on this planet to be so wonderful. The fact that millions of tiny organisms are living on and in your body some find distasteful. Yet, when you consider the essential ...

The Fairy Circles confirmed

In the Namibian desert, along a 1500-mile sliver of land in southwestern Africa, one can see almost perfectly round circles of bare sand surrounded by rings of tall grass. The circles vary in size from 7 to 49 feet in diameter. The local nomadic Himba people believe that the circles were ...

‘Prescribing Practices’

MARQUETTE — Drug problems don’t always begin on a dark street corner in a shady area of town. An estimated one out of five patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in office-based settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That topic ...

Talk with the Doc: Volunteer work can help health

Perhaps the best definition of being a volunteer is as follows: A volunteer is a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself to perform a service willingly and without pay The benefits of volunteering are beneficial for the individual, and will often benefit one’s family, and your ...

Improved approaches to osteoarthritis

Would you think it controversial to say there is much modern medicine has yet to learn about health and well-being? Numerous examples can be found without much difficulty, from treatments for cancer (that don’t involve poisoning the body), to alopecia areata (the all-too common male pattern ...

Doctor gives talk at ‘Meet the Physicians’

MARQUETTE — Traditional medicine still is the go-to method of the typical physician, but sometimes it can’t hurt to mix in a little milk thistle or acupuncture. Jessica Haloskie, M.D., of U.P. Health System-Marquette, talked about this facet of the medical field — integrative medicine ...

Osteoarthritis treatments provide hope

Would it be fair to say that good health is a desirable goal, one that is pursued by many? Because heart disease is rampant, cardiac fitness is typically part of the plan on the road to optimal health. But how do you achieve this very desirable objective if you can’t walk or stand without ...