Tuesday: Health

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. ...

In the company of dead writers

Winter. 1881. In a room at the back of a Parisian brothel, the writer Guy de Maupassant and a prostitute named Rachel are having a conversation: “Tell me, Rachel, what is your story?” He asks. He tucks his shirt in his pants, puts on his jacket, adjusts his green tie, and twirls both ...

Eating meat has downside

Good food is a wonderful thing, and this is reflected in our culture. Much of our economy is centered around food, as demonstrated by the multitude of “food-centric” commercials seen on tv. Drive down most any city street in America and you’ll see a variety of eating establishments, ...

Staying healthy

HARVEY — Not using pesticides or herbicides apparently hasn’t limited the bounty of the Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club’s community garden in Chocolay Township. Even though it was late in the growing season, a mid-October work day allowed participants to see what was still thriving ...

Aspirin 101: Drug facts, history

Aspirin truly could be referred to as a wonder drug. Today, let's take a brief look at some of the history of aspirin, as well as some of the health benefits and some of the precautions about the use of aspirin. Aspirin is one of the most widely used medications in the world with an estimated ...

Invasion of the super bug

When most people think of a professional athlete, they picture someone in the peak of health, the picture of fitness. These days, sports team often hire nutritionists, and of course, utilize the services of physical therapists, podiatrists and trainers, in their efforts to develop the ...

Health care ‘For All Americans’

MARQUETTE — The state of health care in the United States and how to pay for it is a topic that won’t go away. Bart Stupak, a nine-term Democratic congressman from Michigan’s 1st District, focused a good share of his time in office on health care. His efforts are the premise behind his ...

Great writers must be recalled

There are good writers and very good writers, and then — at a higher level, in a category of their own — there are writers so revered that the story of their death is told by other writers. In a story called Errand, Raymond Carver, an American writer known for his minimalistic style and ...

Foot pain has many causes

I see a great variety of complaints in the course of a normal work day, from non-healing wounds, to sprains, to bunion deformities, and many others. One of the most common parts of the human body to produce symptoms is the ball of the foot. If one were to think about it (which I do), this would ...

Beer and your health

A gathering was recently held in our fair city, celebrating the diverse local offerings of a popular beverage known as beer. It was a large and well-attended affair, and the second of such this year. After attending this event, it seemed appropriate to research this commonly consumed liquid, ...

What is facia in human body?

The anatomic medical term “fascia” is defined as follows. The word fascia comes from a Latin word that means a band. Therefore, the medical definition of fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily made up of collagen, that lies beneath the skin, and attaches, stabilizes, ...

Bystander intervention

MARQUETTE — A person doesn’t have to be an “innocent bystander.” At the same time, getting involved in a tense situation doesn’t have to be antagonistic. A program entitled “Bystander Intervention: How to Safely De-Escalate Conflict” was presented to interested community members ...

Time to worry?

MARQUETTE — Most of us forget things at one time or another. When is it time to worry? Amanda Johnson, Ph.D., of UP Health System, spoke on the multi-faceted topic of neuropsychology Wednesday at the monthly “Meet the Physicians” series at the Peter White Public Library. According to ...

Path to podiatry

I have been interested in medicine and science for as long as I can remember. From day one, my goal was to have a career in the medical arena, in some capacity or other. Strange when you think about it, considering no one in my immediate family was involved in medicine, or biology, in any ...

Pain an indicator of big problems

In a previous episode: Albert was a 32-year-old struggling salesman: his dog had died several weeks earlier; he and his girlfriend had just moved into a small rental apartment building; he could never rest because his downstairs neighbor was constantly playing the drums; and suddenly, while he ...

Good food equals good diabetes management

MARQUETTE — Who knew a colorful plate of food could also be good for you? That doesn’t mean you have to pile Skittles on your strawberry salad. However, eating colorful — but healthy — foods can help people combat diabetes. Talking about diet and diabetes at Wednesday’s Senior ...

Jokes from the Doc

I was recently informed that it has been quite some time since I reviewed some of my silly third grade jokes in my “Talk With the Doc” Mining Journal column. So, let’s have some fun today and see if I can get a chuckle, or at least a good smile from you with the following fish jokes, ...

Rising arch signals developing nerve disease

Bob had never been particularly athletic, and was always considered a serious “klutz,” although he noticed his motor skills becoming more troublesome as a young adult. Bob thought of himself as a bit of nerd, which was mostly due to the fact he was never any good at sports. In his early ...