Tuesday: Health

Foot implant helps knee, back pain

Advances in medicine and science have had a tremendous impact on our quality of life. These developments have occurred throughout history. Where would we be if we hadn’t learned about germ theory? How about the development of antibiotics, without which even a mild ingrown nail could be ...

Paralympian tests custom prosthetic device constructed by NMU students

MARQUETTE — On April 17, U.S. Paralympian Kelly Allen tested out a custom-made prosthetic made by Northern Michigan University students in an advanced mechanical kinesiology course to help Allen improve her kayak performance. The class had been collaborating with Lynn Vanwelsenaers, ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Learning skills with vehicles and figures

A great way to spend time with preschool children is playing with them on the floor. If it is difficult to get on the floor and get up again (common), sit at a table or snack bar that is set up for play time. Everyone can sit and be about the same eye level. These areas can stay set up and ...

‘Prime’ competition

MARQUETTE — Prime numbers, polygons and probability, oh, my! Making math fun and exciting was a goal of Saturday’s Ninth Annual U.P. High School Math Challenge held at Jamrich Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University. High schoolers from around the Upper Peninsula met to take ...

Childhood education used to improve health

MARQUETTE — Healthy eating and exercise are important for all ages, but educating children on ways to eat healthy and exercise is particularly beneficial, as this education can provide the basis for lifelong good habits and health. Through the (S)Partners for Health program, researchers ...

Talk With the Doc: Anal fistulas can have multiple causes

My column that ran in The Mining Journal on April 3 was about anal fissures. Although anal fissures and anal fistulas sound very similar, they are very different medical conditions. Today we will review anal fistulas. Fistula is the Latin word for “pipe.” The medical definition of ...

Strategies for declining memory

As is my tendency, I have an appropriate cliche for you: “Time waits for no man”. Just another example of our obsession with the passage of time, especially its effects on the human body. How about “time heals all wounds”? It is an understatement to say that our culture is concerned ...

Next-generation MRIs to be shared among U.P. hospitals

MARQUETTE — Many people who have underwent magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, may remember needing to stay extremely still in a noisy, narrow space during the process, which be a difficult experience, especially for children, larger people and people who have claustrophobia. However, ...

Urology Pearls: Physician not a poet and he knows it

The other day, in my office, Mr. Kangas (he agreed that I will use his name) told me that he was never a poet, but he did write a poem. And I asked myself, what determines what we choose to do, what we choose to be? My story reads like a plot written by adults who conspired to convince me to ...

Mystery of the painful shin solved

You know how the story goes: a “young” man, drifting into middle age, decides it’s finally time.....time to get in shape. He’s going to get serious about his physical conditioning and get fit. Our protagonist today is a gentleman named Frank, who has found his mid-section enlarging ...

Talk with the Doc: Anal fissures can be painful malady

First, let us review the medical definition of an anal fissure. An anal fissure is a small sore spot located about one half inch inside the anal opening. The symptoms of an anal fissure are pain and/or bleeding during and after bowel movements. The pain can be severe and there may also be a ...

Nerve injury treatment leads to better life

I love a good cliche every now and then, so I’ll start with one of my favorites: “You’ve got a lot of nerve!”. No doubt, this is referring to the fact we all have so many nerves running through our bodies, performing a surprising number of critical tasks. When is the last time you ...

Learning and teaching healthy habits

MARQUETTE — The Ishpeming High School’s first Health Fair was held March 27, organized by students from IHS’s National Honor Society chapter. Students, staff and organizations worked to provide a variety of booths on topics including nutrition, wellness, mental health, exercise and ...

Smart moves

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a two-part series. Last Tuesday, the Journal published an article about a presentation on radial wrist fractures given by Aaron Lautenschlager, certified hand therapist at UP Health System-Rehab Services — Hand and Upper Extremity Center, at the “Meet ...

Tobacco causes many health problems

Health and well-being are fascinating subjects, covering as they may, so many aspects of the human body and the diseases it is prone to. Articles on health topics abound in popular publications. It continues to be a topic of great interest for the general public and health care providers alike. ...

Urology Pearls: Is Y chromosome starting to disappear?

The human Y chromosome is threatening to disappear. It is not the number of copies of the Y chromosome that is in any immediate danger: there is still one copy of the Y chromosome in almost each cell in the male body, or about 30 trillion copies of it in each man. But, the size of the Y ...

Broken bones

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of a two-part story. Next Tuesday, look for a story on arthritis of the thumb, with information from Stephanie Carlson-Ballon, certified hand therapist at UP Health System-Rehab Services, who discussed information on the cause, prevention and treatment of the ...

Talk With the Doc: Make sure to get proper amount of sleep

The National Sleep Foundation is an organization that does scientific studies on sleep and offers healthful suggestions and recommendations to help us all get a good night’s sleep. It is important that we all make personal efforts to get that proper amount of sleep to maintain our health. Be ...

Diabetic amputations are often preventable

This is the story of an amputation. I refer not to some horrific motor vehicle accident, or some giant industrial machinery gone awry. I’m not talking about a traumatic event, but instead, a disease process of unheralded scope and severity. I continue to be astounded by all the startling ...

Superior Health Foundation starts Indigent Care Fund

MARQUETTE —The Superior Health Foundation and the Medical Care Access Coalition have entered into an agreement to transfer existing MCAC monies of approximately $1.2 million to the SHF to create an Upper Peninsula-wide Indigent Care Fund. MCAC Board President Dennis Smith said the board ...