Tuesday: Health

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 ...

When Bud met Mindy, the conclusion

In the previous episode, Bud and Mindy met on Reddit.com, in the philosophy section called “Mind and Body.” Mindy believed that the mind and body are separate entities. She believed in the “immaterial soul and in the mystery our mind is.” Bud wrote to her: “I think that your mind and ...

What value are medical magnets?

When some new ache or pain appears, how many people run to their family doctor? Most will take an over-the-counter pain reliever, try a soak, or some other simple home measure. Something simple and readily available is understandably the first choice. With continued discomfort, a large segment ...

Opioid poisonings, overdoses send more kids to hospitals

CHICAGO — Opioid poisonings and overdoses are sending increasing numbers of U.S. children and teens to the hospital, according to a study showing a substantial rise in young patients needing critical care. The study included accidental poisonings along with overdoses from intentional use. ...

Parkinson’s disease a devastating malady

History — Parkinson’s disease was first characterized extensively by an English doctor, named James Parkinson, in 1817. Today, we understand Parkinson’s disease to be a disorder of the central nervous system that results from the loss of cells in various parts of the brain, including a ...

Heal injuries with PRP

Everyone knows pro athletes get the best treatments available, regardless of the cost. They are not concerned with the associated fee’s, or what their insurance will cover. Yet, for the average citizen, this is what dictates medical care. It’s no longer the particulars of the condition they ...

Heart Health

MARQUETTE — As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan reminds us that lifestyle changes represent the ounce of prevention every individual needs to stay heart healthy. Heart related events are the leading ...

Urology Pearls/When Bud met Mindy, things happened

Mindy and Bud were on their way to meet each other in the middle of the country. She told him that she was a psychology student in New York. He was an engineering student who lived in Los Angeles. Bud consulted Google and made the calculation: the distance between them was 2,845 miles, and ...

Science of yo-yo dieting

I am happy to report that we now know more about nutrition than we ever have. Clearly, we are making progress. We have advanced to the level of “horrendous” after moving up last month from “abysmal.” There are many reasons for this, one being humans make poor subjects when it comes to ...

Hepatitis comes in wide variety, impacts

In my previous Mining Journal column on Feb. 6, I reviewed the human liver anatomy and function. Today, let’s follow up with a brief discussion of the medical condition known as hepatitis. The term hepatitis comes from hepatic, which is the medical term for the liver, and the suffix ...

Asking questions can save a life

MARQUETTE — When it comes to preventing suicide every person in every walk of life can be a gatekeeper. That’s the message that the Marquette County Health Department and the Chocolay Township Police set out to convey during a Suicide Prevention and Awareness training at the Chocolay ...

Bunionette: cute or painful?

Joe was a veteran contractor. He performed some heavy labor, and always dressed in the appropriate uniform, which naturally included steel toed work boots. Joe had always found them uncomfortable, but, of late, they had become significantly painful. He was experiencing a vague, dull pain along ...

From Folie-a-Deux to La Diete-a-Deux

Angelina was seeking a companion. She responded to a personal ad in a single’s magazine. She was 23, Angelo was 27, love bloomed, and within a week the couple got married. At age 8 Angelo was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He had delusions and hallucinations. He was often visited by ...

Fight to vanquish aging

Did you know you have a clock inside of you, and at this very moment, it’s ticking? Our body clock is apparently set to bring about your demise, be it from cardio-vascular disease or cancer, or any of the other chronic diseases thought to be a natural part of aging. Some scientists now ...

What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful

Every year, from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the United States will become infected with influenza virus. An average of 200,000 of these people will require hospitalization and up to 50,000 will die. Older folks over the age of 65 are especially susceptible to influenza infection, since ...

Liver an important organ for many functions

Our liver is a vital organ that performs many functions in our body. The liver is one of the largest organs in our body, and the average healthy human liver weighs about 3 pounds. It is located in the upper right side of our abdomen just under or lower right ribs. If one could look at the human ...

Overmedicated

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to ...

The history of honey used as a medicine

Regular readers will know of my interest in nutrition. Obviously, I have a certain preoccupation with health, given my profession, but shouldn’t the two intermingle in a fashion, nutrition and medicine? Why is it, in our culture, the two are seen as separate entities? Many cultures use food ...