Tuesday: Health

Magnesium plays important role in body

Magnesium is an essential part of healthy nutrition in our human body. Today, let’s take a look at the role of magnesium in our personal health and how to maintain healthy magnesium levels in our body. Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the human body, and is found to be naturally present ...

Germs, disease sanitation in society

Another week has passed, and we find ourselves here again. Today, I am hoping you are prepared to be educated. A subject of some debate (as well as a significant amount of ignorance and misinformation), is that of proper sanitary practice. The spread of disease because of poor practices is ...

Working out to end hunger

MARQUETTE — Those who are looking to exercise while supporting a local effort to combat hunger will have an opportunity to do so on Aug. 29, as Anytime Fitness of Marquette will be raising funds for JJPacks, a local organization that aims to ensure no child goes hungry over the ...

Helping hand

MARQUETTE — Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a very common nerve disorder — an estimated 4 to 10 million people in the United States suffer from CTS, which can cause numbness and weakness in the hand. This common syndrome and its treatment was the topic of a presentation given by UP ...

Keeping balance very essential to health

Ralph wasn’t himself. With each passing day, his fatigue intensified. He had morning headaches every single day and he became progressively confused. Barbara, Ralph’s wife, told the doctors: “There is something wrong with my husband, he lost his stream of consciousness.” Professor ...

Thickened nail not always fungus

In my particular branch of medicine, I have the opportunity to treat a great variety of conditions. It makes for a wonderful and varied work experience, treating as I do, such disparate problems as chronic wounds, sports injuries, bony deformities, neuropathies of all sorts, and many others. ...

Considering the whole person

MARQUETTE — In sickness or in health, it can be valuable to carefully examine and address the myriad of biological, social and psychological factors that may be contributing a given state of health. Holistically-based approaches, such as integrative medicine, aim to provide ...

Author’s injury gets many treatments

Heel pain is one of the most common orthopedic conditions encountered by physicians today. About one out of three Americans experience a bout of it at some point in their lives. Significant work hours are lost due to this sometimes debilitating malady. Add in the health care dollars that go ...

Lake Superior, Tahquamenon Falls fun facts

As we are now well into our wonderful Upper Peninsula summer season, many local folks and many tourists take the opportunity to visit and enjoy our magnificent natural resources. Today, let’s take another look at some fun facts of just two of these great attractions that we are blessed to ...

Breast center excellence

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette recently received a renewed accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, after initially receiving the accreditation in 2012. “The NAPBC focus is to provide the best up-to-date treatment for patients with diseases of the ...

High-fat diet has many benefits

Are you forming enough ketones? Are you forming any? Likely at this point is a response something akin to “Huh? What are ketones and why should I produce them?” Believe it or not, these are important questions. Your health and well-being may depend on it. If we were a healthy society, one ...

Unlikely individuals inspire correspondent

The rabbit lived an uneventful life of no particular consequence until it met the hands of Claude Bernard. Bernard chose the rabbit for its long ears. Bernard was a rotund man with determined eyes and a passion for the study of physiology. On that morning, wearing his white apron, he wrapped ...

Summer, fish jokes always good medicine

We are truly blessed to be here in the Upper Peninsula where our northern border is right on Lake Superior. Lake Superior is very properly named because it contains three quadrillion (a million billion) gallons of fresh water and is home to more than 80 different species of fish. It also has ...

Trapped nerve in foot makes shoe wear painful

The subject of our discussion today is a hard-working woman named Sally, who works in a local law office. Like so many in this type of work environment, the dress code required is rather strict, with well-defined standards. For Sally, this eventually became a source of great pain and ...

Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

WASHINGTON — Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer’s or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would. Some 17 percent of Americans already have undergone at least one kind of DNA test, and 52 percent of the remainder say they’d like to, ...

Knowing pain

MARQUETTE — It hurts terribly — it’s hard to stop thinking about it. Nothing helps reduce the pain. Fear grows — activities become limited, rest becomes frequent, a sense of helplessness develops. Anxiety and depression about the pain deepen as it continues. The pain lasts for days, ...

Urology Pearls

There are two stories I wanted to tell you. The first story is about Mr. Ralph A., a 65-year-old school principal in New England who suddenly lost his stream of consciousness. The other story is that of Claude Bernard, a 19th century French physiologist, who was described as “one of the ...

Telemedicine and new technologies

Technology has impacted modern life more so than any societal change or political movement. It has invaded every aspect of modern life, and is becoming more embedded in our lives with each passing day. For good or bad, integrated computer systems live with us, monitor us, assist us, in a ...

Getting the info

MARQUETTE — As of 2015, there were 115 opioid prescriptions per 100 people in Michigan. From 1999 to 2016, overdose deaths from opioids increased from 99 to 1,699, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The numbers bring Michigan’s opioid epidemic into sharp ...

MS cause a mystery

The world is a dangerous place. It’s over-run with all manner of lurking hazards, from bacteria living on your skin to fungal organisms hiding out in the crevices and hidden places of your world. How do we survive this daily onslaught? Through the action of our immune system, which functions ...