Tuesday: Health

New surgical techniques produce less trauma

Trauma is a bad thing, isn't it? That's common knowledge, even to those who know nothing about medicine. Psychological trauma can lead to a whole host of problems. For example, most have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder. If a person is scared enough to have psychological disorders, they ...

Pregnant or trying? Don’t let Zika virus guard down

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don’t let your guard down — especially if you’re pregnant or trying to be. While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year’s ...

Diabetic limb loss often preventable

Ms. Severino, an elderly woman who was diagnosed with diabetes just a year ago, told her family doctor that her shoes fit her fine, and that there was no way they were the cause of her blister. In fact, the blister on the side of her foot didn’t even hurt, despite the fact that it was ...

Superior meditation: International Day of Yoga celebrated along Big Lake

MARQUETTE — Yoga is supposed to be meditative in nature, allowing the practitioner to become self-aware while also working muscle groups through various poses. Practicing yoga in an enclosed room with aromatherapy and soft music is all well and good, but imagine doing it outside while ...

Truth about dietary fats

Did I get you with my title? Perhaps you imagined that you would learn in these pages about what was truly good for you, nutritionally speaking. Did you wonder if it was possible that someone might have the truth? My apologies, but I do not. My title was merely a hook, an age-old method of ...

Holiday humor: Happy Fourth of July

One week from today we celebrate our wonderful patriotic Fourth of July. This is perhaps my favorite U.S. holiday. Today, let’s take a brief look at the history of this great celebration. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, has been an official USA federal holiday for many ...

‘Brain attacks’

MARQUETTE — The word “stroke” instills fear in many people, as well it should; it can result in a debilitating condition, and even death. However, people can learn to recognize symptoms and ways they can reduce their risk of stroke. Strokes were the subject of Wednesday’s “Meet ...

Pain from muscle cramps disabling

Joanna had a problem. It wasn’t really a crippling one, but, when it occurred, she was in significant pain. The pain always developed suddenly, without warning, and any activity she was participating in had to stop. This wasn’t a disabling problem, but, In a way, when the cramping in her ...

Dragonfly: Quality vs. quantity of life

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. Life expectancy, or the average time an organism is expected to live, is a hard concept to grasp. It is partly because your life expectancy is a moving target, it changes as you grow older. In the U.S., for example, life expectancy ...

Cancer Survivors Day

MARQUETTE — Cancer Survivors Day 2017 was a mix of talking about past cancer experiences and learning healthy ways of avoiding the disease. UP Health System-Marquette and the Superior Health Foundation hosted Cancer Survivors Day last Tuesday at the Presque Isle Pavilion. Cancer patients, ...

Our lives are about personal choices

The following sentence states one of the most important things I have ever learned: We live by choice, not by chance. We should always keep in mind that we all have been given this amazing ability to choose what we think about, and it is always so very important that we choose to have ...

Viral invaders cause many problems

Did you see the movie about the alien invaders that took over the bodies of their victims? Sound’s pretty silly, doesn’t it? The alien invaders I’ll be talking about are not about to be credited with a plan to take over the world. Instead, it is simply their way to procreate. Make no ...

Wild and free

MARQUETTE — Have you ever hiked and became unexpectedly peckish, but don’t have trail mix or a granola bar in your backpack? Do plants then take on an added appeal? Wait before you pick. Finding spring wild edibles that are safe to consume was the subject of an identification session ...

Wound care challenges are many

On a daily basis, I am reminded of the travails of modern medicine. Having been in practice for over twenty years, I can speak with some experience of the changes that have been wrought in the American health care system. The obstacles to care created by insurance companies, the diagnoses ...

Dragonfly: Compared to what?

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Dr. Madjar’s visit to Israel. Once every two years, I travel to my home country, Israel. I usually stay in Tel Aviv. It is almost always summer in Tel Aviv, and the days are long and hot. I enjoy sitting in a cafe along the beach and ...

FRETTING HEALTH CARE

Dawn Erin went nearly 20 years without health insurance before the Affordable Care Act, bouncing between free clinics for frequent and painful bladder infections. The liver-destroying disease hepatitis C made her ineligible for coverage until President Barack Obama’s law barred insurers ...

Ancient practice has uncertain benefits

Are you a “church-goer”? Did you know there are health benefits to attending many religious services? Many would assume it is due to the positive effects of having a good social support system, but even more tangible is the power of prayer. Scientists generally agree prayer is a form of ...

Dogs are very special

Along with so many other people, I am a huge dog lover, and this is certainly for good reason. It has been said that perhaps dogs give us the best and ultimate example of "unconditional love". I recently came across the following quote from an anonymous source, and I believe it gives us all ...

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

MARQUETTE — After cancer patients learn they have this disease, there’s a lot to consider: getting over the initial shock, worrying about treatment and financial concerns, to name just a few. Then there are the simple logistics that come with cancer, which includes getting to and from ...

Ankle ligament injury leads to chronic pain

How about those ligaments! What do you think about them? Certainly, you do, don’t you? Did you hear the one about the ligament that looked like a dog? No?? Me neither. Anyway, back to the ligaments... really, what do you know about ligaments? Do you know what they do? How is a ligament ...