Tuesday: Health

Urology Pearls

The other day, when I was watching “Newshour,” a TV news show on PBS, I realized that I am not alone in trying to answer the question, “What can we learn from each other?” In a segment called ‘what can orchestras teach executives about business,’ residents, doctors, surgeons, and ...

Arch support therapy treats problems

Although few think about it, I contemplate the subject of body mechanics frequently. It is a fascinating topic, that of body motion and body mechanics. There is much to be discovered, so much we do not yet know. Think for a moment, if you would, of the wonders of human locomotion. I have no ...

Early detection key

MARQUETTE — The American Cancer Society is now recommending average-risk adults start colorectal cancer screening at age 45, rather than age 50, after a recent retrospective study done by American Cancer Society Researchers showed the incidence of colorectal cancer is rising in average-risk ...

Talk With the Doc

The term “personal success” has many definitions. My favorite definition of personal success is as follows: “Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile goal.” Of course, this refers to personal goals we have set for ourselves, and setting personal positive goals is ...

Deformity of foot often missed at birth

The vagaries and varieties of the human form never cease to amaze me. So many people living on this planet, and no two are just alike. Predictably, this extends to our skeletal structures, its shape and form, from facial anatomy right down to our feet. The former means we each look different, ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation awards grants

MARQUETTE — Five Upper Peninsula organizations were awarded grants courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation and the Superior Health Foundation Monday at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan office in Marquette. Over $300,000 was ...

Ancient fermented tea has become big business

As a scientist, I find it an obvious statement that what we put into our bodies has a great influence on our health. What else can our bodies use to build new tissue, to repair damaged cells other than the foods we eat? Our bodies are in a constant state of renewal. Did you know that our skin ...

Urology Pearls: What we can learn from each other

Several years ago, I was on a visit to Ann Arbor, where my two older sons were students at the University of Michigan. The first words I heard them utter were: “Dad, let’s go to Zingerman’s.” The Zingerman’s Delicatessen, they meant, the one established in 1982. The line was long ...

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels ...

Talk With the Doc

Our human body is truly an amazing creation. Today, let’s look at some interesting facts about our body cells, our bones, and our muscles. • Human body cells — It is estimated that the human body has about 40 trillion cells. It is further estimated by various cellular biology experts ...

Bill expanding private care for veterans goes to Trump

WASHINGTON — Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote recently, also averting a disastrous shutdown of its Choice private-sector ...

Just snap out of it

MARQUETTE — “There are other people who have it worse.” “Be more positive.” “It’s just an excuse.” “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” “You’re just too negative, appreciate the good in life.” “Just snap out of it.” “You’re not depressed, you’re just ...

Fear and the medical lecturer

Most of us, being human as we are, have fears of one sort or another. Perhaps it’s a fear of spiders or snakes. Some have a fear of heights or enclosed spaces. Many of these are quite understandable, and some are perfectly appropriate. (Falling from a height can be dangerous and is something ...

Urology Pearls: NASCAR doc: Saving lives at pit-stop

George fell to the ground at once, and without any warning. He and his wife, Jane, were on a trip to San Francisco. They were walking along the beach. Jane was facing the ocean, pointing at the Golden Gate Bridge and at a seagull that was hovering in the skies, and when she turned around, she ...

Standing tall

MARQUETTE — May is Posture Month — with an estimated 80 percent of Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, it’s important to not only recognize the importance of good posture, but find ways to implement practices that promote good posture. Posture Plank, a new ...

Mental health in kids

MARQUETTE — Two children are diagnosed with serious medical conditions — one child is diagnosed and has a plan for health-based school services put into place almost immediately, while it takes nearly two years for the other child to receive the health services and supports in school that ...

Urology Pearls

Today, I will share you a recipe with you. But you already know me: everything comes with a story, and so do my recipes. The recipe is for shakshuka, the hearty, irresistible Israeli dish made with ripe tomatoes, eggs, sweet paprika, garlic, and spicy chili peppers. Shakshuka is typically ...

Plant-based diet for a healthy planet

Despite better methods of detection and a plethora of medications for the treatment of heart disease, it remains the number one killer in America for both men and women. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that's 1 in every 4 deaths. Despite our ...

Talk With the Doc: Chuckle works wonders for what ails you

Welcome to springtime in our wonderful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Of course, we know that the official date for the first day of Spring this year was on March 20. However, based on the big winter snow storm we had several weeks ago, I am not so sure that this March 20th date ever got sent ...

Some concussions produce permanent brain injury

Like so many Americans, I enjoy playing and watching sports. Not all sports, of course. Although the Olympic coverage of curling was extensive, I couldn’t get excited. But the numbers don’t lie: in America, football is king. Years ago, baseball was America’s game, but, no longer. ...