Tuesday: Health

Nature or nurture?

MARQUETTE — Is it nature or nurture that makes us who we are? This age-old question was discussed at a talk given by Dr. Jed Magen, associate professor and chair of the department of psychiatry at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. The talk, which was aimed at ...

New book by columnist was family project

“How is a poem born? Like a laugh—it starts from within, and rolls out. How is a poem born? Like a baby—at the beginning it hurts, then it comes out and everyone is happy, and suddenly, what a wonder, it walks on his own. How is a poem born? Like a baby.” I love this poem by ...

Athlete’s foot infection can be dangerous

I would like to present for you another case history, but not of some unusual or particularly strange condition. Instead, let’s discuss a malady of such widespread distribution, many would be shocked to learn of its prevalence. This problem is so common, at this very moment, almost one out of ...

OPEN HOUSE AT NMU

MARQUETTE — Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a cancer research lab? Attendees of an open house held by the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center at Northern Michigan University Thursday night had a chance to tour the center’s lab facilities and learn more about cutting-edge ...

U of M sees enrollment growth on Ann Arbor campus

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan saw its enrollment increase by 1.6 percent this fall, with 46,716 students attending classes on its Ann Arbor campus. Of that total, 1,700 in-state students will pay no tuition this fall under the Go Blue Guarantee, according to enrollment figures ...

Halloween history and a tad bit of humor

As you know, tomorrow is Oct. 31 and this is always the annual date for the celebration of Halloween in the U.S. Of course, our Halloween activities will certainly have the kids out doing their trick-or-treating, and will also include attending  Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins ...

Screenings support health

MARQUETTE — Keeping regular tabs on vital signs can be an important way to monitor a person’s health and detect trends over time. Community health and wellness clinics, such as the free regular wellness clinics offered through U.P. Home Health & Hospice, give attendees a chance to ...

November free screenings

MARQUETTE — U.P. Home Health & Hospice offers free health care screenings throughout Marquette County. Included in the free screenings are blood pressure, pulse and glucose checks and a $5 charge to have cholesterol level checked. The November clinic dates, times and locations are as ...

Use of toxin now mainstream medicine

A psychiatric patient recently asked his doctor for a change in medication, or some kind of assistance with his depression. He was entertaining suicidal thoughts, even though he was on antidepressants and always kept his appointments. As you might imagine, he was getting desperate. An elderly ...

Painting the Peninsula Pink

MARQUETTE — With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the community has banded together to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in a number of ways. One way funds are raised locally is through the Superior Health Foundation’s Paint the Peninsula Pink fundraiser ...

Urology Pearls: Other girl with the dragon tattoo, part 2

Whether a person will become a man or a woman is determined by a series of fateful, dramatic events that take place well before birth. Doctors call the process where the sex of a person is determined ‘sexual differentiation’. It happens like this: In the fetus, both men and women have ...

Insomnia leads to mental, physical ailments

The brain is an amazing organ. How it manages to provide us with consciousness, the ability to store millions of bytes of information, to process all the events unfolding around us, is an astounding and wonderful thing. The many functions of the brain allow us to create, to communicate with ...

Mind’s garden capable of growing much

My mind is my garden and my thoughts are my seeds. When I choose positive thoughts, I plant good seeds. Good seeds always lead to a rich harvest. When I choose negative thoughts, I plant bad seeds and bad seeds will yield nothing but weeds. This wisdom of thinking of our mind being a garden has ...

Low back pain usually due to body mechanics

Many health issues have received front page attention over the years, with a few recent winners including the ebola virus, the AIDS epidemic, and, of course, cancer, which is always high on the list. But when it comes to actual number of people afflicted, nothing comes close to chronic low back ...

Getting the point

SAWYER — New Points, a syringe service program operated by the Marquette County Health Department in collaboration with Great Lakes Recovery Centers, has now been operational for a little over a month at the Upper Great Lakes Sawyer Family Health Center. The program aims to prevent the ...

The other woman with a dragon tattoo

Chuck and Vera spent their second date at Antoni’s. They shared the gnocchi in marinara sauce, then a pizza with anchovies, and when the time came for “a tiramisu with two spoons, por favore,” he couldn’t but realize that he was in love. Vera was his type, more so than any other woman. ...

Brand new treatment for bent toes causes less pain

The variety of conditions I treat is quite large, from the sprained ankle to the leg ulcer, the infamous bunion to the ubiquitous fungal nail. This is a significant perk of the position. Some problems are strange and unusual, some seen every day. With the availability of so much information via ...

Treatment change

U.S. regulators Friday expanded the use of Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine to adults up to age 45. The vaccine was previously only for preteens and young adults through 26. The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil 9 for women and men through 45. The vaccine protects against the ...

GLRC’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Clinic

MARQUETTE — With the opening of Great Lakes Recovery Centers’ Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Clinic, Dr. Steven Klamerus, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, will begin providing weekly psychiatric services Thursday at the GLRC Adolescent Services Center in ...

Bittersweet truth about sugar hard to swallow

The average sugar intake in the USA today is a whopping 150 pounds of sugar per year, or about 3 pounds of sugar per week, meaning that we consume, on average, about 42 teaspoons of sugar every day! This added sugar is usually in the form of sucrose (table sugar), high fructose corn syrup, and ...