Tuesday: Health

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. ...

Just Believe

MARQUETTE — May is Melanoma Awareness Month — Just Believe, a local nonprofit organization that works to raise melanoma awareness, will be awarding sunscreen dispensers to local municipalities and organizations throughout the month of May. Just Believe, which was formed in loving memory ...

Carolina Reaper is nothing to mess with

There are bad decisions and there are worse decisions that end up giving you a really bad headache. George decided to participate in a hot pepper contest. “What can go wrong?” he must have asked himself. He ate the Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper on the Scoville scale. His story was ...

Foot implant helps knee, back pain

Advances in medicine and science have had a tremendous impact on our quality of life. These developments have occurred throughout history. Where would we be if we hadn’t learned about germ theory? How about the development of antibiotics, without which even a mild ingrown nail could be ...

Paralympian tests custom prosthetic device constructed by NMU students

MARQUETTE — On April 17, U.S. Paralympian Kelly Allen tested out a custom-made prosthetic made by Northern Michigan University students in an advanced mechanical kinesiology course to help Allen improve her kayak performance. The class had been collaborating with Lynn Vanwelsenaers, ...

Grandparents Teach, too: Learning skills with vehicles and figures

A great way to spend time with preschool children is playing with them on the floor. If it is difficult to get on the floor and get up again (common), sit at a table or snack bar that is set up for play time. Everyone can sit and be about the same eye level. These areas can stay set up and ...

‘Prime’ competition

MARQUETTE — Prime numbers, polygons and probability, oh, my! Making math fun and exciting was a goal of Saturday’s Ninth Annual U.P. High School Math Challenge held at Jamrich Hall on the campus of Northern Michigan University. High schoolers from around the Upper Peninsula met to take ...

Childhood education used to improve health

MARQUETTE — Healthy eating and exercise are important for all ages, but educating children on ways to eat healthy and exercise is particularly beneficial, as this education can provide the basis for lifelong good habits and health. Through the (S)Partners for Health program, researchers ...

Talk With the Doc: Anal fistulas can have multiple causes

My column that ran in The Mining Journal on April 3 was about anal fissures. Although anal fissures and anal fistulas sound very similar, they are very different medical conditions. Today we will review anal fistulas. Fistula is the Latin word for “pipe.” The medical definition of ...

Strategies for declining memory

As is my tendency, I have an appropriate cliche for you: “Time waits for no man”. Just another example of our obsession with the passage of time, especially its effects on the human body. How about “time heals all wounds”? It is an understatement to say that our culture is concerned ...

Next-generation MRIs to be shared among U.P. hospitals

MARQUETTE — Many people who have underwent magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, may remember needing to stay extremely still in a noisy, narrow space during the process, which be a difficult experience, especially for children, larger people and people who have claustrophobia. However, ...

Urology Pearls: Physician not a poet and he knows it

The other day, in my office, Mr. Kangas (he agreed that I will use his name) told me that he was never a poet, but he did write a poem. And I asked myself, what determines what we choose to do, what we choose to be? My story reads like a plot written by adults who conspired to convince me to ...

Mystery of the painful shin solved

You know how the story goes: a “young” man, drifting into middle age, decides it’s finally time.....time to get in shape. He’s going to get serious about his physical conditioning and get fit. Our protagonist today is a gentleman named Frank, who has found his mid-section enlarging ...

Talk with the Doc: Anal fissures can be painful malady

First, let us review the medical definition of an anal fissure. An anal fissure is a small sore spot located about one half inch inside the anal opening. The symptoms of an anal fissure are pain and/or bleeding during and after bowel movements. The pain can be severe and there may also be a ...

Nerve injury treatment leads to better life

I love a good cliche every now and then, so I’ll start with one of my favorites: “You’ve got a lot of nerve!”. No doubt, this is referring to the fact we all have so many nerves running through our bodies, performing a surprising number of critical tasks. When is the last time you ...

Learning and teaching healthy habits

MARQUETTE — The Ishpeming High School’s first Health Fair was held March 27, organized by students from IHS’s National Honor Society chapter. Students, staff and organizations worked to provide a variety of booths on topics including nutrition, wellness, mental health, exercise and ...