Tuesday: Health

Epilepsy and seizures

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — There’s simply getting dizzy, and then there’s getting seizures. Dr. Brian MacFalda, neurologist in the UP Health System-Marquette’s Brain and Spine Center, discussed epilepsy and seizures at the monthly “Meet the Physician” ...

Ice fishing a great winter activity in Michigan

One very popular winter sport in Michigan is ice fishing. When the ice forms and thickens on our many inland lakes and rivers and streams, ice fishing becomes a great way for many of our Michigan fishing enthusiasts to get out and enjoy our winter weather. Many of our Michigan anglers look ...

‘Time for Unrest’

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The visuals were difficult to watch: people confined to their beds or simply being unable to talk. Yet, the medical community often dismissed the condition that caused those symptoms as psychological — in their heads. The hope is ...

Tree fungus provides health benefits

During the long course of civilization, over the thousands of years, man has sought to ease his aches and pains. It’s only in the last hundred years or so that the pharmaceutical industry has become so dominant in medical care. They have attempted to distill down to a single ingredient, the ...

Making changes: Getting healthy in 2018 a popular New Year’s resolution

The 2017 calendar year is in the rearview mirror. We’re now officially in 2018 and many people resolve — as they do most years — to make dietary and exercise changes to improve their overall health. According to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” ...

Bumpy heel pain real

Shoes are a big deal. Especially to some people, and I am not referring only to women. The shoe industry is a billion-dollar concern, and they are important to many different socio-economic groups. As evidence, you may recall the news stories about city kids getting murdered for their ...

Twins’ dilemma — the conclusion

The Bioethics Committee convenes monthly, on Mondays, at 7:00 AM sharp. They meet on the 12th floor of the hospital. There are seven members: 3 doctors, a lawyer, a priest, a bioethicist, and a representative of the community. Dr. Wise is the chairperson. Dr. Wise knew the committee ...

Quotes and jokes to get new year started

As we enter into the New Year of 2018, I sincerely wish all of you a most blessed and happy new year. As we all know, laughter truly is good medicine, so let’s try to get our new year started with a few healthy laughs and I am sure there will be some groans as well. Please also review my ...

Nonprofit lets employer offer free financial education

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A growing number of workplaces in Louisiana including Baker Manufacturing in Pineville are turning to a nonprofit that offers something to help employees personally and professionally — financial literacy. The national Jump$tart Coalition's Louisiana affiliate ...

Run for life

MARQUETTE — Run for Life Organ Donation Fund administrators are generating warmth for the holidays in more ways than one. The organization began giving blankets embroidered with its logo to dialysis patients in the central U.P. during a launch event on Thursday at Fresenius Kidney Care ...

Scientist studies health problems of Arctic living

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — If one had any doubt that scientist Larry Duffy is a busy man, one need only look at his University of Alaska business card. On one side it reads: Larry Duffy, Director, Resilience and Adaptation Program, while the other side reads: Larry Duffy, Professor of Chemistry and ...

What is dementia?

The holidays are here, a time for merriment and joy, basking in the warmth of loved ones. Families gather together, reminiscing of days gone by. But there is always change. You may see signs of a change in your elders, such as parents or grandparents. Those who you know well, but haven’t seen ...

Timbermen’s group a top state organization

One of our great organizations in Michigan is the Michigan Association of Timbermen. Of course, the lumber industry is a very significant part of our overall Michigan economy, and it certainly is a very substantial positive part of the economy of the Upper Peninsula. The overall objective of ...

Radio-wave surgery has many benefits

Like many denizens of the modern world, I find myself enamored of the toys we have available to us, the products of modern technology. Look at the excitement generated by the release of the latest cell phone. As a surgeon, this is especially true, with all manner of electronic gadgets at our ...

Exploring health care

MARQUETTE – “What are you going to be when you grow up?” A common question asked of young children becomes more and more serious as high school graduation nears. Upper Peninsula Health System - Marquette is helping students to decide with its Health Care Exploring Program. Students ...

Fat man appears to have significant dilemma

No matter how hard she tried, Dr. Margaret Wise could not suppress the image of the fat man standing on the bridge. She had learned about the fat man as a medical student, during a Bioethics 101, a class she elected to take in the summer semester of 1991. Dr. Wise remembered the lesson ...

Spicy foods provide health benefits

In case you weren’t aware, spicy foods are hot. I don’t mean in the literal sense, but in that they are becoming dramatically more popular with cooks and consumers. A majority of Americans now keep hot sauce in their house, and hot ingredients are being added to all sorts of food items, ...

World AIDS Day

MARQUETTE — Government agencies and health care providers have been working since the late 1980s to find a cure for HIV, but part of that requires having an open dialogue about the disease, officials say. The Marquette County Health Department Continuum of Care Program joined ...

Assisted living means making decisions

Let’s start today be reviewing the basic definition of assisted living.” The following is the definition of assisted living as defined by the National Institutes of Health: Assisted living is for people who need help with daily care, but not as much help as a specific nursing home may ...

Physical therapy has many faces

Sue, a new retiree, finally is willing to take the “time off” to have that knee replacement she has needed. The procedure goes smoothly, and after a week of recovery in the hospital, she is sent for various strengthening exercises. Soon, she is back to having a busy, active lifestyle. John, ...