Tuesday: Health

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 ...

On mice and men

When caught in the act of infidelity, cheaters often borrow from the excuses of artful diplomats. Stephen Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard University, proposes 21 handy talking points to defend the indefensible in foreign policy (invading other countries with no ...

Downplayed medical issue

MARQUETTE — Treating tendon pain doesn’t always get the proper respect in the medical field, but maybe it should. Dr. J. Bryan Dixon, a sports medicine specialist with the Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery in Marquette, spoke about “Ten Tips for Treating Tendon Pain” ...

Talk with the doc: Osteoporosis a challenging condition

The month of May is designated as National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Osteoporosis is generally defined as a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium and/or vitamin D. Osteoporosis ...

Bad nerves lead to deformity in diabetics

This article is a call to action. Actually, it is more of a call for observation, for attentiveness, for a state of vigilance. I am writing this to all those individuals employed in a medical field, as well as those who are not. We need heightened awareness for anyone with diabetes. Subscribers ...

Swing of things

HARVEY — There are many reasons golfers would want to be like Tiger Woods. For one, he has 14 major golf championships, and even if he never wins another, only Jack Nicklaus has won more at 18. He also has a huge legion of fans. However, Woods just announced he had back surgery to alleviate ...

Processed foods lead to weighty problems

How well do you eat? What kind of foods? An associated question, how important is it to your health? Many would agree nutrition is a topic on which we have much to learn. Theories abound on how best to eat, and the plethora of diets developed in recent years is testament to this. How much do ...

Disfunction in bladder has consequences

I told you that a good train-ride story is a tale of transformation in which the protagonist arriving at his destination is a man changed forever. Such is my third train-ride tale. On the evening of Sept. 25, 1919, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was aboard the Mayflower, the presidential train, when ...

‘The Gift of Water’

MARQUETTE — As an upcoming public service announcement says: “We bathe with it. We cook with it. We drink it. But do we protect it?” “The Gift of Water: Perspectives from the Native American World” was the title of a talk given by Scott Herron, Ph.D., ethnobotanist at Ferris State ...

Diagnosing lupus can be difficult

The human body is an amazing thing. The ability to stand and move, to walk, with little thought, without injury; these are complex processes. How about the body’s efficiency at fighting off the billions of bacteria we come into contact with, all the dangerous possible infections, necessary to ...

Procrastination a trait we all need to work on

Procrastination is usually defined as the avoidance of doing a task that should be accomplished sooner, rather than later. When we procrastinate, we are usually doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones. We then often find ourselves carrying out less urgent tasks instead ...

State responds

MARQUETTE — It’s going to take a multi-faceted effort by the state of Michigan to deal with the opioid crisis. “Michigan’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Response,” the fourth in a series of public forums on “The Cost of Addiction,” took place Wednesday at the ...

Short leg treatment is no mystery

Most people obtain much of their medical knowledge from advertisements, gossip, and a host of unreliable sources. For example, it can be seen as amusing how often people don’t know that a problem can occur on only one side of the body. Most know that some internal organs are found on only one ...

Three train tales

A good train-ride story is always a tale of transformation. A passenger may find comfort in the pre-determined course, the well-grounded tracks, the rumbling sound and the monotonous vibration. He may open a conversation with a fellow passenger, or just fall asleep. “It feels as if I have ...

When migraines attack

MARQUETTE — There are headaches, and then there are headaches. Count migraines in that second category. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, characterized by episodes often called migraine attacks, according to migraine.com. Some migraines cause pain on just the right or left side ...

Consequences to a high-arched foot

Know anyone who has sprained their ankle? Do you know anyone who hasn’t? Isn’t that a better question? Because of its weight-bearing function and the construction of this joint, the ankle is the most commonly injured joint among athletes, and a frequent cause of pain and problems in the ...