Tuesday: Health

Vaccines can, do save lives

I recently attended a scientific medical program about vaccinations presented by one of the nation's medical experts on this subject. It was very timely, especially in light of all the totally non-scientific, inaccurate, and negative information being spread around about vaccinations today. In ...

Beware mysterious ankle injury

I’ll bet you knew a guy like Joe. He was one of those fellows who was sort of popular in school, though not really part of the “it” crowd. He was smart, but not that smart, not one of the brainy nerds. Joe liked sports, but wasn’t ever good enough to be a starter or even a back-up; ...

Matters of the HEART

MARQUETTE — The heart, being the complex organ it is, sometimes doesn’t function properly depending on the circumstances. One of those issues — atrial fibrillation — was the subject of a UP Health System “Heart Talk with the Docs” program Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. Commonly ...

Athlete’s foot can lead to cellulitis

Are you familiar with the wonders of the microbial world? I realize that many of you likely do not consider this aspect of life on this planet to be so wonderful. The fact that millions of tiny organisms are living on and in your body some find distasteful. Yet, when you consider the essential ...

The Fairy Circles confirmed

In the Namibian desert, along a 1500-mile sliver of land in southwestern Africa, one can see almost perfectly round circles of bare sand surrounded by rings of tall grass. The circles vary in size from 7 to 49 feet in diameter. The local nomadic Himba people believe that the circles were ...

‘Prescribing Practices’

MARQUETTE — Drug problems don’t always begin on a dark street corner in a shady area of town. An estimated one out of five patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids in office-based settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That topic ...

Talk with the Doc: Volunteer work can help health

Perhaps the best definition of being a volunteer is as follows: A volunteer is a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself to perform a service willingly and without pay The benefits of volunteering are beneficial for the individual, and will often benefit one’s family, and your ...

Improved approaches to osteoarthritis

Would you think it controversial to say there is much modern medicine has yet to learn about health and well-being? Numerous examples can be found without much difficulty, from treatments for cancer (that don’t involve poisoning the body), to alopecia areata (the all-too common male pattern ...

Doctor gives talk at ‘Meet the Physicians’

MARQUETTE — Traditional medicine still is the go-to method of the typical physician, but sometimes it can’t hurt to mix in a little milk thistle or acupuncture. Jessica Haloskie, M.D., of U.P. Health System-Marquette, talked about this facet of the medical field — integrative medicine ...

Osteoarthritis treatments provide hope

Would it be fair to say that good health is a desirable goal, one that is pursued by many? Because heart disease is rampant, cardiac fitness is typically part of the plan on the road to optimal health. But how do you achieve this very desirable objective if you can’t walk or stand without ...

Fitbit

NEW YORK — Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well. The company said data collected by the millions of Fitbit trackers in use show that people are averaging less than seven hours of sleep a night, the amount recommended by ...

Vitamin D plays essential role in health

The importance of diet and its relation to health is a hot button topic. Pick up most any magazine these days and you will likely find a plethora of articles on some diet plan, or the health benefits of some strange food. But to quote these very pages “you are what you eat”. Can it be ...

Screen for colorectal cancer

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. We all need to be aware of the importance of screening for colorectal cancer because it remains the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. Tragically, it is also the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It is so important to get screened ...

Battling peripheral artery disease

MARQUETTE — Are you having a difficult time walking, going more slowly than usual? Do you have pain in a foot or sores on your toes? Unless you’ve just run a marathon or walked on hot coals, you might have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, which increases in risk among people over ...

Doing things the right way

BIG BAY — It’s probably a big fear among many beginners who pick up a power tool for the first time, and it definitely was a concern for Munising’s Brenda St. Martin. “I want to know how not to cut my fingers off,” St. Martin said. She was one of a handful of participants who took ...

Basics of wound care can save limbs

I’m going to begin this little diatribe by begging your forgiveness. Indulge me, please, as I mount my soapbox to get a few things off my chest. I’m referring to the current level of knowledge of wound care amongst health professionals and the general public alike. We’ll use an example: a ...

When just a cut is much more

When it comes to ill-wishes, people can get really creative. Here are two examples: I wish you would swallow an umbrella, and that later, it would open up in your belly. Or, may all of your teeth fall out but one which would give you a toothache for the rest of your life. Of all curses, ...

‘Cost of Addiction’ focuses on families

MARQUETTE — The problem of substance abuse goes beyond the abuser. If a family is involved, that problem can be exacerbated. To address this part of the issue, a panel discussion entitled “The Cost of Addiction: Family Strategies” took place Wednesday at Marquette Alternative High School ...

Collapsing arch in foot causes nerve compression discomfort

I have a new case for you, and it's one that some of you may be able to relate to. Have you ever experienced pain from the bottom of your foot? Suzie, our protagonist, did and had for years. She considered herself to be fairly normal: brought up in an average, middle-class family, worked in an ...

Dementia a tough condition

According to the USA National Institutes of Health, dementia is not a specific disease. Rather, it is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. Memory loss is perhaps the most commonly seen symptom of dementia. However, it ...