Tuesday: Health

Talk with the Doc

All of us health care providers have encountered numerous patients with the serious medical condition known as a bowel obstruction. First, let me give you the medical definition of a bowel obstruction. Bowel obstruction is a very serious medical condition when the food or drink we have ...

Dietary strategies for brain health

Health and wellness is a hot topic these days. Pick up almost any popular magazine and you are certain to find at least one article on the subject. Nutrition is a particularly prominent issue in media. An increasing number of Americans are beginning to value its importance in regards to quality ...

Swimming for a cause

MARQUETTE — A local high school student living with type 1 diabetes is raising funds for the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network by participating in the 16th annual Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes Saturday. Having lived with type 1 diabetes for 9 years herself, the swim’s mission had a ...

Ask right questions, fall madly in love

“Winter is coming,” Ed told me. “It is the middle of July, and not a cloud in the sky,” I reminded him. “It is coming, nevertheless,” Ed said, “This is the Upper Peninsula, and winter is always lurking behind even the brightest days.” “What difference does it make all ...

Retrain the brain

MARQUETTE — How is it possible to have long-lasting pain when an injury is long healed? Why do some people with severe injuries experience minimal pain, while others experience excruciating pain from minor injuries, or even non-painful stimuli? While it was thought for hundreds of years ...

New treatments for common skin problem

The human body is an amazing thing. By way of an example, might I refer you to a ballerina, twirling through the air, landing like a feather. Or perhaps a football wide receiver, diving for the catch, arm extended fully, a single hand reaching for the ball. There are a thousand other citings of ...

Pets can offer many health benefits

Many, many households in the United States have at least one pet. It is estimated that there are nearly 90 million dogs in USA homes today, significantly up from about 70 million dogs in homes in the year 2000. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 40 percent ...

Plantar warts diagnosed too often

Missed diagnoses are a tremendous problem in modern medicine, and the statistics bear this out. Incorrect or inaccurate labels for various problems result in significant morbidity and mortality. Occasionally, it results only in treatment that is ineffective, allowing some chronic problem to ...

Abortion arguments at play in limiting veterans’ IVF benefit

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — A federal program to help injured veterans and their spouses conceive children through in vitro fertilization is being hobbled by anti-abortion forces that oppose how the process can lead to embryos being destroyed. Since 2012, ...

Foot pain not necessary

There seems to be the general consensus that foot pain is normal, an expected consequence of modern life. I would bet the average joe, if questioned, would say feet have hurt throughout human existence. Although I cannot offer up any statistics on this issue, let me assure you, feet should not ...

Mental health issue studied

MARQUETTE — A criminal justice student at Northern Michigan University wants to raise awareness on fraud in mental health as it relates to false allegations and wrongful convictions. Joan L. Roberts, who also considers herself a victims rights advocate, completed a directed study at NMU ...

Talk with the Doc

As many of you are aware, Bishop Frederic Baraga was the first bishop of the Catholic diocese located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The diocese originated in Sault Ste. Marie in 1853, and then was moved to Marquette in 1866.The Marquette house where Bishop Baraga lived, and ultimately ...

How to be your own health care advocate

Going to a new doctor’s office for treatment of some painful problem is scary. Will you receive some terrifying diagnosis? Will you even understand what your physician is talking about, or will the language used be filled with big words and impossible to understand. Will the doctor be ...

Fighting opioid epidemic

MARQUETTE — In 2015, there were more prescriptions for painkillers in Michigan than there were people. In that year, 11.4 million painkiller prescriptions were written in a state with a population of just under 10 million, equating to roughly 115 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, ...

‘Weighty’ problem

CHICAGO — Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests. The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn't proof, but it bolsters evidence ...

All-terrain vehicle history, safety tips

All-terrain vehicles were initially brought to the U.S. marketplace in 1967. The period of time from 1967 to 1987 is referred to as the “Three Wheeler ATV Era” because they were all 3 wheeler ATV’s at this time. As the safety and stability of these vehicles was continually being ...

Medical, culinary benefits to ancient herb

Our thinking about food has changed over the years. In an age gone by, food was simply fuel, sustenance to keep your belly full. With scientific advances, we have learned of the dangers of poor food choices, and the health hazards of processed, fast food. Along with this increasing ...

Opening up options

CHICAGO — Sally Atwater’s doctor spent two months on calls, messages and paperwork to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine. Nancy Goodman begged eight companies to let her young son try experimental medicines for a brain ...

The theory of everything (or is there a theory for everything?)

Suppose you stumbled upon a revolutionary idea. I am talking about a big idea. You think the Earth is round while everyone else thinks it’s flat. You think the sun is at the center of the universe, not the Earth. Your idea might intrigue some, but upset almost everyone. How far would you go ...