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Tuesday: Health

Urology Pearls: To err is fatal — part two of a series

His name was Gunapala and he was 23 years old. One day, around 11 o’clock in the morning, he arrived, accompanied by his mother, at the medical ward of Colombo Medical School in Sri Lanka. He was built like a boxer; his mother was a plump, working class woman in her 40s. She told Dr. Carlo ...

Health Matters: The science of sleep

You’ve had a long and trying workday, exhausting as usual. Following dinner, an hour of television and sleep is tugging at your eyes. You hear the bed calling your name. Upon completion of your nightly ritual, you crawl into bed, ready to surrender to the cover of night. Certainly, a long ...

Chopping it off: NMU student donates hair for children’s cancer

MARQUETTE — Do you ever wonder what happens to your hair after getting it trimmed at the barber or salon? Believe it or not, most of it goes straight into the trash, and then to the landfill. Therefore, why not have it donated for a good cause? That’s exactly what Clare Feneley is ...

Talk with the Doc: April is IBS Awareness Month

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a very common disorder of the digestive tract. It primarily affects the colon, or large intestine. An estimated 20% of the population, or about 60 million people in the USA, suffer from IBS. IBS is a syndrome, and not a ...

Health Matters: Nutrition and ultra-processed foods

The average American is quite aware obesity is a serious problem. Tied with the societal pressure to be thin, many Americans “go on a diet” with frequency. Between the paleo diet, the keto craze and the debate over whether low-carb or low-fat diets are better for your health, deciding what ...

Staying physically active amid the COVID-19 pandemic

“Wear a mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands.” Promotion of the 3-W’s has served as the primary public health strategy used to manage the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. While these guidelines serve as a critical first line of defense in reducing viral transmission, another ...

Urology Pearls: TO ERR IS HUMAN – part 1 of a series

My brother’s second wife, Hannah, was of Moroccan descent. She and my brother, Israel, lived only eight miles away from our home. Their apartment was small and always under construction. Israel, an electrician by profession, completed the electrical wiring within the first year. He then ...

Health Matters: Nutrition or dieting for good health

Are you on a diet? Many Americans are, with recent estimates claiming 45 million Americans go on a diet each year. And at some considerable cost. Americans spend roughly $33 billion each year on weight loss products. Unfortunately, obesity rates have been going up for years now, with studies ...

For some New Yorkers, a pandemic year’s fight for the future

NEW YORK — It was the eve of the deadliest day of the coronavirus spike that brought New York City to a trembling standstill. They were a handful of people doing what they could in the city’s fight for survival, and their own. A year ago, The Associated Press told the story of a day in ...

Talk with the Doc: Chewing tobacco cancer and health risk update

In a previous column, a number of years ago, I reviewed the very significant cancer risk for all persons who choose to chew tobacco. The purpose of this column is to give you an update on these very health issues that will come from making the choice to use chewing tobacco. It is vitally ...

Health Matters: Many complications with common foot deformity

Various and sundry medical conditions occur to the human body, many of them the result of time. A particularly common one is the dreaded bunion, in which a bump develops on the inside of the foot as the big toe angles over towards the other toes. Some estimates claim as much as 23 percent of ...

Sign-up procedures complicate vaccinations for blind, deaf

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Unable to see, Carla McQuillan typically uses a program that converts the letters on a screen into audible words when she wants to read something online. The tool wouldn’t work when she tried to schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, however. “When I ...

The hunt for diagnosis can be interesting

Joseph, a 47-year-old Michigander known to everyone simply as ‘Joe the Hunter’ arrived in the emergency room on a cloudy January day. He told Dr. V.: “Something ain’t right, my stomach hurts, my ‘number 2’ is running like water, and my head feels light as if I’m going to faint.” ...

Lyme disease can have consequences

Infectious disease is once again the topic of the day. Actually, it would be more accurate to say it was the topic of the year (and counting). There certainly are some strange medical conditions resulting from infections. One that has gained some notoriety in recent years is particularly ...

Could you have diabetes and not know it?

From the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network MARQUETTE — Could you be living with diabetes and not know it? Over 30,000 Yoopers currently live with diabetes. Another estimated 7,500 people in the U.P. are living with diabetes and don’t know they have it. Type 2 diabetes, which is ...

Talk with the Doc: St. Patrick’s Day Irish history and humor

Tomorrow we celebrate our annual Irish Holiday, known as St. Patrick’s Day. I am proud that I have some Irish ancestry in that my mother was 100 percent Irish. Let us now take at look at St. Patrick and the history of this highly celebrated holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually ...

Talk with the Doc: Safer methods of pain control

As the average human’s lifespan has increased, the problems of longevity have become more prevalent, with chronic pain being one. Many consider recurrent aches and pains as part of life (until it happens to them), originating from such disparate conditions as osteoarthritis, nerve pain, and ...

Survivors struggle as scientists race to solve COVID mystery

There was no reason to celebrate on Rachel Van Lear’s anniversary. The same day a global pandemic was declared, she developed symptoms of COVID-19. A year later, she’s still waiting for them to disappear. And for experts to come up with some answers. The Texas woman is one of thousands of ...

Urology pearls: Learning to hit those golf balls with mercy

Tiger Woods was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard in Los Angeles. It was 7:12 a.m., Pacific time. The road was open, the horizon clear. The road was steep and curvy, and the speed limit was 45 mph. Tiger was driving a 2021 Hyundai Genesis GV80, a midsize luxury SUV—a sophisticated ...

Health Matters: Probiotics beneficial, research says

Our understanding of health and well-being grows daily. The wealth of information composing modern medicine is vast, with research continuing on many fronts. Still, close inspection reveals certain topics about which we know too little. Nutrition and gut health may be one of those. ...