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Tuesday: Health

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It is my very strong recommendation that we all become what I call a “Food Label Reading Detective.” However, there is so much information on many food labels that I believe we can limit what we are reading to what I consider to be the most important information. When I look at food ...

Hepatitis a most common liver disease

Do you know what your liver was doing last night? Seriously, your liver does a lot of things essential to health. What do you know about your liver? Do you actually have any idea what this vital organ is, and what it does for you? If you are reading this, you are about to find out. ...

Real Yoopers wear pink

MARQUETTE — Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States, with over 240,000 people diagnosed each year and over 40,000 deaths annually. In the Upper Peninsula, the American Cancer Society reported an average of 228 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: “This story from Dr. Madjar’s upcoming book, “Take Love Twice Daily—Tales, Essays and Love Poems.” Six months after I had lost the bet to Ed, I met him in a cafe in downtown Marquette. Ed wore an expression of doom and gloom. “What happened to you, Ed?” I ...

Water essential and endangered

My wife is always getting on me about my water consumption. Apparently, she monitors my intake sufficiently, and is so knowledgeable about my hydration needs, that she can say with great certainty I don’t drink enough. Granted, she is an intelligent individual, and quite wise in her way, but ...

Door to door

MARQUETTE — Finding and arranging transportation to get to medical appointments can be a challenge for many people, especially in rural areas. Age, health issues, weather or lack of a vehicle are all reasons someone may need a ride to the doctor’s office. For Marquette County veterans, a ...

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As more and more research studies are being completed, we are now learning that coffee and caffeine may well prevent various cancers from ever happening and may also prevent them from coming back after treatment. This truly is even more good news because coffee consumption in the United States ...

Battle against nail fungas

What is the picture of health? Is it bulging muscles or a firm tummy? Is it healthy glowing skin or lustrous hair. Many would say it's the absence of disease. A healthy heart and perfect blood pressure. But can you be healthy and harbor disease concurrently, all at the same time? Many Americans ...

Fall safety

MARQUETTE — While no one can stop the coming of the fall season each September, health officials are reminding the public this month to focus on a fall that can be prevented — your own. Sept. 23, the first day of fall, is also National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a day dedicated to ...

Urology Pearls

When Ed returned from London, he told me: “At the Ironwood airport, they weighed each of the passengers. The airplane was small, and the weight had to be evenly distributed so the airplane wouldn’t tilt in midair. It was a single-engine Cessna with eight seats. There were only two women on ...

Art and science of a medical diagnosis

A 60-year-old gentleman with diabetes develops a sore on his foot (which he is unaware of because of the nerve changes). It becomes severely infected so he eventually seeks the care of a specialist. This physician takes x-rays and sees some suspicious bone changes, so, to make a definitive ...

Heading back healthy

MARQUETTE — With the start of the school year fast approaching, state and local health officials are emphasizing that vaccines are a critical piece of the back-to-school checklist for the health and safety of children, schools and communities throughout the state. “Vaccines protect our ...

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Every year, on Aug. 7, our nation celebrates National Purple Heart Day. This is a day when we recognize our military heroes who have been wounded or have given their life in military service to our great country. These committed personnel are then awarded the Purple Heart medal. Following is ...

Health hazards of standing apparent

Much attention has been directed of late to the consequences of prolonged sitting. Those avocations requiring long periods of inactivity in a seated position are now considered harmful to your health. Apparently, the human body requires movement, and when our work time is spent being inactive, ...

Something to smile about

By MARINA VILLENEUVE Associated Press AUGUSTA, Maine — It can be hard to keep smiles healthy in rural areas, where dentists are few and far between and residents often are poor and lack dental coverage. Efforts to remedy the problem have produced varying degrees of success. The biggest ...

Foot doctor fills key health care niche

It sounds like the punch-line of some joke, but, on the contrary, it’s a common scenario. When people are informed of my occupation, the response often goes like this: “You must love children!” Indeed, I do, but I am not a child doctor. The proper term for that specialty is ...

Services expanded

MARQUETTE — Providing care to a loved one who is suffering from a chronic illness or recovering from a surgery can be a full-time job. To help offer respite for more caregivers in the area, Marquette’s Trillium House recently expanded the scope of its respite program, allowing the local ...

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It was a significant learning experience for me and I am sure for many of us, when we finally understood the power of personal persistence. Personal persistence may be generally defined as follows: “Continuing to work toward a worthwhile goal you have decided to do for yourself until you ...

Migraines cause more than headaches

Have you ever had a headache? A simple question, answered by most of us with a resounding “Yes!”. The cause is sometime obvious (a few drinks too many last night?), and typically the solution is simple. The passage of time usually provides relief. That, and a few ibuprofen generally leads ...

Summer speaking sessions

MARQUETTE — The summer presents many opportunities for children to learn and grow. Through U.P. Children’s Therapy Summer Speech Program, children with speech needs in Marquette and around the central Upper Peninsula had a chance to continue building on speech and language skills ...