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Tuesday: Health

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

ENGADINE — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Lions Clubs of the Upper Peninsula are doing their part in supporting multiple initiatives to help U.P. children and their families who are currently battling, previously battled or have tragically lost their battle with the ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law is a widow and lives next door to my husband and me. I have never felt like we had privacy, as she would walk over whenever she felt like it and visit without calling first. Even when we were newly married, she would just walk over to our house without reaching ...

Health Matters

Losing a leg is a life-altering event and too often a life-ending one. Although the number of leg amputations has decreased over the years, there are still too many. The statistics regarding the long term survival of a leg amputation are poor: more than two-thirds die within 3 years after a leg ...

Urology Pearls: Keto diets give us much to consider, debate

Dieting is a sensitive topic. People become emotional, defensive, even tribal. Yes! Dieters divide themselves into tribes: The Vegans; The Ketos; The Paleos; The Calorie-Counters; The Meal-preparers; The Mediterraneans. In my last article, I described some of the beneficial effects of ketogenic ...

Health Matters: Scleroderma, a disabling disease

Modern medicine has come far in its understanding of "disease" although there is too much unknown. Too often, people assume if they suffer some malady, there must be a cure. Woe unto those who experience one of the many conditions for which we have no solution, no magic bullet to resolve their ...

Talk with the Doc: The human immune system and ‘herd’ immunity

With the current corona virus pandemic in the United States and world wide, there are many scientists working very diligently to come up with an effective vaccine to reduce the significant healthcare impact of this virus. They are also evaluating and working on the various treatments options ...

Health Matters: Chronic inflammation endangers health

Inflammation has gotten a bad rap. It gets trounced in the media, with arthritis sufferers nodding in agreement. Advertising presents inflammation as a terrible thing, causing pain and problems all over the body. Wherever you have pain, there must be inflammation. It should not be surprising ...

Pedaling for a purpose: Teen rides bike to boost childhood cancer research

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Sarah Keefe has always enjoyed riding her bicycle around the neighborhood, but this summer her hobby has taken on a new purpose: fighting cancer. The 14-year-old incoming freshman at South High School is pledging to ride her bike at least 100 miles this September to raise ...

Telehealth expansion eyed beyond pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Telehealth is a bit of American ingenuity that seems to have paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Medicare temporarily waived restrictions predating the smartphone era and now there’s a push to make telemedicine widely available in the future. Consultations via ...

Urology Pearls

MARQUETTE — Narcan, also known as Naloxone, is a life-saving drug that reverses opioid overdose. Narcan is a form of harm reduction, which is a public health strategy to reduce the harm that drugs have on our community. Per conversation with law enforcement, one of the first cases of ...

Urology Pearls

Do you want an interesting life? Break the rules: walk backwards, hang your pictures upside-down, sleep during the day, party all night, every night, and drive on the wrong side of the road. Or just go keto! Ketogenic diets (keto diets) take the traditional food pyramid and turn it on its ...

Health Matters

It’s a common but mysterious problem, the development of pain, seemingly out of nowhere. You’ve done nothing different, the same old routine. One day your foot is fine and the next, you’re almost hobbling. The normal reaction is to remove the shoe and inspect. Your evaluation reveals a ...

First thing’s first

Bug spray, swollen welts, citronella. It’s mosquito season. And in a normal year, the health department serving Ohio’s Delaware County would be setting out more than 90 mosquito traps a week — black tubs of stagnant water with nets designed to ensnare the little buggers. But this ...

Talk with the Doc

When I was doing my pre-medical education at Northern Michigan University and then while in medical school at Michigan State University, I became very interested in the many fascinating facts about the science of medicine and our marvelous human body. The human body is an absolutely amazing ...

Health Matters

These are difficult times for many Americans, at least when it comes to financial matters. Too often, jobs pay wages insufficient to meet the cost of living, especially when kids are involved. Prices continue to rise, and even the staples, those items required to sustain life, are a challenge ...

Experts call for eliminating racial disparities in deaths

LANSING — Michigan isn’t doing enough to address the disproportionally high rate of infant mortality in African American communities, according to a report by the Michigan League for Public Policy. Past efforts to resolve that disparity haven’t done enough, according to the league, a ...

Urology pearls

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship was “a treasure trove of exceptional delight ...” until it turned into a devastating experiment in biology. The ship—1,337 luxurious guest cabins, 18 spacious decks, a state-of-the-art theater, restaurants presenting international cuisine, a ...

Health Matters

The news these days can be particularly gloomy, what with the talk of pandemics, climate change, and the world economy on shaky ground. The times can be downright depressing to those well-read on the affairs of the world. Gathering with friends and family is no longer a tonic for loneliness or ...

Streamlining campus

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University students are set to return to campus next week, with fall semester classes to begin Aug. 17. This is earlier than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic; by starting classes earlier, students can finish the semester by Thanksgiving. This means they ...