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Tuesday: Health

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Yesterday, on Nov. 11, we celebrated our annual U.S. Veterans Day. The date of Nov. 11 is very significant because it was on 11/11/1918 that an armistice was declared between the Allied Nations and Germany. Fortunately, this armistice was the beginning of the end of World War I. This ...

Foot drop makes walking dangerous

Walking is a complex act. So many different structures are involved in putting one foot in front of the other. Muscles pulling, joints moving, ligaments tightening, as a person strolls casually down the street, nary a thought given to the complexity of the act. It’s an unconscious process, ...

Caring for the community

MARQUETTE — Looking for a way to help neighbors in need this holiday season? U.P. Home Health and Hospice is working with the TV6 Canathon and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots programs in “their efforts to help our community during the holidays,” by collecting ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. July was so hot that the sand along the Mediterranean Sea was threatening to melt. Amir and I found refuge at the Tel-Aviv swimming pool where the water was cool and the tiny waves ...

Many treatments for toe injuries

As is my inclination, I hope to subdue another dragon of an old wive’s tale. In other words, I want to destroy another medical cliche, a truism which is not actually true. There are so many of them, I have an abundance of choices. I won’t include the one about getting a cold by sitting in a ...

Bells for Hospice

MARQUETTE — As the clocks struck noon on Friday in Marquette, a choir of handbells joined church bells to honor and recognize hospice patients who have passed away, as well as the families who have lost a loved one under hospice care. The Marquette County Bells for Hospice event, which was ...

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month, to celebrate the work our great dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health. This year, the Dental Hygiene month is focusing on healthy dental routines that can help people maintain healthy ...

Top of foot pain: Causes and solution

Medical problems can have a high degree of visibility in our culture, depending on the flavor of the day. Part of this phenomenon is to encourage fund raising efforts, which certainly benefit research efforts. But some common health problems end up getting ignored without the marketing. When it ...

Coffee for a cause

MARQUETTE — With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Yoopers across the Upper Peninsula are raising funds to help support the battle against breast cancer. An example of this occurred on Wednesday, when all four Contrast Coffee locations — Marquette, Iron Mountain, Iron River ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. I told you about Jerry’s suicide attempt: At the moment Jerry shot himself, he reflexively extended his neck backwards in anticipation of the shot. The high-velocity bullet entered ...

Athletes prone to big toe injury

The Green Bay Packers are going to have a tough time without the services of their star receiver, Davante Adams, who has been an integral part of their offense. Wait, you thought this was the health section? Well, it is, but Mr. Adams’ injury is an interesting one, common in certain sports, ...

‘Scary Eyes’

MARQUETTE — A quick internet search for “Halloween contacts” will return a huge variety of options for sale, from purple contacts to cat eyes. While these contacts aren’t designed to improve eyesight, many may not realize that getting a prescription for them is still important and ...

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Vaping and e-cigarettes were originally marketed as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking. Vaping devices are also referred to electronic cigarettes, or E-cigarettes. They are also referred to as ECIGs. With all the very serious news about the significant medical illnesses and even deaths ...

Gout is complex, misunderstood topic

It would be a gross understatement to say that opinions and beliefs in medicine can change. Numerous examples can be found throughout the annals of history. How about the idea that you get a cold from being outdoors or leaving a window open? Another, a personal favorite, is that cuts heal ...

Therapeutic direction

MARQUETTE — Childhood trauma can have impacts throughout a person’s lifetime if it’s not addressed, but it can sometimes be difficult to find an appropriate mental health provider for a child, especially in rural areas like the Upper Peninsula. However, in an effort to expand the ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. For a while, Alice felt that something had come between her and her husband, Jerry, but she had never expected anything of this sort would ever happen. That evening, there were some ...

Injection therapy has many faces

You wake up one morning to find that slight twinge in your hip has become significantly painful. You've tried icing and ibuprofen but the pain is now severe and demands medical attention. What are you expecting the doctor to do? As a weekend warrior, you expect some aches and pains following ...

Cancer Care: Area residents take advantage of service

MARQUETTE — A cancer diagnosis can come with many physical, emotional, and financial stressors that deeply impact patients and their families. In an aim to alleviate some of the stress and worry that can accompany a cancer diagnosis, the nonprofit Cancer Care of Marquette County has been ...

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As our summer season has now past and we are now into our beautiful Fall season leading to winter, I believe it is time to share some seasonal jokes, as we prepare for the weather changes that we all know are coming to our great Upper Peninsula. Of course, our fall season brings us the ...

Blood clots dangerous but often hidden

A 56-year-old man undergoes surgery on his hip. He is in good overall health, but presents to the hospital because he lost consciousness. His vitals are normal, as are most of the tests performed. The treating physician is suspicious and orders a test of the blood vessels in the lung. A blood ...