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Tuesday: Health

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 ...

Talk with the Doc

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 ...

Talk with the Doc

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 ...

Like father like son

MARQUETTE — “Like father like son,” is a common description we have heard many times – but for the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, this phrase is verbatim. For the first time in the program’s history, a child of an alumnus will follow his father’s footsteps. Michael ...

Urology Pearls

Ed told me, “Scientists found that men and women pursue mates who are 25% more desirable than themselves. He was terribly concerned: “Doc,” he said, “if Susan is 25% more desirable than I am — and she is — and if she is pursuing men who are 25% more attractive than herself, that ...

Diabetics prone to losing limbs

I would like to tell you a story, although this one does not have a happy-ending. This is the story of a kindly gentleman who, like so many in our culture, had developed adult onset diabetes. This might be due to the fact he was ill-informed about nutrition and its vital role in health. This ...

Promoting connectedness

MARQUETTE — It can take many voices, perspectives and approaches to address an issue as challenging as suicide prevention. For this reason, Upper Peninsula professionals came together Friday for the fourth annual U.P. Suicide Prevention Conference held at Marquette’s Holiday Inn. The ...

Talk with the Doc

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 ...