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Tuesday: Health

Health Matters: Artificial intelligence is changing modern medicine

Imagine the day: you go to your local health care facility and wait for your turn. Eventually the nurse brings you back to the testing room where you enter a small plexiglass chamber, similar to the airport security scanners. You place your feet on the spots indicated and stand quietly. ...

Traveling hats project aids cancer patients

LANCASTER, Pa. — April Good’s straight, blonde hair fell out less than two weeks after her first round of chemotherapy in 2010. Good, a 1989 Warwick High School graduate and Manheim Township resident, went to A.C. Moore, looking for something to cover her head as she continued her battle ...

Great Lakes Recovery Centers receives MARR certification

MARQUETTE — The three recovery houses operated by Great Lakes Recovery Centers recently achieved MARR certification. MARR stands for Michigan Association of Recovery Residences, an organization that certifies provider compliance with the National Alliance for Recovery Residences standards ...

Talk with the Doc: September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

During the year 2019, there were approximately 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer and more than 14,000 ovarian cancer deaths in the United States. Based on these 2019 statistics, this makes ovarian cancer the 4th most common cause of all fatal diseases among women. Further, the National ...

Health Matters: The war against biofilms

Infectious disease is a hot topic when it comes to medical news, and understandably so. But viral diseases are only one of the reasons it is a subject of intense research and ongoing study. Bacterial infections are also one of those areas of great concern by experts. The day seems ever-closer ...

Doctor’s COVID-19 bout an eye-opener

PEKIN, Ill.— As a primary care physician at UnityPoint Health Pekin East, Dr. Tom Luft is accustomed to seeing the hospital experience through the lens of a caregiver. This summer, he had an opportunity to view an emergency room through a patient’s perspective because of the COVID-19 ...

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 ...