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Tuesday: Health

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for more than 50 years. We have had a great life together, sharing a lot of the same interests. We had a great friendship with another couple. Several years ago, the husband caught my husband and his wife sexting each other. I do believe it was ...

Sesamoid bone injury not just for athletes

The foot is a complex structure, with its plethora of ligaments and blood vessels, nerves and nails, subject to tremendous wear and tear over the years. When examined cumulatively, the physical stresses are incredible. To resist this wear, the skin on the bottom of the feet is unique, the ...

‘Tough year’ for measles and other infectious diseases in US

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This year, the germs roared back. Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased. And that was just the United States. Globally, there was an explosion of measles in many countries, an ...

Health department rolls out 5-year strategic plan

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department is in the process of assembling teams and gathering public input to take action on the priorities identified in its five-year strategic plan, which was implemented Oct. 1 and to be completed in 2024. Forty-five surveys with information on ...

Talk with the Doc

On today’s very special Christmas Eve day, I wish you all a most blessed and joyful holiday celebration with your family and friends. It is such a very special world wide day to spend time with our loved ones, and often with family and close friends that we may not have had any recent ...

Diagnosis of penicillin allergy is often wrong

Joan was a college athlete, playing on her school’s varsity soccer team, a nationally ranked program. She had aspirations of going on in the sport and competing at a higher level. Until, that is, she tore her ACL, that vital knee ligament, which necessitated surgical repair. Because her ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series relating to flavors, smells and tastes. Lately I have been comparing apples to apples. It started when Sharon asked me to bring apples from the grocery store. “Make sure it’s Honeycrisp,” she said. At Farmer Q’s Market, along ...

Inherited nerve disease leads to problems

A common occurrence in a podiatrist’s office: an individual walks in complaining of numbness in their feet. They may not be elderly, but perhaps in their 30’s, of normal weight, often in generally good health. What could be causing this lack of sensation? Most would guess the person in ...

What’s the difference between MD and a DO?

By AMY GRIGAS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Which primary care physician is the correct match for me? That is a question that weighs down on a lot of people. Trying to pick a primary care provider isn’t always an easy task and can be stressful. When looking for a provider you will ...

Wisdom available from famous quotes

As we are now into our always busy holiday season, and will soon enter into another year, I believe it is timely to reflect on some of the wisdom we find in a few of my favorite quotes that are noted below. These quotes have certainly withstood the test of time. Let me suggest that a good New ...

Edema: A story of swelling

As a youth, Roger had been quite interested in athletics, unlike his parents. They were immigrants, having come over from Europe, and had no association with nor interest in sports. When Roger’s father was young, helping out around the house, running their small farm, doing chores, these were ...

Study: Brain differences may be tied to obesity

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function. Does excess body weight somehow reduce brain regions that regulate planning and impulse control? Is obesity a result of that brain ...

Urology Pearls

In my previous article, I told you about a colleague of mine, a doctor, who was terrified of his barber. “It is a long story,” my colleague said laconically, “about a feud, a French doctor, a company of barbers, and the art of straightening a banana.” I felt that it wasn’t simply the ...

The consequences of electronic media

My father used to tell me, repeatedly and emphatically, that too much television watching will rot your brain. What study documented this, and how this process occurred, these were all very mysterious questions. You did not interrogate my father, so I am uncertain as to how this decision, to ...

E-cigarette education

MARQUETTE — While 99% of electronic cigarettes contain nicotine — a “highly addictive” compound that can harm brain development — only about a third of young adults ages 15 to 24 who use JUUL e-cigarettes know that they contain nicotine, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...

Talk with the Doc

We are truly blessed in our wonderful Upper Peninsula to have multiple universities that offer various levels of college degrees. Following is a brief review of just four of these great educational institutions that we are truly fortunate to have here in the U.P. Northern Michigan ...

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Why do we need such a thing? Everyone has heard of diabetes, we all know of its existence and basically what it is. Most would say it is a disease where there is sugar in your blood stream. What’s the big deal? Why do we need a day ...

Blood drives save lives

Taking a few minutes to donate blood can make a big difference in the lives of others. Due to this, area residents and Northern Michigan University students participated in a blood drive held Thursday by the American Red Cross at NMU’s Lydia M. Olson Library. Sandra Olive, a collection ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This story, the first of a two-part series, is from Dr. Shahar Madjar's upcoming book “Take Love Twice Daily: Essays, Tales, Love Poems.” ‘I am terrified of my barber,” my friend, Dr. Daniel Doom, who is a general surgeon, told me. “And I am afraid of death,” ...

Dangers of the ingrown nail

Medicine provides for so many fascinating topics, from basic human anatomy to some bizarre medical condition. Some diseases are so strange we can’t help but be intrigued. But what about the mundane that affects so many of us at one time or another? Certainly an obvious candidate would be the ...