Tuesday: Health

How to be your own health care advocate

Going to a new doctor’s office for treatment of some painful problem is scary. Will you receive some terrifying diagnosis? Will you even understand what your physician is talking about, or will the language used be filled with big words and impossible to understand. Will the doctor be ...

Fighting opioid epidemic

MARQUETTE — In 2015, there were more prescriptions for painkillers in Michigan than there were people. In that year, 11.4 million painkiller prescriptions were written in a state with a population of just under 10 million, equating to roughly 115 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, ...

‘Weighty’ problem

CHICAGO — Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests. The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn't proof, but it bolsters evidence ...

All-terrain vehicle history, safety tips

All-terrain vehicles were initially brought to the U.S. marketplace in 1967. The period of time from 1967 to 1987 is referred to as the “Three Wheeler ATV Era” because they were all 3 wheeler ATV’s at this time. As the safety and stability of these vehicles was continually being ...

Medical, culinary benefits to ancient herb

Our thinking about food has changed over the years. In an age gone by, food was simply fuel, sustenance to keep your belly full. With scientific advances, we have learned of the dangers of poor food choices, and the health hazards of processed, fast food. Along with this increasing ...

Opening up options

CHICAGO — Sally Atwater’s doctor spent two months on calls, messages and paperwork to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine. Nancy Goodman begged eight companies to let her young son try experimental medicines for a brain ...

The theory of everything (or is there a theory for everything?)

Suppose you stumbled upon a revolutionary idea. I am talking about a big idea. You think the Earth is round while everyone else thinks it’s flat. You think the sun is at the center of the universe, not the Earth. Your idea might intrigue some, but upset almost everyone. How far would you go ...

A calling to medicine

Do you know someone who “has a calling”? Of course, I’m not referring to vocalizations: this is not a discussion of yodeling techniques. When most hear that phrase, they will assume you are talking about being called to the church or to missionary work. But there are many professions that ...

Great wisdom in ‘Desiderata’

One of my absolute favorite motivational documents is known as “Desiderata”, written by Max Ehrmann, in the year 1927. It continues to become known to more and more people who, after they read it, highly recommend reading it to their friends and family, because of the great simple and ...

Research on children’s health risks in doubt over EPA funds

WASHINGTON — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers ...

Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

BALTIMORE — While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That’s when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative ...

Hepatitis Awareness Month recognized

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula as a region has the highest rate of hepatitis C for young adults in Michigan. In Marquette County alone, there were 82 cases of hepatitis C in 2018, compared to three cases of hepatitis B and no cases of hepatitis A, Marquette County Health Department ...

Health officials outline testing recommendations for hepatitis B & C

MARQUETTE — In recognition of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all pregnant women to: ≤ Get tested for hepatitis C, ideally at the start of prenatal care. ≤ Get tested for hepatitis B virus during every ...

Sound waves have many benefits for orthopedic pain

Americans love technology and will flock to try some new gadget or device. Oftentimes the hype is completely “over the top” and it turns out to be nothing more than a reconfiguring of an older technology. But new developments occur regularly, with new consumer electronics attracting much ...

The itsy bitsy jumping spider, part 1

My interest in the jumping spider stems only from my wish to find the source of my own heart’s rhythm, and yet, I can’t ignore the little spider’s charisma, its charm, its romantic nature. It is small—about the size of a pencil eraser—and hairy. It wears its crunchy skeleton on the ...

10-year-old college student aims for doctorate

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — If we told you a 10-year-old feels at home in a high school precalculus class, you might be impressed. But Elliott Tanner isn’t just keeping up with college-bound high school students. He’s tutoring them. “I just take great pleasure in teaching people,” ...

All of us must set priorities correctly

We all need to periodically assess what our personal priorities are. We also need to determine what our priorities should be, and occasionally ask ourselves if we are paying attention to, and following our personal priorities. Let us first look at the meaning of the term, “personal ...

Benefits, dangers of mountain biking

The fitness craze in America has been one of trends, fads and fanatics. The statistics on obesity and heart disease would argue against this being a movement that has thoroughly penetrated the psyche of the general public. Still, many Americans do participate in some form of physical fitness on ...

Focus on mental health

MARQUETTE — Individuals and professionals from across the state gathered together last Tuesday at Marquette’s Holiday Inn for the Love, Hope and Acceptance in Recovery Conference, which had a record-breaking turnout this year. The 13th annual conference, which is supported by funding ...