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Tuesday: Health

Health Matters: Many types of fungal infections

Viral infections are big news, with the COVID-19 virus being a current topic of discussion. The latest iteration of a corona virus infestation has gone beyond epidemic proportions, resulting in our current global pandemic. Concerns about bacterial organisms and all the myriad problems they can ...

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines

In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take, given their remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from ...

Talk with the Doc: Motivational quotes to start 2021

As we wrap up another year and start our New Year of 2021, let me review some quotes that I have found to offer me some motivation and to help me focus on positive thinking at all times. We are all blessed to have been given the ability to control our thoughts and therefore to choose what we ...

Woman leads organization building wheelchair ramps

RICHMOND, Va. — To those who know her, Susan Revere exemplifies one of the key ingredients of doing things for others: working behind the scenes and being an instrument of a good cause. Many area residents may be familiar with the nonprofit organization she leads, RampsRVA, which is short ...

Urology pearls: The Christmas ‘guillotine letter box’

A week before Christmas, a 59-year-old housewife lost the tip of her middle finger. The finger belonged to her left, dominant hand. The accident happened while she was posting a Christmas card through a neighbor’s mailbox. The mailbox had a spring-loaded flap that snapped down on the finger ...

Health Matters: Muscular dystrophy without cure

Illness, of some sort, is generally considered more a facet of our later years. Although not all experience it, many common maladies are a part of the aging process, more so now than ever. Chronic disease has been the number one killer of humanity for years now. And these occur more in the ...

Highlights of COVID-19, govt. funding law taking effect

The massive, year-end catchall bill that President Donald Trump signed into law combines $900 billion in COVID-19 aid with a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill and reams of other unfinished legislation on taxes, energy, education and health care. Highlights of the measure with overall ...

Talk with the Doc: Daily multivitamins and minerals

A daily multivitamin can provide health benefits by providing the vitamins and minerals that we all need to maintain good health. Let us first take a look at the use of multivitamins and mineral supplements in the United States. Americans have been taking multivitamin and mineral supplements ...

Health Matters: Many health benefits to yoga

The diet and lifestyle choices of many Americans is less than optimal from a health perspective. These preferences have resulted in an epidemic of chronic diseases, particularly obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, as well as cancer. These conditions can be attributed, at least ...

Diabetes prevention course goes virtual

MARQUETTE — Have you gained weight during the pandemic? Have you ever been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or encouraged to lose weight due to diabetes within your family history? Michigan State University Extension has received full program recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and ...

U.P. selected as one of two pilot regions for new state crisis line

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula is one of two pilot regions selected for the Michigan Crisis and Access Line, which will be available for anyone who needs behavioral health or crisis response services, according to a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services news release. The target ...

Urology pearls

In my previous article two weeks ago, I wrote that there are three forces shaping a pandemic—the virus, our immune system, and our behavior. Coronavirus is new and virulent. Our immune system can’t recognize the virus from previous encounters and therefore it responds in a non-specific, ...

Health Matters

Polio was once a devastating disease, crippling millions, both here and abroad. Less than one percent of those infected with the polio virus developed paralysis, yet those individuals were often permanently affected. And this paralysis sometimes resulted in death. Once infected with the ...

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease

Scientists are seeing promising early results from the first studies testing gene editing for painful, inherited blood disorders that plague millions worldwide, especially Black people. Doctors hope the one-time treatment, which involves permanently altering DNA in blood cells with a tool ...

Protection for wolves still stirs controversy

MARQUETTE — The Trump administration recently announced that it will remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in the lower 48 states. The gray wolf population in those states, including Michigan, has reached more than 6,000 and has met recovery goals that make it unnecessary ...

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The Centers for Disease Control, referred to as the CDC, is a United States federal government agency that has the following stated mission. The U.S. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from diseases and health threats, both from foreign and domestic sources. Therefore, whether diseases start ...

Health Matters

I’d like to tell you a story, the sad, sordid tale of the spine. For thousands of years, from our early ancestors to the present day, humans have spent most of their waking time upright, bipedal, standing on two legs. (And let us not forget, on two feet!) From long hours on hard concrete, to ...

First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease goes on sale

A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news. Independent experts ...

Urology pearls

Through my window, I see November. The trees are naked. The air is cold and crisp, and Lake Superior is ominously quiet. The streets are eerily abandoned and at hospitals across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, ICU beds are filling with Covid-19 patients. Tammy, a receptionist, tells me she ...