Tuesday: Health

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 ...

Community Mental Health offers residents hope

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis They are your family, friends, relatives, and coworkers, and they come from all walks of life. Some are smiling and appear self-confident, others do not. They have mental illness and/or special ...

Point of access

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department’s New Points syringe service program, which has been offered at the Upper Great Lakes Sawyer Family Health Center in K.I. Sawyer since September, is now available in Marquette. Starting today, the free and confidential syringe service ...

Just call it a total eclipse of the heart

On an autumn Sunday, just after he had his morning coffee, 57 year old Adam Bloom, became aware of his own heartbeat. It wasn’t the faster heart rate he remembered from his younger self—after a three mile run, or when he fell in love at first sight. It wasn’t the slower, relaxed ...

Benefits seen to weight-loss surgery

There is no longer a question about the incidence of obesity: we are in the midst of a global epidemic. According to current estimates more than 1 billion adults are overweight, with over 3 million who are obese. The numbers are indeed staggering: 35 percent of women and 31 percent of men are ...

Vaccinations save lives, prevent epidemics

With too many parents in some areas of the country not having their children vaccinated, it is time to review the proven medical science and the extreme importance of getting vaccinations. Not receiving vaccinations is potentially very dangerous for these children and others. The true ...

Food allergies a growing concern

Although it may strike you as hyperbole, there is a new epidemic in the land. Most every time this topic is researched, the “E” word, as in “epidemic,”appears. All the news sources agree: this is a subject of growing concern. But then, this is the basic concept of an epidemic: not that ...

Rite of spring has own consequences

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live in a different period. I have no desire to live in the trenches during a world war, lead a revolution, nor do I want to live through famine, earthquakes, or a global flu epidemic. Instead, I want to return to the moments when ideas born in ...

New treatments for chronic pain available

John was a laborer, working in a warehouse, performing heavy, physical work. A simple task, one he had performed on a daily basis, caused him to twist his back in such a way that pain shot down his leg. Treatment included a prescription for physical therapy and a back brace, as well as a pain ...