Tuesday: Health

Flu vaccine still available

MARQUETTE — With influenza classified as widespread in 48 states by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, officials are continuing to spread the word about prevention, vaccination and care. “We’re certainly seen widespread flu across the country, including Michigan,” ...

Identifying cells in our bloodstream

Today, let’s review three of the common types of cells found in our human bloodstream. These three blood cells are generally called hematocytes, and they are the cells in our bloodstream that are produced in our bone marrow in our body. These three major types of blood cells found in our ...

Skin cancer can be found on feet

Having been in practice for many years and treated many patients, there have been some memorable cases. One particular individual that comes to mind I saw only once, a single visit. But I will always remember her, and with some regret. She was an older woman who presented to my office for care ...

Dental education

MARQUETTE — Did you know that the average person produces a quart of saliva daily? According to the Delta Dental Foundation, that’s 10,000 gallons of spit over a lifetime. Saliva is necessary for good oral health because it washes food off the teeth, neutralizes acids in your mouth, ...

An athlete’s fate a complicated matter

To be 18, a professional athlete, and loved—who wouldn’t envy such an existence. Unless, luck suddenly turns on you, and in an unfortunate turn of events, you fall seriously ill. At 9 o’clock on a Wednesday evening, Steve, a member of a hockey team on a training tour through several ...

Enviro consequences of the carnivore

Any conversation on the topic of health should include some discussion of nutrition. Not all put sufficient weight to its importance, but they should. So what is good nutrition? This is also controversial, but experts agree on various fundamental principles, such as getting a balanced diet, ...

Heart research

MARQUETTE — U.P. Holistic Medicine of Harvey is participating in a major national clinical trial that assesses the effectiveness of chelation therapy in people who have diabetes and have experienced a heart attack. Furthermore, the local medical practice is seeking qualified participants for ...

Thank a firefighter for all that they do

We all need to be extremely grateful for the fire fighters who protect and serve us so very well. Of course, there are many firefighters who have chosen this potentially dangerous occupation as their full time job. Further, in smaller communities, there are also those who serve as volunteer ...

US health care system on life support

Now that another election year approaches, proclamations by the candidates about grand and revolutionary changes are being made at every speech. One of the hottest topics discussed, with little definition typically provided, is that of health care reform. Everyone seems to agree the current US ...

Learning skills

MARQUETTE — Local high school students are getting real-life experience in a professional office setting by working at U.P. Home Health & Hospice offices in Marquette and Ishpeming. Each year since 1990, UPHHH has employed four local high school students — two from the Marquette area ...

Me, myself and I: It’s an island of love

Are you tired of looking for Mr. Right? Being alone no longer means being lonely. Increasing number of women (and a few men too) abandon loneliness. Instead, they choose solitude. To celebrate the occasion they marry themselves. And marrying yourself has a name now—it is called sologamy. ...

Northern climeNorthern climes have its own dangerss have its own dangers

Like most, I woke up this morning and had a cup of coffee, attained some level of consciousness, and then got dressed. But what to wear? I didn’t think terribly much about it on this particular day. But upon stepping outside, I was made acutely aware, once again, it’s winter in the ...

Julie’s Journey of Hope

MARQUETTE — A local woman who has Friedreich’s Ataxia, a progressive neuromuscular disease with no cure or treatment, has been working with family, friends and local businesses to support the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for ...

Proteins in our bodies are essential

First, let us define the biologic word, protein. Proteins are large molecules in our body that are made of one or more long chains of amino acids. They are an essential part of all living organisms, especially as the structural components of our body tissues. Protein is found in every one of ...

Taking team approach to limb salvage

Regular readers are well acquainted with the dangers and complications of diabetes. Diabetic care is a large part of my practice so, predictably, it’s a topic I am very concerned with. Most are familiar with one of the more debilitating outcomes of diabetes, that being amputation. ...

Helping hand

MARQUETTE — Sometimes simple tools can make tasks of daily living a little bit — or a lot easier. Emily Herman, assistive technology advocate at the Superior Alliance for Independent Living, or SAIL, Disability Network, shared information about assistive technology, or AT — which ...

Relationships counted by the numbers

Studies show that lay-people have long believed that monogamous relationships are more trusting, committed, passionate, and sexually satisfying. Monogamy, lay-people believe, is also less likely to involve jealousy. A recent study conducted by Dr. Conley from the University of Michigan ...

Expanded dental access

MARQUETTE — Qualifying adults without dental insurance who live in the Upper Peninsula now have an option to receive a dental exam free of charge. This is due to the recent creation of the U.P. Friendly Smile Fund, as the Superior Health Foundation donated $5,000 to the Marquette County ...

Political correctness is way out of control

Everybody I talk to regarding this matter of “Political Correctness” is in agreement that it is way out of control. To a person, they also tell me that they are now to the point where they will indeed continue to politely express their opinions regarding various matters, and will no longer ...

There’s still time

MARQUETTE — While this year’s flu season has not yet reached its peak and flu has been reported as “regional” rather than “widespread” in Michigan by the state department of health and human services as of Friday, local health officials are encouraging the public to get ...