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Tuesday: Health

Health Matters: Skin has vital functions

Current events being what they are, solitary activities have become popular. With an increasing recognition of the importance of fitness, running for exercise has experienced new popularity, at least in part because of the pandemic. It’s a solo activity and it gets you out of the house. But ...

SURVIVORS: Beating the coronavirus at 80+

PHILADELPHIA — Anna Marie Bresnan, who lives at Philadelphia Protestant Home, a retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia, is 84 and has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. John and Kitty Stagliano, of Exton, are both 82 and have diabetes and high blood pressure. Norma Cammisa is ...

Rushing to save lives

MUMBAI, India — The first thing noticeable about Izhaar Hussain Shaikh is the fatigue marking his youthful face. The second thing is that his phone constantly buzzes. The 30-year-old ambulance driver works for HelpNow, an initiative started by three engineering students in 2019 to help the ...

Health Matters

Although recent events have diverted our collective gaze, a tremendous amount of interest has been directed toward cancer and its treatment over the last half century. As seen in most medical tv shows, cancer is one of those concerns in the forefront with any undiagnosed malady. It’s referred ...

Urology pearls

So many diets, so much controversy and the obesity epidemic (yes, a different pandemic) is still raging. One unresolved controversy is whether diets that are different in their contents of fat, protein, and carbohydrates result in different degrees of weight loss. Some believe that carbs ...

Marquette County Community Resource Fair to be held ‘express style’

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Health Plan and Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions will host the second annual Marquette County Community Resource Fair “Express Style” from noon to 2 p.m. June 19 in the parking lot of Lakeview Arena in Marquette. The event is free and open to the ...

Celebrating a major donor

Dean Maki celebrates his 800th donation of blood with the U.P. Regional Blood Center. Dean started donating in 1978 to help his grandfather and continued donating to help save thousands of lives across the U.P. and touching the lives of so many more. “Thank you Dean for your dedication to ...

Talk with the Doc: A tribute to the Salvation Army

Let me begin by stating that I am a huge fan of The Salvation Army and have been for many years. They do so much for so many people in need, and they assist approximately 23 million people in the United States each and every year. In addition to all the Salvation Army does here in the United ...

Health Matters: Amniotic regenerative medicine gets Medicare approval

Sports medicine is big business. The fitness boom has pulled the average Joe from his recliner out onto the running track and into the gym. Jim Fixx, who wrote the book that put running on the map, was a key figure in turning this fad into a way of life. Fixx espoused the concept that exercise ...

Managing diabetes together

MARQUETTE —An online workshop that’s been shown to help those with diabetes reduce their emergency room visits, hospitalizations and duration of hospital stays while increasing their overall confidence in managing their diabetes will soon be available virtually for Michiganders. The ...

Urology Pearls

I nicknamed him Scrotum. His scrotum was so massive that I could imagine him carrying it around in a wheelbarrow. The size of a basketball, I would say, perhaps bigger. It reminded me of a picture I had seen in a urology textbook of a man with elephantiasis. If elephantiasis were his diagnosis, ...

Health Matters

Bob was a hard working fellow, with a job requiring demanding, physical labor, and therefore considerable pounding to his body. He took pride in doing a good job and was glad he was able to. Thankfully, he was in good shape and overall, was quite healthy. The work was tiring but not pain ...

UPCAP honors direct care workers during COVID-19 crisis

Since the COVID-19 crisis began much has been said and written about the heroism displayed by the frontline health care workers across the country. They truly deserve our thanks and admiration. But the often forgotten and underappreciated direct care workers also deserve that same thanks and ...

Nutrition and immune system

As is appropriate, great attention has been devoted of late to sickness and health. The pandemic is filling the airwaves, putting fear into the hearts of many. What we need is accurate information and smart practices. This is the domain of the physician specializing in infectious disease, ...

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month

According to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure. This number represents nearly half of all our adults here in the United States. The medical term for high blood pressure is hypertension. Recent statistics tell us that the death ...

Study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for virus

Malaria drugs pushed by President Donald Trump as treatments for the coronavirus did not help and were tied to a greater risk of death and heart rhythm problems in a new study of nearly 100,000 patients around the world. Friday’s report in the journal Lancet is not a rigorous test of ...

Urology Pearls: Telemedicine in the age of COVID-19

Recent events have made me think about all things ‘tele”. On tele-vision I watch shows broadcasted from afar. I recall peering into the sky through a tele-scope. I even almost tele-phoned my wife to ask if we were thinking about ‘Telepathy’ at the same time. What made me contemplate all ...

Sugar and sweet in the western diet

Any discussion of health and wellness must include some mention of nutrition. Unfortunately, depending on who you are talking to, anecdotes will likely prevail as opposed to facts or research. Although we know a person’s diet is very important to well-being and health maintenance, there is a ...