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Tuesday: Health

Blood drives save lives

Taking a few minutes to donate blood can make a big difference in the lives of others. Due to this, area residents and Northern Michigan University students participated in a blood drive held Thursday by the American Red Cross at NMU’s Lydia M. Olson Library. Sandra Olive, a collection ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This story, the first of a two-part series, is from Dr. Shahar Madjar's upcoming book “Take Love Twice Daily: Essays, Tales, Love Poems.” ‘I am terrified of my barber,” my friend, Dr. Daniel Doom, who is a general surgeon, told me. “And I am afraid of death,” ...

Dangers of the ingrown nail

Medicine provides for so many fascinating topics, from basic human anatomy to some bizarre medical condition. Some diseases are so strange we can’t help but be intrigued. But what about the mundane that affects so many of us at one time or another? Certainly an obvious candidate would be the ...

Fighting food insecurity

MARQUETTE — With over 780 million people chronically undernourished across the globe, international food security is “critical to ensuring the health and productivity of the world’s people,” according to the American Public Health Association. Due to this, the “top high school ...

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Yesterday, on Nov. 11, we celebrated our annual U.S. Veterans Day. The date of Nov. 11 is very significant because it was on 11/11/1918 that an armistice was declared between the Allied Nations and Germany. Fortunately, this armistice was the beginning of the end of World War I. This ...

Foot drop makes walking dangerous

Walking is a complex act. So many different structures are involved in putting one foot in front of the other. Muscles pulling, joints moving, ligaments tightening, as a person strolls casually down the street, nary a thought given to the complexity of the act. It’s an unconscious process, ...

Caring for the community

MARQUETTE — Looking for a way to help neighbors in need this holiday season? U.P. Home Health and Hospice is working with the TV6 Canathon and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots programs in “their efforts to help our community during the holidays,” by collecting ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. July was so hot that the sand along the Mediterranean Sea was threatening to melt. Amir and I found refuge at the Tel-Aviv swimming pool where the water was cool and the tiny waves ...

Many treatments for toe injuries

As is my inclination, I hope to subdue another dragon of an old wive’s tale. In other words, I want to destroy another medical cliche, a truism which is not actually true. There are so many of them, I have an abundance of choices. I won’t include the one about getting a cold by sitting in a ...

Bells for Hospice

MARQUETTE — As the clocks struck noon on Friday in Marquette, a choir of handbells joined church bells to honor and recognize hospice patients who have passed away, as well as the families who have lost a loved one under hospice care. The Marquette County Bells for Hospice event, which was ...

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month, to celebrate the work our great dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health. This year, the Dental Hygiene month is focusing on healthy dental routines that can help people maintain healthy ...

Top of foot pain: Causes and solution

Medical problems can have a high degree of visibility in our culture, depending on the flavor of the day. Part of this phenomenon is to encourage fund raising efforts, which certainly benefit research efforts. But some common health problems end up getting ignored without the marketing. When it ...

Coffee for a cause

MARQUETTE — With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Yoopers across the Upper Peninsula are raising funds to help support the battle against breast cancer. An example of this occurred on Wednesday, when all four Contrast Coffee locations — Marquette, Iron Mountain, Iron River ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. I told you about Jerry’s suicide attempt: At the moment Jerry shot himself, he reflexively extended his neck backwards in anticipation of the shot. The high-velocity bullet entered ...

Athletes prone to big toe injury

The Green Bay Packers are going to have a tough time without the services of their star receiver, Davante Adams, who has been an integral part of their offense. Wait, you thought this was the health section? Well, it is, but Mr. Adams’ injury is an interesting one, common in certain sports, ...

‘Scary Eyes’

MARQUETTE — A quick internet search for “Halloween contacts” will return a huge variety of options for sale, from purple contacts to cat eyes. While these contacts aren’t designed to improve eyesight, many may not realize that getting a prescription for them is still important and ...

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Vaping and e-cigarettes were originally marketed as a healthy alternative to tobacco smoking. Vaping devices are also referred to electronic cigarettes, or E-cigarettes. They are also referred to as ECIGs. With all the very serious news about the significant medical illnesses and even deaths ...

Gout is complex, misunderstood topic

It would be a gross understatement to say that opinions and beliefs in medicine can change. Numerous examples can be found throughout the annals of history. How about the idea that you get a cold from being outdoors or leaving a window open? Another, a personal favorite, is that cuts heal ...

Therapeutic direction

MARQUETTE — Childhood trauma can have impacts throughout a person’s lifetime if it’s not addressed, but it can sometimes be difficult to find an appropriate mental health provider for a child, especially in rural areas like the Upper Peninsula. However, in an effort to expand the ...

Urology Pearls

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series relating to suicide. Reader discretion is advised. For a while, Alice felt that something had come between her and her husband, Jerry, but she had never expected anything of this sort would ever happen. That evening, there were some ...