Tuesday: Health

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 ...

Advances in modern medicine many

It would be a gross understatement to say that modern medicine has made great advances in recent decades. Examples abound, from artificial joints to opening clogged blood vessels through tiny incisions. It’s difficult to read any popular magazine without finding some new medical discovery or ...

Vaping boom

NEW YORK — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far ...

Is cheating in relationships a bad thing?

A patient of mine, George, told me that he was starting to feel the 7-year itch. He wondered if he should start seeing other women besides his wife. “I am just a urologist,” I told him, “not a priest, not a marriage counselor.” And then I added, as if to myself, “Once the ship has ...

Broken foot bone a challenging diagnosis

If you are like many Americans, this is the time of year to contemplate life and your place in the universe. Okay, maybe not the latter, but the former will usually involve thoughts on one’s health. Typically, this includes evaluating your fitness levels with grand plans to “get into ...

Tools for healthy relationships: Gwinn High school students are getting them

MARQUETTE — The quality of a person’s relationships with others can have a significant impact on their emotional, social and physical health, which means equipping young people with the tools to recognize if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy could benefit their current and future ...

Wisdom found in motivational quotes

I believe it is very important for all of us to recall who is ultimately responsible for our personal motivation. Of course, the answer is that I am the one personally responsible to motivate myself! Let us now take a look at the definition of motivation. Motivation is generally defined as: ...

Leg swelling can be treated but not cured

Many medical conditions remain poorly understood, various theories and hypotheses posited to explain the disease process. An example might be fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Other problems are so multi-factorial and complex, we have some ideas about how they develop but impacting the ...

Statin drugs have many uses, concerns

In some fashion, heart disease has touched us all. Some of us because of the death of a loved one, while others simply take some medication because their doctor prescribed it, stating the drug could lower their susceptibility to heart problems. By lowering the levels of cholesterol, doctors ...

Medical history

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — With the opening of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital slated for this spring, the Marquette Regional History Center is featuring a retrospective exhibit on medical care in the area entitled “The Changing Face of Medicine: A ...

Deer, bear and hunter jokes before season’s end

We are now close to the end of our 2018 Michigan deer season with only three days left. I hope all of our dedicated hunting sportsmen had a safe and enjoyable firearm deer hunting season. Here is some information about this major annual hunting event in our great state of Michigan. Michigan has ...

Fighting infections difficult for diabetics

Diabetics are really “up against it.” It’s not enough they have to deal with a multitude of dietary restrictions. From candy and ice cream to many drinks and juices, even soups are prepared with an excessive sugar content. To someone with diabetes, these forms of sugar all count, ...

Choked out

Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk. Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or ...

Urology Pearls: The many ‘flavors’ of romantic relationships

The spectrum of human romantic relationships seems more confusing than ever. Monogamy is still as simple as plain vanilla, but when exactly do you start calling someone a serial monogamist? What is the difference between serial-monogamy and a polygamy? What the heck is sologamy? And what is the ...

Staying upright is complicated process

You get up from the dinner table, stand there for a moment contemplating your next move, whether to help clear the table, or hightail it to the tv to watch the game. Sounds simple enough, an everyday occurrence, but it is not. Some amazingly complex processes have just taken place. But, due to ...

Being thankful is always best medicine

In my judgment, one of the most important things we can remember to do on a daily basis is to give thanks for many of the things in our life. Of course, just some of the things we should be thankful for include our personal interactions with family, friends, co-workers, and others, as well as ...

Placebo effect is powerful medicine

The opioid crisis is big news. Thousands have died either directly or indirectly from this phenomenon, whereby a surgery is performed, or an accident causes significant trauma, requiring the prescribing of a narcotic pain medication. Denying relief of a painful condition is difficult for a ...

Nature or nurture?

MARQUETTE — Is it nature or nurture that makes us who we are? This age-old question was discussed at a talk given by Dr. Jed Magen, associate professor and chair of the department of psychiatry at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. The talk, which was aimed at ...

New book by columnist was family project

“How is a poem born? Like a laugh—it starts from within, and rolls out. How is a poem born? Like a baby—at the beginning it hurts, then it comes out and everyone is happy, and suddenly, what a wonder, it walks on his own. How is a poem born? Like a baby.” I love this poem by ...