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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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A recent study concluded that nearly half – 45 percent – of all cancer deaths can be attributed to unhealthy behaviors. Additionally, 42 percent of all diagnosed cancer cases are attributed to these “modified risk factors.” “This figure is staggering in that there is a chance these deaths could have been prevented,” said Dr. Arthur Frazier, radiation oncologist with the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Macomb. “Education of the various risk factors and the types of cancers they can cause is incredibl...
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Making headlines recently, hepatitis A is a communicable disease affecting the liver, causing mild to severe illness that causes symptoms of pain in the abdomen, joints and muscles, gastrointestinal distress, fever, fatigue and liver malfunction. Although the illness is treatable with medical intervention, it can also be prevented. “The best way to prevent against hepatitis A is to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Anthony Ognjan, an internal medicine physician and infectious diseases specialist at McLaren Maco...
Monday, November 20, 2017
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Each year, the National Institutes of Health find that more and more Americans are being diagnosed with a form of diabetes. Currently, more than 100 million people in the United States live with the disease, yet only 11.6 percent knew they were living as a pre-diabetic. The latest figures show that 86.1 million Americans are pre-diabetic, whether they know about it or not. “Diabetes is unique in that it’s one of the few diseases that someone can be ‘pre-diagnosed’ but then prevent by making lifestyle ch...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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Jeannine Hurst, coordinator of the McLaren Macomb Athletic Medicine Institute, having spent several years around youth athletics, has seen firsthand the importance a thorough sports physical can have on student-athletes’ health. “The state requires a comprehensive sports physical that checks many important health aspects,” she said. “Opting for an advanced physical, our physicians look beyond the mandated requirements and check issues that might otherwise go undetected, providing a parent with additiona...
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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When William wife Anita called, he knew what it was all about. Dr. Tammy West, William’s family physician, phoned with the results of his recent blood work. And the diagnosis didn’t come as a shock to him. He has type 2 diabetes. “It runs in the family. My father was type 2 so when Anita called I wasn’t very surprised,” William said. “But I still had to wrap my mind around it for about a month. It was a wake-up call.” Like many, William had been living somewhat of a sedentary lifestyle and letting his d...
Thursday, July 6, 2017
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This summer, injuries will send more than 55,000 golfers to their nearest emergency department. Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries are very common, but one critical body part sustains the most damage. “Lower back injuries can stop any golfer, and those are by far the most common,” said Mike Mulcahy, MPT, director of rehabilitation services and the Athletic Medicine Institute (AMI) at McLaren Macomb. “Approximately 35 percent of all reported golf injuries are to the lower back. “All golf swings are diffe...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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During the hottest months of the year, when outdoor activity is at its peak, countless incidents can send anyone to their nearest emergency department. With that, Dr. Richard Reidy , an emergency medicine physician at McLaren Macomb, sees a disproportionately higher occurrence of certain maladies among active youth. With fall sports practice starting soon in these hot months ahead, Dr. Reidy offers his expert advice on the most common, serious conditions: Dehydration “Thirst might actually occur later w...