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  • McLaren Greater Lansing nurse Julie Fuller was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day. The nomination submitted by a patient read: “Julie was a godsend during my labor. She was so personable, and she truly helped me get through the painful labor/delivery. She gave me excellent advice on how to manage my pain through breathing techniques. She kept encouraging me and told me how w...

  • Lots of things have been put on hold since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but when it comes to your health, it’s too important to put off seeing your doctor or finding a physician accepting new patients . Here’s what you need to know before you head in for your next appointment. Some things have changed, but your care hasn’t. If you haven’t been into a physician’s office lately, you’ll probably notice some things are a little different than you’re used to. The good news is , all the changes that have been...

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergencies can arise quickly. Although it’s a difficult topic to discuss, wishes for end-of-life care are an important conversation to have with family and loved ones before a medical crisis occurs. Written instructions for the treatment you would like to receive in the event you cannot speak for yourself, called advance directives, are paramount. Advance directives are crucial during a medical emergency. If you were to become ill and hospitalized, it is the hospit...

  • By now you probably have a favorite mask. Lots of us are turning to reusable cloth masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, but washing those masks can raise a lot of questions. Thankfully, the experts at McLaren Greater Lansing are here to help. The Centers for Disease Control recommends washing your cloth mask after each use. You can do it by hand or in the washing machine, but it’s important to follow the right steps to make sure it’s disinfected and ready to use the next time you leave your...

  • As COVID-19 restrictions ease, many people are eager to resume their annual summer barbecue, plan a picnic with friends or otherwise enjoy the outdoors with their loved ones.   While these types of outdoor activities are generally considered to have a lower transmission risk than indoor activities, it’s still important to take precautions that can lower risk even further. With Michigan  coronavirus cases on the rise  as of early July, it’s important to be vigilant in o...

  • Yes, you read that right. Spinning Babies®, a labor positioning program, can help moms in labor avoid a C-section. Midwife Gail Tully (CPM) created the Spinning Babies® approach and has worked with labor and delivery nurses at McLaren Greater Lansing on how labor positioning can make all the difference in a mom’s birth experience. In the first quarter of 2018, 35% of first-time moms who delivered at McLaren Greater Lansing who were full term with baby head down had a primary c-section. In the first quar...

  • A scorcher. Like an oven outside. The dog days of summer. A heat wave. Call it what you want, but one thing’s for sure: It’s downright hot in Michigan right now. Heat-related illness and deaths are preventable, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 Americans die every year from issues related to extreme heat. So, how can you enjoy summer weather and keep yourself safe? Experts at McLaren Greater Lansing say this starts with knowing your risk factors. “Vulnerable ...

  • “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Odds are, you’ve heard that phrase thrown around plenty of times about summer in Michigan, and it’s especially true when it comes to the dangers of heat stroke. “Heat stroke happens when there is failure in the body’s thermoregulation system that results in a core body temperature increase above 104°F,” said Sara-Bethany Weir, DO , McLaren Greater Lansing family medicine chief resident. “ Your body mainly reduces heat evaporation, but this process is impaired...

  • It’s officially summer, and that means people are spending more time outside in the sun. It’s critical to protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful short-wave ultraviolet B (UVB) and long-wave ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.  According to Stanford Children’s Health, kids are more likely to develop skin cancer in later years if they have fair skin, moles or freckles, multiple blistering sunburns, or a family history of skin cancer. Exposure to the sun during daily activities and play causes ...

  • You’ve probably heard the old joke about Michigan’s state bird being the mosquito. We all know how annoying the bugs can be, but can they spread the coronavirus? McLaren Greater Lansing has that answer, along with the facts about some common myths going around about the coronavirus this summer. Can the virus be spread through pools? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no evidence the virus spreads in places like swimming pools and hot tubs. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be car...