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      “I try not to think about delivery day,” said Jones. “Instead, we focus on Amir and what his life could have been and what he is to us now, which is our guardian angel.”     “My son, Amir Christian’s heart stopped on September 26, 2019. It was my husband’s and my 10-year wedding anniversary,” said Ferrante Jones, a McLaren Greater Lansing Labor and Delivery patient. “We delivered our son the next day, on September 27, at 39 weeks’ gestation.” October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awarene...

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      "Pain in the back of your legs when you are walking is one o the most common symptoms of PAD. The pain and cramping is due to lack of oxygen getting to the muscles."   Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulatory condition that occurs when narrowed arteries in the body reduce blood flow to a person’s limbs. The narrowing often occurs when fatty deposits attach to the walls of a peripheral artery, causing it to harden, and leads to a disease called atherosclerosis . “Pain in the back of y...

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      "Think of your brain as if it is a muscle: You have to keep exercising it in order to stay strong."     As we get older, small changes in memory, such as forgetting where you placed your keys or the name of the person you just met, are common with aging. However, when these instances happen more often and start to disrupt a person’s ability to work and live independently, it might be time to get help. “Everyone goes through periods of forgetfulness, but it’s not just because you are get...

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      The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body, making it very prone to strains and tears.        Most people think joint problems may be limited to athletes and older adults, but when it comes to shoulder pain, everyone is at risk. The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body, making it very prone to strains and tears. If pain and discomfort develop and range of motion decreases, replacement surgery may be considered. Patrick ...

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    "I love the people I work with and the work is never the same. I learn something new every day."     At 10 years old, Jenna Brotherton viewed a future career in health care as a possibility. By 16, she was certain of it. However, she was unsure about what field to enter. The Everett High School graduate took a phlebotomy course while attending Lansing Community College, but the closure of a local Kmart in March of 2017 eliminated her job there and led to her getting hired as an environmental t...

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      Cholesterol exists in two forms; There is “bad” cholesterol and “good” cholesterol.        According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) , high cholesterol has no symptoms, so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high. Having high blood cholesterol raises the risk for heart disease (the leading cause of death) and stroke (the fifth leading cause of death). To be sure that you’re not at risk, it is beneficial to understand how to avoid high levels of bad ch...

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    "We don't want you to wait until you have symptoms. We want to discover your condition before yo have symptoms, so we can change the course of the disease and improve your quality of life."     People suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often experience similar symptoms, such as shortness of breath, but the cause and treatment of these two airway diseases vary. Asthma occurs in about 8 percent of the adult population in the U.S. and in 7 percent of children. ...

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    "Studies have suggested similar and excellent survival rates with TAVR when compared to a surgically implanted valve."       Lansing resident Sandra Mosier, 75, has lived with a heart murmur her entire life. When she heard the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure was now available at McLaren Greater Lansing, she was first in line to schedule her surgery.  “I feel great,” said Mosier, who had the procedure done in July. “I was born with a heart murmur and always kne...

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      “The goal is to get people back to normal function, including exercise and sports if they want,” said Dr. Abood. “This is a great new technology that will make spinal surgeries easier for our patients.”        McLaren Greater Lansing is the first in the region to add the Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform to its operating room. The Mazor X Stealth™ Edition Robotic Guidance Platform combines pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intra-operative guidanc...

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      "Breastfeeding has amazing benefits for both mom and baby. It not only helps with bonding, but it has both physical and emotional advantages."       August is National Breastfeeding Month . Breastfeeding has many advantages for baby, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP ) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months followed by continuation for one year or longer as foods are introduced, but there are tremendous benefits for mother as well. “Breastfee...