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    Heart health at every age

    Maintaining a healthy heart is a lifelong responsibility starting at an early age. With life expectancy in the United States comfortably showing the vast majority of people reaching their seventh decade, this means the average person’s heart will beat more than two billion times. At the same time, statistics also show that the heart (mainly though heart disease and heart attacks) is the leading cause of death. This risk, though, can reduced, and many heart diseases can be prevented with certain behavior...

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    A large study concluded that a full night’s sleep can contribute to improved heart health. Anyone who rises out of bed in the morning and doesn’t walk to the kitchen – still half asleep – to groggily wait for their first strong cup of coffee can attest to the importance and positive effect a solid night’s sleep can have. Now, though, researchers have confirmed the impact and extent it can have on one’s health. Researchers at Tulane University in New Orleans analyzed data collected from more than 400,000...

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    Awards, recognitions and overall successes of McLaren Health Care Graduate Medical Education programs. McLaren-Michigan State University partnership prospers In 2021, McLaren Health Care Chief Academic Officer Dr. Robert Flora and Dr. Randi Stanulis, the leader of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Office of Medical Education Research and Development, OMERAD, partnered to launch an educational faculty development program. Motivated to improve the clinical learning experience, the prog...

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    "Give yourself grace periods. They will happen. The most important part is that you keep going."    The new year brings about people’s collective resolutions, aiming to improve an aspect of their individual life. One of the most popular resolutions is health. Countless people have resolved to better themselves and their overall general health through increased exercise, more conscious food choices and the avoidance of some bad habits. Emily Smith, DO, primary care physician at McLaren Greater ...

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    "It's important women are familiar with what their breasts look like and feel like, so they are in tune with any changes that may indicate a problem."    A woman should have an annual mammogram once she turns 45. However, younger women are encouraged to perform a breast self-exam once every month to maintain breast health and look for any abnormalities. “Self-breast-exams are important, but so is breast awareness,” said Sarah Barber, RN, breast oncology nurse navigator at McLaren Greater Lansi...

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      When it comes to cervical cancer , there’s good news: the number of people dying from the disease has decreased. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of death for Americans who were assigned female at birth.   Cervical Cancer Quick Numbers Around  13,960  new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in 2023. In the U.S., about 4,310 people are expected to die from cervical cancer in 2023. Cervical cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women ages ...

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    The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute kicks off year two of its “Inspired” campaign, inviting the community to view a cancer diagnosis not as an ending but as an opportunity to think bigger, think broader, think “Cancer is a Beginning.” Viewers will be immersed in imagery, TV commercials, radio spots, billboards, and print and digital advertisements, supporting a new journey to push patients to achieve possibilities that once seemed unreachable. This next campaign era is a continuation of the Nation...

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    Nearly 1.6 million people are in hospice care in the United States. Here are some common myths about hospice, followed by the facts.    Myth #1: Hospice means giving up In order to enter hospice treatment, a patient must first be diagnosed by a physician to have a likelihood of living for six months or less. Patients are then treated for comfort and not for a cure. Because of this, the most common misconception about hospice for patients and their families is that entering hospice means giving...

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    "The 40-foot container was filled with hospital beds, stretchers, IV poles, along with over 150 boxes filled with emergency medical supplies such as bandages, tapes, digital thermometers, tourniquets, bed pans, and syringes. Additional donations include hospital gowns, blades, and office tables, and chairs. "   On December 13, 2022, members of the Lansing Regional Sister Cities (LRSCC) and employees of McLaren Greater Lansing joined together to fill a 40-foot container with medical equipment and su...

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    Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer deaths among American women and people assigned female at birth, but that has since taken a turn for the better. Here are the top four things you should know about cervical cancer and how to lower your risk: 1. An increase in screening is one reason fewer people are dying from cervical cancer. Females should receive one or both of the recommended routine cervical cancer screenings: the Papanicolaou (Pap) test also known as a Pap smear, and...