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  • Q: Where did your nursing career begin? A: I started my nursing career in the adult surgical and burn intensive care units. As a young nurse, I wanted to learn all there was about our profession, so I moved about every few years to garner experience in the many areas that touch the lives of our patients and their families. The areas that I was a bedside/clinical nurse include: medical/surgical, neonatal intensive care, cardiac catheterization, operating room, emergency room and home care. I later moved ...

  • Sometimes, it’s not easy to know what to say to a loved one or friend who has cancer.  Even when you want to be supportive, fear of saying the wrong thing can lead to saying nothing at all.   Karamanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Lapeer offers these tips:  Listen without judgement. Listening can be much more helpful than talking. Don’t ignore uncomfortable topics or emotions.  Acknowledge your loved one’s feelings and say you are right there with him or her.  Offer to help....

  • Screening tests check for cancer in people that don’t have any signs or symptoms. Screening tests can help detect cancer early, when it’s small and may be easier to treat. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. IS A LUNG CANCER SCREENING RIGHT FOR YOU? Are you a current or former smoker age 55 to 74? Are you a current smoker or quit smoking within the last 15 years? Hav...

  • The nearly 100 sunny, summery days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known around the emergency department as trauma season. It’s during those active, sunny summer days that accidents and other injury-causing events bring about a spike in the number of broken bones, fractures and lacerations, among other wounds. McLaren Lapeer Region emergency medicine physicians also see a spike in a number of other seasonal ailments that patients and parents should be on the lookout for when the weather allows fo...

  • One good thing about the colder months; it's easier cover up without drawing unwanted attention to yourself. If you suffer from varicose veins, you fully understand the delicate dance of keeping your unsightly veins covered and out of view. Hello, long pants at any time of year. Varicose veins might appear to be a cosmetic issue, but they can cause problems beyond just making your legs look unattractive. Even if you aren't bothered by your varicose veins, you should be aware of some problems that can oc...

  • Dr. Joseph Zajchowski Vaping has become an epidemic among teens. While the rate of teen cigarette smoking is decreasing, the number of teenagers who are vaping is climbing.  A 2016 report by the U.S. Surgeon General found that vaping among middle school and high school students increased 900 percent between 2011 and 2015. With these statistics, it is important for both parents and teens to understand the dangers involved with vaping. Vaping (short for vaporization) is the inhaling and exhaling of t...

  •   According to the Center for Disease Control, overweight and or obese is described as one's weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height. Obesity is dangerous. Not only can it influence nearly all your body's systems, it also can significantly affect your quality of life and reduce your life expectancy. If you are overweight, your risk for the following health problems increases: High blood pressure and high blood cholesterol Type 2 diabetes Coronary hea...

  • Dr. Ahmed Shalabi According to the American Cancer Society colorectal cancer is the third most common cancers affecting both men and women in the United States.  With 1 in every 22 men and 1 in every 24 women developing colorectal cancer in their lifetime early detection is key. Over the past several decades, colonoscopies and early surgical treatment have caused a decline in colorectal cancer death reports the American Cancer Society.  Dr. Ahmed Shalabi a general specializing in colorectal su...

  • Dr. Joseph Zajchowski With winter temps now reaching well below zero, hypothermia is not the only winter weather-related risk one can run into outdoors. Freezing temps and howling winds make for prime conditions for frostbite, which is the result of the skin's prolonged exposure to a freezing environment. "Frostbite exists on a spectrum," said Dr. Joseph Zajchowski an emergency medicine physician at McLaren Lapeer Region. "Deep frostbite is a very serious and irreversible condition, but fortunatel...

  • This time of year, many smokers make a resolution to quit and make healthier lifestyle choices, but quitting isn't easy. According to CDC's Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) it may take several tries before you're able to quit for good, but it can be done.   In fact, so many people have quit that there are now more former smokers than current smokers in the United States.   Despite the challenges, deciding to stop smoking is one of the most common, potentially beneficial and c...