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  • A large study concludes that a full night’s sleep can contribute to good 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 men...

  • The truth about vaping

    A misconception about vaping is that it’s a “safer” alternative to smoking. The perception of e-cigarette use – or vaping – is that it is a safer alternative to smoking, one that saves the users from the nasty consequences that come with tobacco use. Companies even promote e-cigarettes as a way to help smokers quit. In the largest study ever conducted on the health effects of e-cigarettes, the American Heart Association has concluded this is overwhelmingly not the case. When compared to non-users, e-cig...

  • The only way to catch lung cancer in its earliest, most treatable form. Of the many forms of cancer and the endless devastation they cause, lung cancer could be considered the most devastating, accounting for approximately one out of every four cancer deaths. And yet, according to the American Lung Association, just 16 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed in an early, more treatable stage. Early signs of lung cancer can appear as common, innocuous symptoms often written off as a passing inconvenie...

  • 5 myths of lung cancer

    Clearing up some misconceptions about lung cancer. Only life-long smokers are at risk for lung cancer, right? Wrong. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Every year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, making up almost 25 percent of all cancer deaths. About 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are thought to resul...

  • The end of the summer is a great time to self-check for signs of skin cancer. There was plenty of sun over this Michigan summer. Spending time in that sun exposes everyone — and their skin — to a potentially harmful amount of UV (ultraviolet) rays. Even though skin may be layered with sunscreen, there’s still a chance for skin damage. Self-exams Knowing the signs and symptoms of skin cancer is critical to catching the disease early and receiving treatment while it’s in its earliest stage. When performin...

  • Breast cancer at age 32

    It’s never too early for women to consider their breast health. Nichole was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in April of 2021. She was just 32 years old, a full eight years before the American Cancer Society recommends beginning regular mammogram screenings at age 40. “You can choose to let it destroy you,” she said, “or you can take it head on.” During a self-examination, she found a small, “pea-sized” lump in her breast. Visiting with her doctor, it was recommended that they monitor ...

  • Breast cancer is now the most common form of cancer worldwide. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn more about the real-world impact this disease has on the lives of so many. 287,850 New cases of invasive breast cancer estimated to be diagnosed with year. 43,250 Breast cancer patients estimated to pass away from the disease this year. 90.3% Breast cancer five-year survival rate with early detection. 12.9% Percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, one in every 8 women. ...

  • Screenings and vaccination could prevent 93% of cases. Every year,  more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer , and, sadly, it claims the lives of more than 4,000. The disease, though, is one that can be prevented . Dr. Garret Holcomb, an OB/GYN with McLaren Macomb, stresses the importance of preventive measures, specifically regular screenings and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine . “The HPV vaccine is now recommended for children starting at the age of 9 up to adults through ...

  • An innovative heart procedure helps a man regain his energy. Had it not been for an old racquetball injury and eventual foot procedure, Ken might not have known the extent of his atrial fibrillation. It was during the routine, pre-op tests that his doctor first told him he was, at that very moment, in AFib. “There was none of that classic fluttering of the heart,” Ken said, “but I always thought there was something there.” “I was told you could stroke out, and I had some friends who had had strokes,” Ke...

  • ‘We had to rethink the way we provide care.’ The COVID-19 pandemic and the staffing challenges across nearly every sector of the economy has brought enormous change to every industry and prompted organizations to fundamentally change how they provide services. Some of the more innovative changes can be found in health care, especially in how hospitals deliver emergency care. One major trend patients have noticed is that emergency care is being delivered in many locations, settings and by different types...