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  • Which conditions can lead to severe COVID-19 symptoms Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many could consider it common knowledge that certain chronic and pre-existing medical conditions could increase someone’s risk of developing some of the more severe symptoms of the coronavirus should they become infected. As researchers and other clinical experts continue to learn more about the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its list of conditions that carry an increased r...

  • While epilepsy might be more common than most people realize, what many may find even more surprising is the multitude of forms the condition can present in those who suffer from it. It is, also, a condition that can afflict anyone at any time. “You can be born with this abnormality, but it doesn’t even have to manifest when you’re born,” Dr. Nikesh Ardeshna, an epileptologist with McLaren Macomb, said on a recent interview on the McLaren In Good Health podcast. “There doesn’t even have to be a family h...

  • While there remains a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the new school year, your child’s health should remain a priority. No matter which grade your child is about to enter, a routine physical exam is an important back-to-school preparation. This annual physical is often combined with a sports physical, required if your child will be participating in extracurricular activities this school year, even if school sports look differently than years prior. For student athletes, early detection of critica...

  • “A classic two titans. Both heavy-duty diesels.” More than two years after the fact, this is how Don describes the impact of the car accident that nearly took his life. In October 2017, driving up Northbound Gratiot in his truck a little before 6 a.m., Don noticed the headlights of another truck traveling southbound. They shuddered, swerved into his lane and then collided head-on. What Don remembers from the crash scene: “I was in and out of it. Someone called an ambulance because I could hear it coming...

  • Researchers identify six symptom clusters associated with the coronavirus With some of the first research studies of the coronavirus starting to appear in clinical publications, more information on symptoms and their level of severity are becoming clear. Specifically, researchers from King’s College in London recently concluded and published their examination of COVID-19 patients and determined the coronavirus presents in six specific ‘symptom clusters.’ Symptom clusters are groups of symptoms (two or m...

  • Robotic gynecologic surgery gives patient amazing results with minimum scarring The thought of having a hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, can be upsetting to women. They often associate the procedure with speeding up their biological clock and starting their pre-menopausal experience too soon. However, that does not have to be the case. “A lot of individuals are concerned that they will experience symptoms like hot flashes when they have a hysterectomy, but that doesn’t have to be the ca...

  • Know more about your hand sanitizer The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still highly recommends regular hand washing (with plain soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds) as the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection and decrease the risk of getting sick. However, in this time of COVID-19 and heightened awareness of hand hygiene, a sink, running water and soap are not always readily available, making hand sanitizer the next best option, as recommended by the CDC. Will any...

  • With communities and businesses opening, you may be looking for safe ways to regain some pre-COVID-19 normalcy. While there is no way to guarantee zero risk of infection, it’s important to understand the potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention methods to protect yourself and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In general, the more closely you interact with others for a long period of time, the higher risk of COVID-19 infection. So, think about: How many people with you interact wi...

  • 100 th Proton Therapy Patient Says He’s Glad He Chose McLaren and Karmanos in Flint The Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) at McLaren Flint and the McLaren Proton Therapy Center offers Genesee County cancer patients the best chance in beating their disease by providing comprehensive cancer treatment options under one roof. Gary Howard of Mt. Morris says he would not have it any other way. “Everything I do is McLaren,” explains Howard. “With the system, the physicians I see always know where my health is. T...

  • 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...