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  • Each week, we ask our ER team what they’re seeing more and more of in our Emergency Department. This week, Dr. Joseph Flynn, an emergency physician at McLaren Macomb, reports: Upper respiratory infection Viral infections have caused symptoms of sore throat, fever, runny nose and congestion. No influenza While there have been cases of flu-like symptoms, tests have come back negative for influenza. Allergies The number of cases of allergy-related complications have tapered off with fewer cases reported. &...

  • While the month of October has been designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the American Cancer Society, health care providers urge women to place an importance on their breast health year-round. This includes, first and foremost, staying current with regular screenings. Regular screenings through mammograms provide the patient and their doctor with the best chance to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is smaller and not yet spread, and it is more responsive to treatment. What is the sc...

  • It was a whirlwind for Dr. Sarah Vyskocil. In just 12 days, the McLaren Macomb OB/GYN’s life forever changed. On Nov. 5, 2017, she felt a lump in her breast during a self-exam. Six months prior, she had received a clean bill of health after undergoing her regular mammogram. “As an OB/GYN,” she said, “I knew.” Five days after discovering the lump, it was biopsied, confirming it was a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, already advanced to stage 3. Another five days later, on a Wednesday, a por...

  • Laura wasn’t going to let anything dampen her overwhelming optimism. With no history of it in her family tree, breast cancer was far from the married mother of two’s mind. But that didn’t stop her from staying regular with her mammograms, which is why she was surprised to feel a lump in her breast six months after receiving a clean report after her most recent screening. Thinking – hoping – it was nothing alarming, she tried to put it out of her mind. But after six weeks and no change, she made an appoi...

  • It was New Year’s Eve, and 2012 was about to become 2013. Betty was amongst revelers when she headed outside to get some fresh air. Naturally cold, she wrapped her arms around herself for warmth. It was then that she first felt something in her breast – a lump that wasn’t there days prior. She had had lumps before and recently breastfed a young daughter, so she didn’t think too much of it at the time. “I was only 34 years old,” Betty said. “I was trying so hard to convince myself that it was something e...

  • David's story

    Meet David, who while on the water fishing with a group of friends and family started to not feel so well. Watch his story here.

  • Terry knows how lucky she is. And, as regular attendee and active member of the Sisters of Support cancer support group, the BRAvo “Dancing With Our Doc” participant knows who she is dancing for. In late 2014, Terry was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer affecting the blood and bone marrow. “I had been fatigued for months,” she said. “I thought that it was just me getting older and trying to keep up with my grandkids.” The realization that something might be wrong came when she reached a point of such fa...

  • EEE: What you should know

    Southeast Michigan has been identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as high-risk areas for the dangerous mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). EEE is carried by certain types of mosquitoes in Michigan and is a potentially serious disease that can affect anyone. However, it’s children and adults over 60 that are more likely to experience the severe symptoms of EEE. The only way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, ...

  • EEE: What you should know

    Lapeer and Genesee County, amongst others, have been identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as high-risk areas for the dangerous mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  EEE is carried by certain types of mosquitoes in Michigan and is a potentially serious disease that can affect anyone. Children and adults over 60 are more likely, however, to experience the more severe form of EEE illness. The only way to protect yourself from the virus is to avo...

  • Fall prevention awareness

    The beginning of the fall season is as good a time as any to discuss fall prevention. The first day of fall has been designated Fall Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging, and aims to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults and McLaren Macomb trauma services aim to increase awareness as a means to lead to prevention. Falls from a standing position have the potential to cause life-threatening injuries and anyone is at risk. But a higher occurrence is seen in older ...