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    "With immunotherapy, we can work on targeting and destroying those cancer cells that are growing rapidly and creating the cancer."   The journey of figuring out how to use the immune system to treat cancer started in the late 1800s, and now two centuries later, immunotherapy – a treatment that enhances the body’s complex network of cells and proteins – is emerging as one of the newer forms of cancer treatment. “Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy,” explained David Eilender, MD , medical o...

  • Joe Berta, RN, in the neuro ICU at McLaren Flint (pictured above) began his career knowing that his ultimate goal was to become a registered nurse. “It was always my intention to be a nurse since the day I started at McLaren Flint,” said Joe. “My goal was to make quality relationships on my journey, which I undoubtedly achieved.” Joe started working at McLaren Flint in November 2011 in Nutritional Services, delivering food trays to the patient floors and washing dishes. After nine months in that positio...

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    Heart disease has been and continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Decades ago, McLaren Flint committed to offering the most current and comprehensive heart care to meet the community’s needs in a setting close to home. This commitment has always included the expertise of highly-trained physicians and staff, as well as regularly investing in the latest technology and ensuring a state-of-the-art f...

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    A rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care began for McLaren Flint more than 100 years ago when it was a small women’s hospital. Decades later the now 378-bed tertiary teaching facility serves the medical needs of residents in greater Genesee County and surrounding communities. Among the biggest changes in health care delivery over the years was the introduction of medical education, a way of providing hands-on patient care experience to physicians in their residency and fellows...

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    An estimated 15.3 million Americans suffer from COPD, and several additional millions likely have COPD and don’t even know it, according to the American Lung Association. Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD improve their quality of life and health. COPD is a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing problems including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Symptoms of COPD include chronic or smokers cough, chronic phlegm...

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    “Our low dose CT scan may catch lung cancer in the early stages, which can give patients a better chance at managing the disease.”   Though commonly diagnosed in patients with a history of smoking, anyone can receive a lung cancer diagnosis. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but it is one of the most preventable cancers. “Lung cancer can develop from breathing in toxic chemicals,” said Mohammed Berrou, MD , a board-certified pulmonologist at McLaren Flint. “When smoking, you’re ...

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    Ahmad Munir, MD , board-certified interventional cardiologist and director of structural heart disease at McLaren Flint, has performed the region’s first right atrial thrombectomy using the latest Generation 3 AngioVac catheter technology in the hospital’s  hybrid operating room.   The procedure was performed to remove an infected blood clot attached to a central venous line that was being used to administer medications. The clot extended from the tip of the line to the middle of the patient’s...

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    Treating the whole person is a philosophy of care that addresses a patient’s physical, mental and emotional health. Those seeking gynecologic or obstetric care may not expect to have a provider trained in assessing and providing help for all three. Certified nurse midwife Lisa Cavett believes having a greater knowledge of this relationship enhances the care she gives her patients.   “Actually, physical changes that a woman goes through such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can spur dramatic shi...

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    “I don’t even feel like I went through it… You might have to go through a few more treatments than you would [with] the traditional [radiation], but it’s worth it because it [proton therapy] doesn’t put your body through as much trauma than it already has been [through].”   “October 19. I remember the day. Horrible day.” Teresa Link of Clio was working on the farm, a normal day for her in 2019. It was hay season, and she was working extra hours so that she could pay for her yearly mammogram . “I ca...

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    According to a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, one-third of Americans are sleeping worse than they did before the pandemic. About 30 percent say they have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, while 19 percent of respondents say they get less nightly sleep than before the pandemic. This so-called “COVID-somnia” can be brought on by fears about the coronavirus, concern for our loved ones, economic worries, and limited social contact. The main causes of insomnia are acute em...