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    With weight loss maintaining its top spot among the annual list of New Year’s Resolutions, April and the beginning of spring is a great time to check in and gauge progress over the first three months of the year. Are you where you want to be? Are you making headway? Have you encountered adversity? Have you deviated from your original plan? Are you as committed as you were when you started? Can you recommit to the goal? The good news is that there is no deadline for these goals and no expiration date on ...

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    Head and neck cancer is a general term to describe a number of tumors that originate in the mouth and throat. Other cancers in the head and neck area include thyroid, skin, salivary glands and sinuses. But what are the specific cancer sites that fall into that category? Oral Cavity : Cancers found in the oral cavity are generally called mouth cancers.  The cancer can develop in the lips, cheeks, teeth, gums, the front of the tongue, the floor and roof of the mouth, and the area found behind the wis...

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    < McLaren Medical Group, the employed provider group of statewide McLaren Health Care, has named Binesh Patel, MD, as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 31. Dr. Patel returns to McLaren Health Care after having served previously as Chief Medical Officer at McLaren Flint for more than five years until September 2022. He will assume the vacant MMG CEO role, which had been filled in the interim by Chad Grant, McLaren Health Care Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited...

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    After another long (and extended) Michigan winter, people are ready to get active again following the prolonged months spent mostly indoors. But with an eager and energized return to outdoor activity can bring the risk and susceptibility of acute and chronic injuries . The more serious of the two, acute injuries are suffered after a fall, a blow, or when a joint twists or strains, such as bone breaks, fracture, dislocations . Chronic injuries, though perhaps less severe, can result from overuse, and lin...

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    Your genes determine your eye color and height, and they may also reveal your cancer risk. Having a family history of certain types of cancer can increase your risk of developing the disease. An estimated 5% to 10% percent of cancer cases are hereditary. There is a lot of information out there about genetics and cancer risk; sifting through it can be overwhelming and confusing. But you don’t have to go it alone; the Karmanos Cancer Institute Genetic Counseling Service is available to patients throughout...

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    Knowing your allergies is the best way to prepare for the season. If ‘April showers bring May flowers,’ that month of rain also brings about the beginning of allergy season for many sufferers. April allergy flare ups take their roots from the rain that leads to flowers and other flora blooming and spreading their pollen — plant, tree, and grass pollen can bring about symptoms that leave allergy sufferer in misery. Seasonal allergy symptoms include: Sneezing Itchy, running, or stuffy nose Cough Scratchy ...

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    The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is partnering with Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine and RepEaters CrossFit in Commerce Township to offer cancer survivors 12 weeks of physical activity classes. These free classes are provided as part of an exercise program called Cross-Training and Physical Activity: A Better Life Experience (CAPABLE) , which introduces CrossFit to cancer survivors. The CAPABLE team is looking for 20 cancer survivors to participate in the program. Previous exerci...

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    You may have heard that preparing for a colonoscopy is the hardest part. However, the instructions aren’t too bad. A colonoscopy is the only way to screen and prevent colorectal cancer . Having a clean colon makes it easier for the gastroenterologist to see if there are any abnormalities or polyps. If the specialist sees polyps, they can remove them while they are doing the colonoscopy, preventing cancer from developing. When you go to your colonoscopy consultation, you will receive instructions on how ...

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    In recognition of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and to further raise awareness — and promote the importance of — early detection, the Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Clarkston is providing free at-home screening kits throughout the month. Between March 1 and March 31, members of the Clarkston community can register for the free kit by calling (248) 922-6659 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Registration is required. “All screenings are designed to catch the cancer at an early stage,” said Dr. ...

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    Procedures can address the many, common quality-of-life-limiting symptoms caused by heart disease. With the close of February and American Heart Month upon us, much as been shared about the symptoms, risk factors, and causes of the many forms of heart disease. But for those living with the illness and its symptoms, what options do they have? There are several minimally invasive procedures cardiologists can perform to address and relieve the symptoms that all too often leave those suffering with heart di...