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  • Fireworks and PTSD

    This weekend, many of us will celebrate Independence Day. We’ll have barbeques, spend time on the water and some of us will enjoy fireworks after the sun goes down. While fireworks can be beautiful and exciting for many, for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fireworks season can be a very difficult time. PTSD is a mental health condition caused by traumatic events that have a long-term impact on a person’s life, such as gun violence, a life-threatening accident, an assault or servi...

  • It’s officially summertime! Summer activities usually include barbecuing or grilling, cooking and eating outdoors – but in warm weather, it can be challenging when it comes to food safety. As the temperatures start to rise, it’s important to remember that bacteria in food multiply faster. Here are some easy things from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration that you can do to help keep everyone at your table safe from foodborne illness. 1. Wash hands well and often, with soap and water for at least 20 ...

  • At McLaren Port Huron and our cancer center, Karmanos Cancer Institute, we understand that making your way through a cancer diagnosis can be a stressful and scary time. The Karmanos Cancer Institute provides all our patients with carefully constructed and dynamic treatments focused on the person’s specific cancer diagnosis and individual needs. We listen to our patients in a respectful, caring, and compassionate manner, so that we are sure to understand all emotional and practical concerns that are held...

  • Being active and playing sports offers countless health benefits – exercise builds muscle, makes bones stronger and keeps our heart and lungs healthy. With the fall school sports season right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about sports physicals. At McLaren Port Huron, we are ramping up to ensure your athletes are ready and healthy to get into the game. Our team of primary care physicians and pediatricians provide high-quality, personalized care for patients of all ages. Same-day a...

  • Summer is the time to step up and make the most out of the out-of-doors, but unfortunately, it also is the season when more injuries occur. McLaren Port Huron’s Emergency Center is equipped to treat both major life-threatening and minor emergencies, and its board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained staff care for more than 41,000 patients a year.  When the threat of a serious injury or medical emergency happens, choose the area’s only nationally verified trauma center, McLaren Port...

  • June is Aphasia Awareness Month.   About 1 million people in the United States currently have aphasia, and nearly 180,000 Americans acquire it each year, according to the National Aphasia Association. Aphasia is not a cognitive disorder but rather an acquired language disorder that results from damage to parts of the brain that help us process language. Stroke is the most common cause, but aphasia can also occur after head injuries, brain tumor or a progressive neurological disease. Another type of...

  • June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness about the condition and the benefits of early detection and treatment.  Scoliosis is a condition where the spine becomes abnormally curved to the side. The curve can look like an “s” or a “c.” The most common kind of scoliosis is idiopathic scoliosis, which does not have a known cause. Here are the top five things to know about scoliosis. 1.  Scoliosis usually develops during the teen years. More than 80% of idiopathic scoliosis cas...

  • Have you ever been interrupted by a phone call sounding something like this? “Grandma, it’s me, I am on vacation in Las Vegas and got arrested. Please don’t tell my mom and dad. I need your help.” Or how about this one? “Good morning! I’m calling from Medicare to provide you with a new back brace completely free of charge." If so, you are among the millions of other Americans who are being targeted with scam phone pitches, the number one type of consumer scam in America. The better you are at detecting ...

  • June is Men’s Health Month, an opportunity to increase awareness about health issues important to men of all ages.  Men die an average of five years younger than women. Men make up the majority of workplace injuries, are less likely to be insured, and are far less likely to see a doctor for preventive care.   “Seeking preventative care before you are feeling ill is critical in maintaining good health,” says Dr. Bashar Maskoni, primary care physician with McLaren Port Huron. “Familiarity w...

  • Stress is a normal reaction to the everyday pressures of life.  Whether you’re feeling nervous, sad, angry or stressed, coping skills can help you address your feelings in a healthy way.  Learning healthy ways to cope and getting the right care and support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms.  There are a variety of coping skills.  Some may soothe you, distract you, or help you release tension.   Here are some examples of healthy coping skills: • Take care of yo...