Archive for 'Well Being'

BoneScalpel may offer less invasive option

BoneScalpel may offer less invasive option

By Jana Soeldner Danger Tommy Braga, a retired police officer and lead singer in a pop rock band called Mainstreet, knew something was wrong when he started having bouts of severe pain in his neck and [...]

Helping survivors ‘trust their bodies again’

Helping survivors ‘trust their bodies again’

By Jana Soeldner Danger When Pamela Wetmore finished treatment for breast cancer, she says she felt relieved. She began taking the maintenance tamoxifen her oncologist prescribed, and everything seemed to be OK. Then suddenly, she found [...]

Treating a patient as more than an illness

Treating a patient as more than an illness

By Jana Soeldner Danger Karene Harper was a single mother with an eight-month-old baby daughter and two sons, ages eight and 14, when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 lymphoma. “The idea that I might not [...]

UM doctors use new robotic surgical system

UM doctors use new robotic surgical system

By Jana Soeldner Danger After a routine physical, Keith McKerrow was brought up short by a diagnosis of prostate cancer. “It was a shock,” he says. “When you hear a diagnosis like that, the only thing [...]

Tiny cardiac monitors are now fact, not SciFi

Tiny cardiac monitors are now fact, not SciFi

By Jana Soeldner Danger A new cardiac monitor is so tiny it’s virtually invisible when inserted, but Medtronic’s Reveal LINQ is part of a powerful new system allowing physicians to monitor their patients’ heartbeats continuously for up [...]

Two new techniques for keeping knees active

Two new techniques for keeping knees active

By Jana Soeldner Danger Chronic knee pain can make life miserable. Sufferers often need to cut back on or abandon their participation in athletics or fitness programs, and even day-to-day activities like walking can be uncomfortable. [...]

New bio artery stent may improve on metal

New bio artery stent may improve on metal

By Jana Soeldner Danger  A new type of stent that is absorbed by the body after supporting an artery previously blocked with plaque may eventually replace traditional metal stents. Memorial Regional and Holy Cross hospitals are currently [...]

Getting rid of tumors by freezing them

Getting rid of tumors by freezing them

A freezing technique called cryoablation can destroy benign tumors. Could it do more? By Nancy McVicar Finding a lump in the breast is scary, even though most are not cancerous. Even some benign tumors can cause [...]

Someone important on gift list: Yourself

Someone important on gift list: Yourself

By Nancy McVicar The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be hectic, stressful, happy, disappointing, sad – the whole gamut of human emotion, as well as physically challenging at times. A perfect gift to [...]

New procedure for heart valve replacement

New procedure for heart valve replacement

By Nancy McVicar For people too old or too sick to undergo open-heart surgery for aortic valve replacement, there is a new minimally invasive procedure that can be done in about an hour and get them [...]