Active Senior Citizens 'Pump Up,' Make Connections with Others in Optimal Aging Exercise Program

Can you ever be too old to start exercising? If there is such an age, Delores "Dee" Decker of Royal Oak, Mich. hasn't found it. She's 81 and just marked her one-year anniversary in the Optimal Aging exercise program at the Beaumont Health Center. "You feel better," she says. "And my balance is better too."

Pregnant? Give Your Baby an I.Q. Advantage

(One of an occasional series on how to grow and maintain a healthy brain, from pregnancy through old age.) You're trying to have a baby and while you may not think of him as a future Einstein, you want to give him every chance for a healthy brain so he can shine in school and grow up to be a happy, productive adult. Dave Seubert, M.D.,

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe Surgeon Does 1st Surgery Using da Vinci Robot

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe now has a state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System. Dinesh Telang, M.D., chief of Surgery at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe recently performed a radical prostatectomy -- the hospital's first surgery using the da Vinci.  "The da Vinci Surgical System combines the knowledge and skills of the surgeon with

Medical Emergency or Mishap? Knowing How to Get the Help You Need

You shoveled snow this morning, felt something "pop" in your back and now you're sore. Your doctor's office is closed. Do you try to seek medical attention right away or wait until the morning when your doctor is in? "It's not always easy to determine when to go to your physician's office, an urgent care center or a hospital

Beaumont Heart Experts' Editorial Supports Advisory by Heart Association on Omega-6 Fats

Like the workings of Wall Street or the mechanics of rocket science, the role of Omega-6 fatty acids in the diet hasn't been fully understood. But the American Heart Association just declared Omega-6s - found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds - a beneficial part of a heart-healthy eating plan. People really didn't understand the benefits of

Electrical Stimulation Helps Swallowing Problems, Facial Nerve Damage

Nerve damage after a 2008 accident while clearing downed trees from a windstorm left Karl Gubert with left-side facial weakness. His eyelid wouldn't close, his speech was slurred and he had difficulty swallowing. But the 21-year-old Metamora, Mich. man is back to college and his co-op job thanks in part to therapy that uses mild electrical

Beaumont Nurse Designs Patient Gown that Preserves Dignity, Gives Professionals Access

Mary Piraka, a nurse at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak (Mich.), always found it inconvenient to move the gowns on post-operative patients to check wound dressings or to make sure monitors were securely attached.  "With the gowns that patients wear, there is no easy way to access the body after an abdominal or chest surgery," she says.

Anti-Cancer Diet Class Gives Bite-by-Bite Instruction on Reducing Risk

Beaumont Hospital, Troy (Mich.) dietitian Betty Boscarino wants to help reduce your cancer risk - bite by bite. "Diet-related factors may account for up to 30 percent of all diagnosed cancer in the United States," says Boscarino. "And obesity may replace smoking as the No. 1 preventable cause of many cancers." Diet and

Part Game, Part Science, Interactive Technology Helps Patients Get Back in Swing of Things

Who says rehabilitation has to be all work and no play after an injury? Thanks to new state-of-art technology, Beaumont patients can speed their recovery with an interactive exercise machine called the Cybex Trazer. It has a game-like feel, complete with scoring and even trap doors. Therapists can also add virtual reality. Karen Guida, 60, of

Minimally Invasive VATS for Lung Surgery Proving Better than Traditional Technique

Richard Coffey's health was his No. 1 concern when he was faced with lung cancer surgery. But the physically fit West Bloomfield, Mich., man also felt compelled to ask his surgeon about how quickly he could get back to his regular routine. "Is there any chance I'll be playing golf again by the end of the year?" he recalls asking