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

Pediatric Neurosurgeon Urges Kids to Strap on Safety Helmets when Playing Sports

Snow is falling and friends are calling. ... Whether your child participates in organized winter team sports or recreation activities with friends and family, there is always a danger of concussion. Concussions account for about 46 percent of U.S. winter sport injuries. "Knowing the warning signs of a concussion and when to seek medical

Quick Detection of Bleeding in the Brain for People on Blood Thinners Saving Lives

A treatment strategy for people on blood thinners who hit their head is saving lives at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak (Mich.), according to recent research. In 105 study patients treated under the protocol, the time to diagnose bleeding in the brain as a result of the head bump was cut in half and treatment was started in one-third of the

2 Naturopathic Doctors Added to Beaumont's Integrative Medicine Program

When Mary Kay Stark of Berkley needed guidance on taking supplements and help with sleep problems during chemotherapy for breast cancer, she turned to the Integrative Medicine program at Beaumont Hospital. As a result, naturopath Jen Green recommended supplements for Stark's leg and sleep problems, and advised her to stop taking the supplement

Heart and Vascular Screen May Be Best Gift of All

Care about the heart health of someone you love and wondering what to give him this holiday season? The perfect gift for your loved one could be a gift certificate for a Heart and Vascular Wellness Screening at Beaumont. For $70, the screening includes a blood pressure measurement; assessment of body mass index; blood cholesterol and glucose

Beaumont Hospital, Troy EC Aims for Prompt Care for High Numbers of Emergency Patients

Emergency Medicine physicians at Beaumont Hospital, Troy recently studied how satisfied their patients are in relation to the time they wait for care and found that a patient's happiness falls sharply once he has waited 3-1/2 hours. Recognizing that its high volume can result in waits for care, the hospital has taken steps to make the process