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Beaumont, Royal Oak breaks ground on Proton Therapy Center to treat cancer

Construction has begun on a new Proton Therapy Center at Beaumont Hospital’s Cancer Institute in Royal Oak. Proton therapy is a newer, high-tech alternative to treating certain cancers. The benefits: a scanning beam of proton radiation with online image guidance offers greater precision to destroy cancerous cells, sparing healthy tissue with fewer side effects. This will be the first single-room proton treatment center of its kind in Michigan.

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Are Mom and Dad OK? Here's how to Tell

Mom insists she and dad are fine when you're on the phone, but your brother's not so sure after stopping by. Whether it's a weekend visit with your aging parents or an extended trip with elderly relatives, keep an eye out for warning signs they need help. Food in the refrigerator is uneaten or outdated. A quick glance in the fridge can tell

Jet Lag Solutions from a Travel Medicine Expert

Jet lag is one of the most frequent problems for travelers crossing multiple time zones when their normal sleep-wake cycle gets out of sync. Common jet lag symptoms include: daytime fatigue; insomnia; poor concentration; digestive disturbances; irritability; and depression. It happens more often if crossing four time zones, flying west to east,

Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment Helps Man Stand Up to Varicose Veins

After standing long hours making presentations for his job as a salesman, Don Zale of Lake Orion couldn't wait to sit down and rest his leg. "After working my right leg started to ache a lot. The pain made me very tired," said Zale, 65. Zale endured chronic pain and cramping in his leg due to varicose veins for more than 20

How to Talk to People with Cancer

Your best friend's doctor has just delivered the news that's guaranteed to send most people reeling - the diagnosis is cancer. What do you say? Ruth Dein, R.N., a licensed/certified counselor and nurse navigator in the Oncology Services program at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, has been talking with cancer patients for 25 years. She's met them

Cardiac Rehab Patients Pump it Up to Help Hearts

As Ronald Vaughn worked through the maintenance phase of cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack, he jumped at the chance to add rigorous resistance training. "Some programs rehab you to where you were (before the heart attack)," says Vaughn, 60, of Southfield. "I wanted to do something more." The "something