Doctor explains why putting off joint issues could cause more trouble down the road
It’s not uncommon when we have an ache or pain to try to move on with our day and power through it, but if you’ve been trying to ignore the pain to avoid going to the doctor, that could lead to more pain and trouble down the road.
First Black chief of neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan paves the way for others
DETROIT – She spent her career breaking glass ceilings, but Dr. Alexa Canady didn’t realize the impact she had for a while as the first Black chief of Neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. And I realized that it changed their perception of what was possible for them and that is really the most important part,” said Dr. Canady. Canady spent her career caring for chronically ill children. Her longtime colleague Dr. Neena Marupudi, a pediatric neurosurgeon, says Dr. Canady had an undeniable impact on patient care. And decades before the pandemic Dr. Canady was paving the way for every Black and brown doctor who came after her.
Detroit rapper Lazarus encourages COVID vaccine as doctor on frontlines
Dr. Kamran Rashid Khan, or as he’s known by his stage name, Lazarus, has been working on the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic. He is from Detroit, but currently working in Las Vegas. He attended Wayne State and Michigan State universities. “I’m mixed up in two worlds,” Khan said, adding that he is bringing his knowledge of medicine to the hip hop community. Watch Alex Atwell’s Uniquely Detroit interview with Lazarus in the video player above.
Newly constructed Henry Ford Cancer Institute begins patient care
The newly constructed, state-of-the-art Henry Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit’s New Center area has opened its doors for patients. “The opening of the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion marks the beginning of a new era in cancer care,” said Wright Lassiter, III, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “This investment is a testament to decades of cancer care innovation at Henry Ford Hospital, where we’ve developed and delivered first in the world care. “This is a transcendent moment in the fight against cancer,” said Steven Kalkanis, M.D., CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “At a time when our society has endured extraordinary challenges, the opening of this new Henry Ford Cancer Institute location in Detroit is a beacon of hope in the lives of everyone affected by this disease.
GM, Ford complete US contracts to build breathing machines
( 2020 AJ Mast and General Motors. DETROIT General Motors says it has finished making 30,000 medical breathing machines for the U.S. government to help treat coronavirus patients. The Department of Health and Human Services contracted with GM to build the ventilators at a converted auto electronics plant in Kokomo, Indiana, at a cost of $489.4 million. GM says Tuesday it has turned over control of the Kokomo operation to Ventec, which will continue to make ventilators there and in Bothell, Washington. Earlier Ford announced it has finished making 50,000 ventilators for the government at a cost of $336 million.
Womans dog dies minutes after receiving routine lyme disease vaccine at Brighton area vet
BRIGHTON, Mich. A Metro Detroit womans dog died minutes after receiving a routine vaccine thats very popular this time of year. Monica Morency Hanaway said her beloved boxer, Greg, died in her car last week, just minutes after leaving what was scheduled to be a routine visit to a veterinarian in the Brighton area. UPDATE -- June 29, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 63,497, Death toll now at 5,915The 6-year-old dog had never been to that vets office before, but he was in need of some routine vaccines. Hanaway said the lyme disease vaccine made her nervous because Greg had never received it before. Her vet sent her a note, explaining the vaccines that were given to her dog at the appointment.
Beaumont Health announces plan for partnership with Advocate Aurora Health
Beaumont Health and Advocate Aurora Health announced Wednesday that the two health systems are exploring a potential partnership.The organizations say they signed a non-binding letter of intent that paves the way to deeper discussions to create a leading health care system that would span across Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. We are excited to explore this option with an organization as highly regarded as Advocate Aurora Health known for their track record in health outcomes, population health and consumer experience, said John Fox, president and chief executive officer, Beaumont Health, in a news release. Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care organizations merged in 2018 to create Advocate Aurora Health. The health systems say they will work closely with state and regulatory agencies throughout the process, which began with notifications to all three Attorneys General earlier this week. Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 10 largest not-for-profit, integrated health systems in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with more than 70,000 employees.
What the potential Beaumont-Advocate Aurora merger could mean for patients, employees
Wednesday brought big news for the 38,000 employees working for Beaumont Health. READ: Beaumont Health announces plan for partnership with Advocate Aurora HealthBeaumont announced it is in merger talks with Advocate Aurora Health, a major health care system in other parts of the Midwest. Advocate Aurora has a strong presence in Illinois and Wisconsin -- the merger could change the face of health care in Metro Detroit. Beaumont has 38,000 employees and Advocate Aurora has about 70,000. Beaumont serves about 178,000 inpatient discharges and Aurora works with an estimated 3 million patients a year.
Can your blood type impact how likely you are to catch COVID-19?
Subsequently, a group of researchers at Columbia University in New York looked at the blood type and severity of disease in over 1,500 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and they also found a higher proportion of blood type A patients and a lower proportion of patients with type O blood who were coronavirus positive. They did not however find that blood type had any relationship to the risk of requiring intubation or dying from COVID-19. A preprint study from Germany evaluated the genome of nearly 2,000 patients with COVID-19 respiratory failure from seven hospitals in Italy and Spain. The final newest bit of information suggesting a link between blood type and COVID susceptibility comes from a preliminary release of information by the company 23 And Me. They havent formally published any data but say their early analysis similarly found people with type O blood were less likely to have tested positive.
Patients who put off medical care during pandemic urged to seek treatment now
People have been putting off medical care amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. One of my concerns is patients who put off their care, said Dr. Preeti Malani, University of Michigan chief health officer. In many ways that is going to be our second wave of coronavirus -- illnesses and hospitalizations.A poll from Kaiser Family Foundation shows 48% of Americans say someone in their family delayed or skipped medical care amid this pandemic, and 11% say their conditions got worse. Patients are being urged to get the care they need as soon as possible. The risk of waiting and not getting care can outweigh the risk of being exposed to a lot of people, said Dr. Malani.
Michigans vaccination rates drop, could lead to outbreaks
DETROIT Public health officials worry future outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases could emerge in Michigan as vaccination rates have dramatically fallen during the coronavirus pandemic. Vaccination rates for children 18 and younger fell by more than 20%, according to a study published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. David Obudzinski, a Beaumont pediatrician, said parents began canceling appointments in March, when stay-at-home orders were issued. Measles, for examples, usually include mild symptoms, but those symptoms can be deadly in babies who cannot be immunized until they're a year old, according to health officials. We need to be sure that everybody gets caught up on their immunizations that they may have fallen behind on so that we can assure that everybody is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, Swanson said.
Nonessential medical, dental, veterinary care restarts across Michigan
DETROIT Its a big step in reopening Michigan, nonessential outpatient care is allowed to continue for doctors, dentists and veterinarians amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, its not without strict guidelines from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) including the standard social distancing rules. Ranging from low risk check ups where simple masks will do -- to very high risk procedures where droplets of bodily fluid could be easily spread meaning full face shields and heavy sanitizing are expected. On top of that another layer of air filtration and sterilization as well.Meraw is the President of the Michigan Dental Association who has several dental and periodontal practices in the state. READ: Metro Detroit veterinarian says stay-at-home orders mean more dog walks, leading to healthier dogs and families
Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs order to expand COVID-19 testing; doctor’s order no longer needed
Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order on Tuesday to expand testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state. states that anyone who leaves their home for work, or has symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild symptoms), may receive a test at a community testing location without securing a doctor’s order in advance. Medical personnel will be available to order testing upon arrival. A person who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirustest to find an appropriate testing location. “This Executive Order will pave the way for more community testing sites to open as we work towards our goal of 15,000 tests administered daily in Michigan.
How to get the most out of every medical visit -- especially now
But regardless of whether you’ve felt sick these past few months, safe to say, you always want to get the most out of every medical appointment. Here are some tips you can use to make every medical appointment as valuable as possible. Consider a video visit. Medical offices can be overwhelmed by patients, especially lately, so if your symptoms are mild, consider a video visit to discuss your concerns and get some health recommendations. And when you choose a video visit, you will not have to drive to the office, or even get out of bed.
How should I clean and store my face mask?
How should I clean and store my face mask? Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health experts recommend wearing a mask made from cotton fabric, such as T-shirts, or scarves and bandannas, when you are outside and unable to maintain social distancing from others. It is best to clean your mask in a washing machine or with soap and hot water. Watts advises storing the clean, dry mask in a new paper bag to keep it safe from germs.
Moderna: Early coronavirus vaccine results are encouraging
(AP) – An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday. The kind of detailed antibody results needed to assess responses are only available on eight volunteers so far. Worldwide, about a dozen vaccine candidates are in the first stages of testing or nearing it. Health officials have said that if all goes well, studies of a potential vaccine might wrap up by very late this year or early next year. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Michigan COVID-19 tracking: Cases, deaths slowing; Hospitalizations decline; Testing doubles
Cases, deaths slowingGrowth in cases started to slow about three weeks ago, and has continued to plateau, while deaths are now starting to slow. Testing spikesMeanwhile, testing has more than doubled in recent weeks, and the positive rate continues to drop. The state is now 16th in testing rate, which is up from 24th just three weeks ago. Hospitalizations show steady declineTracking data in the last month, hospitalizations, specifically critical care patients, have showed a steady decline. As of May 15, only 5.68% of active COVID-19 cases were hospitalized in Michigan, down from nearly 18% on April 12.
Clinton Township robotics team creates extra layer of protection for frontliners
A robotics team in Clinton Township is putting their skills to work during the coronavirus outbreak. Team 4810 I.AM.ROBOT, was founded in 2012 at the International Academy of Macomb. Since then, the team has grown from 7 students and 2 mentors to about 66 students and 14 mentors. During the pandemic, the team has worked to create a special intubation shield box for hospitals, providing an extra layer of protection for frontline workers. Watch Nick Monacelli’s feature story on the robotics team in the video player above.
Michigan issues guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical care
DETROIT – The State of Michigan released new guidelines on seeking non-COVID-19 related medical or dental care during the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the state has issued new guidelines on seeking care. Related: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 43,950; Death toll now at 4,135“The Executive Order gives providers broad discretion,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “I applaud our frontline health care providers who put their lives at risk, and who are engaged in efforts to continue to care for their patients in the safest way possible. “Providers know their patients best and will understand the safest, most effective ways to manage their care under these circumstances created by the pandemic.”It is also important for patients to understand they should not delay important medical care, especially emergency care.
Pfizer begins COVID-19 vaccine trial, will be manufactured in Michigan
DETROIT – Pfizer has started a new clinical trial on a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and it’ll be manufactured in Michigan. Pfizer and BioNTech SE announced Tuesday that the first participants have been dosed in the U.S. in the phase 1/2 clinical trial for the “BNT162 vaccine” program to prevent COVID-19. The company’s clinical trial supply will be made at sites in Andover, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, Missouri, and the initial manufacturing will be conducted in Kalamazoo, Michigan -- the largest manufacturing site in the Pfizer network. In fact, Michigan has a strong history of vaccine development with the polio and anthrax vaccines. Find more info on the vaccine trial here.
Cleveland Clinic sends 13 nurses to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit
The Cleveland Clinic has sent 13 nurses to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for COVID-19 response assistance and relief. They will spend up to four weeks at various Henry Ford Hospital locations treating COVID-19 patients, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This video shows their sendoff:On Wednesday, Henry Ford Health System announced that it would be laying off about 2,800 workers temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, while executives will donate a percentage of their salary to help workers. According to officials, the health system lost $43 million in operating income in March, and that loss is expected to be even greater in April. Officials cite the postponement and cancellation of services and procedures, temporary site closures, and an increased need for resources to care for COVID-19 patients, including personal protective equipment for team members as reasons for the losses.
DTE delivers another 80,000 N95 masks to Oakland County for medical professionals, first responders
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – This week, DTE Energy donated another 80,000 much-needed N95 masks to Oakland County’s Homeland Security Division to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Oakland County Executive David Coulter was on hand to accept the donation. DTE has now given a total of 130,000 N95 masks. Oakland County is accepting donations at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Homeland Security Division will pick up donations for those unable to deliver them.
Michigan offers new hospital data on coronavirus patients, medical supplies
DETROIT – The state of Michigan released new data showing hospitalizations for COVID-19 around the state, as well as available medical supplies. The state has the third most cases in the U.S. Michigan has been criticized for its lack of available data. New hospital data shows how many COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, how many are in critical care or on a ventilator, and how many have been discharged. The state also released more testing data, showing the daily increases in testing capacity in relation to positive tests. Track the latest COVID-19 Michigan data right here on ClickOnDetroit.
Flu cases leave Metro Detroit medical offices packed
DETROIT – In Good Health flu cases continue to swamp local doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge has more on the shift some are seeing and what else is going around. Read: Scientists at University of Michigan’s ‘Flu Lab’ work to learn more about furious flu seasonRead more: Study: Full flu vaccination among children cuts hospitalization by 54%