Category: Living Well Written by Amber Bogins
Beaumont Community Health Education will offer a condensed class focusing on labor and birth for expectant parents. The new, six-hour class includes stages of labor and birth; medical procedures; cesarean birth; and comfort measures for labor and the support person's role.
"Understanding Childbirth Express Class" is a single-session program offered on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Beaumont Hospital, Troy. Cost is $80 per couple or expectant mom and support person. Registration is required. For a complete list of class offerings or to register, visit classes.beaumont.edu or call 800-633-7377.
"During this one-day class certified childbirth educators will teach participants how to practice breathing and relaxation techniques, including Lamaze," says Maryanne Kenerson, community health education coordinator, Beaumont Health System.
Participants are encouraged to complete the birthing class four weeks before their scheduled delivery date.
Beaumont's Community Health Education department offers many educational programs for expectant and new parents at its hospitals in Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak and Troy, its medical centers in Macomb and Oakland counties, and other locations.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 July 2013 15:53
Category: Living Well Written by University of Michigan
A new poll shows 82 percent of adults support banning smoking in cars when children under 13 are riding in the vehicle.
According to the latest University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, support is strong for prohibiting drivers and passengers from smoking when kids are in the car. However, only seven states nationwide have laws banning the practice.
Also in this month's poll, 87 percent of adults said they'd support a ban on smoking in businesses where children are allowed. Seventy-five percent expressed support for banning smoking in homes where children have asthma or another lung disease.
"Smoke is a real health hazard for kids whose lungs are still developing, and especially for kids who have illnesses like asthma where the lungs are particularly fragile and flare up when exposed to secondhand smoke," says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.
Even among current smokers in the poll, more than one half supported bans that would protect children from secondhand smoke. For example, 60 percent of current smokers said they'd strongly support or support a ban on smoking in cars with children under 13 years old present, compared with 84 percent of former smokers and 87 percent of never-smokers.
"Although the number of people smoking has dropped dramatically in the last 50 years, secondhand smoke remains a health risk," says Davis, who is associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and associate professor of Public Policy at U-M's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
In 2007 the American Academy of Pediatrics began advocating for specific legislation to prohibit smoking in cars with children present.
A 2006 study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found "alarming" levels of secondhand smoke were generated in just five minutes in vehicles under various driving, ventilation, and smoking conditions. According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, secondhand smoke in cars can be 10 times more concentrated than the level considered unhealthy by the U.S. EPA – and it is dangerous even if the windows are open.
Between 2006 and 2011, four states (Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Maine) enacted statewide bans on smoking in vehicles carrying children. In 2013 three states (Utah, Oregon and Illinois) have enacted similar laws.
The violations usually carry a fine and often can be enforced only if a police officer has stopped the driver for a separate traffic violation or other offense, much like current seat belt laws.
Four other states (Hawaii, Indiana, New Jersey, New York) have cities or counties that ban smoking in vehicles with children present.
"But this is about children's health, not about writing tickets. Just having the laws in place raises awareness and discourages the behavior – reducing the chances that kids will be exposed to secondhand smoke," says Davis.
"Given the high level of public support for laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles with children in this poll, it may be that the bans enacted by a small number of states should be considered by many more states, and perhaps at the national level," Davis says. Currently, the federal government prohibits smoking on all commercial flights.
"Forty of the 50 states currently ban smoking in public places in one form or another. At this time, we are not aware of laws at this time that prohibit smoking in homes where children have asthma or other lung conditions. However, the level of public support for ways to reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke is so high that now may be the time to for public health officials and legislators to move forward on ideas like these to protect children's health," Davis says.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:32
Category: Living Well Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Because early detection saves lives, Beaumont Health System has expanded its Comprehensive Breast Care program to West Bloomfield. This new, 6,031-square-foot facility, located in suite 103 of the Beaumont Medical Center at 6900 Orchard Lake Road, offers pathology, radiology, mammography and surgical services.
Nearly one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. But statistics also show that if detected early, it's highly curable. "At Beaumont, we detect more breast cancer than any other hospital in Michigan," explains Nayana Dekhne, M.D., corporate medical director, Beaumont Breast Care Program. "With the opening of the new center, we are able to offer outpatient services needed by our breast care patients on the west side in one convenient location."
At the Comprehensive Breast Care Center, patients will have an entire team of specialists who can recommend the best treatment as well as provide for the patient's emotional needs. The team includes: breast imaging physician specialists; dedicated breast care surgeons; certified oncology nurse navigators; cancer genetics specialists; cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema specialists; social workers; and nutrition experts.
"Our focus is on meeting the needs of patients in our community with technological innovation and comprehensive, coordinated care," says Thomas Lanni, vice president, Oncology Services. "This translates into better outcomes for our patients."
Beaumont offers digital mammography throughout Metro Detroit. With an emphasis on expedited results, the time a patient has to wait for answers has dramatically decreased.
"The single most important thing a woman can do is follow early detection guidelines," says Dr. Dekhne. "It is important to do monthly self-breast exams and at age 40 they should get a baseline mammogram."
Clarkston artist Jan Mayer has left a lasting imprint on Beaumont Health System. A former patient and two-time breast cancer survivor, Jan has provided much of the art found throughout Beaumont Oncology Services, including art at the new West Bloomfield Breast Care Center.
"Beaumont has taken such good care of me that I consider it an honor to be able to do something for the hospital in return," she says. "I believe we all have a mission in life. If I had to go through cancer to really know how to reach people with my artwork, then it's absolutely been worth it."
For more information about Beaumont's Comprehensive Breast Care program, call 888-924-9460 or visit us online: cancer.beaumont.edu.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 14:44
Category: Living Well Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
DMC Detroit Receiving hospitals is once again taking honors in multiple specialties and overall quality in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals edition for 2013-14.
Best Hospitals report recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients, and is widely regarded as a standard of excellence in patient care.
Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only148 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital received high honors in multiple specialties.
"This is a direct reflection of the rigorous commitment to quality care and patient safety, that Receiving employees have," said Iris Taylor, PhD, president, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital. "This is a great example of why Detroit Receiving is a leader in healthcare."
In addition to receiving honors in multiple specialties, Receivng was the 14th ranked hospital overall in Michigan. This year's ranking is an improvement over being ranked 15th in the the state in 2012 and 17th in 2011.
"We are pleased to be recognized again by U.S. News & World Report. These rankings exemplify the depth of the quality and specialty care that patients receive every day at our hospitals which would not be possible without our world-class team of physicians and clinical staff," said CEO Joe Mullany, Detroit Medical Center.
For the past 24 years U.S. News has publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problemsor age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, theadequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankingsin most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International; a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. using the same data, U.S.News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings have beenpublished at HYPERLINK "http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals" \o "blocked::http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals" http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitalsand will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on news stands August 27.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 09:48
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