Home Health
Benefit planned for Lake Twp. firefighter & family
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 05 February 2009 15:03

A benefit is being planned for the Alan Murphy family Feb. 21 from 3 p.m. to midnight at the Millbury Fireman’s Hall.

Murphy, of Walbridge, is a Lake Township fire firefighter and is employed as a critical care transport assistant with Life Flight. Alan and his wife Kathy have three daughters, two of whom recently had to have major surgeries – one a rare heart surgery.

The Murphys have also endured other trials, including a job loss and the death of Alan’s mother on Christmas Eve. “Through all of this, he maintains a positive attitude and strong religious faith,” said Sarah Velliquette, marketing services coordinator with Mercy Health Partners. “During the roughest times, Alan would use his time to help others in the community who were in need, whether it was fixing a roof or a furnace.”

Numb hand & fingers? It may be carpal tunnel syndrome
Written by Ken Chisholm RN; BS; CNOR; CRNFA; OPA   
Thursday, 05 February 2009 14:54

Have you ever awakened at night to a “dead” hand and fingers? Did you have to literally “shake the life” back into it? Do you find yourself dropping things, feeling clumsy?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may well be experiencing the condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that arises from pressure being exerted on the nerve that passes from the forearm into the hand, through an area of the wrist know as the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is a passageway made up of the bones of the hand below the nerve, and the transverse carpal ligament from above, thus creating this “tunnel.”

Bay Park adds new technology to detect osteoporosis
Written by Tammy Walro   
Thursday, 05 February 2009 14:52

OREGON - Bay Park Community Hospital recently expanded its diagnostic radiology center with the installation of iDXA, a state-of-the-art 100 percent direct-digital bone density detector that offers vertebral fracture assessment. This state-of-the-art densitometer provides unparalleled image quality, precision and accuracy in measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

The amount of bone mineral relates directly to bone density. The iDXA uses small amounts of X-ray to measure BMD and to produce images of the spine, hip or even the whole body. In addition, the unit offers accurate assessment of hip and overall fracture risk, using a personalized risk calculator that estimates a patient’s 10-year fracture risk.

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