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If you find yourself nodding off at 10 p.m. despite your best efforts to stay awake, or routinely opening your eyes at 7 a.m.—even on mornings when you could sleep in—you have your circadian rhythm to thank. This self-sustaining 24-hour internal body clock responds to daylight and darkness to tell us when it’s time to be sleepy and when we should be fully awake. Fending off these messages is tough. Your rhythm is based on a roughly 24-hour day, and once it’s there, it can be hard to shift.
Circadian rhythms are determined mainly by genetics, but they’re also influenced by external factors, such as exercise, meal times, sleep deprivation and exposure to artificial light, particularly the glow emitted by smartphones, tablets and computer screens. Your environment or lifestyle can derail your internal clockwork, which, in addition to sleep, helps regulate your metabolism, blood pressure, body temperature, and hormone levels.
CANTON – Join us on Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. for our annual Healthy Kick-Off event at St. Joseph Mercy Canton Health Center.
This free, fun-filled afternoon will feature bike helmets and fittings, access to our Health Exploration Station, health screenings, a meet-and-greet with players from AFC Ann Arbor, a rock wall and teddy bear clinic.
Enjoy family fun including:
Bike Helmets and Fittings – Limited Supply
Skin Cancer Screenings
Arctic Edge Street Hockey
KONA Ice Truck
Meet players from AFC Ann Arbor
Semi Pro Soccer Team
Rock Climbing Wall
Teddy Bear Clinic
Health Exploration Station Celebrates 20 Years!
Explore Michigan’s first interactive education center with exhibits to engage all your senses – walk through a giant human body, listen to the rhythm of your own heart beat and test your skills as a surgeon in the brain operating game. A must-see for kids and kids at heart.
We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, visit our website.
ANN ARBOR – Probility Physical Therapy now offers comprehensive pediatric services, including PT, OT and speech.
Led by Dan Santioni, PT, Katherine McKimmy, OT, and Erin Saotome, MA, CCC-SLP, Probility’s pediatric program is geared toward children 0 to 12 years old, and offers a full array of services that address developmental delays or disabilities, neurological disability, sensory integration disability, fine motor impairment, speech and feeding concerns, torticollis to toe-walking and post-surgical rehabilitation needs.
Services are provided at the Clark Road location Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.*:
PT , OT and SLP Probility Pediatric Therapy 3145 W. Clark Road Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: 734-712-0566 Print Flyer
*SLP services can be arranged at the Howell Probility office for patients who do not need the entire pediatric team approach.
(Pictured left to right) Connie Schuby and Amanda Saracino (Greenbrook Recovery Center behavioral health therapists), Evan Koorhan, and Suzie Antonow (manager of Outpatient Behavioral Services)
completed the intensive outpatient program at Greenbrook Recovery Center and
now volunteers to help others fighting addiction.
Between managing a local eatery and volunteering with substance abuse programs several times a week, Evan Koorhan lives a busy life. He recently bought a house with his girlfriend and values fellowship with his friends – two gifts he says wouldn’t have been imaginable a few years ago, when he was stuck in the cycle of addiction.
For years Evan used drugs and alcohol to cope with stress and anxiety.
“The only joy I was deriving out of life was using drugs and alcohol and partying with my friends,” he said.
While he was able to hold a job as head coach of a varsity water polo team, and even graduate in 2014 from Eastern Michigan University, Evan kept reverting back to alcohol and marijuana, despite how hard he tried to stop. He even dabbled in therapy, to little avail.
“It was the same thing over and over again, and I couldn’t break the cycle. I would try,” he said.
Making this key lifestyle tweak keeps you mobile as you age—but that’s not where the benefits end.
by Kristen Sturt
This article was originally published in Sharecare.
Here’s a startling fact: About 3 in 4 American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even more sobering: Many adults don’t get any activity at all, aside from what they need to make it through the day. And as we age, more and more of us stop moving. Almost 23 percent of adults between age 18 and 44 are sedentary. For those 65 and older, it’s around 32 percent.
While you likely know that long-term inactivity weakens your bones and muscles, you may not realize that it can damage your heart and brain, too. This, in turn, raises your odds of dementia and heart disease, among other conditions, and can lead to early death.
Mark your calendar for the following events, and join us in celebrating Heart Month!
Friday, February 1: Go Red for Women Wear red to promote heart health! Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Join us in the South Lobby at noon for our annual heart-shaped photo.
Thursday, February 7: Ladies’ Night Out St. Mary Mercy Livonia’s South Auditorium, 5 pm Vendor displays and screenings followed by a panel discussion featuring physicians and community participation. See the flyer here.
Friday, February 15 and 22: Jeans Day St. Mary Mercy colleagues can wear jeans or different color scrubs for a $5 donation to the American Heart Association. Donations collected in the Marian Women’s Center.
We also invite you to take a photo with the Red Dress cutout in South Lobby and upload your photo to St. Mary Mercy Livonia’s Facebook (facebook.com/stmarymercy).
Finally, enjoy a heart-healthy menu item at St. Mary Mercy Livonia each Thursday in February!
February 7: Personalized smoothies with a wide selection of fresh fruits and flavored yogurts
February 14: Cranberry oat cookie
February 21: Tropical chicken salad, with mandarin oranges, pineapple, chicken, mixed greens, pine nuts, and raspberry vinaigrette
February 28: Tossed-to-order pasta, with a variety of sauces to choose from
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Plagued with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea? There could be several conditions causing your discomfort, such as a bug you caught from your coworker or ingested at your favorite seafood joint. Illnesses like food poisoning and gastroenteritis (often erroneously labeled “stomach flu”) typically cause little more than temporary pain and discomfort. But being able to identify the cause of your sickness can be helpful, should your condition turn serious.
Hugh Bonner, MD, a family practitioner with Saint Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware and family practitioner Timothy O’Neill, MD with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in Pontiac, Michigan have both treated their share of patients with gastrointestinal distress. Here’s what they want you to know about identifying—and treating—stomach bugs.
Save the date for the Livingston County Women’s Heath Goes Red event. Join us for a newsworthy talk with heath reporter Lila Lazarus as she discusses heart, breast, gynecological and nutritional health with St. Joe’s medical experts.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Crystal Gardens 5768 E. Grand River, Howell
Register by Feb. 20 at brightoncoc.org. For more information, contact the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce at 810-227-5086.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, has been designated a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby-Friendly USA. The designation recognizes St. Joe’s for having developed the highest breastfeeding support standards for mothers and newborns in the maternity setting.
William Coleman, a former cancer patient beloved by his many caregivers, surprised patients, staff and physicians at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor on Dec. 19.
ANN ARBOR – When William Coleman first donned his velveteen Santa Claus costume last year, he had no idea he was starting a new tradition.
Coleman, who was diagnosed two years ago with colon, bladder and prostate cancer, completed his treatments in December 2016, and visited his infusion clinic nurses last year, cancer-free.
The visit was so popular, Coleman decided to come back, this time to the newly renovated Cancer Center, to spread good cheer to patients and to thank his doctors, nurses and other caregivers. He handed out candy canes, shared words of encouragement, and posed for photos.
Santa made the rounds through the infusion clinic, IHA offices and radiation oncology, before making his final stop visiting his colorectal surgeon, Amanda McClure, MD, and nurse practitioner, Diana Rego.