Healthy Living

Computers decode brain waves to real-time text messages



People who have lost the ability to speak due to a severe disability want to get the words out. They just can’t physically do it. But in our digital age, there is now a fascinating way to overcome such profound physical limitations. Computers are being taught to decode brain waves as a person tries to speak and then interactively translate […]

Hope Healthcare offers guide for advanced lung care patients, caregivers

Hope Healthcare has released a new guide that may improve the quality of life for people living with advanced lung disease. Produced in collaboration with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation and the American Lung Association, the “Advanced Lung Care Patient and Caregiver Guide” is a helpful resource available to families at no cost. The publication contains the […]

Understanding and working to address malnutrition



Since 2007, Lee Health has conducted the Community Health Needs Assessment, or CHNA, to identify and address health disparities in Lee County. Through the CHNA, we can understand the prevalence of diseases and chronic conditions in our community, as well as access to and consumption of nutritious food, time spent being physically active and more. The most recent CHNA revealed […]

Don’t let food spoil the fun

Cleanliness and temperature are key to safe holiday meals

Whether you dine on a traditional holiday meal this year or opt for something more exotic, keep safety in mind. That starts with shopping and goes through preparing the feast and storing leftovers. The University of Florida’s Keith Schneider, a professor of food science and human nutrition, answers some frequently asked questions about holiday meals. An extended article can be […]

Lee Health experts, programs help those with diabetes



At Lee Health, we have a team of experts and a variety of programs to help people living with diabetes find support and learn how to manage and treat their condition so they can lead healthier lives. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that occurs when the body cannot produce or respond appropriately to insulin, a hormone that absorbs and […]

Can music help someone with Alzheimer’s disease?



Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away and die. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily function. As many as 5.8 million people in the U.S. were living […]

Flu season is here: A friendly reminder to get your yearly vaccine



Flu viruses can circulate throughout the year but typically increase in October and usually peak between December and February. At Lee Health, between Oct. 1 and the first week of November, we’d already seen a 118% increase in positive flu tests. Because of this significant increase in flu cases in our community, and because the flu is very contagious, we […]

For stress management, consider meditation



Meditation is a great tool for stress management and for improving one’s overall quality of life. Often in our busy lives it is hard to break the cycle of stress, but meditation is a powerful tool that can help one become more present and calmer. During meditation, you focus your attention on your breath and on quieting your thoughts that […]

Time is most critical factor for better stroke outcomes, experts say



When it comes to strokes, every second counts. Mayo Clinic experts explain how to recognize the signs of a stroke and how to reduce stroke risk. “We often say, ‘Time is brain,’ meaning the sooner we can restore blood flow to the brain, the better the outcomes will be for the patient,” says James Meschia, M.D., a neurologist at Mayo […]

LMCU’s Band Together Campaign returns

From now through November 30, Lake Michigan Credit Union is raising money to help support pediatric and kids’ care programs at 17 local hospitals across Michigan and Florida. Last year, LMCU members, staff, and its communities raised $75,000 to support local healthcare heroes during this initiative. This year, by adding additional hospitals to the campaign and capitalizing on the impact […]


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