Borgess Rheumatology adds new rheumatologist

KALAMAZOO, MI – Davi Sa Leitao, MD, has joined Borgess Rheumatology, located at 2889 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo. He is the newest member of a team which includes Timothy Swartz, MD, and mid-levels Wayne Augustyniak, PA, and Sue Wood, MS, RN, ANP-BC.

Dr. Sa Leitao comes to Borgess from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he completed a fellowship in rheumatology and clinical immunology. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Sa Leitao also has been a family physician and medical doctor for a family health program in Acarau, [...] Continue Reading…

Medical Breakthrough Helps the Disabled Walk Again

Imagine a world where those who have lost the ability to walk can actually get back on their feet again. Thanks to ReWalk Robotics (formerly Argo Medical Technologies), this world vision may not be far-fetched or too far off.

ReWalk Robotics, a global company with headquarters in the United States, Germany and Israel, develops, manufactures, and markets wearable robotic skeletons for people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body, typically caused by spinal injury or disease).

“I see hope for the future,” Marine Corps Captain Derek Herrera told the Boston Globe. “Mentally and emotionally [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Pediatrics welcomes new physician

KALAMAZOO, MI – Evan Pelc, DO, has joined Borgess ProMed Physicians Pediatrics at the Richland location.

Dr. Pelc completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a 228-bed, Level 1 pediatric trauma center in Detroit, and obtained his medical education at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.  He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Dr. Pelc is board certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program.  He holds professional memberships with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Heart Center for Excellence welcomes new cardiologist

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 – Nitin Gera, MD, MPH, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a non-invasive cardiologist.

Dr. Gera comes to Borgess from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was an advanced heart failure/transplantation fellow.  He also held a general cardiology fellowship from 2010 through 2013 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute.

Dr. Gera earned his medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  He holds a master’s [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Family Practice welcomes Rebecca Runge, DO

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess ProMed Family Practice has added Rebecca Runge, DO.  She will practice at the Galesburg, Richland and Woodbridge Hills locations.

Dr. Runge comes to Borgess ProMed Family Practice from Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., where she was chief resident in the Family Practice/OMM Residency.  She received her medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.  Dr. Runge graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience.

Dr. Runge is a candidate for board certification with the Family Medicine Board.  She holds memberships in the [...] Continue Reading…

SCiO: Like X-ray Vision, Only Better

Ever wished you could have superhero powers? SCiO may not give you the power to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but it can give you instant and affordable analysis of materials. Plus, it’s small enough to fit into the palm of your hand (or hide in the pocket of your best cape).

SCiO is a pocket-sized molecular sensor patented by Consumer Physics Inc., a startup based out of Tel Aviv, Israel. If you place SCiO’s sensor near an object and press the button for a couple of seconds, the device will instantly analyze the object’s chemical makeup and [...] Continue Reading…

New Studies Ignite Worry Over Safety of Electronic Cigarettes

In the U.S., tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths every year. While electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes have been marketed as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, new studies have recently revealed they deliver a blend of toxic chemicals into the lungs.

Currently, there are more than 250 different brands of e-cigarettes. Invented by the Chinese, e-cigarettes were first developed and marketed by the Ruyan company, which sold 300,000 of the devices in 2008.

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes, and contain no tobacco products. The nicotine they use is synthetic. The devices basically work as follows:

The [...] Continue Reading…

Could New Vaccine Outwit Breast Cancer?

For American women, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, with the exception of lung cancer. In 2013, an estimated 39,620 women in the U.S. were expected to die from breast cancer, though death rates have been declining since 1989. This reduction is believed to stem from earlier detection through screening and heightened awareness, as well as treatment advancements.

Not so long ago, the standard treatment for breast cancer was a radical mastectomy, which included removal of the breast and all the lymph nodes in the armpit and underlying muscles in the chest wall. Since [...] Continue Reading…

‘Gorgeous Borgess Babies’ are winners at the Borgess Foundation’s annual golf outing

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Borgess Golf for Health welcomed 109 golfers at Gull Lake Country Club, outside Richland, on Monday, July 21, for the Borgess Foundation’s 23rd annual golf outing.

The event raised $35,733, with proceeds from this year’s event supporting the Borgess Birthing Center.  Plans for the Borgess Birthing Center include a complete renovation of two birthing floors that involve new delivery beds, comfortable furniture for the family, special newborn cribs for all rooms, expanded lactation program, advanced technology for the neonatal unit, and new flooring and wall coverings.

“Borgess has brought an estimated 150,000 or more ‘Gorgeous Borgess’ babies into [...] Continue Reading…

Bionic Pancreas May Give New Hope to Type 1 Diabetics

Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. While only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease, to achieve optimal health and wellness, the condition demands a great deal of effort on the part of the person diagnosed, and often, his or her loved ones.
In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone needed to covert sugar, starches and other food into energy. With insulin therapy and other treatments, those who have type 1 diabetes can learn to effectively manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
Managing blood [...] Continue Reading…