Women's Health

Pregnant on Birth Control?

Oral contraceptives, condoms, intrauterine devices and other forms of birth control are highly effective. But even the best prevention methods fail sometimes – no matter how careful you are. Just ask the thousands of women who find themselves pregnant while on birth control. According to Phillis Mims-Gillum, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist …

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Understanding Your Health
What is Sinusitis?

What is Sinusitis?

In Michigan, allergies can strike year-round. But if you’re finding your symptoms are constant, or don’t get better with medication, you could have something worse (and potentially much more serious). Sinusitis, an underlying condition caused by inflammation of the sinuses and nasal cavity, could be to blame for your allergy-like …

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Healthy Summer
Staying Healthy and Safe at the Beach

Staying Healthy and Safe at the Beach

While summer beach days conjure images of blue skies, warm sunshine and lazy days watching waves lap at the shore, the beach also poses significant risks. Leaving food out in the hot sun can cause spoilage and sometimes gastrointestinal infections. Staying in a wet bathing suit increases your risk of …

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Understanding Your Health
Is it a Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?

Is it a Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

Any unusual sensation in the heart is frightening. Suddenly you feel an intense pressure on your chest, or you experience irregular heart palpitations. Maybe you even feel sweaty and dizzy, or suffer from shortness of breath. What is happening? Are you in the midst of a heart attack, or has …

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Raising Healthy Kids
The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

Some stress is simply unavoidable in modern life, even for children. Learning to successfully cope with stress is an important part of growing up. However, when stress becomes too extreme or goes on for an extended period of time, it forms what is known as “toxic stress response” in children. …

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Understanding Your Health
5 Tips for Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

5 Tips to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

The kidneys act like your body’s personal garbage collectors. Every day, these two bean-shaped organs, which sit just below your rib cage on either side of your spine, filter about 55 gallons of blood daily to sift out about two quarts of waste products and excess water. Anita Patel, M.D., …

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Coping with Cancer
Overcoming Anxiety as a Cancer Survivor

Overcoming the Anxiety as a Cancer Survivor

From an initial diagnosis to treatments, recovery and beyond, cancer is an anxiety-filled journey from start to finish. And for many, that fear and anxiety doesn’t easily go away once a clean bill of health is received. “Once people are cancer-free, that anxiety doesn’t just stop,” says Michael Ryan, Psy.D, …

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Healthy Summer

Heading Outdoors? Watch Out for Ticks

As the weather warms up, people head outdoors and into the woods. Ticks, too, who live in the great outdoors, often lurk surprisingly close to home – in brush, woodpiles and freshly mowed lawn. Ticks carry myriad diseases, including Lyme, Bartonella and Babesia. Each of these (and others) can cause …

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Prioritizing Self-Care

6 Strategies for Coping with Change

Change is inevitable. You’ll inherit new responsibilities at work, your marriage may go through trials and your roles in life will shift. Even positive changes – a promotion, birth/adoption or new home – can cause inner turmoil. From personal shifts to a changing political climate, adjusting to a new normal …

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Preventing Illness

8 Surprising Facts About UTIs

Across all age groups, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, they account for more than 8 million healthcare provider visits each year. While different people may experience different symptoms, the most common include: A frequent and …

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