Tips to stay active all winter

Dust off your running shoes and don your jacket—a little physicality is the best way to ward off midwinter miseries.

Vaping could re-shape DNA

Chemical changes seen in cancer patients are also found in people who vape or smoke.

10 things you never knew about folic acid

Although it’s not the fountain of youth or a magic elixir, this B vitamin has surprising ties to disease, aging and mental state.

Gear up for wintertime fun

The right equipment, warm clothes and firm rules will keep your snow-loving youngsters safe and happy.

Patient Story

‘This is a gift’

Thanks to a mechanical heart pump, Sherri Kanten is living life to the fullest.

Chest radiation can tax the heart

During therapy and long afterward, a commitment to physical activity could be the best way to improve quality of life.

Got a cold or trying to avoid one?

Zinc and vitamin C might offer relief (and maybe prevention), but you're better off focusing on a balanced diet.

Child drug poisoning—an adult problem

Thousands of kids are sent to emergency room each year because parents or grandparents failed to properly secure medications.

Patient Story

‘I realized I had to take care of myself’

Nancy Wolters learned the hard way that preventive care is crucial after she put her own health on the back burner to take care of her family.

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Life for Lilly

The special package, flown in express from Europe, is a ‘bag of life’ for Lilly who’s undergoing a bone marrow transplant thanks to a stranger’s heartfelt donation. In this special Health Beat series, Lilly takes us through her journey as a way of promoting the gift of life.

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Humans of Spectrum Health

Who are the people behind the lab coats, scrubs and name badges? What experiences have made them who they are today? This series shows the human side of the caregivers who are proud to call Spectrum Health their work home.

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Smile, baby!

A pediatric plastic surgeon pioneers a technique to repair cleft palates that leads to better speech and jaw development for children.

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