Author:

Zinta Aistars

Zinta Aistars is a bilingual writer in English and Latvian. She has three books published in the Latvian language and is currently at work on a fourth, this time in English. Zinta is a regularly contributing writer for many local and regional publications. She is the host and producer of the weekly radio show, Art Beat, at WMUK 102.1 FM, the NPR affiliate station in Southwest Michigan. Zinta is a former employee of Spectrum Health, working in marketing and communications as a writer and editor, and she is pleased to continue writing health care stories since becoming a full-time freelance writer.

Posts from Zinta Aistars

‘Look for that meaningful moment’

With today's youth facing a 'tsunami' of mental health challenges, parents and caregivers must learn to recognize the signs—and know how to help.

Patient Story

Therapy on the slopes

When Kyle Kelly injured his knee, he made no plans to slow down. With help from his physical therapist, he set out for a world record.

Patient Story

On the move

Chronic pain had long hampered Jim Houseman's active lifestyle—until he found a new treatment plan.

Build a healthy brain—at any age

Lifestyle changes and brain-boosting activities can help bolster cognitive health well into your later years.

Patient Story

‘Catch me if I fall’

For Tim Brouwer, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis felt devastating—but it also opened him to a world of hope and kindness.

Patient Story

Small babies, big blessings

Every day mattered to improve the odds for two tiny twin newborns—and they're now thriving.

Patient Story

In the footsteps of caregivers

At 13, Sarah Conway lost her leg to cancer. Now a student in college, she's chosen a career in medicine.

Patient Story

‘I just wanted to live’

Paul Hitts struggled with the effects of COPD for years—and then a specialized treatment breathed new air into his lungs.

Patient Story

Giant hope for Junior

A mother's instinct, a top-notch medical team and music therapists guide a little boy through neurological troubles.

Patient Story

‘This is a miracle’

Lou Coleman suffered worsening symptoms of Parkinson’s for years—and then doctors offered a life-changing treatment.

Patient Story

‘We celebrate every milestone’

For a Michigan couple eager to help their son, genetics research is lighting the path ahead.

Patient Story

‘A gift from God’

Rick Freehafer coped with essential tremor most of his life. Then he learned about a procedure—and a team—that could set things right.