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Alyssa Allen

Alyssa Allen has worked in the communications industry for 20 years, starting as a newspaper reporter and then moving into marketing and public relations. Now, as a writer and editor, she loves to tell stories about interesting people and ideas. You might spot her around Grand Rapids with her husband and two children. They are hard to miss since they all have red hair. When she’s not keeping up with her kids, she enjoys reading, walking around her neighborhood and exploring West Michigan.

Alyssa Allen

Posts from Alyssa Allen

Patient Story

‘It changed my whole world’

After suffering years of debilitating seizures, a mother finds hope in a team of doctors and regains life after brain surgery.

Study: Cranberry juice won’t prevent urinary tract infections

Data behind recommendation has always been mixed, doctors say.

Leaking is not an option

A host of treatments are available to help women overcome stress incontinence.

Listen to your heart, ladies

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women—but warning signs can often be ambiguous.

Patient Story

‘Witnessing a miracle’

At 3 months old, Calvin Monroe's heart stopped beating. It regained its rhythm thanks to people and place, timing and technology.

Think you might have a food addiction?

There’s help available to conquer cravings—once and for all.

Patient Story

Double the love

Best friends have babies the same morning in the same hospital.

Lipoprotein(a): What is it and should yours be checked?

If you have a family history of heart disease, talk with your doctor about this little-known type of cholesterol.

Patient Story

For kids, a ‘judgment-free zone’

A special team shows that openness, honesty and acceptance go a long way in helping youngsters achieve optimal health.

Patient Story

PT helps Ironman test his mettle

At age 56, Kevin Rupp aims to compete in triathlons as long as his body will let him.

¡Ponte el abrigo; te va a dar un resfrío!

¿O será cierto? Los médicos ayudan a los padres a navegar esa añeja batalla.

This year’s lone option: Flu shot

There’s still plenty of time to get your flu shot—but don't expect to get the nasal mist.