The science of shape

Researchers are quickly demystifying the genetic characteristics that factor into body shape and weight-related disease development.

Is your GI tract on track?

Complementary and alternative therapies may help common digestive ailments.

The first step in every recipe

Hand-washing and safe food handling are hallmarks of a conscientious cook who knows what's at stake in a bacteria-laden world.

Exercise isn’t an excuse to pig-out

Working out doesn't go as far as you might think. Be ever mindful of quantity and quality.

Patient Story

An unwelcome ‘pop’

Surgery to repair a prolapsed bladder puts active Northern Michigan 60-year-old back on the road to adventure.

Lose fast, lose slow

Researchers say the rate at which you shed pounds may matter little—your body will reap the rewards either way.

Patient Story

‘I was going every hour on the hour’

Mary Matzen has dealt with an overactive bladder all her life. With nerve stimulation treatment, she finally found relief from those incessant bathroom visits.

BMI, meet DNA

New research buttresses the understanding that genetics plays an outsized role in determining a person's success with weight loss.

Power of the sweet potato

This superfood is a weapon against weight gain, belly fat and diabetes.

Anti-inflammatory foods are your friends

A proper diet and regular exercise are the surest ways to reduce your risks for cancer and chronic diseases.

The burdens of bread

In an increasingly gluten-sensitive, carb-conscious world, bread is getting a tough rap—and it's not often warranted.

The downside to yo-yo diets

Losing and regaining weight isn’t just demoralizing, it’s dangerous. There are better options for you.

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