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Holding her heart in her hands

After transplant surgery, a woman plans to have her diseased organ plastinated so it can serve as a teaching specimen to help others.

A likely sleep thief: The carb-heavy meal

Overconsumption of refined carbohydrates—especially foods with added sugars—could lead to insomnia.

Tobacco and vaping? Double the trouble

As if they're not bad enough on their own, dual use of these pernicious products could vastly up your risk of stroke.

The flu is gaining momentum

Sudden fever, body aches, headache, respiratory symptoms? Seek medical care promptly.

Smog—bad to the bones

Breathing polluted air causes oxidative stress and inflammation, which could lead to loss of bone mass.

Quit smoking? That means vapes, too

The e-cig industry would like you to believe their product is a safe alternative to cigarettes. It's not.

Patient Story

Lightening a heavy load

After undergoing a rare double-surgery to eliminate a blockage and restore blood flow, Marvin Lafountain is eager to resume his old life—minus the smoking habit.

Don’t let your resolutions go up in smoke

Have you decided 2020 is going to be the year to quit smoking once and for all? You’re not the only one.

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Your top stories of 2019

Get your daily dose of inspiration by exploring our most extraordinary stories of survival, miracles and medical innovation.

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‘I’m going to live’

Screening found early-stage cancer in Marty LaBrecque’s lung. After minimally invasive surgery, the former smoker is free of cancer and ready to live.

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‘And so I kept living’

Sara Riemersma overdosed on pain medication. Spectrum Health saved her life. As a paramedic, she's now paying it forward, saving other lives.

Quality air, quality health

Cuts in pollution lead to widespread improvements in human health—including fewer cases of asthma and a lower risk of heart problems.

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