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Patient Story

‘My December miracle’

A 21-year-old college student battles back from a stroke and returns to the hospital a year later to thank the team who saved her life.

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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.

Live and age better with others

Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies but also our brains. The people most satisfied in their relationships at age 50 are the healthiest at age 80.

How to keep cancer at bay

Did you know that nearly half of all cancer deaths are attributed to factors you can modify?

Breast cancer—early detection is key

Doctors can help save lives when they know the risk factors involved—and early detection is the best starting point.

Neurological disorder? Consider a virtual visit

Remote video conferencing with a doctor may be a particularly effective and affordable option.

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‘We’re not made of glass’

Swimming in the World Transplant Games lets Fred Nelis test his limits.

Apple Watch—a makeshift electrocardiogram?

Heart rhythm data from high-tech wearables could provide enough information to diagnose a heart attack.

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‘This will be life-changing for her’

Susan prayed every night for two years someone would come to her orphanage in Myanmar and offer the surgery she needed to speak clearly.

3 tips to sleep soundly

If you're scrolling social media or on-demand videos at bedtime, you're already doing it wrong.

Yoga, a lasting depression treatment

The trick: You have to commit to it at least twice a week to see results, study finds.

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