Understanding Your Heart
An image of a 3D printed heart, used in a structural heart disease procedure

What Is Structural Heart Disease?

The human heart is a marvel – a magnificent structure that functions to pump blood through our bodies, supplying oxygen and other nutrition to our tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other waste. Any time an abnormality or defect weakens the heart’s structure – its walls, valves and muscles – …

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Pregnancy & Birth
woman in childbirth, experiencing labor pain

Managing Labor Pain: 5 Q’s for a Labor & Delivery Nurse

Labor pain is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t been through it. But you should know, they sure don’t call it labor because it is easy. “For most women, going through labor is probably the worst pain you’ll experience in your life,” says Rebecca Peterson, RN, a labor and …

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea: 5 Alternatives to CPAP

For an activity humans do every night, sleeping can be a difficult routine to master. But for many people — especially chronic snorers or those with sleep apnea — getting an adequate night’s rest presents an even greater challenge. The most common fix: a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. …

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Managing Stress

Can Clearing Out Clutter Boost Your Mental Health?

Marie Kondo has received a lot of attention in recent months with her conviction that clearing out clutter can somehow clean up your life. The gist: Purge the items you don’t use regularly and only hang on to the things that “spark joy.” It might sound gimmicky, but a growing …

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Supporting New Parents

Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression: How to Tell the Difference

The event of becoming a mother should be nothing but a joyous one, but the excitement of having a new baby can be overshadowed by feelings of sadness and mood swings. Many new moms experience these feelings shortly after giving birth, which are often referred to as the ‘baby blues.’ …

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Understanding Your Body

Eye Floaters: What Are They and Should You Be Concerned?

When you notice little spots floating across your vision, it can be unnerving. “What causes this?” “Will it go away?” “Should I worry?” Eye floaters, also known as eye spots, are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or cobwebs within the eye. They move as the eye moves, making it difficult …

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Men's Health
How to Ask Awkward Questions about men's health

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Awkward Men’s Health Issues

Talking about sensitive topics doesn’t come easily to every guy. When the conversation centers on health — especially when chatting with a doctor — many men become even more reluctant to speak up. But according to Ali Dabaja, M.D., a urologist and men’s health expert at Henry Ford Health System, …

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Integrative Therapies

Reiki: Your Questions Answered

Reiki is a type of complementary healing therapy that originated in Japan. More recently, it has become popular in the United States, particularly for patients who are seeking a gentle healing therapy that doesn’t require medication. “Practitioners believe reiki can benefit almost anyone,” says Kathryn Glad, LMT, a licensed massage …

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Medication Safety

Empty That Medicine Cabinet: Safe Medication Storage Tips

Modern medications can remedy a range of ailments — from reducing the symptoms of the common cold to regulating blood pressure or making chronic pain manageable. Taken as directed or prescribed, they can help us enjoy better health and an improved quality of life. To ensure your medicines can work …

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Understanding Heart Risk

Can A Coronary Calcium Scan Save Your Life?

What if there was a way to predict your risk of a heart attack? Would you be more willing to make changes to your lifestyle if you had better insight on your current heart condition? Fortunately, if you have certain health issues that could put you at risk of a …

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