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Get your daily dose of inspiration at Health Beat. Health Beat is dedicated to bringing you the health news that matters to you. Our seasoned health care writers share information about the latest developments in the health care world, and feature the amazing health care journeys of patients from around the world. Health Beat takes readers behind the scenes to learn about the science of medicine and the latest innovative treatment options. We’ll inspire you with stories about our patients’ personal health care triumphs, and inform you with the latest health news you can use. Health Beat is the news service of Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 779,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition. Spectrum Health’s common mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve. Health Beat shares that mission and envisions becoming your go-to source for health care news. If you have suggestions or questions about Health Beat and our offerings, please send us an email at [email protected]. We welcome your feedback. . Disclaimer: The information on this page is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical health professional with any questions regarding your medical condition. Don’t ignore medical advice because of something you may read here. Please do not share personal health information on this page. You may read our full Terms of Use here: http://www.spectrumhealth.org/TermsofUse

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Seasonal changes are a good time to add something new to your workout. It could be something as simple as a social compo...
11/20/2019
'Tis the season to fashion your fitness

Seasonal changes are a good time to add something new to your workout. It could be something as simple as a social component or new equipment. http://bit.ly/2OtSdd8

Every few months, tweak your workout by introducing new activities that fit the weather.

On November 7, a new installation in Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion’s lobby was unveiled to 200 patients, caregivers, fam...
11/20/2019

On November 7, a new installation in Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion’s lobby was unveiled to 200 patients, caregivers, family members, and health care team members. The installation is an art piece composed of 25 patient photos. The piece showcases incredible photos of people facing their cancer battles with extraordinary bravery, therefore, called, Inspired Journeys. The photos accompany patient stories showcased on Health Beat which inspires readers with personal stories of people navigating their health care journeys.

Dr. Anas Al-Janadi, Chief of Oncology for Spectrum Health was able to address the audience during the unveiling with his excitement for this new installation, “We are humbled and honored to be able to share with you something we are very excited about. This evening is dedicated to recognizing all of you that have been a voice among many by sharing your story and those that have been supportive throughout these journeys.”

The night was filled with gratitude for many individuals in attendance. Survivors were able to connect with their physicians that helped them through their difficult battle. Family members and nurses were able to remember loved ones and reminisce on memories made with their care teams. The Health Beat journalists and photographers were able to connect with patients to relive stories of triumph and bravery.

Mary Kay VanDriel, Vice President of Cancer Health for Spectrum Health was able to share some thoughts on what this piece means to the team at Spectrum Health Cancer Center, “We are amazed every day to see the strength, courage, and perseverance of every individual that walks through the doors here at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. It is one thing to battle cancer but on top of that, to be vulnerable enough to share your story with others takes someone very special. We hope that this piece inspires hope and makes each patient feel like there is a sense of support here at Spectrum Health Cancer Center when they walk through those lobby doors. Whether it is through the care we provide, the resources we offer, or team that you interact with.”

As the big moment approached and everyone gathered for the unveiling of the piece, attendees were able to see a collage of photos that are truly remarkable. "Looking at this piece, you don’t see cancer. You see a veteran, an artist, a firefighter, a musician, a new wife, a dog lover, a grandma, a mother, a friend. Everyone highlighted in this piece is so much more than a diagnosis. Cancer does not define us. It may cause changes, but it doesn’t change identity. These are not just patients, they are people. Everyday heroes."

On November 7, a new installation in Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion’s lobby was unveiled to 200 patients, caregivers, family members, and health care team members. The installation is an art piece composed of 25 patient photos. The piece showcases incredible photos of people facing their cancer battles with extraordinary bravery, therefore, called, Inspired Journeys. The photos accompany patient stories showcased on Health Beat which inspires readers with personal stories of people navigating their health care journeys.

Dr. Anas Al-Janadi, Chief of Oncology for Spectrum Health was able to address the audience during the unveiling with his excitement for this new installation, “We are humbled and honored to be able to share with you something we are very excited about. This evening is dedicated to recognizing all of you that have been a voice among many by sharing your story and those that have been supportive throughout these journeys.”

The night was filled with gratitude for many individuals in attendance. Survivors were able to connect with their physicians that helped them through their difficult battle. Family members and nurses were able to remember loved ones and reminisce on memories made with their care teams. The Health Beat journalists and photographers were able to connect with patients to relive stories of triumph and bravery.

Mary Kay VanDriel, Vice President of Cancer Health for Spectrum Health was able to share some thoughts on what this piece means to the team at Spectrum Health Cancer Center, “We are amazed every day to see the strength, courage, and perseverance of every individual that walks through the doors here at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. It is one thing to battle cancer but on top of that, to be vulnerable enough to share your story with others takes someone very special. We hope that this piece inspires hope and makes each patient feel like there is a sense of support here at Spectrum Health Cancer Center when they walk through those lobby doors. Whether it is through the care we provide, the resources we offer, or team that you interact with.”

As the big moment approached and everyone gathered for the unveiling of the piece, attendees were able to see a collage of photos that are truly remarkable. "Looking at this piece, you don’t see cancer. You see a veteran, an artist, a firefighter, a musician, a new wife, a dog lover, a grandma, a mother, a friend. Everyone highlighted in this piece is so much more than a diagnosis. Cancer does not define us. It may cause changes, but it doesn’t change identity. These are not just patients, they are people. Everyday heroes."

Doctors delivered the diagnosis: burst aneurysm. http://bit.ly/2XvCUow
11/20/2019
Healthy and grateful

Doctors delivered the diagnosis: burst aneurysm. http://bit.ly/2XvCUow

During a trip to her Michigan cottage, a burst aneurysm lands a Dallas woman in the emergency department. Two surgeries later and she's up and...

Omega-3 supplements might deliver some benefit, but researchers have long touted the superiority of natural sources such...
11/17/2019
Heart patients, meet Omega-3s

Omega-3 supplements might deliver some benefit, but researchers have long touted the superiority of natural sources such as fish and nuts. http://bit.ly/352QzWz

Healthy fatty acids may deliver a brain power boost.

The time to start prepping for skiing is yesterday. Prepare your core, muscles and joints for the rigors of skiing and y...
11/17/2019
Avoid skiing injuries by training now

The time to start prepping for skiing is yesterday. Prepare your core, muscles and joints for the rigors of skiing and you’re less likely to injure yourself. http://bit.ly/2Kn6eI7

Preparing in advance can lead to a safer winter on the slopes.

Americans rank sleep as a top priority—but they still lose out amid binges on TV, video games and other diversions. http...
11/16/2019
9 in 10 lose sleep to binges

Americans rank sleep as a top priority—but they still lose out amid binges on TV, video games and other diversions. http://bit.ly/2CLlnij

Television, video games and endless other distractions are stealing away our slumber.

Take an important step toward a healthier life. Call 616.267.2626, option 4 to find out class schedules for free smoking...
11/15/2019
Quit smoking now: Benefits and tips

Take an important step toward a healthier life. Call 616.267.2626, option 4 to find out class schedules for free smoking cessation classes. http://bit.ly/32oqS0P #GreatAmericanSmokeout

There are more former smokers today than smokers. Quitting improves your health and extends your life!

The week in photos—A selection of extraordinary photographs featuring our valiant patients at Spectrum Health this week.
11/15/2019

The week in photos—A selection of extraordinary photographs featuring our valiant patients at Spectrum Health this week.

Growing uncertainty about health, safety, finances and politics is a source of stress for many, researchers have found. ...
11/15/2019
Survey: Americans are stressed

Growing uncertainty about health, safety, finances and politics is a source of stress for many, researchers have found. http://bit.ly/356Rgyc

Health care, politics and societal violence are the issues most likely to instigate feelings of distress.

'Light at the edge of the forest.' http://bit.ly/34UF7w6 #AmericanDiabetesMonth
11/15/2019
‘A small, big miracle’

'Light at the edge of the forest.' http://bit.ly/34UF7w6 #AmericanDiabetesMonth

Hurtling down the road to amputation, a funeral director undergoes a last-ditch endovascular intervention to save his leg.

Helping others survive diabetes http://bit.ly/2QjvBhX #WorldDiabetesDay
11/15/2019
'She was near death'

Helping others survive diabetes http://bit.ly/2QjvBhX #WorldDiabetesDay

Charlotte Drinkall almost died on a family vacation. After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, her life completely changed.

Among Vietnam veterans, combat-related diabetes passed post-traumatic stress disorder as the No. 1 cause for disability ...
11/14/2019
Surviving Vietnam, Agent Orange and diabetes

Among Vietnam veterans, combat-related diabetes passed post-traumatic stress disorder as the No. 1 cause for disability payments to Vietnam veterans eight years ago. http://bit.ly/2CCRAbP #WorldDiabetesDay #AmericanDiabetesMonth #HonoringVeterans

'I worked myself all the way up to eight insulin shots a day,' noted a veteran who has since turned his health care journey upside down.

A new prediction model could help doctors identify and proactively treat patients most at risk for kidney disease. http:...
11/14/2019
Equation predicts kidney disease odds

A new prediction model could help doctors identify and proactively treat patients most at risk for kidney disease. http://bit.ly/33PhNj0

New approach could help physicians accurately determine which patients are likely to develop life-threatening conditions.

While the biological processes are still a bit murky, researchers suspect a proper night’s rest gives your brain a chanc...
11/13/2019
Deep sleep—cleansing for the brain

While the biological processes are still a bit murky, researchers suspect a proper night’s rest gives your brain a chance to rid itself of toxic molecules. http://bit.ly/2X9Thqs

A good, long snooze allows your brain to purge waste products such as beta-amyloid, a protein associated with dementia.

Antibiotics are an important weapon in the fight against bacteria, but they should be used in moderation. http://bit.ly/...
11/12/2019
Antibiotics 101

Antibiotics are an important weapon in the fight against bacteria, but they should be used in moderation. http://bit.ly/36HQtW4 #AntibioticAwarenessWeek

A brief history and a primer on why they're so important.

Based on a recent survey of Americans, there’s a clear need for stronger public education on the topic of cancer. http:/...
11/12/2019
Survey: Many fear cancer, but feel powerless

Based on a recent survey of Americans, there’s a clear need for stronger public education on the topic of cancer. http://bit.ly/2O4jhzx

More than half of Americans say they're concerned about developing cancer—and 1 in 4 believe there's nothing they can do to prevent it.

11/12/2019
Spectrum Health

It's an honor to reveal our new art piece on display at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. This piece features 25 stories of brave cancer fighters facing their cancer battles with extraordinary bravery and accompanies stories showcased on Spectrum Health Beat.

It's time to unveil our new art piece featured at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion! This piece features 25 photos of people facing their cancer battles with extraordinary bravery and accompany stories showcased on Spectrum Health’s consumer publication, Health Beat.

Stay tuned to learn more!

Women will account for 65 percent of the projected 13 million people suffering from dementia by 2040. http://bit.ly/2NvW...
11/11/2019
Study: Dementia crisis looms

Women will account for 65 percent of the projected 13 million people suffering from dementia by 2040. http://bit.ly/2NvWNbs

By 2040 more than 13 million people will have dementia—about 1 in 3 people over age 85.

“I can’t say how important it is to get that annual checkup,” he said. “Get those lung screenings, be honest with your d...
11/11/2019
The vestiges of war

“I can’t say how important it is to get that annual checkup,” he said. “Get those lung screenings, be honest with your doctor and follow your doctor’s advice.” http://bit.ly/36IgQeh #VeteransDay

Vietnam veteran Patrick Wilson, a former smoker, underwent surgery for lung cancer—only to learn he had an enlarged aorta, too.

Dry powder inhalers and aqueous mist inhalers can help reduce a user’s carbon footprint, according to researchers. http:...
11/10/2019
Is your inhaler eco-friendly?

Dry powder inhalers and aqueous mist inhalers can help reduce a user’s carbon footprint, according to researchers. http://bit.ly/2pTwwuJ

Researchers say greener alternatives can reduce the user's carbon footprint, delivering as much benefit as recycling or cutting out meat.

If you want to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner with healthier, tastier options, aim for plant-based whole foods and gl...
11/10/2019
9 tips to a gluten-free Thanksgiving

If you want to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner with healthier, tastier options, aim for plant-based whole foods and gluten-free ingredients. http://bit.ly/2CpJMd9

There's a whole lot of natural goodness to be had in plant-based whole foods.

“When I get up in the morning, I give thanks,” Day said. “I always give thanks because it could be worse.” http://bit.ly...
11/09/2019
'I give thanks'

“When I get up in the morning, I give thanks,” Day said. “I always give thanks because it could be worse.” http://bit.ly/34d1r3M #NationalDiabetesHeartConnectionDay #CoreHealth #Thankful #GiveThanks

A free health program aims to help John Earl Day Jr., 54, find a path out of homelessness—and back to good health.

Non-medical issues such as poverty, poor education and income inequality likely contribute to problems such as suicide a...
11/09/2019
Report: America’s health outlook worsens

Non-medical issues such as poverty, poor education and income inequality likely contribute to problems such as suicide and drug addiction. http://bit.ly/2K3J0a2

Deaths from drug abuse and suicide—particularly among young people—are fueling a bleak life expectancy forecast.

Used as a bread-dipping sauce in place of butter, olive oil can ax calories while adding substantial health benefits. ht...
11/09/2019
The wonders of EVOO

Used as a bread-dipping sauce in place of butter, olive oil can ax calories while adding substantial health benefits. http://bit.ly/33vLyW8

A dietitian explores the many health benefits olive oil brings to your meals.

Homemade meals offer the best opportunity to control salt content. http://bit.ly/2Q2h6if
11/08/2019
The trouble with salt

Homemade meals offer the best opportunity to control salt content. http://bit.ly/2Q2h6if

Too much sodium reduces thirst, which causes overeating, weight gain and a variety of ailments.

By looking at the week’s weather forecast, people with chronic pain can better determine when to tackle physically deman...
11/07/2019
Feeling under the weather?

By looking at the week’s weather forecast, people with chronic pain can better determine when to tackle physically demanding projects. http://bit.ly/34FoILP

Study finds humid and windy days may indeed exacerbate symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and other types of pain.

Epidurals are often effective in combating labor pain, but they do have their downsides. Consequently, moms would be wis...
11/07/2019
Epidurals—the upsides and downsides

Epidurals are often effective in combating labor pain, but they do have their downsides. Consequently, moms would be wise to have a backup plan for pain management. http://bit.ly/34D3u0Z

It's often one of the most effective ways to manage pain during labor—but is it the best option for you?

“They made me feel like I have some control over my life again.” http://bit.ly/2NmiiLY
11/06/2019
Back in control

“They made me feel like I have some control over my life again.” http://bit.ly/2NmiiLY

Joetta Harris felt helpless battling her worsening health amid the rigors of life. A pair of specialists from a free community health program...

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