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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

Mission: To inform and inspire you with health news and personal health care journeys that matter to you.

An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure: A severe sunburn in your youth can nearly double your chances of ...
05/18/2019
Stay sun smart—shun the rays

An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure: A severe sunburn in your youth can nearly double your chances of developing melanoma later in life. http://bit.ly/2Egbjiy

At the height of the day, seek shade, wear protective clothing and apply lotion that's SPF 30 or higher.

A black-legged tick poses on a leaf, waiting for an animal to brush up against it, so it may crawl on its new blood host...
05/18/2019
Tick, tick, boom!

A black-legged tick poses on a leaf, waiting for an animal to brush up against it, so it may crawl on its new blood host. http://bit.ly/2VrZiMI

Avoid the (tick) bite this year as their population expands ... your health could depend on it.

Sleep pills can produce daytime drowsiness that leads to accidents and other harmful outcomes. This has prompted the FDA...
05/17/2019
FDA amps sleeping pill scrutiny

Sleep pills can produce daytime drowsiness that leads to accidents and other harmful outcomes. This has prompted the FDA to issue new warnings on the drugs. http://bit.ly/2HobtX7

Popular medications such as Ambien and Lunesta are destined for tougher warning labels.

'It’s amazing what I can do and what I couldn’t do before.' http://bit.ly/2JLcmuC
05/17/2019
A steady hand

'It’s amazing what I can do and what I couldn’t do before.' http://bit.ly/2JLcmuC

A longtime barber overcomes essential tremor thanks to a newer, simpler approach to deep brain stimulation.

Vegetarian diets can lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency, given that animal foods are the primary source of the vitamin. ht...
05/15/2019
B12 deficiency—spot the signs

Vegetarian diets can lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency, given that animal foods are the primary source of the vitamin. http://bit.ly/2vZdIcT

Symptoms include cognitive problems, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, constipation and numbness in hands and feet.

MyHealth, a consumer tool Spectrum Health offers, lets patients take control of their health care—at their fingertips....
05/15/2019
‘Really powerful and valuable’

MyHealth, a consumer tool Spectrum Health offers, lets patients take control of their health care—at their fingertips. http://bit.ly/2W3y0Rd

Through pregnancy, an emergency C-section, pediatric appointments and a broken bone, MyHealth has been a trusted companion for this family.

An excess of relaxin can lead to some issues, which may be remedied partly by stretching and physical therapy. http://bi...
05/14/2019
Relaxin—how much is too much?

An excess of relaxin can lead to some issues, which may be remedied partly by stretching and physical therapy. http://bit.ly/2Hd2nMQ

Hormones play a formidable role all throughout pregnancy and childbirth. And sometimes it's a delicate balance.

Wait, what? Shave off 200 calories with ease. Try two caps of the ever-versatile portobello mushroom as an alternative t...
05/13/2019
Clip calories with tiny tweaks

Wait, what? Shave off 200 calories with ease. Try two caps of the ever-versatile portobello mushroom as an alternative to high-carb bread buns. http://bit.ly/2E1hSW6

Swapping a handful ingredients can trim about 200 calories from these typical meals.

7 shingles facts you need to know
05/13/2019
7 shingles facts you need to know

7 shingles facts you need to know

Expert says it’s time to get serious about shingles, the adult chickenpox with potentially long-term effects.

Did you or someone you know run the Amway River Bank Run? Congratulations to all the participants, volunteers and specta...
05/13/2019
Finish line moments

Did you or someone you know run the Amway River Bank Run? Congratulations to all the participants, volunteers and spectators—you are all winners! Take a look! #SHRBR #RBR #RiverBankRun Amway River Bank Run

Raised arms and smiles mix with a little pain as River Bank Run participants reach their finish line.

“Number one, it’s to help with medical research. Number two, I want to give back.” http://bit.ly/2VrqsIq
05/13/2019
‘They only gave me 6 to 9 months’

“Number one, it’s to help with medical research. Number two, I want to give back.” http://bit.ly/2VrqsIq

When stomachaches turned out to be the worst form of pancreatic cancer, Tricia Johnson found hope in a targeted clinical trial treatment.

Celebrating stories of mom on Mother's Day. http://bit.ly/309IAoL #MothersDay #HappyMothersDay
05/12/2019
'Beauty in the battle'

Celebrating stories of mom on Mother's Day. http://bit.ly/309IAoL #MothersDay #HappyMothersDay

Emily Rickert lost a loved one to breast cancer. Two weeks later, at age 24, she was diagnosed.

Celebrating stories of mom on Mother's Day. http://bit.ly/2PUiilY #MothersDay #HappyMothersDay
05/12/2019
'No day is a given'

Celebrating stories of mom on Mother's Day. http://bit.ly/2PUiilY #MothersDay #HappyMothersDay

A 34-year-old doctor and mom of two is battling colon cancer with a powerful social network, humor and plenty of snuggles.

Researchers suspect there may be a social stigma with snoring among women, leading some to withhold information about th...
05/12/2019
The indiscriminate snore

Researchers suspect there may be a social stigma with snoring among women, leading some to withhold information about their snoring habits. http://bit.ly/2W0tMto

Study: Women snore, too, and should take it seriously.

Celebrating Mother's Day! http://bit.ly/2PY6iQj #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay
05/12/2019
'It's God's gift'

Celebrating Mother's Day! http://bit.ly/2PY6iQj #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay

Mary Lou, Sue and Christina celebrate three generations of caring for mothers and babies.

Two sisters. Two babies. Same hospital. "Twin-cousins." http://bit.ly/2PW04R7 #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay
05/12/2019
Sibling ties, or happenstance?

Two sisters. Two babies. Same hospital. "Twin-cousins." http://bit.ly/2PW04R7 #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay

Sisters Marrea Cantillo and Liboria Mulero saw fate intervene in the births of their firstborn children. They delivered mere hours apart in the...

In later years, a social component should be a big part of your fitness plan. http://bit.ly/2VWTXBp
05/11/2019
Let age be your sage

In later years, a social component should be a big part of your fitness plan. http://bit.ly/2VWTXBp

A workout for a 20-something isn't apt to work for a Boomer. Choose a fitness plan that suits your age and lifestyle.

A test that measures the protein troponin could one day help your doctor identify if you’re at high risk of heart atta...
05/10/2019
A blood test may reveal your heart health

A test that measures the protein troponin could one day help your doctor identify if you’re at high risk of heart attack or stroke. http://bit.ly/2VhKmko

Specific proteins released by a damaged heart may help doctors quickly identify patients at high risk of heart attack and stroke.

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05/10/2019
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Hormone therapy isn’t right for everyone, but it's worth considering. Spectrum Health Beat Women's LifeStyle Magazine West Michigan Woman Pure Michigan Experience Grand Rapids Kent District Library - Richard L. Root/Kentwood Branch Kent District Library - Wyoming Branch Grand Rapids Public Library

'Everything was fine. Until it wasn’t.' #HeartHealth #FridayInspiration http://bit.ly/2Q2puMY
05/10/2019
4 before 40

'Everything was fine. Until it wasn’t.' #HeartHealth #FridayInspiration http://bit.ly/2Q2puMY

Jeremy VerVeer suffered his first heart attack at age 25. He then survived three more by age 38.

The Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine Team talks protein and carbohydrates to the Amway River Bank Run Road Warriors. Do...
05/09/2019
Running on empty?

The Spectrum Health Culinary Medicine Team talks protein and carbohydrates to the Amway River Bank Run Road Warriors. Download healthy recipes and sign up for hands-on classes. http://bit.ly/2JsgMWQ

Whole foods can fix that.

Research suggests antibiotic use be kept to as short a period as possible, given the potentially adverse effects of prol...
05/08/2019
Could antibiotics up heart disease risk?

Research suggests antibiotic use be kept to as short a period as possible, given the potentially adverse effects of prolonged use. http://bit.ly/2vNsOSN

Researchers find women 60 and older are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke if they used antibiotics for two months or longer.

Propionate is a preservative commonly found in breads and other manufactured foods. Researchers are trying to pin down t...
05/07/2019
Subtract the additive

Propionate is a preservative commonly found in breads and other manufactured foods. Researchers are trying to pin down the effects on humans, but in animal trials the ingredient led to weight gain. http://bit.ly/2Y6YjDx

Propionate, a common additive in breads and baked goods, may trigger a metabolic response linked to obesity and diabetes.

With exercise and weight loss come a healthier blood vessel system—lowering the chance of dementia, stroke and heart a...
05/07/2019
Run your way to your best self

With exercise and weight loss come a healthier blood vessel system—lowering the chance of dementia, stroke and heart attack. http://bit.ly/2GXURp5 Want to run a 5K, 10K or 25K? Set a goal and make a plan for how to achieve it. #SHRBR #RBR #RiverBankRun

One woman changes her life, look and longevity by focusing on one important goal.

Ginger is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, but its most salient property is gingerol, an antib...
05/06/2019
Your health digs ginger

Ginger is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, but its most salient property is gingerol, an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. http://bit.ly/2ZT6moT

Rich in essential minerals, this zesty root can enliven salad dressings, teas and a host of other recipes.

“Walking, speaking, we don’t realize it’s a gift from God.” http://bit.ly/2LxsbaP
05/06/2019
‘Jemima is a miracle’

“Walking, speaking, we don’t realize it’s a gift from God.” http://bit.ly/2LxsbaP

Most babies with trisomy 18 never make it to birth. Those who do typically die shortly thereafter. This toddler is blasting the odds.

Children are increasingly specializing in just one sport, such as basketball, a more popular choice among youth. It’s ...
05/05/2019
The single-sport scourge

Children are increasingly specializing in just one sport, such as basketball, a more popular choice among youth. It’s leading to a rise in burnout and injuries. http://bit.ly/2IVp6in

Nearly 3 in 4 young athletes specialize in just one sport as early as age 7, upping their risk of burnout and injury.

Pay attention to bone health, particularly if you have limited mobility. http://bit.ly/2H0m5LO
05/04/2019
The hidden fallout of stroke

Pay attention to bone health, particularly if you have limited mobility. http://bit.ly/2H0m5LO

The limited mobility of stroke survivors puts them at increased risk of osteoporosis, broken bones and falls—but most are never screened for these...

Electronic cigarette products play host to bacterial toxins and fungi that have unknown effects on the growing number of...
05/03/2019
There’s bacteria in that vape

Electronic cigarette products play host to bacterial toxins and fungi that have unknown effects on the growing number of people who use these items. http://bit.ly/2WjCSi7

A scientific review of 75 electronic cigarette products finds most are contaminated with germs.

'I have a different relationship with food now.' http://bit.ly/2Y2rw29
05/03/2019
Heart on the line

'I have a different relationship with food now.' http://bit.ly/2Y2rw29

After bariatric surgery, Jaclyn Folkema is finally able to run, swim and play with her 9-year-old daughter.

Pasta made from zucchini noodles—zoodles, as they’re called—has about a quarter of the calories you’d find in re...
05/02/2019
Noodle your veggies

Pasta made from zucchini noodles—zoodles, as they’re called—has about a quarter of the calories you’d find in regular noodles. http://bit.ly/2vyLPbn

Turn carrots, zucchini and other low-calorie, high-fiber garden treats into the perfect pasta dishes.

One step at a time. Finding strength through running. http://bit.ly/2PIh3Gv Who and what motivates you to run? Get that ...
05/02/2019
Run for joy, run through grief

One step at a time. Finding strength through running. http://bit.ly/2PIh3Gv Who and what motivates you to run? Get that extra boost of inspiration! Sign up for the River Bank Run today! http://bit.ly/2vvqU9g #SHRBR

Jennifer Millard embraced an active lifestyle―and found emotional and spiritual strength after tragedy struck her family.

Your months as an expectant mom should involve ample time preparing mentally as much as physically. http://bit.ly/2PFDFr...
05/02/2019
Ready for the 5 P's?

Your months as an expectant mom should involve ample time preparing mentally as much as physically. http://bit.ly/2PFDFr9

Try this fresh perspective on pregnancy and childbirth to help you prepare for labor and delivery.

HPV—one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases—has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease...
05/01/2019
Research links HPV to heart disease

HPV—one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases—has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
http://bit.ly/2PMqW65

Mounting evidence indicates the most common sexually transmitted virus is likely tied to a higher risk of stroke and heart problems.

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