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Battling Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women

Champion For Children

Dr. Mona gained fame as a ‘water warrior,’ but her long-term crusade is fixing all of Flint’s social ills

Clearing The Air

Living in Wayne County’s polluted ZIP codes has been linked to asthma and other health conditions, but activists and policymakers — and even some industries — are working to address regional environmental issues

Curing Implicit Bias

How thoughts and perceptions health care providers unconsciously harbor can affect health care for minorities — and what can be done about it

The Gateway Drug

Officials say the increase in heroin addiction is linked to the proliferation of highly addictive painkillers that are overprescribed.

Green Cuisine

Local cardiologist brings vision for healthy and delicious plant-based food, craft cocktails to downtown Ferndale.

The Quest for a Family

New techniques and research offer advanced fertility options for prospective parents.

Wellness Over Weight Loss

A poor understanding of diet and exercise can lead to a cyclic pattern of acting upon myths.

Sign In or Log Out?

Experts weigh in on all the pokes, posts, and pictures that make up social media.

Caregiving Canines

Man’s best friend can also play an important role in health care.

When to Scale Back

Frequent self-weighing by teens could be a signal they’re struggling with depression.

Hot Treatment

As more extreme cold therapy centers open in metro Detroit, clients turn to cryotherapy for everything from aches and pains from a workout to improving their mood.

Color Me Happy

Adult coloring books offer a low barrier of entry to creative expression, relieve stress.

When Roles Reverse

As Michigan’s aging population grows, so does the number of adults caring for their parents.

Accessing Care for Autism

New Medicaid age extension and progress in Michigan give parents relief.

Top Chiropractors 2016

Infection Fighters

Hand-held detection device puts a pair of Wayne State doctors on the verge of a major medical breakthrough.

From a Dark Place

After losing his sight, an artist’s journey to reinvent his life is a lesson in overcoming obstacles

Erasing the Past

In southwest Detroit, a tattoo removal program helps former gang members leave stigma behind

Life in the Cadaver Lab

For future doctors, Wayne State University’s body bequest program isn’t all about death — it’s about learning the science of healing

Running for Her Life

Founder of Rock CF nonprofit fights back against genetic lung disease


Having ‘The Conversation’

End-of-life-care issues are becoming part of the national dialogue

Extremely Personal Choices

More women opt for a double mastectomy, but does it really prevent anything?

Life-Changing Decisions

The list containing the winners and the accompanying medical stories featured in the 2015 Top Docs issue.

Road to Recovery

Whether they find solace in 12-step programs or a different approach, former addicts find their own paths

The Battle Within

On the outside, lupus patients may appear fine, but on the inside, they are in pain.

Work Time Workouts

Chained to your chair? Here are some ideas to get fit while at the office.

A Philosophical Debate Sharpens

Michigan, which has some of the nation’s highest nonmedical vaccine exemption rates, adds new rule for parents seeking waivers for kids as other states take more radical steps.

A New Hope for Depression?

Emerging magnet-based therapy can help patients with mild to moderate cases who don’t respond well to medication

Health Checkup

With the glut of information on TV and the Web, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction. How well does your medical knowledge stack up?

Emotional Needs

Men with prostate cancer share stories dealing with the mental side of the disease.

There’s An App For That

From fitness to stress management, Health Guide writers share their go-to picks for keeping fit and eating healthy

Boosting the Brain

Michigan’s large senior population underscores need to help older residents maintain good cognitive health

A Model Case

Expanding use of 3-D printing technology helps doctors treat teen’s heart condition

A Family Issue

After her son was born with a cleft lip and palate — which means a lifelong journey of medical care — Michigan mom on mission to help other parents

Early Decisions

In the past, genetic testing was often an afterthought for a woman already diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer. Now, screening is happening sooner.

High-Tech House Calls

Advances in telemedicine may benefit patients with chronic conditions in remote areas — and cut health care costs, too

Promise and Protocol

Gordie Howe’s stroke treatments and A. Alfred Taubman’s legacy to U-M are putting stem cell research’s game-changing potential into the spotlight

Mood Music

Singing, playing, or simply listening can be a powerful, healing force

State of Mindfulness

It's not just meditation or yoga— it's a way of being

Gut Check

It doesn’t sound pretty — or even very sanitary — but transplanted fecal microbes are gaining popularity as a way to treat digestive tract bugs

Facing the Darkness

Awareness and breaking down depression’s stigma are key to suicide prevention

First Impressions

Frustrating stereotypes and barriers to professional opportunities are just a few challenges endured by stutterers

Sobering Study

Alcohol poisoning isn't just a dorm room phenomenon, and too often, loved ones have to cope with the fallout

The Waiting List

Organ donor registrations in Michigan are on the rise, but potential transplant patients still face a supply vs. demand gap

Delayed Reactions

Allergies can develop at any age, and some symptoms are nothing to sneeze at

Stressed-Out Nation

Studies find financial problems top the list of causes, escalating health risks. So what can we do to ease the burden?

Wake-Up Call

Long- and short-term effects of sleep disorders go beyond just feeling groggy

City of Vision

Ophthalmologists in Detroit are leading the global cause to cure blindness

Braving B12

Local nurse’s battle to raise awareness for a vitamin deficiency hits the big screen

Prescription For Savings

From low-tech to low-cost, here are some tips that can help keep you healthy

Top Chiropractors 2015

...And Taking Names

Unconventional and demanding Corktown gym builds community as well as physical strength

Taking It Outside

Don’t let a little wintery weather put a deep freeze on your workouts

New Traditions

Don’t procrastinate. Start the year off right with a hike, walk, or ride in a Detroit-area park.

Winter Chase

Don’t let snow, ice, or overcrowded gyms keep you from exercising. Here’s the gear you’ll need to be an all-weather warrior.

Hospital Directory

2014 Top Docs: Transforming Medicine

The list containing the winners of our 15th annual Top Docs survey and accompanying medical stories.

Baby-Friendly Basics

Michigan lags behind the nation in breast-feeding rates, but two regional hospitals are working to increase the numbers.

Fresh Prescription

Instead of pills, doctors prescribe fruits and vegetables through a program that unites health care with local food systems.

From Sci-Fi to Fact

Emerging medical applications of intricate 3-D printing techniques are changing — and saving — lives

Rx For the Next Generation

First graduating class tests Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s approach to prepare future physicians

Learning the Ropes

Zip lines and aerial obstacles aren’t for everyone — or so you thought

Young women gamble with their health in their quest to be touched by the sun

The underlying “addiction” to tanning — the need to look a certain way — is a complex, personal matter.

Body Business

Research at Wayne State's Department of Biomedical Engineering set new standards for the auto industry and continues to makes us safer in a dangerous world.

When Will We Figure Out Depression?

A better approach to this elusive condition shows promise with recent research out of Southeast Michigan.

My Caregiving Choice

One Detroit journalist dedicated much of her life to taking care of her parents--something we may all eventually face as we become a population dominated by older Americans.

Conscious Consumption

Are you a social, only-on-the-weekends kind of drinker? Even occasional alcohol habits matter more than you think.

Trauma and Triumph

There's a science to surviving well, as one young man discovered in the wake of an accident that changed his life forever.

Late Bloomer

One woman decided to get fit at 49. Twenty years later, she's living proof of the power of exercise.

About A Bean

Soy has been knocked off its pedestal. But is it really all that bad? It depends on whom you ask--and what form you eat.

Art-Wise

There are proven health benefits to art therapy. Could it work for you?

Positive Touch

Energy healing isn't 'magic.' It's becoming a tangible part of integrative medicine.

The Windows To What Ail You

Your eyes can be subtle clues to your overall health

Good Taste

Trying to eat healthier? Campaign aims to help consumers combine taste with nutrition.

A Mission for Medicine

For 24 Detroit-area health care providers, a trip to Kenya revealed their limitations — and renewed their calling to help others

Top Chiropractors 2014

Healthy Choices

Through the uniting power of food, advocates committed to improving outcomes in Detroit

Rethinking Resolutions

Having trouble sticking to your exercise routine? Choosing an alternative workout could be the answer.

2013 Top Docs: Faces of Healing

The list containing the winners, and accompanying medical stories focued on diabetes, the shortage of organs for transplantation, and more.

The Sugar State

Obesity tends to overshadow Michigan’s true No. 1 killer — diabetes. The main problem? How we live our lives every day

A Matter of Mortality

Death cafés help people make the most of life

Speaking of Intimacy...

Two local professionals gain national attention with studies on sex and its impact on healthy, happy relationships

Back From The Brink

Singer-songwriter Stewart Francke pens a new chapter about his victory over cancer

Clinical Salvation

One medical care center in Detroit run entirely by medical students is bringing hope to thousands of Detroit’s uninsured

The Kidney Crisis

Myths about organ donation and transplantation are still contaminating the real issues behind a silent health problem

Pain Management - A Life Of Courage

One woman is living — and thriving — with chronic pain

Pain Management - Carrying The Torch

Chronic pain is a challenge for those who hurt. Medical professionals also are constantly searching for ways to treat this elusive physical state.

Avoiding Strokes - When Stroke Strikes

One young father was in the prime of his life when a stroke changed his life forever. Monica Mercer tells us his story — and explains why we all need to know more about this leading cause of disability.

Word of Mouth: The Lingering Threat of Whooping Cough

It’s commonly held that people just don’t get whooping cough anymore. But, in fact, pertussis persists as a significant threat to America’s public health.

Top Chiropractors 2013

Getting Physical: Home-fitness Success

Don’t let your home-fitness resolution for the new year be an exercise in futility. With the proper equipment and some forethought, your regimen can last through 2013 — and beyond.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome Sufferers See Visions

Charles Bonnet Syndrome is a little-known condition in which the brain ‘fills in’ details for those whose vision is failing.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield's Greenhouse Feeds Patients

Henry Ford West Bloomfield is embracing the local-food movement.

2012 Top Docs

Fox 2 Executive Jeff Murri's Suicide Leaves Questions

The death of a loved and respected Fox 2 executive could help shed light on understanding the darkness that leads to suicide.

Two Women Find Comfort After Losing Husbands to Suicide

Two women find comfort in tragedy.

Detroit-area Dermatologists Offer Skin-saving Tips

Sun exposure, smoking, and other toxins take a toll on the flesh. Area dermatologists offer face-saving advice on how to care for and maintain our largest organ.

Doctors Behaving Badly

When doctors cross the line, their severe offenses are often met with mild penalties.