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Memories of Miya

Citizen Yoga founder, Kacee Must Leeb reflects on her sister’s suicide, its impact on her family, and her road to finding purpose

Seeking Support

Like many metro areas across the U.S., finding a therapist in and around Detroit can prove to be difficult. But, a change in perception, accessibility, and compatibility can make all the difference.

Mental Notes

Numbers don’t lie. From being ranked as the most stressed-out city in the United States to the shortage of mental health care providers in Wayne County to Michigan’s rising suicide rate, metro Detroit lacks a clean bill of health in the matters of mental health. We’ve done the math.

Therapy in the Digital Age

New innovations that revolutionize traditional approaches to counseling

I Tried to Stop Smoking Through Hypnosis

Hour Detroit Editor Steve Wilke tries an unconventional method of kicking a years-long habit

Meet the Robot Helping to Save Real Lives

SimMan 3G is improving health care one mannequin at a time

Special Needs Patients Find Comfort With Local Dentists

Adults with developmental disabilities often struggle to get dental care — but not at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

The Former American Idol Contestant Who Is Singing in Remission

Manny Torres on music, faith, and his recovery from testicular cancer

Be Careful Before You Spritz Your Perfume – You Could Be Breaking the Law

According to a local court ruling, overpowering fragrances are an infraction of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Hot Topics in Health

An emergency training workshop, healthcare for Detroit’s homeless, and the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria

An Hour With ... Carmen McIntyre

Chief Medical Officer, Michigan Department of Corrections

Local Eye Doctors Make the Case for Limiting Your Children's Screen Time

A closer look at advanced technology’s effect on kids' vision

Woman to Woman: A Candid Conversation on Body Image

Producer Alyonka Larionov and plus-size model Leah Vernon discuss their struggles with eating disorders

Charcoal: A Health ‘Hack’ That Actually Works?

A local doctor weighs in on a trendy ingredient

Life Support

Letter from the Heath Guide Editor, Lyndsay Green

Contributors: Health Guide 2018

The Art of Yoga

A local instructor on Crohn’s disease and her path to healing

Could the Best Medicine Be Growing in Your Backyard?

A local herbalist on plants grown in southeast Michigan and their health benefits

Inside the Former Apple Orchard Where Local Athletes Train Like Olympians

Peabody Ice Climbing in Fenton offers enthusiasts the rush of the summit

What a Local Support Group Taught Me About Brain Injury Awareness

Hour Detroit's Health Guide editor on the uplifting way the Brain Injury Association of Michigan assists grieving caretakers for survivors of traumatic brain injuries

Making the Case for a Less Sedentary Lifestyle

Martial arts instructor trains people to defend themselves and take a stand against dangerous lifestyles — literally

Should You Go To the ER for a Mental Health Emergency?

It’s not always the best choice for behavioral and nonmedical emergencies, but metro Detroit agencies and partial programs can help

The Positive and Negative Health Effects of Long-Distance Running

Before you hit the pavement, experts advise learning your body’s cues for the greatest benefits, least injuries. Plus training and eating plans and a guide to local races

TAVR Offers Less-Invasive Alternative for Open-Heart Surgery

Henry Ford doctor says he believes procedure will become standard for patients older than 65 in the next few years

Keeping Pace with Mobility

The ability to move is associated with long-term health and well-being, and the stakes are even higher for older adults

How Going Vegan Helped Me Treat Chronic Skin Disease

While there is no cure for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, changing the way I eat helped me heal after years of suffering and misdiagnoses

Does Flotation Therapy Work?

For the active, distracted, and routinely high-strung, it can offer a deeply healing experience. Believe me, I tried it.

ADHD in Women Often Misdiagnosed

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder usually manifests differently, making diagnosis difficult for those unfamiliar with the symptoms

The Pain Points of Fibromyalgia

How to Find Work-Life Balance

Carving out the right amount of time for your professional and personal life doesn’t have to feel like a circus act. Here’s how to find a better path

Erasing the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

Anxiety disorders and depression are often faceless — as well as misunderstood and mistreated

Royal Oak Doctor on Mission to Help Families Make Healthier Choices

Pilot program aims to fight childhood obesity through grocery store tours, school nutrition classes, and health screenings

Virtual Reality Check

Local health professionals are using gaming technology and other apps to analyze pain, educate students, and more

Champion For Children

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

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.

Infection Fighters

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

Life-Changing Decisions

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

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

City of Vision

Ophthalmologists in Detroit are leading the global cause to cure blindness

...And Taking Names

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

2014 Top Docs: Transforming Medicine

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

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.

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.

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.