‘It was opened for my little guy’

06-08-2020

Jeremiah Young entered the world four months early. Born in Traverse City on March 9, 2015, he weighed a mere 1 pound, 7 ounces. That same morning, about 130 miles to the south, neonatologists celebrated the inaugural opening of the new small baby unit at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The new unit—part of the hospital’s Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center—had been uniquely designed for babies born at 26 weeks gestation or earlier. Babies just like Jeremiah. “It gives me...

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‘Can we please go play’

06-08-2020

Enjoy summertime fun—at the pool, playground and beach—the safe way. (For Spectrum Health Beat) After months of improvised at-home activities, from blanket forts to stuffed-bear hunts, it seems like every member of the family is clamoring to have fun outside. But with COVID-19 ebbing in some areas and surging in others, even the simplest plans—a picnic with cousins or a walk in the park—can seem complex. The good news, of course, is that summer and fall are great...

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COVID-19 and your heart

06-08-2020

Doctors recommend continued precautions to limit exposure to COVID-19. This is especially true for those with heart conditions. (For Spectrum Health Beat) If you have heart disease, you have extra reason to protect yourself against COVID-19. “People with heart disease are at much higher risk for complications from COVID-19, as they are with every respiratory virus,” said Thomas Boyden, MD, a Spectrum Health preventive cardiologist. The risks posed by the new coronavirus still exist, even as the government...

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‘A Rinsing of the Brain’ New Research Shows How Sleep Could Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease

06-08-2020

New research on its physiology shows why we need to take slumber seriouslyRead more: https://time.com/5876612/sleep-alzheimers-disease/

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Individual Circadian Clocks Might Be the Next Frontier of Personalized Medicine

06-08-2020

We used to think everyone needed eight hours of sleep. Not so, according to new scienceRead more: https://time.com/5876614/circadian-rhythm-study/

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A Sleep Storyteller Reveals Her Secrets For Drifting Off Naturally

06-08-2020

Inside the art of the bedtime storyRead more: https://time.com/5876615/sleep-naturally-tips/

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Why We Buy In to the Big Business of Sleep

06-08-2020

Industries from travel to tech are catering to the restlessRead more: https://time.com/5876810/sleep-products-and-treatments/

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Scientists Are Learning to Read—and Change—Your Nightmares

06-08-2020

Dark images from the screening room of your brainRead more: https://time.com/5874444/science-of-nightmares/

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The new rules for grandparents

05-08-2020

While we may be missing these special moments of bonding, there are still ways we can connect, safely. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Perhaps one of the most unsettling aspects of the pandemic is how quickly it flipped the switch on people over 60. Practically overnight, millions of healthy, hands-on grandparents found themselves named the most vulnerable segment of the population. Families responded fast. And it’s been touching to watch how quickly rituals developed, including video calls, window visits...

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3 Ways Creativity Can Help Mental Health From the Musician Jewel

05-08-2020

Singer-songwriter Jewel and psychiatrist Dr. Blaise Aguirre talk about creative ways to help the mental health of young peopleRead more: https://time.com/5875144/jewel-mental-health-creativity/

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‘A dream come true’

04-08-2020

You can’t go wrong when you mix kids and pizza. That’s exactly what the Child Life team at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Nutrition Services at Spectrum Health did when they gave kiddos the opportunity to make their dream pizzas. Three lucky patients worked one-on-one with local chefs to put their culinary imaginations to the test. The Balk Café, which routinely plates some of the hospital’s best pizza, supplied the aspiring chefs with a variety of...

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AFM a Biennial Polio-Like Viral Illness Is Expected to Hit the US in 2020

04-08-2020

Parents urged to remain vigilantRead more: https://time.com/5875566/afm-accute-flaccid-myelitis-2020/

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