‘One of the most beautiful things’

07-06-2020

Like many things in life these days, Spectrum Health’s annual cancer survivors’ celebration branched from tradition. Instead of survivors meeting in person at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion for fellowship, live performances, massages, manicures and more, COVID-19 changed those plans to something with lasting roots. Although they couldn’t invite survivors to the event, Spectrum Health and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks planted three oak trees in the initial phase of a Survivors Grove of Trees at Grand Rapids’...

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How to discuss race with your child

05-06-2020

Listening is key to meaningful conversations. (For Spectrum Health Beat)With all that is going on in the world right now, there may be no better time to have a discussion with your children about race and racism. Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital experts weighed in on how to best discuss this with your kids, and shared their top tips. The experts included division chief for adolescent medicine Lisa Lowery, MD, and pediatric psychologists Adelle Cadieux...

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Nearly Half of Coronavirus Spread May Be Traced to People Without Any Symptoms

05-06-2020

Researchers narrow down the proportion of COVID-19 cases likely linked to asymptomatic spreadRead more: https://time.com/5848949/covid-19-asymptomatic-spread/

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Anyone Living in Areas With ‘Widespread’ COVID-19 Transmission Should Wear Masks WHO Says

05-06-2020

The agency's guidance comes after many local officials were already requiring masksRead more: https://time.com/5849010/masks-who/

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Relish the bounty of summer

05-06-2020

Farm markets offer a great opportunity to introduce your kids to new types of fresh fruits and vegetables. (For Spectrum Health Beat)The growing season is here—and that means it’ll be easier than ever to get your fill of fresh fruits and vegetables. But only if you keep seasonal fare top of mind. Spectrum Health dietitian Caren Dobreff has plenty of tips to help you and your family make the most of summer produce. It could pay off in...

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3 Reasons to Pause Before Celebrating Today’s Surprising Jobs Numbers

05-06-2020

On first glance, today’s U.S. jobs report seems like a much-needed dose of good news when more or less everything else is aflame: Unemployment fell from 14.7% to 13.3% in May as the economy gained 2.5 million jobs; economists had expected the rate to increase to as much as 20%. Any drop in unemployment is,…Read more: https://time.com/5848960/coronavirus-jobs-numbers/

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‘What a great experience’

05-06-2020

Dinosaurs may be extinct in our world, but one is very much alive in Ailynne Ballard’s life. When she’s not playing with her stuffed dinosaur, the 9-year-old loves riding bikes and running near the Kentwood, Michigan, home she shares with her grandma, Michelle Carlisle. But a recent outdoor playdate left her with a broken left wrist. “The neighbor kids were chasing her,” Carlisle said. “She tripped and broke her wrist.” Carlisle rushed her granddaughter to the Spectrum Health Medical...

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COVID-19 Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem Our Planet’s Ailing Health

05-06-2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global tragedy. Hundreds of thousands have died, healthcare systems are buckling, and the future is uncertain for millions of people whose livelihoods are collapsing. It is absolutely right that the focus today is on saving lives here and now. In the same spirit of doing what we can to safeguard…Read more: https://time.com/5848681/covid-19-world-environment-day/

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10 summer activities ranked by riskiness

04-06-2020

A nice day at the beach? Sounds great! Just make sure you take precautions. (For Spectrum Health Beat)As many states’ stay-at-home orders come to an end and life begins to resume a sense of normalcy, Spectrum Health infectious disease doctors offer tips and advice on how to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19. Rosemary Olivero, MD, and Liam Sullivan, DO, understand well how excited people are to emerge from solitude and enjoy summertime fun. They just hope...

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Doctors Are Worried About the Unprecedented Drop in Emergency Room Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

04-06-2020

An unprecedented drop in emergency room visits has experts concerned that Americans aren't seeking needed treatmentRead more: https://time.com/5848467/covid-emergency-room/

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Melinda Gates Lays Out Her Biggest Concern For the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

04-06-2020

From 2018-2019, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave more money to the World Health Organization than any entity except the U.S. government. With President Donald Trump cutting ties to the international health agency in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gates Foundation’s work has come into sharper relief than ever. Co-chair Bill Gates…Read more: https://time.com/5847483/melinda-gates-covid-19/

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Anxious or depressed

04-06-2020

Learning to accept situations that you have no control over can help you adapt to change—a skill that can be learned in therapy. (For Spectrum Health Beat)The specter of COVID-19 has no doubt worsened anxiety and depression, but make no mistake: Folks experienced challenges well before the pandemic. Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported having a mental illness in the past year and upwards of 17 million adults and 3 million children suffered a major...

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