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Mar 27, 2017

If your're over age 50 and haven't yet had a colonoscopy, there is nothing to fear, says Henry Ford department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, division head, Dr. Craig Reickert. He details what to expect on colonoscopy prep day, the actual procedure, all the way through to discharge, including explaining why you're barred for the day from things like driving or even going for a walk. In Michigan 72 percent of adults that should be screened for colorectal cancer have done so, still, that translates into far too many lives still being loss to cancer. The key to saving more lives is discussed.

Mar 18, 2017

Colon cancer screening, unlike most screenings, is designed to both detect and correct issues which involves removing polyps before they become cancer.This has led to fewer people over age 50 being diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer and those that are diagnosed, experience improved survival rates due to the cancer being detected early. Henry Ford Hospital division head of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dr. Craig Reickert, talks about colon cancer symptoms, risks, the importance of screening, why not to be fearful of colonoscopy and the younger age of some of the newly diagnosed.

Mar 13, 2017

If you are like many who are trying to manage diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, obesity or high cholesterol, in this episode you'll learn about how lifestyle changes and a wellness or lifestyle coach may be the missing link in being able to reach and maintain your health improvement goals. Henry Ford director or metabolic health and weight management, Dr. Tom Rifai talks about the big gap in American lifestyle that contributes to multiple health problems and steps that can be taken to reverse negative health trends. 

Mar 4, 2017

When faced with shortness of breath or a lack of energy, exercise may be difficult for individuals living with pulmonary hypertension. Yet, understanding how physical activity can help them, patients often ask Henry Ford Hospital pulmonologist, Rana Awdish to recommend safe, doable exercises. Combining her 20 years as a Yoga practitioner with her medical expertise, Dr. Awdish developed the first-of-its-kind Yoga program to meet the unique needs of PH patients, from the wheelchair bound to those with more physical stamina. The sequences are also appropriate for people with asthma, COPD and heart failure. The free video, Yoga for PH, now in several languages, is available to patients on DVD and online.

Feb 21, 2017

Finally we're starting to learn a lot more about cardiovascular disease in women, why mortality is so high and how to improve life expectancy. Dr. Deirdre Mattina, director of the Women's Heart Center at Henry Ford Health System, clarifies the "fake news" about cardiovascular disease. She explains how lifestyle, -- too much work, stress, sugar, sodium and weight in a certain area and too little play and sleep is taking a toll on women's heart health. Also addressed are how problem pregnancies, post menopause, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis may predict heart disease.

Feb 14, 2017

Scientist have been busy researching new treatments for a chronic skin disease that affects 14 million Americans. The chronic inflammatory adult skin disorder characterized by redness and breakouts, is often mistakenly thought to be acne. Henry Ford Health System director of Dermatology and director of Dermatology Clinical Research, Dr. Linda Stein-Gold, talks about newly approved treatments and others that are waiting FDA approval. The "new" topical medications in some cases reduce redness while others help to clear up the bumps and pimples associated with rosacea.

Feb 4, 2017

Sleep deprivation falls into two primary buckets, voluntary and involuntary, says noted sleep researcher, Dr. Tom Roth. Whatever the reason for one's sleeplessness, the consequences can be devastating ranging from being more likely to have an accident, reduced productivity in school or on the job, to having increased risks for depression, obesity and hypertension. Technology and our now 24-hour society is taking a toll with the light from computer, tablets and mobile phone screens causing a shift in our sleep patterns. Dr. Roth shares some important steps to take to improve your chances of getting a good night's sleep.

Jan 21, 2017

Task forces in the health care setting and in communities across the nation are being formed to combat the increasing number of Americans that are becoming addicted to and dying from opioids. Henry Ford Maplegrove Center addiction specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Bulat talks about how we've gotten to this point. She explains how the highly addictive class of drugs works and why these prescription medications and synthetic drugs are so lethal. The importance of treatment and recovery programs is discussed and information is provided on how to access help.

Jan 14, 2017

For more than a decade, Dr. Tim Rifai, Henry Ford Health System Director of Metabolic Health and Weight Management, has been helping patients learn how to achieve optimal health and overcome a variety of chronic diseases. He notes that there are five keys, or lifestyle pillars that are the foundation of good health. He explains the importance of nutrition and physical activity which his is quick to note, he doesn't refer to as diet and exercise; mind matters, environment and accountability are the remaining pillars. He discusses the role willpower plays in the quest to live a healthier life, as well as how depression or anxiety might make it difficult to apply healthy eating or physical activity principles.

Dec 14, 2016

Henry Ford Health System Dermatology Division Head and Director of Dermatology Clinical Research, Dr. Linda Stein Gold was among a group of dermatology experts from across the country who recently developed new guidelines for how to effectively treat acne. She talks about everything from which OTC medication really works to the newest combination prescription drugs and a home remedy trend of using Coconut Oil to combat acne. One dramatic shift in how acne is now being treated is to get away from relying on antibiotics as a long-term treatment. Dr. Stein Gold explains that today, with the arsenal of treatment options available, there is no reason for anyone to suffer with acne. Several studies are underway in search of even more treatments including drugs to control excess sebum or oily skin, which contributes to acne.

Dec 12, 2016

Henry Ford Health System Sleep Researcher and founder of the System's Sleep Disorders and Research Center looks a sleep studies through the years and discusses what has been learned about the benefits of sleep and the negative impact a lack of sleep has on productivity and health. He explains that recent studies show a direct correlation between insufficient sleep and obesity and type 2 diabetes. He adds that some studies in children indicate that a sleep disorder and not ADHD is the reason for some children's hyperactivity.

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