Nearly half of millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1996, do not have an established relationship with a go-to doctor. A recent survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 45% of adults age 18 to 29 reported having no primary care physician. 

 

Studies have shown that patients who have good relationships with their doctors tend to have better health outcomes. A strong doctor-patient relationship builds honesty, trust and open communication that enable a doctor to provide quality personal care. 

 

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Giving birth is a life-changing event. Newborn babies require an incredible amount of time and attention. It can be easy for new mothers to forget the importance of taking care of themselves, too. At the Boven Birth Center, the care team knows they do not have just one patient, but two.

 

“Our focus is always on both mom and baby,” said Emily Fynaardt, MSN and Clinical Nurse Manager at Boven Birth Center.

 

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Most of us probably take blood clotting for granted. But when a blood clot doesn’t dissolve, it can become dangerous—sometimes even deadly.

While you can develop a blood clot in just about any blood vessel in your body, clots are most likely to affect one of your legs, resulting in a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a clot breaks free from a vein in the legs and travels to the lung arteries, it can block blood flow and lead to a pulmonary embolism.

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The midlife transition can cause more than just crow’s feet or laugh lines. Aging happens to all of us, and for millions of women, growing older can also affect their pelvic and sexual health.

Fortunately, women have access to the area’s leading women’s health expert and the newest vaginal treatment technology––right here, close to home.  

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The holiday season is complicated. While fun and festive for many, this time of year isn’t a carefree and happy time for everyone. For some, the holidays can trigger stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) study found 64% of people with mental illness report worsening symptoms during the holiday season.

 

So what can you do to combat negative feelings and lift your spirits? Licensed medical social worker Rhonda Broek, Holland Hospital Behavioral Health Services, offers these tips:

 

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