For those who find anxiety a frequent but not debilitating occurrence, these exercises from social worker Leah Brock can help quiet your brain's alarm system in the present and keep it less active in the future.

3 Easy Exercises for Anxiety Relief You Can Use Anywhere
Chitra Kumar had no discomfort associated with a rare aneurysm on her jugular vein — until a rupture required immediate surgery.

Jugular Vein Aneurysm Considered Extremely Rare but Treatable | University of Michigan
Mike VanderPol was an unlikely heart patient. In fact, when the 44-year-old went in for his annual physical, the last thing on his mind was any type of health issue, let alone heart disease.

When Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms Mean Surgery, Teamwork Matters
Healthy food is often more expensive than junk food.

But our researchers tapped into a simple way to encourage low-income families to buy and eat more fruits and vegetables. And it only took five minutes.

More on this new study led by University of Michigan Family Medicine:

5-Minute Chats in Waiting Room May Prompt Families to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables | University of Michigan
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them — beyond a couple of weeks, at least — is tough.

One big factor that affects whether the commitment sticks: sleep. Dr. Goldstein explains:

Want to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions? Get More Sleep
How do you decide whether your child's sickness warrants staying home from school?

What parents said were top factors in this month's poll from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital:

When Should Kids Stay Home Sick from School?
Our nation's veterans deserve safe, effective pain care -- and thanks to a national VA effort to reduce risky opioid prescriptions, they're getting it. Now, this U-M/VA study may help civilian hospitals copy the VA's success.

Fewer Veterans Got Risky Opioid Prescriptions Thanks to National VA Effort | University of Michigan
People with Afib are at increased risk of stroke and may need a blood-thinning anticoagulant to reduce the risk. For those who aren't able to take blood thinners, the Watchman device may be a good alternative.

Watchman vs. Blood Thinners: Alternatives for Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation
LIVE: U-M and Detroit leaders talking about the new U-M Poverty Solutions effort, including a project that will help enhance health for lower-income communities in the city and beyond. Watch!
Whether or not Blue Monday is real, season affective disorder (SAD) is something millions struggle with during the winter months. The University of Michigan Depression Center's Dr. Michelle Riba offers help with tips on dealing with the winter blues.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Seasonal Depression
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great time to talk to your children about kindness. Two pediatricians from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania offer tips for teaching children to communicate with love and respect:

To Honor Dr. King, Pediatricians Offer Four Tips to Teach Kindness to Kids
Our medical and science community includes many talented amateur musicians - from surgeons who play violin to microbiologists who play trumpet. Come hear them make music together - for free - this coming Saturday night: [ Link ]
Dr. Katherine Gold with the University of Michigan Family Medicine team has been researching physician mental health issues. Her work struck a chord with a Stanford University School of Medicine resident who wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about the stigma of doctors seeking mental health care for themselves.

"When I was a medical student, I suffered an episode of depression and refused...
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Why doctors are leery about seeking mental health care for themselves
Most people think of Parkinson’s disease as marked only by tremors, muscular rigidity and slow, imprecise movements, but Parkinson’s is more than a movement disorder. In fact, 98.6 percent of participants in a recent study had some form of non-motor symptoms.

Managing Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson’s Disease
This year, the University of Michigan celebrates 200 years of excellence. Join us as we celebrate stories of the leaders, advancements and good created by this university of ours.

Always Leading. Forever Valiant. #Umich200
What does the “Michigan Difference” mean? For Brandon Skira, a registered nurse on 7B at University Hospital, that means an expert nursing staff, nutritionist, and environmental services team that provides personalized care for every patient.

"They were so professional and they always had a smile on their face. You can’t overstate how important that is when you’re fighting for your...
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How the Michigan Difference is made – Michigan Medicine Headlines
Why we need obese crash test dummies for car safety testing.
If you've got a health insurance plan with a deductible, the new year means you're back to paying for the first few hundred - or thousand - dollars' worth of your health care. But what if you have a condition that needs regular tests, treatments or office visits?

Our researchers just took a look at what you and millions of others may be in for - and they're trying to find new ways to help....
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Study: Health Plan Deductibles Hit Patients with Chronic Illness Harder | University of Michigan
If you or someone you love has had major surgery, you know the healing can take a while - and can take place at home, in a residential facility, or with the help of regular rehab appointments. But this new study from our researchers shows how far we have to go as a nation to make sure everyone gets the right post-surgery care for them.

After Surgery, Where Hospitals Send Patients Makes a Big Cost Difference | University of Michigan