Rene Wisely

Rene Wisely is a contributing writer to Michigan Health and the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan. She has written for a variety of publications and Fortune 500 companies in several industries, including health care, higher education, automotive, retail and technology. Previously, she was a business reporter at The Detroit News and assistant editor at Crain Communications’ Detroit Monthly magazine.
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Endometriosis: 9 facts to know about the puzzling disease
Despite symptoms, the diagnosis often comes painfully late.
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What is period underwear?
Pads, tampons and menstrual cups aren’t alone anymore. Period underwear has become not only mainstream, but a favorite among people who menstruate. An expert answers five common questions about this popular menstrual product.
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7 things to know about polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome – or PCOS – is a lifelong condition that may lead to long-term health risks including infertility. Yet, many people don’t know about it until they’re diagnosed.
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How a support group for Black mothers is changing lives for the better
Our Village offers many women a safe space to share their motherhood journeys.
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Dealing with perimenopause? 7 things to know
Perimenopause is like puberty in reverse; easy for some and difficult for others. But why the difference? A reproductive endocrinologist explains.
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OB-GYN, family physician, midwife, doula: Which pregnancy specialist is right for you?
Three experts explain what you need to know before choosing your prenatal provider.
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Splinting is the Latest Trend to Help Eliminate Constipation
TikTok helped vaginal splinting go viral. A doctors explains how this simple constipation relief method works, and when you may need to see a doctor.
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Rivals Unite to Save Premature Baby with Recurrent Intestinal Perforation
A unique partnership helped one East Lansing family when their newborn needed multiple surgeries to save his life.
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5 Placenta Issues Every Woman Should Know
Problems with her placenta inspired physician Courtney Townsel to specialize in helping others understand the high risk pregnancy conditions that impact this vital organ.
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Getting Injured, and Getting Care, During a Pandemic
Tripping on an uneven sidewalk did more than hurt Sharon Kinnunen’s knee. It brought worry as she feared seeking care at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak
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New HHT Center Gives Hope to Father and Son with Rare Genetic Disease
Chronic, severe nosebleeds from hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), or Osler-Weber-Rendu disease, were a frequent tradition in the Gutowski family until recent treatments offered help.
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Three Diseases, One Cure
One liver transplant cured a patient of three chronic conditions: liver cancer, hepatitis C and hemophilia.
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5 Ways to Reduce Hearing Damage
Noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable. A Michigan Medicine audiologist gives tips on how to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss.
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Treating a Broken Bone During a Pandemic
The fear of catching COVID-19 delayed a patient from seeking emergency treatment for a broken ankle. But thanks to a newly opened specialty care clinic, he’ll be riding the trails again soon.
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Is Stress from COVID-19 Upsetting Your Stomach? 7 Self Comfort Tips to Try
Increased stress and anxiety are directly linked to digestive discomfort. Learn about the brain-gut connection and how to lessen the symptoms.
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