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Surviving Cold & Flu Season Like a Champ

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In-laws ditch husband over wife's cancer treatment

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3 new Hepatitis A cases reported in Genesee Co.

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Half of adults have high blood pressure in new standard

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Boy with rare disease gets new skin with gene therapy

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Wife of Lions coach shares cancer battle as a warning

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Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with lives

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Early education can cure America’s diabetes crisis
Buy Photo. The number of children and teens diagnosed with type 2, so-called “adult” diabetes, increased 5 percent every year between 2002 and 2012, according to a national study from Wake Forest University. The disease dooms millions of Americans to early deaths. And treating it costs more than $100 billion a year. Consequently, it’s the nation’s costliest chronic condition. Perhaps the saddest thing about all these stats is that diabetes is preventable   Read More ...
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Nearly half of cancer deaths blamed on behavior
New York — A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors. That’s less than commonly-cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new research methods and changes in American society. Smoking rates have plummeted, for example, while obesity rates have risen dramatically   Read More ...
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Surviving Cold & Flu Season Like a Champ
Winter will be here before we know it, along with it colder temperatures, and that means another cold and flu season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean that you have to surrender to your family getting sick. There are steps you can take to help ward off illness and prevent your busy lives from getting derailed by a cold or influenza (aka the flu)   Read More ...
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Surviving Cold & Flu Season Like a Champ
Winter will be here before we know it, along with it colder temperatures, and that means another cold and flu season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean that you have to surrender to your family getting sick. There are steps you can take to help ward off illness and prevent your busy lives from getting derailed by a cold or influenza (aka the flu)   Read More ...
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Doc: Regular Pap tests and HPV vaccine are keys
Dear Dr. Roach: Last year, I had an abnormal Pap smear. My follow-up colposcopy did not show anything. Two weeks ago, I had another abnormal Pap smear, and I am scheduled for another colposcopy next month. I am scared and nervous that precancerous cells will be found. I am 51 years old. Dear O.K.: In the majority of cases of cervical cancer, the cells in the cervix go through a progression from normal to precancerous to invasive cancer   Read More ...
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In-laws ditch husband over wife's cancer treatment
Dear Amy: Lately I have become persona non-grata to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Next to my wife, they have been my closest confidants for years. Being so suddenly rejected by these two women really hurts. They claim I could have gotten my wife into an experimental program for her stage 4 cancer and that I didn’t. I have no idea what they are talking about   Read More ...
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Wasting disease worries leave deer hunters uneasy
Soaked, shivering and successful, hunters during Michigan’s firearms deer opener lined up Wednesday to make sure their kills were healthy. Temperatures in the 40s and lower slowed the hunt, Department of Natural Resources officials said, as an estimated 600,000 hunters sought their prizes. This year is different, however. Wildlife managers are trying to get a better understanding of an infectious and always fatal white-tail illness, chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is expanding in west-central Michigan and threatening to decimate the state’s deer herd over years   Read More ...
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3 new Hepatitis A cases reported in Genesee Co.
Genesee County officials said Wednesday three new cases of Hepatitis A were reported last month. A total of five Hepatitis A cases have been reported in the county this year, the Genesee County Health Department said. One of the five cases is related to the state's. Danielle Steplowski, an epidemiologist with the health department, said the three latest cases are unrelated to each other and unrelated to Michigan's current outbreak of Hepatitis A   Read More ...
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Once paralyzed, boy, 11, walks end zone to end zone at Big House
11-year-old fights cancer, Big House Gabe Treve, 11, of Troy loves football. The fifth-grader suffered a rare reaction to a cancer treatment which left him paralyzed at age 5. Fast forward six years: On Aug. 1, Gabe's determination — coupled with his passion for football — helped him walk 100 yards at Michigan stadium. "He's pretty amazing; he never gives up,'' said Christy Treve, his mom, said Monday   Read More ...
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Half of adults have high blood pressure in new standard
Anaheim, Calif. – New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults. High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups   Read More ...
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Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer’s
The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation. The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks new treatments for the progressive, irreversible neurological disease. In a statement , Gates says men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer’s. He says he’s hopeful that in time Alzheimer’s could be a chronic condition treatable with medication   Read More ...
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Boy with rare disease gets new skin with gene therapy
London — Doctors treating a critically ill boy with a devastating skin disease used experimental gene therapy to create an entirely new skin for most of his body in a desperate attempt to save his life. Two years later, the doctors report the boy is doing so well that he doesn’t need any medication, is back in school and even playing soccer   Read More ...
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Doc: Primer on the 2017 flu season vaccines
Dr. Roach Writes: It is nearly flu season, and I want to discuss the options for vaccines available this year in North America. I do not recommend the nasal vaccine, as expert groups have questioned its effectiveness. There are seven influenza vaccines available. For most people, any vaccine is acceptable. The usual flu shot offered at your doctor or pharmacy most likely is the standard-dose trivalent or quadrivalent vaccine   Read More ...
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Doc: Tests don’t support parathyroid disease diagnosis
Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 78-year-old woman with many symptoms of parathyroid disease (chronic fatigue, feel “ill,” need naps, less concentration, memory “hesitation,” blurred vision), yet the blood tests are not at the confirmation level. My blood tests showed: PTH (parathyroid hormone) 71, calcium 9.5, calcium (ionized) 3.94, vitamin D 29. I have just started a vitamin D regimen. I am feeling dreadful, and am unsure how to proceed   Read More ...
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Calley: State activates emergency hepatitis A response center
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said Wednesday the state's emergency operations center has been activated to help address Michigan's hepatitis A outbreak. The State Emergency Operations Center is a facility in Lansing where state, local and federal agencies coordinate the response to a disaster, emergency or terrorist event. It is overseen by the Michigan State Police's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division   Read More ...
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Mich. health agency opens emergency hepatitis A center
Lansing — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has activated an emergency center to coordinate with local officials on a growing number of hepatitis cases that may be spreading beyond the southeastern corner of the state. The department said Tuesday the center will support local health departments, hospitals, emergency medical services and other health care providers. Since August 2016, it has received reports of 457 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including 18 deaths, in Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St   Read More ...
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Michigan hepatitis A outbreak prompts Community Health Emergency Coordination Center activation
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services activated the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center to assist in responding to the growing hepatitis A outbreak. In a statement released Tuesday, the CHECC will provide education, medical resources and help develop guidelines to local health departments, hospitals, EMS, healthcare coalitions and other healthcare providers. More News Headlines "To help coordinate Michigan’s response to the hepatitis A outbreak, we are opening the Community Health Emergency Coordination Center to assist the multiple local public health jurisdictions involved in the response and prevention of further cases," MDHHS director Nick Lyon said   Read More ...
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Two Detroit eateries investigated for Hepatitis A
Detroit's Health Department is looking into two cases of Hepatitis A involving restaurant employees at two Detroit eateries. One case involves an employee at the Firewater Bar and Grill on Milwaukee Street near East Grand Boulevard in the city's New Center area, the agency said. It also said the other case involves a resident who works at a Little Caesars Pizza shop on Fenkell near Meyers Road on the city's west side   Read More ...
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Hepatitis A cases found at 2 Detroit restaurants; health officials urge testing
The Detroit Health Department is investigating separate Hepatitis A cases connected with two Detroit restaurants. The first case is in connection with a Detroit resident who worked at Firewater Bar and Grill, 107 E. Milwaukee. The second case involves another Detroit resident who worked as a crew member at Little Caesars Pizza located at 12712 Fenkell. The Detroit Health Department issued a news release saying it is conducting a thorough investigation of both establishments to ensure appropriate food handing and cleaning protocols are being followed   Read More ...
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Wife of Lions coach shares cancer battle as a warning
Buy Photo. Plymouth — Amy Moloney was happy. She loved bartending at Cheli’s Chili Bar, serving Detroit sports fans and working with her best friends. She had her close-knit family nearby. Best of all, she was about to marry the man of her dreams, Kris Kocurek, a defensive coach for the Detroit Lions. They met when he sat at her Cheli’s table in 2011   Read More ...
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Pharmacist acquitted of murder in meningitis outbreak
Boston — A pharmacist at a Massachusetts facility whose tainted drugs sparked a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people was cleared Wednesday of murder, but convicted of mail fraud and racketeering. Jurors in Boston concluded Glen Chinn was not responsible for the deaths of people who were injected with drugs produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham that were contaminated with mold   Read More ...
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6 Breast Cancer Myths, Debunked
This story is provided and presented by our sponsor. Any cancer diagnosis brings with it a lot of fear, and a lot of questions. For many, a diagnosis is unfamiliar, and people may resort to trusting information they may have heard or read. Unfortunately, some of this information regarding cancer and treatment may be inaccurate or incomplete. I treat women who have been diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer   Read More ...
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6 Breast Cancer Myths, Debunked
This story is provided and presented by our sponsor. Any cancer diagnosis brings with it a lot of fear, and a lot of questions. For many, a diagnosis is unfamiliar, and people may resort to trusting information they may have heard or read. Unfortunately, some of this information regarding cancer and treatment may be inaccurate or incomplete. I treat women who have been diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer   Read More ...
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Breast cancer survivor: ‘You have power over fear’
Deep down, Michelle James knew something was wrong when she ran her hand along the side of her left breast and felt a hard, well-defined, almond-sized lump. But there was no reason to panic. After all, it wasn’t James’ first scare. In November 2014, doctors had found a mass during a routine mammogram, that time in her right breast. But it was small, and doctors found it wasn’t cancerous   Read More ...
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Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with lives
Boston — A pharmacist charged with murder in a meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people knew that mold and other bacteria were growing inside the filthy production rooms and that drugs shipped to customers were not sterile, but chose to do nothing, a federal prosecutor told jurors Friday. Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, ignored warning signs that his production methods were unsafe and decided instead to gamble with patients’ lives, Assistant U   Read More ...
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Abby: Grandma refuses to take boy’s diabetes seriously
Dear Abby: I am a 29-year-old single mother of two small children. My 5-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I’m the only one in my family who has been trained in his care, so I understand the importance of a healthy diet, proper insulin dosage, checking his blood sugar, etc., and that unless his diabetes is properly managed, it could lead to serious health issues — even death   Read More ...
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Gene tumor boards guide cancer care
San Diego — Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests suggested it would fight her gastric cancer, and they were right. Cancer patients increasingly are having their care guided by gene tumor boards, a new version of the hospital panels that traditionally decided whether surgery, radiation or chemotherapy would be best   Read More ...
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Senate OKs requiring equal coverage of oral cancer drugs
Cancer patients increasingly are having their care guided by molecular tumor boards, Experts study the patient's cancer genes and match treatments to mutations that seem to drive the disease. (October 18) LANSING — Michigan would become the latest in a long line of states to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally under a bill advancing in the Legislature   Read More ...
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Mich. Senate OKs equal coverage of oral cancer drugs
Lansing — Michigan would become the latest in a long line of states to require equal insurance coverage of chemotherapy regardless of whether the drugs are given by needle or taken orally under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The legislation approved 36-1 by the Senate Wednesday addresses the tendency for chemo pills to cost patients much more out of pocket, both because they are more expensive and because health insurers cover them differently than IV chemo   Read More ...
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Mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway to speak
Oscar-nominated actress Mariel Hemingway has been running from crazy all her life. The granddaughter of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest “Papa” Hemingway has a family legacy of mental illness, including seven suicides, rampant alcoholism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression. However, she doesn’t gloss over the pain and heartache left in the wake of mental illness. Instead, the divorced mom of two adult daughters, 28 and 29, fulfills her mission of erasing the stigma   Read More ...
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South Lyon restaurant patrons warned of measles exposure
A contagious person was at Lucas Coney Island on Sept. 29. Story Highlights Unvaccinated people who were at the restaurant are urged to see a doctor if symptoms develop. Measles is a sometimes deadly virus that infects the respiratory system. It's spread through the air and on surfaces. Oakland County health officials are warning patrons and staff of Lucas Coney Island in South Lyon that they may have been exposed to the measles, a sometimes deadly virus that was considered eliminated from the U   Read More ...
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Health officials warn of possible measles exposure at Oakland County restaurant
SOUTH LYON, Mich. - The Oakland County Health Division is warning customers and workers about a possible measles exposure at a restaurant in South Lyon. Health officials said a non-Oakland County resident who was contagious but without symptoms visited Lucas Coney Island between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Lucas Coney Island is located at 22689 Pontiac Trail. Customers who visited the restaurant during that timeframe and weren't vaccinated should call a doctor if they have any symptoms of measles, health officials said   Read More ...
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Puerto Rico probes post-hurricane disease outbreak
San Juan, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico is investigating four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath as possible cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread through animals’ urine. The disease is not uncommon in the tropics, but the outbreak is elevating concerns about sanitation after the storm hit Sept. 20 and knocked out running water for much of the U.S. territory. Gov   Read More ...
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Metro Detroiter helps cancer patients find the right wig
Wigs of different colors, lengths and styles line the walls of a small, private room inside the Henry Ford Medical Center, Columbus in Novi. Patients may walk in feeling uneasy or hesitant. It’s Marlene Rosenberg’s hope that they walk out with “the confidence to thrive”— the motto of her foundation. Marlene’s Wigs with Love provides wigs to women diagnosed with cancer to help them cope with the emotional and physical changes that often come with treatment   Read More ...
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Michigan man has run the world over in honor of his beloved Papa
Ten years ago, Jason Boschan’s grandfather, Dr. Louis Heyman — whom he calls Papa — was diagnosed with dementia. “It was really challenging to see what he was going through because I was so used to him taking care of sick children,” Boschan said of his Papa, a pediatrician. All of a sudden, the tables turned and Papa was the one who needed care   Read More ...
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Oakland County residents urged to get flu shots after flu-related death
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - The Oakland County Health Division is urging residents to get flu shots after a recent flu-related death involving a senior citizen. "My heart goes out to the family," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "This is an. unfortunate reminder that influenza can be a very serious illness, especially in adults over the age of. 65." Health Division recommends flu shots The Health Division recommended everyone over the age of six months receive an influenza   Read More ...
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Hepatitis A confirmed in Ann Arbor restaurant worker
Washtenaw County health officials are warning patrons of an Ann Arbor restaurant about possible exposure to hepatitis A after confirming a worker there had the illness. The infected staff member is not currently working at Cardamom Restaurant on Plymouth Road, investigators said. Washtenaw County Public Health has been moving to vaccinate other employees, investigators said Thursday. The department said diners there between Sept   Read More ...
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Ann Arbor restaurant worker diagnosed with hepatitis A
A worker at an Ann Arbor restaurant has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, prompting the latest in a string of warnings from health officials amid an outbreak of the contagious liver disease in southeast Michigan. People who ate at Cardamom Restaurant between Sept. 16 and Oct. 3 may have been exposed, according to Washtenaw County Public Health. The restaurant is at 1739 Plymouth Road   Read More ...
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European approval process for cancer drugs questioned
London — Only about half of the cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency in the last few years were later shown to help patients live longer or improved their lives, a new study says. Scientists in Britain and Latvia analyzed reports from the European regulator on cancer approvals from 2009 to 2013. Many of the approvals were based only on initial measures that suggested the drug might improve health, like tumor shrinkage   Read More ...
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The Latest: Michigan health boss in court over Legionnaires'
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest in the criminal case against Michigan's health director, Nick Lyon, who is charged with crimes in Flint's water crisis (all times local): ——— Michigan's former head of disease control says she left it to the governor's office to tell the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak in the Flint, Michigan, area during the city's water crisis   Read More ...
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