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  • For the most part, these deaths are preventable. In the State of Michigan, more than 140 babies, unfortunately, die every year because of an unsafe sleeping environment. "The more parents know about this issue and how to best take preventive measures, the lower the instance that they may experience this heartbreaking incident." These heart wrenching deaths are, for the most part, preventable and result from babies sleeping in an adult bed or on surfaces such as couches, arm chairs or with big kids or ad...

  • With similar symptoms associated with both illnesses, how can you tell the difference? This flu season will be incredibly unique from previous years due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic began just as the 2019-2020 flu season was coming to a close. But even in that short overlap of time, many patients were concerned that their flu symptoms also mirrored those symptoms of COVID-19, leading to anxiety and confusion. Those classic COVID-19 symptoms also common with the flu include: Fever Body aches Fa...

  • High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for life-threatening conditions   It’s a condition that affects more than 100 million Americans, and it’s a significant risk factor for potentially life-threatening conditions. The greatest risk factor for heart attacks and stroke: High blood pressure. High blood pressure is the most significant risk factor for heart attacks and strokes In fact, high blood pressure is the most significant risk factor for those potentially fatal attacks. Additionally, i...

  • Is the flu shot more important this year? Every year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other leading medical experts, highly recommend every eligible person receive a flu shot. Has COVID-19 changed this? "...it’s crucial to protect against the flu in order to prevent co-infections of both illnesses, which could be devastating.” “This upcoming season, the flu shot carries more importance that perhaps ever before,” said Dr. Anthony Ognjan, an infectious disease specialist at M...

  • Suicidal thoughts should not be considered normal Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Like any other health emergency, it’s important to address a mental health crisis like suicide quickly and effectively. If you or someone you know is in an em...

  • Has the pandemic made you think twice about seeking medical care? The pandemic has brought about many different feelings as we all continue to live through one of the most unusual times in history. Among the most common, though, have been a sense of depression and anxiety. Unsurprisingly, those anxious feelings have kept people from their healthcare provider, deciding instead to delay or completely forego medical care. Recently, the Journal of General Internal Medicine published a study that convincingl...

  • A pair of high-profile colon cancer deaths have many people thinking about screenings This summer, two high-profile deaths pushed colon cancer awareness into the minds of many, to the benefit of their future health. Colon cancer is the no. 2 cause of cancer death of men and women combined in the United States. The death of Marvel star Chadwick Boseman came as a shock to so many around the world, while locally Jamie Samuelsen’s death stunned many who were used to hearing his voice daily on the radio. Mak...

  • Some question masks' usefulness, but data continues to prove their ability to slow the spread UPDATED : For months now, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended everyone wear a face covering over their nose and mouth to aid in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Many did so – and continue to do so – while also continuing to question masks’ effectiveness. Previously published studies demonstrate various levels of protections offered by different types of face coverings (such a...

  • A big concern many have had during the pandemic (especially during warmer months) has been if mosquitoes can spread the coronavirus. With malaria being the most well-known, mosquitoes are notorious spreaders of viral illnesses (such as the EEE outbreak from last summer). Researchers, however, have determined that mosquitoes do not spread COVID-19. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it has no data to support coronavirus transmission via mosquito bite, and, similarly, the World He...

  • What does a coronavirus expert say about re-infection? This week saw the first confirmed case of a patient previously treated for a COVID-19 infection testing positive again months later. The patient, a 33-year old Hong Kong man, first tested positive on March 26 after experiencing the “classic” coronavirus symptoms of a cough, fever and sore throat. His symptoms proved severe enough to require a hospitalization, but he worked toward a full recovery and tested negative in April. But upon returning from ...