This year’s strain of flu is on the increase in the community, according to Ottawa County health officials, and the rise is prompting them to encourage taking preventative measures against the illness.
Since implementing the 2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (C.H.I.P.), groups have been working to improve Ottawa County residents’ health by creating better access to care, mental health and healthy behaviors.
Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. Dr. Matthew Schoeck of Mercy Health Physician Partners North Ottawa Internal Medicine answers your questions about arthritis.
LANSING —Due to the large geographic distribution and number of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in humans and animals, coupled with warm weather projections, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and 12 local health departments have decided to conduct aerial sp…
Mental health professionals, law enforcement officials and representatives from local schools will provide a variety of perspectives on mass shootings during a town hall meeting on Monday, Sept. 16. It will take place at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave., from 6:30-9 p.m.
Banning flavoring in e-cigarettes and similar devices might move the products further away from Michigan teens, but some worry that an all-out ban also strips cigarette smokers of a powerful tool to help them quit.
As families prepare backpacks for the impending first day of the new school year, a registered dietitian for the North Ottawa Community Health System offers advice and tips for families looking to prepare healthy snacks and lunches.
Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. This month, Dr. Stuart VanderHeide, of Hospice of North Ottawa Community, answers your questions about palliative care.
Nurse Patty Feenstra has been battling diseases and viruses for more than four decades. A recent case of drug-resistant tuberculosis gave Feenstra one of her biggest challenges yet.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has declared Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, to be an Action Days for elevated levels of ozone. Pollutants are expected to be in the unhealthy-for-sensitive-groups range.
LANSING — No one can tell Breanna Ramos her symptoms aren’t real — from the crushing exhaustion, to the pain that at times has sent her to the floor.
A total of 14 diseases, including gonorrhea and flu-like afflictions, hit a five-year high in reported cases in Ottawa County in 2018, per the county’s 2018 Communicable Diseases Annual Report.
PHILADELPHIA — Each new update in the nationwide surge of measles cases takes Dr. Paul Offit back to the battlefield that was Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia during a regional outbreak that began in 1990. By the time it ended the following year, more than 1,400 city and suburban resident…
ATLANTA, Ga. — On any given morning, a steady stream of customers flows into Rev Coffee in Smyrna, mixing cups of espresso with white chocolate, frappe with coconut and drip coffee with hazelnut syrup.
Even as Michigan health officials urge vaccinations amid a measles outbreak that now counts 41 cases, residents opposed to mandatory vaccines converged on Lansing Thursday to deliver a message of their own to lawmakers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are investigating whether electronic cigarettes may trigger seizures in some people who use the nicotine-vaping devices.
PHOENIX — The U.S. Surgeon General’s office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation’s drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing. Yet, by all accounts, there aren’t nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doct…
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The governor whose state is at the center of the fight over work requirements for Medicaid recipients said Thursday he wants to fight a judge's ruling blocking those rules, while Republicans elsewhere are trying to determine the decision's effect on their state.
Every year, there is controversy involving the flu vaccine. How effective is it? Should you get it? But a new study aims to address another question: When is the best time to get the shot?
Each month, local physicians answer your questions. This month, Dr. Reginald Kapteyn, from Orthopaedic Associates of Muskegon, answers your questions about pain management through physiatry.
As measles outbreaks rage nationally — 159 people in 10 states have been infected in the first two months of this year alone, many of whom are children — it has prompted an intense debate about public policy around vaccines and whether parents should be allowed to use religious and philosoph…
Before a Homecoming crowd last Friday, Fruitport Calvary Christian senior Luke Anhalt made the most of his return to the basketball court.