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CHICAGO — The breakthrough bite took place about 30 minutes into treatment. My daughter Kate bravely raised a cracker to her mouth and, with little hesitation, took a bite. That cracker had cinnamon in it, a spice she hadn’t tried in years.

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DETROIT — Daniel Ament doesn’t shake hands anymore. It’s too risky.

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As influenza-like illnesses continue to make the rounds, health officials advise residents to take precautions.

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There are already about 3,500 more reported absences in Ottawa County schools related to flu-like illnesses than in the last flu season, according to the county’s health department.

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Despite widespread fear and uncertainty over coronavirus, a vaccine expert says the bigger threat to Americans is an illness that millions of people in the country catch every year.

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ZEELAND — Dee Worley and her partner of 19 years, Stacy Van Dine, met their son, Luke, when he was 9 weeks old.

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Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. This month’s column features Dr. Jennifer Sandy, of the North Ottawa Community Health System’s Bariatric Clinic.

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As a new type of coronavirus rages through China and spreads to other countries, including the United States, the public understandably has a lot of questions about the illness and how to avoid it.

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One organization is aimed at providing an integrative approach to address a patient’s mind, body and spirit.

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Some patients of the Grand Haven hospital will soon receive notification letters that their health information was improperly accessed.

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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.

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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.

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In addition to teaching the curriculum, educators have another issue they’ve been working to tackle – vaping.

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Mosquitoes carrying the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis have driven at least one Friday night football game in Michigan to the daylight hours.

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Looking back at pictures and notes from her colleagues, Lany Schoenmaker recalled stories from her years in a local hospital.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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After volunteering thousands of hours throughout the year, the North Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary made a donation Tuesday afternoon.

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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.

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More than half of U.S. companies offer workplace wellness programs to their employees, but a new study suggests they do very little — if anything — to improve workers’ health.

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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.