Forty years ago, 1,000 children a day were afflicted with polio in 125 countries around the world. Thanks to efforts by Rotary International, that disease that once devastated children across the globe is nearly entirely eradicated.
As the temperature rises in the summer, so does the risk of heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Over the past 30 years, extreme heat has claimed more lives in America than any other weather-related hazard, including flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning, accor…
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health says it will begin providing the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to children under the age of 5, beginning today.
GRAND RAPIDS — COVID-19 numbers are trending in the right direction across Michigan. After increasing for six weeks, hospitalization and case rates have declined slightly this week in the Wolverine State.
BERLIN (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is “most certainly not over,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Sunday, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the omicron wave. He told governments that “we lower our guard at our peril.”
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. — The call came into the southern Illinois abortion clinic on a recent weekday: A young woman from Missouri was on the line, frantic because she no longer had the money to pay for her $470 procedure, which was scheduled for the next day.
MUSKEGON — Muskegon Community College, working in collaboration with West Michigan Works! and several Michigan community colleges and hospitals, had a “soft launch” for its surgical tech program on May 16, becoming the first health care associate’s degree registered apprenticeship in the Uni…
WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States – and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking.
WASHINGTON — At the center of the nationwide baby formula shortage is a single factory: Abbott Nutrition’s plant that has been closed for more than three months because of contamination problems.
NORTON SHORES — A program for those who are caregivers for someone with late-season Alzheimer’s disease will be held next month in the Muskegon area.
At a psychiatric hospital in Michigan, Dr. Cara Poland’s patients were handed a sheet of paper to find follow-up care. The hospital had entered local ZIP codes on a website — run by the nation’s top substance use and mental health agency — and printed the resulting list of providers for pati…
More than four years ago, Tennessee nurse RaDonda Vaught typed two letters into a hospital’s computerized medication cabinet, selected the wrong drug from the search results, and gave a patient a fatal dose.
LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a measure expanding access to a Michigan child abuse registry, after seven years of pushing by the mother of a victim of abuse at the hands of a caregiver with previous convictions.
Cases, test positivity and wastewater surveillance are all showing an increase in COVID-19, according to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.
It might be a stretch to say we celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day, but to Erica Beitel, it’s certainly something she honors and observes.
HOLLAND — A team of Ottawa County teenagers recently created a video to reach their peers about childhood sex abuse and resources where they can get help.
The billions of dollars invested in COVID vaccines and COVID-19 research so far are expected to yield medical and scientific dividends for decades, helping doctors battle influenza, cancer, cystic fibrosis and far more diseases.
LANSING — Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that all Michiganders ages 50 and older, as well as moderately or severely immunocomp…
BALTIMORE — In a high-tech lab on Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus in Baltimore, engineers have been building a robot that may be able to stitch back together the broken vessels in your belly and at some point maybe your brain, no doctor needed.
Cases of the newest COVID-19 variant, as well as more influenza cases, have been detected in Kent and Ottawa counties in the past few weeks.
U.S. regulators on Tuesday authorized another COVID-19 booster for people age 50 and older, a step to offer extra protection for the most vulnerable in case the coronavirus rebounds.
The North Ottawa Community Health System has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to discuss the feasibility of becoming part of Trinity Health Michigan.
COSTA MESA, Calif. — Kennedy Stonum, a high school junior, deflected repeated entreaties from her father to please just get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The loss or change in a person’s sense of taste and smell is something that can happen to people who have had COVID-19. It’s a common symptom with other viruses, including influenza, but it’s happening at a much larger magnitude due to the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month unveiled updated COVID-19 guidelines that relaxed masking recommendations, some people no doubt sighed in relief and thought it was about time.
The Biden administration is proposing replacing much of the 100-year-old Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital — which sits about 12 miles west of downtown Chicago — as part of a national overhaul of the nation’s veteran’s health care system.
Norovirus-like illness (stomach bug) is circulating in the community and is increasing, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health said Tuesday.
BEND, Ore. — Monica Melkonian wanted the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. It was only one shot and then she would be protected against the virus. So she was thrilled when the vaccination clinic at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center on April 7 had her first choice.
GRAND RAPIDS — A wise philosopher once said, “Education is the ability to meet life’s situations.” That’s especially applicable to understanding all the options offered by a hospice organization, according to Jennifer Radaz, education manager at Emmanuel Hospice.
Resilience, a nonprofit organization that provides sexual assault exams and advocates for domestic abuse survivors, has received additional funding to expand its services in Ottawa County.
BALTIMORE — Kels Rosario tested positive for COVID-19 before there was a vaccine and again after he got the shots. He suspects an illness at the beginning of the pandemic also was caused by the coronavirus.
The Ottawa County Department of Public Health on Friday reported the seven-day average number of new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa County had slid to about 40 per day, down from the 67 per day reported a week ago.
There has been a fivefold increase in U.S. adults taking melatonin supplements for sleep, according to a study co-authored by Dr. Naima Covassin, a researcher in Mayo Clinic’s Cardiology Lab.
DELTA TOWNSHIP — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed bipartisan bills into law that are designed to reduce prescription drug costs by regulating pharmacy benefit managers that oversee coverage for employers, insurers and others.
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