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Living with Alzheimer’s disease is like traveling in a foreign land without a map and unable to communicate. Caregivers and family members need a map to navigate this ever-changing disease and skills to communicate with love and understanding.

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Nicotine vaping became the most common type of substance use among young people, according to a long-term national study headed by University of Michigan researchers.

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It is hard to think of the COVID-19 pandemic as being anything other than negative. The one silver lining to emerge from the pandemic, however, is that for the past two years, the common cold and flu were practically nonexistent.

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The holidays can be a stressful time for people, sometimes brought on by unrealistic expectations that can lead to experiencing the “holiday blues.”

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Michigan residents can request more free COVID-19 tests from the state health department, thanks to a partnership between the state’s health and human services department and the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Leaders from the North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCHS) and Trinity Health Michigan have signed an agreement for NOCHS to become a full member of Trinity Health Michigan, starting Oct. 1.

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LANSING — Michigan health officials identified 15,851 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 83 new coronavirus deaths last week, according to the state’s weekly update on Tuesday.

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Adults with mild to moderate hearing loss will now be able to buy hearing aids without getting their hearing tested by an audiologist or other specialist, under a new FDA rule announced Tuesday.

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People in Ottawa County are still continuing to get sick from shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

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Earlier this week, the Ottawa County health department sent out a public notice warning people of the growing cases of illnesses related to shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

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LANSING — To help keep Michiganders up to date on monkeypox (MPV) and the state’s response to the virus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched a new website at Michigan.gov/mpv.

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HOLLAND TWP. — The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) will host a kindergarten health fair on Thursday, July 21, to help parents prepare incoming kindergartners for going back to school with free immunizations and hearing, vision and dental screenings.

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A plan to help the Grand Haven-based North Ottawa Community Health System continue to provide “quality care for area residents” has been signed into Michigan law, state Rep. Greg VanWoerkom announced Wednesday.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.