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Published October 19, 2017

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Published October 11, 2017

TROY — The Troy Community Center will have on-site physical therapy services early next year. 

At a Sept. 25 meeting, the Troy City Council unanimously approved a five-year sublease with two five-year renewal options with the Detroit Medical Center — Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for 487 square feet of space at the community center for a physical therapy clinic and to provide health and wellness programs. 

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Published September 29, 2017

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METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 26, 2017

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Take a walk down memory lane and get tips and information for your life now at the 2017 Senior Expo.

Open 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Assumption Cultural Center, 21800 Marter Road, the 24th annual Senior Expo has exhibits and giveaways, complimentary lunch, raffles, entertainment, and plenty of information for older adults and caregivers. 

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — A Sterling Heights woman who is competing in a state pageant is hoping to spread the news about the importance of scoliosis testing.

Jennifer Dunger, 20, from Sterling Heights, is trying out later this month for Miss Michigan USA, which is affiliated with the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. She also is pursuing a baking and pastry career via the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — Alana Stephens, almost 5, of Troy, was born with a very rare congenital heart defect. 

Her mother, Amy, explained that Alana’s condition, Ebstein’s anomaly — when a valve in the heart is displaced, in Alana’s case, being too low — accounts for only 1 percent of all congenital heart defects. 

“I’ve only met three other people with it,” Amy Stephens said. 

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Published September 5, 2017

DETROIT — Families from all over the Detroit area gathered at William Milliken State Park and Harbor in Detroit Aug. 9 to take advantage of free health and dental screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and an array of health experts speaking on the importance of making healthier living choices during the McKinney Foundation’s seventh annual Celebrating a Healthier Detroit Expo.

The event included games such as basketball, baseball and football, as well as lunches from the YMCA, a food giveaway for 100 families from Gleaners Community Food Bank and a fun run.

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Published August 28, 2017

WALLED LAKE/WEST BLOOMFIELD — High school can be a hard time for anyone, and sometimes mental health takes a back seat, especially during the school year.

Friendship Circle’s UMatter program has been around for two years, helping teens deal with social anxiety and isolation. 

The West Bloomfield-based nonprofit will be expanding its program to work with students at local high schools during the 2017-18 school year. 

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — About eight Farmington Hills-area residents between the ages of 46 and 70 were recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Oakland County Health Division, said.

The Oakland County Health Division reported the eight new cases of hepatitis A in the last two weeks, which were concentrated in the Farmington Hills area. 

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Published August 22, 2017

FARMINGTON — Two children in southeast Michigan were recently diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels after taking Indian-based Balguti Kesaria/Kesaria Balguti Ayurvedic medicine, according to Dr. Dilli Ramesh, a pediatrician at Beaumont hospitals in Farmington Hills and Royal Oak.

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Published August 15, 2017

TROY — Shelby Township resident Deborah Sferlazza, 60, a former school principal, lives with chronic pain — but she’s learned ways to put her pain “in the back seat.” 

“It (the pain) is not always invited to the party,” she said. 

While she worked as principal of Brookfield Academy, in Rochester Hills, during renovations in 2008, she did too much heavy lifting and injured her back. 

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Published August 15, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Holistic health practitioner Sonja Ozog is ready to take today’s tea drinking back a couple of centuries.

Ozog specializes in herbal medicine and wants to show tea-drinking aficionados and newbies alike how to use medicinal teas, herbs and spices to their benefit. 

Ozog will share her knowledge at the Herbal Tea Party 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Longacre House.

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Published August 14, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Did you know there’s an Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition?

The group partners with the Oakland County Health Division and the Women, Infants and Children program to honor World Breastfeeding Week with an annual Breastfeeding-Friendly Place awards ceremony.

If you didn’t know, you’re not alone. And that’s exactly why the county is doing its part to bring awareness to breastfeeding and reducing stigma behind feeding in public places.

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Published August 1, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Health official confirmed today that the West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this summer in two separate samplings of mosquitoes gathered in the county.

Health Department Director William Ridella said there have been no confirmed cases of a human contracting the virus in Michigan this year.

Ridella issued a list of precautions for the public to follow to protect themselves and their family from West Nile:

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Published August 1, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, July 29, the third annual Holistic Health & Wellness Fair took over the repair garage at the Packard Proving Grounds during a regularly scheduled Shelby Township Farmers Market.

The event’s goal was to spread awareness for better health and a better planet by bringing the community together for a fun, interactive and educational experience.

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Published July 26, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Mosquitoes in a local pool recently tested positive for West Nile virus, according to officials from the Oakland County Health Division.

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Published July 26, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Interventional neurologists at McLaren Macomb Hospital have successfully performed Macomb County’s first Pipeline Flex embolization, a minimally invasive neurological procedure for the treatment of brain aneurysms.

A McLaren doctor explained in a recent press release how the Pipeline is a specialized stent that is implanted in the brain to divert bloodflow, preventing the aneurysm from growing and allowing it to heal.

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Published July 26, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Heart of the Hills run will be returning to Bloomfield Hills Saturday, July 29, and runners from all over the area are lacing up their running shoes.

The run will encompass a 5K and a 10K, and it benefits youth charity programs run through the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club and the Bloomfield Hills School District’s charity program. The run has been lauded by past participants for its beautiful and challenging route.

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Published July 17, 2017

ROYAL OAK — When 86-year-old Bill Baker learned that his brain tumor was returning, it was another valley in his medical journey.

Already a cancer survivor and former Mayo Clinic patient for partial tumor removal, the mid-Michigan resident wasn’t sure if there would be any more options. But then one day while channel surfing, he saw Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson discussing a new type of radiation treatment coming to the area.

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