Health & Fitness

Published March 3, 2016

METRO DETROIT — During the winter months, the average child contracts about six colds, according to Dr. Irvin Kappy, service chief of pediatrics for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. 

And oftentimes, the cause of the cold is the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, Kappy added.

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Published February 25, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Lead, a naturally occurring element, can be found in the environment and throughout the home.

Historians have even debated the probability of lead poisoning causing the fall of the Roman Empire.  

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Published February 22, 2016

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Although there have been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus locally, the Oakland County Health Department said it has a plan in place to help prevent an outbreak, should the mosquito make its way to Michigan. 

According to Dr. Christopher Carpenter, chief of infectious disease for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, mosquitoes carrying the virus are expected to reach the U.S. sometime this year or early next year, and pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant are at greatest risk for the adverse effects of the Zika virus. 

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Published February 3, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — While living in Redford in 1990, Tim Tutak held in his arms a neighbor’s baby who had a seizure while he and the parents drove to the hospital. 

What raced through his mind was the possibility of performing infant CPR on the less than 1-year-old girl. Luckily, he didn’t have to.

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Published February 3, 2016

A new exercise program offered in Troy uses boxing moves and yoga stretches to ease the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement and often includes tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity in the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination.

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Published February 3, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — The Birmingham Groves High School auditorium will play host to a special film presentation and talk with the people behind the documentary “PlantPure Nation.”

The talk and screening takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the auditorium of the school, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road.

The film features Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD., professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University; his son, Nelson Campbell; and Kentucky state Rep. Tom Riner as they try to spread the message of the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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Published February 1, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — It’s been a year since the state of Michigan enacted reforms that now require parents to meet with a health professional before they can receive a nonmedical immunization waiver for their child.

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Published January 26, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Brighton resident Laurie Kuivanen, 44, has a wedding to attend this spring. 

She wants to lose weight in time for her niece’s nuptials, but shedding the pounds has become a lifestyle for her.

“I want to lose about another 15 pounds,” the Northville MB Financial employee said. “My niece is getting married in May — that is my ultimate goal, to have it done by then.”

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Published January 25, 2016

Construction that began in September 2014 on what looks like a Lego house across from Troy City Hall, on Big Beaver, is finished and awaiting young patients.

Doctors, nurses, administrators, therapy dogs and volunteers were on hand to show the new Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan–Troy to about 3,000 visitors Jan. 23.

The center is set to open its 24/7 emergency room facilities Feb. 1. The subspeciality facilities on the second floor will open the following week, and the third-floor surgical center will open the week after that.

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Published January 19, 2016

Newly released guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture are lengthy and may be hard to digest for those who are not health professionals.

However, Beaumont health experts helped to boil things down to basics — and eggs are OK.

Consumer-based 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines can be found online at USDA information more geared toward health care professionals is available online at

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Published January 6, 2016

CLAWSON — After receiving two artificial knees, Sylvia Fry knew her days of traditional aerobicizing were over.

But that didn’t stop Fry from making sure she continued to exercise on a regular basis by visiting the Hunter Community Center.

“My doctor said any exercise that you do is better than nothing,” she said.

Fry, 76, attends chair yoga and chair exercise classes at the center and said it keeps her feeling great. The classes are free. Donations are suggested, but not required.

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Published December 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Local medical experts say the flu wreaked havoc in Macomb County last season, affecting thousands and sending many to the hospital, flooding local emergency rooms.

The key to staying healthy this flu season is being keen to the symptoms and avoiding spreading the infection.

Registered nurse Kellee Necaise, infection prevention coordinator at McLaren Macomb Hospital, is an expert in the practice of preventing the infection and spread of communicable diseases, which especially includes the flu.

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Published December 9, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Health demographics are always changing, with different issues becoming progressively better or worse.

In an effort to keep services readily available to address different health concerns, the Macomb County Health Department is conducting a countywide behavioral health risk survey of 1,200 households.

The voluntary survey — which takes about 20-30 minutes — began in November and is currently underway, possibly continuing into January 2016 if the desired resident number has not been reached.

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Published December 7, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With the season of giving in full swing, the sixth annual Jingle Bell Run 5K will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to a record eight charities this year.

The holiday-themed run and walk will begin at 9 a.m. sharp Sunday, Dec. 13. The cost is $25 per person, and participants can register online at or in person on race day starting at 7 a.m.

The course will begin and end behind the Shelby community center, located at 51690 Van Dyke Ave., north of 23 Mile Road.

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Published November 18, 2015

According to Lt. Michael Vargas, of the Beverly Hills Public Safety Department, the village typically sees around one or two deer-related auto accidents in a given season.

But there’s a good chance that average could be exceeded this year, since there have already been two such incidents in Beverly Hills — on the same day.

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Published November 16, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — As cold and flu season descends on metro Detroit, the Baldwin Public Library is celebrating — sort of — with a talk from a local expert on contagious diseases.

Dr. Howard Markel, a Detroit native and noted medical historian, physician and professor, will be at the library at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 to present a lecture called “When Germs Travel: Contagious Crises Across History.” 

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Published November 16, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — A new study recently revealed that Oakland County is among the healthiest counties throughout the state, ranking ninth among 82 counties, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

But Oakland County Health Officer/Manager Kathy Forzley said there’s no time to celebrate the honor. That’s because the annual study is just one indicator the county uses to analyze health, and all the data shows there’s still lots of work to be done.

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Published November 4, 2015

Go within to find your true self and become more focused, effective, joyful and happy, and learn the practice of meditation at the Troy Public Library during a four-part series in November and December.

All you need is a chair.

This is the second time James Joseph and Anjani Tiwari have presented the meditation program at the library.

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Published October 7, 2015

METRO DETROIT — We’ve all heard those too-good-to-be-true fitness tidbits, like how chewing gum burns 11 calories, and eating celery burns more calories than you take in. And those are the fun facts that make dieting seem oh-so-easy, right?

Well, as it turns out, they are too good to be true.

While many everyday activities do help contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle, it takes a little something extra to count as part of a workout routine, according to many trainers.

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