Health & Fitness

Published December 13, 2017

FARMINGTON — Sheri Hicks has the autoimmune disease scleroderma, which is a chronic connective tissue disease that is typically classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease.

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Published December 8, 2017

HARPER WOODS — The town hall meeting to discuss the opioid crisis that was canceled Sept. 27 has been rescheduled.

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Published December 6, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township took a step toward opting in to new medical marijuana laws approved by the Michigan Legislature.

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Published November 16, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Alana Yaksich, a West Bloomfield resident, was an average 5-year-old on Feb. 1, 2003. She spent the day with her family, watching movies and eating ice cream alongside her brothers. 

That evening, Alana developed a high fever and was rushed to the hospital. Within hours, Alana died from swelling and injury to her brain due to flu complications. 

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Published November 6, 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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