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Michigan Battling West Nile Virus, Avian Flu and Chronic Wasting Disease

Michigan's first cases of avian flu and West Nile virus were confirmed in early June. Chronic wasting disease was discovered in free-ranging deer in Michigan at the end of May.

The Michigan DNR and others are working to stop the spread of all three.

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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in 6–3 Ruling

In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the King v. Burwell case upholding the tax subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Spectrum Health Breaks Ground to Expand Rehab and Nursing Center

Health care in Grand Rapids, and West Michigan just keeps getting better.

Spectrum Health is holding a ceremonial groundbreaking event today, Tuesday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at its Rehab and Nursing Center at 4118 Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids. The facility, which was originally built in 1964, is being expanded and renovated to better serve patients.

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12th Annual Beach Survival Challenge Happening This Weekend At Grand Haven State Park

The popular Beach Survival Challenge event is coming back to the Grand Haven State Park tomorrow, Saturday, June 20. The event was started 12 years ago in honor of Andy Fox who lost his life in a rip current. The event was created to raise awareness of water safety along Lake Michigan in a fun, educational atmosphere. Since its inception, over 3,000 kids and adults have participated.

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First Confirmation of West Nile Virus in Michigan of 2015

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed Michigan's first West Nile virus activity of 2015.

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Michigan’s First Case of Avian Flu Confirmed in Wild Geese

Yesterday, the Michigan DNR announced the state’s first confirmed cases of avian influenza H5N2. The disease was found in free-ranging Canada geese in Macomb County.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) can infect both free-ranging and domestic poultry such as chickens, turkeys, quail and geese.

No human HPAI infections have been detected in the United States.

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Michigan Cancels All Poultry and Waterfowl Exhibitions Due to Avian Flu Risk

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced the decision to cancel all 2015 poultry and waterfowl exhibitions in Michigan.

The decision was made to prevent birds from different locations from spreading avian influenza.

The ban includes, but is not limited to shows, exhibitions, swap meets, petting zoos at fairs, game bird and waterfowl fair displays, and Miracle of Life exhibits.

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Michigan Confirms First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Free-Ranging Deer

The Michigan DNR and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township near Lansing has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the first time the disease has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging deer population.

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Health Benefits of Hiking — 5 Reasons to Hit the Trails This Summer

Put on some sunscreen and bug repellant, and enjoy these five health benefits of hiking this summer:

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Pink Tie Guys Annual Fundraiser to Fight Breast Cancer is Thursday in Grand Rapids

The Pink Tie Guys is an exclusive group of men committed to raising awareness of how breast cancer impacts the total family.

The group meets once per year. This year's meeting is at Reserve Wine & Food in Grand Rapids on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - Midnight.

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We Finally Know Why our Fingers Get Wrinkly in the Bath [Video]

You guys! One of life's great mysteries has finally been solved!

Have you spent a lot of time wondering why your fingers and toes get all pruny in the bath? Well, now we know, thanks to science!

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New Drug Shows Promise for Sufferers of Allergic Asthma

Asthma affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide and about half of all asthmatics suffer from allergic asthma.

A new drug for sufferers of allergic asthma is showing early signs of success in testing.

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