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Breast Cancer Suvivor Celebration is November 8th

Steve Ford will be in Grand Rapids, Thursday, November 8th for the "On The Wings of Hope Survivor and Grantee Celebration" for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation celebration dinner.

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Letting Your Dog Lick Your Face Can Make You And Your Dog Sick

Non-dog owners will often cringe when they see a canine take a big lick of human face.

And there may be something to their revulsion. According to a new study published in the Archives of Oral Biology dog owners have high rates of a type of dangerous mouth bacteria.

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Category: AC, Animals, Health, News, TSM
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Spectrum, Saint Mary’s Honored by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health care in Grand Rapids has never been better.  Congratulations to the three major hospitals, in addition to the Michigan State College of Medicine, the VanAndel Research Institute, the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, and more, for making West Michigan such a quality area.

The quality and growth certainly hasn't gone unnoticed.   MLive.com reported this week, the organ transplant programs at Spectrum Health and Saint Mary’s Health Care are among the 174 transplant programs in the country honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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What Are the Best and Worst Cities in America for Heart Health?

Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld where a hypochondria-fueled George Costanza thinks he's having a heart attack after watching a segment on PBS called “Coronary Country”? Well, maybe George had a point. It turns out there are plenty of reasons to be fearful of heart disease, the leading killer of people in the United States.

Recently, the folks at Men's Health set out to find exactly where in America the dreaded heart disease resides the most.

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Lifelong Friends Celebrate 100th Birthday Together

We’d like to introduce you to the world’s most adorable best friends -- Joseph Katz and Al Spiegel from Florida. They have been buds for 91 years, and they’re still going strong!

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Freddie Combs Loses 400 Lbs., Sings ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ on ‘X Factor’

Freddie Combs once weighed 920 pounds. He has worked his tail off to lose 400 pounds, and he's not done. He is currently seated in a wheelchair, but he wants to be able to lose more weight and stand while singing on 'X Factor.' That's a big goal, but he has the talent to get far on this show.

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10 Surprising Uses for Toothpaste

When you’re brushing your teeth, it can be almost impossible to contain the toothpaste only to your brush. Somehow it ends up on the mirror, in the sink, maybe even on your hands.

It seems like the only good place for that paste is in your mouth, but as it turns out, there are a lot of other places you might want your toothpaste to go. It can help out all over the house if you know how to use it.

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Category: Health, Weird News
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West Nile Virus is Becoming Epidemic in Michigan

Last week I wrote a blog regarding the West Nile Virus, and the seemingly epidemic proportion of it around the country, especially in Dallas, Texas.  At that time, we had 24 confirmed cases in Michigan and we were being cautioned to take care.  There were 5 Kent County cases.  Well today, it's much worse.

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Blood Donation Rules Have Changed a Bit

The gift of blood is the gift of life.  And Michigan Blood has been the gift of life for so many here in Michigan.

There are so many loyal and committed donors that keep the blood supply able to fill hospital needs, but there could always be more.

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Standing Up Is an Easy Way to Improve Your Health

You exercise, eat well and don’t smoke, but if you think that’s all it takes to be healthy, think again.

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West Nile Virus is the Worst Ever in U.S.

It's all over the news, this West Nile virus outbreak.  Texas seems to be the hardest hit, with the community resorting the aerial spraying.  This summer, it is the largest ever, with nearly 1,200 cases reported so far to the Centers for Disease Control. 

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Would You Approve Of Aerial Insecticide Spray Over Grand Rapids To Control West Nile?

Dallas is currently experiencing a major outbreak of West Nile virus.  20 people have died from West Nile this year in Texas, 10 in Dallas County. Hundreds have been infected.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins have declared a state of emergency due to the spread of West Nile.

To fight the virus, which is carried and spread by mosquitoes, the Texas Health Department is paying to have Dallas County sprayed with insecticide.  But there are many who question both the safety and effectiveness of spraying.

If Grand Rapids were to ever experience a major West Nile outbreak, would you approve of spraying aerial insecticide to control it?

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