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Kent County’s Rate of Binge Drinking Adults Among the Worst in Michigan

County Health Rankings has released their annual report which ranks counties in Michigan. This week, we are looking at what we learned about West Michigan from the report.

First, binge drinking in Michigan. Kent County has one of the highest rates in Michigan.

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Animal Rescue Centres Feel The Strain After Christmas Pets Are Abandoned
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Canine Influenza Outbreak in Chicago, No Immediate Threat in Michigan

An outbreak of canine influenza requiring the treatment of 100 dogs has closed a Chicago animal shelter. Last spring, more than 1,000 dogs in the Chicago area became sick, according to NBC Chicago.

However, there have been no widespread reports of canine influenza in Michigan.

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Flint Continues To Struggle With Water Contamination Crisis
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Genesee County Legionnaires’ Disease Update: 88 Cases, 10 Deaths

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services today issued an updated report for 2015 into the increase of Legionnaires’ disease in Genesee County.

The report identifies an additional case and provides updated data and further analysis regarding the investigation.

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Michigan Flu Levels Down for First Time Since January

This week's report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shows that statewide reports of flu-like symptoms are down for the first time since January.

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Bumble Bee Recalls Over 30,000 Cases of Tuna

Check your cabinets because Bumble Bee has recalled about 31,500 cases of their 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna.

According to Bumble Bee's website, the recall is
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Third Annual Nutrition Advisory Council Symposium
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Where is Richard Simmons? Apparently Hanging out at Home

A raging mystery has been burning a hole in peoples minds for the past two years, where is Richard Simmons? After all, he hasn't been seen in public for more that two years, and people feared for him.

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Flu in Michigan Near Highest Level Since 2009 H1N1 Pandemic

After a mild start to the flu season in Michigan, reports of flu-like symptoms are rising sharply according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K March 19

Preparations for the 2016 Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K, to be held on Saturday, March 19, are quickly ramping up as race day approaches.

Many racers have already signed up and with the good weather we're having, this week should see a significant jump in registrations.

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Health Care is Tops in Grand Rapids

We are really blessed with top quality health care in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Spectrum Health-Blodgett and Butterworth, Mercy Health-St. Mary's, and Metro Health, along with the specialty services of the heart and cancer centers, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, and more, offer world class care that patients from around the world seek and use.

In Grand Rapids, our pride regarding local health care,  sometimes thought of as "our little secret," have now been recognized nationally.

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Here Come the Chickens

The chickens are coming...the chickens are coming!

Yes, the Chickens are back, as Gilda’s LaughFest, announced they’ll attempt to take back the Guinness World Record for ”Largest Rubber Chicken Toss!”

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Michigan Department of Health Warns of Possible Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease This Summer

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents that Legionnaires’ disease can happen at any time of the year, but it is more common during warmer months when temperatures are ideal for growth of the bacteria that cause this disease.

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Flu Hits New Seasonal High in Michigan

As reports of flu-like symptoms skyrocket in southwest Michigan, statewide reports of the flu have hit another seasonal high in Michigan.

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