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Youth Heart Screenings Can Prevent Future Tragedies

Every year, students in Michigan die from sudden cardiac arrest due to abnormal heart structure or abnormal rhythms. These types of abnormalities usually go undetected without a cardiac screening. The screenings are also not typically included in the yearly sports…

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Hit by a Truck: How Health Insurance Pays Your Medical Bills

When’s the last time you planned to get into a car accident? How about breaking a bone or getting so sick you needed to stay overnight in the hospital? Let’s be honest. Nobody likes to think about the bad things…

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What’s a Deductible? A Quick Guide to Common Health Insurance Lingo

A healthy lifestyle ideally includes health insurance to protect your bank account from expenses related to an unexpected illness or hospital stay. While having it is half the battle, understanding it is the next step in making sure it’s working…

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3 Must-Ask Questions for Every Doctor’s Visit

Communicating clearly and simply is an essential part of the job of all health care providers. When doctors have good communication with their patients, it allows individuals to play a more active role in making their own health care decisions. But…

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The Dangers of Sharing Medicine

Medicine plays an important role in our health, from managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, to treating health problems like infections. But sharing medicine with family or friends, even when you intend to help them, is a dangerous misuse that…

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Does Your Child Need a Second Dose of the Flu Vaccine?

Children are at higher risk of getting the flu and may also be more likely to develop complications from the flu virus. In fact,20,000 children under age of 5 are hospitalized for flu-related complications in the United States each year….

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Preventing the Next Stroke

Jeanette was 46 when she was permanently disabled by a stroke. While blow drying her hair, she suddenly developed weakness in the left side of her face, arm and leg. Six weeks later, Jeanette was still unable to use or…

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Smart ER: How Overcrowded Are Our Emergency Rooms?

How many people surrounded you the last time you visited the ER?  Between 1995 and 2010, annual ER visits in the U.S. grew by 34 percent, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent. Emergency medical care is…

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Smart ER: Where and when to go?

The difference between a trip to a primary care physician or an urgent care center and the emergency room is an important one to understand. Primary care doctors are individuals who have known their patients for a long time and have a good idea…

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