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Kent and Kalamazoo County’s Population/Mental Health Provider Ratio Among Lowest in Michigan

County Health Rankings annual report examines a variety of health measures across the country. This week, we are looking at some of the highest and lowest rated health measures found in West Michigan.

The report found that the ratios of population to mental health providers in Kent County and Kalamazoo County are among the lowest in Michigan.

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University of Michigan Device Keeps Transplant Hearts Beating While in Transit [Video]

Despite advances in organ transplantation, the way donor hearts are moved from hospital to hospital remains low-tech: stored on ice and carried in a store-bought cooler.

The University of Michigan Health System is testing a new high-tech heart box that circulates blood from the donor to the heart so that it continues throbbing while in transit.

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Muskegon and Ionia Counties Among the Most Obese in Michigan

County Health Rankings annual report is out. This week, we are examining the results to see what they teach us about West Michigan.

The report says Muskegon and Ionia counties are among the most obese in Michigan.

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Allegan County Residents Among the Best Sleepers in Michigan

County Health Rankings annual report is out. This week, we are looking at what we learned about West Michigan from the report.

The report says Allegan County residents are some of the best sleepers in Michigan.

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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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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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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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This Week Is One of Most Dangerous of Year Because of Daylight Saving Time

This week might not be the time to pick up that new knife throwing or sky diving hobby you've been thinking about.

According to the New York Times, Monday is one of the most dangerous days of the year because of daylight saving time . The rest of the week is affected too.

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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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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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