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  1. Detroit's maternal death rate triple the nation's

    Experts blame the same combination of medical conditions and social toxins that kills Detroit babies at a frequency that is the worst of America's big cities, and even some Third World countries.

  2. Surgery while on an anticoagulant is risky

    Dear Dr. Roach: About five years ago, I developed atrial fib­rillation and received a pacemaker. I also was put on blood thinners — first warfarin, and now Pradaxa. Last year, I developed a hernia in my left groin area. I believe it has grown wo­rse. Neither my heart specialist nor my general practitioner says much about it. I assume they would not recommend an operation because I am on the blood thinner. Is there anything that can be done? I am almost 82.

  3. One very common shaving myth debunked

    Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 48-year-old, athletically fit man with excessive body hair on my back, chest and arms. I see that the younger generation of men at the gyms, pools and beaches seem to all groom (shave) their body hair for better appearance. I started trimming down but have not fully shaved. My concern is whether when you cut hair, it grows faster.

    • 11:30 PM, Jul. 8, 2014

    MIT ring-like device scans texts and reads to the blind in real time

    Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

  4. BMI is not a total picture of one's health

    Dear Dr. Roach: About seven years ago, my blood pressure was high, and I was overweight and in a stressful job.

    • 7:21 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Medical sleuths expand effort to solve mystery diseases

    Everyone loves a mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown.

    • 9:29 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Blood donation can affect athletic output

    Dear Dr. Roach: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. I donate blood as often as I'm allowed. After donating, my legs feel more fatigued when I ride, and I'm not as strong. How long can I use my blood donation as an '

  5. Leg vein clot hazardous to lungs

    Dear Dr. Roach: My story is hard to believe, but it's true. While golfing, I was hit in the calf with a golf ball. It hurt but I could still walk, and I finished 18 holes.

  6. TB infection may need to be treated even when not active

    Dear Dr. Roach: . Every time I get tested for tuberculosis, the test is positive. When I have chest X-rays, they come back clean. I was told by my doctors that somewhere I came into contact with someone who had TB.

  7. Low body temperature is worth exploring

    Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 55-year-old, active female. My body temperature is consistently 95-96 F. Also, my blood pressure seems to be going down each time I visit the doctor. At my most recent visit (two days ago), it was 96 over 67. The nurse tells me it is fine, but I am not comfortable with these readings. I do get light-headed on occasion, and I fainted once. I have a normal diet and am slightly overweight for my height.

  8. Research: Meal timing may be key to weight

    Both night shift work and night eating syndrome are related to weight gain, which may be linked to an impairment of circadian rhythms (body clock).

    • 11:03 AM, Jul. 1, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Fried snacks, coffee may be cancer risks, EU food agency says

    Crackers, potato chips, coffee and other foods browned when fried or roasted have the potential to increase the risk of cancer, according to a European Union advisory authority.

    • 5:10 PM, Jun. 30, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam, doctors group says

    Routine pelvic exams don't benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who aren't pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians said Monday as it recommended that doctors quit using them as a screening tool.

    • 6:44 AM, Jun. 30, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Human gut cells turned into insulin producers may treat diabetes

    Scientists have converted human gut cells into insulin producers by turning off a single gene in an experiment that suggests a novel way forward in treating diabetes.

    • 7:42 PM, Jun. 29, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Prediabetic should cut sugars, sugar alcohols

    Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed as being prediabetic and told to watch my sugar intake. So I now read the nutrition facts on packages. However, I am ...

  9. Ginseng, cinnamon may help in diabetes

    Dear Dr. Roach: My wife is 76 and diabetic. She has been taking meds for a long time, and has a hard time managing her blood sugars. I saw an ad recently for a ...

  10. Causes of snap, crackle, pop of knee pain can vary

    Dear Dr. Roach: Isn't age-related 'snap, crackle and pop' likely chondromalacia? How is chondromalacia different from osteoarthritis of the knee?

    • 11:48 PM, Jun. 26, 2014

    Fecal transplants develop into icky cure

    Washington Imagine a low-cost treatment for a life-threatening infection that could cure up to 90 percent of patients with minimal side effects, often in a few days.

  11. 2 in Michigan infected with new mosquito-borne virus

    Two Michigan residents are the first in the state to be infected with a new mosquito-borne virus, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.

  12. For high cholesterol, statins are still the ticket

    Dear Dr. Roach: Last year, I told my doctor that I no longer wanted to take a statin drug. I had read so much about statins and am on meds for cholesterol and ...

  13. Tips to make granola a healthy part of your diet

    Oats and additions such as nuts, seeds and dried fruits can add important nutrients to your diet, including heart-healthy soluble fiber, protein, vitamins, ...

    • 11:08 PM, Jun. 25, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Acne treatments pose risks, FDA warns

    Washington — Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause ...

    • 7:35 PM, Jun. 23, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Oakland Co. to offer free HIV testing

    In honor of National HIV Testing Day, free HIV tests will be offered by Oakland County Health Division with same-day results, from 3-7 p.m.

  14. Gov signs right to breast-feed legislation

    Lansing — Nursing mothers on Tuesday won the right to breast-feed their children in public without being asked to leave or go into a bathroom under legislation Gov. ...

    • 5:39 PM, Jun. 24, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Study: 3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer

    A new study says 3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, but whether that means saving more lives isn't known.

  15. Laryngeal neuropathy may be more common than thought

    Dear Dr. Roach: I have had a chronic cough for over 30 years. As you can imagine, I have seen numerous specialists through the years, and none of the ...

    • 9:42 AM, Jun. 23, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Michigan may let nurses do some of doctors' work

    As newly insured patients flood Michigan's health system, legislation could make it possible for nurses with advanced education to take some of the workload ...

    • 9:05 PM, Jun. 22, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    More judges prescribing heroin treatment

    Lebanon, Ohio — The twice-arrested heroin user listened nervously as the judge reviewed her record, then offered a deal he thinks could save her life.

  16. Debt from medical services can seriously hurt credit ratings

    While medical debt could potentially wreck someone's chances of obtaining credit, the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently ...

    • 5:43 PM, Jun. 22, 2014
    • Health + Fitness

    Most medications increase the risk of a fall

    Dear Dr. Roach: You recently wrote that antihistamines used for sleep can increase risk of falls.

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Surviving through age 18

Children are dying in Detroit at a greater rate than in any U.S. city its size or larger, a Detroit News study shows. Mostly, they die of conditions resulting from prematurity — the top killer of Detroit kids — and violence.

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Calculator: Health care discounts

Michigan has about 436,000 residents who could qualify for federal subsidies to purchase policies on the state's health insurance exchange, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. Are you one of them? Work the calculator to get subsidy estimates and insurance premiums available for coverage sold on the health exchange.

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