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Eye appointment likely saved woman's life

Eye appointment likely saved woman's life

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A trip to buy new eyeglasses likely saved the life of a Bridgman woman.

When she started making mistakes on the job and having headaches more frequently, Laurel Rosebush scheduled a visit with her eye doctor.  A vision technician noticed Rosebush’s right pupil was dilated more than the left one, so she recommended Rosebush see a specialist for a CT scan.  That scan revealed a brain aneurysm pressing on Rosebush’s right optic nerve.

“No one wants to hear, ‘You have a brain aneurysm,’” Rosebush says.  “At first I couldn’t breathe.”

Aneurysms are weak spots in blood vessels that left untreated can burst, often leading to stroke or death. 

Libraries offer free passes to state parks

Libraries offer free passes to state parks
 

Now’s your chance to enjoy the “MI Big Green Gym” by picking up free state park passes at your local library.

The Michigan Recreation and Parks Association is teaming up with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to offer free passes, allowing visitors to experience free recreation  programs many of the parks offer.

Bronson specialists offer advice for back and neck pain July 17

Bronson specialists offer advice for back and neck pain July 17

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Neck and back pain are among the top health complaints among Americans.

Wednesday, July 17, spine and scoliosis specialists with Bronson HealthCare Midwest will hold a free information session about treatment options that are available locally.

The program, which is open to the public, will take place at Friendship Village, located at 1400 N. Drake Rd. in Kalamazoo. Refreshments and snacks will be available.  Registration is appreciated, but not required.  For more information or to register, visit Bronson HealthCare's website  or call (269) 341-7723.

Planned Parenthood offers free HIV testing as part of awareness campaign

Planned Parenthood offers free HIV testing as part of awareness campaign

Planned Parenthood of West and North Michigan (PPWNM) will offer free HIV testing at all of its health centers on Thursday, June 27, in honor of National HIV Testing Day.

PPWNM offers the Rapid HIV test by Alere, which involves a simple finger poke with test results in just 20 minutes.  Testing is confidential and by appointment.  Walk-ins will be accepted only if openings are available.

It is estimated that one out of five Americans living with HIV does not know it.  National HIV testing day is an opportunity for people nationwide to learn their HIV status and take control of their health and their lives.

Planned Parenthood of West and North Michigan has eight health centers in the area, including:

  • Lemmen Health Center (175 E. Adams St., Ionia)
  • Kalamazoo Health Center (4201 W Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo)
  • Muskegon Health Center (209 E. Apple Ave., Muskegon)

Correction: Free health screenings available June 8

Correction: Free health screenings available June 8

Sam’s Club will host free men’s health screenings June 8 in honor of Men’s Health Month.

The free screenings will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all Sam’s Club stores that contain a pharmacy.  While the health screening event focuses on men’s health, free testing will be available for women as well.

Testing available during the free health screening event would normally cost an uninsured individual up to $150.  The tests include:

  • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men
  • TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test for women
  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Vision

Recent surveys have found many men do not visit their primary care physician annually, even though preventative screenings can reduce the risk of common diseases like prostate cancer.

Sam’s Club has four pharmacies in West Michigan at the following locations:

  • 3901 Alpine Ave. N.W.

Donate blood and get Girl Scout cookies from Michigan Blood

Donate blood and get Girl Scout cookies from Michigan Blood

Michigan Blood's main donor sites are serving Girl Scout cookies while supplies last, courtesy of the Gift of Caring program.  

Many people buy the cookies to support the Girl Scouts but for a variety of reasons, don’t want them. Michigan Blood received 3,000 boxes of those unwanted Girl Scout cookies this year, so donors across Michigan are in for a real treat!

Michigan Blood has main donor centers in My Town Grand Rapids North (1036 Fuller NE), My Town Grandville (3140 Wilson SW) and My Town Kalamazoo (524 East Milham Ave., Portage)  Appointments are preferred but not required to give blood.  To schedule an appointment, call  1-866-MIBLOOD or visit  http://www.miblood.org/.

 

 

Relay for Life a success

Relay for Life a success

Rockford Relay For Life raised $318,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the state.

Other West Michigan communities are doing their part.  During the Wyoming-Grandville Relay For Life on May 10, participants raised at least $54,857.  That same day, participants in the Grand Haven-Spring Lake Relay For Life collected at least $45,984 for the American Cancer Society.  Runners and walkers in East Grand Rapids raised at least $56,531 during their Relay For Life May 17.  On May 18, the Relay For Life of White Lake generated at least $43,211 for the American Cancer Society, while Relay For Life of Comstock Park raised at least $42,815.

And don’t count local colleges out.  In April, Grand Valley State University raised at least $85,263 during its Relay For Life, Western Michigan University collected at least $32,083 and Aquinas College raised $5,670.

Plenty more communities are planning Rel