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Michigan confirms Rocky Mountain spotted fever case in Cass County

Michigan health officials say they’ve confirmed the first case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever contracted in the state since 2009. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the case involved a child in southwestern Michigan’s Cass County. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by bacteria and can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly, even …

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County teen birth rates down

Step Up St. Joseph County celebrated National Teen Pregnancy-Prevention Month by highlighting the county’s dramatic decrease in teen birth rates. According to Rebecca Burns, Health Officer for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and member of the Step Up St. Joseph County initiative, enormous progress in reducing teen pregnancy has been made. During 2014, 62 St. Joseph County teenage girls …

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Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 6 to June 10. One of nearly 800 Healogicsmanaged Centers; Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program Directors …

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Michigan Senate OKs CPR training for high school students

Michigan students in grades 7 to 12 would receive CPR training under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The Senate unanimously approved legislation Tuesday to require the state Education Department to ensure by the 2017-18 academic year that health education guidelines provide for instruction in CPR and automatic external defibrillators. A similar bill is pending on the House floor. The …

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Tobacco use awareness

The World Health Organization and its partners are marking World No-Tobacco Day Tuesday, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is joining WHO, and thousands of organizations and individuals around the globe in an effort to raise awareness about the health harms caused by …

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Dental clinics will open this fall

Dental clinics to serve Medicaid and uninsured patients are expected to open in Sturgis and Coldwater by the end of September after approval of an inter-local contract Thursday. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency board has approved a recommended agreement with non-profit My Community Dental Centers. Health Officer Rebecca Burns said it will fill a much-needed service in both communities, …

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