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Colorectal Cancer is Preventable

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women. It is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths in women, and the second leading cause in men. Lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer: 1 in 21 for men 1 in 23 for woman The American Cancer Society estimates that in Read More

Good Mental Health Habits for Kids

May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Children can have mental health challenges just as adults can. As a matter of fact, over 2 million children in Michigan experience mental health challenges such as ADHD, anxiety and depression. In order to decrease this number, it is very important to provide our children with whatever Read More

Vaccinations Aren’t Just for Kids

There are several reasons people may need to be vaccinated against a disease as an adult: They weren’t vaccinated as a child The childhood vaccine may have worn off The vaccine isn’t needed until later in life The vaccine changes on a regular basis Influenza (Flu) Different strains of flu affect people every year. That’s Read More

The Truth About Computer Vision Syndrome

Do you use a computer, cell phone or tablet at work, school or home? You may have noticed symptoms related to excessive use of these digital devices. Computer vision syndrome, also known as digital eye strain, is the combination of vision and eye problems associated with the use of any device with an electronic display. Read More

Spring into Better Nutrition and Health

Ditch the sugary drinks and start drinking fruit infused water. Fill a large pitcher with cold water and try some of the following combinations: Strawberry/lemon, mango/pineapple, or lime/strawberry. Have your child help make his/her own fruity creation! After about 4 hours you will have a delicious thirst-quenching drink and no one will miss the juice, Read More

Importance of Great Oral Care with Diabetes

Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including your mouth. If you or someone you care for has diabetes you need to spend extra time and attention to maintain great oral health. Tooth and periodontal (gum) diseases are more common and serious for people with diabetes. Periodontal disease is a broad term used to Read More

Talking to Children About Sex

Parents dread “the talk.” Conversations about sex can feel uncomfortable, but remember… if your kids aren’t getting this information from you they are likely getting bad information from friends, the TV or the internet. So, here are some tips for making sure you are prepared to discuss this hot topic with your kids at all Read More

What is a Medication Assisted Treatment Program?

With the opening of a new Medication Assisted Treatment Program (MATP), we are often asked questions about what an MATP is. Here are some facts that might help explain the role of a Medication Assisted Treatment Program at Cherry Health: MATP’s provide medications (methadone, suboxone, vivatrol) along with therapy to address substance abuse and mental Read More

I Want an Antibiotic!

Humans vs. Pathogens (aka germs or bugs). Antibiotics have been used since the early 1900’s and continue to protect us from bacteria. But when taken for non-bacterial infections, they may actually do more harm than good. Below is a list of common illnesses this time of year from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):   Read More

Your Child’s Future is in Sight

Did you know that 1 in 4 children have problems with their eyes? These problems can impact many parts of their lives from school performance to sports. Unfortunately, vision problems in children can often go undetected. A full eye exam performed by an eye doctor is the best way to find out if your child Read More