Here in Michigan, the daily new cases peaked at 10,140 on November 20th. Currently in early March, 2021, we are at 932, so the situation is much improved! Deaths attributed to the virus are also way down. It’s always important to keep things in perspective. Although several subgroups of patients in older, sicker demographics are…

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TELEMEDICINE LAUNCH THIS TUESDAY!! Village Health is kicking off it’s TOCKDOC telemedicine program this Tuesday, April 14th. You can download the app right now in our Beta testing form in Testflight (in the Apple App Store). It’s a simple on-boarding process but our staff will be happy to talk you thru any issues on the…

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As the Coronavirus epidemic spreads across the country, patients deserve guidance on how to protect themselves. Village Health follows and refers to the CDC Guidelines [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html] as the most up to date source for information on this serious infectious disease threat. How can we distinguish between common colds, bronchitis, community-acquired pneumonia and Coronavirus? We start…

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As Michigan’s COVID-19 case count rises, patients want to know when they need to be tested for the virus. As recently as last week, the answer would have focused on questions about known exposure from recent air travel, cruises and contacts with known Coronavirus positive cases. As the virus spreads across our state (110 cases…

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The passing of Village Health’s long time night shift doctor, Thomas R. Borland, MD, has left a void in our practice and also our lives. Those of us who knew the Metro area ER legend agree that “TB”, as he was affectionately known, was more than just a journeyman emergency physician who’d been around for…

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Upper respiratory infections usually don’t require antibiotics In fact, as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns, inappropriate antibiotic use might cause an unintended — and unwanted — consequence. Examples include the appearances of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (so-called superbugs), an anaphylactic allergic reaction, which is immediately life-threatening, or a C. Difficile enterocolitis infection, which is a…

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We are up in lights on electronic billboards in Utica. In order to better spread the word about our 24/7/365 family, urgent and occupation health services, we’ve started a new form of advertising for VH. You can see Dr. Mika on the giant screen at the northwest corner of M-59 and M-53 (it’s in front…

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In recent months, the vague outline of a new Telemedicine system, that will allow doctors to diagnose and treat patients online, has come into sharper focus. This is just one of many advances that are in the pipeline of the medical entrepreneurial community. Let’s consider the future landscape, the shape of care to come, if…

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A study recently published in the prestigious British Medical Journal would seem to indicate that the answer is “yes”. To the layperson, the benefits of exercise would seem to be quite obvious but the scientific world needs data — and lots of it! Well, the treasure trove of encouraging evidence just got bigger. Using a…

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