Direct Primary Care: can it reduce Obamacare cost inflation? The sticker shock of the Affordable Care Act, (aka “Obamacare”) has arrived and patients are now face to face with much higher insurance deductibles. Of course, that means that routine “day-to-day” health care needs are being paid for out of pocket by more and more Americans.…

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As the mercury breaks thousands of records across the country and hits 100 degrees here in Michigan (99 as I write this), it’s important to be aware of the health risks for you and your family. The range of dangers runs from mild dehydration to heat exhaustion and heat stroke – a life-threatening illness. As…

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We’re well into the poison ivy season at Village Health and I’ve been wanting to review what we all need to know in the event that persistent itch and classic pink, course “sandpaper” rash appears on our limbs, trunk or face. A quick overview: for the purposes of this discussion, poison ivy, oak and sumac…

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Unfortunately, “flesh-eating bacteria” (medical name: Necrotizing fasciitis) has been in the news again lately and fear of this frightening condition is spiking. A few important things to be aware of: 1. While usually devastating and often deadly, necrotizing fasciitis (NF) remains very rare. Despite high-profile cases, it is not believed to be on the increase. 2.…

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Head injuries are the most common cause of tornado-related deaths. As a result, preparedness experts are increasingly recommending the kind of head protection afforded by common sports helmets. The next time you notice that ominous change in the sky’s color to dirty green and you hear the siren’s blare, you should reach for the nearest bike,…

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Ted was a 45-year-old man in good health. He ran daily and lifted weights several times a week. He ate a balanced diet, even the veggies many of us forget. He limited chocolate and other desserts. Yet in the past few years, he said, “a spare tire has been slowly ‘inflating’ in my gut. Abdominal…

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One of the mildest Michigan winters in many years is about to enter the history books. That was bad news for skiers and builders of snowmen, but most everybody else relished the warmth. What’s not to love? Well, funny you should ask. Due to the unseasonably warm temperatures and the lack of rain (which helps…

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