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Most people with chlamydia do not know it: health department recognizes STD awareness month

Most people with chlamydia do not know it: health department recognizes STD awareness month

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My Town: Donations dire for Red Cross after storms shut down drives

My Town: Donations dire for Red Cross after storms shut down drives

LANSING, Mich.—Although signs of the harsh West Michigan winter are melting away, the American Red Cross is still hurting from the season’s icy impact.

The organization says March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 American Red Cross blood drives, leading to a shortage of nearly 7,000 blood and platelet donations. The shortfall comes after severe weather in 27 states led to more than 26,400 uncollected donations.  Meanwhile, the demand for blood and platelets remains high.

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals almost as quickly as they come in,” said Jim Flickema, CEO of the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donors who give now aren’t just restocking our shelves, they are making sure hope continues to be available for patients in need.”

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

HOLLAND – For a 16th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “giving hope to kids.”

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, the “So You Hope You Can Dance” competition featuring faculty and staff, and the popular annual lip-sync.  The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m. conclusion approaches.

My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

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HealthGrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this week released its list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for 2015.  Holland Hospital is one of only five Michigan hospitals to earn the 50 Best Hospitals designation. [Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also made the list.]

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

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My Town Holland: Hope College grad receives award and grant for Alzheimer’s research

My Town Holland: Hope College grad receives award and grant for Alzheimer’s research

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Dr. Emilie Dykstra Goris of the Hope College nursing faculty has received an award and a new grant for her on-going research into the genetics of behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease.

In April, she will be presented the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Physiology, Behavior, Genomics & Society Research Section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) for work that she conducted while in graduate school.  During the next two years, she will continue her research through a $50,000 grant she recently received from the Kenneth H. Campbell Foundation for Neurological Research.

She has been seeking to learn more about the role played by a specific gene, Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR), in apathy as a symptom among those with Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s research that she notes may also enhance understanding of apathy among those with other disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

My Town: CTC students receive state-of-the-art dental chairs

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The Dental Careers program at Careerline Tech Center started the 2015 school year with state-of-the-art dental chairs allowing students to gain hands-on experience with technology used in today’s dental offices.

“These chairs allow our students to gain experience on the high-tech equipment found in the current work environment and gives our students an advantage when applying for jobs after high school,” said Denise Callaghan, dental careers instructor for CTC. “Receiving these chairs as a donation from Dr. Darren Riopelle at Little Smiles provides our students with real-world experience and helps set the stage for a successful career.”