Graham Hickling

As you spread out on the lawn to watch fireworks this Fourth of July, you might pick up a tick or two. Tick-borne illnesses have been on the rise across the country and the tick that is most likely to transmit Lyme disease in our area—the black-legged tick—has seen a population boom in the past few years.

Lyme disease isn't easy to live with, just ask Donna Ross of Kalamazoo.

"A baby with whooping cough struggles for life while attached to a heart-lung bypass machine. A child on a ventilator suffers intractable seizures because of meningitis. Drs. Ryan and Andrea Hadley, both physicians for University of Michigan Health System, know first-hand the devastation caused by vaccine-preventable diseases. They also know contagious diseases such as measles and whooping cough are making a comeback." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Deirdre Weston-Davis

Deidre Weston-Davis remembers when her blood pressure spiked close to stroke level. She says it was running 230 over 180 and she couldn't understand why. 

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When Kathryn Surprenant died in 2012, her death certificate initially listed cancer as the cause of death. But her husband Ken says there was more to the story. Kathryn Surprenant passed away after receiving the drug Fluorouracil of 5-FU. Now Ken Surprenant wants people to know more about the drug and ask more questions about treatment. 

Vaccination rates for Michigan schoolchildren are inching up, according to new state data, but the numbers remain worrisome for public-health officials. In all, 92 percent of all Michigan kindergartners were fully vaccinated in fall 2014, compared to 91.9 percent in fall 2013. (Kalamazoo Gazette)