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Panic attack isn't life-threatening, but can be frightening experience

By Tribune Content Agency 

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After going to the emergency department for what I thought was a heart attack, the doctor told me there were no issues with my heart and that my symptoms were likely from a panic attack. How can I tell the difference, and how can I prevent future panic attacks?

Read More Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tips to reduce risks in the home kitchen while preparing holiday meals

Start with the basics! Always wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before handling food.

Read More Monday, November 16, 2020
Managing COVID-19 Disappointments for Kids

 By Dr. Kristyn Gregory, D.O.,

Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, adults have a wealth of information available to understand the importance of face masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. From reading the latest news and recommendations for staying healthy to receiving prevention tips from health care providers, adults are more likely to grasp the greater context of staying vigilant during the pandemic. 
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2020
Just Plain Selfish: Are You Self-Sabotaging?

 By Kris Walker

Self sabotaging is simply put, as standing in the way of your own happiness, success or growth. While common practices such as procrastinating, over indulging behaviors, self- doubt and fear are often mentioned, in this digital era where we seemingly look towards the internet and Influencers for today's standards, I think that Social Media definitely deserves an honorable mention on our Self-Sabotaging list. Listed below are a few ways that overuse or misuse of Social Media can stand in the way of your greatness.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2020
THE KID’S DOCTOR: When is the best time to potty train?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   Every parent wants to know when their child will be ready to potty train. A study that was published in an issue of the Journal of Pediatric Urology is one of the first to show that timing of potty training children seems to be more important than the technique. 
Read More Sunday, January 7, 2018
The Bereaved Employee: Returning to Work

Going back to work after a death in the family is difficult.  Getting back to normal will take time.Source:

Read More Tuesday, January 2, 2018
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Detailed history can help determine penicillin allergy


It is important to give a good description of your child's medical history to determine allergies to medications.

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Read More Monday, December 25, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Does your child have trouble going to the bathroom?


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 Constipation is a topic that every pediatrician discusses at least weekly, sometimes daily. It is estimated that up to 3 percent of all visits to the pediatrician may be due to constipation. Constipation is most common in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. I have been reading an article on updated recommendations for diagnosing and treating common constipation, and the most important take home message is "most children with constipation do not have an underlying organic disorder. Diagnosis should be based on a good history and physical exam for most cases of functional constipation." 
Read More Sunday, November 12, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Do fidget spinners help kids with ADHD?

 Children should be reminded to play with fidget spinners using only their hands, as some toys have been known to fall apart. photo
Read More Monday, July 3, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How to care for a child who's vomiting frequently

 Make sure your child consumes clear liquids after vomiting to stay hydrated. 

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Read More Sunday, April 16, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How harmful is marijuana to teens?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
The legalization of marijuana in many states for medical and recreational usage is making marijuana use more and more prevalent. It has also made it incumbent for pediatricians to have conversations with teenage patients (and parents) about the harmful effects of marijuana use.  
Read More Sunday, April 2, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Is it time for a babysitter?


Separation is an important milestone, as your child learns that while you may leave for an hour or two, you always return.

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By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

Do you ever leave your child with a babysitter or caregiver? Weird question, right? But some parents never want to leave their child with someone else, and I am not sure that is healthy for either parent or child.  


Read More Sunday, March 19, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Why babies needs to sleep on their back


Until babies are rolling on their own, you should always put babies to sleep on their backs.

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Read More Sunday, March 5, 2017
Faster way of detecting bacteria could save your life

 EAST LANSING, MI -- A Michigan State University researcher has developed a faster way to detect the bacteria causing patients to become sick, giving physicians a better chance at saving their lives.

Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Can homemade products cure hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
 In a classic case of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, 
children develop rashes on the palms, soles and 
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Read More Sunday, February 19, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Can you use homeopathic products to relieve your child's illness?

 There are several ways to treat a sick child, but homeopathic medicine isn't one of them.

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Read More Sunday, February 5, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Change bad habits, benefit the entire family

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 A few days into 2017, there's no better time to talk about changing some habits. Why is it that habits are certainly easy to acquire, but difficult to change? I saw a book on The New York Times bestseller list about "Habits," and I am committed to reading it this year.  
Read More Sunday, January 22, 2017
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Detailed history can help determine penicillin allergy

 It is important to give a good description of your child's medical history to determine allergies to medications.

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Read More Sunday, December 25, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Teen smoking on the rise as e-cigarettes are readily available

 Accessibility and advertising has led to an increase in teen e-cigarette usage.

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Read More Sunday, December 11, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: CALMs make parents anxious


If you're worried about your baby's health, don't hesitate to see your pediatrician.
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Read More Wednesday, November 30, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Preschool nutrition can be challenging
Teaching young children the importance of healthy eating habits encourages a lifetime of good health.

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Read More Sunday, November 20, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Pregnant women encouraged to receive flu vaccine

 When a pregnant woman receives her flu vaccine, she is not only protecting herself but also her baby. 

By Piotr Marcinski/
Read More Monday, October 31, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Breastfeeding gets a lift from advocacy, education campaigns


A number of advocacy campaigns and hospital initiatives encourage moms to breastfeed their newborns. 

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Read More Sunday, October 16, 2016
September is National Preparedness Month: Tips to Get Your Family Ready

 While most people don’t like to think about worst case scenarios, giving them their proper consideration can ultimately offer peace of mind.

September is National Preparedness Month and it is a great time to get your home and family ready for a range of emergencies. Here are three steps to take.

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
Doll Company Debuts 1960’s Detroit Historical Collectible Character Melody Ellison

  -Civil Rights Era Character and Motown Fan Encourages Girls to Lift Their Voices for Positive Change--

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2016
PART II - The Top 4 Common Mistakes Most People Make When Setting Goals


By Sherry Brantley
In the first of this 4-part mini-series, we were able to tackle one of the common mistakes most people make when setting their goals which was becoming paralyzed with fear from focusing on the thought of your goals being ‘Too Big.’ This section of the article will focus on the second mistake most people make. 
Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: The case for having a land line at home

 A cellphone is not a toy, and research suggests keeping it away from young children. 

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Read More Sunday, September 4, 2016
Head Start benefits children with disabilities

 EAST LANSING, MI -- Young children with multiple disabilities who are enrolled in Head Start have better literacy, reading and math scores than children who aren’t in the federally funded program, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.

Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Parents can help teens deal with stress

 Teens should not be in pressure cooker mode all the time. 

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Read More Sunday, August 21, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Discussing menstruation with young girls is important

 It is important to ask specific questions about an adolescent’s periods and provide them with good information. 
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Read More Monday, August 8, 2016
Personal Power In The Workplace


By Sherry Brantley
Utilizing Personal Power works in all areas of your personal growth. Your home, social and work life. 
Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Best ways to use bug spray


Do not allow children to handle bug repellent without supervision. 

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Read More Sunday, July 24, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Parents can help teens deal with stress


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  If you have a teenager, you’ve probably heard the words, “I’m stressed out!” on a regular basis. I don’t remember ever saying this as a teen, but I’m sure there must have been some version of that saying in the air, although stress wasn’t much of an issue when I was growing up. 
Read More Thursday, July 21, 2016
Personal Power For Single Mothers


By Sherry Brantley
After having been married for seven years and becoming a single parent when my girls were 2, 4, and 6 years of age. I know full well how challenging it can be to go it alone.
Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Ear pulling not always a sign of infection

 Most babies and children do not get an ear infection without any other symptoms besides ear pulling.

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Read More Sunday, June 26, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Too much pressure to play sports?

 It might be a good idea to make sure your child is potty trained before joining an organized sport.

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Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
Using Personal Power In Relationships!


Read More Sunday, June 12, 2016
How To Tap Into Your Personal Power!

  By Sherry Brantley

How does one begin to tap into their Personal Power? First of all, one has to be open-minded or at least receptive enough to allow the idea of Personal Power to take root. Let’s begin to look within and never without. Your Personal Power is there. It has always been there.
Read More Sunday, May 29, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: How to prevent SIDS

 It is routinely recommended that babies sleep on their backs.

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Read More Saturday, May 28, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Intranasal steroid sprays approved for children with allergies

   When considering allergy medications for your child, consult your pediatrician. 

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Read More Tuesday, May 17, 2016
What is Personal Power?


By Sherry Brantley
What is Personal Power and how do we go about ‘tapping’ into it? First of all, it is a Spiritual Power that we all literally have within us.
Read More Sunday, May 15, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Early talkers are few but mighty



There are few children who are speaking in full sentences by the time they are 18 to 24 months.
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By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Is your child a precocious talker? Most children start to acquire words around 12 to 15 months, but that means five to 10 words and building. By the time children are 18 months old, they are often mimicking when you ask them to say a word, and some are putting two words together. 
Read More Sunday, May 1, 2016
THE KID’S DOCTOR: Caring for kids with strep throat

 A rapid strep test entails having a swabbed specimen taken from the throat.

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Read More Sunday, April 17, 2016
Traveling to areas known to have the Zika virus poses great risk

 The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.  

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Read More Sunday, April 3, 2016
NEWS SPOTLIGHT: Michigan’s First Confirmed Case of Zika Virus Reported

LANSING, MI – Michigan health officials have identified the first confirmed case of Zika virus in a Michigan resident. The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, contracted the virus when traveling in a country where Zika virus is being transmitted. The patient, who was not pregnant, experienced symptoms consistent with Zika virus disease shortly after her return to Michigan.

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Minimalist shoes a good choice for some runners, but not right for everyone

 Minimalist shoes are shoes intended to closely approximate

barefoot running conditions.They have reduced cushioning, thin soles, and are of lighter weight than other running shoes, allowing for more sensory contact for the foot on the ground while 
simultaneously providing the feet with some protection from ground hazards and conditions (such as pebbles and dirt).
Source:  wikipedia
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Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
Study shows increase in infant injuries, deaths attributed to crib bumpers

 A new study shows that the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to crib bumpers has spiked significantly in recent years. 

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Read More Sunday, February 21, 2016
FINANCIAL FOCUS: How to Handle a Financial Windfall


Provided by Sara Frank-Hepfer
With every news story about the latest Powerball jackpot, it's only natural to wonder, “What would I do if I won the lottery?” Although your chances of hitting the jackpot may be slim, a financial windfall could well come your way through more ordinary means, such as the settlement of a lawsuit, a severance package, a family inheritance, or simply a larger-than-expected tax refund. Unfortunately, along with the obvious rewards, a windfall can be accompanied by plenty of potential problems. 
Read More Thursday, January 14, 2016
8 Steps to Anger Management for Kids


By Janet Lehman, MSW
Even as adults, managing our anger can be hard, and we’ve had years of practice. For our children, who are just learning about their emotions, keeping their anger in check can be especially difficult. Kids can easily lash out at people who make them angry or situations that frustrate them: name-calling when they lose a game or throwing the math book across the room.  Learning to manage anger is an ongoing process.  As parents, we can help by teaching our children to recognize what sets them off so that they too can keep their anger in check.
Read More Thursday, January 14, 2016
Pepperz Mind: Think Big, Change The World: 5 Best New Year's Resolutions

  “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

Find out more about André Pimenta TNCP guest writer from Lisbon, Portugal at
Read More Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Kid’s Doctor: Discuss ADHD medication with your child's doctor

If your child is taking a generic medication for ADHD and you are concerned about its effectiveness, talk to your child's doctor.Michael Jung/

Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
Why is My Child Stealing and What Can I Do? Advice for Parents on Kids, Stealing and Shoplifting


“My fourteen year old daughter was arrested for shoplifting make-up this week,” said Marie, a working mother of two girls. “Is this just normal teen behavior, or is it something more serious? She’s grounded for a month and I’ve taken away her iPod and computer privileges, but to tell the truth, I’m still in shock. I’m furious and I don’t even know how to talk to her about what she did.”
Read More Sunday, December 27, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Not all earaches require antibiotics

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   Parents are so SICK of their children being SICK and I must agree ... it is time for everyone to stop coughing and sniffling and get well. And that means fewer ear infections, as well.
Read More Sunday, December 20, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Middle ear issues can be remedied without surgery

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
I read an intriguing study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal about children who have persistent middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion). The problem is fairly common and is often a reason that children will undergo a day surgical procedure to insert tympanostomy tubes (ear tubes). In fact, my 11-month-old granddaughter just had tubes placed.
Read More Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Helmet use helps prevent ATV injuries


Whatever your views, parental supervision and helmet use is one way to help prevent serious injuries.  By Brad Sauter/

Read More Sunday, November 15, 2015
Rudeness and Disrespect: How Kids Try to "Defuse" It


By James Lehman, MSW
“I was just kidding! Can’t you take a joke?” If your child gives you this excuse after he’s said or done something rude, it might leave you feeling frustrated and unsure of how to handle the situation. Later, you might question yourself when he says, “But I didn’t mean it that way.” In this article, James Lehman explains why disrespect and inappropriate behavior are really nothing to laugh at—no matter what the excuse.
Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Kids are over-worked, over-scheduled


Children of all ages need some "down-time" to relax. 
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Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
Are You a Severe Driver?

  Things change, including the way we use our cars, how we drive them and the condition of our roads. Although normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more the rule than the exception, says the Car Care Council.

Read More Sunday, November 1, 2015
A Day in the Mind of Your Defiant Child

 Although it may feel like your defiant child hates you, that’s usually far from the truth

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Magic words offer picky eaters food for thought

Healthy eating, regular exercise and a good night's sleep often help reduce daily headaches in adolescents.

Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
Juggling Life Can Be Successfully Done


You wake up in the middle of the night and dread checking the time because you already feel the pressure of getting up to start another hectic day. Even though it is time to get up, you continue to lie there.
Read More Sunday, October 18, 2015
 Kids allowed to be kids make better parents


EAST LANSING, MI -- Mothers who took on burdensome caregiving roles as children -- and weren’t allowed to just “be kids” -- tend to be less sensitive to their own children’s needs, finds new research led by a Michigan State University scholar.
Read More Saturday, October 17, 2015
HoneyChild: How to Beat Winter Hair Dryness 


By Shamecka Freeman
Winter is making its way to Michigan and before long the grounds will be blanketed with snow and the air will be coupled with frost, and our hair will feel the affects of the dry and cold winter air.  
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Sunburn isn't the only scorching injury to guard against outdoors


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 The ongoing heat wave blasting many parts of the country has hit Texas exceptionally hard. The Dallas area has experienced extreme temperatures between 100 and106 degrees in recent weeks. The heat has made everyone miserable and many warnings have been issued about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, along with tips on how to stay hydrated.
Read More Sunday, October 4, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Stay vigilant to survive tick season

 If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, then slowly pull it out.  Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Stay vigilant to survive tick season

  If you find a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, then slowly pull it out.  Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, September 20, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Rashes from poison ivy, oak and sumac reaching their summer peak

 Learn to recognize poison ivy wherever you bump into it. Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, September 6, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Don’t let swimmer’s ear keep your kids out of the water this summer

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

  This time of year, kids spend a lot of time in the water, which can lead to a painful condition called “swimmer’s ear” (otitis externa). This is a common summer infection of the external auditory canal, the portion of the ear that connects the outer ear (where the Q-tip goes, but really shouldn’t!) to the inner ear.
Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Teach your kids how to swallow a pill


 If you wait too long, pill-swallowing can becomes a huge issue for a child.

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

  I’ve always been a proponent of teaching children how to swallow a pill. In fact, I think I taught my boys this skill before they were 5 years old, mainly because I was tired of trying to find the measuring cup or syringe for the liquid medicine, which often didn’t go down “like spoon full of sugar,” even though we sang the song during dosing. 


Read More Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Dog flu no threat to humans

  The majority of dogs who contract flu suffer mild symptoms and need only supportive care, including extra fluids and rest. Photo by fotolia 

Read More Sunday, July 12, 2015
Elite Fitness: Get in Shape for the Summer

 Angie Morris, Charese Horn and Heather Peak are preparing for a workout at Elite Fitness.  They say that getting back on track is easy with the right motivation. 

 The stage is being set for a heart pumping, high intensity Monday night cardio kickboxing class. Cardio workouts assist in revitalizing your current exercise program
Photos  by Toy Branklin


Read More Monday, June 29, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Be prepared for bug bites and stings


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

   As kids head outside this spring and summer, insect bites and stings are sure to follow.

Read More Sunday, June 14, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Warm ups, more practice help curb sports injuries


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  The spring sports season heralds the arrival of baseball, softball, track and field. This also means kids need to be prepared to play.  
Read More Sunday, May 31, 2015
Survival Secrets: Why Women Age More Resiliently Than Men


By Frank Browning

California Magazine/New America Media 

 BERKELEY, CA --Two women face each other at a small table at the back of a café in Berkeley. A hot autumn sun pulses through the glass. One of the women, sturdy in a chambray shirt and large glasses, shakes her head with a false smile: “Then I just lost it.”

Read More Monday, May 18, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Updated sleep recommendations may be eye-opening


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

   Sleep - who can get enough of it? More and more studies point to the need for a good night’s sleep. As a new parent, you’re sleep deprived, then when your children get older, they may sleep through the night but wake up at the crack of dawn. Once your kids reach their teens, their days and nights are totally upside down; they often want to stay up too late and sleep half the day away.

Read More Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Meningitis outbreak hits another college campus


Meningococcal disease seems to cluster in young people who come into close contact, such as college students living in dorms. 

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Read More Sunday, May 10, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Remember that fever is your child’s friend

 Children typically have more fever at night, and those hours of fitful sleep and hot little bodies can seem very long. 

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Read More Sunday, April 19, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: RSV season brings cough, congestion, wheezing

 You can suck the mucus out of your baby’s nose with a nasal aspirator.

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Read More Sunday, April 5, 2015
Jill on Money: Leaky retirement savings


By Jill Schlesinger
Tribune Content Agency
  If only fixing a leaky retirement account were as easy as repairing a leaky faucet. A new report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found that money is seeping out of retirement accounts at alarming rates, causing permanent damage to future retirement account balances.
Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
Mayo Clinic: Successful pancreas transplant can restore body's ability to secrete insulin


Tribune Content Agency 
  DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My wife is 31 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 7. She had a baby three months ago, and her blood sugar levels were never really controlled. Doctors tested her kidney function and said there is "a little damage" but nothing to worry about. They said a pancreas transplant might be an option. How risky is this? What medications will she need to take following the transplant?
Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Kid’s Doctor: Migraines can occur in children

   By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  I recently received an email via our iPhone App inquiring about migraines in children. Headaches are a common complaint throughout childhood, but pediatricians have recognized that children have many different types of headaches, including migraines.
Read More Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Should children have their measles vaccinations ahead of schedule?

 The MMR vaccine is still being given at 12 months of age, followed by a “booster” dose at 4-6 years old. 

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Read More Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Mayo Clinic: Eliminating four white foods may make it easier to eat less, lose weight


Tribune Content Agency 
  DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm trying to lose weight, and a friend recently told me that cutting white bread and potatoes out of my diet completely will help. Is that true? If it is, what makes these foods so bad?
Read More Sunday, March 8, 2015
News Spotlight: The Power of Consistency

 By Sherman Joseph


We have a tendency to respond and act to situations and our circumstance in regards to the convictions and thoughts that we harbor consistently, and the formed after effects of those actions in the long run bring about the quality and conditions of our lives. We have objectives we need to accomplish; still we just work towards them when it’s favorable or advantageous.
Read More Monday, March 2, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Disney measles outbreak could have been prevented

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 At the entrance to Disneyland, a sign reads, "The Happiest Place on Earth." It does not also say, "Beware of Infectious Diseases." But, if you think about it, what better place to contract any infectious disease than a theme park, where many visitors are under the age of 12?
Read More Sunday, February 22, 2015


By Sherman Joseph
Prolonged stress can lead to long term health and mental problems that can be difficult to manage. This is the reason why it is very important to learn how to manage your stress.
Read More Monday, February 16, 2015
Robert C. Koehler: War in two directions


By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Content Agency
"Sometimes they have drug and alcohol problems and when they feel that the VA is ignoring them, not answering the phone, failing to return calls for assistance or there are long wait times, they get more and more disgruntled. The VA is ripe for a mass killing but no one is listening to us."
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
Mayo Clinic: Chemical peels and dermabrasion can be safe, effective wrinkle treatments

  Tribune Content Agency 

   DEAR  MAYO CLINIC: Are wrinkle treatments like dermabrasion and chemical peels safe? Do they actually work? 
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: The secret is out: Pediatricians still enjoy treating patients who are well past childhood


Pediatricians relish watching patients mature.
Photo by fotolia By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Read More Sunday, February 8, 2015
News Spotlight: Set Yourself On Fire


By Sherman Joseph
I know you are thinking, “Why would I want you to set yourself on fire?” This is not about burning yourself literally. This is about lighting that flame within you to get moving. Set yourself on Fire!
Read More Monday, February 2, 2015
The Kid's Doctor: Flu cases rising rapidly

 Fortunately, the children I'm seeing with flu right now are not terribly sick. 

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Read More Sunday, January 25, 2015
News Spotlight: So What’s Holding You Up? – 5 Steps for Leaders


By Sherman Joseph
How often do you say to yourself, ‘I will get around to it. Or if I had enough money I could do this or that’? Yes, it does take money to do some of things that you desire to accomplish; however, that should not be your main reason for getting started. So what is holding you up?
Read More Monday, January 19, 2015
News Spotlight: Don't Let Fear Stop You From Living

 By Sherman Joseph

Fears keep you in the background. In fact, it convinces you that you cannot make your dreams come true, it tells you to be quiet, and it even separates you from your loved ones. But living in fear is neither acceptable nor necessary. Facing fear is something with which every person must try to achieve. In order to live a peaceful and happy life you must face your fears and conquer them. Healthy fear can protect you, but unnatural and unhealthy fear can destroy your life. So, you need to conquer it before it conquers you. There are several ways you can have an edge over your fears and break the walls surrounding it:

Read More Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Senior Program Helps Older Workers Gain New Job Skills

  By Deborah M. Walker

On December 17, 2014 15 older workers from Ingham County got a second chance at the job market. Receiving their certificate as Customer Service Representatives these 15 graduates embarked on a 9 week journey to update their skills and reenter the workforce.
Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Generics or brand-drugs best for ADHD?

 When I begin a child on medication for ADHD, I typically start with a brand-name drug over a generic.

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Read More Sunday, December 28, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: You can avoid food battles


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 It seems like I discuss "food battles" with my patients and their families several times a day. The longer I practice, though, the more I don't think we should even have to talk about how often Mom and Dad end up arguing with a child about eating. 

Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
Jill on Money: Low oil offsets rising health care costs


By Dr. Daneen Skube
Tribune Content Agency
Q. The largest problem I have at work is with other people. Every time something goes wrong at my job, I'm staring at someone who did something stupid, incompetent or thoughtless. How do you approach problems that are someone else's fault?
Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
Pet World: Guidelines outline which vaccines vets should use, and how often to vaccinate

 By Steve Dale

Tribune Content Agency
  Q: I've written to you before about the scoundrel veterinarians who've cheated the public. Like the veterinarian in the recent "20/20" TV segment, when we changed counties, that new vet wanted to vaccinate my dog all over again with vaccines I'd never heard of. And the "20/20" segment (broadcast Nov. 24) proved that dogs only need vaccines every three years. Don't you think vets are vaccinating our animals to death? - V.C., Cyberspace
Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
Blind Children’s Fund Helps the Visually Impaired “Live in a World they Cannot See”

  By Deborah M. Walker

Started in 1978 the Blind Children’s Fund (BCF), located in the Lansing area, offers information and resources for children who are visually impaired and helps to give them a chance to live meaningful and productive lives. 
Read More Sunday, December 14, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Are parents too connected?

Turn off your phone off sometimes and let your spouse or sitter handle things for a while.

Photo by Fotolia  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Read More Sunday, November 30, 2014
Almost anyone can be an organ donor, no matter their age


Tribune Content Agency 

  DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is there an age that's too old to be an organ donor? Also, is marking "organ donor" on my driver's license the only thing I need to do to become a donor, or would my family still be allowed to make a different decision?

Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Poison-proofing your home saves lives




















Store all medicines out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.
Photo by Fotolia 

Read More Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Don't let sudden cardiac death fell your young athlete

Stats show 90 percent of these sudden deaths occur immediately post-training or competition, with football and basketball having the highest incidence.

Photo by Fotolia 
Read More Sunday, November 2, 2014
Pet World: Fraidy Cat Doesn’t Use the Kitty Door

 Figuring out your cat’s behavior might mean a visit to the veterinarian to rule out any medical issues.



Read More Sunday, October 19, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Enterovirus continues to spread
The typical symptoms with a D-68 infection are upper respiratory with sore throat, runny nose and a cough. 

Photo by Fotolia 

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

Read More Sunday, October 19, 2014
Pet World: Costumes OK, just keep your pet away from the Halloween candy


By Steve Dale
Tribune Content Agency
  Q: My husband insists that putting a Halloween costume on our little dog is a horrifying idea. What do you think? - M.E., Henderson, NV
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: There's no proof that essential oils can boost a child's immune system

 Lavender oil and other essential oils are derived from the essence of a plant. 

 Photo by Fotolia
Read More Sunday, October 5, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: White patches on a child's skin could be vitiligo

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

  I recently saw a 10-year-old patient for her routine physical. One of her mother's concerns was that her daughter had "white patches" under both arms. Once I examined her, I told her mother that the "white patches" were actually due to Vitiligo, an acquired disorder of pigment loss.
Read More Sunday, September 21, 2014
Body Building an Empire


Left: At 45, Kimberly Whitfield never thought she would become a sponsored body building athlete.
Photo by Tom Nakielski/ Lights On Studio/


Read More Saturday, September 20, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Swimming lessons alone will not prevent drowning


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

 Swimming lessons for children as young as age 1 could be 
effective, research indicates. Petro Feketa - Fotolia. 
Read More Sunday, August 10, 2014
Research Student Defends Her Dissertation While Opening Up New Possibilities in Brain Research

 Above:  Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon stands beside Carmel Annette Martin-Fairey, who is doing some exceptional research in the neuroscience world.

Courtesy photo
Read More Sunday, July 27, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Parents can help teens deal with stress

 Teens should not be in pressure cooker mode all the time. 

Read More Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Simple changes can help kids maintain a healthy weight

 Small tweaks like reducing portion size and cutting carbs (rather than trying to eliminate them) will pull down total daily calories. 

Read More Sunday, June 15, 2014
Kiplinger on Travel: How to save money on vacation rental properties?

When I travel with my family, we tend to stay in vacation rental properties rather than hotels. Why? They offer more space and a kitchen to cook our own meals at a price that's typically lower than a hotel room.

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
Your Other 8 Hours: Why it's okay to lie on your resume

I'm a big fan of lying on a resume. In fact, I think everyone should do it. It's beneficial for your career and nobody needs to know about it. Ideally, if you do it correctly, you'll land your dream job and nobody will ever know you completely fabricated your education, skills and experience. With a record number of people out of work, a little (or big!) white lie or two can be just what this country needs to get back on track.

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
Jill on Money: Long term care update; "Is 90 the new 70?"

Americans are getting older. A new U.S. Census Bureau report projects that roughly one in five Americans (about 21 percent) will be 65 years old and up by 2050, compared with just 13 percent in 2010 and less than 10 percent in 1970. Taking a longer view, the numbers are startling.

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Thriving anti-vaccine movement sends an alarming message


Immunization is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their children's health.

Read More Sunday, June 1, 2014
Your Other 8 Hours: Leadership in a Noisy World


Divisiveness sells, but if your goal as a leader is to create change, not division, a more flexible approach may be required.
Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
Interpersonal Edge: To be more effective, ask 'How?' and 'What?' - not 'Why?'

 Try this experiment to find out why the word "why" should be deleted from your office vocabulary. Have a friend sit down with you and start asking the question why about anything you'd like. Then, no matter what your friend's answer, continue to ask him or her why. See how long your friend lasts before they want to bite you.

Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Measles outbreak points again to the importance of vaccines

 Measles vaccine is typically given to children at 12-to-15-months-old and again between the ages of 4 and 6. 

Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Measles outbreak points again to the importance of vaccines

 Measles vaccine is typically given to children at 12-to-15-months-old and again between the ages of 4 and 6. 

Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
“Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul”: SEAFOOD LASAGNA


   Sharon Fox is the author of COMFORT FOOD FOR THE MIND, BODY, AND SOUL and she has a series of eBooks for Kindle. She's also Food Editor for several online magazines and host of a new TV show based in Atlanta, GA "The Healthy Living Show". Please log on to or for more recipes.
Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
10 warning signs of Alzheimer's

 The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer's can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. 

Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
Alzheimer’s: What You Do Not Know


Silent, deadly and incurable Alzheimer’s reigns as one of the biggest threats affecting today’s aging population yet few know or understand this degenerating disease.

“There is currently nothing that will slow the disease down, stop the disease or cure the disease,” says Jennifer Howard, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.
Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
TAX SOLUTIONS: Tax Benefits for College Education




You are working hard on your college education.  The costs for tuition and books are expensive. To help you with the cost of college, there are IRS tax breaks available to you.

Read More Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Spring viruses are here

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   While it's warming up here in Dallas, many parts of the country are still seeing chilly temperatures and even snow. Even so, I'm beginning to see typical spring illnesses like Fifth's disease. 
Read More Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Spring viruses are here

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   While it's warming up here in Dallas, many parts of the country are still seeing chilly temperatures and even snow. Even so, I'm beginning to see typical spring illnesses like Fifth's disease. 
Read More Sunday, May 4, 2014
News Spotlight: Mental Health Seminar on May 16

  Psalm 147:3 “He helps the broken hearted and binds their wounds.”

Theme:  God’s Peace is Accessible to All.
The Josephine Brown Women’s Missionary Society invites people of all ages to a Workshop on Mental Health on Saturday, May 17 beginning with continental breakfast at 9:00 am at Trinity AME Church located at 3500 West Holmes Road
Read More Monday, April 28, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: What is stomach flu?


Norovirus is the most common cause of "stomach flu" (actually 


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

  I've seen a lot of patients in recent weeks with complaints of "stomach flu." Just to be clear, "stomach flu" really is not flu at all, and has nothing to do with influenza. The stomach stuff is actually called gastroenteritis, and is typically caused by a virus.

Read More Monday, March 31, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Winter eczema running rampant among kids and adults

 The newest theory is that children with eczema have a defective skin barrier, which allows irritants through resulting in inflammation. 

Read More Sunday, March 9, 2014
Your Other 8 Hours: Going through a divorce? 3 Common fears and how to eliminate them



By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
Divorce can feel like a full-time job. It can be all-consuming, affecting every aspect of your life. Between the (sometimes) contentious texts with your ex-partner, phone calls to your attorney and figuring out child custody, where you are going to live and how your new life will look, there is almost always a sense of uncertainty or fear just below the surface.


Read More Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Baby bling can be a choking hazard

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  Children ages 4 and under, and especially those under the age of a year, are at the greatest risk for airway obstruction and suffocation. 
Read More Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Kid's Doctor: Sniff test: Some young children are ready for deodorant

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 I recently received an email from a mother asking if her 5-year-old son, an avid athlete, could wear deodorant. It seems his arm pits "smell like a grown man's." I have actually been asked this question on occasion in the office, and I've even noticed body odor (BO) while examining some 5- to 8-year-old patients.
Read More Sunday, January 12, 2014
Giving Wisely This Holiday Season


By Rick Garcia
This time of year, mailboxes and inboxes are filled with requests for charitable donations with the same message – financial support is needed now more than ever. But in these tough economic times, how can families ensure that their dollars will do the most good?
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Get smart about antibiotics this cold and flu season

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 No matter what you do, it takes 7-10 days to beat a cold, and a toddler will get 5-7 colds, coughs and upper respiratory infections during the winter months.
Read More Sunday, December 29, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Coxsackie virus is going around again
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 Coxsackie virus is rampant once again! I've seen too many kids to count (TMKTC) with symptoms of coxsackie virus and the classic skin rash associated with "hand, foot and mouth disease." Many parents are telling me that their day care centers are having outbreaks, which is what typically happens at this time of year.
Read More Sunday, November 17, 2013
Lansing School District Fights Back to Curb School Suspensions

By Deborah M. Walker

How can a student learn in school if they are not there? The answer to this question is simple… they cannot. It is no wonder as the rate of school suspensions climb the rate of graduations decline. Students are being suspended at a rate of more than double that of thirty years ago. School expulsions have risen fifteen percent from 2002-2006. These rates are alarming and it seems this trend is only going to continue yet, local school officials are fighting back and new in-school programs are proving successful. 
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Family routines can reduce childhood obesity

  By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 I just read an article published in the journal Pediatrics which once again validated the importance of family routines. In this study, researchers from Ohio State University looked at household routines as they related to childhood obesity, an ever-escalating problem.
Read More Sunday, November 3, 2013
News Spotlight: Rabies Still a Concern in Michigan Report animal bites to local health department within 24 hours

 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill urged Michiganders to adopt practices that help protect their families, pets, and livestock from rabies, one of the deadliest diseases known to man. According to the World Health Organization, rabies is responsible for the deaths of 55,000 people worldwide.  

Read More Monday, October 14, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Remember Summer food safety tips in the Fall too
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
    Whether you're spending a day at a local park, or in your own back yard, food is sure to be part of your special day. And whenever you cook and/or serve food outdoors, keep food safety in mind.
Read More Monday, October 7, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Migraines in children: Treatment options


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
We discussed migraine headaches and how they're diagnosed in children. Now it's time to decide how to treat a migraine. Just as with diagnosing these headaches, it's important to individualize treatment for each child, with the goal being fast relief, no rebound or re-occurrence, and minimal or no side effects to medication.
Read More Sunday, September 8, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Chubby toddlers are not off to a healthy start in life
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
During a child's checkup, I spend time showing his/her parents (as well as older children in the family) their child's growth curve. This curve looks at a child's weight and height, and for children age 2 and older, their body mass index (BMI). This visual look at how a child is growing is always eagerly anticipated by parents, as they can then compare their own child's progress to norms by age.
Read More Sunday, August 25, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Avoid spring sports injuries through careful training
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 With the arrival of spring comes a new season of baseball, softball, track and field. This also means that kids need to be prepared to play.
Read More Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Norovirus is still going around
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 Another on call weekend just completed, it seems that gastroenteritis, also known as the "tummy bug" or "stomach flu," is still hanging around.
Read More Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: It's 'wheezing season' for asthma patients!
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Cold season is hanging on, and as parents of children with asthma know, winter colds are often accompanied by wheezing.
Read More Saturday, July 13, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Children and cholesterol: Screening tests are a good idea
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 I recently attended a conference for my continuing education (I still love going to school!) and one of the topics was "Universal Cholesterol Screening in Children." While adults have known the importance of healthy cholesterol levels for a long time, there's more and more data to validate the need for children to have their cholesterol levels monitored, as well.
Read More Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Teen pregnancy rates dropping, but risk remains
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
    May was National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Although I think this should be a topic of attention year round, it's good to be reminded about the importance of educating our children about their sexuality.
Read More Sunday, June 16, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Online alcohol sales fueling underage drinking
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  What do you know about online alcohol sales? I must admit that I knew little about this industry and was amazed with some of the statistics I recently discovered while reading an article in the September 2012 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. If you're the parent of a 'tween or teen, here's another topic for discussion and for monitoring.
Read More Saturday, June 1, 2013
BODY OF CHANGE:   Sugar: The Unsweet Truth
By Walter Crockett, Jr.
Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and many other aliments are griping America. The question many ask is why?
Read More Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Medical decisions at age 18: Suddenly, the day has come!
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
It suddenly seems like I've been in a time warp and many of my patients who "should still be little" are showing up for their pre-college physicals. 
Read More Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: 'Pink eye' has multiple causes
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Conjunctivitis is defined as reddening of the outermost layer of the eye; it is also called "pink eye." I have to laugh when I tell a patient that their child has conjunctivitis, and the parent replies, "at least they don't have pink eye." If your eye is pink, then it is called pink eye, but the question arises, what is causing the pink eye?
Read More Sunday, April 7, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: New guidelines issued on ear infections
The changes will reduce use of antibiotics.
Photo by
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media (AOM), which is 'doctor speak' for an ear infection.
Read More Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Too much texting?

"Get me a really old-fashioned one that just rings, because I don't want to be tempted to text!" Photo by
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 During my tween/teen checkups, I try to fit in a discussion of how much time an adolescent spends on the phone each day, how much time on a computer, and how much time watching TV - a basic compilation of their "on line/on screen" usage.
Read More Saturday, March 9, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: So-called 'good grades pill' an unnecessary and potentially harmful stimulant
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 There's a lot of pressure placed on students to succeed, and many of them are turning to what teens call the "good grades pill." What is it? One of the prescription stimulants commonly prescribed to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some teens who haven't been diagnosed with ADHD have figured out that with the help of such drugs, they can focus better and improve their grades. 
Read More Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Flu is here!
Flu season is here!
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  It's never too late to get your flu shot. Those of us who opted for flu vaccine earlier this fall are hopefully already protected, and it looks like this year's vaccine is a good match for the three types of flu already circulating.
Read More Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Kid's Doctor: Toddlers who snore: Is there cause for worry?
Persistent snoring should be evaluated and may need to be treated.
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Does your child snore? If so, have your discussed their snoring with your pediatrician?
Read More Friday, December 28, 2012
The Kid's Doctor: Coughs and colds are nasty, but antibiotics are not the answer
Get smart about the way you treat colds and coughs. 
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   The prescribing of antibiotics is highest for young children. But, antibiotics need to be used appropriately in order to ensure that they're effective, as well as to prevent antibiotic resistance.
Read More Sunday, December 16, 2012
The Kid's Doctor: Kids, media and obesity: Too much 'screen time' can harm your child's health
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
A recent study released in Pediatrics looks at mounting research showing that a child's media use may be linked to their body weight, not only due to the fact that they don't get as much exercise if they're watching TV and using other media, but also due to other issues related to media exposure.
Read More Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Kid's Doctor: Too much texting?
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 During my tween/teen checkups, I try to fit in a discussion of how much time an adolescent spends on the phone each day, how much time on a computer, and how much time watching TV - a basic compilation of their "on line/on screen" usage.
Read More Sunday, October 21, 2012
News Spotlight: Be a part of the 3rd Annual National Call of Unity on Tuesday, October 2nd* at 3:00pm Eastern!

Several national organizations, governmental agencies, local domestic violence programs, advocates and allies, and survivors and their family and friends will participate.

Read More Monday, October 1, 2012
THE KID'S DOCTOR: Study shows warm-up exercises help curb ACL injuries in young athletes
We now know that adolescent female soccer players 
experience ACL knee injuries at a rate twice that of their male counterparts. 
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  I have many young patients who are regular soccer players, including many adolescent girls. A recent article in the British Medical Journal caught my eye. The headline: "Simple Warm-Up Program Prevents Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries." 
Read More Sunday, September 9, 2012
The Kids's Doctor
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  With winter viruses long gone (goodbye, flu and RSV!), summer viruses that have been lying dormant are once again rearing their ugly heads.
  My office has been overflowing lately with feverish kids of all ages. I think the most likely source for much of the illness we're seeing right now is enteroviral infection.
Read More Sunday, August 12, 2012
It’s Improv Night!

By Charissa Patterson-Martinez
We all have an idea of how we’d like our lives and daily events to flow. 
Read More Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Kid's Doctor: Children should also have their cholesterol checked
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  I've been attending a conference for my continuing education (I still love going to school) and one of the topics was "Universal Cholesterol Screening in Children." While adults have known the importance of maintaining a healthy cholesterol level for a long time, there's more and more data available validating the need for children to have their cholesterol monitored.
Read More Thursday, July 19, 2012
Beat The Heat This Summer Beat The Heat: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

By Karla Robinson, MD
Dehydration is one of the most common heat-related illnesses that we are faced with in the summer months. With temperatures soaring well into the 90 degree mark, and heat indices over 100 degrees, many people are at risk for complications from the heat.
Read More Sunday, July 15, 2012
SECTION 504: Are Your Rights Being Violated?

By Karla Robinson, MD

You need to know the legal protections in place to protect your child from discrimination at school based on their health status.  Asthma, heart conditions, seizure disorder, diabetes, and ADHD are just a few examples of the broad range of illnesses covered under the Section 504 law.

Read More Sunday, June 17, 2012
Avoiding Fireworks Injuries
Keep safe around fireworks.
By Karla Robinson, MD
The summer holiday season is often a time for family gatherings, cookouts, and fun in the sun.  With the month of July in full swing, the start of firework season is also upon us.  Although personal firework use is outlawed in several states, there are still many people affected each year by the dangers associated with a “backyard” firework display.
Read More Sunday, June 3, 2012
The Kid's Doctor: Remember, Drowning Is Silent
Keep your children safe around water this summer.  
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  In the summer, many families create memories and cool down at the beach, lake, or pool. Of course, the main concern is fun, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of water is safety. 
  Knowing that over 900 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drown each year, a discussion of water safety procedures is a necessary part of summer routines. Astoundingly, reports show that 9 out of 10 children who drown are under supervision.
Read More Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Top 10 Tests You Need This Year

Getting yourself tested may save you grief in the future!
Ask your doctor questions regarding the issues below.

By Karla Robinson, MD

The New Year for many means a renewed commitment to faith, family, and personal goals.  Making your health your primary investment should top the list of priorities.  In an effort to ensure that you are equipped with the tools necessary to accomplish this goal, we have outlined the top 10 tests you should be asking your doctor about this year.  Make 2012 your healthiest year yet!

Read More Sunday, May 6, 2012
Is Your Thyroid Affecting Your Mood? One Simple Blood Test That Might End Your Anxiety
By Karla Robinson, MD
The Thyroid and Your Mood
It is estimated that over 40 million people suffer from anxiety disorders in this country.  However, what many don’t realize is that anxiety may be the first signs of a thyroid disorder.  Thyroid disease is a category of illnesses that are typically characterized by the thyroid gland being either overactive or underactive.   Anxiety can be a common symptom of hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid.
Read More Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Kid's Doctor: K2: Teens embracing new legal 'drug' to get high
K2 is a mixture of herbal and spice products that are then sprayed with a psychotropic drug. 
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
  I was seeing patients the other day when I spotted a teenage boy in the waiting room whom I'd cared for since birth (one of the perks of being a pediatrician). He'd come in over lunch with his mother, who wanted him to be screened for drug use. The mother had found a "pipe" in a pair of the boy's trousers and was concerned that he was smoking marijuana.
Read More Sunday, April 8, 2012
Colon Cancer: Don’t Miss Your Screening
By Karla Robinson, MD
With the recent passing of Dr. Malinda Sapp, wife of gospel artist Marvin Sapp, it is important that we take pause to discuss colon cancer in our community.  Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women, and is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.  More than 60% of colon cancer deaths could be avoided with regular screenings. Screening is important because it can lead to finding precancerous growths (polyps) in the colon so that they can be removed before becoming cancerous.
Read More Sunday, March 25, 2012
Exercise and Pregnancy: Is it Safe?
By Karla Robinson, MD
Pregnancy is generally a time when a woman will experience many changes, both emotionally and physically.  With the growing waistline and extra pounds that come along with a healthy pregnancy, many women experience anxiety about how to keep the weight gain reasonable and prevent the postpartum weight loss struggle after the baby arrives.
Previously, women were often advised that it was safest to avoid any type of exercise during pregnancy.   This recommendation has undoubtedly played a role in the rise in the rates of obesity in this country.  The African American community is particularly at risk, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4 out of every 5 African American women are overweight or obese.
Read More Sunday, March 11, 2012
Sleep Apnea: Understanding the Signs and Symptoms
By Robert C. Robinson III, MD
Recently the wife of the late Reggie White, football legend and NFL Hall of Famer, has been bringing attention to the medical condition that plagued her husband, obstructive sleep apnea.  As the obesity epidemic proves to be more of an issue in our community, so
too does sleep apnea.  Here are a few points that you and your loved ones need to know about sleep apnea, its symptoms, side effects and treatment.
Read More Sunday, February 26, 2012
Reducing Your Risk For Heart Disease
By Karla Robinson, MD
Even while claiming an estimated 500,000 lives each year in this country, few recognize that the leading cause of death in our community is heart disease.  Heart disease is often times known as a “silent killer” because it has been known to strike with little warning.  While there are some risk factors to developing heart disease that are beyond our control such as family history, and genetic factors, there are some health and lifestyle choices that can drastically reduce our risk for heart disease.
Read More Monday, February 13, 2012
Winter Weather Safety
By Karla Robinson, MD
As we go into the new year, winter weather is around the corner.  Therefore, it’s important to make sure you are aware of the top reasons for injury during the winter weather season.  Here we will review some of the health risks associated with the snow and ice and provide some tips on practicing winter weather safety.
Falls: Emergency room visits for broken bones, bumps, and bruises skyrocket in the winter months.  The culprit? Icy sidewalks and streets. 
Read More Sunday, January 29, 2012
Urban Housecalls: Dental First Aid


By Karla Robinson, MD
Dental Emergencies
Do you know what to do when facing a dental emergency?  Whether you are a parent and witness your child falling on the playground and knocking out a tooth or if you happen to be enjoying some peanut brittle and find yourself left with remnants of a broken tooth, it’s important to know what steps to take when there is dental trauma. 
Read More Saturday, January 14, 2012
Dying to Live a Lie: How Symbol Replaced Substance in the Black Community

By Charles Jones
New America Media

Back when I was growing up, Michael Jordan’s shoes were extremely popular. Since their first release in 1989, the shoe series has only grown in notoriety, especially amongst young people. Unfortunately, so has the violence that haunts these shoes.

Read More Saturday, January 14, 2012
Your Other 8 Hours: 5 Failures of Financial Planning and How to Fix Them

By Robert Pagliarini, Tribune Media Services

If you're wondering how you are supposed save for a distant retirement when you're struggling to pay off debt and make ends meet right now, you're not alone. I think financial planning has failed a lot of people. The promise that if you work hard, save 10 percent of your income, invest in your 401(k), have a diversified investment allocation and have an emergency fund everything will be fine has left a lot of people frustrated, discouraged and even a little angry.

Read More Friday, January 13, 2012
American Heart Association offers 
lifesaving tips to get through the season
As many of us hoped for a white Christmas, keep in mind the snow and cold winter months can be very hard on people with potential heart problems and people with existing heart problems. 
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2012
Don’t Let Exam Fear Keep You From The Doctor
By Robert C. Robinson III, MD
“Ok sir, could you please drop your shorts?”  As a man visiting your healthcare provider these are the words that we dread most during our visit. You might be wondering, “Do I really need to have someone examine what’s “under the hood”?  Or you might be thinking, “Do you absolutely have to put your finger up there?!!” Here we will explain why it’s necessary to have these uncomfortable, and often times invasive examinations performed to ensure you’re in good health.
Read More Sunday, January 1, 2012
Is Going Gluten Free Just a Fad?
FOR AGES 7-12 and AGE 13-17
           JULY 1-6, 2012
This gluten free camp is organized by the
Michigan Capital Celiac/DH Group Lansing, MI
         1095 N. Briggs Rd, 
            Middleville, MI
Amber Klasey and her daughter,  8-year-old, Amethyst Klasey, all smiles after receiving a diagnosis.
According to one mother, going gluten has been a life saver and the answer to menacing health problems affecting her daughter
LANSING, MI -- Amber Klasey was unsure why her daughter,  8-year-old, Amethyst Klasey was having tummy aches and generally not feeling well almost every day. 
Read More Sunday, December 18, 2011
The HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Why It’s Still Taboo
By Karla Robinson, MD
V/AIDS remains a huge burden in the Black community.  According to recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) roughly one-half of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses are in African Americans.  The infection rate statistics are sobering.  1 in every 16 Black men and 1 in every 30 Black women will be infected with HIV in their lifetime.
Read More Sunday, December 18, 2011
Fast Facts: Healthy Eating 10-23

By Reference Librarian Eunice B.

Despite all good intentions, the month of December has to be the worst time of the year for maintaining healthy eating habits. And even though I always vow to be prepared and not succumb to temptation, it's still a struggle not to overindulge in sweet treats and rich foods.

Read More Sunday, December 4, 2011
Urban Housecalls: Understanding Fatigue




By Karla Robinson, MD

Characterized by a lack of motivation, lack of energy, and lack of concentration, fatigue is a common complaint experienced by more than thirty percent of people in this country.  While the term is often mistakenly used interchangeably with drowsiness, fatigue really is a separate condition, and is sometimes the sign of something more serious.  

Read More Sunday, December 4, 2011
Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays Take Control of Your Weight During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a perfect time to focus on family and friends, not food. It’s also an important time to move more and eat better.

Read More Sunday, November 20, 2011
Quick Tips to Control Your Diabetes and Lower Your Blood Sugar
By Karla Robinson, MD
Control Your Blood Sugar Today!
Are you having trouble managing your blood sugars or finding a dietary regimen that works for you?
Read More Sunday, November 6, 2011
Domestic Violence Is On The Rise

By Karla Robinson, MD

Often times considered taboo, domestic and intimate partner violence continues to be on the rise in the Black community.  Approximately, 1.5 million women are victims of physical abuse in this country and an estimated 1 in 4 women will experience some form of partner violence in their lifetime.  Recent statistics on domestic violence demonstrate that he rates of abuse by intimate partners in the Black community is significantly higher than in any other group.

Read More Sunday, October 23, 2011
Urban Housecalls: Don’t Let Gout Take You Out Of The Game

By Robert C. Robinson III, MD

Here it is fellas!  Another football season has kicked off and there isn’t a more exciting time of year!  For many of us, this is a time of fantasy leagues, long weekend afternoons, late Monday nights, and most importantly the tailgating party.  But before you plan the menu for your next game day celebration, there are a few things you may want to consider if you don’t want to get sidelined before the next week’s action.

Read More Saturday, October 8, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Boss Wants to be My Facebook Friend!

 Dear Tamara:

My boss sent me a friend request on Facebook and I am really not sure if I should accept it or not. On one hand my boss is really cool. She is down to earth and really tries to get to know everyone on the staff. I think we have a good working relationship. On the other, I don’t know that I want my boss to have access to my private life. Not that I do anything wrong on Facebook, but I don’t want to open that door where something can be confused or misinterpreted. At the same time, I don’t want to offend her by not accepting her request.
Read More Saturday, October 8, 2011
Urban Housecalls: Lupus

By Portia Harris, MD

Could It Be Lupus?

A 30 year old mother of two has been having joint pains and chest pain for several years.  She has been to several doctors for her symptoms and had numerous ER visits.  She also had a miscarriage when she was in her mid-twenties.  On her last visit to the doctor she was referred to a rheumatologist for further evaluation because she had an unusual rash on her face that resembled a butterfly.  At the rheumatology appointment she finally gets a diagnosis of lupus.

Read More Saturday, September 24, 2011
News Spotlight: One Size Doesn't Fit All When it Comes to Vitamin D for Men African-American men especially need high doses of supplements
By Marla Paul
CHICAGO, IL -- African-American men living in areas with low sunlight are up to 3 1/2 times more likely to have Vitamin D deficiency than Caucasian men and should take high levels of Vitamin D supplements, according to a new study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Read More Wednesday, September 21, 2011
News Spotlight: MSU helps kids get a head start on science

EAST LANSING, MI -- Aiming to get low-income youngsters more involved in science, a team of researchers led by Michigan State University will test an innovative teaching program that ultimately could be used in the nation’s preschools.

Read More Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Fungus Among Us: Common Fungal Infections
By Karla Robinson, MD
For some, the summertime generally means more time in the gym and outdoor activities like basketball, flag football, and golf.  But enjoying the warm weather can also lead to an increased risk of sweat related fungal infections. Sweating is a normal physiologic process whereby the body is able to cool itself when overheating.  However when excessive sweating occurs as is the case in rigorous physical activity, fungal infections can easily develop.
Read More Saturday, September 10, 2011
Naturally Savvy: Keep Lunchboxes Interesting and Healthy
By Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer
For most parents, having school-aged children means you're on lunch duty for 10 months. So how do you keep kids interested in eating lunches that are relatively healthy instead of ditching them for the alluring fast- or junk food they see the other scarfing down? The answer is in a little creativity and variety on a daily basis, with an emphasis on serving real food.
Most school lunches revolve around the traditional sandwich because it's easy to make and kids can eat it with their hands. And sandwiches are, indeed, fine to include in lunches, but it's wise to move beyond this obvious choice at least some of the time.
Read More Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Kid's Doctor: Cell Phones and Cancer: Get Your Hands Off That Phone!

The World Health Organization recently announced that radiation from cell phones may cause cancer.

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.


ILooking for a great gift for your favorite high school or college grad? Pick up a hands-free headset for their cell phone. There's a healthy reason behind this. The World Health Organization (WHO) just announced that radiation from cell phones may cause cancer.


Read More Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Kid's Doctor: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Is Back

This disease is most often seen in young children,
especially toddlers.

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

I've been seeing a lot of cases of "hand, foot and mouth disease" (HFM) in the office lately. This illness is usually caused by a Coxsackie virus A-16, a member of the enteroviral family. These viruses  are typically seen in the summer and early fall. (Don't worry, this illness is not related to "hoof and mouth" disease seen in animals.)

Read More Saturday, July 30, 2011
Caretakers Syndrome: Neglecting Your Needs When Caring for Another

There are some practical steps that have proven to be beneficial in resolving some of these feelings encountered by those with the Caretakers Syndrome.

By Dessina King, LPN

Whether you are charged with caring for a special needs child, an elderly parent, or a debilitated spouse, fulfilling the role of caregiver can be an arduous task.  From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, you are caring for someone who can’t care for themselves. Their needs always come first. Your day is consumed with where they have to be, what they need to eat, what medicines need to be given, and every other aspect of their daily activities.
But what happens when you just don’t feel like it that day?

Read More Saturday, July 16, 2011

 Approximately 1,300 homeowners in four parishes to receive $62 million in additional compensation

Read More Friday, July 8, 2011
The Kid's Doctor: No More Fever Phobia!

Even though a feverish child may look pathetic, he/she may not need medical treatment. CREDIT:


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Tribune Media Services

Parental concerns about children with fever continue to be the primary reason for phone calls to pediatricians' offices, visits to the doctor and late-night trips to the ER. The term "fever phobia" is not new, and one of the hardest things to "teach" parents is the mantra: Fever is your friend.

Read More Saturday, July 2, 2011
The Kid's Doctor: Spider Bite or MRSA?

Many supposed insect bites are instead due to a MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) bacterial infection of the skin and soft tissue. CREDIT:

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Tribune Media Services

While walking down the hallway in my office, I kept hearing patients expressing concern about a "spider bite." But how many spiders could there be out there, I wondered, especially in early spring? Also, these "spider bites" seemed to occur in weird places - a baby's bottom, the inner thigh, the palm of the hand. In most cases, a patient never saw the offending spider.

Read More Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Kid's Doctor: Screening Essential to Curb Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
Basketball and football have the highest incidence of 
sudden cardiac death. Photo credit:
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Tribune Media Services
I recently received a question via iPhone App from a mother who was concerned about the recent discussions in both the media and the medical community about sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes.
Read More Saturday, June 4, 2011
Taming the Beast that is Bipolar by Accepting your Illness

According to Web Md, bipolar disorder is a serious life long mental illness that affects about 5.7 million Americans.  

By Marybeth Smith
TNCP Guest Writer

Walt Disney put it best with the line,

“For who could ever learn to love a Beast?”

But someone did love the Beast. That someone tamed him and showed him all the great things about himself and made him realize that being a Beast did not define WHO he was. It was just a condition under which he lived his life. Once he accepted this, his entire life changed.


Read More Saturday, June 4, 2011
The Kid's Doctor: All About Tonsils

While tonsillectomy was almost routine 30-40 years ago, new guidelines limit the criteria for such surgery.

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

If there's one thing I know after looking down thousands of throats during my pediatric career, tonsils come in many shapes and sizes.

Tonsillar tissue is considered a "secondary lymphoid organ" and is most active in children between the ages of 4 and10. As youngsters go through puberty, the tonsils begin to shrink. As I like to say, "some things get bigger, while tonsils get smaller," and by adulthood, the tonsils are so small that they can be difficult to see.

Read More Sunday, May 22, 2011
News Spotlight: Introducing The Newest Common Myths In Cardiovascular Disease.... The World's No. 1 Killer

  For both men and women of any age, cardiovascular disease could be the first

killer. It kills more people than ALL forms of cancer tumors grouped


Read More Friday, May 13, 2011
Forgetfulness: “Aging” or Early Signs of Dementia?

Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, MD

“Dad just doesn’t seem to be himself lately.  Yesterday when I was visiting with him he called me by your name and insisted that mom was in the house with us. Mom has been dead for 15 years now! I’m starting to become worried.

Read More Sunday, May 8, 2011
Naturally Savvy: Fasting Has Many Benefits for the Body

By Rachel Hynd

Naturally Savvy
What is fasting and can it be beneficial? Many of us know it as a protocol the doctor prescribes before blood testing. For others, it may mean giving up a favorite food for a period of time or not eating food at certain times of the day or year out of respect for various religious holidays.
Read More Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Teenage Depression:  Know The Signs

By Karla L. Robinson, MD

Many recognize depression as a disease impacting the nation at an alarming rate.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 1 in 10 Americans is battling the symptoms of depression.  The Black community has seen even more difficulty battling this disease.  Studies demonstrate that African Americans on average have more severe and longer lasting symptoms of depression.

Read More Friday, April 8, 2011
Are You Too Stressed?
By Karla L. Robinson, MD

It is no secret that African American men have the shortest life span in the U.S. as compared to any other group.  It is estimated that the life span at birth of the average black boy is only 69 years.  This is almost ten years less than the national average.  While this disparity is certainly multifactorial, is stress one of the major players? 

Read More Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Urban Housecall: National Kidney Month

 In honor of National Kidney Month, Urban Housecall Magazine wanted to bring an inspiring story of survival to you.  We interviewed Jacquie Lewis-Kemp, a woman who was diagnosed with diabetes at 7 years old, went on to experience the devastating effects of kidney failure.  Her triumphant story of survival after a kidney transplant will absolutely move you.

Read More Thursday, March 17, 2011
Total Truth
By Tom Lagana
from “Serving Time, Serving Others”
“Forgive my family and friends? No way," Rob growled. "I'm going to hurt them when I get out of here!” These angry words came from one of the inmates who had agreed to participate in our Alternatives to Violence weekend workshop.
Read More Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mother Flippin’:One Funny Mother - Permissible Stilettos

 By Tashmica Torok

A few months ago I signed up for a service called Shoe Dazzle.  It's Kim Kardashian's company that works kind of like a shoe-of-the-month club.  After taking a short fashion quiz, a virtual showroom is created for you that include both shoes and accessories
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Comfort Food for the Mind, Body, and Soul: CLASSIC POT ROAST

  This beef dinner is sure to warm the heart and fill hungry bellies.

Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Urban Housecall: Bernie Mac: The Legacy Continues


Comedian Bernie Mac and his daughter Je’Niece McCullough. 
Photo provided courtesy of Je'Niece McCulloughBy Karla Robinson, MD
One of the Kings of Comedy as he is affectionately known, Bernie Mac is heralded as one of the greatest comedians of all time.  While he was bringing in the laughs, many didn’t know he was battling the chronic disease sarcoidosis.  While his death in August 2008 at the age of 50 seemed untimely and he is sorely missed, his legacy lives on not only through the classic films, shows, and stand up routines, but also through his foundation, The Bernie Mac Foundation.
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Interpersonal EDGE: Give Criticism But Skip Crisis

  By Dr. Daneen Skube

Tribune Media Services
Q. I'm the manager of a large department under enormous production pressures. When I give bad feedback, employees get defensive, resentful or openly hostile. How do I deliver criticism without demoralizing my staff?
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Your Other 8 Hours: Eliminating Poverty: How to Start a Business for Free

 By Robert Pagliarini, 

Tribune Media Services
Are you wondering how to start a business or take advantage of a great business idea when you have very little capital to get it off the ground? You may be struggling to decide which business to start because you don't have the resources. The experts will tell you that when you are starting a business, you should try to get money from the three F's -- friends, family and fools -- but there's a much smarter (and less insulting) strategy to get money for your venture.
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Ask Tamara: My Son's Father is Back!


Dear Tamara:
My husband and I have been married for six years. We have three children. Four-year old-twins and a twelve-year-old son I had from a previous relationship. While my husband has not officially adopted my son, he has been the only father my son has known for the last six years. Recently my son's father contacted me and wants to see and develop a relationship with his son and my husband thinks it's a bad idea.
Read More Wednesday, March 2, 2011
News Spotlight: For a better workday, smile like you mean it

 EAST LANSING, MI --- Want to keep your boss happy? Smile at your customers. Want to keep yourself happy and productive? Smile like you mean it.

Read More Tuesday, February 22, 2011
News Spotlight: The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is warning people to beware of a new designer drug being marketed by the name “bath salts.”

These so-called “bath salts” are being sold across the country as a
crystalline powder online, at head shops, convenience stores, and on the
street. These are not commercially manufactured bath salts that people
purchase to use in the bath tub. These products are sold with names such
as “Ivory Wave”, “Aura”, “ZOOM 2”, “Zeus 2”, “Cosmic Blast”, and “White Rush.” They may be snorted, ingested mixed with water, injected, or inserted rectally or vaginally.

Read More Monday, February 21, 2011
News Spotlight: The Real ‘CSI’: How America’s Patchwork System of Death Investigations Puts the Living at Risk











(Andres Cediel/FRONTLINE)

In detective novels and television crime dramas like "CSI," the nation's morgues are staffed by highly trained medical professionals equipped with the most sophisticated tools of 21st-century science. Operating at the nexus of medicine and criminal justice, these death detectives thoroughly investigate each and every suspicious fatality.

Read More Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Mother Flippin’:One Funny Mother - Depression Doesn’t Exist


By Tashmica Torok
There is a commercial about an anti-depressant medication that has the catchiest tune playing in the background.  I joke with my husband that if depression had a theme song, it must be that little ditty.  While lightly giggling at my own joke, I usually hum the tune for him.  It is a remarkably jovial sound bite to apply to such a serious condition.  
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
“Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul”: I'm Sorry, Dad


By Dale Gaudet
Dear Dad,
Even in my world of loneliness and misery, I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering you're being forced to deal with. My only wish is that I could be out there to look after you, as you have done so many
times for me.
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
Get It Right: Still Dreaming


By DeAndre Davis
Are we giving Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. credit for a work still in progress? I say yes. You say we have overcome, we have a black president ; Dr. King said judge a man by the content of his character not the color of his skin. This works two ways. President Barack Obama didn't have the most votes  because he was the best candidate ever, a lot of black people just voted solely on skin color. 
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
Ask Tamara: My 15-Year-Old is Sexting!

Dear Tamara:

I just found out a few days ago that my 15-year-old daughter has been “sexting” on her cell phone with a boy from her school. Up to this point I have never checked my daughter's phone or gone through her text messages. I just trusted her to be responsible and do the right thing? And although I disagree with her “sexting,” I feel bad that I invaded her privacy. I want to talk to my daughter about her actions, but I don't want to jeopardize my daughter's trust and even worse become one of those snooping parents that constantly checks up on her child and only causes her child to become even more secretive.
Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
News Spotlight: Hot Off The Press! The New Citizens Press Celebrates 10 years!



LANSING, MI --  The New Citizens Press (TNCP)  newspaper is celebrating its 10 year  anniversary at the Creole Gallery located at 1218 Turner Street on Saturday, February 19.  There will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. Doors open at 6:00 pm for networking and dinner. The entertainment will begin at 7:00 pm.

Read More Saturday, February 12, 2011
Urban Housecalls: Winter Weather Safety






By Karla L. Robinson, MD
With most of the country blanketed in snow and ice, it’s important to make sure you are aware of the top reasons for injury during the winter weather season.  Here we will review some of the health risks associated with the snow and ice and provide some tips on practicing winter weather safety.

Read More Thursday, February 10, 2011
NEW YEAR: MEN 4 Tips to Curbing Your Anger

By Quassan Castro

The hairs on the back of your neck stand erect after a perceived disrespect. The joker keeps mouthing off. You feel the heat from his breath. The words are oozing from his mouth, as you feel your knuckles balling into a hardened fist. Take a deep breath. Think about all of the negativity and legal battles that can come your way as a result of an attack. In the New Year, proclaim that you will not let the haters bring out your anger.
Read More Friday, February 4, 2011
News Spotlight: Health and Safety Precautions for Cold Weather Months


LANSING, MI - Winter in Michigan is a celebrated season despite the extreme drops in temperature posing serious risks and hazards.  To combat these potential dangers, there are specific guidelines citizens can follow to
stay safe and healthy throughout the cold weather months. 
Read More Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Your Other 8 Hours: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn
By Robert Pagliarini, 
Tribune Media Services
One of the best ways to make incremental progress during your other eight hours is to learn. There are all sorts of newfangled websites that can teach you a thing or two -- some with nifty videos and others with PowerPoint presentations. Call me old school, but I think one of the easiest and most economical ways to learn is by reading a book.
Read More Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Miscarriages: Overcoming the Loss

By Karla Robinson, MD 
Can we talk?
One of the toughest issues to deal with as African American women is infertility.  It is a subject that is still somewhat taboo in our community.   The inability for a woman to conceive or sustain a pregnancy is more common than most people know, simply because it just isn’t talked about.   Let’s explore this subject and open the lines of communication.
Read More Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Does Your Child Need Special Classes or Just a Pair of Glasses?

Sandra Peterson, RN, CSN
In a perfect world the title above might seem absurd or appear to be a joke. However, the world isn’t perfect and the question posed in the title should be answered before proceeding with anyone’s suggestion that your child might need to be evaluated for special education classes.

Read More Sunday, January 16, 2011


Why do men need to spit so much in public? -- Anne, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
What is it with guys and spitting? -- Cheryl, New Haven, Conn.

Read More Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Mother Flippin’: One Funny Mother - The Magic Place

By Tashmica Torok

I do not enjoy cooking.  I love to eat and therefore must cook.  During our first year together Paul and I muddled through.  He could live on peanut butter toast and chocolate milk.  I would love to insert a quip about the perpetual child here but I could have lived on the equally nutritious peanut butter and honey sandwich with a hot chocolate.  I swear it tastes just like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

Read More Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Higher Purpose

By Tom Lagana

After two days of presenting seminars in New England, I made a mad dash to the airport. Finding myself with a little time to spare, I sat in the main terminal for a few minutes of relaxation. Although this tiny airport appeared to be fairly new, it was unusually empty for 4:30 p.m. on a weekday. From my vantage point, I counted four people.
Read More Monday, January 3, 2011
Diet and Nutrition- Urban Legends





Diet and Nutrition - Urban Legends

1.       I’m young and healthy.  There is no need to worry about my diet and nutrition right now.  This can’t be further from the truth.  NOW is the time to focus on healthy eating and lifestyle habits while you’re young.   It’s always important to properly nourish your body.  Poor diets and nutritional habits in your youth can lead to a lifetime of consequences and health issues.  There’s no greater time than now.
Read More Monday, January 3, 2011
The Time is Right…But are you Ready?
By Robert C. Robinson III, MD
Sexual performance is a topic of increasing popularity these days.  From ads of “natural male enhancement” to prescription medications, everyone seems to have an opinion or claims to be an expert on the topic. What makes this even more confusing is the number of terms tossed around when addressing this issue.  
Read More Sunday, December 19, 2010
Urban Housecall: Seven Tips for Your Visit to the Doctor

By Aydrian L. Thomas, M.D.

These days, a visit to your doctor can be a harrowing experience.  With time constraints on the part of both the patient and the provider, issues with insurance coverage, prior authorizations and the like, getting the care you desire can be a challenge.  What follows are some ways to make the most of your visit to the doctor.

Read More Sunday, December 5, 2010
Urban Housecall

TNCP welcomes Dr. Karla L. Robinson who is a board-certified, licensed family physician.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Robinson completed her undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Read More Sunday, December 5, 2010
Healthy Eating Tips for a Busy Lifestyle

Get in the habit if eating lots of greens like spinach, kale and bok-choy.

By Katrina Bertol

With deadlines to meet, after work cocktails, frequent dining out, late nights and early mornings it's easy to forget how simple it is to take control of your health.
The following tips from will outline some simple ways to enhance your everyday health, boost your metabolism, maintain a healthy weight, increase brain function and start feeling powerful from the inside out:
Read More Monday, November 22, 2010
Natural Savvy: Healthy Eating Guide to Cereal

By Lilian Presti,

Cereal is an American breakfast classic that many of us grew up on. Because it's so easy to prepare and most kids love it, today's parents continue to buy cereal week after week, hoping to keep breakfast time stress-free and to get some nourishment into their children. But depending upon which cereals you choose, you may not be getting exactly what you think you're getting.
Read More Sunday, November 7, 2010
Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure in Kids, Adults

By Eric Heiden M.D.

Tribune Media Services
More and more kids are being diagnosed with what was once thought to be an almost exclusively adult malady: high blood pressure. These children join the large contingent of American adults -- estimated to be 25 percent of the population -- who also have high blood pressure. New research shows that exercise lowers blood pressure in children as effectively as it does in adults.
Read More Sunday, November 7, 2010
Natural Savvy: Fruit and Vegetables: Americans Fall Short

 Danica Teresa Harris, 7 1/2 months old, enjoying a Honey Crisp Apple at The Country Mill in Potterville, MI. Her mother, Dalia Luera-Harris, said it was her first apple and she loved it! Courtesy photo 



By Joanne Capano, Naturally Savvy

Science continues to unveil the health benefits of following a whole foods diet that includes more fruits and vegetables. Indeed, it seems as if we're always reading or hearing about a new study that links the reduction of certain health risks, such as heart disease and cancer, to the nutrient compounds found in fruit and vegetables.



Read More Sunday, October 24, 2010
Weighing Yourself Can Be Misleading


By Eric Heiden M.D.
Tribune Media Services

Jen had been obese, had gastric bypass surgery and lost 80 pounds. She was walking five or six times a week -- about 25 miles -- and had started doing marathons. Then she started lifting weights twice a week to add some resistance training to her routine to help reduce her abdominal fat and her risk for heart disease. Suddenly, she started gaining weight. Jen got stressed and stopped lifting weights. When she came in for her next checkup, exercise performance physician Max Testa, M.D., asked her, "Why did you stop lifting weights?"

Read More Saturday, October 23, 2010
Risk Factors Shouldn't Stop Your From Exercising

Even people with risk factors need exercise. In fact, people with risk factors stand to see the greatest gains from regular exercise, including a potential reduction in the very risk factors they once viewed as an impediment to it.

Read More Sunday, October 10, 2010
Natural Savvy: Childhood Obesity From a Holistic Perspective

 Eating fresh veggies is a family tradition in the Worthey family. They make it a principle to eat fresh vegetables and fruit as a part of their lifestyle.  Children, like Zion Worthey, age 7, can be encouraged to eat healthier foods if they are part of the process to prepare and cook meals. 

Courtesy photo 
Read More Sunday, October 10, 2010
Clueless Fashionista: Beauty product test drive…Loreal Lash Architect Mascara


By Ashia Sims

I saw a review on this product on the website, and it was so good that I decided to try this mascara out. I don’t have very long or thick lashes so I am always looking for a mascara that’s going to truly extend and highlight them but I don’t like clumps. 

Read More Sunday, October 10, 2010
Naturally Savvy: Green Your Back-to-School Shopping

 Kameko Jefferson still has school  shopping to do for her sons,  Donovan Patterson, 4 years old in kindergarten (to the left) and Jaden Patterson, 6 years old in 1st grade (to the right).  She is doing some “green” shopping this year.  Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, October 10, 2010
Clueless Fashionista: Back to Basics-What is my skin tone?
By Aisha Sims
Before you even put on any type of makeup, you must first determine what colors look best on you. Short of going to the drug store and buying one of every color, there is a way to determine the types of colors that will compliment you.
Read More Sunday, September 26, 2010
Jump-Start Weight Loss With Two-Week Diet


By Eric Heiden, M.D., Tribune Media Services

If you're overweight, you're not alone. According to research by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 66 percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight.
Read More Sunday, September 26, 2010
Natural Savvy: Create a Green Nursery for Baby

By Lisa Tsakos
Tribune Media Services

As Kermit the Frog admits, "It's not easy being green," but creating a healthy space for your infant is easier today than ever before. Here are  recommendations from

Read More Sunday, September 12, 2010
As I See It: Minorities in Agriculture

Shakara Tyler is a Penn State University senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences with two minors in Agricultural Communications and Law and Liberal Arts. During the summer of 2010 she was a research scholar at Michigan State University in the Summer Research Opportunities Program.

She writes about the plight of minorities in agriculture.


Read More Saturday, September 11, 2010
Your Heart Goes From Junker to Ferrari With Exercise

 Flat abs and bulging biceps are improvements brought on by exercise. Less visible but more significant are the structural improvements aerobic exercise make to your heart -- improvements that can take you from feeling like a junker car to purring like a Ferrari.

Read More Sunday, August 29, 2010
Good Fitness Goals Are More Than Mind Over Matter


This time of year, everyone is talking about their fitness goals for the summer. It's a pleasant reprieve from all the news about rising obesity levels and our nation's lack of attention to fitness, no doubt.
Read More Saturday, July 3, 2010
A Young Woman's Fight for “Life”

By Deana M. Newman, M.A., C.C.P.

Summers are generally celebrated as a time of outdoor fun, gatherings and basking in the sun.  However, the summer of 2008 was an eventful season which changed the normal course for one Lansing, Michigan family leading to a tragic end. 

Read More Monday, April 26, 2010
There's a Good Reason Why 'We're All Stupid in Love with Our Pets'
By Steve Dale,Tribune Media Services
Just look at a puppy or kitten and you probably feel good. There's a reason for that.
Read More Saturday, April 24, 2010
Naturally Nutrition May Be Key to Helping Control ADHD

  By Lilian Presti


By working with a child's diet first, parents can attempt to find the cause of their child's behavioral issues without 

taking the drastic step of medicating them.


Read More Friday, April 23, 2010
Health Care Squabbles Continue


By Bob Robinson

The new health care bill is slated to help with the high cost of prescriptions. 

Read More Wednesday, April 14, 2010
News Spotlight: Hats Off to Health Diabetes Awareness Event Set

 Diabetes is one of the most serious health challenges facing Americans today. Nearly 21 million people in the United States, or 7 percent of the population, have diabetes. And another 54 million people are believed to have the beginning stages of diabetes. Every minute of every day, another American develops type 2 diabetes.

Read More Monday, April 12, 2010
News Spotlight: Men. Take Charge of Your Health!!! Health Fair for Minority Men

 Be informed about the health issues impacting minority men.  A must attend Health Fair and Men's Health Dialogue is set for April 1 at the Ingham County Health Department.

Read More Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Naturally Savvy: Throw a Green Kids' Birthday Party

 Using real plates and cutlery instead of disposable ones sends the message that protecting the environment is worth the extra work involved.

Read More Friday, March 26, 2010
Civil Rights Mourns Director, Hosts Lansing Forum on Health Access

Former Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Kelvin W. Scott 

Read More Monday, March 15, 2010
Freedom of Information Act - Your Right to Know

Journalists and citizens who file Freedom of Information Act requests often expect delay or denial, unfortunately, that can impact  your daily life. Oftentimes, the lack of information provided by governmental agencies limit the ability to investigate issues, protect individuals or open the doors of justice. istockphoto

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

Did you know that you can ask for the documents below under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)?

Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Fast Facts- 9-3 - Health News You Can Use


The Capital Area District Library has many resources available to help you with your exercise program and efforts at healthy living. 
Read More Friday, February 26, 2010
Retire Smart: How to Cope with Big Rate Increases on Your Long-Term Care Policy


By Mark Miller
Tribune Media Services
If you have long-term care insurance, brace for the possibility of a steep increase in premiums this year.
Some of the largest long-term care (LTC) underwriters are asking state regulators for large increases on some policies this year. 
Read More Thursday, February 25, 2010
Naturally Savvy: Losing Weight is a Group Effort

By Lisa Tsakos

If you've already given up on your New Year's pledge to better manage weight and eating habits, it could be because you're taking the process too personally.
Read More Thursday, February 25, 2010
Childproof Your Home

By Marilyn Bohn

About 2-1/2 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today. 
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
How to: Keep your fireplace clean

By Brian Mc Donald

Cold weather is at our doorsteps. How often do you take the time to thank your fireplace for all the times it kept you warm during cold fall and winter nights? How about those nights when its flickering flames sparked an evening of romance, or when its unmistakable smell brought comfort and calm to your life? There's a great way to thank your fireplace: take good care of it!
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
Naturally Savvy: Manage Stress During Pregnancy for Baby's Health


By Lilian Presti
Most women wouldn't dream of smoking a pack of cigarettes or drinking a few martinis while pregnant. Public service efforts over the last few decades have reached the masses, educating would-be parents on the dangerous effects of certain lifestyle choices. But how often do people think about the impact of stress during pregnancy?
Read More Monday, February 15, 2010
Getting Rid of Junk Mail










Feeling overwhelmed with junk mail? Sorting through it is easier than you think.

Read More Thursday, February 4, 2010
News Spotlight: New Health Clinic Open on Lansing's Southside

His Healing Hands Health Center is proud to announce the opening of its walk in clinic at 2025 W. Holmes Rd in Lansing, MI 48910

Read More Thursday, January 21, 2010
News Spotlight: The Virtual Hallucination Machine is Coming to Town

 Would you like to learn more about Bi-Polar Disorder and Treatment?

Read More Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Here are some important statistics about African Americans, heart disease and stroke, and the major risk factors 

 Important heart information

Read More Monday, January 11, 2010
“Outsmart Stress!” (Demand the “Me-Time”)

Economic worries, familial obligations, expectations from employers, school assignments, relationships and now holiday planning…Who has time to relax and ease the stressors of everyday life? 

You do! 

Read More Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wellness News 8-19

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Read More Sunday, October 11, 2009
Former Detroit Lion Tackles Prostate Cancer

Left: Former Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Freddie Scott was once in action and focused on the endzone.   He is now focused on the fight for early detection of prostate cancer.  He recently spoke at New Hope Church of God In Christ in Lansing.

Courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wellness News 8-18

Michigan Fall Prevention Awareness Day

Read More Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wellness News 8-17

Community Awareness of Safe Sleep for Babies Focus for September

Read More Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wellness News 8-14

Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Read More Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wellness News 8-13

Helping Kids Make the Most of Summer Freedom

Read More Monday, July 20, 2009
Wellness News 8-12

America: Land of the Free, Home of the Overweight & Obese?

Read More Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wellness News 8-9

Sleeping Towards Good Health

Read More Monday, May 25, 2009
Wellness News 8-8

How to:  Select fish and seafood

Read More Saturday, May 9, 2009
Wellness News 8-7

Are You Eating Fish and Seafood Safely?

Read More Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wellness News 8-6

Weight discrimination could contribute to the glass ceiling effect for women, study finds.

Read More Sunday, April 12, 2009
Wellness News 8-5

“Spring is Here!” …along with Seasonal Allergies

Read More Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wellness News 8-4

How to prevent the flu.

Read More Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wellness News 8-3

Spring is right around the corner to please our senses through the sight of floral buds, green grass, birds singing, sunshine and warmer temperatures. 

Read More Sunday, March 1, 2009
How to: Choose fine wine

Choosing wine is really a lot simpler than you think, as long as you know what's important.

“What's important is there is no right and there is no wrong. If you like a wine, whatever you taste in the wine is there. It doesn't have anything to do with what anyone else says,"

"Think of the worst wine you ever tasted in your life. Someone loves it and buys it," he adds.

Read More Sunday, March 1, 2009
Green Living 8-2



Artist creates 'green' furniture to help curb home-energy use

Read More Sunday, February 15, 2009
How to: Avoid the winter doldrums

The post-holiday season can produce a feeling of fullness and warmth — but not for all. For many, this time is often the darkest of the year as winter has settled in for a long, dreary stay.

Read More Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wellness News 8-2

Sweet Dreams and Safe Sleeping

Read More Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wellness News 8-1

Chocolate: How Sweet It Is

Read More Friday, January 30, 2009
Start the New Year off Right!

The New Year is the perfect time to commit to a healthier life. Commit your family to a healthier life by taking on new health habits this New Year. And, don’t worry, you can   take them on - one step at a time.

Read More Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wellness News 7-26


Read More Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wellness News 7-25

The Raw Truth About Vegetarianism

Read More Saturday, January 3, 2009
Wellness News 7-24


Read More Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wellness News 7-23

Midwest Organization Heals the Soul through the Human Heart...

Read More Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wellness News 7-21

According to Black PR Wire, due to the overwhelming number of overweight and obese African Americans, Many African American women hope to achieve the quest for health and fitness this New Years. According to the American Obesity Association, African American women have the highest prevalence of overweight (78%) and obese (50.8%) individuals in the United States. The factors that contribute to this startling statistic are socioeconomic factors, cultural expectations and lack of diets and adequate exercise. African American women have become accepting of having larger body sizes and tend to practice unhealthy eating and exercising behaviors. While regular exercise is not a part of the lifestyle for many African American women there are alternates that can be done besides joining a gym or spending long hours lifting weights and working out. Below is a list of items that if followed carefully will promote health, prevent disease, prolong life expectancy and provide you with the gift of fitness for the New Year.

Read More Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wellness News 7-20

Breast Cancer - “A United Struggle”

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts successfully battled breast cancer.  She has written a book and has returned to the show.  For more information log on to
GMA courtesy photo

Read More Sunday, October 26, 2008
Local Sorority Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October


The Women of the Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
will be observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday, October 28, 2008.
The theme is "Knowledge to Save Lives" to be held in the Banquet Hall at the Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Rd. East Lansing MI 48823 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Read More Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wellness News 7-18

Winning the Obesity War - Part 3 of 3                                                              

 “Beverages & Calories at a Glance”

Read More Sunday, September 28, 2008
SOOH Symposium: Health for You

LANSING, MI -- To many who attended The State of Our Health: Through the Voices of Our People symposium, the day was filled with informative and engaging speakers and vendor tables.

Read More Sunday, September 28, 2008
SOOH: The Symposium Was A Success!!

LANSING, MI -- With a lot of pressing issues facing us in today's world, health has always been at the top of the list, especially for African Americans and low-income people.


Left :Christine Johnson, speaker; Rina Risper, coordinator of the SOOH event; Monica Jahner from the NorthWest Initiative’s ARRO program and Jolinda Wade, speaker.
Photo by Michael Jennings


Left: Jerry Cullen, owner of Salem Medical provided foot exams for attendees.  Dr. Peter B. Wollschlaeger and Dr. Maher Al-Sheikh discuss their talking points for the diabetes panel.  Photo by Michael Jennings

Read More Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wellness News 7-16

World War III - Part 2  “Winning the Fight against the Battle of the Bulge”

Read More Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wellness News 7-15


One Man’s Stroke

Part I of II
When Melik was 38 years old he had a stroke.  He will be a presenter at The State of Our Health: Through the Voices of Our People on September 6, 2008 at Bethlehem Temple. 

Read More Sunday, August 17, 2008
The State of Our Health: Through the Voices of Our People

Left: Jolinda Wade, mother of Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade and Right: Christine Johnson, mother of Magic Johnson to speak about health issue affecting  the family on September 6, 2008 at
Bethlehem Temple.

Read More Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wellness News 7-14

World War III…“A Global Battle of the Bulge”

Read More Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wellness News 7-13


Read More Monday, July 21, 2008
Wellness News 7-12

Heart Disease… (America's #1 Killer is still on the Loose)

Read More Sunday, July 6, 2008
Wellness News 7-11


Read More Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sleep-Away Camps for Children on Medication

Going to sleep-away camp is a great way for children to make new friends, gain confidence and become more self-reliant. Yet for parents of children with physical or mental health problems, the process of choosing a camp is complex and anxiety-provoking. With proper research and planning, however, both kids and parents can enjoy the sleep- away camp experience with a minimum of stress.

Read More Saturday, June 7, 2008
Pedestrians encouraged to step up their safety

Remind walkers, drivers how to avoid dangers

Read More Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wellness News 7-9

“Calling All Men… This is an important message for the sake of your health!”

Read More Monday, May 26, 2008
Wellness News 7-8

A “sexually” hungry society destroyed by the food it desires.

Read More Monday, May 12, 2008
Wellness News and Healthy Views: A “sexually” hungry society destroyed by the food it desires
By Deana M. Newman, M.A., C.C.P.
     You've heard and perhaps experienced the story…boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after.  Unfortunately, life is not beautifully orchestrated as the above statement.  Today, young or seasoned, heterosexuals and homosexuals are faced with the alternative scenario - two people meet, possibly fall in love or lust, yet an important ingredient must be added to the script, a question which could save millions of lives - “Do you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or ever tested positive for one?” 
Read More Sunday, May 11, 2008
Wellness News 7-7


Read More Sunday, April 27, 2008
Wellness News 7-6


Read More Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wellness News 7-5


Read More Sunday, March 30, 2008
Wellness News 7-4


Read More Sunday, March 16, 2008
Colorectal Cancer Fact Sheet

Colorectal cancer (commonly referred to as “colon” cancer) develops in the lower part of the digestive system, also referred to as the gastrointestinal, or GI, system. The digestive tract processes the food you eat and rids the body of solid waste matter. This cancer usually develops from precancerous changes or growths in the lining of the colon and rectum. These growths in the colon or rectum are called polyps.

Read More Sunday, March 2, 2008
Wellness News 7-3



Read More Sunday, March 2, 2008
Wellness News 7-2



Read More Sunday, February 17, 2008
Protecting Your Kids from Predators

Kidnapping headlines strike fear into the hearts of all parents, but it's helpful to remember that the actual incidence of abductions and overtures is statistically very rare.

Read More Sunday, February 3, 2008
Wellness News 7-1

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis… “Threatening the lives of 30,000 Americans at any given time”

Read More Sunday, February 3, 2008
Signs of a Heart Attack: Women Have Different Symptoms than Men

What Is A Heart Attack?

Read More Sunday, February 3, 2008
Dry SKin Never Sets In


Read More Sunday, January 6, 2008
Wellness News 6-25



Read More Sunday, January 6, 2008
Holiday Blues Have You Down?

Life is full of unexpected circumstances. Daily responsibilities, work, family issues, and other external stressors may leave one to experience occasional feelings of sadness, fatigue, grief or simply feeling a bout of “the blues”.

Read More Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wellness News 6-24

From one gift to the five senses to giving back, Americans can give without taking on debt.

Read More Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wellness News 6-23


The thought of puncturing the skin with needles seems like a frightening experience for many. However, according to Washington Afro American, more and more African Americans are seeking alternative means of maintaining healthy lifestyles and combating diseases through acupuncture and acupressure.

Read More Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wellness News 6-22

Although the latest government study finds drug use unchanged, kids are still at risk and experimenting at younger ages

Read More Sunday, November 25, 2007

The day-to-day schedule of the average African American parent can be a precarious balancing act, factoring in kids, work schedules and meetings, after-work and after-school functions, meals, homework and all of the errands that need to be run in between.

Read More Sunday, November 25, 2007
MSU earns accreditation to begin nurse anesthesia program

The initial accreditation was awarded by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Read More Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wellness News 6-21

The immune system is the body's natural protector of diseases through detecting and destroying viruses, bacterial infections and tumor cells. 

Read More Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wellness News 6-20

Binge Drinking … The Fine Line between Social Success and Social Destruction

Read More Sunday, October 28, 2007
See Pink!!! Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

     The Women of the Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will be observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

Read More Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wellness News 6-19

October is National Dental Hygiene and Spinal Healthcare Month in MI

Read More Sunday, October 14, 2007
Governor Granholm Declares October 2007 Spinal Healthcare Month in Michigan

At the request of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC), Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has signed an Executive Declaration naming October 2007 “Spinal Healthcare Month” in Michigan.

Read More Sunday, October 14, 2007
Wellness News 6-18

Listen to Your Elders…

Read More Sunday, September 30, 2007
LifeLine Screening

LANSING, MI -- Residents living in and around the Lansing, MI, community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or a serious bone fracture.  Life Line Screening will be at Letts Community Center on October 16.  The site is located at 1220 W. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing.  Appointments will begin at 9:30 am.

Read More Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wellness News 6-17

High Blood Pressure's Silent Attack on Life…

Read More Sunday, September 16, 2007
National Dairy Council Challenges Consumers To Think

Okay, so you know you have a problem if your pets start stocking your refrigerator with water, fresh fruits and veggies.

We all could probably use some help with making changes in our eating habits. Read all about the National Dairy Council’s contest. When your done, walking the dog is a good way to get exercise.

Read More Sunday, September 16, 2007
State Urges Parents To Remember Food Safety When Packing School Lunches

State Urges Parents To Remember Food Safety When Packing School Lunches

Read More Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wellness News 6-16

HIV/AIDS in Present Day America and Today's Victims

Read More Sunday, September 2, 2007
The Art of Buying Travel Luggage

Not all luggage is created equal. There is a wide variety of prices and quality between manufacturers. Before you purchase luggage you should consider what your actual luggage usage will be. There is no need for you to purchase the most expensive luggage if you only travel once or twice a year or if you never plan to fly.

Read More Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wellness News 6-15

The Thyroid Gland…A Butterfly-Shaped Energy Regulator

Read More Sunday, August 19, 2007
Wellness News 6-14

The “Unsweetened” Side of Diabetes

Read More Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wellness News 6-13

Upcoming Diabetes Events & Fundraisers

Read More Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wellness News 6-12

“Migraines”…Not Your Average Headache

Read More Sunday, July 8, 2007
Wellness News 6-11

Let's begin by testing your “Eye-Q”…

Read More Sunday, June 24, 2007
Wellness News 6-10

The Nationwide Question…“What Can We Eat?”

Read More Sunday, June 10, 2007
Wellness News 6-9

Urgent Care vs. The Emergency Room
 The “Urgency” of Emergent Care Management

Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
Wellness News 6-4

“Obesity”… Placing the Nation's Scales on the Up & Up

Read More Sunday, May 27, 2007
Ask the Director Questions and Answers on Civil Rights from Linda V. Parker Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)

Q: What is racial profiling?

Read More Sunday, May 13, 2007
Wellness News 6-8

No “Mind” Left Behind…

Read More Sunday, May 13, 2007
The Ups and Downs of Friendships: When Parents Don’t Like Their Child's Friends

The upsides of friendships are considerable and start early. Humans are born social, and even babies reach out for contact. During the toddler years, social interaction flourishes in the playground, child care settings, and preschool programs. As their world expands children are constantly interacting with peers in school, teams, clubs, and other groups.

Read More Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wellness News 6-7

Health Care Spending Accounts

Read More Sunday, April 29, 2007
Wellness News 6-6

Just when you thought you knew everything about the opposite sex…

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
How to Have a Beautiful and Lush Green Lawn

Having a green, lush lawn is easier than you might think. If you don't have the ideal lawn you have always dreamed of, don't worry. With just a few simple steps, you, too, can have an amazing lawn.

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
Renovating and Remodeling Your House

Deane Nelson, allied member ASID, Designer of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, A Division of Michael Fischer Builders, LLC at the 2007 Michigan State University Spring Home and Garden Show explaining their product line. Photo TNCP.

Don’t want to move but need to spice up your living area, add to the value of your home through renovation  or remodeling.

Read More Sunday, April 15, 2007
Wellness News 6-5

Your Body's “Internal Chemists”…The Kidneys

Read More Sunday, April 1, 2007
Wellness News 6-3

Survey of Heart Attack Survivors Uncovers Emotional Impact, Educational Needs and Disparity among Racial Groups - PART 2

Read More Sunday, March 4, 2007
Have You Had Your 3 Today?”

3-A-Day of Dairy Fact Sheet

Read More Saturday, February 10, 2007
You Have the Power to Donate Life: Myths & Facts About Organ and Tissue Donation

Don’t let myths and rumors keep you from saving lives. Learn the facts.

Read More Thursday, December 21, 2006
Tips For Air Travel With Your Toddlers

The most popular way for families to reward themselves for months and months of hard work is a nice family vacation

Read More Monday, November 6, 2006
Lung Cancer Awareness Month Observed in November

Lung cancer takes the lives of more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and kidney cancers combined.

Read More Monday, November 6, 2006
What You Should Know About Cholesterol

The key is leading a healthier lifestyle.

Read More Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Breastfeeding Makes A World of Difference

Q: I’m about to have a baby, and heard that breastfeeding is better for the baby, but I have to go back to work after the baby is born. How do I know what to choose?

Read More Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer - Part 3

Q: What steps can I take to keep my food safe?

Read More Saturday, August 19, 2006
Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer - Part 2

Q: How can I stay safe while enjoying the pool, lake, or river?

Read More Saturday, August 5, 2006
Tips for a Healthy and Safe Summer - Part 1

Q: My kids love to ride their bikes and walk through the neighborhood. What should I teach them to keep them safe?

Read More Thursday, July 20, 2006
Women and Cardiovascular Disease

It is very important for everyone – especially women – to understand CVD and their risks for developing it. Surveys of women show that most women don’t recognize the significance of heart disease, but it is the number one cause of death in Michigan and the leading killer of women.  About 1 in 2.5 women die of heart disease or stroke compared to 1 in 30 women who die of breast cancer. One in 10 women can expect to develop some form of cardiovascular disease before age 60. And as women age, their rate increases.

Read More Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wellness News 5-1

     Doctors wrote 12 million antibiotic prescriptions in a single year for colds, bronchitis and other respiratory infections against which the drugs are almost always useless.  “A study found such indiscriminate use of antibiotics has contributed to the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria, a growing problem in the United States,”

Read More Saturday, February 4, 2006
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans


     In  December 2003, the federal government’s Medicare program changed dramatically. That is when the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) became law. The most significant change brought about by the MMA was the new Medicare prescription drug plans known as Medicare Part D, which become effective on January 1, 2006. 
Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
Wellness News 4-26

  Healthy Eating—The Key to a Healthy Body Image

Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
Take Advantage of Higher IRA "Catch-up" Limits
Is Your Estate Plan in Place? 
Read More Friday, January 20, 2006
Catch the WAV and Ride Toward a Healthier Future: The Michigan Minority Health Coalition (MMHC)

       Heart disease,  Michigan's number one killer of African-Americans, causes more deaths than the next five leading disease indicators combined; cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality and violence. Approximately 35% of African American females are at risk for heart disease compared to 25% of Caucasians. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States.

Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
Wellness News 4-25

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day February 7, 2006

Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
Take Advantage of Higher IRA "Catch-up" Limits


    Now that it's 2006, you are one year closer to retirement. Of course, if you are still in your twenties, this milestone may not mean that much to you. But if you are 50 or older, the prospect of actually becoming a retiree looms larger as the years go by. 
Read More Sunday, January 8, 2006
Wellness News 4-24


Read More Sunday, December 25, 2005
Wellness News 4-23

  Stress and Concentration

Read More Sunday, December 11, 2005
It's Official: Time to Plan for Retirement
  Kids won't stay home from school, the mail won't stop and the stock market will stay open - and yet, we are in the midst of a national "holiday" of sorts. Specifically, this is National Retirement Planning Week - which means it's a great time for you to determine how well your retirement planning is going.
Read More Sunday, December 11, 2005
Wellness News 4-20

Diabetes: It’s Not So Sweet African-Americans at High Risk

Read More Sunday, October 30, 2005
Ask the Surgeon General 4-20

Healthy Eating

Read More Sunday, October 30, 2005
Wellness News 4-22

  What Kind of Massage is Right for You?

Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Talk to Elderly Parents About Their Financial Situation
     It's the holiday season. If things are going well in your life, you have many things for which to be thankful. And you are particularly fortunate if you have elderly parents who are still in good physical and mental shape. While your parents are healthy, you should take the opportunity to discuss matters of significance - such as their financial situation.
Read More Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Eastern Stars Raises Awareness and Funds for Diabetes Research

      LANSING, MI -- Rev. Reynard N. Blake, Jr., Executive Director of Greater Lansing African American Health Institute (GLAAHI) was a speaker recently at a prayer breakfast sponsored by District 4 of the International Masons and Order Eastern Stars District 4 hosted by Lee Taylor.

     In front of almost 100 attendees, Rev. Blake pointed out that a little over 11% of all African Americans aged 20 or older have diabetes.  That is over 2.5 million people. 

Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wellness News 4-21

  Choosing a Mental Health Professional for Your Child: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How 

Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Holidays are Happier When You Control Spending
You might think that it's a bit too early to start thinking about your holiday shopping, but your opinion isn't shared by the nation's retailers, many of whom are already beginning to inundate you with catalogues and advertisements. Of course, you enjoy giving presents to your loved ones, but if you go overboard with your spending, you could find yourself swamped by credit card bills. 
Read More Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wellness News 4-18

Does Stress During Pregnancy Impact Child Development?

Read More Sunday, October 2, 2005
Wellness News 4-17

Association of Black Cardiologists Providing its Unique Medical Care and Aid to Katrina Evacuees

Read More Sunday, September 18, 2005
Understanding Prostate Changes

A Health Guide for Men

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2005
Wellness News 4-16

Aids Walk

Read More Sunday, September 4, 2005
Wellness News 4-14

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the term for the sudden death of an infant under 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a complete investigatio

Read More Sunday, August 7, 2005
Wellness News 4-13

Talking to Kids About Terrorism or Acts of War

Read More Sunday, July 24, 2005
Wellness News 4-12

"Summer School" for Social Skills

Read More Saturday, July 9, 2005
Wellness News 4-7

Zero Tolerance Policies: Are They Too Tough or Not Tough Enough?

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2005
Wellness News 4-8

Zero Tolerance Policies: Are They Too Tough or Not Tough Enough?

Read More Sunday, May 1, 2005
Wellness News 4-6

Spanish-speaking foster homes sought for Central American children

Read More Saturday, April 16, 2005
Wellness News 4-4


Read More Sunday, March 20, 2005
Wellness News 4-5

LCC’s Dental Hygiene Clinic: Make an Appointment Today!

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
Wellness News 4-3

Lansing group advances cancer awareness among African Americans

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
Encouraging Healthy Social-Emotional Development Among Children

     Rearing young children, for any parent, is a difficult task.  Parents with children ages 0-5 are very concerned with their child’s physical and mental development.

Read More Sunday, March 6, 2005
Wellness News 4-2

Keeping Your Child Safe: Identifying Potential Dangers in Your Home

Read More Sunday, February 20, 2005
Wellness News 4-1

What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)?

Read More Sunday, February 6, 2005
Power of Red for Women Tips Ten Ways to Take Charge of Your Health

Here are some tips for you to stay heart healthy.

Read More Sunday, February 6, 2005
February is American Heart Month: Recognize Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs


   OKEMOS, MI -- Women throughout America and Michigan will be “going red” in February to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease, women’s No. 1 killer.  A recent survey shows that only 13 percent of women consider cardiovascular disease their greatest health risk, but heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly half a million women each year - about a death a minute.  That’s more lives than the next six causes of death combined.

Read More Sunday, February 6, 2005
Eating Right and Staying Healthy....Is it too late to start?
Healthy Living…Healthy Aging!
Dr. Tamara Baker
Public Health Educator
Professional People of Color Network, Inc. (PPCN)
The authors of the “Healthy Living…Healthy Aging” column once again bring you information that promotes living a physically, mentally, and spiritually harmonious lifestyle.  With each column, we bring your topics that you often hear about, however, never discuss.  In this edition of The New Citizens Press, we bring you information on eating right and what you need to know to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Read More Monday, January 27, 2003
Wellness News 1-12


Read More Sunday, July 14, 2002
Reasons to Store Your Baby’s Cord Blood

The number of reasons to store your child’s umbilical cord blood is growing every day.

Read More Sunday, July 14, 2002
Wellness News 1-12

Melanoma Deadlier in Blacks 

Early Detection is Key to Survival

Dr. Derrich Beech, chief of surgical oncology at the University of Tennessee at Memphis points out that Bob Marley, the renowned Reggae musician, died from an aggressive and deadly form of the disease.

Read More Sunday, July 14, 2002
International Survey Reveals People With Diabetes Are Not Worried About Long-Term Complications

More than Half of People with Diabetes May Be At Risk of Going Blind or Losing Limbs

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2002
Wellness News 1-10

Think about packing a first aid kit along with those picnic baskets and beach chairs this summer.  Buy a prepackaged first aid kit or you can make your own for use at home and when traveling in case of emergencies

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2002
About AD/HD (Attention-Deficiet Hyperactivity Disorder)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a neurobiological disability. It is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and in some cases, hyperactivity.

Read More Sunday, June 16, 2002
The National Health Awareness Campaign

Urges Parents and Teens to Learn the Warning Signs of Teen Depression and Suicide

Read More Sunday, May 19, 2002
MAY is (Motorcycle, Awareness & You) Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Film, Stage and Television Star, Perry King, a 38-Year Motorcycle Riding Veteran, Is Spokesperson in Nationwide Broadcast Blitz

Read More Sunday, May 19, 2002


Read More Sunday, May 5, 2002
Please pass this on to all the Mother’s that you know

This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's OK honey, Mommy's here."

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Spotlight On : The New Citizen Press’ Wellness Consultant, Jerry Esposito

Jerry Esposito began his career in the Wellness and Fitness industry for almost 1 year.   He works for Cablevision Systems Corporation, in Bethpage, New York, where his department provides health related screenings, seminars and educational information to its over 25,000 employees.

Read More Sunday, May 5, 2002

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