Community Voices for Health Equity team helps Washtenaw County identify residents’ health needs

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In 2019, a mobile home park in Whitmore Lake was experiencing water quality issues, so residents reached out to Marta Larson, a member of the Community Voices for Health Equity team founded by the Washtenaw County Health Department.


“We convened a meeting with community leaders and environmental health and elected officials about what they needed to do,” says Adam Paberzs, health equity analyst with the health department. “We had limitations in what we could do because a water issue is outside our regulatory authority, but we were able to help identify the right folks who needed to be in the room with residents to get something done about it and hold management accountable for fixing the water.”


Paberzs points to this incident as an example of how community feedback is vital in helping the health department zero in on issues that concern county residents. Similar feedback in the past led

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This popular vitamin supplement could hide heart attacks at high doses

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More and more older people are turning to the vitamin biotin to fortify their aging skin, hair, and nails.

But in a new study, researchers found at high doses, the popular biotin supplement could mask heart trouble by interfering with some vital medical tests.

The research was conducted by a team at the University of Minnesota.

There is no issue with the lower doses found in multivitamins.

But high doses of biotin can cause falsely low results in a blood test that measures the protein troponin—which is used to help diagnose heart attacks.

In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on the issue.

It hasn’t been clear, though, how popular high-dose biotin use is.

In the study, the team analyzed data from a long-running U.S. health survey.

They found that high-dose biotin supplements have risen from obscurity to become notably more

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Amazon Gets Into Health Tracking, Challenging Apple, Fitbit

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(Bloomberg) — Inc. introduced a wearable fitness gadget called the Halo Band, entering the market for health monitoring devices dominated by Apple Inc. and Fitbit Inc.


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The wrist band uses what Amazon describes as artificial intelligence software to monitor a range of personal wellness metrics, from physical activity to sleep and even mood. The device’s features include 3D scans for body fat and voice-tone detection to analyze emotion. The related Halo service will come with an app, and users will be able to connect their accounts to third-party programs to further monitor weight and health.

Amazon started a gadget business with its Kindle e-readers more than a decade ago. Today the company is among the largest sellers of consumer electronics in the U.S., led by Echo smart speakers and Fire TV streaming devices. Much of that unit’s activity in recent years has been geared toward expanding the

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SLO County’s Kennedy Club Fitness calls for gyms to reopen

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Kennedy Club Fitness has had to lay off, terminate or furlough “hundreds of employees” across San Luis Obispo County amid the ongoing COVID-19 business restrictions, leaving the gym in dire straits.

Now, the local chain is hoping to generate community support and return to the state’s original guidelines for fitness facilities since coronavirus arrived.

The health and fitness company — which has four SLO County locations, in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero and Arroyo Grande — said it has suffered sharp business impacts that could affect more jobs in the near future, as well as the services it provides its customers.

“We need your support and understanding, especially in the next 30-60 days, as we move forward out of the current situation we are in,” said Brett Weaver, Kennedy Club’s managing partner, in a letter submitted to The Tribune. “If we don’t get back to operating business under the

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Blooms The Chemist Pregabalin (pregabalin) Drug / Medicine Information

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Contains the active ingredient pregabalin

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