Need healthcare, call ACCESS today

If you need healthcare insurance or want to change or review your current coverage, here is your chance.

ACCESS began an open enrollment period Saturday, Nov. 15 at 6450 Maple St. Dearborn and at 4301 East 14 Miles Road in Sterling Heights. Navigators will also be at ACCESS satellite locations across Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 15.

ACCESS is partnering with Enroll America and has certified 50 navigators, some of whom are bilingual, to assist residents enroll or modify their healthcare plan, said Hassan Jaber, executive director of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. “We’re truly excited to be able to assist,” he said in a press conference Friday.

For more information, click here. To make an appointment, call 1-888-670-6798.



How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night.

Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......

Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!

I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water...

Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.

The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Note: Check with your doctor before taking any prescription or over-the  counter medication.

Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.

They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks.

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.

Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ...DO NOT LIE DOWN!



Gum disease and how to prevent it


Healthy habits and good oral hygiene are critical in preventing gum disease. Regular and effective tooth brushing and mouth washing, however, are effective only above and slightly below the gum line. Once periodontal disease develops, more intensive treatments are needed. Click here to learn more about treatment, options and prevention

العادات الصحية والنظافة الصحية الفموية الجيدة هي حاسمة في الوقاية من أمراض اللثة. اذا تطورت أمراض اللثة، هناك حاجة إلى علاجات أكثر كثافة. اضغط هنا لمعرفة المزيد عن العلاج، والوقاية من الخيارات




The Health Insurance Market Place Begins This Month embarked on this section to facilitate information about health care changes in Michigan. The section includes information, links and advice about healthcare and the health insurance marketplace.

The opening day of the marketplace attracted a large number of viewers, overwhelming the system. Nearly 4.7 million people visited the federal portal and 190,000 people called government call centers.

Enrollment started Oct. 1 and ends March 31. The website is very slow and the process takes time, but it works. So be patient and expect delays. To sign up online, visit

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New Middle East Virus On The Rise

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is MERS-CoV?

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are common worldwide and usually cause colds. However, this is a new strain first reported in 2012, with a high mortality rate.

What are the symptoms of MERS-CoV?

Most people with confirmed MERS-CoV reported flu-like symptoms of high fever (100.4˚F or higher), cough and shortness of breath that developed into a severe lower respiratory infection.

How do I know when someone should go to the hospital for treatment of these symptoms?

If you have traveled to the Middle East or if you have been in close contact-lived with or cared for-someone who has traveled to the Middle East during the past two weeks and show these symptoms.

What are the treatments for MERS-CoV?

There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by MERS-CoV. Medical care is supportive and designed to help relieve symptoms.

Are there any known cases of MERS-CoV in the U.S.?

No. There have been no U.S. cases to date. As of Sept. 30, 2013, 130 cases have been confirmed, but none of those are in the U.S. All cases have been linked to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula.

What countries are in or near the Arabian Peninsula?

Countries considered in or near the Arabian Peninsula include: Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

What precautions can I take?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend standard infection-control protocols:

  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Wash hands frequently using soap and water when hands are visibly dirty
  • and alcohol hand sanitizer when hands are not visibly dirty
  • Wash hands or use alcohol hand sanitizer after coughing and sneezing
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Dispose of tissue after use in the nearest trash can, wash hands or use alcohol hand sanitizer after.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth directly with hands
  • Limit contact with sick people and don't share their personal objects (i.e. silverware, cups, toothbrush, hookah, etc.)
  • Cover nose and mouth in overcrowded places



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