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Cortisone injections seen as risky

— The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space — an extremely common treatment for radiating back or neck pain — in rare cases may result in loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death. More

Michigan man among 1st in U.S. to get 'bionic eye'

Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, left, looks at Roger Pontz's left eye as Pontz's wife, Terri Pontz, right, looks on at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16 in Ann Arbor. Mike Householder / AP

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Roger Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a 'bionic eye,' he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat. More

FDA panel rejects combination pain pill

— Federal health advisers have unanimously rejected an experimental pain pill that combines two common opioids, oxycodone and morphine. More

U-M analysis: Rural health care options more limited in Michigan

Consumers in Metro Detroit have plenty of insurance options to choose from under the subsidized federal marketplace, with hospitals accepting most of those plans. But access to health care remains limited in rural areas of the state. More

Codeine limits for kids ignored

— Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests. More

Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. More

Food makers follow dieters on switching up calories

The fixation on calorie counts that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. The shift is chipping away at the popularity of products like Special K. Nati Harnik / AP

The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K. More

Focus on leafy green vegetables for better nutrition

Many health professionals believe that leafy green vegetables deserve a special focus in the produce world for the volume of nutrients tucked into their low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic index package. Read on for a closer look at their bountiful nutritious perks. More

Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

New York — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. More

5K mud run to benefit children in Africa

The Cross Course 5k Obstacle Mud Run to benefit Little Dresses for Africa on June 14 will take place in Lapeer. More

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate

Washington — A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear. More

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