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Is it H1N1 or Just a Cold?

There are many reports of the Swine Flu (or H1N1) virus hitting areas of the United States this fall. Even with all this information, people still wonder how one can tell if they have H1N1 or another virus. This flu self-assessment from Emory University may help. For the best advice, be sure to call your doctor!

Genealogy At Your Fingertips

There's still room in the Genealogy Online class on October 13th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Gloriane Peck, a genealogy librarian from the Library of Michigan, will be instructing. Come and explore your roots with our databases and an expert!

Thinking Pink For 25 Years

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's been 25 years since the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization began promoting education and awareness for this disease. The library has a large collection of books regarding breast cancer including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one are faced with breast cancer, be sure to talk to your doctor regarding reading recommendations.

September is National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month. Yoga is known for its health benefits including both physical and mental fitness. Try it for free! Check out the coupon for one free week of yoga at a studio near you or check out yoga books and DVDs at the library.

4th Annual DPL Family History Festival

The Detroit Public Library will be hosting the 4th annual Family History Festival this Saturday, September 26th from 9:30AM-6:00PM at the Main Library. The event titled "Not Far From the Tree" features some great speakers and helpful breakout sessions. Best of all, it's free!

Get Ready For Family History Programs at the Library of Michigan

October is Family History Month at the Library of Michigan so plan your trip to Lansing soon. This month-long celebration includes many free classes and great opportunities to learn about genealogy. Be sure to take advantage of the Library of Michigan's expertise!

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Memoirs in Medicine

If you're hooked on television series like House or Scrubs, you may like these medical memoirs.

The Raw (Foods) Truth

There's been a buzz about raw foods diets lately with many people wondering about the safety and benefits of such a lifestyle. They also wonder how to go about starting one. Before beginning a raw foods diet, be sure to read up on the health benefits as well as the consequences of raw foods. You may also want to consult your doctor to see if this lifestyle is right for you. Try these books for more information:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw by Mark Reinfeld

The Green Foods Bible by David Sandoval

Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney

De-Clutter Your Home and Your Mind

Is clutter affecting your life and your attitude? Maybe it's time to clear the cobwebs and get rid of the junk! In Throw Out Fifty Things, author Gail Blanke tells readers to clean out the clutter not only in their house but in their minds. Her inspiring book shows that holding onto useless things of the past are not only a waste of space but can also be an inhibition to a better life. Check it out and free up some space in your own life!

Fantasy With a Little Romance On the Side

Do you like fantasy fiction with a little love thrown in for fun? Try these suggestions for a different side to fantasy fiction:

Cholesterol and Dementia - Are They Linked?

A new study by Kaiser Permanente has discovered that there may be a link between high cholesterol and dementia. Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels? The library has many books regarding high cholesterol and diet. Check one out today!

Exploring Genealogy at the Westland Public Library

Are you new to genealogy and would like to know the basics? The Westland Public Library will be hosting a program for genealogy newbies on Thursday, August 6th at 7 pm. Kris Rzepczynski, genealogy librarian and expert from the Library of Michigan, will be presenting. Register by calling the adult reference desk at 734-326-6123.

National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Month. Most people think that only children need vaccines, but did you know that adults need to be immunized too? Check the immunization schedules on the CDC website to see what vaccines are needed at all stages of life. For more information, read The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter.
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Riveting Medical Thrillers

Medical thrillers come in all genres!  If you like Dean Koontz and Michael Chrichton, give these books a try:

Love In the Time of Fridges

What do you get when you cross the absurd humor of Kurt Vonnegut with a bunch of talking fridges, one spin-dryer and a paranoid city government?  You get the hilarious and offbeat novel Love In the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott.  Ex-cop Huckleberry Lindbergh finds his way back to New Seattle and into a whole heap of trouble after eight years of being away.