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West Nile Virus has turned up again in Michigan.

Three crows in Ingham County tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

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Washtenaw County officials are concerned about how state cuts to general funds that provide mental health services are affecting the community. 

Felicia Brabec is a chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

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Sixteen of the 21 health insurance carriers in Michigan are asking for permission to increase their rates for individual polices next year.

For example, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is asking for an increase of 11.3 percent and Blue Care Network of Michigan wants a 9.7 percent increase.

The public can submit comments until July 1 on the proposed changes to HealthRateComments@michigan.gov.

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Abuse of stimulant drugs  usually prescribed for ADHD are typically associated with stressed-out college students. But a new study from the University of Michigan Medical School shows that abuse of those drugs typically starts much earlier, in the teen years, with a peak age range of 16 to 18 years for starting to misuse the drugs. 

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There will be something missing from the state's 80 county fairs and 4-H exhibitions this year.

Michigan's State Veterinarian, James Averill, has banned showings of chickens and other birds as a precaution, in response to the  epidemic of avian flu that's caused the deaths of tens of millions of birds in other states like Iowa.

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Meijer is suing an Indian drug manufacturer it claims cost the Michigan-based retailer tens of millions of dollars. The exact figure won’t be known for some time.

Ranbaxy is already in trouble with the U.S. government for lying to the FDA, among other things. The FDA has banned the company from producing and selling drugs for the U.S. market.

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A new study provides some of the strongest support to date for early screening and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

The study, led by University of Michigan endocrinologist William Herman, made use of data from a European study that enrolled people between 40 and 69 without known diabetes, and evaluated the potential benefit of screening and treatment for diabetes.

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A new poll shows parents are hesitant to talk to doctors about their children’s behavioral challenges.

Temper, anxiety and concentration can be major behavioral health issues for children. But a new Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows a large number of parents don’t talk about it with their pediatricians.

Hand-washing is a common hygienic practice that became popularized in the mid-19th century.
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It’s easy to take for granted the leaps and bounds medical science has made in the last two centuries.

Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope in 1816. 1818 saw the first successful blood transfusion performed by James Blundell. In 1842 Crawford Long performed the first surgical operation using anesthesia.

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Wednesday was not an ideal day to plant a garden. 

A chilly day with frost in the forecast overnight. 

But hundreds of people in Flint were more than ready to dig in the dirt.

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The Fair Food Network says it will use a $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand Michigan’s Double Up Food Bucks program.

The program helps residents receiving food assistance benefits purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables through a dollar matching system.

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A new study shows many young victims of assault will likely be involved in more violence.   

University of Michigan researchers followed at-risk young people in Flint for four years, nearly 600 men and women between the ages of 14 and 24 from 2009 through 2013.  

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This month, there’s a campaign in Flint to get city residents to live healthier.

But that campaign has been complicated by the recent closing of two chain supermarkets, making it harder for Flint residents to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

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The American Lung Association is not happy with state health insurance plans.

Jim Harrington with the Lung Association says in Michigan, many plans aren't covering the drugs or therapy needed to help people quit. 

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A cluster of three chicken pox cases in Birmingham, Michigan, prompted the school district to exclude unvaccinated children until April 14 to prevent the virus from spreading.

The directive, issued by the Oakland County Health Division, affects about a dozen families, according to Birmingham schools superintendent Daniel Nerad.

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Flint officials say previously high levels of a chlorine byproduct that can cause liver issues and even cancer if it’s ingested in high quantities over many years, are back down to safe levels in city drinking water.

The city had to send out a notice in November to residents letting them know that tests showed there were potentially unsafe levels of trihalomethane (TTHM) in the water.

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This week will bring a gathering of doctors, psychologists, social workers and religious leaders to Dearborn for the 7th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference.

It's the only conference of its kind in the nation, if not in the world.

Dr. Farha Abbasi is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University and a practicing Muslim. She founded this conference in 2008.

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Meijer retailers have recalled store branded frozen chopped spinach due to a possible listeria contamination.

Washington-based distributor Twin City Foods, Inc. says 16 oz. packages of Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach with UPC 41250 02363 and a best used by date of February 2017 are at risk for listeria.

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On this day 133 years ago, a young German physician stood up before the members of the Physiological Society of Berlin and announced he had found the cause of tuberculosis.

It is hard to overstate the importance of that day, and what Dr. Robert Koch did for the understanding of infectious diseases.

Community health centers could face cuts

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Community health centers in Michigan could lose up to 70% of their funding if Congress doesn't grant an extension this fall. 

700,000 Michigan residents use the centers for medical, dental and mental health services. 

The centers are concentrated in mostly urban and rural areas where many patents are limited by income, geographic location or both.

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Michigan’s urban communities aren’t the only places lacking when it comes to having access to fresh, healthy foods.

A new report from the Food Trust says residents in some of the state’s rural areas are limited when it comes to grocery stores and other sources for fresh meats and produce.

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A University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor hospital study suggests simple measures could reduce multi-drug-resistant infections in nursing homes.

Dr. Lona Mody says there's much at stake for nursing home residents, as well as others.

"Nursing home patients may be transferred back to the hospital for a problem or for an acute illness,  and bring that organism with them to the hospital," says Mody.

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An Alzheimer’s treatment developed by a Michigan State University researcher may be available in the next few years.

Muraleedharan Nair is a natural products chemist at MSU.   He’s been working with Ashwagandha, a plant compound used in Eastern medicine.   From that work, Nair has patented a botanical compound called  withanamides.

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A new University of Michigan poll says many parents may want to rethink some of the things they’re posting online about their kids.

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds a lot of parents of young children talk about them a great deal on social media:

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A new report suggests Michigan and 45 other states should consider raising their legal smoking age from the current 18 years old. 

The report entitled Public Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco Products was released this week. 

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New federal numbers show 70,000 more Michiganders signed up for health insurance through Obamacare this year compared to last year. 

Roughly 88% of the 341,000 are getting a federal subsidy. But the U.S. Supreme Court will decide soon if those subsidies are legal.  

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The idea of a teen crisis line isn't new.

But think about it: When's the last time you've seen a teenager pick up a phone, dial a number and call someone?

The average teen sends some 2,000 text messages a month.

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The former CEO of a pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit healthcare fraud. The conspiracy involves dozens of employees.

Workers at Kentwood Pharmacy allegedly collected unused prescription drugs from about 800 nursing homes and homes for adult foster care. The drugs were unused for a variety of reasons, including when a patient died. Workers then repackaged the drugs, sometimes in their homes, and sold them again.

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Coliform bacteria and boil-water alerts, rashes on kids, and water that tastes and smells horrible are some of the side effects associated with Flint’s decision to disconnect from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and switch to the Flint River while it transitions to a new system.

Conditions in Flint grew so terrible that environmental activist Erin Brockovich caught wind of the situation and turned her team’s attention towards Michigan.

The cause of this water crisis? Money.

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