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1:22 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires

A map of the spread of smoke from wildfires in 2011
NRDC

Michigan may not have a big problem with wild fires, but a new report claims Michigan does have a major problem with wildfire smoke.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is out with a report ranking Michigan seventh on a list of states with the most days with wildfire smoke in the air.

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Health
5:45 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Respiratory therapists oppose deregulation of their occupation

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Nineteen occupations in Michigan may no longer be regulated under a recommendation from the state's Office of Regulatory Reinvention, which is part of the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

In the health field, the occupations include respiratory therapists, dieticians and nutritionists, acupuncturists, ocularists (someone who makes and fits prosthetic eyes) and speech pathologists.

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Health
12:14 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Michigan Department of Community Health launches website to fight infant mortality

Michigan's infant mortality rate is higher than the national average.
Credit Sono Tamaki / Flickr

Michigan has a high infant mortality rate -- especially among African American babies. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has launched a website that will provide resources and information about infant mortality.

Seven out of every 1000 babies born in Michigan won't see their first birthday. The African American infant mortality rate is twice as high. 

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Health
12:23 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Michigan cases linked to national salmonella outbreak

Foster Farms website

Michigan is among 18 states affected by an outbreak of salmonella.

Two of the nearly 300 confirmed cases of salmonella are in Michigan.

The outbreak has been traced to a California chicken producer, Foster Farms.

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Stateside
5:23 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Comparing the U.S. healthcare system to the United Kingdom's system

photo by Anna Strumillo Phuket - Thailand www.fotopedia.com

The state and federal healthcare exchanges are, of course, a big chapter in the overhaul of the American healthcare model - a model that's very different from many other countries around the world.

The BBC's Alice Castle has lived in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. She's had the experience of being pregnant in both countries.

Click the audio above to listen to her unique perspective on the American healthcare system.

Health
4:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Prescription drug abuse top public health concern

Prescription Drug Abuse and Prevention
Credit Morgue File

The number of Michigan deaths from drug overdose has tripled since 1999. The majority of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.

Michigan has the 18th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country, according to a national report on Prescription Drug Abuse by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) in Washington, D.C. 

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Health
2:53 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

All Michigan newborns to be screened for heart defects

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Beginning next April, all babies born in Michigan will be screened for Critical Congenital Heart Disease -- or CCHD.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says Michigan will join 31 other states that include pulse oximetry screening to their newborn screening tests.

The painless test measures the amount of oxygen in a newborn's blood.

MDCH spokeswoman Angela Minicuci says congenital heart disease is one of the most common birth defects and impacts about nine out of every 1,000 newborns.

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Stateside
4:24 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

When grandma is head of the household

Lynn Nww, clinical instructor and Kinship Care Education Center Coordinator at Michigan State University.
Michigan State University

It's called "Kinship Care."

It means relatives stepping in to raise a child, and it happens for many reasons.

Whether it's parents being deployed to combat in the Middle East, physical or mental illness, or incarceration, all over the country, grandparents or other relatives are being called on to raise a child. Today, more than 4.9 million children are living in grandparent-headed households.

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Stateside
4:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Major delays on day one of healthcare exchange

A woman receiving a shot.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Michigan’s new online healthcare exchange went live today, meaning Michiganders would now have the opportunity to check out healthcare plans and subsidies available to them under the Affordable Care Act.

But the launch didn’t go without a couple of hiccups.

As the exchanges went live on the web, consumers encountered error messages, saying the high traffic to the exchanges would mean delays with actually looking at the plans.

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Health
12:34 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

What you should know about shopping for health care online in Michigan

This is a screenshot of the informational video from healthcare.gov
healthcare.gov YouTube

Today is the first day people can shop for health care plans at healthcare.gov

There are 73 health plans available on the exchange. These plans were approved by the federal and state governments.

Over the next six months, residents can enroll in the program. More from the Associated Press:

People earning between 100 and 400 percent of the poverty line will qualify for tax credits to offset monthly premiums. Besides the uninsured, small businesses and those who buy their own insurance may shop on the exchange. 

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Health
10:47 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties

An additional 64,000 kids in Michigan now qualify for free dental care.
Credit Flickr user Erik Eti Smit

Children whose families qualify for Medicaid are now eligible to receive free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties through the Healthy Kids Dental program. Beginning today, 64,000 kids are added to the program which provides dental coverage to about half a million children in Michigan.

The Michigan budget was expanded to include this coverage. Angela Minicuci with the Michigan Department of Community Health says the program will hopefully expand to the five remaining counties that aren't yet covered under the program -- Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Kent and Kalamazoo.

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Health
5:54 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Some Michiganders may fall victim to the Affordable Care Act's 'Family Glitch'

(file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

On Tuesday, tens of thousands of Michiganders can start signing up for new health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

But some may find they fall victim to what’s being called the ‘Family Glitch’.

The Affordable Care Act provides subsidies for families to get health insurance if an employer doesn’t provide adequate health insurance coverage.

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Stateside
4:21 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Demographics of Medicaid enrollees change as coverage expands

A stethoscope.
Adrian Clark Flickr

An interview with Tammy Chang, the lead author of a University of Michigan Medical School study, examining the new faces of Medicaid.

As Medicaid expansion is coming, we’re starting to get a better picture of who will be covered. Much of Medicaid now is spent on people in nursing homes. But the expansion will include a lot of younger people, low-income workers.

A new study from the University of Michigan Medical School looks at the likely demographics and Tammy Chang, the lead author of that study, joined us in the studio to discuss the new faces of Medicaid. 

Listen to the interview above. 

Health
12:02 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

See how much you could pay for insurance in Michigan under Affordable Care Act

We've got a snapshot of what families, young adults, and really sick people may expect
Courtesy of Children First

Michigan's new healthcare exchange goes live next Tuesday (October 1), and the White House put out a sneek peak of sorts.

It’s a snapshot of prices Michiganders could pay for what are expected to be some of the most popular plans.

In terms of cost, Michigan is projected to be below the national average.

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Stateside
5:15 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

University of Michigan professor awarded MacArthur Genius Grant

Professor Susan Murphy
http://dept.stat.lsa.umich.edu/

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its “genius grants.” Twenty-four people who the Foundation want to recognize as exceptionally creative individuals who already have a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.

One of those 24 is Susan Murphy, a Professor of Statistics at the University of Michigan.

She joined us today to talk about her work and how she plans on using the money.

Listen to the full interview above.

Health
2:40 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Study: Abuse often mars childhood of black gay men

Gay pride flag
user Tyrone Warner Flickr

A new study finds young, gay black men in Michigan are often victims of physical, social and emotional abuse.

The Michigan State University study finds that abuse started early for many of these young men. About 70 percent of 180 black gay or bisexual men reported they were assaulted when they were 12 or younger.

"There are high rates of these kinds of exposures to traumas, and it is associated with things like having a substance abuse problem, depression, things like that," says MSU Professor of Ecological Community Psychology Robin Lin Miller.

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Health
2:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Two Michigan babies contracted measles this year, officials investigating a third case

A single virus particle, or "virion," of measles virus.
CDC

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials say two infants have had measles this year, putting the state among 16 states with confirmed cases of the viral disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 159 cases reported nationally as of Aug. 24. That's well above the average of 60 cases a year reported in 2001-2012.

Measles is a once common childhood disease now preventable through vaccination. The CDC says at least 82 percent of those infected this year weren't vaccinated.

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Monday that the two Michigan cases involved children under 12 months old. It says both infants caught measles outside the U.S. and have recovered.

The agency says it's working to confirm a third infection.

Health
3:24 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Michigan's Attorney General calls for state regulation of drug compounding centers

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
Attorney General's office

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the state to regulate and inspect drug compounding centers like the one that produced the medication that caused a nationwide meningitis outbreak a year ago.

At least 264 people were infected by an adulterated pain medication, and 19 died. Michigan suffered more casualties from the outbreak than any other state.

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Health
10:42 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Tighter pharmacy rules planned after Michigan meningitis deaths

Tools used in pharmaceutical compounding
prweb.com

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation is being proposed to more closely regulate 470 compounding pharmacies in Michigan after a deadly outbreak of meningitis a year ago.

The infection of 264 Michigan residents, 17 who died, is blamed on contaminated steroids produced by a company in Massachusetts. But Michigan's attorney general, a top licensing official and a state senator say oversight of Michigan pharmacies should be strengthened to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

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Stateside
4:58 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

How does income level affect health care in Michigan?

Cathy Schoen
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/

A brand-new report card has been released from the bipartisan Commonwealth Fund.

The report examines just how well the health care systems in each of the 50 states are working. The conclusion: if you live in a state that generally does poorly in health care, it doesn't necessarily matter what your income level is. High-income people who live in these poorly-performing states are worse off than low-income people who live in states with high health scores.

Cathy Schoen is senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund and the author of the new report. She spoke with Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, earlier in the day.

Listen to the full interview above.

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