Health http://michiganradio.org en South Lyon pharmacist fined for selling tainted meds http://michiganradio.org/post/south-lyon-pharmacist-fined-selling-tainted-meds <p>A South Lyon pharmacy has been shut down and the lead pharmacist fined for selling contaminated goods to a Detroit hospital.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:50:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17209 at http://michiganradio.org South Lyon pharmacist fined for selling tainted meds "Healthy Michigan" enrolls tens of thousands in first week http://michiganradio.org/post/healthy-michigan-enrolls-tens-thousands-first-week <p>Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is off to a fast start. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tens of thousands of people have signed up for the medical coverage in the first week since the enrollment opened.</p><p></p><p>The Healthy Michigan program has received nearly 55,000 applications since April first; 32,000 Michiganders have already had their applications approved. Tens of thousands more have been moved into the expanded Medicaid program from a different state health assistance program.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 17152 at http://michiganradio.org "Healthy Michigan" enrolls tens of thousands in first week For some aging vets, PTSD triggered late in life http://michiganradio.org/post/some-aging-vets-ptsd-triggered-late-life <iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143754915&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe><p></p><p>There’s still so much we don’t understand about war vets and PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.&nbsp;</p><p>Why some experience it, but so many others don’t.&nbsp;</p><p>Why one vet can have symptoms right away, while another can be fine for years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:39:50 +0000 Kate Wells 17148 at http://michiganradio.org For some aging vets, PTSD triggered late in life More elderly people making plans for their final days http://michiganradio.org/post/more-elderly-people-making-plans-their-final-days <p>There’s been a big jump in the number of elderly people making living wills and other end-of-life directives.</p><p></p><p>Dr. Maria Silveira is a University of Michigan researcher. She says between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of elderly Americans with living wills or who gave a loved one power of attorney in health matters rose from 47% to 72%.</p><p></p><p>Silveira says the change may reflect different generational attitudes.</p><p></p><p>“I think this generation of older folks, Baby Boomers in particular, are more inclined to take charge,” says Silveira.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17111 at http://michiganradio.org More elderly people making plans for their final days Last day to enroll for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/last-day-enroll-health-care-coverage-under-affordable-care-act <p>Today is the day.</p><p>If&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">you don’t sign up for health-care coverage by midnight tonight, you might not be able to get coverage until next year. And if you choose not to get covered, you might get dinged on your 2014 taxes –also known as the "individual shared responsibility payment."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you can afford health coverage, but you decide to do without, here's how much you might have to pay:</span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2014, it's 1% of your yearly income or $95 per person, whichever is higher.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2015, it’s 2% of your yearly income or $325 per person, whichever is higher.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2016 and later years, it’s 2.5% of your yearly income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.&nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After 2016, the fee is adjusted for inflation.</span></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To avoid any potential fees, you need to sign up by tonight.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are exceptions.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:01:21 +0000 Mark Brush 17049 at http://michiganradio.org Last day to enroll for health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act Time is running out for Michiganders who have yet to sign up for health insurance coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/time-running-out-michiganders-who-have-yet-sign-health-insurance-coverage <p>Thousands of Michiganders are expected to be among the final crush of Americans trying to sign up for health insurance by Monday <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/#welcome/">Obamacare</a> deadline.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After Monday, people without health insurance coverage may face a penalty on their federal taxes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy </span>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a spokesman for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the state’s largest insurer has been getting 25,000 calls a week from people looking for help getting health care coverage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re seeing significant volumes of people reaching out to us now,” says </span>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, “The people who are reaching out to us are a fraction of the marketplace.”</span></p><p>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says walking people through the sign-up, including assessing their eligibility for a federal subsidy to help pay their insurance premium, can take a while. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Hetzel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> notes that many </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will have the option of signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage starting next month.</span></p><p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17032 at http://michiganradio.org Time is running out for Michiganders who have yet to sign up for health insurance coverage Ranking the health of Michigan's counties http://michiganradio.org/post/ranking-health-michigans-counties <p>A new report ranks <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/#/michigan/2013/rankings/outcomes/overall/by-rank">the healthiest and least healthy of Michigan’s 83 counties.</a></p><p></p><p>Ottawa County topped the rankings as healthiest, while Wayne County placed at the bottom.</p><p></p><p>But there’s no geographic pattern to the rankings put together by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin researchers.</p><p></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16973 at http://michiganradio.org Ranking the health of Michigan's counties Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe http://michiganradio.org/post/doctors-use-3-d-printing-help-baby-breathe Ever since the day Garrett Peterson was born, his parents have had to watch him suddenly just stop breathing.<p>"He could go from being totally fine to turning blue sometimes — not even kidding — in 30 seconds," says Garrett's mother, Natalie Peterson, 25, of Layton, Utah. "It was so fast. It was really scary."<p>Garrett was born with a defective windpipe. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:06:42 +0000 Rob Stein 16884 at http://michiganradio.org Doctors Use 3-D Printing To Help A Baby Breathe Obamacare deadline closes in; health officials to target obesity http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-deadline-closes-health-officials-target-obesity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">March 31 looms ever closer.</span></p><p>That's the deadline for you to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. After then, you'll only be able to get insurance on the health care exchange when there's a big change in your life: a birth, divorce, death, losing your employer-sponsored insurance, or moving to another state.</p><p>The latest numbers show 144,586 people in Michigan have gotten health insurance under Obamacare.</p><p>And, with more people covered, doctors and hospitals are expecting an uptick in treating one of our state's biggest health challenges: obesity.&nbsp;</p><p>We're joined by Heather Howard, program director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:30:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 16873 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare deadline closes in; health officials to target obesity Giant, inflatable colon coming to Ann Arbor area mall http://michiganradio.org/post/giant-inflatable-colon-coming-ann-arbor-area-mall <p>That one got our attention too.</p><p>The press release from the University of Michigan News Service starts with "here's your chance:"</p><blockquote><p>The University of Michigan Health System will partner with the American Cancer Society to bring a 32-foot-long, 14-foot-high giant replica of the&nbsp;colon&nbsp;to Briarwood Mall,&nbsp;<span data-term="goog_802678564" tabindex="0">10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22</span>, to raise awareness &nbsp;of colorectal cancer.</p></blockquote><p>What does such a thing look like? We asked for a few photos.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:52:22 +0000 Mark Brush 16853 at http://michiganradio.org Giant, inflatable colon coming to Ann Arbor area mall The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act takes effect tomorrow; what can we expect? http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-insurance-opt-out-act-takes-effect-tomorrow-what-can-we-expect <p>It was late last year that state lawmakers passed The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act.</p><p>Starting this Friday, insurance companies will not be allowed to sell policies that include abortion coverage as a standard feature.</p><p>Customers would have to buy separate add-ons, riders, to cover abortion and they would have to do it before ever knowing whether they will want to obtain an abortion.</p><p>And how that might or might not happen is pretty confusing.</p><p>Marianne Udow-Phillips is with the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, and she joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:29:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 16840 at http://michiganradio.org The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act takes effect tomorrow; what can we expect? Latino outreach stepped up as ACA open-enrollment deadline nears http://michiganradio.org/post/latino-outreach-stepped-aca-open-enrollment-deadline-nears <p>With less than four weeks to go in the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, the push is on to reach the Latino community, which officials say has traditionally not had widespread access to affordable health insurance.<br /><br />Mayra Alvarez, associate director of the Office of Minority Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says the latest study finds that eight in 10 uninsured Latinos can now get a break on the cost of insurance.<br /> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:40:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16766 at http://michiganradio.org Latino outreach stepped up as ACA open-enrollment deadline nears More people admit to texting, emailing while driving http://michiganradio.org/post/more-people-admit-texting-emailing-while-driving <p align="LEFT">More people in the state admit they text or email while driving now than they did than two years ago.</p><p align="LEFT">Sixteen percent&nbsp;of those surveyed say they have done it - or do it on a regular basis.&nbsp; That's twice as many people as in 2012.</p><p align="LEFT">Lynn Sutfin is with the state Office of Highway Safety Planning.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:31:20 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16751 at http://michiganradio.org More people admit to texting, emailing while driving Experts say programs for veterans' mental health aren't working http://michiganradio.org/post/experts-say-programs-veterans-mental-health-arent-working <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Let's continue our look at military veterans in Michigan. Yesterday on the show, we talked about the disconnect between saying that we want to help veterans and actually putting policy into place that does that.</span></p><p>Today, we turned our focus to mental health.</p><p>Data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates about 22 vets a day are committing suicide.</p><p>And it's estimated one in five veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>There are dozens of programs the military has set up to help treat the mental illnesses and troubles vets are suffering.</p><p>But a panel of experts studied programs from the U.S. Department of Defense and came to a very unsettling conclusion: There is no evidence these programs actually work.</p><p>The report shows the programs were not created from evidence-based research, and do not have an evaluation process to see if they are effective or not.</p><p>Kenneth Warner chaired the research panel. He's also in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:38:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 16715 at http://michiganradio.org Experts say programs for veterans' mental health aren't working Obamacare deadline is getting closer http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-deadline-getting-closer <p>Michiganders have less than four weeks to find a health insurance plan.</p><p></p><p>After March 31st, people who have not signed up for health insurance will have to pay a federal tax penalty.</p><p></p><p>Gia Carroll is a health navigator with the Hamilton Community Health Network in Genesee County. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;She says money is a bigger issue than health care coverage for many people she works with.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 16704 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare deadline is getting closer Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-rolls-out-one-month-michigan <p>In one month, more than 300,000 people are expected to begin signing up for expanded Medicaid coverage in Michigan. The Medicaid expansion is part of the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p>"<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797---,00.html">Healthy Michigan</a><u>"</u>&nbsp;would cover nearly everyone, under the age of 65, with an income up to 133% of the federal poverty limit. That translates to individuals making about $15,000 and families of four making less than $32,000.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16673 at http://michiganradio.org Medicaid expansion rolls out in one month in Michigan Fewer Michigan kids getting vaccinated http://michiganradio.org/post/fewer-michigan-kids-getting-vaccinated <p>Winter doesn't just mean freezing temperatures &nbsp;– it's also a time when we are more likely to get sick. Which leads us to our next question: Do you vaccinate your kids?</p><p>It seems for more and more Michigan parents, the answer is no.&nbsp;</p><p>When it comes to kids not getting vaccinated because their parents claim some personal or religious exemption, Michigan ranks number four in the nation.&nbsp;</p><p>But resistance to vaccinations didn't just start with Jenny McCarthy or the study by British doctor Andrew Wakefield that alleged a link between vaccines and autism – a study that has since been discredited as being based on faulty science.&nbsp;</p><p>It goes back long before that.</p><p>Gender and medical historian Jacqueline Antonovich has studied and written about the history of our relationship with vaccinations.&nbsp;</p><p>Antonovich recently wrote in the blog nursingclio.org about this topic, and it was pretty personal for her, as someone who has had whooping cough.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:08:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16577 at http://michiganradio.org Fewer Michigan kids getting vaccinated 1 in 3 children who died in a car accident during the past decade was not properly in a safety seat http://michiganradio.org/post/1-3-children-who-died-car-accident-during-past-decade-was-not-properly-safety-seat <p>Child deaths in car crashes have declined by 43% over the last ten years.</p><p>But the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety/cps-factsheet.html">there's still work to do.</a></p><p>The CDC says one in three children 12 or younger that die in a car accident is still not properly restrained.</p><p>Dr. Erin Sauber-Schatz is with the CDC.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says parent education and car seat distribution help make sure more children are buckled up properly, and she supports Michigan's car seat laws.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Vincent Duffy 16561 at http://michiganradio.org 1 in 3 children who died in a car accident during the past decade was not properly in a safety seat Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/obamacare-opponents-remain-resolute-michigan <p>Opponents of Obamacare turned out for a meeting in Jackson today. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Tim </span>Walberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is holding a series of town hall meetings this week on the Affordable Care Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican congressman is showcasing small business owners and patients who say they are paying more for health insurance under </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:21:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16518 at http://michiganradio.org Obamacare opponents remain resolute in Michigan Affordable Care Act needs young, healthy people to enroll http://michiganradio.org/post/affordable-care-act-needs-young-healthy-people-enroll <p>The latest figures from the government tell us that nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up so far for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials are pointing to a surge in young people who are enrolling: The percentage of people age 18-34 who enrolled grew by three percentage points last month over the previous three months.&nbsp;</p><p>Attracting these healthy young people to sign up is critical to the success of the Affordable Care Act, because they offset the costs of covering the older folks who are likely less healthy.&nbsp;</p><p>So just what is the key to getting young Americans under the Obamacare tent? Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:56:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16473 at http://michiganradio.org Affordable Care Act needs young, healthy people to enroll