Children's Health http://michiganradio.org en 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 Medical research needs more kids in studies http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-research-needs-more-kids-studies <p>Overall, 44% of parents say they'd allow their child to take part in medical research if the child had the disease being studied.</p><p>Yet only 5% say their child has participated in a medical study. &nbsp;</p><p>That's according to a recent <a href="http://www.mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/medical-research-needs-kids-parents-not-aware-opportunities">National Poll on Children's Health</a> conducted by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15446 at http://michiganradio.org Medical research needs more kids in studies $14.4 million in federal grants to Michigan for child home visiting programs http://michiganradio.org/post/144-million-federal-grants-michigan-child-home-visiting-programs <p>Michigan is getting $14.4 million for a program that does home visits for pregnant women and new mothers. A key goal is to reduce infant mortality.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Department of Community Health will use the money for prevention-focused home visits in at-risk communities.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Michigan's infant mortality rate is above the national average. &nbsp;Fourteen out of every 1,000 African American babies in Michigan die before they reach their first birthday. That is three times more than white babies.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15045 at http://michiganradio.org $14.4 million in federal grants to Michigan for child home visiting programs Michigan marks 50 years of infant health screening http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-marks-50-years-infant-health-screening <p>State health officials are celebrating the 50th anniversary of a screening program that has saved the lives of more than seven thousand newborns.</p><p>Starting with just one test in 1963, Michigan doctors now routinely test newborn infants for more than 50 potentially life threatening conditions.</p><p>Matthew Davis is the Chief Medical Executive with the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says infant screening is one of the best success stories in public health.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:16:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 14475 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan marks 50 years of infant health screening Health insurance lags among state's teens http://michiganradio.org/post/health-insurance-lags-among-states-teens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Teenagers in Michigan eligible for no-cost government sponsored health insurance like <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_4860-35199--,00.html">Medicaid and MIchild</a> aren't getting signed up.&nbsp;</p><p>That means they're walking around uninsured. Many aren't getting regular preventative care and many are relying on the Emergency Room if something comes up. This pattern can have a huge detrimental impact on a families finances, and a teens health.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:14:46 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 14171 at http://michiganradio.org Health insurance lags among state's teens Why do so many Michigan parents refuse to have their kids vaccinated? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-so-many-michigan-parents-refuse-have-their-kids-vaccinated <p>Michigan now has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who do not have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</p><p>Despite adamant statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control that vaccines have no link to autism, an anti-vaccination movement is growing online, from parent to parent, and through activist celebrities, such as actress Jenny McCarthy.</p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and physicians are mounting fresh efforts&nbsp; to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</p><p>This vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</p><p>We wanted to see how this story is being played out in the exam rooms of a busy pediatric practice, day-in and day out. Oakland County pediatrician Dr. Martin Levinson has been practicing medicine for 33 years. He joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:37:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 13943 at http://michiganradio.org Why do so many Michigan parents refuse to have their kids vaccinated? Stateside for Monday, August 12th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-12th-2013 <p>Entrepreneurship is on the rise in West Michigan. We took a look at what this means for the Grand Rapids area and the rest of the state.</p><p>And, when you consider all of the possible "fixes" being discussed for struggling big cities like Detroit, there is an idea being offered up that has truly stood the test of time: attract more immigrants.</p><p>Also, we heard how a University of Michigan professor is using archeology to tell the story of undocumented immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.</p><p>First on the show, &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan now has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who do not have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</span></p><p>Despite adamant statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers of Disease Control that vaccines have no link to autism, an anti-vaccination movement is growing online, from parent to parent, and through activist celebrities, such as actress Jenny McCarthy.</p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and physicians are mounting fresh efforts&nbsp; to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</p><p>This vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</p><p>We wanted to see how this story is being played out in the exam rooms of a busy pediatric practice, day-in and day out. Oakland County pediatrician Dr. Martin Levinson has been practicing medicine for 33 years. He joined us today.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:35:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 13944 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 12th, 2013 Michigan has the 4th highest number of parents who won't vaccinate their kids, what's that about? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-4th-highest-number-parents-who-wont-vaccinate-their-kids-whats-about <p>Michigan has the fourth highest rate in the nation of parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated for religious, medical and other reasons. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many simply don’t get all the immunization shots required.</span></p><p>August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new effort is underway to get more Michigan children fully vaccinated.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he vaccination push begins as the number of children falling ill with preventable diseases is on the rise.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“As parents prepare to send their children back to school….it is important they make sure each child is up to date with their immunizations,” says Dr. Kenneth&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elmassian</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the president of the Michigan State Medical Society.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a hundred children in&nbsp;Washtenaw&nbsp;County have been treated for Whooping Cough this year. There were nearly 850 cases statewide last year. One 3 month old child died.&nbsp;</span></p></div><p>Cases of other preventable diseases are also on the rise in Michigan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">State health officials blame Michigan’s declining child vaccination rate.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13896 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan has the 4th highest number of parents who won't vaccinate their kids, what's that about? Michigan worst state for child well-being in Great Lakes region http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-worst-state-child-well-being-great-lakes-region <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan has the highest rate of child poverty in the Great Lakes region, according to a report released Monday morning.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher reported, data from the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/123/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBook/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBookr.pdf">2013 Kids Count survey</a>, a nationwide study that ranks states based on child well-being, shows that about 560,000 children in Michigan live in poverty.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That statistic has increased by 6% over the last several years.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In other areas, the state does show some signs of improvement.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Only 4% of kids in Michigan are uninsured. Nationwide, about 7% of children lack health insurance.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:28:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13206 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan worst state for child well-being in Great Lakes region Drug shortages are affecting children in the NICU http://michiganradio.org/post/drug-shortages-are-affecting-children-nicu <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> focuses on kids and what it will take to get them ahead. At the most basic level, that means ensuring children are healthy. But as Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra reports, nationwide drug shortages could threaten even that most basic task.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13109 at http://michiganradio.org Drug shortages are affecting children in the NICU Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/insurance-companies-apply-provide-affordable-care-act-coverage-michiganders-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>More than a dozen insurance companies want to be part of a health care exchange that provides coverage to Michiganders under the new federal health care law.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:40:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 12934 at http://michiganradio.org Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders U-M study: Most parents are distracted drivers http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-study-most-parents-are-distracted-drivers <p>A new University of Michigan survey finds many parents are distracted behind the wheel.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U-M researchers surveyed more than 600 parents to find out what distractions they face while driving with their children.</span></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 15:05:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 12423 at http://michiganradio.org U-M study: Most parents are distracted drivers Report: many parents give toddlers cough and cold medicine when they shouldn't http://michiganradio.org/post/report-many-parents-give-toddlers-cough-and-cold-medicine-when-they-shouldnt <p>University of Michigan researchers say more than forty percent of parents are making a serious mistake when they try to treat their toddlers for a cough or cold.</p><p></p><p>In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be used in children under age of four. The drugs have not been proven effective for young children and may cause serious side effects.</p><p></p><p>But a new poll by U of M researchers says more than 40% of parents are using the medicine to treat their toddlers.</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:13:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 12236 at http://michiganradio.org Report: many parents give toddlers cough and cold medicine when they shouldn't Federal judge rules against Blue Cross in autism lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-rules-against-blue-cross-autism-lawsuit <p>A federal judge has ruled that Blue Cross must pay hundreds of Michigan families who were denied coverage for behavioral therapy for children with autism.</p><p></p><p>Blue Cross contends the therapy is experimental, but doctors disagree.</p><p></p><p>The ruling may cost Blue Cross about five million dollars.</p><p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:11:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 11987 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge rules against Blue Cross in autism lawsuit Urping: It's just what babies do http://michiganradio.org/post/urping-its-just-what-babies-do <p>Babies spit up -- a lot. It often happens when they eat too quickly&nbsp; or too much. It's normal, but it sure can scare parents.</p><p>A University of Michigan study says doctors should be careful about using labels to describe babies with upset stomachs.<br><br>Dr. Beth Tarini, an assistant professor of pediatrics at U-M, says when doctors use terms like gastroesophageal reflux disease -- or GERD -- the only thing most parents hear is "disease."<br><br>"It can transform the way the parent views the child's health. It can take a parent who has a healthy child, and have that parent start to believe that that child is actually sick," Tarini says."Parents come into the office, understandably distressed that their baby is spitting up."</p><p>Tarini says sometimes physicians, in trying to help the parents, will reach for anything they can do to help, which can lead to the overuse of antacids, like Zantac. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:39:17 +0000 Rina Miller 11954 at http://michiganradio.org Urping: It's just what babies do How healthy is your county? The 10 best and 10 worst in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/how-healthy-your-county-10-best-and-10-worst-michigan <p>A new survey shows your health may depend on where you live in Michigan.</p><p>The University of Wisconsin puts out an annual assessment of the health of the nation’s counties. The survey compares different factors, including access to clinical care and personal habits, like smoking.</p><p>As you may expect, counties surrounding Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids score high on the survey, but so do several counties in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11766 at http://michiganradio.org How healthy is your county? The 10 best and 10 worst in Michigan UM Study suggests insurance biggest factor in doctor selection http://michiganradio.org/post/um-study-suggests-insurance-biggest-factor-doctor-selection <p>A new University of Michigan <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201302/02182013_ChoosingADoctor.pdf">study </a>suggests recommendations by friends and family are more important than online reviews when selecting a doctor.</p><p>Dr. Matthew Davis is a pediatrician at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s &nbsp;Hospital, and director of the <a href="http://mottnpch.org/">National Poll on Children's Health</a>.&nbsp; He says <strong>location </strong>and<strong> whether a doctor will accept your insurance</strong> are the top two factors for parents.&nbsp;&nbsp; He added, “the fact that it so far outranks, the type of practice that a Doctor provides, is a major commentary on the importance of how expensive health care is in the US and how it can really influence a family’s decision-making.” Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:10:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11302 at http://michiganradio.org UM Study suggests insurance biggest factor in doctor selection The trouble with statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/trouble-statistics-child-abuse-and-neglect-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, I reported for </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on some </span><a href="http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/KC2012-Family-and-Community.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">alarming new statistics</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on child abuse and neglect in Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can click </span><a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-rate-child-abuse-and-neglect-bad-and-getting-worse" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to get the full story.</span></p><p>There is some debate about how to interpret a few of the statistics in the story.</p><p>One of the things I discovered while reporting the story is that it's actually hard to get good numbers on abuse and neglect in Michigan.</p><p>The state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a> provides a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/FIA-FactSheet_389389_7.pdf">monthly fact sheet</a> that includes the number of cases that were investigated, and how many were confirmed. But the numbers only cover two months worth of reports, and there's no detail on the nature of the cases, or where they occurred.</p><p>The Michigan League for Public Policy worked with the DHS to publish some more detailed measures of abuse and neglect in <a href="http://www.mlpp.org/kids-count/michigan-2/mi-data-book-2012">the latest Kids Count report</a>.</p><p>From my perspective, even this report leaves as many questions as answers.&nbsp;</p><p>That said, the statistics we <em>do</em> have are cause enough for concern.</p><p>Here are four to keep in mind:&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:58:22 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 11115 at http://michiganradio.org The trouble with statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan 4 die in 2 Michigan homes, carbon monoxide suspected http://michiganradio.org/post/4-die-2-michigan-homes-carbon-monoxide-suspected <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Michigan authorities say four people are dead in two separate incidents of what may have been accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.<br><br>Flint police say they found a man and woman dead early Christmas morning and say a child is hospitalized as a result of an apparent accident, and a gas utility truck has been called to the scene.<br><br>Mlive.com says police aren't able to confirm that the deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning but say no foul play was involved.<br> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:20:27 +0000 The Associated Press 10519 at http://michiganradio.org