medicine http://michiganradio.org en 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 Emergency Room staffers might get protection from malpractice lawsuits in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-room-staffers-might-get-protection-malpractice-lawsuits-michigan <p>State lawmakers will discuss making it more difficult to sue emergency room doctors, nurses and technicians for malpractice on Thursday.</p><p>Livonia state representative<a href="http://gophouse.org/representatives/southeast/walsh/"> John Walsh</a> is the sponsor of<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/htm/2013-HIB-4354.htm"> HB 4354</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says emergency room staffers should not have to worry about malpractice lawsuits while they provide potentially lifesaving treatment.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14953 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency Room staffers might get protection from malpractice lawsuits in Michigan 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 Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-may-be-asked-be-more-transparent-about-their-futility-policies <p>There’s a bill making its way through the state legislature that would require Michigan hospitals to reveal when they will withhold treatment from severely ill patients.</p><p></p><p>Many hospitals have ‘futility’ policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; The policies outline when the hospitals will withhold treatment from a patient on the grounds that further care would be futile and would simply waste hospital resources.</p><p></p><p>The policies are mainly for internal use and not widely disclosed.</p><p></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies University of Michigan making medical progress with very delicate cut http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-making-medical-progress-very-delicate-cut <p>The University of Michigan is researching an ultrasound scalpel that can detach a single cancer cell from surrounding tissue.</p><p></p><p>The team found a way to change laser light into sound energy with a beam smaller than a human hair.</p><p></p><p>The beam blasts and cuts with pressure, rather than heat. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It may make nearly painless surgery possible since the beam is small enough to avoid nerve fibers.</p><p></p><p>Hyoung Won Baac worked on the project as a doctoral student. &nbsp;&nbsp;He says it may allow a surgeon to be extremely delicate.</p><p></p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:42:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10566 at http://michiganradio.org Medical 'moral objection' bill one step closer to law in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-moral-objection-bill-one-step-closer-law-michigan <p>Many Republicans in the Michigan Legislature want to allow health care providers, or insurers to deny service to patients based on religious, moral or ethical objections.</p><p><font face="verdana" size="2">The "<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/Senate/htm/2011-SFA-0975-S.htm">Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection Act</a>"</font> passed the state Senate last Thursday during the tumultuous 'right-to-work' debate.</p><p>Now a House Committee has approved the bill, which will allow it to go before the full House. The Michigan House could vote on the measure today, which would send it to Gov. Snyder's desk.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121212/NEWS06/121212033">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>On a straight party-line vote, the state House insurance committee voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow health care providers and facilities to refuse service based on a moral objection, religious reasons or matters of conscience.<br>The bill now moves to the full House, where it could be considered as early as this afternoon and, if approved, would move to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:53:01 +0000 Mark Brush 10337 at http://michiganradio.org Medical 'moral objection' bill one step closer to law in Michigan UM researchers developing treatment to make bone marrow transplants safer http://michiganradio.org/post/um-researchers-developing-treatment-make-bone-marrow-transplants-safer <p>University of Michigan researchers are developing a new use for an old drug.<br><br>Small doses of medicine already used to treat cancer may reduce inflammation in patients after a bone marrow transplant.<br><br>These transplants can save a cancer patient's life, but many recipients suffer from a life-threatening side effect called Graft-versus-host disease. It occurs when the donated cells attack their new host's tissues.<br><br>The drug Vorinostat could help reduce that risk. For the first time, researchers at U-of-M's Comprehensive Cancer Center are testing that possibility on human patients. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:56:17 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10294 at http://michiganradio.org UM researchers developing treatment to make bone marrow transplants safer Federal grant places 85 doctors-in-training in southeast Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-grant-places-85-doctors-training-southeast-michigan <p>A federal grant will put more primary care providers in medically-underserved areas of southeast Michigan.<br><br>The $21 million grant will help train medical residents in five federally-qualified health centers.<br><br>The program is a partnership between Michigan State University’s medical school and the Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority.<br><br>Chris Allen is CEO of the Health Authority. He says it will add much-needed primary care doctors to the medical safety net.<br><br>“And it ultimately will provide medical homes for the people who live in these areas, and thus not a reliance on the emergency room for their care," he said.<br><br>Allen says residents who participate in the program will be eligible for medical school loan forgiveness.<br><br>The plan is to train 85 residents over three years, starting next summer. Allen says after learning the practice in southeast Michigan residencies, the new doctors will stay in the area. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:05:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek & Michigan Radio Newsroom 10183 at http://michiganradio.org Federal grant places 85 doctors-in-training in southeast Michigan Heart patients should ask more questions http://michiganradio.org/post/heart-patients-should-ask-more-questions <p>Patients with heart disease should ask their doctors more questions before undergoing elective heart procedures.<br /><br />That&#39;s according to a study by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.<br />&nbsp;<br />Marianne Udow-Phillips is Director of the Center and lead author of the study.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />She says whether or not Blue Cross/Blue Shield patients in the study underwent elective heart procedures depended more on where they received their care compared to whether or not it may have been the best option.</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:10.5pt">&quot;We do believe that most of the use of these services is really more driven by physician preferences than patient preferences,&quot; said Udow-Phillips. &quot;Patients do need to be more involved; they need to ask more questions of their physicians before they have a catheterization procedure.&nbsp; There does need to be a better dialogue between physicians and patients.&quot;</span></p></blockquote><p>The overall rate of these procedures have declined by 19-percent between 1997 and 2008. Thu, 10 May 2012 17:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7416 at http://michiganradio.org Heart patients should ask more questions Michigan health officials urge vaccination to avoid pertussis outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-urge-vaccination-avoid-pertussis-outbreak <p><a href="http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/whooping-cough-epidemic/">Washington</a>, Montana and other states are experiencing pertussis outbreaks.</p><p>The respiratory disease, also known as whooping cough, is highly contagious. If infants catch it, they often end up in the hospital.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:49:09 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7216 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan health officials urge vaccination to avoid pertussis outbreak Should Michigan 'rebalance' how it spends Medicaid dollars on long-term care? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-michigan-rebalance-how-it-spends-medicaid-dollars-long-term-care <p>AARP is out with <a href="http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/showProfile.action?UID=640&amp;plckController=PersonaBlog&amp;plckScript=personaScript&amp;plckElementId=personaDest&amp;plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a640Post%3ae8a07ea3-a2e3-4947-8a17-b87ae679297b">a proposal</a> this week that calls for targeting state Medicaid dollars to fund at-home care. The senior citizen advocacy group says the state&nbsp;could care for three people at home for the cost of one patient in a nursing home.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 14:12:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 6934 at http://michiganradio.org Should Michigan 'rebalance' how it spends Medicaid dollars on long-term care? In Michigan, State House Republicans block efforts to set up health exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-house-republicans-block-efforts-set-health-exchange <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is making little progress toward creating a statewide health exchange required by federal law, held up by House Republicans who want to wait until the U.S. Supreme<br /> Court decides if the law is constitutional.</p><p>The high court will hear arguments over the Affordable Care Act starting Monday.</p><p>Justices could uphold the law, strike it down completely or get rid of some provisions. House Republicans say the state shouldn&#39;t spend $9.8 million in federal funds on planning the exchange until<br /> the court rules this summer.</p><p>But state and federal officials say Michigan could run out of time to put a state-run health exchange in place by Jan. 1.</p><p>They warn the federal government then would install its own exchange where consumers could compare private health insurance plans online. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:06:31 +0000 The Associated Press 6758 at http://michiganradio.org In Michigan, State House Republicans block efforts to set up health exchange Infographic: Cancer in our lives http://michiganradio.org/post/infographic-cancer-our-lives <p><em>Last week, we brought you a series on <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/topic/cancer-environment-searching-answers">cancer and the environment</a>.</em></p><p><em>I put together this visual representation of some of the statistics we learned about cancer and our lives.</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:05:39 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 6577 at http://michiganradio.org Infographic: Cancer in our lives Our murky understanding of cancer and chemicals (Part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/our-murky-understanding-cancer-and-chemicals-part-1-0 <p>According to the <a href="http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2008/results_merged/topic_lifetime_risk.pdf">latest numbers from the National Cancer Institute</a>, roughly 41 percent of us will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in our lifetimes.</p><p>But &ldquo;cancer&rdquo; is not just one type of disease.</p><p>There are more than 100 different kinds with different personalities and causes. And the causes are not all that well understood.</p><p>This week, we&rsquo;re taking a closer look at cancer and environmental pollutants.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a subject researchers are trying to learn more about, but the picture of how the chemicals in our everyday lives interact with our bodies&rsquo; cells is far from clear.</p><p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:00:38 +0000 Mark Brush 6475 at http://michiganradio.org Our murky understanding of cancer and chemicals (Part 1) Map shows southwest Michigan as an "emerging risk" for Lyme disease http://michiganradio.org/post/map-shows-southwest-michigan-emerging-risk-lyme-disease <p>Lyme disease is spread through blacklegged tick bites, and its prevalence has most notably been in the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada.</p><p>The CDC reports that if the disease is left untreated, the &quot;infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.&quot;</p><p>Researchers say incidence rates of the disease have steadily increased as the ticks, and the bacterium they can carry which causes the disease, expand their range.</p><p>Now researchers from Michigan State University, the Yale School of Public Health, and many other institutions <a href="http://www.ajtmh.org/content/86/2/320.full.pdf+html">have mapped the risk areas for Lyme disease</a>.</p><p>The researchers say their map provides a baseline for tracking the spread of Lyme disease:</p><blockquote><p>This risk map can assist in surveillance and control programs by identifying regions where human cases are expected and may assist treatment decisions such as the use of antimicrobial prophylaxis following a tick bite.</p></blockquote><p>The map show high risk areas in the northeast, and Wisconsin and Minnesota - and a potential emerging risk spot in southwest Michigan.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Researchers who dragged sheets of fabric through the woods to snag ticks have created a detailed map pinpointing the highest-risk areas for Lyme disease.</p><p>The map shows a clear risk across much of the Northeast, from Maine to northern Virginia. Researchers at Yale University also identified a high-risk region across most of Wisconsin, northern Minnesota and a sliver of northern Illinois. Areas highlighted as &quot;emerging risk&quot; regions include the Illinois-Indiana border, the New York-Vermont border, southwestern Michigan and eastern North Dakota.</p><p>The map was published this week based on data from 2004-2007. Researchers say the picture might have changed since then in the emerging areas, but the map is still useful because it highlights areas where tick surveillance should be increased and can serve as a baseline for future research.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:30:27 +0000 Mark Brush 6085 at http://michiganradio.org Map shows southwest Michigan as an "emerging risk" for Lyme disease Taking health care to Nepal http://michiganradio.org/post/taking-health-care-nepal <p>Richard Keidan is one of this state&rsquo;s most accomplished physicians.&nbsp; A native Detroiter, he is a highly respected surgical oncologist at William Beaumont Hospital, and directs the hospital&rsquo;s multidisciplinary melanoma clinic. He lives in Bloomfield Hills with his wife Betsy and his two kids, when they are home from college. He is widely published, is also a professor of surgery at Wayne State, and probably has no money worries of the kind most of us face.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:25:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5912 at http://michiganradio.org Taking health care to Nepal UM medical research institute launches $100,000 "translational science" prize http://michiganradio.org/post/um-medical-research-institute-launches-100000-translational-science-prize <p>The University of Michigan&#39;s Taubman Medical Research Institute will reward a $100,000 prize to the top &quot;translational science&quot; practitioner each year starting in 2012.</p><p>Translational science is the practice of moving scientific research from a &quot;bench&quot; in a lab, to the &quot;bedside&quot; of a patient - or developing ways to move &quot;laboratory discoveries to clinical applications.&quot;</p><p>From a <a href="http://www.taubmaninstitute.org/news-a-events/80-taubman-institute-launches-100000-translational-science-prize">Taubman Medical Research Institute press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The $100,000 award will be presented at the institute&rsquo;s annual symposium, held each fall, to the clinician-scientist making the most significant contribution to translating basic research findings into medical practice. The winner will be asked to serve as keynote speaker for the event...</p><p>Nominations will be judged on their contribution to translating basic research findings into clinical applications and by the manner in which their clinical practice connects to their research. All clinician-scientists, regardless of country, are eligible, excluding U-M researchers.</p></blockquote><p>A panel of scientists will choose the winner each year. The deadline for the first year&#39;s nominations is April 1, 2012.</p><p>The initial announcement of the contest came last October in an event with A. Alfred Taubman and Governor Rick Snyder. From <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-announces-100000-science-prize/">AnnArbor.com&#39;s Juliana Keeping</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Billionaire A. Alfred Taubman will fund a $100,000 science prize &mdash; a carrot meant to lure the most talented &ldquo;clinician-scientists&rdquo; in the world to the University of Michigan, the university announced today.</p><div id="beacon_0e0ce7e532" style="left: 0px; top: 0px; visibility: hidden; position: absolute;"><img alt="" height="0" src="http://d.annarbor.com/lg.php?bannerid=10225&amp;campaignid=5546&amp;zoneid=147&amp;loc=1&amp;referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.annarbor.com%2Fnews%2Funiversity-of-michigan-announces-100000-science-prize%2F&amp;cb=0e0ce7e532&amp;r_id=38de2ddd981da05bd71f801edf4d2b31&amp;r_ts=lwmbgk" style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" width="0" /></div><p>Eva Feldman, the director of the 4-year-old A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan Health System, said Taubman wants &ldquo;a 100,000 gift given to the best clinician scientists in the world.&rdquo; We anticipate this person will come speak at our annual symposium each year; and anticipate it will bring exceptional clinician scientists to the University of Michigan.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:39:28 +0000 Mark Brush 5521 at http://michiganradio.org Legislature expected to send abortion bills to Governor this week http://michiganradio.org/post/legislature-expected-send-abortion-bills-governor-week <p>A state Senate panel has approved a measure designed to make it more difficult for a pregnant minor to have an abortion. The proposal would prevent young women from so-called &ldquo;judge-shopping&rdquo; if one court denies her request to have an abortion without parental consent.</p><p>Mary Pollock is with the National Organization for Women. She says the proposal works against pregnant teens who don&rsquo;t want to have a baby.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Some teens fear that if their parents are told of their pregnancy, they will take actions to prevent the procedure and force them to complete the pregnancy,&quot; says Pollock.</p></blockquote><p>Pollock says some teens will hurt themselves as they try to end pregnancies on their own.</p><p>The Legislature is also expected to send a ban on a controversial later-term abortion procedure to Governor Rick Snyder for his approval. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:39:44 +0000 Laura Weber 4338 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder calls health care in Michigan "a broken system" http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-calls-health-care-michigan-broken-system <p>Gov. Rick Snyder wants people to adopt healthier lifestyles &nbsp;</p><p>Snyder says people need to take more responsibility for their own health if Michigan is going to reverse some dismal trends and save money on health care. That was part of a health care message he delivered at a Grand Rapids clinic.</p><p>Snyder says too many Michiganders smoke, are overweight, and don&rsquo;t exercise.</p><p>Michigan ranks 10<sup>th</sup> in the country in people who are overweight or obese. Nearly two in 10 people still smoke.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:53:41 +0000 Rick Pluta 4158 at http://michiganradio.org Giving blood: Your responses http://michiganradio.org/post/giving-blood-your-responses <p>This morning we posted Mark Brush&#39;s story about giving blood, including why some people are disallowed from giving.</p><p>The story started with a post to Facebook about giving blood, and the comments you posted about the rules for giving.</p><p>Now that the final story has been posted, people are still reacting.</p><p>Anita Weber says, <span data-jsid="text">&quot;Here&#39;s one way they can start...by using different sized needles! I&#39;ve been turned away three times because they only use one size of needle. I avidly exercise so I&#39;m not buying them telling me to lift weights more! My veins are the size they are! Their loss! I wanted and still want to donate!</span>&quot;</p><p>Carrie Paps responds, saying, &quot;<span data-jsid="text">I give all the time, 2 gallons so far, but I understand the issues. Sometimes my iron is too low and sometimes they can&#39;t find a vein.&quot;</span></p><p>Craig Hennigan still objects to rules for giving blood. He says, &quot;<span data-jsid="text">The lifetime ban for gay men is still stupid, homophobic, and wrong.&quot;</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 18:04:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3555 at http://michiganradio.org Giving blood: Your responses