premature birth http://michiganradio.org en Grief, healing and one photographer's final family portraits http://michiganradio.org/post/grief-healing-and-one-photographers-final-family-portraits <p></p><p><em>Parents love pictures of their baby.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why we don’t complain, at least not to their faces, when they take over Facebook and fill up our email.</span></em></p><p><em>But when your baby’s life is cut short, those photographs can take on a whole new significance.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the story of two moms, and how these final family portraits are helping them heal after the loss of a child.</span></em></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:44:36 +0000 Kate Wells 12304 at http://michiganradio.org Grief, healing and one photographer's final family portraits In this morning's news... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-263 <p><strong>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing returns to work today</strong></p><p>Mr. Bing is expected back at city hall following his recovery from pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. Bing had an<br />operation in late March for a perforated colon, then returned to the hospital earlier this month after doctors discovered the blood clots in his lungs - a potentially life-threatening condition.</p><p>Bing, 68, was away for much of the drama surrounding the city&#39;s consent agreement vote with the state, but Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis said Bing was continually informed and was providing his input into the process. From the<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120430/METRO01/204300364/1361/"> Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>In a conference call with reporters 10 days ago, Bing said he was fully engaged in the process of hiring a chief<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>financial officer as well as appointing members to the financial advisory board that will oversee the city&#39;s fiscal restructuring.</p><p>In that phone interview with reporters, Bing said he would start slowly and not work full days until his health is 100 percent.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Appointments to Detroit&#39;s financial oversight board continue</strong></p><p>Five have been appointed to the nine-member financial advisory board - four more appointments are left.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120430/NEWS01/204300328/Detroit-fiscal-crisis-Interviews-this-week-will-reveal-who-council-is-considering-for-financial-board?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s">Detroit Free Press</a> reports Detroit City Council will interview candidates today:</p><blockquote><p>The council will interview candidates at 2:30 p.m. today and at 1 p.m. Tuesday at council chambers on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.</p><p>&quot;It will be a world-class board,&quot; council President Pro Tem Gary Brown, who is heading up the selection process for the council, said last week. &quot;I&#39;ve seen all the candidates, and people will be pleased with the level of competency on this board.&quot;</p><p>Council President Charles Pugh said the council could vote on its selections as early as Friday.</p></blockquote><p>The financial advisory board will have oversight over the city&#39;s finances. Each member will be given $25,000 in annual compensation for their service on the board.</p><p><strong>Number of low-birth weight babies increasing in Michigan</strong></p><p>The Michigan League for Human Services&rsquo; Kids Count in Michigan report released today says the number of low-birth weight babies and babies born to unwed women is increasing, according to the <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120430/LIFE02/304300042/-1/RSS">Lansing State Journal</a>.</p><p>The Journal reports that the authors of the report call for funding to implement changes from a state infant mortality summit.</p><blockquote><p>The report says the 10 counties with the best health indicators for mothers and children are Houghton, Ottawa, Livingston, Leelanau, Midland, Grand Traverse, Oakland, Emmet, Clinton and Washtenaw.</p><p>The 10 worst are Berrien, Calhoun, Alcona, Genesee, Clare, Lake, Saginaw, Wayne, Crawford and Luce. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:23:50 +0000 Mark Brush 7246 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news... Detroit Doctors reduce premature births http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-doctors-reduce-premature-births <p>Detroit is the site of an important medical discovery that&rsquo;s expected to reduce infant mortality.</p><p>Doctors at the <a href="http://www.dmc.org/">Detroit Medical Center</a>,<a href="http://home.med.wayne.edu/"> Wayne State University</a>, and the<a href="http://www.med.wayne.edu/prb/"> National Institutes of Health</a> identified women likely to deliver their babies early with a simple hormone gel. They treated those women with a hormone gel and reduced the chance of premature delivery by 45 percent. Mike Duggan is the President of the Detroit Medical Center.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The idea that you could spot a likelihood of that premature delivery and prevent it in really remarkable numbers it is a world changing discovery. This is going to change the infant mortality rate.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Doctor Tom Malone is the head of DMC&rsquo;s Hutzel Women&rsquo;s Hospital.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Prematurity and small for gestational age probably impacts infant mortality more than anything else, and the infant mortality rate in the city of Detroit is the highest in the state. So you get an idea of how significant this study is.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Over 500,000&nbsp; babies are born early each year in the United States. Prematurity is the leading cause of infant mortality. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:25:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1934 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Doctors reduce premature births