michigan department of community health http://michiganradio.org en Health officials looking into a cluster of E. coli contamination in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/health-officials-looking-cluster-e-coli-contamination-michigan <p>State health officials say they're working with health departments in Kent, Livingston, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties to investigate a cluster of recent illnesses due to the bacteria E. coli O157.</p><p>The state Department of Community Health and the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced Wednesday that the suspected source of the bacteria is ground beef.</p><p>More from the MDCH <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-63157_64754-328356--,00.html">press release</a>:</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:27:56 +0000 Mark Brush 17599 at http://michiganradio.org Health officials looking into a cluster of E. coli contamination in Michigan "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 More than 300 in Kalamazoo high school to be tested for tuberculosis http://michiganradio.org/post/more-300-kalamazoo-high-school-be-tested-tuberculosis <p>Health officials in Kalamazoo are trying to ease parents’ concerns over a recent case of tuberculosis. A high school student tested positive for the bacterial infection last week.</p><p>“It sounds scary, but it’s not that scary,” said Linda Vail, director of the Kalamazoo County Health Department.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:22:08 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16444 at http://michiganradio.org More than 300 in Kalamazoo high school to be tested for tuberculosis Some Michigan hospitals change visitor policy in face of 'dramatic increase' of flu http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-hospitals-change-visitor-policy-face-dramatic-increase-flu <p>An increase of cases of the flu in Michigan is prompting some hospitals to limit who can visit sick patients. They hope it’ll help prevent the spread of the flu.</p><p>University of Michigan’s hospitals aren’t letting kids younger than 12 visit the most vulnerable patients.</p><p>At Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, there are similar restrictions, along with the number of visitors, or in some units, only immediate family members.</p><p>Dr. David Davenport is the medical director of&nbsp; infection prevention and control at Borgess.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:35:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15973 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan hospitals change visitor policy in face of 'dramatic increase' of flu Michigan submits application to add more low-income families to Medicaid http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-submits-application-add-more-low-income-families-medicaid <p>Michigan officials hope to know by Christmas whether the Obama administration has accepted the state’s plan for extending Medicaid coverage to thousands of working poor people.</p><p>The state formally submitted its proposal to the federal government today.</p><p>The state wants waivers from the usual Medicaid rules so it can charge co-pays, set up health care savings accounts, and use financial incentives to encourage patients to adopt healthy behaviors.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:17:18 +0000 Rick Pluta & Steve Carmody 15201 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan submits application to add more low-income families to Medicaid Michigan Department of Community Health launches website to fight infant mortality http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-department-community-health-launches-website-fight-infant-mortality <p>Michigan has a high<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/infant-mortality"> infant mortality rate</a> -- especially among African American babies. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has launched a<a href="http://michigan.gov/infantmortality"> website</a> that will provide resources and information about infant mortality.</p><p>Seven out of every 1000 babies born in Michigan won&#39;t see their first birthday. The African American infant mortality rate is twice as high.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:14:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14815 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Department of Community Health launches website to fight infant mortality Michigan cases linked to national salmonella outbreak http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cases-linked-national-salmonella-outbreak <p>Michigan is among 18 states affected by <a href="http://Michigan is among 18 states affected by an outbreak of salmonella. 2 of the nearly 300 confirmed cases of salmonella are in Michigan. The outbreak has been traced to several California chicken producers. As it seems with many things these days, the federal government shutdown is involved. The Centers for Disease Control has had to recall furloughed workers to respond to the outbreak. A state health department spokeswoman says the CDC is no longer doing in-depth investigations or providing reports to state health departments. And, CDC employees in Michigan have been furloughed.">an outbreak of salmonella</a>.</p><p>Two of the nearly 300 confirmed cases of salmonella are in Michigan.</p><p>The outbreak has been traced to a California chicken producer, <a href="http://www.fosterfarms.com/notice/10072013/">Foster Farms</a>.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:23:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 14783 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan cases linked to national salmonella outbreak 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 State health officials report first human case this year of H3N2 flu http://michiganradio.org/post/state-health-officials-report-first-human-case-year-h3n2-flu <p>State health officials say Michigan has recorded its first human case this year of a potentially serious pig-borne flu virus.</p><p></p><p>The child who fell ill with H3N2 is recovering.&nbsp;&nbsp; The child was showing swine at the Berrien County Youth Fair earlier this month.</p><p></p><p>H3N2 is carried by swine.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When a person catches this flu bug, it’s like any other form of influenza.&nbsp;&nbsp; The infected person can develop a fever, runny nose or cough.&nbsp; Also like the regular flu, the symptoms can become serious.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 14190 at http://michiganradio.org State health officials report first human case this year of H3N2 flu Report: Obesity rate of Michigan pre-schoolers improving http://michiganradio.org/post/report-obesity-rate-michigan-pre-schoolers-improving <p>There is some good news in Michigan’s battle with obesity.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Fewer Michigan children qualify as obese.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>More than 30% of Michiganders are considered obese.&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan ranks as the 5<sup>th</sup> fattest state in the union.</p><p></p><p>But there may be hope for the future.</p><p></p><p>A new Centers for Disease Control report finds a slight decline in obesity rates for “low-income” pre-school children in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The rate dropped from 13.9% to 13.2 % between 2008 and 2011.</p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:31:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 13904 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Obesity rate of Michigan pre-schoolers improving 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 health officials sound the alarm for West Nile Virus http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-sound-alarm-west-nile-virus <p>The first human case of West Nile virus is being reported in Michigan this week.</p><p></p><p>Last year, the virus killed 17 people in this state.</p><p></p><p>Here's the good news: There has been lots of rain this year.</p><p></p><p>It turns out the kind of mosquitos that carry West Nile like dry, hot weather.</p><p></p><p>The bad news: we're not in the clear yet. August and September are the peak months for mosquitos.</p><p></p><p>It wasn't until this time last year that Michigan had its first human case in 2012.</p><p></p> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Kate Wells 13817 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan health officials sound the alarm for West Nile Virus This holiday weekend, be on guard against ticks and mosquitoes http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-weekend-be-guard-against-ticks-and-mosquitoes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>If you’re doing anything outdoors this holiday weekend—from camping to gardening in the backyard—you should be on the lookout for ticks and mosquitoes.</p><p>Public health officials warn that tick populations are booming throughout the state this season.</p><p>“We’ve seen a lot of tick activity increase in the last couple of weeks,” says Angela Minicuci, Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Community Health.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:37:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13386 at http://michiganradio.org This holiday weekend, be on guard against ticks and mosquitoes Michigan's West Nile Virus season off to an early start http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-west-nile-virus-season-early-start <p>Michigan’s West Nile Virus season is getting off to an earlier than normal start.</p><p></p><p>State health officials report a wild turkey in Gratiot County tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness last month.</p><p></p><p>Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says the first signs of West Nile don’t usually appear in Michigan until the end of June or the beginning of July.</p><p></p> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12839 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's West Nile Virus season off to an early start Physical hazards remain in copper mining region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/physical-hazards-remain-copper-mining-region-michigans-upper-peninsula <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A state report says physical hazards remain in the former copper mining region of Michigan's western Upper Peninsula.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health says Tuesday it has finished two reports about public health conditions in and around the Torch Lake Superfund site in Houghton County and Keweenaw County.</p><p>The site was polluted with waste rock during mining operations from the 1890s to 1960s.The reports include responses to questions raised during a public comment period last year.</p><p>One describes physical hazards remaining from mining activities and recommends removing them or restricting access.<br><br>The other deals with potential chemical exposure from municipal and private drinking water. It says municipal water is safe and meets applicable standards and regulations, but there isn't enough information about chemical levels in some private wells.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:47:01 +0000 The Associated Press 11974 at http://michiganradio.org Physical hazards remain in copper mining region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula Michigan aims to identify health risk behaviors http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-aims-identify-health-risk-behaviors <p>Michigan is rolling out new guidelines designed to help health providers better identify teens with high-risk behaviors.<br><br>The statewide guidelines recommend that adolescents be assessed for health-risk behaviors, such as violence, at least once a year. They also recommend that health care providers use one of four screening tools to ensure adolescents are consistently screened statewide.<br><br>The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says high-risk behaviors are the primary cause of the death or serious injury of about three-quarters of teens.<br> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:27:16 +0000 Associated Press 11835 at http://michiganradio.org 3 new infections, 1 death in Michigan from tainted steroid injections http://michiganradio.org/post/3-new-infections-1-death-michigan-tainted-steroid-injections <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials have reported three more infections and one more death linked to contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.<br><br>The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 249 people have been infected with illnesses including fungal meningitis that are part of a national disease outbreak. The steroids are used in injections to treat neck and back pain.<br><br>The department reports that at least 16 people have died in the outbreak.<br> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 20:33:19 +0000 The Associated Press 11396 at http://michiganradio.org 3 new infections in Michigan from bad steroids http://michiganradio.org/post/3-new-infections-michigan-bad-steroids-1 <p>Michigan health officials have reported three more infections in the past week linked to contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 244 people have been infected with illnesses including fungal meningitis that are part of a national disease outbreak. The steroids are used in injections to treat neck and back pain.</p> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:44:39 +0000 Associated Press 10860 at http://michiganradio.org 3 new infections in Michigan from bad steroids Michigan cases tied to meningitis outbreak hit 197 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cases-tied-meningitis-outbreak-hit-197 <p>Michigan health officials say the number of state residents infected during a national outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen by nine to 197, with 13 deaths.<br><br>The Michigan Department of Community Health says that as of Friday, there have been 68 meningitis cases, 116 epidural abscesses, one stroke and 13 joint infections. The total of 197 infections is up from 188 in Wednesday's count.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 23:26:18 +0000 Kyle Norris 10170 at http://michiganradio.org Meningitis outbreak cases continue to grow in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/meningitis-outbreak-cases-continue-grow-michigan <p>The number of Michiganders affected by the national meningitis outbreak continues to rise.</p><p></p><p>The Centers for Disease Control now lists 82 patients in Michigan infected by tainted steroid injections intended to relieve back pain.&nbsp;&nbsp; Six people from Michigan have died.</p><p></p><p>Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She expects the number will continue to rise, as some patients are still waiting to see symptoms develop.</p><p></p> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:12:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 9653 at http://michiganradio.org Meningitis outbreak cases continue to grow in Michigan