health http://michiganradio.org en Reports show early uptick of contagious hand, foot and mouth virus http://michiganradio.org/post/reports-show-early-uptick-contagious-hand-foot-and-mouth-virus <p>Recent reports show an early uptick in hand, foot and mouth disease.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:01:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18504 at http://michiganradio.org Reports show early uptick of contagious hand, foot and mouth virus What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic http://michiganradio.org/post/what-researchers-are-finding-out-about-low-level-exposure-arsenic <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This week, the Environment Report is taking a look at </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/michigans-silent-poison" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Michigan’s silent poison</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"> — arsenic.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Federal standards allow public drinking water supplies to have arsenic levels of up to 10 parts per billion (ppb), but these standards do not apply to private well owners (that's left up to the well owner to determine).</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;">And in counties throughout Michigan, some wells have much higher levels of arsenic than this "maximum contaminant level" set by the EPA.</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;">Higher levels of arsenic in drinking water have been linked to skin cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer, among others.</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;">But are lower levels of arsenic a threat to human health?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18245 at http://michiganradio.org What researchers are finding out about low-level exposure to arsenic Group wants "Health" to be a key consideration in all government decisions http://michiganradio.org/post/group-wants-health-be-key-consideration-all-government-decisions <p>A handful of Michigan county health department leaders say “health” should play a bigger role in local decision making.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Health department officials from Wayne, Genesee, Ingham, Kent, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Washtenaw counties met in Lansing this past week to strategize how to change the way local governments do pretty much everything.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Vail is Ingham County’s Chief Health Officer.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says city and county leaders often fail to consider the potential effects their decisions will have on their community’s health.</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:23:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18185 at http://michiganradio.org Group wants "Health" to be a key consideration in all government decisions Stricter regulations for Michigan's compounding pharmacies possible http://michiganradio.org/post/stricter-regulations-michigans-compounding-pharmacies-possible <p>The fungal meningitis outbreak isn't that far behind us.&nbsp;</p><p>Two years ago, a Massachusetts compounding facility sold&nbsp;tainted steroid medications around the country. What happened was disastrous: 22 Michigan residents lost their lives to meningitis and&nbsp;more than 260 were infected.&nbsp;</p><p>New legislation could prevent that from happening again. A bill sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, may be&nbsp;voted on this week. It&nbsp;calls for more background checks on compounding pharmacies and more facility inspections.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:54:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17970 at http://michiganradio.org Stricter regulations for Michigan's compounding pharmacies possible Three Michigan VA facilities flagged in audit of long wait times and scheduling practices http://michiganradio.org/post/three-michigan-va-facilities-flagged-audit-long-wait-times-and-scheduling-practices <p></p><p>The controversy over long wait times and improper scheduling practices at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics has cost the job of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.</p><p>It led to an internal VA audit of its health care facilities.</p><p>And that has caused the VA to flag three facilities in Michigan for a closer look.</p><p>For this conversation, we asked what might be happening at those facilities, and what this means to veterans in Michigan.</p><p>We're joined by Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler and Dr. Joe Schwartz, physician and former Republican Congressman from West Michigan. Dr. Schwartz is now a visiting lecturer at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:16:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 17955 at http://michiganradio.org Three Michigan VA facilities flagged in audit of long wait times and scheduling practices Pregnant women need to eat more fish, say FDA and EPA http://michiganradio.org/post/pregnant-women-need-eat-more-fish-say-fda-and-epa <p>The government wants pregnant women to eat more fish. Yesterday the FDA and EPA issued <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm">new draft advice</a> that urges pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat at least eight to twelve ounces of fish a week.</p><p>The update comes 10 years after the last recommendation, which didn't specify a minimum.</p><p>The FDA is worried that fears over mercury levels in seafood have kept many pregnant women from getting enough of the nutritional value needed for their babies.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:49:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17961 at http://michiganradio.org Pregnant women need to eat more fish, say FDA and EPA Researchers say childhood lead exposure costs $300 million a year in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/researchers-say-childhood-lead-exposure-costs-300-million-year-michigan <p>Childhood lead exposure costs Michigan about $300 million a year.</p><p>That's according to <a href="http://www.mnceh.org/sites/www.mnceh.org/files/mnceh/press-releases/Lead_Cost_Report_MI_2014_smaller.pdf">a report by the University of Michigan and the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health</a>.</p><p>They recommend lead remediation projects for around 100,000 houses throughout the state at a cost of $600 million. They say the program would pay for itself in three years.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paul </span>Haan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is executive director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan. He says more remediation programs would be a good long-term investment for the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“At the end of the day we’re going to continue to pay the cost of the problem of lead poisoning if older housing is not remediated,” said Haan.</p><p>“So the question we really need to ask ourselves is do we want to pay the increased cost of suffering the consequences, or do we want to pay the lower cost of remediation?”</p><p>About 70% of childhood lead exposure comes from lead-based paint in older homes.</p><p>Earlier this week, the state Legislature approved an additional $500,000 for lead hazard control in next year’s state budget. The change is pending approval from the governor.</p><p>Haan says this shows that “public will is building and that state leadership recognizes the need for the kind of investments called for in the report.”&nbsp;</p><p><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">– Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:20:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17956 at http://michiganradio.org Researchers say childhood lead exposure costs $300 million a year in Michigan Medical schools are turning out too many specialists, too few primary care physicians http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-schools-are-turning-out-too-many-specialists-too-few-primary-care-physicians <p></p><p>A basic tenet of the Affordable Care Act is preventive care: Get people into the health care system before disease or disability set in.</p><p>But that's highlighting a problem with our medical education system. Medical schools are turning out too many specialists and not enough primary care physicians.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Cynthia Canty spoke with Dr. William </span>Strampel,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:45:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 17517 at http://michiganradio.org Medical schools are turning out too many specialists, too few primary care physicians Alcoholic's Anonymous celebrates 75 years http://michiganradio.org/post/alcoholics-anonymous-celebrates-75-years <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seventy-five years ago, one of the most influential books ever written was published. It has sold over 30 million copies. And what's inside this book has changed the lives of millions of people around the world.</span></p><p>The official title of the book is "Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism" written by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:11:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 17379 at http://michiganradio.org Alcoholic's Anonymous celebrates 75 years Michigan hospitals working through IV fluid shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-working-through-iv-fluid-shortage <p>Since January, Michigan hospitals have been dealing with the effects of a nationwide shortage of a critical supply of intravenous fluid.</p><p></p><p>The fluid is used in a wide variety of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intravenous_therapy">intravenous therapy,</a> including chemotherapy. The shortage is blamed on reduced production and increased demand during the winter flu season.</p><p></p><p>Laura Appel is with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. She says hospitals are working to share what fluid they do have.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals working through IV fluid shortage 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 An increasing and scary sense that government is fatally broken http://michiganradio.org/post/increasing-and-scary-sense-government-fatally-broken <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The good news is that there seems to be increasing interest in mental health issues at all levels of government.</span></p><p>Yesterday, the Michigan Health and Wellness Commission released a new report on improving mental health services in this state. This was a special, bipartisan commission including four legislators, chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.</p><p>The study, “<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mentalhealth/CommissionReportFinal1212014_445161_7.pdf">Improving Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination</a>” is available online.</p><p>It is short, straightforward, and easy to understand.</p><p>It calls for legislative action, and calls on all of us to reassess the way we view, as well as treat, those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16132 at http://michiganradio.org An increasing and scary sense that government is fatally broken Flu hospitalizations up this season, 190 reported so far http://michiganradio.org/post/flu-hospitalizations-season-190-reported-so-far <div><p>LANSING,&nbsp;Mich. (AP) - Flu hospitalizations in Michigan are way up this season because of the spread of the more serious H1N1 strain of the disease.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Community Health says the good news is this year's flu vaccine targets the H1N1 strain, making it highly effective in preventing the disease.</p><p>The department says labs confirm 169 Michigan cases this season, compared with 338 a year earlier.</p><p>But department spokeswoman Angela&nbsp;Minicuci&nbsp;says there are 190 reported hospitalizations so far this season, up from 115 a year earlier. New numbers come out Friday.</p><p>The state doesn't track adult flu deaths. There's been one juvenile death this season.</p><p>Minicuci&nbsp;says officials hope people take the virulence of this season's outbreak as a warning to get vaccinated.</p></div><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:21:07 +0000 The Associated Press 16059 at http://michiganradio.org Flu hospitalizations up this season, 190 reported so far Low flu vaccination rate in Michigan despite serious flu threat http://michiganradio.org/post/low-flu-vaccination-rate-michigan-despite-serious-flu-threat <p>About a dozen flu patients have been in intensive care at&nbsp; University of Michigan hospitals on any given day since the new year began. Some are on advanced life support. Most are middle-aged.&nbsp; And most have the H1N1 strain of flu.</p><p>Michigan has seen a flood of H1N1 flu cases in the last few weeks.</p><p>That's according to Dr. Matthew Davis,&nbsp; Chief Medical Executive with the Michigan Department of Community Health.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:20:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16017 at http://michiganradio.org Low flu vaccination rate in Michigan despite serious flu threat Report: Michigan needs to improve disease prevention, monitoring http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michigan-needs-improve-disease-prevention-monitoring <p>The United States needs to do a better job of fighting the spread of infectious disease. And so does the state of Michigan.</p><p>That's according to a <a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/outbreaks2013/">report </a>released today by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.<br /><br />The report looked at whether states met ten key indicators showing their capacity to prevent and control infectious disease. Michigan met only five out of ten.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:11:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15733 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michigan needs to improve disease prevention, monitoring 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 Prescription drug abuse top public health concern http://michiganradio.org/post/prescription-drug-abuse-top-public-health-concern <p></p><p>The number of Michigan deaths from drug overdose has tripled since 1999. The majority of these deaths were caused by prescription drugs.</p><p>Michigan has the 18th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the country,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;according to a national </span><a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/" style="line-height: 1.5;">report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Prescription Drug Abuse by the Trust for America&#39;s Health</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(TFAH) in Washington, D.C.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:31:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14752 at http://michiganradio.org Prescription drug abuse top public health concern Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties http://michiganradio.org/post/kids-medicaid-now-eligible-free-dental-care-washtenaw-ingham-and-ottawa-counties <p>Children whose families qualify for Medicaid are now eligible to receive free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties through the Healthy Kids Dental program. Beginning today, 64,000 kids are added to the program which provides dental coverage to about half a million children in Michigan.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:47:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14660 at http://michiganradio.org Kids on Medicaid now eligible for free dental care in Washtenaw, Ingham and Ottawa counties 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 Eight overdose from heroin in Washtenaw County http://michiganradio.org/post/eight-overdose-heroin-washtenaw-county <p>Eight people have overdosed from heroin over the past two days in Washtenaw County, according to the health department and the sheriff's office. One person died in Saline, and seven others were hospitalized.</p><p>Sergeant Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says heroin use in Michigan is increasing. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:02:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12994 at http://michiganradio.org Eight overdose from heroin in Washtenaw County