health http://michiganradio.org en 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 Michigan lawmakers to consider blocking local 'paid sick leave' ordinances http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-consider-blocking-local-paid-sick-leave-ordinances <p>A state House committee this week will discuss whether to prevent local cities and towns in Michigan from passing laws requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees.</p><p></p><p>San Francisco, Seattle and several other major cities have passed ‘paid sick leave’ ordinances in recent years. &nbsp;The intent is to protect people in low paying jobs, who stand to lose their job, if they try to take a sick day.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11508 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers to consider blocking local 'paid sick leave' ordinances Michigan mom asks for death benefits for in-vitro twins conceived after father's death http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-mom-asks-death-benefits-vitro-twins-conceived-after-fathers-death <p>A Michigan mother whose twins were conceived using&nbsp; in-vitro technology after their father died is asking the state Supreme Court to allow the children to get death benefits and inheritance rights.<br><br>Pam and Jeff Mattison had a daughter using in-vitro fertilization, and wanted more children.<br><br>But Jeff Mattison was ill, and died just before the procedure was performed again.<br><br>Pam Mattison had a twin boy and girl nine months after her husband died. She applied for Social Security benefits for the twins, but was denied.<br><br>Victor Bland is Mattison's attorney.<br> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:22:13 +0000 Rina Miller 9860 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan mom asks for death benefits for in-vitro twins conceived after father's death New study looks at cancer risk near nuclear facilities, including one in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-study-looks-cancer-risk-near-nuclear-facilities-including-one-michigan <p>A new federal study will look at cancer risk around nuclear facilities.</p><p>The National Academy of Sciences study will look at cancer types in infants and the general population near six nuclear power plants and one nuclear-fuel plant for the Navy.</p><p>The sites being studied are in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee.</p><p>Researchers will look at the area around the decommissioned Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant in Charlevoix, Michigan.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:44:53 +0000 Mark Brush 9600 at http://michiganradio.org New study looks at cancer risk near nuclear facilities, including one in Michigan Stories of the meningitis outbreak in Michigan, cases treated in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/stories-meningitis-outbreak-michigan-cases-treated-ann-arbor <p>News about the meningitis outbreak continues this morning. The outbreak has been linked to patients receiving steroid injections for back pain. The steroid shots could be contaminated with a meningitis-causing fungus.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html">CDC</a>:</p><blockquote><p>At this point, there is not enough evidence to determine the original source of the outbreak, however there is a link to an injectable steroid medication.</p><p></p></blockquote><p>The company responsible for the medication, New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc., announced a recall on Oct. 6 "of all products currently in circulation that were compounded at and distributed from its facility in Framingham, Massachusetts."</p><p><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hpXuvKJTrGbFXzJi7MZhs7qiEt6g?docId=75fc2db15446429f9adefcb14a68c6ce">Ed White of the Associated Press reports</a> on the heartbreaking case of 67-year-old Lilian Cary of Howell, Michigan.</p><p>Late last month, Cary had been responding to treatment at the University of Michigan hospital:</p><blockquote><p>"She was responding to medication. Her spirits were up. Her fever was broken," George Cary said. "She was walking the hallway and Skyping with grandsons."</p><p>But she became unresponsive Sept. 26, and eventually was removed from life support after suffering a stroke, he said.</p><p>Cary said he was informed Saturday that his wife had been treated with tainted steroids for back pain. The doctor at Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, one of four Michigan clinics to get shipments from the Massachusetts pharmacy, said Cary also was at risk.</p></blockquote><p>George Cary is now waiting to hear whether he was exposed when he received an injectable steroid shot.</p><p>The CDC reports that as many as 13,000 people received steroid shots suspected in the outbreak, but who is in danger is unclear.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/meningitis-outbreak-up-to-13000-got-shots-of-recalled-steroid-but-how-many-at-risk-unclear/2012/10/08/c3c058a0-11a6-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>About 17,700 single-dose vials of the steroid sent to 23 states have been recalled. Inspectors found at least one sealed vial contaminated with fungus, and tests were being done on other vials.</p><p>The first known case of the rarely seen fungal meningitis was diagnosed last month in Tennessee.</p></blockquote><p>Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a bacteria or virus. Exposure from fungi is a less common way to contract meningitis. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:35:20 +0000 Mark Brush 9427 at http://michiganradio.org Stories of the meningitis outbreak in Michigan, cases treated in Ann Arbor Genetics could determine how much pressure women feel to be thin http://michiganradio.org/post/genetics-could-determine-how-much-pressure-women-feel-be-thin <p></p><p>Every woman sees those skinny, photo-shopped models in magazines, and it probably makes us all little crazy. &nbsp;But some women internalize that pressure more than others - and your genes could be the reason.&nbsp;</p><p>A growing number of studies are linking eating disorders to genetics, but a new study from Michigan State University is the first to find that an early indicator&nbsp;of eating disorders - namely, how much of the "thin-ideal" a woman buys into - could also have a genetic component. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:11:00 +0000 Kate Wells 9398 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal would change Blue Cross in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-would-change-blue-cross-michigan <p><strong>Update 5:30 p.m.</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has proposed an overhaul of the rules covering Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan. Blue Cross would have to pay taxes adding up to $100 million a year or more.</p><p>But the company could also make changes to its rates a lot more quickly and easily. That would help it compete for business.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Andy Hetzel is a vice president at Blue Cross. He says the new federal health care law is changing the insurance marketplace and Michigan needs to keep up.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:30:56 +0000 Rick Pluta & Mark Brush 9024 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal would change Blue Cross in Michigan Veterans' disability claims in limbo at Michigan VA office (share your story) http://michiganradio.org/post/veterans-disability-claims-limbo-michigan-va-office-share-your-story <p>We've written before about the "<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/unfinished-business-wars-iraq-and-afghanistan">unfinished business</a>" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan... caring for thousands of vets who are coming home after multiple tours with symptoms of PTSD or other disabilities.</p><p>Vets seeking benefits to help with their disabilities can face long wait times.</p><p>Thanks to a new analysis released today by the <a href="http://cironline.org/veteransclaims#story">Center for Investigative Reporting</a>, we can get a sense for how long those wait times are.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:44:25 +0000 Mark Brush 8871 at http://michiganradio.org Veterans' disability claims in limbo at Michigan VA office (share your story) Governor says time's run out to create state-run health care exchange http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-says-times-run-out-create-state-run-health-care-exchange <P>Michigan is out of time to create its own health care exchange, according to Gov. Rick Snyder's office.</P> <P>The federal health care law requires that states set up a website to assist residents when purchasing health insurance. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:02:08 +0000 Mark Brush 8785 at http://michiganradio.org Governor says time's run out to create state-run health care exchange Top five states in obesity: Michigan makes the list http://michiganradio.org/post/top-five-states-obesity-michigan-makes-list <p>According to the <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/report/98/obseityratesbystate">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America&#39;s Health</a>, the states with the top five obesity rates are:</p><ol><li>Mississippi - 34.9 percent</li><li>Louisiana - 33.4 percent</li><li>West Virginia - 32.4 percent</li><li>Alabama - 32.0 percent</li><li>Michigan - 31.3 percent</li></ol><p>The rates reflect the percent of the population <span>with a body mass index of 30 or higher. Body mass index is a calculation based on weight and height ratios. <a href="http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/">You can find your body mass index here</a>. </span></p><p>The rates in the report were based on <span>CDC data (part of the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/">2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey</a>).</span></p><p>The top five &quot;skinniest&quot; states?</p><ol><li>Colorado - 20.7 percent</li><li>Hawaii - 21.8 percent</li><li>Massachusetts 22.7 percent</li><li>New Jersey 23.7 percent</li><li>California - 23.8 percent</li></ol><p>From the group&#39;s issue brief:</p><blockquote><p><span>&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,&rdquo; said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director. &ldquo;The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we&rsquo;re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings.&rdquo;</p><p></p></blockquote><p>Michigan Governor Rick Snyder <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-calls-health-care-michigan-broken-system">gave a policy speech</a> last fall about the state&#39;s struggle with obesity saying &quot;too many Michiganders smoke, are overweight, and don&rsquo;t exercise.&quot; In that speech he called Michigan&#39;s health care system &quot;broken.&quot; He also set a personal weight reduction goal for himself in the speech - <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/pushed-poundage-michigan-governor-snyder-evades-weight-question">something he&#39;s still working on</a>.</p><p>Last year the state ranked 10th in the nation in obesity. The Trust for America&#39;s Health notes year to year comparisons are difficult because of changes in the CDC&#39;s methodology. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:17:48 +0000 Mark Brush 8657 at http://michiganradio.org Top five states in obesity: Michigan makes the list Pushed for 'poundage,' Michigan Governor Snyder evades weight question http://michiganradio.org/post/pushed-poundage-michigan-governor-snyder-evades-weight-question <p>For a Governor who creates online &quot;dashboards&quot; to measure goals he has set for the state, he gets a little evasive when it comes to one of his goals.</p><p>Last fall, Mr. Snyder called Michigan&#39;s system of health care &quot;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-calls-health-care-michigan-broken-system">a broken system</a>.&quot;</p><p>He said too many people in the state smoke, are overweight, and don&#39;t exercise.</p><p>To set a good example, Snyder said his goal was to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.</p><p>Some time has passed since that speech, but I thought we should check in on the goal. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith sat down with Governor Snyder yesterday and put the question to him.</p><p>Here&#39;s his answer:</p><p></p><p>&quot;I&#39;ve lost some, but not enough,&quot; said Snyder. When Smith pushed for &quot;poundage,&quot; Snyder wouldn&#39;t give it up.</p><p>It looks like his weight goal has gone the same way as another goal he set for the state in that speech last fall. He asked the legislature to set up a state health care exchange under the federal health care law: so far, this goal is out of his control. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 17:03:10 +0000 Mark Brush 8462 at http://michiganradio.org Pushed for 'poundage,' Michigan Governor Snyder evades weight question