department of community health http://michiganradio.org en Report: The 2010 Enbridge oil spill has not left any long-term human health effects http://michiganradio.org/post/report-2010-enbridge-oil-spill-has-not-left-any-long-term-human-health-effects <p>Nearly four years after a massive oil spill, state officials say it’s OK to get back in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>An Enbridge oil pipeline broke near Marshall in July of 2010, spewing about a million gallons of crude oil, and fouling roughly 35 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p></p><p>Since then the state Department of Community Health has been studying the potential long-term human health effects of the oil spill.</p><p></p><p>The department issued its final report this week.</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17874 at http://michiganradio.org Report: The 2010 Enbridge oil spill has not left any long-term human health effects Fees set to increase for Michigan birth, death, marriage records http://michiganradio.org/post/fees-set-increase-michigan-birth-death-marriage-records <p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">If you need a vital record in Michigan, you&#39;ll likely pay more.</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/fees_for_birth_death_marriage.html#incart_river">MLive&#39;s Jonathan Oosting&nbsp;reports</a> a bill recently passed by the state Senate now heads to Gov. Snyder&#39;s desk:</p><blockquote><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Under&nbsp;<a href="http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2013-HB-4786" style="color: rgb(48, 92, 182); font-weight: bold;">House Bill 4786</a>, the basic fee for a vital record search will rise from $26 to $34, while an authenticated copy of a birth, death, marriage or divorce record will rise from $29 to $42. Creation of new birth or death certificate will rise from $40 to $50.</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><span style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; display: inline !important;">Recent budgets for the Department of Community Health have assumed $5.5 million a year in vital records collections, but according to the Senate Fiscal Agency, revenues have come up short in recent years, leaving a $1.5 million structural deficit that the increased fees are designed to remedy.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 14:37:22 +0000 Mark Brush 14683 at http://michiganradio.org Fees set to increase for Michigan birth, death, marriage records Another Michigan man dies from tainted steroid injections http://michiganradio.org/post/another-michigan-man-dies-tainted-steroid-injections <p>A 73 year old man from Grand Traverse County is the latest Michigander to die in connection with a batch of tainted steroid injections.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>13 people in Michigan have now died.&nbsp;&nbsp; Three more Michiganders have died in Indiana.</p><p></p><p>The steroid injections were given to relieve back pain.&nbsp; But, the injection contained a fungal contamination.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11182 at http://michiganradio.org Another Michigan man dies from tainted steroid injections Congressional probe of meningitis outbreak begins tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/congressional-probe-meningitis-outbreak-begins-tomorrow <p>A congressional hearing tomorrow will look into a fungal meningitis outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people in 19 states, including Michigan.</p><p></p><p>Tainted steroid injections used to relieve back pain are blamed for the outbreak.</p><p></p><p>Nationally, more than 400 people have fallen ill.&nbsp; 32 have died.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Michigan has the highest number of cases at 128. &nbsp;&nbsp;Nine people from Michigan have died.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 9901 at http://michiganradio.org Congressional probe of meningitis outbreak begins tomorrow Grim but blunt anti-smoking ads showing early signs of success http://michiganradio.org/post/grim-blunt-anti-smoking-ads-showing-early-signs-success <p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/Features/TobaccoEducationCampaign/">new national ad campaign</a> to get people to quit smoking is already showing dramatic results in Michigan.</p><p>The Center for Disease Control launched the ads two weeks ago. They feature former smokers who&rsquo;ve had heart attacks, strokes or parts of their bodies amputated because of tobacco use.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=GEWky9PEroU">http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=GEWky9PEroU</a></p><p>Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says the number of calls coming into the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2940_2955_2973---,00.html">Michigan Tobacco Quitline </a>(1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) has skyrocketed.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a 200-percent increase in the two weeks since the campaign has launched and that&rsquo;s not something that we&rsquo;ve ever seen before,&rdquo; Minicuci said. She said the early results are similar across the country. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 17:59:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6905 at http://michiganradio.org Uncertainty about national health care worries school clinic advocates http://michiganradio.org/post/uncertainty-about-national-health-care-worries-school-clinic-advocates <p>Advocates for school-based health clinics are meeting today&nbsp;at the state capitol.</p><p>There are approximately 100 school-based health centers operating in Michigan. They serve about 200,000&nbsp; students.</p><p>Michele Straz&nbsp;is the executive director of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan.&nbsp;She says it&rsquo;s important to maintain government, foundation&nbsp;and other funding so&nbsp;the clinics can continue to&nbsp;provide a critical service to children.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:48:23 +0000 Steve Carmody 6071 at http://michiganradio.org Uncertainty about national health care worries school clinic advocates Preparing for the worst http://michiganradio.org/post/preparing-worst <p>State health officials are putting a 140 bed emergency field hospital&nbsp;to the test today&nbsp;just south of Lansing.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; They&#39;re preparing for the kind of medical needs that may follow a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Never had a seizure before?&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 19:00:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 2554 at http://michiganradio.org Preparing for the worst State health officials down playing detection of radiation from Japanese nuclear crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/state-health-officials-down-playing-detection-radiation-japanese-nuclear-crisis <p>State health officials insist the public does not have to worry that a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iodine-131">radioactive isotope</a> linked to the Japanese nuclear crisis has been detected in a routine air sample taken on Monday in Lansing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Kelly Neibel&nbsp;is the acting spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;There&rsquo;s absolutely no reason for people to be concerned about this.&nbsp; The levels detected are very minute and they pose no health threat to people.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The state routinely tests air samples taken near <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-8347-221380--,00.html">Michigan&rsquo;s three nuclear reactors</a>. The last unusual reading was recorded after the Chernobyl accident in the mid-1980s. Neibel downplays the potential health effects of the isotope from the Japanese nuclear crisis to people living in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;All of us are exposed to radiation every day.&nbsp;&nbsp; Some of that&rsquo;s from natural sources&hellip;to manmade sources&hellip;like medical x-rays.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Radioactive isotopes linked to the Japanese nuclear crisis have been reported in many other U.S. states.&nbsp; Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:59:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 1865 at http://michiganradio.org State health officials down playing detection of radiation from Japanese nuclear crisis Snyder names Director for state's Department of Community Health http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-names-director-states-department-community-health <p>Governor-elect <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a> has appointed Olga Dazzo to head the state's <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdch">Department of Community Health</a>. The Associated Press reports that Dazzo is:</p><blockquote><p>...a veteran of the health insurance industry, most recently working as president of a company called Health Reform Innovations LLC in the Miami area. Dazzo previously worked in Michigan and is a past president of Physicians Health Plan.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/michigan-talks/campaign-news/12-17-2010-governor-elect-snyder-appoints-dazzo-head-department-communi">written statement released today</a>, Snyder said:</p><blockquote><p>“There is an attitude that the only way to lower costs is to reduce the level of care.&nbsp; I reject that premise. Olga understands that the decisions she makes will directly impact the wellbeing of Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens, and she will always have an eye toward delivering services more efficiently so those who need treatment are able to get it.”</p></blockquote><p>Dazzo's <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/spha/academic/conted/mchlc/DAZZBIO.html">bio</a> says she received <font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">a bachelors degree in accounting and a masters degree in finance from Michigan State University.</font></font> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:40:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 635 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder names Director for state's Department of Community Health