11:13 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Do people with kids get more job flexibility?

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A study from Michigan State University says it's not just people with families who have a hard time balancing work and life.

Single people have the same issues, but they may not get the same workplace flexibility as those with kids.

Ann Marie Ryan is a Professor of Organizational Psychology. She says employers need to make sure all workers get a break once in a while.

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5:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stateside: How to resist Netflix and get outside this winter

Waara encourages women to get outside this winter
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Frida Waara is an instructor in the upcoming Becoming an Outdoors Woman event this weekend in the Upper Peninsula's Big Bay, sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

The event will help women - even the most devoted Netflixers - develop skills that encourage and maintain an active lifestyle during a Michigan winter.

So, how does Waara get women to be active outdoors when the weather drops below zero?

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Waara about the program and the importance for women to be active year round.

11:51 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Snyder orders mental health services review

Snyder signed two executive orders to review the state's mental health services
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Governor Rick Snyder has called for a review of how Michigan provides mental health services.

The governor has signed two executive orders to come up with recommendations.The executive orders create two separate commissions.

Both of them will be led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

One major goal is to identify gaps that send people to jails and prisons instead of to programs that could treat their illnesses.

The plans also include teaching police, teachers, and clergy to spot signs of mental illness, earlier intervention for children with mental health issues, and helping more people get into treatment instead of being sent to jail or prison.

Administration officials say this will be the first thorough review of mental health services in Michigan since the state shut down its psychiatric hospitals in favor of community-based programs in the early 1990’s

7:17 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Michigan governor issues executive orders for mental health

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is taking steps aimed at improving mental health services in Michigan.

The Republican governor issued two executive orders Wednesday to bolster mental health initiatives in the state.

The first creates a Mental Health and Wellness Commission. The commission will be led by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and will advise the Michigan Department of Community Health on ways to strengthen mental health services.

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3:15 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Stateside: Michigan needs more babies

Danielle Malzewski

Michigan needs babies and it needs the women who are willing to have them.

That's the takeaway after demographer Kurt Metzger crunched the numbers and analyzed the state's birthrate.

What is going on with this "anti-baby boom," and what might this mean for us as a state?

Kurt Metzger is the  director course at Data Driven Detroit. He joined us from his Detroit office to tell us about the drop in the birthrate and how it affects our state.

You can listen to our interview with him above.

3:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

UM Study suggests insurance biggest factor in doctor selection

Courtesy: C. S. Mott Children's Hospital

A new University of Michigan study suggests recommendations by friends and family are more important than online reviews when selecting a doctor.

Dr. Matthew Davis is a pediatrician at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s  Hospital, and director of the National Poll on Children's Health.  He says location and whether a doctor will accept your insurance are the top two factors for parents.   He added, “the fact that it so far outranks, the type of practice that a Doctor provides, is a major commentary on the importance of how expensive health care is in the US and how it can really influence a family’s decision-making.”

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9:54 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Bedbugs found at 2nd Kalamazoo library

Bed bugs found at the library in Kalamazoo.
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Ursula Zerilli at is reporting that a second Kalamazoo Library site has been closed due to bedbugs.

This time they were found in the Children's Room of the Kalamazoo Public Library's Central Library.

Earlier this week, reported they were also found at the Washington Square Branch.

"We received a couple of books in the drop box and during a routine inspection, bed bugs were found," said Farrell Howe, a library spokesperson. "They were quarantined in plastic bags and destroyed and we are having an inspection take place."

Because they can become a big problem, the library staff is now trained to check every returned book binding for bed bugs.

The Children's Room is closed until Wednesday.  The Washington Square Branch got the OK to reopen last week after "bug sniffing" dogs inspected the site.

The Kalamazoo Public Library's Central, Oshtemo, Eastwood and Alma Powell branches have also been tested.

- Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom

11:25 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Wayne State awarded $165.9M medical research grant

Governor Snyder's budget calls for further cuts to public universities.
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Wayne State University just had their largest research contract renewed.  

According to David Jesse's article in the Detroit Free Press, the grant is worth $165.9 million and will cover the next 10 years.

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4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Study: Too many Michigan hospital beds driving up consumer costs

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A surplus of hospital beds in Michigan could be pushing up medical costs. 

Paul Delamater  is a research specialist at Michigan State University's Department of Geography.

He says Michigan already has about 7,000 more hospital beds than it needs -- especially in urban areas.

"I found that the availability of beds themselves actually caused utilization to rise," Delamater says. "If a new hospital is built, there's pressure to get people into those beds regardless of the medical-based need for putting them in that hospital bed."

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4:33 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Another Michigan man dies from tainted steroid injections

The Centers for Disease Control's status map of cases connected to the tainted steroid injection investigation

A 73 year old man from Grand Traverse County is the latest Michigander to die in connection with a batch of tainted steroid injections.  

13 people in Michigan have now died.   Three more Michiganders have died in Indiana.

The steroid injections were given to relieve back pain.  But, the injection contained a fungal contamination. 

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11:10 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Lansing hospital 1st in Michigan to be certified comprehensive stroke center

Dr. Syed Hussain (right), talks about Sparrow Hospital's cerifitication as a comprehensive stroke center. 42 year old James Cady (left) was treated for a stroke at Sparrow in 2011
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Sparrow Hospital officials in Lansing are celebrating their recent certification as Michigan’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center.

The Lansing hospital is one of only 20 centers recognized for its stroke treatment, which starts with diagnosis, through hospital treatment and outpatient therapy.

Dr. Syed Hussain is the medical director of Stroke Services at Sparrow.   He's also an MSU HealthTeam neurologist.

He says discussions about expanding Medicaid coverage in Michigan may help with providing some elective and preventive care.

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1:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Study: Pregnant women often untreated for sexually transmitted infections

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Many pregnant women who visit emergency rooms may not be getting treatment for sexually transmitted infections. 

A Michigan State University study finds a small number of the pregnant women tested at three West Michigan hospitals got the medication they needed.

That's because it takes about 48 hours to get the test results for chlamydia and gonorrhea and the women often can't be reached after they leave the emergency room.

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12:58 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The trouble with statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan

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Today, I reported for State of Opportunity on some alarming new statistics on child abuse and neglect in Michigan.

You can click here to get the full story.

There is some debate about how to interpret a few of the statistics in the story.

One of the things I discovered while reporting the story is that it's actually hard to get good numbers on abuse and neglect in Michigan.

The state Department of Human Services provides a monthly fact sheet that includes the number of cases that were investigated, and how many were confirmed. But the numbers only cover two months worth of reports, and there's no detail on the nature of the cases, or where they occurred.

The Michigan League for Public Policy worked with the DHS to publish some more detailed measures of abuse and neglect in the latest Kids Count report.

From my perspective, even this report leaves as many questions as answers. 

That said, the statistics we do have are cause enough for concern.

Here are four to keep in mind: 

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5:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Michigan awards $2.5 million for HIV-AIDS prevention

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The state of Michigan today awarded $2.5 million for HIV-AIDS prevention and intervention in urban communities throughout the state.

Some of the cities that will directly benefit from the fund include: Detroit, Kalamazoo, Dearborn, Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Lansing, Ferndale, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Flint.

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4:44 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Talking Medicaid expansion in Michigan

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Cyndy talks Medicaid expansion with Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray.

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Is the State of Michigan going to expand its Medicaid coverage? That's the question on the front burner at the Governor's office these days as he prepares to unveil his new budget to the Legislature this week.

Cyndy spoke with Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray who helped break down the Medicaid program in the state and talked to us about the pros and cons of expanding Medicaid coverage to another half a million people.

The Affordable Care Act will assist states in expanding their Medicaid eligibility limits for adults to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, (that's and income of about $14,860 per year for one person).

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6:02 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

2 new infections in Michigan from bad steroids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan health officials have reported two more infections in the past two weeks linked to contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says at least 246 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.

The department reports that at least 15 people have died in the outbreak, unchanged from two weeks ago.

5:55 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

UM professor says “no shame” for children with disorder of sex development

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It’s not uncommon for newborn babies to have an unclear gender. About one in 300 infants have a disorder of sex development (or DSD). That means babies have atypical sex chromosomes, atypical gonads, or atypical genitals.

For some parents, the experience can be overwhelming and in the past, shame and secrecy have been associated with the disorder.

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4:24 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Fungal meningitis outbreak: a doctor responds to our series

Dr. Stephen Andriese talks to us about our reporting, and the contaminated drugs linked to this outbreak.
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We're getting a lot of feedback about last week’s series on the fungal meningitis outbreak in Michigan. Some of you loved the series. Some of you, not so much.

But there is one response that we want to share with you. It’s from Dr. Stephen Andriese, whom our reporter Kate Wells interviewed and quoted in the piece.

Dr. Andriese works at Neuromuscular & Rehabilitation Associates of Northern Michigan, which received and administered some of the contaminated drugs that led to this outbreak.

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12:55 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Survey finds most Michigan doctors ready to take new patients if Medicaid expands

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Most Michigan doctors say they are prepared to take on a wave of new patients -- if the state approves an expansion of its Medicaid program.  

Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly 300,000 more people could be added to the state's Medicaid rolls next year.

Marianne Udow-Phillips of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation says the nonprofit group surveyed 1,500 Michigan physicians.
"Overall, 81% of primary care physicians say they're going to expand their practices to take new patients come 2014," Udow-Phillips says.

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11:05 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Michigan's governor eyes mental health makeover, GOP skeptical

Gov. Rick Snyder, (R) Michigan (file photo)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder says he has concerns about whether Michigan's health care system could handle the increased number of patients if the state agrees to expand Medicaid eligibility.

The Republican has said one of the benefits of opting in to an expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is it would allow the state to significantly expand assistance for those who need mental health care.

Snyder said Friday that he hasn't made his decision but will announce it during his budget address on February 7th.

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