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2:00 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Law would allow STD treatment of partners -- without medical exam

NPR

A bill in the state House would let doctors prescribe medication to the partner of a patient who's been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease -- without examining the partner.

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Health
2:56 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Henry Ford, Beaumont health systems to begin screening job applicants for tobacco use

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Two Southeast Michigan hospitals say beginning next year, job applicants who use tobacco of any kind will not be hired.  

Henry Ford and Beaumont health systems say the tobacco ban will include cigarettes, pipes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

Jay Holden is a Beaumont spokesman.

He says the policy will protect patients and personnel.

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Health
10:37 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

When the kid who needs help has a kid of her own

Today State of Opportunity's Dustin Dwyer reports on a situation that affects nearly 11 thousand young women in Michigan every year: teenage pregnancy. 

Although that number is half of what it was two decades ago, teenage pregnancy is still an issue that affects far too many young women in Michigan. Many of these young women have stressful home environments. Some are even homeless.

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Health
6:10 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

McLaren Macomb offers free mammograms for uninsured

A hospital in Mount Clemens, east of Detroit, is offering free mammograms to uninsured women who are Macomb County residents.  It’s part of their “BRAvo for women” program.  

Pat Keigher directs McLaren Macomb’s Breast Center.  She says breast cancer causes nearly 40-thousand deaths each year.  But when it’s detected early, she says five year survival rate is 98 percent so women do not need to die from this disease.

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Health
10:27 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Trader Joe's recalling goods related to Salmonella outbreak

A CDC graph showing the number of people infected by the current Salmonella outbreak by date. 28 cases on shown on this graph.
CDC

Michigan state health officials are warning consumers that Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter made with sea salt and a variety of almond butter and peanut butter products from Sunland Inc. might be  linked to a multi-state bacterial outbreak of "Salmonella Bredeney."

The Michigan Department of Community Health says so far, one child in Michigan has been affected along with 28 people in 18 other states (as of Sept. 22). 

More from a press release from the Michigan Department of Community Health:

The product comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar and was sold in Trader Joe’s stores nationwide as well as on the Internet. Testing of the product is under way. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm Pacific Time....

Most individuals infected with Salmonella bacteria often experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection.  The duration of illness is typically 4-7 days and most people recover without treatment. Sometimes a Salmonella infection can be more severe and may spread to the bloodstream, resulting in hospitalization. Young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.

You can also check the Sunland Inc. recall online. The PDF document contains a list of products, the UPC codes, and best-if-used-by dates. Or consumers can contact Sunland Inc. at (866) 837-1018.


The Food and Drug Administration encourages consumers with questions about food safety to call 1-888-SAFEFOOD or consult the www.fda.gov website.

The CDC has more about the ongoing CDC investigation on its website.

Health
4:40 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

State board may void contract with home health care workers

Patrick Wright of the Mackinac Center says home health care workers are being forced to pay union dues.
Mackinac Center

Michigan could void its contract with thousands of home health care workers if a state board agrees with a legal action filed this week by the Mackinac Center.

The free market think tank is asking the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to rule that home health care workers aren’t public employees, but rather private contractors who can’t unionize.

The workers are organized under the Service Employees International Union.

The Mackinac Center’s Pat Wright says they’re forced to pay dues that should be going to patient care.

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Health
1:40 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

State Senate committee begins examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield overhaul

Blue Cross Blue Shield would undergo major changes under proposed legislation.
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State Senate hearings began today on a proposed overhaul of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The plan calls for Blue Cross to become a customer-owned not-for-profit corporation that’s regulated just like other insurance companies.

Right now, Blue Cross has to accept all applicants, regardless of their health. Starting in 2014, the Blues’ role as “insurer of last resort” will become unnecessary. Due to the federal healthcare law, insurance companies will no longer be able to reject people because of their health conditions.

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Health
6:43 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study

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Michigan Radio

A new study suggests Michigan’s two-year-old public workplace smoking ban has had little effect on the state’s bar and restaurant industry.

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Drug Abuse
5:13 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Heroin abuse in Michigan on the rise

Heroin abuse in Michigan is on the rise. Felix Sharpe of Michigan's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services says that 680 people died from heroin overdoses in Michigan last year.
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Heroin abuse is increasing in Michigan and so is the number of fatal overdoses.

Felix Sharpe of Michigan's Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services says that 680 people died from heroin overdoses in Michigan last year.

Many abusers of prescription painkillers have moved to heroin because of its price. Drugs like Oxycontin sell for up to $40 dollars a pill on the street, while heroin sells for about $10.

Sharpe says that many of the victims are young people whose first contact with opiates came through painkillers prescribed to parents and grandparents. He says parents need to lock up prescriptions or dispose of them if they're no longer being used.

According to The Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services' 2011 annual report,  the number of people receiving treatment for heroin abuse in the state jumped from 7,857 in 2001 to 10,924 last year.

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Health
4:14 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

West Nile cases significantly higher in Michigan

West Nile virus cases are up.
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So far this year, Michigan has seen four times as many cases of West Nile virus as it did in all of 2011.  The reason is the dry Michigan weather. 

Angela Minicuci is with Michigan’s Department of Community Health, and says the problem is worse in urban areas, like Metro Detroit particularly, and Kent county which have seen higher case numbers.  Urban areas are where this particular mosquito thrives.

People over 50 are most at-risk for infection, along with people with weakened immune systems, and children.

To minimize exposure, it's recommended that people drain standing water around their homes, repair any holes in screens, and wear insect repellent or avoid the outdoors around dusk and dawn.

- Chris Edwards, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Longer CPR
2:31 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Can longer CPR attempts save lives in hospitals?

A new study suggests that longer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) attempts in the hospital could save lives. 

How many lives?  That's unclear, but it would be at least in the hundreds, if not a few thousand.

Cardiac arrest is a common occurrence in hospitals.  As many as 250,000 patients's hearts stop beating in the nation's hospitals each year.

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Health
10:23 am
Sun September 2, 2012

West Nile virus threatens Labor Day celebrations

DETROIT (AP) - People celebrating Labor Day weekend outdoors in Michigan could be setting themselves up as the main course for feasting mosquitoes including the species known to carry the West Nile virus.

The disease has become the summer scourge across the country and the state where on Thursday an 87-year-old Kent County woman became its fifth fatality.

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Health
3:16 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Mango-related salmonella outbreak reaches Michigan

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Federal health officials are telling Americans to avoid Daniella mangoes distributed by a Northern California fruit distributor because they may be contaminated with salmonella that has already sickened more than 100 people in 16 states.

The Food and Drug Administration issued the warning yesterday after Burlingame, Calif.-based Splendid Products recalled five lots of mangoes imported from Mexico.

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Health
10:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Update: West Nile virus reaches epidemic level in Michigan

Mosquitos are spreading West Nile virus.
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Update Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.

Michigan health officials say an 87-year-old woman from Kent County is the fifth person to die from the West Nile virus in the state this year.

State Department of Community Health spokeswoman Angela Minicuci confirmed the death this morning.

She had no other details on the woman.

Aug. 29, 2012

Reports of West Nile virus cases keep coming in, and now Michigan health officials say the illness has reached epidemic proportions in the state.

Michigan State University entomologist Ned Walker recently told Michigan Radio's Rina Miller that the intensity of the virus is very alarming.  "I haven't seen anything that is this intense in my career," said Walker.

Officials said today an 86-year-old woman from Wayne County is the fourth person to die from the West Nile virus in the state this year.

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State of Opportunity
12:29 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

State of Opportunity: Michigan's most disturbing disparity

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In Grand Rapids, African American infants are just slightly more likely to survive to their first birthday than infants born in the Gaza Strip. Six years ago, Grand Rapids had the worst infant mortality rate in the state. Today, it is sixth.

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Health
4:43 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Bedbug sighting prompts Detroit judge to clear courtroom

Michigan.gov

A Detroit judge ordered everyone out of her courtroom this afternoon after a bailiff observed bedbugs crawling on a man in the first row of seats.

The Detroit News reports that 36th District Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller emptied the room so that a pest-c0ntrol company could come spray it down.

The man was in the courtroom accompanying a witness. His daughter later said she knew there were bedbugs in her father's house.

Miller told the News:

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Health
1:25 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

MDCH reports summer's second Michigan West Nile fatality

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Michigan officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, and 18 more cases have been reported this week.

Today, the Michigan Department of Community Health released figures (see chart) showing two deaths and 41 cases this season.

Officials last week said an elderly woman in Washtenaw County died from West Nile. Details of the most recent death were not released.

The data shows cases span several counties, including nine cases in Wayne, eight in Macomb, six in Oakland and seven in Detroit.

Yesterday, federal officials reported four times the usual number of cases in the current U.S. West Nile outbreak.

So far, 1,118 illnesses and 41 deaths have been reported nationwide. Typically, fewer than 300 cases are reported by mid-August.

Prevention tips include draining standing water in your yard, avoiding skin exposure to mosquitos, wearing mosquito repellant and reporting sick or dead animals to authorities.

-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Health
1:38 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Have an affinity for cats? It might just be the toxoplasmosis talking

Toxoplasmosis Life Cycle
CDC

Earlier this week, Michigan Radio's Rina Miller reported on an MSU study that links a parasite found in cat stomachs and undercooked meat to suicides.

That may be just the beginning for Toxoplasma gondii.

The infection it can cause in humans, called toxoplasmosis, appears innocent enough.

Many cases exhibit no symptoms and typically require no treatment.

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Health
10:42 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Why is lack of exercise the number one health concern for kids?

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Kids don't get enough exercise, and it's really bad for their heath. That's what many adults told a national survey. Lack of exercise was number one on the list of top-ten child health concerns according to the survey conducted by C. S. Mott Children's Hospital. Obesity and smoking rounded out the top three health concerns for kids.

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Health
2:55 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Childhood health poll: Americans most concerned about inactive, obese children

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People in the United States are more concerned about the physical fitness of their community's children than any other health issue.

That was the finding of a University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital poll on children’s health.

When asked about the nation's most pressing childhood health concerns, 39 percent of adults listed "not enough exercise," trailed by "childhood obesity" with 38 percent.

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