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CINCINNATI -- Kroger is recalling ice cream sold in 10 states because it may contain peanuts not mentioned on the label. The nations largest grocery store operator says people with peanut allergies could have a serious or even life-threatening reaction if they eat the Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream being recalled. The recall involves only 16-ounce pints of the product with a sell-by date of June 18, 2012 and the UPC code 11110 52909. The ice cream was sold at Kroger stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the companys Jay C, Food 4 Less, Owens, Pay Less and Scotts stores in Illinois and Indiana. Kroger Co. says shoppers should return the product to supermarkets for a refund or replacement.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At Michigan Radio we have been looking at how domestic violence affects our community, and what programs there are for survivors and abusers that keep people safe at home. Often, discussions about domestic abuse focus on men who use violence. The National Institute of justice reports that 90 percent of systematic, persistent, and injurious violence against an intimate partner is committed by men. But what about female aggressors? Lisa Larance is...

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October is domestic violence awareness month. At Michigan Radio, we are taking a look at how domestic violence impacts our communities. What support and intervention programs are in place to assist those impacted by domestic violence? We have already spoken with the Director of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor, which provides assistance to those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. Now we want to look at the other side of the equation. Jenn White, host of Michigan Radios All Things Considered, speaks with David Garvin, Senior Director at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Garvin manages the Alternatives to Domestic Aggression (ADA) program, a 52 week batterer intervention program that specializes in changing the behavior patterns of men who abuse their intimate partners. Typically, men who participate in the program have been court ordered to do so.

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Michigan health officials say its time to get your flu shot. And they want your children vaccinated too. You might think flu season is still months away. But youd be wrong. State health officials say there have already been two confirmed influenza cases in Michigan this year. Both of those cases did match the components that were in the vaccine for this year, says Dean Sienko, the interim Chief Medical Executive at the Michigan Department of Human Services. State health officials are putting...

October is domestic violence awareness month. At Michigan Radio, we are taking a look at how domestic violence impacts our communities. We are also looking at the support and intervention programs in place to assist those impacted by domestic violence. Safe House Center is one such support organization. It provides assistance to those affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. Jenn White, host of Michigan Radios All Things Considered, talks with Barbara Niess, director of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor.


The next great medical invention might not come from a scientist or a doctor, but from a design student. The Henry Ford Health System Innovation Institute is working with students from Detroits College for Creative Studies and with Wayne State University engineering students. Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, Henry Fords chairman of surgery, says students often see things in ways people who work in the medical profession dont. They have been in our operating rooms, they have been in our emergency rooms,...

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Veggie Mobile will sell locally grown fruits and vegetables in Grand Rapids neighborhoods with limited access to grocery stores. This is awesome, Governor Rick Snyder said while visiting the refrigerated trucks first stop Wednesday night at New Hope Baptist Church - located in a low-income neighborhood on Grand Rapids southwest side. He praised the public-private partnership (and the W.K. Kellogg foundation for a $1.5 million grant) that made the Veggie Mobile possible. Because of this hard...

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The state of Michigan is now screening newborn babies for a deadly disorder that affects the immune system. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency or SCID is often called bubble boy disease. It became widely known after a Texas boy lived with the illness for 12 years, most of it in a sterile bubble to avoid infections. The disorder affects one in every 50,000 children. If its left untreated, the disease usually kills children before their first birthday. But bone marrow transplants in the early months of life can allow children to live into their 20s and sometimes much longer. The Michigan Department of Community Health says six other states already screen for the disorder.

A University of Michigan researcher says the medical community may be stressing the wrong benefits to get people to exercise more. Weve all heard it: Exercise is good for your health. Youll live longer. But are those the right messages? Michelle Segar says no. Shes a research investigator for the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Segar conducted a study of full-time working middle-age women and their exercise habits. It shows those who exercised the most did so because exercise...

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Theres a new push underway to get more Michiganders to sign up as future organ donors. Michigan ranks 44 th in the percentage of adults who are registered organ donors. Richard Pietroski says thats not good enough. Hes the chief executive officer of Gift of Life Michigan . Pietroski says the 3 thousand critically ill Michiganders waiting for an organ or tissue transplant have to wait longer than they should. Our patients in Michigan wait longer for a lifesaving transplant. And more people die...

Library presents medical marijuana Q&A

Sep 25, 2011

One Michigan library wants to help clear up the confusion many people have about the legal issues concerning medical marijuana. Edith Burney is a youth librarian at the Chelsea District Library . Shes organizing a medical marijuana discussion panel on Tuesday, September 27 th . Its called Medical Marijuana: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly? Burney says she wants to present a forum that focuses on the facts and empirical data surrounding medical marijuana, as opposed to having a passionate argument...

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The autumnal equinox happened today at 5:05 a.m. ET. It marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere. Its the time of year when temperatures start to drop and the days start to get shorter. Every year there are two equinoxes, one in March that marks the beginning of spring and one in September that marks the beginning of fall. National Geographic explains: The autumnal equinox and vernal equinox are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead. On the Northern Hemispheres autumnal equinox, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness. On the same day, a person at the South Pole would also see the sun skim the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. Equinoxes explained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxeFf7OACEQ

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Michigan State University wants the publics opinion about whether blood samples taken from newborns should be used in other research. Every newborn baby in Michigan has spot of blood taken from its heel. The blood is screened for genetic or metabolic diseases. The state has samples stored in its bio-bank dating back to 1984. Ann Mongoven is an assistant professor in MSUs Center for Ethics and the Humanities in the Life Sciences. She says the proposal raises ethical questions. Especially since...

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The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $3.5 million grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to study breast cancer and racial disparity. The money will help develop more effective treatments for an aggressive form of cancer called triple-negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects African American women. Max Wicha is director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The reason its important is that we know that African American women who have breast cancer do worse than Caucasian women. Some of these differences are due to access to care and socioeconomic factors, with African American women having less access to the latest treatments. Wicha says the three-year grant is a statewide collaboration. Researchers are working with a hospital in Ghana, Africa to look at African women who are also affected by this breast cancer. - Traci Currie - Michigan Radio Newsroom

Actually, that's not corn

Sep 18, 2011
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A pilot with the Monroe County sheriffs office spotted many marijuana plants Saturday while flying over two corn fields in Milan Township, 60 miles west of Detroit. Deputies counted 55 mature plants worth at least $25,000. The discovery is under investigation. Federal drug agents from Toledo, Ohio, are also part of the case.

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Michigans pharmacists are encouraging people to clean out their medicine cabinets. Paul Jensen is the president of the Michigan Pharmacists Association . He says old, out of date, unused prescription drugs are increasingly being abused by teenagers. The majority of people who abuse a medicationa prescription medicationit comes from somebody they know. Quite often out of the medicine cabinet in their own home. Michigan pharmacies collected more than a thousand pounds of prescription drugs in the first year of their drug disposal program. Jensen is hopeful that amount will increase this year.

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Registered nurses who work at the University of Michigan Health System and their supports say they will march to the University of Michigan Board of Regents meeting today at 2:30 p.m. They will start at the Michigan Union and proceed to the Fleming Adminisration Building (distance - about a block). The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) says the University of Michigan nurses have been working without a contract since July 1. From an MNA press release: Despite another profitable year and an increase in patients, UMHS have thwarted reasonable contract negotiations with the systems 4,000 registered nurses by proposing cuts that would make it even more difficult for them to maintain patient care and safety. The University has issued a statement in the past saying they prefer not bargain in the media and respectfully disagree that proposed labor changes would have a negative effect on patient care. Issues being debated include pay increases, health insurance, and benefits.

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Gov. Rick Snyder wants people in Michigan to do more to promote their own health. He also outlined policies hed like to see legislators pass to help lower health care costs and improve access. Snyder says he wants Michigan to create a health care exchange: a place where individuals can compare health care insurance. The new federal health care law mandates states create their own exchange, join a regional one or wait until the federal exchange is in place. Having the idea of having an exchange done right is a good idea and my view is Michigan should establish one. We shouldnt wait and say the federal government is going tell us its their exchange. Snyder wants to reform the states health code, improve health care for veterans and children with autism. He also wants to reduce regulations on health care professionals.

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A program thats showing signs of progress in reducing low birth weight and infant deaths among African-Americans is getting a major vote of confidence. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $4.5 million grant to a program in Grand Rapids called Strong Beginnings. The program has reduced the number of black infant deaths in Grand Rapids by more than 20 percent in five years. Peggy Vander Meulen is executive director of Strong Beginnings. She lists at least a dozen reasons why moms deliver...

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More hospitals in Michigan are requiring all their employees to get flu shots this year. Last year, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital made flu shots for all employees mandatory for the first time. Lakshmi Halasyamani is the Chief Medical Officer for the hospital. She says some employees were upset about the requirement but most of them came around after hearing the reasons for the new policy. Weve got patients who come to us sick who are very vulnerable and they expect us to be able to take care of...


Its the week to go before school doors open across Michigan. And along with school supplies, children need their required vaccinations. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that many teens and pre-teens have not received their required or recommended vaccinations. Melinda Wharton is the deputy director of the National Center for Immunization at the CDC. She admits it can be difficult for parents to keep track of what vaccinations their teenage children have and have not...

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Local county prosecutors are meeting this weekend on Mackinac Island. This weeks appeals court ruling that medical marihuana dispensaries are illegal is a hot topic of conversation. Michigans prison system was supposed to be the focus of this weekends annual meeting of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. But this weeks ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals has changed that. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette plans to urge county...

Michigan has its first probable human case of West Nile Virus this summer. An unnamed Macomb County man died recently, after showing symptoms consistent with the mosquito-borne disease. Lab tests are underway to confirm this was a case of West Nile Virus. Sue Tremonti is with the Macomb County Health Department. She says West Nile Virus infections are more prevalent than most people think. For every 150 people that are infected with the virus, and have a very mild reaction to it,...

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says hell inform the states 83 county prosecutors about a court decision that bans the commercial sale of medical marijuana. Schuette says the appeals court ruling empowers local authorities to shut down marijuana dispensaries. The businesses typically allow people with medical marijuana cards to sell pot to others who also have cards. The appeals court said Wednesday that such shops are illegal. Schuette says its a victory for people who dont want pot...

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Updated at 9:57 p.m. We have this update from Rick Pluta - The decision leaves the discretion to close a dispensary with local prosecutors. Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick, who brought the case to the Court of Appeals, says local police in his bailiwick will start tonight delivering copies of the decision and warning letters to the four or five dispensaries in his bailiwick. He says the letters warn the dispensaries they are out of compliance with the law if they accept payments for medical marijuana and, if so, they need to change their operations or shut down. Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III says hes facing a more complicated situation. The city of Lansing has become a center for dispensaries. It has upwards of 40 -- some of them operate 24/7. Dunnings says he warned city officials the dispensaries are illegal, but the city passed an ordinance allowing them. Dunnings says he intends to step carefully since the dispensary operators thought they were playing by the rules. Nevertheless, The Lansing City Pulse reports most of the 11 dispensaries on the Michigan Avenue strip directly east of the state Capitol responded to the ruling by closing their doors. Update 2:37 p.m. Heres a video of the oral arguments made in front of the Michigan Court of Appeals on June 7, 2011. The Court of Appeals ruled today that the marijuana dispensary in question operated in violation of the law. People v Compassionate Apothecary from Eric L. VanDussen on Vimeo . And here is Steve Carmodys raw interview with Michael Komorn, the president of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Association . Komoron told Carmody that despite the ruling, dispensaries around the state will continue to operate under local implementation and interpretation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act - at least until the Michigan Supreme Court rules on the case. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-983318.mp3 Update 12:48 p.m. Sarah Alvarez, Changing Gears Public Insight Analyst and lawyer, read the ruling that was released by the Michigan Court of Appeals this morning. A three-judge panel wrote the opinion ( Joel Hoekstra , Christopher Murray , and Cynthia Stephens ). The case involves Isabella County prosecutors office and the two owners of the Compassionate Apothocary, a dispensary in Isabella County operating with 345 members. Alvarez says the appeals court finds that no provision of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act would permit for patient to patient sale of marijuana. The dispensary is therefore found to be a public nuisance and must cease operations. (important to note this is not a criminal prosecution).

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An alliance of medical and educational associations is working to get more children signed up for free or low-cost health insurance programs. In 2009, more than 127,000 children in Michigan were not covered by health insurance. But two out of every three of those kids were eligible for state and federal programs that provide free or low-cost coverage. This summer, about 44,000 children were enrolled in the state programs MIChild and Healthy Kids. Tens of thousands more children qualify but...

People all across Michigan say they felt todays earthquake in Virginia . Perhaps the most common question today in Michigan was Did you feel that? Within minutes of the 5 .9 tremor in Virginia, social media started buzzing. Michigan Radios listeners chimed in quickly. People from Dearborn and Ann Arbor to Bay City and Grand Rapids reported feeling the odd swaying motion. Even in the eastern Upper Peninsula, Michigan Radio listeners say they felt the earthquakes shake. Many also said the...

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A new poll from the University of Michigan shows parents have a growing concern about childhood obesity and illegal drug use . The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital has been asking parents for five years whats their greatest health concern when it comes to their children. Obesity has topped the list since it started. But this year illegal drug use tied for the top spot. Matt Davis is an associate professor at the U of M Medical School. He says parents want solutions to...

UMHS nurses protest proposed concessions

Aug 14, 2011
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University of Michigan Health System nurses rallied in Ann Arbor Saturday to protest concessions theyre being asked to give. The 4,000 members of the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council have been working under the terms of an expired 2008 contract since July. Katie Oppenheim is chair of the union. She says the health system is profitable and shouldnt be asking the nurses to pay more for health insurance, or to work longer before they can retire. Theyre opening a new $750 million...

Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight

Aug 12, 2011

One of the brightest meteor showers of the year happens overnight. Its called the the Perseid meteor shower and although it happens for several days, it will peak around 3 a.m. Saturday. The meteor showers happen as the Earth makes its annual trip around the sun and encounters a particular trail of comet dust. Sally Oey is an associate professor of astronomy at the University of Michigan. She says as the Earth travels through this comet dust, little particles enter our Earths atmosphere and...