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5:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Study: Many young assault victims have illegal guns and they're not afraid to use them

A study of young assault victims in Michigan finds many are at high risk for gun possession and aggression.

The University of Michigan Injury Center conducted a survey of young people treated for assault injuries at an emergency department in Flint.

Gun violence kills more teens and young adults than anything except auto accidents, according to the report.

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Health
3:56 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

New study finds young men at greater risk of dying from melanoma

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A new study finds young men are at a greater risk of dying from melanoma than young women.

But a University of Michigan expert worries some people will take the wrong message from the study.

Melanoma is one of the most serious forms of skin cancer.

Researchers say their study shows young men were 55% more likely to die from melanoma than young women. The study appears in the journal Dermatology.

Michael Sabel is in U of M’s surgical oncology division. He was not involved in with the study.

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Health
5:14 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Health officials confirm norovirus at 'Tough Mudder' event

State officials say participants and spectators at an endurance event last weekend at Michigan International Speedway were exposed to Norovirus.

The Michigan Department of Community health says the outbreak at the "Tough Mudder" contest has been confirmed.

A spokeswoman says more than 200 reports of gastrointestinal symptoms were reported since July 1.

She says in most people, the illness lasts for one to two days and includes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Swim, have fun ... but remember safety rules

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Every year there are news stories about the dangers of swimming, yet people drop their guard and accidents happen.

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Stateside
4:43 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Census data show men catching up to women in number and longevity

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An interview with Kurt Metzger, the director of Data Driven Detroit.

Women of Michigan, something's going on.

Somehow, the "men's team" is gaining ground on the "women's team." Census results show a surprising trend: the state's male population is growing... and men are living longer.

Our go-to guy when it comes to crunching Census data is Kurt Metzger. He's the director of Data Driven Detroit and he joined us today to discuss the new statistics.

Listen to the full interview above.

Health
5:48 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ford pilot program to help unhealthiest workers

Chronic illnesses take a huge toll, both on the patient suffering from them, and on the overall health care system in the form of much higher health care costs.

Ford Motor Company says 61% of its health care costs are from employees who suffer from at least one, but often multiple, chronic illnesses. Those include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and asthma.

The company hopes to reduce those costs, while improving the quality of life for the people burdened by chronic illness.

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Health
2:53 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Despite law, meth still prevalent in southwest Michigan

A bill that limited purchasing of pseudoephedrine hasn't curbed methamphetamine consumption or production in Michigan.
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Did a law aimed at reducing methamphetamine use in Michigan produce results?

In 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that curbed the amount of pseudoephedrine Michiganders can buy. An active ingredient in some cold and allergy medications, pseudoephedrine is also a critical component to meth production.

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Health
11:41 am
Mon June 24, 2013

No more halal 'Chicken McNuggets' in Dearborn

Chicken McNuggets
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According to Islamic law, food must be prepared within the criteria of “halal.” Primarily, this refers to the way that meat is killed and prepared.  

There were only two McDonald’s restaurants in the United States that offered halal products and both were in east Dearborn.

But the two branches were accused in 2011 of selling non-halal products that were advertised as halal and a lawsuit ensued.

The case was settled this past April.

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Health
6:00 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Drug shortages are affecting children in the NICU

NICUs across the country are or have experienced medicine shortages ranging from drugs used to resuscitate a newborn to drugs that provide nutrition.
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Our State of Opportunity project focuses on kids and what it will take to get them ahead. At the most basic level, that means ensuring children are healthy. But as Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra reports, nationwide drug shortages could threaten even that most basic task.

We called every neonatal intensive care unit in Michigan, and all but one got back us. Each one has experienced or is experiencing a wide variety of drug shortages in the NICU.

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Stateside
5:02 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

New project helps visually impaired individuals through birdsong

The Kirtland's warbler primarily nests in just a few counties in Michigan. The bird's population has been steadily increasing over the last 30 years in Michigan due to intense management practices.
USFWS Midwest

And interview with Donna Posont, the director of Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind.

Helping blind children and adults connect with nature: that's Donna Posont’s mission.

She's the director of a group called Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind and one of their projects is called Michigan Birdbrains. The project involves teaching blind individuals how to identify birdcalls, and then taking them out on nature walks to find the birds. Not only does this help participants gain confidence, but it also promotes environmental consciousness. 

Donna Posont joined us today to discuss the project further.

Listen to the full interview above.

Health
5:21 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

61 percent don't know if they are a danger to their babies

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It might be embarrassing, but expecting mothers: it is ok to tell friends and family to be vaccinated before they see your baby.

Pertussis, or Whooping Cough as it is more commonly known, is at the highest level of outbreak in the past 50 years. Ann Arbor specifically, reports a high level of the disease in their schools.

So, why does this put your newborn in danger?

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Health
3:02 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Don't be a slouch: You'll hurt yourself

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Remember how your mother told you to "sit up straight?"

Well, she wasn't picking on you. She was right.

Medical experts say poor posture can be hazardous to your health -- and to business.

Two-thirds of people who work at desk jobs suffer from neck, shoulder and back pain, says Lisa DeStefano, who chairs Michigan State University's Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

That pain leads to about $3 billion loss in worker productivity every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"We need to line our head and trunk up over our pelvis," DeStefano advises. "It will help decrease the amount of strain on our neck and shoulder muscles."

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Health
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Agritherapy plants the seeds of healing

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and the Eisenhower Center's new accessible hoop house for rehabilitation patients.
Rina Miller Michigan Radio

There’s a new kind of healing happening at a Michigan hospital. The prescription includes seeds, soil, sun, and water.  

It’s a hot, humid day, but there’s a nice breeze blowing through a hoop house at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital. That’s a greenhouse that can be used almost all year long.

It’s like walking into an oasis.

There’s a waterfall that flows into a small pond where a few koi live. 

The smell of rich, earthy compost fills the air. There are wooden planters that can be raised and lowered and another planter that turns like a Ferris wheel.

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Health
3:13 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

When you can't afford to go to the emergency room: Michigan families and Medicaid

Jen and Todd Nagle can't afford the ER right now. But they and 470,000 would get covereage if Medicaid expands.
Kate Wells Michigan Radio

Hear the full story above.

For a lot of uninsured families in Michigan, this is a big week.

Lawmakers in Lansing are sloooowly moving ahead with expanding the state’s Medicaid program.

That would give another 470,000 Michiganders coverage.

So who exactly are we talking about here?

The morning I meet Jen and Todd Nagle, we have no clue the day will end with Todd being rushed to the doctor for chest pains.

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Health
2:11 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

New bill makes supporting Lou Gehrig's disease research as easy as checking a box

Stem cell researchers.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Michigan taxpayers may soon be able to support Alzheimer’s and ALS research with just a flick of a pen.

Last week, the Michigan House passed a bill that would create a checkoff form supporting unpaid caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, as well research and care for patients with ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

By checking a box on their income tax form, Michigan residents could choose to give to the ALS of Michigan Fund, with money heading to research, patient services, and ALS clinics around the state.

The bill is expected to pass today in the state Senate.

But the provision supporting ALS research might raise some eyebrows, especially in light of Michigan’s contentious history with stem cell research.

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Health
1:02 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Eight overdose from heroin in Washtenaw County

Heroin use has increased in Michigan.

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.

Sergeant Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says heroin use in Michigan is increasing.

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Health
1:18 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Michigan residents could lose insurance

Up to half a million Michigan residents could lose their insurance if Medicaid is not expanded.

Up to half a million Michigan residents could lose their health insurance if the legislature fails to expand Medicaid.

Low-income Michiganders covered by local health plans could lose their coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. The law was written with the assumption states would accept federal funds to expand Medicaid.

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Health
12:28 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Dentists to treat hundreds of poor Michiganders at a 2 day event beginning today

Volunteer dental professionals helping a patient at the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy event
Anglin Public Relations

Up to two thousand people will receive free dental care during a two day event in Saginaw.

Today and tomorrow, more than 300 dentists and volunteers will be treating poor Michiganders in need of dental care at Saginaw Valley State University’s Ryder Center.

Patients will receive fillings, extractions, cleanings and other procedures during the two day event.   

Steven Harris is the chairperson of the event. He says the ‘Mission of Mercy’ event is not only intended to provide much needed dental care, but also to dramatize the need for more state funding.

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Health
5:40 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders

Medical diagnostic equipment
Credit Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

  More than a dozen insurance companies want to be part of a health care exchange that provides coverage to Michiganders under the new federal health care law.

Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, McLaren, United Healthcare and ten other insurance companies have applied to be part of the new health care exchange.

Beginning in October, Michiganders will be able to use a federally run exchange to compare the health care plans.  It’s all part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," which takes effect in 2014.

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Health
1:22 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Confused by the Affordable Care Act? 3 things every Michigander should know about healthcare

A flow cart explaining how the exchanges will work.

It’s coming.

In just six months, the Affordable Care Act will be going into full-effect. While many changes are already in place, 2014’s the big year for the law — it’s the year when all citizens are required to get insured.

But what if you already have insurance? How will you know what subsidies you’re eligible for? And where do we find these subsidies?

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