medicine http://wkar.org en Physician examines doctor-patient communication http://wkar.org/post/physician-examines-doctor-patient-communication <p>Now that the Affordable Care Act has more or less settled into place, people may be in the position of choosing new doctors for themselves. A recent book by <a href="http://www.drleanawen.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Leana Wen</a> looks at ways to improve communication between doctors and patients. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:53:54 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53961 at http://wkar.org Physician examines doctor-patient communication MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs http://wkar.org/post/msu-physician-discusses-risk-ibuprofen-and-related-drugs <p></p><p></p><p>Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used over the counter pain medications in the United States. Most consumers know it under such brands as Advil and Motrin. The labeling on these products purport to treat a variety of pains, from headaches to arthritis to the common cold. A growing body of research in the last few years suggests those labels should contain stronger warnings. Wed, 14 May 2014 15:26:47 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 53670 at http://wkar.org MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs EL health forum explores cost containment http://wkar.org/post/el-health-forum-explores-cost-containment <p></p><p></p><p>In the era of Obamacare, we often hear of healthcare delivery. That refers to the various ways patients are served by health professionals. For example, there are primary care from a general practitioner, secondary care at a hospital, and urgent care. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:15:17 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 53611 at http://wkar.org EL health forum explores cost containment Michigan ACA enrollees top quarter million mark http://wkar.org/post/michigan-aca-enrollees-top-quarter-million-mark <p></p><p></p><p>Late last week, the latest numbers for Michigan were released for the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, which ended on March 31st.&nbsp; It turns out more than 272,000 people signed up for one of the plans available on the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/" target="_blank">healthcare.gov</a> website. Of those, 29 percent were from the coveted 18-34 age group and 87 percent were eligible for financial assistance. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:30:15 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53206 at http://wkar.org Michigan ACA enrollees top quarter million mark MSU pushes potential Parkinson's drug to clinical trial http://wkar.org/post/msu-pushes-potential-parkinsons-drug-clinical-trial <p></p><p></p><p>Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s cost the U-S billions of dollars each year. Last year, a <a href="http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2013/04/nih-supported-study-finds-us-dementia-care-costs-high-215-billion-2010" target="_blank">study</a> supported by the National Institutes of Health found that in 2010, the cost of treating Alzheimer’s alone neared $215-billion. Mon, 05 May 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53203 at http://wkar.org MSU pushes potential Parkinson's drug to clinical trial Bionic eye helps Michigan man see again http://wkar.org/post/bionic-eye-helps-michigan-man-see-again <p></p><p></p><p>Restoring sight to the blind and visually impaired has long been thought of as more in the realm of science fiction than actual science. But Roger Pontz of Reed City, Michigan would beg to differ. Diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease as a teenager, Pontz was almost completely blind until last January, when he became just the fourth person in the United States to have a device called the Argus II implanted. Thu, 01 May 2014 17:38:33 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53045 at http://wkar.org Bionic eye helps Michigan man see again MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine http://wkar.org/post/msu-continues-leadership-role-osteopathic-medicine <p></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded <a href="http://com.msu.edu/">Osteopathic Medical School </a>in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.</span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:02:18 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 52316 at http://wkar.org MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine MSU scientist considers perils of a post-antibiotic world http://wkar.org/post/msu-scientist-considers-perils-post-antibiotic-world <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/">U. S. Centers for Disease Control</a> has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/">report</a> is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:27:29 +0000 Current State 48046 at http://wkar.org MSU scientist considers perils of a post-antibiotic world Project aims to break the stigma surrounding STDs http://wkar.org/post/project-aims-break-stigma-surrounding-stds <p>Jenelle Marie says the subject of sexual health remains&nbsp; shrouded in stigmatized myths. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:27:31 +0000 Current State 42737 at http://wkar.org Project aims to break the stigma surrounding STDs How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers? http://wkar.org/post/how-will-affordable-care-act-affect-michigans-medical-providers <p>The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is well underway across the USA.</p><p></p><p>In Michigan, debate continues over expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands more people. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:08:23 +0000 Current State 40475 at http://wkar.org How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers? Sparrow joins Mayo Clinic Care Network http://wkar.org/post/sparrow-joins-mayo-clinic-care-network <p>Sparrow Health System in Lansing is joining forces with one of the nation&rsquo;s most renowned names in health care.&nbsp;</p><p>Sparrow Health System is the first in Michigan to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.&nbsp; The alliance will give Sparrow caregivers and patients direct access to Mayo&rsquo;s research and expertise.&nbsp; Sparrow joins four other U.S. health providers in the Mayo network.&nbsp;</p><p>Sparrow CEO Dennis Swan says his organization and the Mayo Clinic share core values.</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:30:33 +0000 Kevin Lavery 18660 at http://wkar.org Sparrow joins Mayo Clinic Care Network Sparrow, MSU to consolidate pediatric specialty care http://wkar.org/post/sparrow-msu-consolidate-pediatric-specialty-care <p>Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University are planning to consolidate most of their pediatric outpatient services in a single location.&nbsp; Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:26:28 +0000 Kevin Lavery 15509 at http://wkar.org Sparrow, MSU to consolidate pediatric specialty care