Health http://wkar.org en Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-care-free-dental-clinics-pay-it-forward-program <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://www.carefreemedical.com/CareFree.html" target="_blank">Care Free Dental Clinic’s</a> new Pay It Forward program, which offers dental care in exchange for volunteer service in the community. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:25 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56422 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice http://wkar.org/post/talking-till-it-hurts-tips-how-protect-your-voice <p></p><p></p><p>Those of us who work in radio have a natural interest in their voices, but lots of people rely on their voices to make a living. A researcher at Michigan State University is looking into the factors that can damage our voices, and how to avoid them. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:24:49 +0000 Scott Pohl 56363 at http://wkar.org Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling http://wkar.org/post/cooley-law-professor-breaks-down-hobby-lobby-ruling <p><a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/" target="_blank">The Supreme Court of the United States</a> ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:18:18 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 56044 at http://wkar.org Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year http://wkar.org/post/expert-michigan-mosquitoes-3x-normal-numbers-year <p>If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55990 at http://wkar.org Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day http://wkar.org/post/awareness-prevention-highlight-national-hiv-testing-day <p></p><p>Today is <a href="http://hivtest.cdc.gov/press_files/" target="_blank">National HIV Testing Day</a>. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for <a href="http://www.prep4itnow.com/" target="_blank">free HIV tests</a>, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:27:55 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 55887 at http://wkar.org Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day Classifying obesity as medical condition alters treatments, perceptions http://wkar.org/post/classifying-obesity-medical-condition-alters-treatments-perceptions <p></p><p></p><p style="margin:0px;font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria">One year ago today, the <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org/ama">American Medical Association</a> made news when it said that obesity should be considered a ‘disease.’ Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:36:31 +0000 Mark Bashore 55386 at http://wkar.org Classifying obesity as medical condition alters treatments, perceptions World Health Organization concerned about LGBT invisibility http://wkar.org/post/world-health-organization-concerned-about-lgbt-invisibility <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.paho.org/HQ/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=9591:lgbt-health-problems-are-invisible-says-pahowho-&amp;Itemid=1926&amp;lang=en" target="_blank">The World Health Organization </a>and Pan-American Health Organization recently expressed concern about the lack of knowledge of the health problems of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Many people in these groups are essentially “invisible” to the healthcare community for a variety of reasons including the fear of negative consequences if they are honest with their health providers about their status. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:07:26 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55333 at http://wkar.org World Health Organization concerned about LGBT invisibility Teaching first aid for mental health http://wkar.org/post/teaching-first-aid-mental-health <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:08:35 +0000 Kevin Lavery 54481 at http://wkar.org Teaching first aid for mental health Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story http://wkar.org/post/living-severe-mental-illness-one-lansing-womans-story <p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to commemorate<em>, Current State’s</em> Joe Linstroth speaks with longtime Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright about what it’s like to live with a severe and persistent mental illness. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:30:53 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54421 at http://wkar.org Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions http://wkar.org/post/michigan-providers-address-costly-hospital-readmissions <p></p><p></p><p>Nationwide, a significant number of people who leave the hospital return within days or weeks for another stay. The reasons for this are varied. A conference taking place Wednesday at Michigan State University seeks to address how to implement better transitions between health care settings</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 17:26:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 54299 at http://wkar.org Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions 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 researchers pick up pieces of children study http://wkar.org/post/michigan-researchers-pick-pieces-children-study <p></p><p></p><p>In 2011, Michigan State University embarked on a national project to study the impact of the environment on the health of children from birth to age 21. The <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23574419" target="_blank">National Children’s Study</a> was designed to be the largest such research of its kind. MSU was part of a statewide team which interviewed more than 100 pregnant women in Wayne County. They were in search of data that might determine their children’s long term health outcomes. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:13:39 +0000 Kevin Lavery 53608 at http://wkar.org Michigan researchers pick up pieces of children study MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report http://wkar.org/post/msu-counselor-encouraged-white-house-campus-sexual-assault-report <p></p><p></p><p>“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” That’s the opening statement in a 20-page <a href="http://m.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf" target="_blank">report</a> released by the White House last week to address the epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education also revealed the names of the 55 colleges and universities that the agency is investigating for how they handle sexual assault complaints. As we know, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University were on that list. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:48:06 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53368 at http://wkar.org MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report American kids get near failing grade in physical activity study http://wkar.org/post/american-kids-get-near-failing-grade-physical-activity-study <p></p><p></p><p>The first ever United States <a href="http://www.physicalactivityplan.org/reportcard/NationalReportCard_shortform_final%20for%20web.pdf" target="_blank">Report Card on Physical Activity for Children</a> and youth was released last week. With a grade of D- for overall physical activity there is plenty of room for improvement. The report also focuses on the behavioral and environmental&nbsp; influences which shape a child's physical activity habits. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:40:41 +0000 Emanuele Berry 53367 at http://wkar.org American kids get near failing grade in physical activity study Are you running correctly? http://wkar.org/post/are-you-running-correctly <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s not that often that individuals from the Lansing area can claim to have had an impact around the world.&nbsp; Curt Munson and John Benedict are members of that fraternity. Thanks to them, runners everywhere have been able to prevent injuries. Tue, 06 May 2014 17:26:36 +0000 Mark Bashore 53274 at http://wkar.org Are you running correctly? 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 Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness http://wkar.org/post/breaking-stigma-training-imams-identify-mental-illness <p></p><p></p><p>Later this week in Dearborn, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and religious leaders from around the world will gather for the <a href="http://psychiatry.msu.edu/_files/docs/save-the-date-MMH-conference-2014.pdf" target="_blank">Sixth Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference</a>. According <a href="http://psychiatry.msu.edu/staff/abbasi.html" target="_blank">Dr. Farha Abbasi</a>, an MSU assistant professor of psychiatry and a founder of the conference, this is one of the very few of its kind in the world, if not the only one. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:05:51 +0000 Joe Linstroth 52568 at http://wkar.org Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness Autism's mysterious, complex past http://wkar.org/post/autisms-mysterious-complex-past <p></p><p></p><p>April is <a href="http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/">Autism Awareness Month</a>. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:40 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 52499 at http://wkar.org Autism's mysterious, complex past MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world http://wkar.org/post/msu-students-work-make-clean-water-more-accessible-developing-world <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Earlier this year, <em>Current State </em>welcomed John Barrie from the <a href="http://apptechdesign.org/">Appropriate Technology Collaborative</a> to Studio S. He explained that the collaborative &nbsp;creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> This year, a team of <a href="https://www.egr.msu.edu/">Michigan State Engineering</a> students worked to build a </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Georgia;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">water purification system for low income countries. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 52384 at http://wkar.org MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world 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 Are you born with the glass half full? http://wkar.org/post/are-you-born-glass-half-full <p></p><p>Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:42:44 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 52262 at http://wkar.org Are you born with the glass half full? Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area http://wkar.org/post/events-advocates-raise-awareness-about-sexual-assault-lansing-area <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4e16cd92-6630-d0d3-49de-ccc96dcde347" 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;">It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a number of events have been happening across the MSU campus and in the Lansing area to bring attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence. Today, in particular, there are numerous events planned as part of <a href="https://www.takebackthenight.org/">Take Back the Night,</a> <span id="docs-internal-guid-4e16cd92-6634-58be-42b3-41902f3eaced" 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;">including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps</span>. <em>Current State's</em> Joe Linstroth <span id="docs-internal-guid-4e16cd92-6632-4b2d-e320-b8fb09517f57" 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;">spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.</span> </span> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:02:29 +0000 Joe Linstroth 52209 at http://wkar.org Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area New initiative aims to put more local food in hospitals, schools http://wkar.org/post/new-initiative-aims-put-more-local-food-hospitals-schools <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3b67e91e-417a-0021-436b-5ece1c936562" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Michigan has long been proud of its diverse agricultural profile. Many growers are active in the “buy local” movement through farmers’ markets and food hubs. Now, MSU and the Ann Arbor-based <a href="http://www.ecocenter.org/">Ecology Center</a> are launching the Michigan Food to Institution Network. </span> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:54:16 +0000 Kevin Lavery 51848 at http://wkar.org New initiative aims to put more local food in hospitals, schools Neighbors in Action: Michigan Minority Health Coalition http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-michigan-minority-health-coalition <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1e41197f-229b-0b6a-e000-202b4c9c640b" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Today in our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place, we feature the <a href="http://www.michiganmhc.com/Pages/default.aspx">Michigan Minority Health Coalition</a>. It’s a statewide organization that works to improve the health of Michigan’s ethnic and racial minority populations.</span> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:36:47 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51576 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Michigan Minority Health Coalition E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers http://wkar.org/post/e-cigarettes-present-new-options-problems-lawmakers-smokers <p></p><p>One of the issues being considered at the<a href="http://mi.gov/"> state capitol </a>in recent weeks is the regulation of e-cigarettes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat up a liquified nicotine solution. That produces a vapor rather than the smoke from tobacco cigarettes. Users call this “vaping” as opposed to smoking.</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:59:36 +0000 Scott Pohl 51457 at http://wkar.org E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers Healthy Michigan Plan begins enrolling low income residents next week http://wkar.org/post/healthy-michigan-plan-begins-enrolling-low-income-residents-next-week <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Two notable developments related to health insurance take place in just a few days. M</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;"><u>onday </u></span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">is the last day for Americans to sign up for coverage on <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">healthcare.gov</a> </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">without incurring a penalty</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> on their federal taxes next year.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Healthcare.gov is the federal website functioning as an insurance exchange for 36 states, </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">including Michigan</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> The </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">next </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">day, April 1st, is the first day close to a half-million </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:underline;vertical-align:baseline;">low-income</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Michigan residents can enroll for coverage offered by the ‘<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/healthymichigan">Healthy Michigan</a>’ plan. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:18:47 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51351 at http://wkar.org Healthy Michigan Plan begins enrolling low income residents next week