Health

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The crisis of lead getting into Flint’s water supply is the focus of a new book by freelance reporter Anna Clark. It’s called “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.”


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The explosion of opioid overdoses and deaths in America and in Michigan has been well documented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 2,300 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2016, an increase of almost 20-percent over the previous year.

At a recent conference in Lansing, experts discussed the role internet technology could play in fighting the spread of opioid use.


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Many people who have had shingles say it’s the greatest pain they’ve ever endured. About a million people get shingles every year. Since it was licensed in 2006, the vaccine Zostavax has been recommended to older Americans to prevent shingles. Late last year, doctors began to recommend a new vaccine they think will be more effective than Zostavax. It's called Shingrix.


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State and Kent County health officials are asking people not to eat fish from some western Michigan ponds due to elevated levels of industrial chemical contaminants.

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, uncovered the extent of the problems caused by lead in the city’s water supply. It’s become one of the most serious environmental challenges in recent memory.

Now, she’s written a book about the crisis.


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Health officials are recommending that some people living near a Michigan factory get tested for lead exposure.

Our entire show is focused on Michigan Technology – changing the way we drive, we live and our health. 

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Four months ago, Michigan State University announced a restructuring of health services on campus. The changes came in the wake of the sex crimes committed by Larry Nassar. Those changes have had ramifications with regard to mental health services available to MSU students.


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The Ionia County Health Department confirmed several people are being treated for rabies after handling a rabid bat.


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Medical experts in Michigan say reducing the stigma of HIV is key to stopping the spread of the disease.


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A health advisory has been issued after more than 8,000 gallons (30,283 liters) of raw sewage spilled into northern Michigan wetlands that are connected to Grand Traverse Bay.

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In recent years, an alternative to smoking has spread across America. E-cigarettes are promoted as a way to reduce or eliminate the nicotine intake associated with smoking. The health effects of vaping are being debated, and opponents say e-cigarettes are attracting our youth to smoking.


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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday. The Michigan State Police will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration to accept drugs at 30 posts around Michigan.


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April is Donate Life Month, and today is Donate Life Day, with a push to encourage organ donations. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says that since she began having staff and branch offices ask people to consider signing up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, the number of adults on the registry has more than doubled.


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High blood pressure can be a killer, and millions of people don’t know they have it. Knowing that you have hypertension and treating it with lifestyle changes and-or medication can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that they hope will one day make it easier to monitor blood pressure.


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