Health

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Courtesy Image / Michigan Secretary of State

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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WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

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.


Anand Chandrasekhar and Ramakrishna Mukkamala photo with blood pressure cell phone app
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

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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The fiscal health of each public school in Michigan now can be viewed on a new website.

Beauchamp, Rasch, Engler and Youatt photo
Jim Peck / MSU Photography

Interim Michigan State University President John Engler has announced a restructuring of health services on campus in the wake of the crimes committed by former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.


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Michigan officials say a resident of the Upper Peninsula is the first child in the state to die from the flu this season.

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This has been a particularly bad influenza season, starting early especially in the South and West Coast in the U.S. This follows a severe season in Australia during our summer.

 

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After asking about their course of treatment and how likely it is that it will succeed, many cancer patients have another question: will I lose my hair? Sparrow Hospital has begun using a new process that aims to prevent the hair loss that often accompanies chemotherapy.


Dr. Lisa DeStefano photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

With the explosion of opioid addiction in America, doctors and patients are looking for ways to avoid using the painkillers. For some, manipulative therapy could be a way out.


HIV test photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

To mark World AIDS Day, several members of the Lansing city council are publicly being tested for HIV today.

Rob Zondervan and the Clean Case Mobile Device Cover photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Cell phones are dirty things. According to some media reports, they’re dirtier than toilet seats. Not something you want in an operating room, that’s for sure.


Current Sports | November 8, 2017

Nov 8, 2017
Doctor's Office
Flickr - Susan

College Football Rankings; Michigan State Football; College Football Playoffs; Matt Marks; No Shave November; Men's Prostate Cancer Awareness.


Thomas O'Connell photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the medical community hopes to continue to improve early detection, treatments and survival rates.


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Andres Rueda / flickr/Creative Commons

The Ingham County Health Department has inoculated staff and clientele of two local homeless shelters for Hepatitis A. That’s following three cases of Hepatitis A, including one death, in the county.

Moms with babies in front of the state Capitol photo
Steve Barosko / Courtesy Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released a plan to boost breastfeeding rates in the state. Breastfeeding decreases infant mortality rates and reduces ailments like diabetes, leukemia, allergies, asthma, ear infections and obesity. Mothers who nurse tend to experience less post-partum depression, breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.


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