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11:36 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Ahead of stricter waivers, MI experts discuss vaccination trends

'The Modern American Vaccine Debate' author Mark Largent.
Credit http://jmc.msu.edu/

Before you register your kid in a public school, you have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against diseases like measles and whooping cough. But parents can get vaccination waivers for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, and an increasing number of Michigan parents are doing just that. Public health officials say that means preventable, but highly contagious, diseases are making a comeback.

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Health
11:06 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Better stroke outcomes goal of MSU research

Matthew Reeves
Credit http://www.epi.msu.edu/

The medical challenges associated with stroke have been in the news lately with hockey great Gordie Howe suffering both strong and mild strokes over the past few months. A new MSU study aims to improve the recovery of stroke victims.

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Health
12:14 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MI advocates work for "AIDS-free generation"

A Red AIDS awareness ribbon decorated the North Portico of the White House in honor of World AIDS Day last year.
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It’s been 30 years since scientists discovered HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. At the height of the American AIDS epidemic in the 1980's and early 1990's, an HIV positive diagnosis was essentially a death sentence. Today, advances in treatment have greatly improved outcomes for people living with HIV, but the pandemic is far from over. We still have around 800 new infections every year in Michigan alone.

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Health
12:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MSU researcher examines health impact of changing African diets

Dr. Dave Tschirley is part of a group of researchers at MSU with the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

From pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes to eggnog and Christmas cookies, the holiday season is filled with delicious food, but it isn’t exactly great for our waistlines. The holiday excess might already have you thinking about that New Year’s diet. Dr. Dave Tschirley thinks about diets all the time, but not for himself. He’s with the Food Security Group in MSU's Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. They’re studying how the diets of people in Africa are changing dramatically as the continent becomes more urbanized.

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Health
11:30 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Obamacare provision sheds light on payments to docs, hospitals

Dr. Kenneth Elmassian
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Important data recently shed light on the financial relationships between key members of Michigan’s medical community. Sunshine provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act require disclosure of the money paid to physicians and teaching  hospitals by drug and medical device manufacturers.

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Health
1:18 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Enroll America assists ACA signups

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Open enrollment for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act has begun again. Michiganders without health coverage can enroll in plans offered by 16 different insurance carriers. The enrollment period runs through February 15, but anyone wanting coverage by the beginning of the year needs to enroll by December 15.

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Health
11:50 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Local East Africans face unwarranted Ebola profiling

Yesterday, the last patient known to have Ebola in the United States was released from a New York City hospital. Dr. Craig Spencer was infected with the virus while working in Guinea with the group Doctors Without Borders. His case contrasts with that of Kacie Hickox, the nurse from Maine who recently fought legal efforts to have her movements restricted following a stint in West Africa treating ebola patients.

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Health
11:50 am
Fri October 24, 2014

MSU study links energy and cancer research

Christoph Benning
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You probably wouldn’t think there’s much overlap between the scientists studying biofuel and those studying cancer. But new research from a Michigan State University professor could have important implications for both fields.

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Health
11:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Local families, courts confront rise in heroin use

Wes (left) and Aaron Emerson of Mason. Aaron is a former heroin user who is back in school and writing.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Unintentional drug overdoses in Michigan have quadrupled in the past decade. Much of that has been driven by an increase in opiate usage, including heroin. Many addicts start out hooked on prescription medication, but move to heroin because it is cheaper and more readily available. The problem touches an untold number of victims and their families.  Earlier this week, area leaders gathered at Michigan State University to address the growing problem.

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Health
11:55 am
Thu October 23, 2014

MSU study links vitamin D deficiency and suicide

Dr. Lena Brundin
Credit http://neuroscience.msu.edu

An MSU researcher is part of a team that’s been looking at a possible link between Vitamin D deficiency and suicide attempts. The research was published this fall in the journal “Psychoneuroendocrinology.”

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Health
12:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Ingham health officer says county prepared for Ebola

Lansing area health officials say the region is prepared if the ebola virus comes to mid-Michigan.
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Lansing area leaders in health, government and transportation are taking what they call “comprehensive steps” to prepare for Ebola. Yesterday, officials representing the Ingham County Health Department, Sparrow and McLaren Health Systems, the city of Lansing and others briefed the media on what contingency plans they’ve been making.

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Health
11:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Patients, advocates raise awareness of rare blood cancers

Ann Brazeau, CEO of MPN Advocacy and Education International
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Myleoproliferative Neoplasms, or MPNs, are rare blood cancers that cause the body to produce too many blood cells. The symptoms often mimic other diseases, and people can go years without even realizing they have an MPN. But new diagnostic tools mean that the number of patients identified as having MPNs is increasing.

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Health
11:56 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The technology, medicine and ethics of the fast changing field of genetic counseling

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What if your family history was fraught with men who died of heart attacks at an early age? Would you want to know if you, too, could be susceptible to heart disease in your forties? If you’re a new parent, would you want to know if your newborn son will develop say, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a rare, always lethal condition that affects only boys?  The answers, should you want them, could be found with the help of a genetic counselor.

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Health
12:55 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Six months in, Lansing homeless clinic reduces ER visits

The clinic at 430 N. Larch in Lansing is jointly run by Sparrow Health Systems and Volunteers of America Michigan. Officials say since it opened in March, their on-site services have helped reduce the number of ambulance calls to the shelter.
Credit Courtesy - Volunteers of America Michigan

Back in March, we told you on this program about a new venture between Sparrow Health System and Volunteers of America Michigan. That project was the creation of a new medical clinic near downtown Lansing to meet the needs of the region’s homeless population.

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Health
12:31 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Intersex births pose medical, ethical challenges for families

Disorders of Sexual Development, or DSDs, are more prevalent than Down Syndrome.
Credit Flickr/Colm McMullan

“Is it a boy or a girl?” is usually one of the first questions out of a new parent’s mouth. But what happens when the answer is “We’re not quite sure?" A whole range of medical conditions fall under the term intersex, a diagnosis where a child’s sex is genetically or sometimes physically ambiguous.

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Health
11:58 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Breast cancer forges bond between Israeli from MI, Palestinian

Ruth Ebenstein
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What is sisterhood? One Michigan woman’s experience suggests the path to acquiring a loving sister can be unexpected and extraordinary. Ruth Ebenstein belongs to a diverse group of breast cancer survivors whose mission is to support women with the disease who live in conflict zones.

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Health
12:22 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Michigan's obesity problem: Balancing societal costs, individual choice

Michigan ranks 10th in the nation in obesity rate.
Credit Flickr/Paull Young

Michigan is bursting at the seams. We’re one of the most obese states in the nation, with nearly one third of Michiganders being classified as obese, and 65 percent who are considered overweight or obese. With all that extra fat comes substantial costs to society, from rising health care expenses to lost worker productivity to lower GPA's among youth.

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Health
12:17 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Questionable additive okay for toothpaste but not hand soap?

Triclosan has been taken out of many antibacterial soaps but continues to be used in products such as Colgate Total toothpaste.
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Starting in 2017, the state of Minnesota will ban the use of an antibacterial chemical in consumer products. Triclosan has been found in the waters and fish of the Great Lakes, and a number of health organizations in Canada are urging their government to ban the chemical as well.

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Health
1:27 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

UM researchers developing app for bipolar disorder

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In a world where there seems to be an app for anything and everything, smartphone technology may now be expanding into the realm of mental health treatment. A team of University of Michigan researchers is developing a smartphone app that would help people living with bipolar disorder.

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Health
12:15 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

U of M expert assesses Ebola risk

Wells says the possibility of an Ebola outbreak occurring in the United States is very small due to our health care system.
Credit Flickr - European Commission DG ECHO

An outbreak of Ebola in Africa has health officials worried. Since February, almost 900 people have died in four west African countries. Two medical workers infected with Ebola have been brought to the United States for treatment amid concerns that Ebola could break out in the U.S.

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Environment
1:01 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Algae blooms on Lake Erie could worsen

Schaefer says the algae forms from farm pollution runoff from farms near the Maumee River.
Credit Flickr - NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Residents of Toledo and northwest Ohio got the go-ahead to resume drinking city water yesterday. Since Saturday, more than 400,000 residents of the area had been warned not to consume or use the water after health officials determined unsafe levels of microcystin. The potentially deadly bacteria, which was likely created by an algae bloom in Maumee Bay on the west end of Lake Erie, can cause serious liver and nerve damage.

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Health
2:27 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

MI mental health services disrupted by medicaid expansion

Reinstein says no lawmakers attended the meeting on Monday.
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As enrollment in the state’s Healthy Michigan program continues, many of the state’s Community Mental Health officials have been sounding the alarm that they do not have sufficient funds to treat everyone who comes to them for help. In fact, there have already been scattered reports of people being cut off from state mental health services due to the shift in funding caused by the Medicaid expansion.

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Health
12:24 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

MSU study: Brand awareness linked to overweight kids

The study found a correlation between the amount of familiarity each child had with certain food brands and the child's BMI.
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A recent Michigan State University study indicates that the more familiar young children are with the brand names of less healthy foods, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese. The study is interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is how you get a bunch of 3 to 5 year olds to express themselves on ideas like brand identification.

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Health
11:48 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program

The Pay It Forward program aims to build the community by providing free dental services in exchange for community service.
Credit Courtesy - Care Free Dental Clinic

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 Care Free Dental Clinic’s new Pay It Forward program, which offers dental care in exchange for volunteer service in the community.

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Health
5:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice

Hunter says the voice is a key tool of the trade for 25 percent of the working population.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan State University

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.

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Politics & Government
12:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Schindler says the ruling may have some unanticipated consequences in the future.
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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control.

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Environment
11:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year

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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?

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Health
2:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow.
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Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.

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Health
11:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Classifying obesity as medical condition alters treatments, perceptions

Former Governor Tommy Thompson says that treating obesity as a disease can better treat patients and reduce healthcare costs.
Credit Flickr - Paola Kizette Cimenti

One year ago today, the American Medical Association made news when it said that obesity should be considered a ‘disease.’

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Health
1:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

World Health Organization concerned about LGBT invisibility

The new WHO study shows that a lack of health information about LGBT people in the Americas has led to a poor understanding of their health needs
Credit Flickr - Eric Wagner

The World Health Organization 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.

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