Health

Jeff Breslin photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Sparrow Health System has moved its inpatient substance abuse unit from St. Lawrence Hospital to its main campus on Michigan Avenue. We speak with Jeff Breslin, president of the union representing Sparrow nurses, to find out why this change concerns them and why they filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sparrow.


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Flickr/surroundsound5000

Americans are again enrolling in health insurance plans under Obamacare. We learn what’s new, what’s changed and what challenges are ahead for the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Michigan from Marianne Udow-Phillips of Ann Arbor’s Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation.


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Daniel Lobo / flickr creative commons

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But it’s also one of only eight countries that’s seen the number of women dying in childbirth increasing. It’s the only industrialized country on that list, which includes Afghanistan and South Sudan. A new initiative in Michigan is trying to change that.


Dr. Jack Kevorkian photo
Wikimedia Commons

In October, California became the fifth state to pass a death with dignity law, allowing for terminally ill people to obtain physician assisted suicides. The right to die movement, though, got its start much closer to home. It’s most visible and controversial advocate, Jack Kevorkian, went to the University of Michigan’s medical school and performed over 100 physician assisted suicides in the state. We talk to Mike Morganroth, an attorney and long time friend of Jack Kevorkian about his legacy and the impact he had on today’s debate over right to die legislation.


Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

On this Veterans Day, we visit a brain injury clinic in mid-Michigan that offers assisted living services to veterans with traumatic brain injuries.


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