Health

Eclipse watchers photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

There were warnings before Monday’s solar eclipse not to look at the sun without special protective glasses, because of the potential for damage to the eye. Since yesterday, local eye care professionals have received some calls from people worried that they may have hurt their eyes by looking at the sun.

Dr. Amy Keenum photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

With school starting in many districts before Labor Day this year, parents are being reminded to update their kids’ vaccinations.


Dr. Jessica Heselschwerdt photo
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The Ingham County Health Department recently launched a campaign to spread Lyme disease prevention awareness. They urge the use of insect repellant, proper clothing while hiking, and checking yourself for ticks. But what can happen if you contract Lyme disease?


Sheriff Patrol Car
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A mid-Michigan sheriff has moved deputies out of a substation amid concerns that something at the building may be making people sick.

pills in hand
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State officials say overdose deaths jumped by 18 percent last year with the majority of cases involving opioid abuse.

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital opens its brand new cancer center more than twice the size of its current 28,000 square foot center.

 

 


Doctor's office
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A community college in southwestern Michigan is expanding its nursing and health education building in an attempt to combat a growing shortage of nurses that seems particularly acute in the area.

Joel Murr photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and the Ingham County Health Department is offering free, confidential tests.


Rick Snyder
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An apologetic Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was largely silent last year when criminal charges were brought against state officials over Flint’s man-made drinking water crisis, except to say some “bureaucrats” had failed residents and that he was focused on the city’s recovery.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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This week in our Marijuana in Michigan series, we’ve heard from veterans and others who say that medical marijuana has changed their lives. However, traditional medicine in not yet ready to embrace marijuana, as WKAR’s Scott Pohl found out when he talked with a local health official.


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With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees in Lansing, beating the heat was a goal for many people today.


Police Lights
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Part of a sheriff's department office in western Michigan has been evacuated after a detective became ill during testing of suspected narcotics.

Needle Exchange program
Urban Seed Education / Flickr

Lansing is moving forward on plans to bring a needle exchange program to the city.

Dr. Sonia Rana photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness behind cataracts, but it’s treatable with early detection. Researchers at Michigan State University are developing a device that could help doctors caring for glaucoma patients know when it’s time to act.


MSU sign
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

New research from Michigan State University suggests that people are skeptical of findings about health risks or new forms of medication—if the research was sponsored by a corporation.

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