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1:08 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Teaching first aid for mental health

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For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing.

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Health
2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story

Despite her severe mental illness, Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright has a part-time job, owns a home, and has been married for 20 years.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to commemorate, Current State’s Joe Linstroth speaks with longtime Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright about what it’s like to live with a severe and persistent mental illness.

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Health
1:26 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions

Moving from an authoritarian to a collaborative model of healthcare is one of the many issues being discussed at the 2014 Care Transitions Statewide Summit.
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Nationwide, a significant number of people who leave the hospital return within days or weeks for another stay. The reasons for this are varied. A conference taking place Wednesday at Michigan State University seeks to address how to implement better transitions between health care settings

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Health
12:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Physician examines doctor-patient communication

Improving doctor-patient communication is the subject of Dr. Leana Wen's book 'When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests'.
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Now that the Affordable Care Act has more or less settled into place, people may be in the position of choosing new doctors for themselves. A recent book by Dr. Leana Wen looks at ways to improve communication between doctors and patients.

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Health
11:26 am
Wed May 14, 2014

MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs

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Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used over the counter pain medications in the United States. Most consumers know it under such brands as Advil and Motrin. The labeling on these products purport to treat a variety of pains, from headaches to arthritis to the common cold. A growing body of research in the last few years suggests those labels should contain stronger warnings.

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Health
11:15 am
Tue May 13, 2014

EL health forum explores cost containment

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In the era of Obamacare, we often hear of healthcare delivery. That refers to the various ways patients are served by health professionals. For example, there are primary care from a general practitioner, secondary care at a hospital, and urgent care.

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Health
11:13 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Michigan researchers pick up pieces of children study

Dr. Paneth says infant mortality has declined, but not because we know more about its causes; we've gotten better at treatment.
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In 2011, Michigan State University embarked on a national project to study the impact of the environment on the health of children from birth to age 21. The National Children’s Study was designed to be the largest such research of its kind. MSU was part of a statewide team which interviewed more than 100 pregnant women in Wayne County. They were in search of data that might determine their children’s long term health outcomes.

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Health
12:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report

Shari Murgittroyd says it's clear that national advocates and the White House care about the needs of campus sexual assault victims.
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“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” That’s the opening statement in a 20-page report released by the White House last week to address the epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education also revealed the names of the 55 colleges and universities that the agency is investigating for how they handle sexual assault complaints. As we know, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University were on that list.

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Health
12:40 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

American kids get near failing grade in physical activity study

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The first ever United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and youth was released last week. With a grade of D- for overall physical activity there is plenty of room for improvement. The report also focuses on the behavioral and environmental  influences which shape a child's physical activity habits.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:26 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Are you running correctly?

John Benedict says Curt Munson got him back into running following an injury, and was pain free within two weeks.
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It’s not that often that individuals from the Lansing area can claim to have had an impact around the world.  Curt Munson and John Benedict are members of that fraternity. Thanks to them, runners everywhere have been able to prevent injuries.

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Health
11:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Michigan ACA enrollees top quarter million mark

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Late last week, the latest numbers for Michigan were released for the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, which ended on March 31st.  It turns out more than 272,000 people signed up for one of the plans available on the healthcare.gov website. Of those, 29 percent were from the coveted 18-34 age group and 87 percent were eligible for financial assistance.

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Health
11:25 am
Mon May 5, 2014

MSU pushes potential Parkinson's drug to clinical trial

MSU physicist Lisa Lapidus (right) and graduate student Srabasti Acharya are part of a team researching the effects of laser radiation on a specific protein molecule. The molecule CLR-01 shows promise as a viable drug in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Huntington's and ALS.
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Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s cost the U-S billions of dollars each year. Last year, a study supported by the National Institutes of Health found that in 2010, the cost of treating Alzheimer’s alone neared $215-billion.

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Science
1:38 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Bionic eye helps Michigan man see again

The Argus II uses electical stimulation of the retina to reproduce an image that is captured by a video camera.
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Restoring sight to the blind and visually impaired has long been thought of as more in the realm of science fiction than actual science. But Roger Pontz of Reed City, Michigan would beg to differ. Diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease as a teenager, Pontz was almost completely blind until last January, when he became just the fourth person in the United States to have a device called the Argus II implanted.

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Health
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Breaking the stigma: Training imams to identify mental illness

The Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Later this week in Dearborn, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and religious leaders from around the world will gather for the Sixth Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. According Dr. Farha Abbasi, an MSU assistant professor of psychiatry and a founder of the conference, this is one of the very few of its kind in the world, if not the only one.

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Health
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Autism's mysterious, complex past

Dr. Jeffrey Baker says autism appeared on the medical scene in 1943.
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April is Autism Awareness Month. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments. 

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

MSU students work to make clean water more accessible in developing world

MSU Engineering students (L to R) Grant Golasa, Scott Oldham, and Shenli Pei with their recently developed water purification device. The mechanism includes a small, battery powered mercury bulb and switch. Its light neutralizes impurities.
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Earlier this year, Current State welcomed John Barrie from the Appropriate Technology Collaborative to Studio S. He explained that the collaborative  creates new technologies to improve the quality of life in developing countries worldwide. The organization also collaborates with universities. This year, a team of Michigan State Engineering students worked to build a water purification system for low income countries.

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Health
1:02 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MSU continues leadership role in osteopathic medicine

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine expects to play a key role in addressing Michigan’s physician shortage, which is expected to rise to at least four to five thousand physicians by the year 2020.
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Michigan State University is home to the nation’s first publicly-funded Osteopathic Medical School in the country. MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is also the top-ranked school of its kind in the nation.

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Health
11:42 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Are you born with the glass half full?

MSU psychology professor Jason Moser's new study found that there were big differences in brain activity between positive and negative thinkers.
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Do you tend to see the glass half full or half empty? A new study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology is the first to show that brain activity is actually different between positive and negative thinkers, so just telling someone to try and see the glass as half-full isn’t going to help them do it.

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Health
1:02 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area

Take Back the Night is a daylong series of events that aims to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
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It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a number of events have been happening across the MSU campus and in the Lansing area to bring attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence. Today, in particular, there are numerous events planned as part of Take Back the Night, including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps. Current State's Joe Linstroth spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.

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Health
12:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New initiative aims to put more local food in hospitals, schools

The founders of the Food to Institution Network are trying to get more locally sourced food into the cafeterias of large entities like school districts, hospitals, and universities.
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Michigan has long been proud of its diverse agricultural profile. Many growers are active in the “buy local” movement through farmers’ markets and food hubs. Now, MSU and the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center are launching the Michigan Food to Institution Network.

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Health
12:36 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Michigan Minority Health Coalition

Dr. Othelia Washington Pryor explains that in almost every category, the health outcomes for people of color are worse than whites, including infant mortality rates and diabetes.
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Today in our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place, we feature the Michigan Minority Health Coalition. It’s a statewide organization that works to improve the health of Michigan’s ethnic and racial minority populations.

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Politics & Government
11:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

E-cigarettes present new options, problems for lawmakers, smokers

E-cigarettes are gaining popularity among smokers.
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One of the issues being considered at the state capitol in recent weeks is the regulation of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat up a liquified nicotine solution. That produces a vapor rather than the smoke from tobacco cigarettes. Users call this “vaping” as opposed to smoking.

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Health
12:18 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Healthy Michigan Plan begins enrolling low income residents next week

Healthy Michigan is expected to enroll 322,000 people by the end of 2014, and over 500,000 by the end of 2016.
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Two notable developments related to health insurance take place in just a few days. Monday is the last day for Americans to sign up for coverage on healthcare.gov without incurring a penalty on their federal taxes next year. Healthcare.gov is the federal website functioning as an insurance exchange for 36 states, including Michigan. The next day, April 1st, is the first day close to a half-million low-income Michigan residents can enroll for coverage offered by the ‘Healthy Michigan’ plan.

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Health
12:41 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Health insurance payments changing to boost reforms

Andy Hetzel says Blue Cross Blue Shield is trying to move hospital payments away from volume and toward value.
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For several years, Michigan hospitals and physicians have been implementing reforms aimed at cutting costs and improving patient care. Similar reforms are taking effect due to the Federal Affordable Care Act. A month ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced that 24 affiliated hospitals have agreed to launch or expand a different kind of reimbursement model.

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Health
3:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Health plans rep explains Michigan abortion insurance change

David Waymire says most companies that are part of the association were already offering abortion related coverage as a rider, so there's no change for them. There could be some changes, though, for Blue Cross customers.
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The new ‘Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act’ bans insurance companies from offering coverage for the procedure as a standard part of a policy. Persons wanting the coverage will need to purchase a separate “rider” for their policy.

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Health
3:33 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

MSU, MDOC join forces for prisoner health

Dr. Marsha Rappley says many inmates will age in prison, and without a preventive focus, their health will get worse.
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Michigan State University officials have announced a plan to help out the state’s 43,000 prisoners. The university’s College of Human Medicine will collaborate with the Michigan Department of Corrections in an effort to share the school’s expertise and resources toward promoting prisoner health.

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Health
2:02 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Global food fraud: What's on your plate?

Those who commit food fraud are stealthy, but the Food Fraud Initiative works with a preventative approach to change the fundamentals of testing and buying products.
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We take the safety of our food supply as a given. We expect the food will contain what’s on the label and not contain other things that might be harmful. But globalization and new technology can sometimes compromise these expectations.

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Health
12:14 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Clock ticks for residents of condemned Lansing trailer park

Residents of the Life O'Riley mobile home park in Lansing are facing a 5 p.m. deadline to vacate. The eviction order came from the Ingham County Health Department, which deemed the facility unsafe.
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Last Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department notified residents of the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park and Campground that they had 10 days to find another place to live. A failing sewage disposal system and other issues have created an urgent health hazard.

This evening at 5 p.m. is the deadline for all 85 households in the park to be vacated. 

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Health
12:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Listening Ear

Spring orientation for new volunteers begins the first week of April.
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Each Wednesday for our  Neighbors in Action segment,  we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature The Listening Ear, a Lansing-based all-volunteer organization that boasts the longest-running crisis hotline in the nation.

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Health
10:59 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New clinic opens doors to Lansing's homeless

Joe Ruth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sparrow Health Systems, said the clinic will run like a family practice and be open to anyone in the community that needs care.
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  Today marks the very first day that homeless individuals in the Capitol region will have a medical clinic to call their own.

The new $900,000 project, which is located at 430 N. Larch Street, is a collaboration between the area’s largest healthcare provider, Sparrow Health System, and the region’s largest homeless services provider, Volunteers of America Michigan. 

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