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Current State #152 | September 5, 2013

Sep 5, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign helps Michigan residents understand Affordable Care Act; Detroit princess of 1800's; Michigan LGBT laws; and new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum.

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Though the Michigan Senate may have delayed the expansion of Medicaid until likely the spring, the fast approaching date of October 1st still looms large. That’s when the new health insurance marketplaces, one of the key components of the Affordable Care Act, will open for enrollment.

Children with HIV benefit from trained caregivers

Aug 26, 2013

A new study on the relationship between HIV-infected children and their caregivers is showing some remarkable benefits for both groups. MSU researcher Michael Boivin and colleagues recently published the findings in The Journal of Pediatrics. 

State, Delta Dental address oral health in Michigan

Jul 30, 2013
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According to federal statistics, young Americans miss around 51 million hours of school each year due to oral-health issues.  For about a year now, a philanthropic effort from Delta Dental of Michigan called "Brighter Futures" has tried to tackle both the healthcare and educational challenges that come with poor dental care.

Chris Farrell, oral health program director for the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Sarina Gleason, spokesperson for Delta Dental of Michigan, discuss how to improve dental care, especially among children.

Taking a look at the 'three-parent embryo'

Jul 3, 2013
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Developments in the world of genetics, although sometimes very difficult to understand, can still be absolutely mesmerizing.  Case in point:  take a newspaper headline from last Friday titled, “UK may OK creating babies... with DNA from 3 people.”

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A sobering new study shows that millions of children, including some covered by Medicaid, lack access to basic dental care.

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A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.

New research helps owners, vets assess dogs' health

Jun 17, 2013
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When a beloved dog becomes seriously ill, owners are faced with difficult decisions. Researchers are developing a new tool which could help dog owners tackle the tough choice of prolonging life or letting go.

Maria Iliopoulou, an MSU-trained veterinarian and  doctoral student in the Department Of Community Sustainability  discusses  the study.

The Affordable Care Act has yet to materialize in concrete changes that most Americans can actually notice, but that is about to change very soon. Here in Michigan, one of the first major signs of the new world order in American healthcare is the new East Lansing-based  Consumers Mutual.  

CEO of the new East Lansing-based business, Dennis Litos, explains his role in the upcoming changes, how the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan works, and what this means for Michigan residents, both insured and uninsured.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a massive study that analyzes health care in counties across the country and ranks them based on health data. The data shows some noteworthy findings about health disparities across 83 counties in Michigan. For instance, two neighboring counties, Wayne and Washtenaw, have very contrasting health outcomes. 

Lead poisoning in children down in Detroit

Apr 9, 2013
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A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.

Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.

Current State #52 | March 26, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.

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In his State of the State address in January, Governor Rick Snyder told lawmakers that Michigan must do better when treating people with mental health issues.  The governor vowed to not only increase state funding for mental health, but also to work towards community-based treatment solutions.

 

Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report

Mar 15, 2013

In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.

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Action appears to have stalled on a state Senate bill that would let health care insurers and providers choose not to offer services based on their moral objections.

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