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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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

MSU adopts innovative hearing loss program

Jeffrey Astrein, an MSU graduate student, gained useful skills to deal with his hearing loss through the Kooser program.
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High schools and colleges around the country are facing an alarming trend. A number of studies, from places such as the University of Florida and the Hearing Health Foundation, report as many as one teenager in four has some degree of hearing loss.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:34 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Communicating about public health fraught with challenges

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The healthcare industry in America is a multi-billion dollar behemoth. It’s a high-stakes arena where the quest for newer and better pharmaceuticals collides with government regulation and a relentless profit motive. However, what is sometimes lost in the dialogue is the messaging aimed at helping the patient take charge of their own health.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wind turbines pose potential health risks

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In an effort to increase the U.S.’s renewable energy portfolio, the wind industry has grown tremendously. Michigan is now home to just under 700 turbines, but not everyone is happy about the growing wind farm industry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Thu January 16, 2014

MSU scientist considers perils of a post-antibiotic world

Dr. Christopher Waters
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The U. S. Centers for Disease Control has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The report is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Michigan health officials contend with rise in H1N1 virus cases

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The University of Michigan hospitals and Health Centers have recently had hundreds of people needing emergency treatment for the flu. MLive reporter Amy Biolchini reported that some patients wound up on life support with H1N1, which reached pandemic levels in 2009.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:18 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Facing Michigan's primary care physician shortage

Dr. Julie Phillips (right) researches the consequences of medical student debt.
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By the year 2020, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts the U.S. will be short more than 45,000 primary care physicians. With the likely influx of hundreds of thousands of new patients due to the Affordable Care Act, not to mention the aging Baby Boomer generation, this shortage has the potential to wreak havoc on our health care system over the next decade.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Enroll America, Ingham County step up health care outreach

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By virtually all accounts, the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been shaky at best. The website, healthcare.gov, was virtually unusable for October and into November. But lately, reports are showing that the website’s improved considerably and, correspondingly, the number of people signing up for the health care exchanges is growing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:16 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

From Lansing to Kenya, marathon organizer extends reach

Owen Anderson (center) with an Orma family in Kenya's Kipao village.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing Moves the World

Organizers of the Lansing Marathon are already preparing for the third installment of the race next May. Along with the marathon, there will be a 5K race, a 1.5K race for kids, and a half-marathon.

Additionally, marathon officials have announced the Lansing Marathon Race Series leading up to the marathon. Each race will incorporate a unique part of the Lansing area, starting with the Old Town New Year 5K on New Year’s Eve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Lansing artist captures MS in portraits

One of Jennifer Reida's images from her project 'A Year of MS'.
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Three months ago, Jennifer Reida was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis or MS. She decided to learn more about her disease by creating art, starting the project “A year of MS.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Current State #206 | November 21, 2013

Today on Current State: a Michigan health care non-profit on Obamacare; a new MSU study on diversity and segregation; indie film producer Christine Vachon; and "nose-to-tail" eating.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Michigan Healthcare org updates ACA rollout

Marianne Udow-Phillips says she wants to help policy makers make decisions based on facts while serving the public by explaining current Healthcare laws.
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Amid the chaotic rollout of the Affordable Care Act, an Ann Arbor organization is doing its best to explain what’s going on and what health care customers can do about it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Current State #169 | October 1, 2013

Today on Current State: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown's first star, Mary Wells.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New health care exchanges open for business

Don Hazaert, director of Michigan Consumers for Health Care, says he considers Michigan prepared for the new health care exchanges.
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Today is the day that the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, takes effect. There has been an enormous amount of back and forth and controversy over the plan.

Don Hazaert, executive director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, a non-governmental agency whose aim is to inform consumers about their options under the new law, helps us make sense of it all.

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