Health

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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
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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.


man smoking electronic cigarette
Vaping360 / Flickr

Health care providers say there’s been a big spike in the number of minors using electronic cigarettes in recent years.  The Ingham County Health Department wants to require e-cigarette vendors to obtain a tobacco license and refuse sales to those under 18.  Current State talks with Ingham Health Officer Linda Vail about the proposal, which could go before the county commission next week.     

Dr. Dele Davies photo
Courtesy photo / The Davies Project

Parents who care for chronically ill children face enormous challenges. Often, simply getting their child to the doctor or hospital is one of them. A program in Lansing seeks to connect volunteer drivers with families in need, but organizers say their work is about more than mere transportation. We talks with two members of The Davies Project.


Ishpeming HS football team in parade
Courtesy photo / Do It for Daniel/Facebook

A Michigan couple seeks to raise awareness of teen mental illness with their documentary about Daniel Olson, an Ishpeming teen who committed suicide. We speak with filmmaker Kammi Young-Berens about the process of making the documentary and what she hopes it will do for teens struggling with depression.

MSU to expand rural health care program

Oct 15, 2015
Andrea Wendling photo
Courtesy photo / Rural Community Health Program, MSU

People living in rural regions of our state face unique challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare. The Rural Community Health Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine is trying to change that. We talk to the Rural Community Health Program’s director Dr. Andrea Wendling.


Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week, Current State talks with Sam Cochran, a retired Memphis police officer who helps law enforcement agencies intervene with the mentally ill.


MSMS time capsule photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

When the Michigan State Medical Society moved into its gleaming new mid-century modern headquarters back in 1959, its members buried a letter in a time capsule. In it, doctors predicted what medicine would be like in the 21st century. Yesterday, that capsule was opened.


Dr. Yong-Hui Zheng photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

A Michigan State University research team has helped identify a protein that may show some promise in the fight to eliminate HIV infection. We talk with Dr. Yong-Hui Zheng from the MSU Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and local journalist and HIV activist Todd Heywood.


Many of the people arrested in the United States suffer from a mental illness, and research indicates that those released from custody are four times as likely to attempt suicide when compared with those in jail. We talk with Dr. Jennifer Johnson about her research aimed at lowering the post-detention suicide rate.


A new book examines how to plan for old age with a focus on talking about aging before you get there. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with Sharona Hoffman about "Aging with a Plan."


MI health officials discuss new vaccine waiver rules

Sep 18, 2015
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Art Writ / flickr creative commons

Low vaccination rates have been linked to outbreaks of measles and whooping cough last year in several Michigan counties. That prompted the state to require parents to talk to a health professional before seeking a so-called “philosophical” exemption. So, is it working? Current State speaks with Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail and Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Todd Tennis photo
Courtesy image / Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Ingham County officials may be nearing a resolution over how to provide medical services to the county’s neediest residents. That’s been an issue since participation plunged and surpluses soared at the Ingham Health Plan. Current State speaks with Ingham County Commissioner Todd Tennis about the road ahead.


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