Public health officials say over half of all people with Hepatitis C don’t know they have the illness. It often doesn’t show symptoms. The CDC says middle-aged Americans are one group at risk. And recently the spread of the virus has been tied to 18-29 year old drug users sharing needles.
Jennifer Eisner is a public information officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human services
She says Hep C is a blood borne pathogen that affects the liver. It’s spread by contact with contaminated blood.
“There’s no vaccines for hepatitis C but there are treatments that can cure the infection. But because people with hepatitis C are often asymptomatic then most people have not been tested it’s really important to talk to your doctor and have those conversations to determine if testing is appropriate for you.”
Eisner said if Hepatitis C isn’t treated it can lead to liver cancer and sometimes death.
To find out more information on Hep C and how to get tested visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website
Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees has approved some major changes for the fall semester.
A new residence hall is slated to begin construction next month, two new academic programs will be added to the curriculum, and a two percent tuition increase was approved for next year. Continue reading →
The goal of the series is to give young people a platform to discuss how issues like water access impact communities around the world.
Gayle Broad is an associate professor at Algoma University.
“We provided opportunities for youth to come together and exchange ideas about how they like to see a change in the word. And the issues that the young people were bringing forward were really big issue that they wanted to solve, centered around these three different themes.”
Broad said young people in Colombia will join students from Algoma University via Skype to discuss their changing world in the series’ final session.
The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session tomorrow (Tue.) on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students. Continue reading →
Republican leaders in Lansing had some harsh words today (Mon.) for teachers who virtually shut down the Detroit school district with a “sickout.” That’s after they were told they could soon be facing payless paydays. Continue reading →
If you haven’t filed your tax returns just yet, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Residents across the state have complained of filing only to find their identity has been stolen and their taxes were already filed.