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Alma College Dow Facility

Alma College Dow Facility

What do Anthropology, Twitter and an Engineering lab have in common? Absolutely nothing!
However, the combination of those three things somehow ended up leading to Alma College getting their hands on copies of fossils faster than ever before.
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Governor Snyder addresses Flint water crisis

Snyder and meA technical panel is scheduled to meet this week to address the drinking water crisis in Flint.

On Friday, an action plan was announced to deal with the presence of lead in the drinking water supply. The contamination was reported after the city began getting water from the Flint River.

Governor Rick Snyder addressed criticism of his administration’s handling of the issue with CMU Public Radio’s David Nicholas…
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Baby squirrels in Saint Helen are getting some much needed attention, in the form of donated acorns

Photo courtesy of the ARK

Photo courtesy of the ARK

Squirrel’s need TLC too — and one animal rehabilitation center in northern Michigan is collecting acorns to feed them.

The Association to Rescue Kritters, or ARK, in Saint Helen saves all kinds of animals. Continue reading

Deadly animal disease on the rise in Charlevoix County


Wildlife officials are reporting an increase in Distemper among wild animals in Charlevoix County. Distemper is an incurable viral disease that affects the intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Animal control officials say there have been more than 30 cases of Distemper in raccoons, foxes and coyotes since June – a dramatic increase from previous years. Continue reading

Students and instructors at Lake Superior State University have a unique opportunity to study a new invasive species

Lake Superior State University environmental science professor Dr. Megan Kelly poses with a sample of Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.”  Photo courtesy of LSSU.

Lake Superior State University environmental science professor Dr. Megan Kelly poses with a sample of Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.” Photo courtesy of LSSU.

Instructors and students at Lake Superior State University are planning to studying a new invasive species. One that settled right in a nearby river.

Didymo, or rock snot was found in the St. Mary’s River a few weeks ago. Continue reading

Michigan receives five year grant to increase screening rates of colorectal cancer





The Centers for Disease Control has awarded Michigan a five year grant to increase the number of colorectal cancer screenings.

State officials say currently, 72% of adults receive the screening. They’d like to see that number increase to 80% by 2018. Continue reading

Immunization education is main focus of local health experts


Local health experts say they’re renewing focus on immunization education. They are hoping to lower the number of vaccine waivers in schools.

Michigan is ranked with the 4th highest vaccine waiver rate in the country. Continue reading

Are vaccines safe? lecture to take place at northwestern michigan college

Dr. Dean Sienko will discuss facts and misconceptions about vaccinations and immunizations at Northwestern Michigan College.

Dr. Dean Sienko will discuss facts and misconceptions about vaccinations and immunizations at Northwestern Michigan College.

Are vaccines and immunizations safe? The topic on whether or not vaccines are safe for children and adults will be brought on stage Tuesday morning in a lecture presented free to the public. Continue reading

For the first time, college students are choosing marijuana over cigarettes


Cigarettes seem to be losing popularity among college students, while marijuana is gaining popularity.

That’s according to a study done by the University of Michigan.

The study says six percent of full-time college students used marijuana at least twenty times in a thirty day period. Making them daily, or near-daily users. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Community Health opening new center in a Cheboygan school

cheboyganschoolsCheboygan Area Schools will soon offer more than just an education. It will also offer students a designated health center.

Thunder Bay Community Health Center is opening up a new location inside Cheboygan’s Intermediate school.

The center will offer things like immunizations, dental care, and behavioral health counseling. Services will be available to any Cheboygan area school district students.

Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent, Mark Dombroski, says no family will be turned away.

“I just believe that our student population, were pushing, were above 60 percent of free and reduced that the financial need is there in this area. No family will be refused service, if they do not have any means of pay, they will get it taken care of” says Dombroksi.

Dombrowski says Thunder Bay already had previously opened a health center in Onaway schools. They plan to use that as a model.thunder bay health

This is the 103rd school based health care center to open in Michigan. The center is expected to open within the next few weeks.

Drug resistant lice found in 25 states, including Michigan

Drug resistant lice has now been found in 25 states, including Michigan.lice

According to the American Chemical Society, the lice is resistant to over-the-counter treatments, so prescription treatments are still an option.

Jennifer Morse is the medical director for the Central Michigan Health Department. She explains how the lice became resistant.

“Just like a bacteria can become resistant, the lice basically will mutate. It’s just natural selection, so if there was one that had a mutation that made it resistant to that insecticide, then it will go on and have offspring and then they’ll keep living through it over and over again” says Morse.

Morse also says she has seen problems in patients at the health department.

“I had quite a few people who needed repeated therapies, or families where they would need treatment after treatment. Unfortunately for some families their insurance would not cover any other than a certain brand of medication, unless they failed that treatment repeatedly and that was usually your sign that it was resistant” says Morse.

Health officials in north-western Michigan say they have not seen any issues with the drug resistant lice, but they are not ruling out that it could be a problem.

Precautionary measures to avoid lice include limiting head to head contact and not sharing items that may be near the head, like brushes or hats. For more information about prevention and treatment, visit here.

Too early to talk about alcohol? Doctors say nine-years old is prime age for “the talk”


It seems it’s never too early for the talk, the one about alcohol. Now doctors recommend that parents begin talking to their children about alcohol abuse when the kids are nine-years old.

This is according to a recent study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Continue reading