One program in Lake County is finding out: it’s called ‘Prescription for Health.’ Continue reading
The risk of wildfires in northern lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula is extremely high heading into this weekend.
Recent high temperatures and continued dry conditions have prompted the Department of Natural Resources to raise the warning level to “extremely high.” Continue reading
Kroger grocery stores have recalled several spices and seasonings due that may be contaminated with salmonella.
The recall was issued Monday, July 28th and includes Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac’n Buds. Continue reading
Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case. Continue reading
The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River. Continue reading
The state would have to take measures meant to increase access to birth control under new proposals in the state Legislature.
Democrats unveiled the forthcoming bills on Wednesday. They would require businesses to inform workers and job applicants of reproductive health care coverage and require the state to distribute information about emergency contraception. Continue reading
Health officials said the agreement allows St. Ignace-based providers opportunities in both clinical and support areas. This includes things like information technology,laboratory and purchasing. Continue reading
A second deer has been confirmed to have Chronic Wasting Disease.
Chronic Wasting Disease – or CWD – is a fatal brain disease that affects deer and moose. Wildlife officials say infected animals have -quote – “zombie like” behavior.
The second case of CWD was confirmed by the DNR in Ingham County, only a mile away from the first case which was reported in May.
Officials say genetic testing is being done to determine if the two deer are related.
CWD does not infect humans.
Suspicious looking deer should be reported to the DNR.
The state Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new clean air rules. The DEQ said they will allow regulators to focus more attention on the most toxic substances.
The environmental agency currently has a list of more than 12-hundred substances that trigger an automatic review when they’re mentioned as part of an application for a smokestack permit. The new, shorter list would have closer to 750. Karen Tommasulo is with the DEQ. Continue reading
Two of Michigan’s largest healthcare providers have partnered up to improve air ambulance operations in northern Michigan. Spectrum Health and Munson Healthcare have entered in to an agreement which will utilize both of its emergency flight services into a joint venture. Continue reading
The new surgical suite is part of a series of projects to update facilities at the hospital. Work has already been completed on a new Chemotherapy-Infusion Center, and an expansion of the hospital’s primary care facility in Boyne City. Continue reading
Northwestern Michigan College has paired with Munson’s Regional EMS Education to create a new dual-program.
Aspiring paramedics will now be able to earn an associate’s degree at the college.
The program is open to people with at least three years of prior experience as an emergency medical technician. Continue reading
“More mosquitoes can actually mean fewer mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Carl Doud. He’s a mosquito specialist with the Midland County Health Department. Continue reading
A new report commissioned by advocacy groups says many low-income kids and seniors are going without dental care.
The report by the PEW Charitable Trust said there are many parts of Michigan facing a shortage of dentists. Also, many people don’t use dental services when they’re available. Continue reading
The school nurse program run by Charlevoix area Hospital has won an award for their work on community health.
A former elementary school in Manistee County has been purchased with the intent to turn it into an assisted living home for seniors.
The former Kennedy Elementary School has been closed since 2011. The Manistee Area Public School District cites declining enrollment as a big reason for the closure. Since then the school and property has been empty. Continue reading
The organization has donated 22,700 gallons of milk to Feeding America food banks. Continue reading
About 230,000 Michiganders receive the federal healthcare subsidies upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.
A number of state officials cheered the ruling. They say losing the subsidies would likely have meant higher premiums for everyone shopping on the health exchange in Michigan. Continue reading
Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol say it’s time for prison kitchens to be inspected by local health agencies. That’s after the most recent instance of maggots found in a corrections food service facility.
Prison kitchens are currently exempt from local health inspections. Continue reading
Babies born at home are now more likely to receive a hearing screening thanks to a program out of Central Michigan University.
56% support legalization efforts, while 36% are opposed. The poll, conducted for the Detroit Free Press and WDIV television, surveyed 600 Michigan voters, and had a four percent margin of error. Continue reading
Help is now available for groceries and other vendors wanting to offer more fresh, healthy food to their customers.
The Michigan Good Food Fund is a public private partnership, offering loans and grants to businesses in communities where fresh food is not widely available. Continue reading
A new Michigan law requires notification of women with dense breast tissue following a mammogram.
West Nile virus has been found in crows in Ingham county. The birds are the first to be confirmed with the disease this year.
A five and a half million dollar grant will provide students from around Michigan with money for food.
The grant from the US Department of Agriculture will allow several school districts around the state to provide summer meals to students. Continue reading