Category Archives: Health

Transitional housing for veterans is one of a kind in northern Michigan

DSC_0201-largeStudies show the state of Michigan has roughly twelve hundred homeless veterans. Northern Michigan has one shelter to help transition veterans in that area out of homelessness.

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New book explores the way we construct personal narratives to give our lives meaning

EisenbergTHEPOINTISLeeOn the shelves today The Point Is, is a book that explores the way we build personal narratives to give purpose and meaning to our lives. The author, Lee Eisenberg, is the former editor-in-chief for Esquire Magazine, has worked as a consulting editor for Time magazine, and is the author of several books.

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Vaccination waiver rates decrease 39 percent from last year

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Even though there has been an overall decrease in vaccination waivers statewide, some counties still have high rates of children not receiving vaccinations.

Michigan’s immunization waiver rate has decreased by 39% as a result of a rule change last year. That rule makes it so parents who wish to not vaccinate their children are required to meet with health officials before a waiver will be granted. Continue reading

Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round

 

IMG_0843Season extension technologies allow farmers in the Upper Peninsula to offer fresh produce year round. Most recently,  winter spinach has been added to the menu for the local food co-op the UP is working to launch.

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Scientists hunt link between Legionella and Flint water

Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint. Continue reading

Old-order Amish communities consider change

IMG_7402Residents and representatives in the Clare Gladwin county are trying to find the right balance between religious freedom and personal safety after a series of Amish buggy collisions culminated in a death this past December.

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First step: creating cures from worms

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

Dr. Xantha Karp, examining her nematodes.

More than a quarter million dollars in grant money from the National Institutes of Health was recently awarded to a microbiologist from CMU in order to bolster a certain type of stem cell research.

Dr. Xantha Karp is a CMU professor, and the lead microbiologist on this stem cell research project.
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State stepping up home visits, education to deal with Flint water crisis

file9721249317862Five new centers have been set up in Flint to get water filters and testing kits to city residents. It’s another step to address the lead contamination crisis in Flint as Governor Rick Snyder faced a growing crescendo of criticism over the weekend on the state’s handling of the crisis. Continue reading

Saginaw Valley State University hosts growing science competition

 

Opened First Aid Kit

Opened First Aid Kit

I took a trip to Saginaw Valley State University’s campus for this year’s regional HOSA competition.  HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America.

The event is focused on getting high school students involved with every level of the health science field…. and it’s a big field.

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EPA says Tittabawassee river cleanup is speeding up

The Environmental Protection Agency says by the end of 2016, it will be halfway done with cleanup of the Tittabawassee river.

Mary Logan is a spokeswoman for the EPA.

She said the cleanup is running ahead of schedule.
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