Category Archives: Health

Isabella County court celebrated the gift of a family on Tuesday


As we head into the holiday season, November is national adoption month. In this time of giving adoption agencies are hoping families will give children the gift of a chance.

One court was taking the season to heart, and celebrating Michigan Adoption Day.

The Isabella County Trial Court finalized two adoptions in honor of Michigan Adoption Day on Tuesday, November 24. Continue reading

Hurley taking “look good feel good” mantra seriously for patients


A five-thousand dollar grant awarded to the Hurley Medical Center in Flint is being used for the finer things in life — like haircuts and massages.

The services are being offered to any senior citizen who stays at the hospital for more than three days. Continue reading

Bay County summit aims to tackle heroin addiction


Health officials say Bay County has seen a recent spike in heroin use. An event December 15 is looking to reach out to those affected by the drug.

A heroin summit is being planned by the Self Sufficiency Task Force and the Bay County Prevention Network. Speakers at the event will include past users, family members, law enforcement, and doctors. Continue reading

Lt. Gov Calley signs Executive Order supporting employment for people with disabilities

Brian Calley

An executive order supporting and providing employment for people with disabilities was signed November 18 in Lansing.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed the measure called Employment First. It aims to improve workplace support and services for those who need it.

Calley said the order will encourage businesses to help employees with disabilities grow in their work, and personal lives.

Under the order, state departments that provide services and support to those with disabilities will ensure the policies, procedures, and funding that goes along with Employment First.

Calley is head of the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, who recommended the order.

The State Rehabilitation Council will oversee the implementation of the Employment First.

Advocates hope state will reverse new Medicaid policy

hospital 11-08-13Patient advocates and hospital-affiliated HMOs say a decision to drop them from the state’s Medicaid program will impose hardships on the people they serve.

They say thousands of low-income patients could be forced to change physicians and treatment programs if the decision stands.
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New study shows Alzheimer’s disease takes a heavy toll on family finances

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November is National Alzheimer’s Month, and a new study shows the disease takes a heavy toll on family finances.

The study conducted by the National Institute on Aging shows that caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s can become more costly than cancer or heart disease. Continue reading

Genessee County is holding a veterans expo Nov. 6-7


Veterans in the tri-city area can receive free education and employment resources at an expo this weekend, November 6 and 7.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is hosting a veteran expo in Flint at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center on 3501 Lapeer Road, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday. Continue reading

Free men’s health screening to take place in Gaylord as part of ‘Novembeard’ campaign

Jay's Sporting Goods in Gaylord to host free mens health screening as part of the Novembeard campaign on Nov. 10th.

Jay’s Sporting Goods in Gaylord to host free mens health screening as part of the Novembeard campaign on Nov. 10th.

Four Michigan Organizations are partnering up to sponsor what they call, “The Novembeard healthy hunter event” taking place Tuesday November, 10th.
Their plan is to encourage the importance of health and safety among men. Continue reading

Uncle John’s resumes cider sales following positive E. Coli results


Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns has resumed sales of cider, after a sample tested positive for E. Coli earlier this week.

Uncle John’s ceased all cider sales following that positive test result earlier this week, and a recall was issued for cider with a sell-by date of October 30th. Continue reading

Calley signs powdered alcohol ban

Brian CalleyThe sale or possession of powdered alcohol will soon be outlawed in Michigan, with exceptions for hospitals and researchers at universities. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed the bill Wednesday morning because Governor Rick Snyder was in Canada.

The federal government approved powdered alcohol for the marketplace last year, but states also regulate the sale of alcohol. Supporters of the ban say powdered alcohol could be easily used by minors to spike soft drinks. Continue reading

Advisory issued for cider from Uncle John’s in St. Johns


The state is advising consumers to throw away cider bought from Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns due to a possible E. Coli contamination.

The state advisory applies to Uncle John’s cider with a sell-by date of October 30th. Cider sold by the cup between October 18th and October 21st may also have been affected. Continue reading

New technology at LSSU caters to the hearing impaired

Univox P-Loop 2.0 in a classroom at LSSU.

Univox P-Loop 2.0 in a classroom at LSSU.

Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste Marie has some new technology in its classrooms, designed to improve service for hearing impaired students.

Univox P-Loop 2.0 works to channel sound from a lecture directly into a student’s hearing aid. The sound becomes not only more clear, but louder as well. Continue reading

Fall migration brings threat of avian flu

The fall migration of wild birds has state officials concerned about possible new outbreaks of avian influenza.

As wild birds fly south for the winter they may pose a threat to domestic poultry.

This year’s spring outbreak of avian flu was documented as the largest domestic animal health crisis in U.S. history.

Jennifer Holton is with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. “The threat of avian influenza coming back is very real so it’s important for us to make sure that we’re reminding poultry operators to continue to put it proper risk mitigation and biosecurity practices to minimize the threat of high path avian influenza,” she said.

Holton said no outbreaks have been reported yet this fall. “Unfortunately, you know, nobody has a crystal ball but at this point what we can really just say is that the potential is there, the threat is there and so implementing those biosecurity practices really should be a priority for all our poultry operators,” she said.

Holton said avian flu does not pose a risk to human health or to food safety.

She said biosecurity measure like restricting outdoor access and using well or municipal water instead of ponds for drinking water can keep flocks safe.

Michigan DEQ admits to mistakes handling Flint water crisis

mdeqThe Department of Environmental Quality has released a statement admitting they made a mistake in handling the recent Flint water crisis.

DEQ representatives said they mishandled the testing of Flint’s drinking water. They were holding the city to guidelines meant for a town with half of Flint’s population. Continue reading

Domestic Violence Awareness Month aims to provide support and assistance to victims


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — dedicated to reducing the stigma of domestic violence and helping those who are suffering.

Domestic violence is defined as physical or emotional abuse. Both women and men can be victims. Continue reading

Nathan Wolfe, the virus tracker, comes to SVSU


Courtesy of Stanford University

You may not know the name, but Nathan Wolfe is a microbiologist whose work has spanned the globe. He was voted one of Time magazine’s most influential people in 2011, and is the author of “Viral Storm”

He recently spoke at Saginaw Valley State University on Tuesday, October 13th. Continue reading

Lansing is introducing legislation concerning staffing levels at hospitals

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Michigan nurses are supporting legislation that would establish, what they say are, safe staffing levels at hospitals. Two new bills are scheduled to be introduced at press conference in Lansing on October 15.

The bills would require Michigan hospitals to maintain a minimum number of Registered Nurses on staff and to regulate overtime. Continue reading

Lawmakers work on updating Michigan’s mental health laws

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin's Law.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin’s Law.

The state legislature is considering an update to Michigan’s 10-year-old mental health law.

Kevin’s Law went into effect ten years ago – but it hasn’t worked exactly the way lawmakers intended.

Under the current law, a patient had to already be undergoing treatment before a court could order a treatment plan. Continue reading