Category Archives: Health

Accessibility equipment opens northern Michigan beaches to all

Photo by Alex Richards, courtesy of Petoskey News-Review Dayna Valpey of Disability Network of Northern Michigan, stands next to a brock dock boardwalk installed at the Petoskey State Park beach. The boardwalk allows those facing mobility challenges easy access to the beach and the water.

Photo by Alex Richards, courtesy of Petoskey News-Review Dayna Valpey of Disability Network of Northern Michigan, stands next to a brock dock boardwalk installed at the Petoskey State Park beach. The boardwalk allows those facing mobility challenges easy access to the beach and the water.

A disability advocacy organization hopes to raise funds and provide access to Lake Michigan in Wilderness State Park in Mackinaw City.

After building access infrastructure for people with disabilities at nine different public beaches throughout the region, Disability Network of Northern Michigan now has their sights set on Wilderness State Park. Continue reading

Seniors with Blue Cross Blue Shield Medigap insurance can expect a rate increase next year

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A five-year freeze on Blue Cross Blue Shield Legacy Medigap rates will expire at the end of the year.

Starting in January, Medigap insurance holders could see increases ranging from 48 dollars to 177 dollars per month – depending on individual circumstances. Continue reading

Recommendations for Sexual Assault Kits processing submitted to legislature

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Seven years after thousands of untested sexual assault kits were found Detroit, officials have released recommendations to help prevent backlogs in the future.

A state commission has submitted recommendations to improve the processing and review of sexual assault kits.

Officials said the proposal would allow for tracking of rape kits.

Debi Cain is the Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. She said, the process to get sexual assault kits can be embarrassing for the victim.

“I don’t think people understand how much of an affront it can be for an victim who have gone through this very intense and invasive process. To find out that the kit ends up on a shelf and nothing happened to it.”

Cain said, under the proposal sexual assault kits must be processed within 90 days. She said the move would give victims a sense of control and security.

Enbridge Energy reaches settlement over Kalamazoo River oil spill

f369230151edf0a4e0101cbd111732a1It was announced this week the company behind the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, Enbridge Energy, will pay 177 million dollars for the spill.

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Michigan to experience extreme heat

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Temperatures are heating up in Michigan. Meteorologists say this week, the state will see the some of the highest temperatures of the summer.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is warning residents in the Midwest to stay safe during the extended period of high heat.

They said people should drink plenty of water, limit their exposure to the sun, and avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.

Jim Keysor is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He said with the high heat and humidity severe thunderstorms are a possibility.

“We have one complex of thunderstorms potentially Thursday afternoon and evening, and those could be severe with large hail, damaging winds, even an isolated tornado. Probably fairly quiet Friday and Saturday. And then additional thunderstorms on Sunday. So even though we need the rain we certainly don’t want the severe side of it.”

Keysor said this is the first time since 2012 that Michigan has seen a several days of high heat and humidity.

Adults are urged to stay current with vaccinations

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Fewer than thirty percent of adults in America, receive their recommended vaccinations each year. The state is reminding people vaccinations aren’t just for children.


Health officials say adults living with heart disease, diabetes, HIV and chronic kidney disease are more at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

They say, staying current on vaccinations not only protects the recipient but helps prevent the spread of diseases within the community.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. She says, when mom and dad are vaccinated, it can protect the family.

“Often times adults may think that vaccines are for younger children and may forget about protecting themselves. What’s important to remember is that by staying up-to-date on your vaccines you’re actually helping to protect children you’re around as well.”

Eisner says, the CDC has a recommended vaccination schedule for certain age and high risk groups.

Here’s a link to the CDC vaccination schedule http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

Northern Michigan mental health agency implements a new crisis team

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As many as fifteen-hundred people a year in northern Michigan seek out mental health crisis services.

Now a local agency has formed a 24-hour crisis team.

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health has implemented the new crisis services team. Continue reading

Michigan State University has predicted an outbreak of West Nile in Michigan

D-18335-015 Bike Ride Summer 2014The wetter the summer, the more mosquitoes you’re likely to find outside. In hot, dry summers like this there are fewer mosquitoes, but the ones there are are a greater threat. That’s because West Nile virus spreads more easily in warm weather. This summer Michigan State University has predicted an outbreak of West Nile in Michigan. WMUK’s Rebecca Thiele tells us more about these virus-carrying mosquitoes and why bug spray isn’t going to help.
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State plans trade mission; hopes to boost exports to China

Arnhem Market Sep 20 2013 (23)Michigan and China have a larger trading relationship than many consumers know. In the past decade, Michigan exports to China have grown by over 200 percent… and the state wants to see that number increase even more.


Officials with the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said, Chinese consumers like Michigan dairy products and cherries, and they hope to introduce more Michigan products to Chinese distributors.

Jamie Zmitko-Somers is the International Marketing Program Manager for the department. She said the trade mission aims to represent all Michigan companies.

“This would be for any Michigan companies looking to further their exports into the Chinese market or break into the China market for the first time. So it could be smaller companies or larger companies as well.”

Zmitko-Somers said, the trade mission is planned for this upcoming November. Companies interested in participating can find a link to the application at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/China-Company_profile_form_528113_7.pdf

Pregnant women and children in Flint should continue drinking bottled water, says Flint medical society

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The Genesee County Medical Society this week said pregnant women and children in Flint should use an abundance of caution when it comes to drinking water.

The group said filters work when used correctly. But they say it’s better for pregnant women and children to be cautious, and drink bottled water. Continue reading