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 →
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 →
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 →
The 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 →
A state task force has issued 25 recommendations on how to combat the rise in prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction. More than 15 hundred people in Michigan die every year from overdosing on narcotic painkillers or heroin. Continue reading →
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.
Pere Marquette District Library in Clare has scheduled a week long health fair with a twist. Rather than blood pressure and body fat ratios, workshops will focus on mental health awareness and stress management techniques. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →