A little girl’s letter has lead to a presidential trip to Flint next week. The Obama administration announced this week the President will visit Flint next week to hear from residents about the ongoing water crisis.
As Americans spend more time on digital devices concerns over the effect of blue light exposure are growing.
Traveling over 100 miles to receive cancer treatments is no longer a worry of patients in Chippewa and Mackinac counties, thanks to a new cancer center in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Cancer Care Center is new to the War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. Continue reading
The Leapfrog Group used survey data and information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assign each hospital a letter grade.
Out of 80 hospitals in the state, 26 received A’s, 13 B’s, and 37 C’s– that’s 95 percent of all hospitals rated. Three facilities received D’s and one, in Houghton county, in the UP, received an F.
The state’s health director says an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County did not get the attention it deserved from his agency. He says it was partially due to the department’s focus on a different health threat that never materialized.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is particularly urging women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to protect themselves from the zika virus.
Infants typically receive their first vaccine, which protects against Hepatitis B, at birth. Over the next two years the CDC recommends children receive 24 vaccines to prevent nine serious diseases.
Amanda Thompson is a nursing supervisor at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. She said it’s also important for adults to keep up with vaccines.
“Those infants can’t get a lot of those vaccines until they’re two, four, six months and they’re not fully vaccinated until they’re older,” Thompson said. “It’s really important for parents and grandparents and anyone who’s around children to also be up-to-date on their vaccinations.”
Most vaccines are for diseases that are unommon in the U.S. Things like polio, measles and meningitis.
Thompson said they are rare because most people have been immunized.
“One of the current challenges that we see is educated young parents and community members who have never seen the effects of these devastating diseases,” Thompson said.
She says if people choose not to get the vaccines they weaken the system making more people vulnerable to more disease.
Legislation introduced in the state house would require schools and government buildings to have feminine hygiene products available free of charge.
Currently, many tampons and pads cost money in bathrooms – or are not available at all.
State Representative Sarah Roberts said it’s unfair women have to feel embarrassed when caught without the products. Continue reading
Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.
An Osceola County hospital has received a top rural hospital award.
The award was given to the Reed City Spectrum Health Hospital because of low rates of infections and medical errors, and appropriate staffing levels. Continue reading
MidMichigan Health has received a $500,0000 grant to expand telemedicine services to rural areas.
The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will help purchase new technology including an interactive stethoscope and software to connect specialists with rural hospitals. Continue reading
Three additional cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in Genesee by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
But one million dollars in renovations is still needed to complete the work. Continue reading
Registration for the Special Olympics begins on April 1. The games are scheduled for June 2 through the 4th on the campus of Central Michigan University.
A legislative committee heads to Flint tomorrow (Tue.) to hear from local officials and residents about the city’s water crisis.
86% of registered nurses say they’re having trouble caring for patients because too many are assigned to them.
That’s according to a survey conducted for the Michigan Nurses Association.
In it, 50% of RN’s surveyed said they have had an unsafe number of patients on at least half of their shifts. Continue reading
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy were on the hot seat today (Thu.) as they tried to explain to members of Congress their responses to the drinking water crisis in Flint.
This weekend, close to 200 dogs are expected to be tested for lead poisoning in Flint.
Pets are a lot like us, and they too can be affected by lead poisoning.
Vets say much like humans, lead poisoning in dogs can affect their brain, internal organs and nervous system. Continue reading