Category Archives: Health

A community foundation has been awarded a nearly $200,000 grant to bridge the gap between accessibility to healthy food choices and medical advice

Northeast Michigan Prescription for Health partners include (left to right) Alcona Health Chief Operating Officer Nancy Spencer and Chief Executive Officer Christine Baumgardner, Thunder Bay Community Health Services Chief Executive Officer Michelle Styma, Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Executive Director Barbara Frantz, and District Health Department No. 4 Personal Health Supervisor Karen Nowicki-Compeau, R. N. and Medical Director Josh Meyerson, MD, MPH.

Northeast Michigan Prescription for Health partners include (left to right) Alcona Health Chief Operating Officer Nancy Spencer and Chief Executive Officer Christine Baumgardner, Thunder Bay Community Health Services Chief Executive Officer Michelle Styma, Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Executive Director Barbara Frantz, and District Health Department No. 4 Personal Health Supervisor Karen Nowicki-Compeau, R. N. and Medical Director Josh Meyerson, MD, MPH.

A $200,000 grant will fund a so-called “Prescription for Health” program throughout nine counties in northeast Michigan.
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Waiver approval means 600,000 people can stay on Michigan’s Medicaid expansion

hospital 11-08-13About 600,000 Michiganders will be able to stay on the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

The Healthy Michigan plan got a critical waiver approval from the federal government on Thursday.
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CMU students partner with Spectrum to tackle medical device issues

A medical group out of Grand Rapids is working to improve a device that has historically been associated with complications.

Courtesy of CMICH News

Courtesy of CMICH News

Instead of searching out medical students, they asked for help from CMU’s schools of Entrepreneurship and Engineering. Continue reading

Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan


Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading

New law shields young people from RX drug charges when reporting overdoses

pillsYoung Michiganders will not face drug charges when reporting life-threatening emergencies related to prescription drugs. That’s under a bill Governor Rick Snyder signed into law today (Wed.).

Republican state Representative Al Pscholka introduced the so-called “good Samaritan” law.

The new law takes effect in 90 days.

Dogs rescued from a puppy mill in Oscoda County this week are now safe and being treated

A dog and ASPCA member in Mio after being rescued. Photo courtesy of the ASPCA.

A dog and ASPCA member in Mio after being rescued. Photo courtesy of the ASPCA.

More than 50 dogs are being held in a safe location and being treated by medical professionals after being rescued from a puppy mill in Oscoda County on Monday, December 14.

A tip from a neighbor led Oscoda County officials and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to a mill in Mio. Continue reading

The federal government is helping out Flint — in the form of 28,000 liters of bottled water

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Flint is distributing 28-thousand liters of bottled water — This from a donation made by the federal government.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the water to Flint after the Michigan State Police learned that FEMA had a surplus of bottled water. The shipment was received on December 14. Continue reading

A new vehicle for fun

The Truck and students.

The Truck and students.

This Summer Central Michigan University is rolling out a new program aimed at getting children more active.

The program is called ‘Play on the Way’ and through it, CMU will send out a truck and trailer fully equipped with everything kids need to have fun outdoors.
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New cancer care center to open at War Memorial Hospital

The War Memorial Hospital in Saulte Ste. Marie will open its new Cancer Care Center on January 4th, 2016. An open house of the facility will take place December 15th.

The War Memorial Hospital in Saulte Ste. Marie will open its new Cancer Care Center on January 4th, 2016. An open house of the facility will take place December 15th.

Oncology patients in the Sault Ste. Marie area will have a better opportunity to receive treatment a little closer to home thanks to a new Cancer Care Center opening next month. Continue reading

Michigan to receive payout from drug company lawsuit

The Pharmaceutical company Navartis has agreed to payouts to 40 states accross the US totaling $390M.

The Pharmaceutical company Navartis has agreed to payouts to 40 states accross the US totaling $390M.

Michigan will be receiving a total of five-point-four-million dollars from a pharmaceutical company as part of a nationwide settlement resolving allegations of bribery. Continue reading

New report shows suffering from hunger directly affects health

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While many Americans are getting ready to gorge out and celebrate Thanksgiving — 50 million people are suffering from hunger.

The 2016 World Hunger Report shows the main causes of poor health as well as the main drivers of healthcare costs, are related to diet. Continue reading

Renowned musician discusses healing power of music

Violinist with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder of Street Symphony Vijay Gupta lectured at SVSU about humanitarian efforts and the power of music.

Violinist with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder of Street Symphony Vijay Gupta lectured at SVSU about humanitarian efforts and the power of music.

Does music have the power to heal an impaired mind? Have you ever wondered why certain passages of music can give you chills?

A world class musician recently traveled to Saginaw Valley State University to answer these questions, and to talk about the power of music. Continue reading

Isabella County court celebrated the gift of a family on Tuesday

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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

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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

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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

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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