Category Archives: Health

Michigan lacking in tobacco prevention- according to the American Cancer Society


Michigan is falling short when it comes to helping smokers quit, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society.

The report takes issue with Michigan’s failure to pass a tobacco tax increase in over a decade, said Andrew Schepers, a spokesman for the A-C-S. Continue reading

Third case of chronic wasting disease found in Ingham County


State wildlife officials confirm a third deer from a mid-Michigan forest has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

These are the first instances of chronic wasting disease found in the wild in Michigan. It’s already been found in 20 states and two Canadian provinces. Continue reading

State announces grants to help prevent campus sexual assault


The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.

First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday. Continue reading

Northern Michigan jail is upgrading its health care program


The Osceola County Jail has launched a new health care system provided by Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

Under the program, a nurse is at the jail 40-hours a week and a doctor will be available one day a week. Continue reading

Indoor farmers market set to come to the City of Harrison


Construction will begin soon on a new year-round farmers market in the City of Harrison.

The Clare County community was awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to build a permanent farmers market. Right now, the market utilizes tents set up in a downtown parking lot. Continue reading

St. Louis residents continue to deal with Velsicol health impacts

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

The former Velsicol plant site is surrounded by several community blocks where people still live.

Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case. Continue reading

St. Louis still recovering from Velsicol contamination

T.S Nurnberger excavation

T.S Nurnberger excavation

Dust and dirt settled around me in a mound the size of a mobile home when T.S Nurnberger Middle School’s practice football field was excavated.

The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River. Continue reading

New proposals seek to increase access to birth control in Michigan


The state would have to take measures meant to increase access to birth control under new proposals in the state Legislature.

Democrats unveiled the forthcoming bills on Wednesday. They would require businesses to inform workers and job applicants of reproductive health care coverage and require the state to distribute information about emergency contraception. Continue reading

Second case of Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in Michigan


A second deer has been confirmed to have Chronic Wasting Disease.

Chronic Wasting Disease – or CWD – is a fatal brain disease that affects deer and moose. Wildlife officials say infected animals have -quote – “zombie like” behavior.

The second case of CWD was confirmed by the DNR in Ingham County, only a mile away from the first case which was reported in May.

Officials say genetic testing is being done to determine if the two deer are related.

CWD does not infect humans.

Suspicious looking deer should be reported to the DNR.

Proposed new clean air rules would focus on fewer chemicals


The state Department of Environmental Quality has proposed new clean air rules. The DEQ said they will allow regulators to focus more attention on the most toxic substances.

The environmental agency currently has a list of more than 12-hundred substances that trigger an automatic review when they’re mentioned as part of an application for a smokestack permit. The new, shorter list would have closer to 750. Karen Tommasulo is with the DEQ. Continue reading

Munson, Spectrum partner to improve air ambulance service

Munson and Spectrum healthcare partnering to provide more efficient air ambulance services

Munson and Spectrum healthcare partnering to provide more efficient air ambulance services

Two of Michigan’s largest healthcare providers have partnered up to improve air ambulance operations in northern Michigan. Spectrum Health and Munson Healthcare have entered in to an agreement which will utilize both of its emergency flight services into a joint venture. Continue reading

Charlevoix Area Hospital receives grant for surgical suite project

BW Surgery close up hands
Charlevoix Area Hospital has received a grant to help pay for a new surgical suite. The $50,000 grant comes from The Oleson Foundation of Traverse City.

The new surgical suite is part of a series of projects to update facilities at the hospital. Work has already been completed on a new Chemotherapy-Infusion Center, and an expansion of the hospital’s primary care facility in Boyne City. Continue reading

More mosquitoes could mean fewer cases of West Nile



Larger mosquito populations this year may feel like a curse, but specialists have said it could be a blessing in disguise.

“More mosquitoes can actually mean fewer mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Carl Doud. He’s a mosquito specialist with the Midland County Health Department. Continue reading

Report: Most kids on Medicaid don’t get dental care


A new report commissioned by advocacy groups says many low-income kids and seniors are going without dental care.

The report by the PEW Charitable Trust said there are many parts of Michigan facing a shortage of dentists. Also, many people don’t use dental services when they’re available. Continue reading