Category Archives: Health

Domestic Violence Awareness Month aims to provide support and assistance to victims


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — dedicated to reducing the stigma of domestic violence and helping those who are suffering.

Domestic violence is defined as physical or emotional abuse. Both women and men can be victims. Continue reading

Nathan Wolfe, the virus tracker, comes to SVSU


Courtesy of Stanford University

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

Lansing is introducing legislation concerning staffing levels at hospitals

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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

Lawmakers work on updating Michigan’s mental health laws

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin's Law.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley supports Kevin’s Law.

The state legislature is considering an update to Michigan’s 10-year-old mental health law.

Kevin’s Law went into effect ten years ago – but it hasn’t worked exactly the way lawmakers intended.

Under the current law, a patient had to already be undergoing treatment before a court could order a treatment plan. Continue reading

Printing jaws and fingers and everything in between

Alma College Dow Facility

Alma College Dow Facility

What do Anthropology, Twitter and an Engineering lab have in common? Absolutely nothing!
However, the combination of those three things somehow ended up leading to Alma College getting their hands on copies of fossils faster than ever before.
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Governor Snyder addresses Flint water crisis

Snyder and meA technical panel is scheduled to meet this week to address the drinking water crisis in Flint.

On Friday, an action plan was announced to deal with the presence of lead in the drinking water supply. The contamination was reported after the city began getting water from the Flint River.

Governor Rick Snyder addressed criticism of his administration’s handling of the issue with CMU Public Radio’s David Nicholas…
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Baby squirrels in Saint Helen are getting some much needed attention, in the form of donated acorns

Photo courtesy of the ARK

Photo courtesy of the ARK

Squirrel’s need TLC too — and one animal rehabilitation center in northern Michigan is collecting acorns to feed them.

The Association to Rescue Kritters, or ARK, in Saint Helen saves all kinds of animals. Continue reading

Deadly animal disease on the rise in Charlevoix County


Wildlife officials are reporting an increase in Distemper among wild animals in Charlevoix County. Distemper is an incurable viral disease that affects the intestinal and respiratory tracts.

Animal control officials say there have been more than 30 cases of Distemper in raccoons, foxes and coyotes since June – a dramatic increase from previous years. Continue reading

Students and instructors at Lake Superior State University have a unique opportunity to study a new invasive species

Lake Superior State University environmental science professor Dr. Megan Kelly poses with a sample of Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.”  Photo courtesy of LSSU.

Lake Superior State University environmental science professor Dr. Megan Kelly poses with a sample of Didymosphenia geminate, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.” Photo courtesy of LSSU.

Instructors and students at Lake Superior State University are planning to studying a new invasive species. One that settled right in a nearby river.

Didymo, or rock snot was found in the St. Mary’s River a few weeks ago. Continue reading

Michigan receives five year grant to increase screening rates of colorectal cancer





The Centers for Disease Control has awarded Michigan a five year grant to increase the number of colorectal cancer screenings.

State officials say currently, 72% of adults receive the screening. They’d like to see that number increase to 80% by 2018. Continue reading

Immunization education is main focus of local health experts


Local health experts say they’re renewing focus on immunization education. They are hoping to lower the number of vaccine waivers in schools.

Michigan is ranked with the 4th highest vaccine waiver rate in the country. Continue reading

Are vaccines safe? lecture to take place at northwestern michigan college

Dr. Dean Sienko will discuss facts and misconceptions about vaccinations and immunizations at Northwestern Michigan College.

Dr. Dean Sienko will discuss facts and misconceptions about vaccinations and immunizations at Northwestern Michigan College.

Are vaccines and immunizations safe? The topic on whether or not vaccines are safe for children and adults will be brought on stage Tuesday morning in a lecture presented free to the public. Continue reading

For the first time, college students are choosing marijuana over cigarettes


Cigarettes seem to be losing popularity among college students, while marijuana is gaining popularity.

That’s according to a study done by the University of Michigan.

The study says six percent of full-time college students used marijuana at least twenty times in a thirty day period. Making them daily, or near-daily users. Continue reading

Thunder Bay Community Health opening new center in a Cheboygan school

cheboyganschoolsCheboygan Area Schools will soon offer more than just an education. It will also offer students a designated health center.

Thunder Bay Community Health Center is opening up a new location inside Cheboygan’s Intermediate school.

The center will offer things like immunizations, dental care, and behavioral health counseling. Services will be available to any Cheboygan area school district students.

Cheboygan Area Schools Superintendent, Mark Dombroski, says no family will be turned away.

“I just believe that our student population, were pushing, were above 60 percent of free and reduced that the financial need is there in this area. No family will be refused service, if they do not have any means of pay, they will get it taken care of” says Dombroksi.

Dombrowski says Thunder Bay already had previously opened a health center in Onaway schools. They plan to use that as a model.thunder bay health

This is the 103rd school based health care center to open in Michigan. The center is expected to open within the next few weeks.