Category Archives: Health

Bill could make it easier for domestic abuse victims to end cell phone contracts

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Ending a cell phone plan early can be costly. But now a new set of bills in Lansing could make it easier for domestic abuse victims to get out of a contract.

It can cost up to five hundred dollars to terminate a phone plan, it can be even harder to transfer numbers.

A new proposal in the state House would help victims of partner abuse separate from shared wireless or phone contracts, with a court order, even if they aren’t on the plan. Continue reading

Congressman Dan Kildee is asking for the help from the U.S. Department of Defense in getting clean drinking water to Oscoda, in Iosco county

file000645083111Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
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Veteran health fair in Saginaw looking to improve vets’ overall health

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A veteran health fair in Saginaw is hoping to help veterans to improve their eating habits, and to raise awareness for homeless veterans.

The health fair will have healthy eating tips, information on health benefits and weight loss programs available for veterans and their families. Continue reading

“A little bit of freedom” is result of training program which pairs inmates and leader dogs for the blind

DSC_8275 (1)Service dogs for the blind are being trained by prison inmates at a growing number of prisons state and nationwide.

And some of the professionals who work with the program say prison inmates are the best trainers around.

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now conducting Zika tests in-state

falcontubes (1)In the past, testing for the virus was available but had to be done at out-of-state laboratories. That resulted in turnaround times of six to eight weeks.

Jennifer Eisner is a spokesperson for the department. She says by conducting the tests in Michigan, potential patients will receive results faster.

“A big part of this is with the quicker turn around time and the sooner someone knows their results, it can help reduce the potential for sexual transmission . Because if you know you have the virus you can take preventive measures to help stop the spread of the disease.”

The virus is spread by mosquito’s and through sexual contact. It is known to cause serious birth defects in infants.

Eisner said symptoms in adults are typically mild, including red eyes, rashes and fevers.

Public Health officials are working to raise awareness on an illness that about half of the people infected don’t know they have

file00052669059Public health officials say over half of all people with Hepatitis C don’t know they have the illness. It often doesn’t show symptoms. The CDC says middle-aged Americans are one group at risk. And recently the spread of the virus has been tied to 18-29 year old drug users sharing needles.

Jennifer Eisner is a public information officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human services

She says Hep C is a blood borne pathogen that affects the liver. It’s spread by contact with contaminated blood.

“There’s no vaccines for hepatitis C but there are treatments that can cure the infection. But because people with hepatitis C are often asymptomatic then most people have not been tested it’s really important to talk to your doctor and have those conversations to determine if testing is appropriate for you.”

Eisner said if Hepatitis C isn’t treated it can lead to liver cancer and sometimes death.

To find out more information on Hep C and how to get tested visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is presenting a ten day series on climate change, water access and food security

Associate Professor, Gayle Broad

Associate Professor, Gayle Broad

The goal of the series is to give young people a platform to discuss how issues like water access impact communities around the world.

Gayle Broad is an associate professor at Algoma University.

“We provided opportunities for youth to come together and exchange ideas about how they like to see a change in the word. And the issues that the young people were bringing forward were really big issue that they wanted to solve, centered around these three different themes.”

Broad said young people in Colombia will join students from Algoma University via Skype to discuss their changing world in the series’ final session.

To see the full list of events for the series visit Algoma University’s webpage

New cancer center brings treatment close to home 

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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

Michigan’s hospitals rank across the board on safety


A new ranking of the safety of Michigan’s hospitals show most hospitals are passing.

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.
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