Category Archives: Health

CDC: Half of Americans have chronic illness, company suggests social health networking

Maybe you had a New Years resolution to spend less time on social networks like Facebook. But a different kind of social network might just be what the doctor ordered.

One network is called “My Health Teams”. It’s a peer to peer social health network that works to connect people with chronic illnesses.

The My Health Teams network offers specific social networks online for people with chronic illnesses like lupus or multiple sclerosis. Continue reading

Chippewa County Health Department awarded grant to fight obesity

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Chippewa County Health Department

Seven health departments from around Michigan were selected to receive a planning grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health. This planning grant is a part of the Building Healthy Communities program, which is letting health departments make a three-year plan to combat obesity and other chronic diseases. Continue reading

Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Controversy surrounding a proposed nuclear waste dump that would be built near the Lake Huron Shoreline in Ontario is heating up.

The main issue surrounding Ontario Power Generation’s, or OPG’s, proposed nuclear dump can be boiled down to three things.
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Debate and controversy surround proposed nuclear waste dump near Lake Huron shore in Ontario

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Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, has talked themselves hoarse defending their proposal for a nuclear waste storage facility near Lake Huron.
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New policies attempt to address the vaccination issue

vaccinationState health officials are just over a month into enforcing a new policy aimed at informing and providing parents with education on vaccinations.

The state is ramping up efforts to increase vaccination rates after Michigan ranked fourth-highest in the nation last year for vaccination waiver requests. Continue reading

A shortage of psychiatrists in the state has some hospitals turning to technology

A shortage of psychiatrists in the state has some hospitals turning to technology as a solution.

Some hospitals in Wexford County are planning to use a $35,000 state grant to make psychiatry more available in rural Michigan.

The funding will be used to develop telepsychiatry services. That’s basically specialized video teleconferencing between a patient and a psychiatrist. Continue reading

Centers for Disease Control report shows some Michigan hospital infections increased while others decreased

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control shows how hospitals are doing in the battle against infection.

In the CDC’s Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report, Michigan hospitals saw a 25-percent increase in the rate of catheter-related infections, however bloodstream infections, and infections following colon surgery were lower than the national average. Continue reading

State check finds more stores sell tobacco to minors

117A check by state health officials over the past year found an uptick in the number of retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors. The Department of Community Health Survey found 18 percent of retailers sold tobacco to minors. That’s a seven percentage point jump from two years ago.
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USDA awards telemedicine grant enabling students to directly communicate with mentors

Skype and other forms of video conferencing is the norm in social media. Now local healthcare professionals are also planning to make use of video technology.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $298,000 grant to Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine.

The grant provides funding for third year healthcare students to work in rural communities, and at the same time, video conference with mentors in other locations. Continue reading