Category Archives: Health

Obesity and diabetes are among the top health care concerns of northern Michigan residents


Obesity and diabetes are a couple of the top health care concerns of northern Michigan residents. This according to the new study released this week by Munson Healthcare.

This year, the Community Health Needs Assessment showed community concerns include prenatal health, substance abuse, and access to health care. Continue reading

CMU faculty member honored for advocacy work and blog about infantile spasms

© Nathaniel Knobel Ellen Wehrman and her family

© Nathaniel Knobel
Ellen Wehrman and her family

This week is Infantile Spasms Awareness Week, and a Central Michigan University faculty member is bringing awareness to the disease, that can end fatally if left untreated.

Ellen Wehrman was honored this past weekend for her work to raise awareness for infantile spasms. Continue reading

Child advocacy group in northern Michigan looking for a place to store their new mobile unit for the winter


A child advocacy center in northern Michigan is hoping to use their new mobile unit throughout the winter to reach children in rural areas.

They’re searching for a place to keep the unit warm when it’s not in use. Continue reading

Scientist who brought attention to Flint crisis says city’s water quality is on the rise

file0001763074512A Virginia Tech professor released a study last week outlining the current quality of Flint’s drinking water and linking the use of Flint river water to an increase in Legionella cases.

In 2015 Professor Marc Edwards and his team helped raise the alarm about Flint’s drinking water.

CMU’s Ben Thorp sat down with Marc to talk about the study and the current state of Flint’s water.

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Over 2 million pounds of food have been delivered to Flint so far this year

food pantry-1As much as 400 thousand pounds of food are delivered to Flint residents every month. This according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The effort is part of a program that offers free high-nutrient foods available to residents to offset lead exposure.

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Michigan DNR assists in fire fighting efforts in southeastern states

DSC_0150Extreme drought conditions in the southeastern states has led to a series of wildfires across four states.

The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched several teams to assist in fighting the fires.

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A Grand Traverse County cancer center recently received a donation of 100 books to help expand children’s imaginations


A Traverse City cancer center recently received a donation of 100 children’s they say they hope will inspire kids when they or a family member is in treatment.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center received the donation from the Michigan Architectural Fund. The books focus on architects and career building. Continue reading

Don’t double up doses this cold and flu season

The peak time for cold and flu season is quickly approaching and health professionals are encouraging people to check labels for the recommended dosage of cold and flu medicines. Acetaminophen is a commonly found in the medicines, and it can lead to health problems if it’s not used correctly.

Health experts said acetaminophen overdoses contribute to 26-thousand hospitalizations each year. Some resulting in dysfunction of the liver.

Brett Snodgrass is a family nurse practitioner. She said there are four simple steps to follow to decrease your risk

“Always read labels, we never recommend take more than one medication with acetaminophen, know if your medicine contains acetaminophen, double-check don’t double up, and then always talk to your health care provider.”

Snodgrass said health professionals want consumers to use acetaminophen because it works. But they want people to take care and follow the directions.