Category Archives: Health

Time for shots, flu season is underway

flu shotsWith the temperatures starting to drop, it’s time to bundle up…and get your flu shot. The flu season is underway.

Flu activity commonly peaks between December and February. But health officials say it can begin as early as October and last until May. Continue reading

Officials: A little Halloween candy may not cause diabetes, but lifestyle and genetics do

Candy, kids, and spooks are the theme Friday. And it’s no trick that 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The American Diabetes Association is offering a month of healthy lifestyle activities to help stop diabetes.

Robyn Webb is a nutritionist, Food Editor and author of “The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook”.

She said one way to avoid the Halloween sugar coma is to get kids involved in making healthy foods.

“Kids can get involved. They’re going to participate with their family in making delicious foods,” Webb said, “And they’re going to get to see how healthy food can taste great, that they don’t need all the Halloween candy, and all of the other things that happen during the holidays.”

Webb said it’s important for family members to support each other especially when a loved one has diabetes or prediabetes.

She said holidays don’t have to be difficult for people with diabetes and she says, sticking to a health diet doesn’t mean you have to skip tasty treats.

“People who have diabetes in their family, it’s really important that everyone gets on board and supports the person that does have diabetes.,” Webb said, “And make sure if you are in a family of people that do have diabetes get yourself checked as well.”

Webb said for foods that aren’t healthy, she recommends eating smaller portions.

“It’s never about depriving people of what they want to have it’s about intelligently rearranging their food so that it is healthy and it certainly will meet all of their needs to manage their diabetes,” Webb said.

ON THE WEB

ADA Myths http://www.stopdiabetes.com/get-the-facts/myths-and-facts.html

America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes http://www.diabetesforecast.org/landing-pages/adm/?loc=hppuz5_adm_oct2014

State launches effort to reduce trauma for infants in foster care

_ICT1041-01State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they are removed from their homes and put into foster care. The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) hopes to change that with a new set of policies.
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Researchers say obesity is linked to cancer

It’s common knowledge that being overweight isn’t good for your health, but according to researchers weight can also increase your chances of getting cancer.

The Centers For Disease Control says 66 percent of Michigan adults are overweight, and 33 percent are obese. Continue reading

Terri Lynn Land says she does not support embryonic stem cell research

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The Republican nominee for Michigan’s open US Senate seat says she does not support embryonic stem cell research. Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land appeared Friday (10/3) on the Michigan Public Radio program “Michigan Calling.”

She says she only supports using adult stem cells in medical research.

“I do not support embryonic stem cell research. Adult stem cell research is something that’s shown that they can find some uses for, so I would support that.”

Land declined to say whether she’d push to reverse President Obama’s 2009 decision to open up federal funding for broader research involving embryonic stem cells.

Land’s Democratic opponent in the US Senate race is Congressman Gary Peters. He supports embryonic stem cell research.