Category Archives: Health

Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.

New clinical drugs help fight cancer

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Immunotherapy has been named Advance of the Year in clinical cancer research for 2017.

Just last year,the FDA approved a set of clinical drugs to help fight cancer.

Immunotherapy has been named Advance of the Year in clinical cancer research for 2017.

Just last year,the FDA approved a set of clinical drugs to help fight cancer.

In immunotherapy, physicians use certain drugs to help the body’s own immune system fight off cancer.

Harold Burstein is a Breast Cancer Specialists at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Co-Executive Editor of Clinical Cancer Advances. He said immunotherapy is better for cancer patients’ overall health.

“These drugs both improve survival for advanced cancer patients and also allow them to feel better. They often lack the side effects that we often think of as being apart of cancer treatment, like chemotherapy, drugs and things. They are usually much easier for cancer patients to take than that.”

Burstein said researchers have seen the most success in using immunotherapy to treat melanoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and bladder cell cancer.

The therapy is also in clinical trials, for use in other cancers like lung, head and neck cancer, among others.

Pertussis cases rise in Michigan

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The state is encouraging parents across Michigan to vaccinate their children and themselves against pertussis, also known as whooping cough..

State health officials say they’re seeing an increase in pertussis cases in Michigan.

Last year there were 448 cases of pertussis reported in Michigan. In the first month of 2017,there have already been 185 reported cases.

Angela Minicuci is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She said babies, who are not yet fully vaccinated, are most vulnerable to the disease.

“We are most concerned about are the ones who are going to be around infants. So caregivers of infants, and pregnant women as well are recommended to get it during their pregnancy so they can pass on some immunity to the child.”

Minicuci said because it begins with cold-like symptoms, pertussis is hard to identify. Typically after one or two weeks, the more identifiable symptom of whooping cough begins to emerge.

State says Flint’s water meets federal requirements for lead and copper, still not safe to drink

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A new state report finds lead and copper levels in Flint water levels meet federal requirements, though, officials say it’s still not totally safe to drink.

The state is still urging people to use water filters and bottled water for drinking and cooking. Continue reading

Two foundations merge to create Parkinson’s Foundation

The Michigan Parkinsons Foundation says more than one million people in the U.S live with Parkinson’s disease. It’s most common in people over the age of 60, but it can be diagnosed as early as age 20.

Now two national foundations are merging,in order to help further research for a cure.

The National Parkinson’s Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation are joining forces. Under a new name, the Parkinson’s Foundation, the organization hopes to do more good more efficiently.

Officials said the organization’s goals for 2017 are to complete the merger, make resources for patients more accessible, and increase funding for research.

John Lehr is the Chief Executive Officer for the Parkinson’s Foundation. He said the Parkinson’s community supports the merger..

“I think the community is looking for there to be some consolidation, so that you can get efficiencies, you can have a uniformity of programs, that you can go to one website and get all the information that you need, and really just feel like you can turn to one organization that represents you and doing all the things you would want the organization to do.”

Lehr said the foundation will look to the community for their input on how the organization can better serve them.