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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

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

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

Bra decorating, chocolate and wine for women’s health services

Mid Michigan Health Courtesy photo.

Mid Michigan Health Courtesy photo.

Mark your calendars if you want an afternoon filled with wine, chocolate and bras.

MidMichigan Health is teaming up with businesses in Clare County to host “Bras for a Cause”. It’s an event raising money for women’s health care services.

Millie Jezior is with Mid Michigan Health. She said people can decorate bras for auction and the money goes towards breast cancer prevention. Continue reading

CDC says adults need vaccines too

It’s nearly time for school to start again and parents may be thinking of what vaccines the kids need, but health officials say adults need vaccines too.

The Center for Disease Control is offering an online quiz adults can take to find out what vaccines are recommended for them.

Angela Minicuci is a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

“For a number of vaccines the vaccine effectiveness essentially wanes after a number of years and it does vary by vaccine,” Minicuci said, “And as our body ages as we grow older we want to make sure that we have the most up-to-date protection in our body to protect ourselves.”

She said in addition to helping adults stay healthy, vaccines help curb the spread of illness to others.

“As adults we need to make sure that we are protecting ourselves so that number one we don’t get sick,” Minicuci said, “But number two as we are caring for children as we come into contact with children who are much more vulnerable to these diseases that we’re protecting them as well.”

Minicuci said the vaccines adults need depend on things like age, gender and health conditions. Those are things the CDC quiz asks about.

She said one great tool for adults is the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, which is an online resource for patients where they can see what vaccines they have had.

She said not all doctors use MCIR. To access vaccine records through MCIR, patients need to mail or fax a request form to the MDCH.

ON THE WEB
What vaccines do you need? Adolescent and adult vaccine quiz http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/?s_cid=bb-adults-adultquiz-025

Michigan Care Improvement Registry Request an official immunization record www.mcir.org/publicrequestimmuniz.html

Two Northwest Michigan schools have a new healthcare model


The state Departments of Community Health and Education are partnering to support a new approach to healthcare in northwest Michigan.

Health officials say more than half a million dollars in grant money is being used for a program in Pellston and Mancelona. It aims to integrate physical and mental health care for youth. Continue reading

Children’s advocates take message to Washington D.C.

HealthcareOur nation’s capital this week will host hospital administrators and families from Michigan and around the country for what’s called the Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Continue reading

Michigan food deserts continue to impact residents


Fresh fruits and vegetables are popping up at local farmer’s markets across Michigan, but in some parts of the state, good food is hard to find.

The term food desert is used to describe areas with little or no access to affordable and nutritious food. Places, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, like Saginaw and Cadillac. Continue reading

Health officials: As summer starts, sunscreen is a must


After a hard Michigan winter that kept many residents inside, many are ready to enjoy the sunshine.

But health officials share skin cancer warnings with residents and urge caution when outside and inside.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Angela Minicuci is with the Michigan Department of Community Health. She says that indoor and outdoor tanning come with a serious risk.

“Part of the reason that we want to make sure people are protecting themselves early in life from tanning from UV ray exposure in general is because it does lead to cancer,” Minicuci said, “Science has proven that. And there are things that we need to address and some myths we need to dispel so that people do understand that this is a risk. It is an injury that you are doing to your body and it does increase your risk of potentially getting this very serious form of cancer.”

Minicuci says one myth is that a base tan equals skin protection. But she says a base tan only provides an spf of about 3 which is not very helpful.

She said it doesn’t matter if you are tanning indoors or out, the risk of deadly skin cancer is still present, especially for youth.

“Indoor tanning has different risks than outdoor natural sunlight,” Minicuci said, “And recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration came out with more stringent requirements regarding sunlamp products because of the risk that they pose especially to minors – so people who are young.”

Minicuci’s advice is to cover up and use sunscreen when outside.

According to the CDC’s latest data, over 61,000 people had skin cancer in 2010 and over 9,000 died from Melanoma cancer.