Bench outside former Velsicol plant site
The former Velsicol plant site is surrounded by several community blocks where people still live.
Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case.
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T.S Nurnberger excavation
Dust and dirt settled around me in a mound the size of a mobile home when T.S Nurnberger Middle School’s practice football field was excavated.
The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River.
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The state would have to take measures meant to increase access to birth control under new proposals in the state Legislature.
Democrats unveiled the forthcoming bills on Wednesday. They would require businesses to inform workers and job applicants of reproductive health care coverage and require the state to distribute information about emergency contraception.
Police believe they have found the body of a nine-year-old boy who went missing last weekend in Genesee County, prompting a statewide Amber Alert.
9-year old Omarion Humphrey went missing on July 4th at the Lake Calis Recreation Area. Officials said he was severely autistic and unable to speak.
Hundreds of first responders and volunteers searched for Omarion following his disappearance… but those large scale searches were abandoned earlier this week.
Then today, a child’s body was found floating in the lake by security officers. His parents confirmed a short time later that it was Omarion. The investigation into his death continues.
About 230,000 Michiganders receive the federal healthcare subsidies upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.
A number of state officials cheered the ruling. They say losing the subsidies would likely have meant higher premiums for everyone shopping on the health exchange in Michigan.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol say it’s time for prison kitchens to be inspected by local health agencies. That’s after the most recent instance of maggots found in a corrections food service facility.
Prison kitchens are currently exempt from local health inspections.
Help is now available for groceries and other vendors wanting to offer more fresh, healthy food to their customers.
The Michigan Good Food Fund is a public private partnership, offering loans and grants to businesses in communities where fresh food is not widely available.
A five and a half million dollar grant will provide students from around Michigan with money for food.
The grant from the US Department of Agriculture will allow several school districts around the state to provide summer meals to students.
A Flint doctor has been charged in connection with the deaths of three patients.
Prosecutors say the patients were all prescribed methadone in a manner inconsistent with legitimate medical practices.
It would be a $50 fine to sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday.
Critics say the misdemeanor and fine imposed under Senate Bill 231 won’t go far enough to limit e-cigarettes sales.
Powdered alcohol may be on it’s way to being banned in Michigan. Lawmakers say it’s a health risk, and one lawmaker has introduced legislation to ban the substance.
Michigan’s Junior U.S. Senator is leading a new push at the federal level to fight back against human trafficking.
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A new report from The Vision Council shows that an increasing number of people with vision problems is costing the U.S. billions of dollars in health care and lost productivity.
One in twenty-eight Americans have vision impairment.
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It’s that time of year.
The sun is shining, snow is melting, temps are climbing…and the flu season is winding down.
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.
State lawmakers are debating whether someone should face penalties if they fail to act when they know someone else is in danger.
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.
If you’re healthy, signing up for health insurance may not be at the top of your “to-do” list.
However, it may be helpful to know if you want coverage that begins January first, the deadline under the Affordable Care Act is Monday.
Gardeners and farmers aren’t the only ones who should care about dirt. That’s the word from soil scientists.
December 5 is World Soil Day, and pockets of supporters around the world are using the day to raise awareness of the importance of healthy soil.
State Health officials are reminding people that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month just in time for the holidays.
Health officials say 10.4% of Michigan adults age 18 and above have been diagnosed with diabetes.
With 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.
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.
You may notice more students out on the walk to school Wednesday, as more than 200 schools in Michigan participate in the 17th annual Walk to School Day.
Thousands of Michigan students, parents, teachers and community leaders are expected to participate.
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.
The Central Michigan University College of Medicine has been given the green light to proceed with a second building project in Saginaw. Continue reading