Tag Archives: health

A waste company is trying to change how people dispose of needles and other sharp objects

Syringe_with_needle_and_needle_cap

A waste company is trying to change how people dispose of needles and other sharp objects.

Be Smart with Sharps is the name of Mid Michigan Waste Authority’s latest campaign.

It’s aimed at educating people on how to dispose of sharp objects. That includes hypodermic needles and also things like broken glass or scissors. Continue reading

For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year

An increase in buyer awareness, and concerns of water contamination – most notably in Flint – are said to have contributed to an uptick in bottled water sales.

For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year. Continue reading

Seniors with Blue Cross Blue Shield Medigap insurance can expect a rate increase next year

bcbsm_building

A five-year freeze on Blue Cross Blue Shield Legacy Medigap rates will expire at the end of the year.

Starting in January, Medigap insurance holders could see increases ranging from 48 dollars to 177 dollars per month – depending on individual circumstances. Continue reading

Adults are urged to stay current with vaccinations

WFNjBOx4
Fewer than thirty percent of adults in America, receive their recommended vaccinations each year. The state is reminding people vaccinations aren’t just for children.


Health officials say adults living with heart disease, diabetes, HIV and chronic kidney disease are more at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

They say, staying current on vaccinations not only protects the recipient but helps prevent the spread of diseases within the community.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. She says, when mom and dad are vaccinated, it can protect the family.

“Often times adults may think that vaccines are for younger children and may forget about protecting themselves. What’s important to remember is that by staying up-to-date on your vaccines you’re actually helping to protect children you’re around as well.”

Eisner says, the CDC has a recommended vaccination schedule for certain age and high risk groups.

Here’s a link to the CDC vaccination schedule http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

Northern Michigan mental health agency implements a new crisis team

file0001786983143

As many as fifteen-hundred people a year in northern Michigan seek out mental health crisis services.

Now a local agency has formed a 24-hour crisis team.

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health has implemented the new crisis services team. Continue reading

Pregnant women and children in Flint should continue drinking bottled water, says Flint medical society

o-BOTTLE-WATER-facebook

The Genesee County Medical Society this week said pregnant women and children in Flint should use an abundance of caution when it comes to drinking water.

The group said filters work when used correctly. But they say it’s better for pregnant women and children to be cautious, and drink bottled water. Continue reading

Native American health bill removing IRS oversight passes US House

HealthPicture

A bill removing a waiting period for Native Americans to add to their health savings accounts has passed through the US House.

Right now, Native Americans must wait three months after receiving care at an Indian health clinic before contributing to a health savings account. Continue reading

Health officials testing sewer contaminated water in Grand Traverse Bay

IMG_0490

Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay

Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading