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
The Kids Count Data Book shows Michigan ranks 31st for overall child well being.
The data look at economic well being, education, and health. Continue reading
The hospital will partner with local businesses to provide healthy activities and daily classes, that are open to the public at little or no cost.
Families and advocates will be speaking at the Children’s Association Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day.
The study shows sixty-one percent of adults experience day to day discrimination.
Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in a variety of medications – many, but not all, are for pain relief.
It’s now safe for body contact with water in Grand Traverse Bay and the Boardman River.
An untreated sewage leak last weekend in a creek, lead to water in the Boardman River and bay being contaminated. Continue reading
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
In a move to address health concerns among Flint residents related to the water crisis, the state is offering to forgive student loans for health care professionals in Genesee County.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human services is offering to forgive up to 50 thousand dollars of student loans for as many as 15 health professionals. Continue reading
The state is investigating an outbreak of E. Coli infections related to baking flour.
20 states have been affected by this outbreak. Three brands of flour are under suspicion – Signature Kitchens, Gold Medal and Wondra. They’re all made by General Mills. Continue reading
A gated fitness park will be opening Sunday in Saginaw.
The park was created in 2010 by Mission in the City, a nonprofit connected with a Saginaw church, New Life baptist, after homes were demolished on the property.
The church wanted to help people in Saginaw have a safe place to get active.
Yvette Haynes is with Mission in the City. She said the park has a number of features.
“A pavilion, a quarter mile walking track, a toddlers playground, two full size basketball courts that can be converted to playing volleyball and lots of green area.”
Hanyes said the church wanted to help people in Saginaw have a safe place to get active.
“Our church back in 1999 did a community survey based on the needs of the people in the community and recreation was one of those areas, and so that became our mission, which is now a 501 C 3 community development arm of our church, where we get out the walls of the church and become externally focused.
Haynes said the park will be open to the public until October.
Scientists say it’s safe for Flint residents to bathe and shower with city water.
Experts say, about two years ago there was chloroform in Flint’s water. Chloroform can burn the skin and can be deadly if inhaled. Continue reading
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.
Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.
“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”
The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set
Improving dental care access and education in Michigan is the renewed focus of a dental health organization.
The Michigan Oral Health Coalition is pushing to increase access to dentists and to improve public education about oral hygiene. Continue reading
Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
A veteran health fair in Saginaw is hoping to help veterans to improve their eating habits, and to raise awareness for homeless veterans.
The health fair will have healthy eating tips, information on health benefits and weight loss programs available for veterans and their families. Continue reading
A proposal in Lansing would lower the cost of chemotherapy pills for cancer patients.
Officials say cost of chemotherapy pills can run as high as six thousand dollars a year. Continue reading
Legislation introduced in the state house would require schools and government buildings to have feminine hygiene products available free of charge.
Currently, many tampons and pads cost money in bathrooms – or are not available at all.
State Representative Sarah Roberts said it’s unfair women have to feel embarrassed when caught without the products. Continue reading
Some worry these ordinances will affect business. Others say they are essential for inclusive communities.
An Osceola County hospital has received a top rural hospital award.
The award was given to the Reed City Spectrum Health Hospital because of low rates of infections and medical errors, and appropriate staffing levels. Continue reading
MidMichigan Health has received a $500,0000 grant to expand telemedicine services to rural areas.
The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will help purchase new technology including an interactive stethoscope and software to connect specialists with rural hospitals. Continue reading
The city of Alma is surrounded by three contaminated EPA superfund sites.
In an attempt to educate the community, Alma College is hosting what it’s calling an Intergenerational Health Conference to examine the effects of living so close, to so much contamination.
Cold weather mixed with moving hundreds of pounds of wet and heavy snow can be the recipe for a heart attack.
Especially for those who don’t exercise regularly.
Leslie Kinnee is with the Mid-Michigan District Health Department. She said the simple activity of shoveling snow can be more strenuous than running on a treadmill. Continue reading