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
The first case of Zika virus in Michigan has been confirmed in Ingham county.
Health officials say the 61 year old female contracted Zika on vacation in Barbados, where the virus is present. She returned to Michigan with symptoms a few weeks ago, and the test results confirmed the virus.
The patient was not pregnant. Continue reading
Michigan scientists said it’s early, but as of now, there isn’t enough evidence to confirm or deny any possible link between the rise in Legionnaires Disease in Genesee county and the water crisis in Flint. Continue reading
People in the Grand Traverse region will soon have the opportunity to voice their concerns about community health. This through a new survey being offered in the new year. Continue reading
While many Americans are getting ready to gorge out and celebrate Thanksgiving — 50 million people are suffering from hunger.
The 2016 World Hunger Report shows the main causes of poor health as well as the main drivers of healthcare costs, are related to diet. Continue reading
Health officials say Bay County has seen a recent spike in heroin use. An event December 15 is looking to reach out to those affected by the drug.
A heroin summit is being planned by the Self Sufficiency Task Force and the Bay County Prevention Network. Speakers at the event will include past users, family members, law enforcement, and doctors. Continue reading
Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. Johns has resumed sales of cider, after a sample tested positive for E. Coli earlier this week.
Uncle John’s ceased all cider sales following that positive test result earlier this week, and a recall was issued for cider with a sell-by date of October 30th. Continue reading
Pendills Creek Fishery in Brimley recently underwent an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection for the first time.
The inspection dug up 11 serious violations that needed to be addressed.
Squirrel’s need TLC too — and one animal rehabilitation center in northern Michigan is collecting acorns to feed them.
The Association to Rescue Kritters, or ARK, in Saint Helen saves all kinds of animals. Continue reading
Local health experts say they’re renewing focus on immunization education. They are hoping to lower the number of vaccine waivers in schools.
Michigan is ranked with the 4th highest vaccine waiver rate in the country. Continue reading
A new rule in all National Parks is banning electronic cigarettes in places where traditional cigarettes are already prohibited.
That includes park buildings, beaches and campgrounds.
Cigarettes seem to be losing popularity among college students, while marijuana is gaining popularity.
That’s according to a study done by the University of Michigan.
The study says six percent of full-time college students used marijuana at least twenty times in a thirty day period. Making them daily, or near-daily users. Continue reading
Summer break finally ended today in Traverse City. The alternative education school had been shut down after mold was discovered over Labor Day weekend.
The mold was found in seven classrooms. Continue reading
It seems it’s never too early for the talk, the one about alcohol. Now doctors recommend that parents begin talking to their children about alcohol abuse when the kids are nine-years old.
This is according to a recent study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Continue reading
More women will breastfeed in public this year than in the past.
In a study conducted by the breastfeeding supply company Lansinoh more than 60 percent of women said they’re comfortable breastfeeding anywhere they want. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading