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Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program starts today

file000192652027Michigan’s Medicaid expansion is officially up and running. That means hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders are now eligible for government-sponsored health care.
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MidMichigan Medical Center receives level 2 trauma verification


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MidMichigan Medical Center in Midland will now be better suited to handle trauma cases with its recently announced trauma center verification. Read more

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Excessive alcohol consumption report

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA new report confirms what some people may have suspected; excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable death. Read more

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Snyder: Treat e-cigarettes like tobacco


Governor Rick Snyder says he wants electronic cigarettes to be regulated in Michigan as tobacco products. E-cigarettes deliver a dose of nicotine to users in a mist. There is a bill in the Legislature to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, but would not tax them like cigarettes or subject them to other tobacco-related regulations.
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Alma College hosts 2nd annual Health Symposium


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Alma College hosted their 2nd annual Health Symposium on March 8th to address concerns on how to address a growing autistic adult population. Read more

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Effort underway to regulate e-cigarettes in Michigan

gr-37917-1-1There’s a movement in Lansing to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes. The smokeless devices deliver a nicotine-laced mist that users inhale.
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Safety of electronic cigarettes still under debate

gr-37917-1-1Electronic cigarettes often are advertised as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but there are a lot of questions about those claims.
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Michigan dentists aim to help more children smile

gr-37524-1-1February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, but for many Michigan children there isn’t much to smile about when it comes to their oral health.
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Munson hosts informational ACA meeting

MunsonFederal Officials say they’re just under halfway to their goal with the new Affordable Care Act. 3.3 million Americans have enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Officials hope to have 7 million enrolled by March 31st.
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Michigan “Goes Red for Women” on Friday

Red and hearts are all around this month, and the American Heart Association hopes Michiganders will put the two together this Friday, to join in the fight against the number-one killer of women – which some people may be surprised to learn is heart disease.

Janine Krolikowski of Royal Oak, an AHA spokeswoman, lost both her parents to heart disease at an early age, and as a cardiac ultrasound technician, she knew the warning signs. However, she said, she still downplayed her own heart attack symptoms until it was almost too late.

“The one thing I did right that day is, I took an aspirin when I thought it was cardiac-related,” she recalled. “What I did wrong was, I didn’t call 911 immediately.”

Friday marks the 11th annual National Wear Red Day. Men and women alike are encouraged to wear the color to help raise awareness of heart disease, which according to the Heart Association claims more women’s lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.

Krolikowski said she hopes the simple act of wearing red will help remind women across Michigan just how critical it is to take care of themselves.

“Everything takes priority and we end up at the bottom of the heap, and that has to change for women, because if we’re not here, we can’t take care of our children, we won’t be able take care of our husbands, or work,” she warned. “We need to make that a number-one priority.”

The American Heart Association estimates that 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.

On The Web: 
“Go Red” Campaign: www.goredforwomen.org

This story was provided by Mona Shand with the Michigan News Connection

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