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HIV/AIDS Resource Center Urges Testing

Dec 2, 2014
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Organizations across Washtenaw County encouraged people to get tested for HIV Monday for World AIDS Day.

The number of new HIV cases grew sharply in the county last year, reaching a 15-year high.

Jimena Loveluck is the president of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

She says it's incredibly important to get tested and know your HIV status.

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Local efforts to restore Ypsilanti's historic Freighthouse have entered a new phase.  Ypsilanti City Council Member Pete Murdock is calling on the city and local organizations to help finish restoring the building.

Those efforts stalled after a State Historic Preservation Grant fell through.

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority, city government and other local groups had previously pledged to contribute to the project if the grant was awarded.

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The new open enrollment period for Michigan's Health Insurance Marketplace has begun, and efforts in Washtenaw County are off to a good start.


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Washtenaw County is expanding its shelter services this winter.  Starting in January the county will begin operating a second warming center.

The county's shelter services routinely exceeded their capacity last year, particularly during January-March.

Ellen Schulmeister is the Executive Director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

She says several local groups have offered to act as the site of the second center.

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Autism's causes remain a mystery, but researchers at the University of Michigan could soon have a better understanding of it. The school is getting $1.6 million in federal funding to determine what social and environmental factors cause autism.

The college has committed to a 3-year study of the disorder.

Marie Lynn Miranda is the dean of U of M's School of Natural Resources and the Environment.

She says none of the existing autism databases contain significant information about social or environmental exposures.

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Tuesday is election day, and Washtenaw County officials are getting ready for higher-than-usual turnout. About 48 percent of eligible voters are expected to participate this year.

That's two percent more than the last mid-term election.

Washtenaw County Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski says they're also expecting more voters to use absentee ballots than ever before.

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In recent years communities across Washtenaw County have made efforts to promote safe, alternative transportation methods.  Expansion of the Border to Border trail and other bike lanes are some of these changes.  A new effort is designed to make sure everyone in the community knows where they can bike safely.


Michigan Holds First 'Heroin Summit'

Oct 20, 2014
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Government officials from across Michigan gathered in East Lansing Monday for the state's first Heroin Summit. Michigan's departments of Education and Community Health as well as the State Police held presentations and participated in panel discussions to determine how to stem the rising heroin problem.

Washtenaw Public Health epidemiologist Adreanne Waller says local organizations like the Washtenaw Health Initiative are already combating the problem.

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A rising need for surgery has prompted the University of Michigan Health System to expand its operating room facilities.

The multi-million dollar project will be renovating more than 24-thousand square feet for use as support spaces, equipment storage and new operating rooms.

Shon Dwyer is the acting Executive Director of University Hospitals.

An Eastern Michigan University professor has received national recognition for her teaching efforts. 


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The University of Michigan is expanding its partnership with the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office. Starting October 1, the university will start managing all of the office's operations.

The new partnership will last three years, and is worth $16.7 million.

The two organizations have been working together since 2011.

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Repair work continues on the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

The center was closed earlier this month and its programs temporarily relocated when the building's drywall ceiling started separating from the rafters.

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation manager Collin Smith says they should finish repairs soon and have the center reopened early next month.

Veterans Memorial Park Pool Re-Opens

Aug 27, 2014
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If you've been looking forward to one last cannon ball or belly flop at Veterans Memorial Park pool in Ann Arbor, now's your chance.

The city has completed repairs to the pool and it's been re-opened.  Problems with the filtration system kept the pool closed since Saturday.

Bill Meeks is the park's Recreation Supervisor. He says they'll be closing the pool for the season on Monday.

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Three of Ann Arbor's fire stations will be temporarily closed over the next two months.

Stations 3, 4 and 5 will each be closed for renovations, although only one will be closed at a time.

Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Taylor says each station should only be closed for a few days.

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Environmentalists planned to gather in Belleville Thursday to protest a shipment of radioactive waste being brought into Michigan.

The material was generated by a fracking operation in Pennsylvania.

It's being processed and diluted in a Belleville facility and then disposed of at a hazardous waste landfill operated by Wayne Disposal.

The protest is being organized by the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan. LuAnne Kozma is the Committee's Campaign Director.

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The University of Michigan Water Center will be working with NOAA to help protect our coastlines.

The center has been awarded a five-year, $20 million contract for the job.  

In addition to being director of U-of-M's Graham Sustainability Institute, Donald Scavia is principal investigator for the project, which will find researchers doing work in a number of areas.

New Digs For Youth And Family Services

Aug 13, 2014
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Starting Thursday, Washtenaw County Community Support and Treatment Services, Youth and Family Services division will operate out of the same location where adult services are offered.

Program administrator Elizabeth Spring says Youth and Family Services has been working out of temporary offices at the detention center since black mold cropped up at the former location.

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Some medical service providers are turning to a new method of patient treatment amid growing concerns over healthcare.  


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Following the unexpected passing of Robin Williams in an apparent suicide, the national conversation has turned to depression and how to treat the debilitating affliction. 

The University of Michigan has started studying an alternative treatment that has had some promising results. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, therapy uses powerful electro-magnets to treat patients when anti-depressants and other forms of medication don't work.

Cancer Research Gets Big Financial Boost

Aug 12, 2014
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Michigan has gotten another big boost in the battle against cancer.

A 13 hospital consortium lead by the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has been awarded $10-million for cancer research by the National Cancer Institute.

Beth LaVasseur is Saint Joseph's Director of Research and Operations. She says some of the money will be used to cover the costs of running so many clinical trials.

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Medical science may be one step closer to preventing the formation of malignant brain tumors. A University of Michigan study has found suppressing the production of certain proteins can help the body's immune system eradicate cancerous cells. 


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Ann Arbor is getting greener. The non-profit Ecology Center is installing eight solar panels on its roof Friday.

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Mumps, pertussis and other diseases are a growing concern in Washtenaw County because many children haven't been vaccinated against them.

Washtenaw County places 66th out of Michigan's 84 counties for fully-vacinated children between the ages of 13 and 17.

Washtenaw County Public Health Medical Director Alice Penrose says some diseases that aren't common are starting to come back and could become a major problem.

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A shortage of on-campus housing at the University of Michigan appears to have been averted.

University Housing spokesperson Peter Logan says they have started converting small lounge areas into additional rooms and are encouraging upper classmen to voluntarily move into off-campus apartments.

"We're cautiously optimistic that we have been able to identify and make spaces available for the number of incoming freshmen that we need to have," Logan says.

A record-breaking class of incoming students exceeded the school's housing projection.

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Sexual assault and domestic violence remain serious problems in Washtenaw County, and Safehouse Center is preparing its upcoming "Men Taking a Stand" campaign to help stop them.


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