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U-M Health System
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The University of Michigan Board of Regents will decide on millions of dollars in improvements to the University Health System when it meets later this week.


University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Health System has started using a new, smaller pacemaker to treat patients with heart conditions.

Fracking
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Fracking, to say the least, is a controversial method of energy resource extraction.  Those who implement the practice contend it's more efficient, effective, and is not an environmental hazard.  There are many who disagree, particularly when it comes to environmental impact.  In this week’s, “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair discusses fracking and the effort to put it to a vote of the people with LuAnne Kozma, the ‎campaign director at The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan​. 


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April is National Donate Life Month.  You can register to help those in need.


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Some Washtenaw County residents are eating over half a cup more per day of fruits and vegetables thanks to a program called Prescription for Health.


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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Ann Arbor group ArborWoman to help prevent infant deaths. 


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Washtenaw County is the seventh healthiest  in Michigan, according to a national survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Denist Washtenaw
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

It's been nearly a year since the Washtenaw County Dental Clinic for low income and uninsured patients opened for business in Ypsilanti.


MaryCarol Hunter
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources

In these cold, winter months, many of us want to stay indoors.  In this week's. 'Issues of the Environment,' MaryCarol Hunter, Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan, tells WEMU's David Fair why an "outdoor pill" has demonstrable benefits.


Personal Training
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During this time of the year, many of us think about how we can get and stay healthy for the rest of the year.  


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The number of obese adults in Michigan is up 7 percent from 15 years ago.

In Michigan, slightly more than thirty percent of adults are now medically obese, that’s a 7% increase from the year 2000. Those statistics come from an annual report compiled by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health.

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

Washtenaw County Conducts First Latino Health Survey

Sep 10, 2015

Washtenaw County's Public Health Department conducted its first comprehensive Latino Health Survey and the results show that group needs to make improvements. 

There's a lot of evidence that the meals school cafeterias are serving have gotten healthier since new federal nutrition standards were rolled out.

People whose diabetes requires insulin injections usually have to make a series of visits to the doctor's office to fine-tune their daily dosage. But many low-income patients can't afford to take those few hours off to see the doctor. As a result, they often live with chronically elevated blood sugars for weeks or months until they can find time to get to the clinic.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Two Ypsilanti children decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money, but the funds won't go to buy toys or anything like that.

The Pill, Birth Control, Michigan
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The State of Michigan would have to take measures meant to increase access to birth control under new proposals in the state Legislature.

Bake Sale Michigan
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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that will allow student groups to sell baked goods in school to raise money.

New federal guidelines adopted by the Michigan Department of Education limited the kinds of food that could be sold in school. Several groups complained that the guidelines hindered their ability to fundraise.

Eastern Michigan University and the American Heart Association are joining forces tomorrow to battle heart disease. The two organizations are holding a "Heart Walk" at EMU's Rynearson Stadium Saturday.

Karyotype
National Human Genome Research Institute

The biggest challenge is finding a way to deal with the amount of data the sequencing creates.


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University of Michigan study shows bellicose metaphors are a detriment to treating cancer.

insurancemarketplace.org

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


Tooth Decay
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  An organization based in Ann Arbor will use $9.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help prevent tooth decay among Michigan's children.

The Altarum Institute will team up with Delta Dental, the University of Michigan school of Dentistry and the Michigan Department of Community Health to improve access to dental screenings and preventative care to the uninsured children of Michigan's working families. 

HealthyStuff.org Tests Walgreens Products

Apr 17, 2014
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The Ecology Center says many of the products it tested from Walgreens contained potentially harmful chemicals.

Healthy Stuff Dot Org Research Director Jeff Gearhart says plasticizers were found in 13 flexible vinyl products.  He says the substance has been linked to asthma and liver toxicity.

"So what we're asking is for Walgreens to actuall implement a comprehensive chemical policy," Gearhart says, "get these hazardous products off the shelves and sell products that are healthier and safer for consumers."

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Washtenaw Public Health confirms two deaths from influenza-related illness.  

Officials are urging residents to get vaccinated and a potent flu strain makes the rounds in the county.

Susan Cerniglia is the Public Information Officer for Washtenaw Public Health. She says seniors and children are not the only ones getting hit hard with the flu - younger people are also getting very sick.

Cerniglia says vaccinations are still available at Public Health, and through health care providers. She says some pharmacies are running out of the vaccine, so people should call ahead before going to a local pharmacy for a flu shot.

A report dated January 10th from the county:

 Influenza is circulating at peak levels in Washtenaw County.  Influenza A is dominant so far this season, with A/H1N1 subtyped in the majority of cases.  A few influenza B cases have been diagnosed. Respiratory illness rates in schools and child care centers are currently unknown due to the holiday/weather break.   Hospitalizations associated with inflluenza infection continue to climb.  The age range of hospitalizations in Washtenaw residents to date is 10 to 91 years, with almost half under the age of 50 (this is typical for A/H1N1). The first local flu-related deaths were reported this week in older adults with underlying high-risk health conditions. 

Influenza Activity for Current Season 

Local flu activity in 2013-14 season (pdf)

Hospitalizations for 2013-14 (pdf)

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