Health

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September is National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. Sickle cell refers to the shape of a patient’s red blood cells. As many as 100-thousand people have the blood disease in this country, most of them African-Americans.

WKAR health reporter Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Peter Gulick of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, uncovered the extent of the problems caused by lead in the city’s water supply. It’s become one of the most serious environmental challenges in recent memory.

Now, she’s written a book about the crisis. On Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m., she’ll discuss the Flint water crisis with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow at the East Lansing Public Library. It's open to the public.


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September is Healthy Aging Month, and today, Scott reports that an increasingly important factor in healthy aging is the care our elders receive while still living at home.

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Matching grants of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health are being made available for Michigan companies that have up to 250 employees.

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Michigan State University is creating a new organization combining the MSU Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine and Nursing. It will be known as MSU Health Care.


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Aretha Franklin’s private funeral will be held on Friday in Detroit. Her death reportedly was caused by neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas. Attacking endocrin cells, it differs from the pancreatic cancer attacking exocrine cells that people tend to think leads to a swift death. In fact, Franklin lived with the condition for a number of years.


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Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is employing new technology aimed at improving the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery for scoliosis. 3D modeling might lead to better results.


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In recent weeks, per- and polyfluorinated compounds known as PFAS have increasingly been detected in Michigan water supplies. According to Bridge Magazine, about two dozen sites in the state have been found to be contaminated with PFAS. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Norb Kaminski, director of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University, about exposure to PFAS.


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According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.8-million people a year suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States. That number could be low, as many injuries go undetected or unreported. WKAR’s Scott Pohl recently talked with Amy Zellmer, author of “Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury.” She was in town to speak at a conference held by the Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Mason.


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The crisis of lead getting into Flint’s water supply is the focus of a new book by freelance reporter Anna Clark. It’s called “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.”


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The explosion of opioid overdoses and deaths in America and in Michigan has been well documented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 2,300 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2016, an increase of almost 20-percent over the previous year.

At a recent conference in Lansing, experts discussed the role internet technology could play in fighting the spread of opioid use.


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Many people who have had shingles say it’s the greatest pain they’ve ever endured. About a million people get shingles every year. Since it was licensed in 2006, the vaccine Zostavax has been recommended to older Americans to prevent shingles. Late last year, doctors began to recommend a new vaccine they think will be more effective than Zostavax. It's called Shingrix.


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State and Kent County health officials are asking people not to eat fish from some western Michigan ponds due to elevated levels of industrial chemical contaminants.

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Health officials are recommending that some people living near a Michigan factory get tested for lead exposure.

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