Health

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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.

Current State for June 16-17, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

Our entire show is focused on Michigan Technology – changing the way we drive, we live and our health. 

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Four months ago, Michigan State University announced a restructuring of health services on campus. The changes came in the wake of the sex crimes committed by Larry Nassar. Those changes have had ramifications with regard to mental health services available to MSU students.


Ionia County Residents Being Treated After Handling Rabid Bat

Jun 12, 2018
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The Ionia County Health Department confirmed several people are being treated for rabies after handling a rabid bat.


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Medical experts in Michigan say reducing the stigma of HIV is key to stopping the spread of the disease.


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A health advisory has been issued after more than 8,000 gallons (30,283 liters) of raw sewage spilled into northern Michigan wetlands that are connected to Grand Traverse Bay.

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