Health

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The Michigan High School Athletic Association says its unique sideline concussion testing program for athletes in football and other sports is having a positive impact but long-term funding is an issue as it heads into its second and final year. 

Executive Director Jack Roberts says member schools in its pilot program removed players for possible concussions at a higher rate than schools that were not.

IRON RIVER, MI--   Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics has provided a grant for two drug disposal receptacles in the community. 

The MedSafe containers are now in the Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Iron River Police Department.  They’ll be used to dispose of all unused medications except for inhalers, sharps, and glass containers.  The contents will be disposed of through incineration, which is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s preferred method of destroying drugs. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Health advocates are pushing what's billed as a simple way to have more CPR-trained lifesavers in Michigan: requiring the instruction in school.  

The legislation easily cleared the Senate in the spring and is pending in the House.

Supporters hope the chamber will vote this month before members breaks again to focus on the November election.

The bill would require that schools provide instruction in CPR and the use of defibrillators at least one time between grades 7 and 12.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Individuals and teams are bringing attention to suicide prevention in Marquette and Baraga Counties this Saturday. 

The Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance is holding its annual “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” at the Al Quaal Recreation Area. A second walk is being held at L’Anse Waterfront Park in L’Anse.  The fundraising walks support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is to receive a $2.25 million grant to help prevent overdose deaths from prescription opioids. 

The funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will cover three years. It's part of the Prescription Drug Overdose: Data-Driven Prevention Initiative.

State health officials say there was a four-fold increase from 1999 to 2014 in unintentional fatal drug poisonings. Prescription opioids include hydrocodone, codeine and morphine.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Federal and state officials say the river water that Flint residents used for more than a year for bathing and cleaning may have caused skin rashes that possibly worsened because of people's mental stress and hygiene changes made over concerns about the water.  

A study released Tuesday says no definitive link can be made between the Michigan city's 2014 switch in water source and rashes because of a lack of old water samples.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is partnering with Wayne State and Central Michigan Universities to present a training session about screening for autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Best Practices in Screening, Referral and Behavioral Health Interventions aims to enable health care workers to better understand the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, identify concerns early, and make referrals with conviction.  It features presentations from two Wayne State University behaviorists. 

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A federal emergency declaration over Flint's lead-tainted water crisis is ending, but officials say work will continue to fix the drinking water system and provide services to city residents. 

The declaration ended Sunday, and now the state will bear the full cost of bottled water, filters and other water supplies.

Federal resources, health programs and monitoring efforts also will continue.

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Northern Michigan University officials say the Marquette campus is cleaner and some students and employees are likely healthier two years into a tobacco ban.  

Spokeswoman Cindy Paavola says there are far fewer cigarette butts and remnants of chewing tobacco at the school since the policy took effect.  Some faculty, staff, and students also have told university officials the rule change led them to quit smoking or using other tobacco products.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UP Health System Marquette has a new chief executive officer.  

UPHS Market President James Bogan says Brian Sinotte, FACHE, has been appointed to the top post, effective August 15.  Sinotte comes to Marquette from Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson, NC, where he’s served as CEO since February of 2015. 

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