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9:08 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New website warns against prescription drug abuse

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Community Health has developed a website to increase public awareness of the risks and potential harm associated with misuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. 

The website announced Monday includes steps that people can take to address the issue of such drug abuse in families and communities. It's part of the "Do Your Part: Be the Solution" effort, which aims to address prescription drug misuse and abuse across Michigan.

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10:11 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Flu makes its presence known in MI

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Health officials are encouraging Michigan residents to get flu vaccinations as the state says it confirmed its first influenza cases of the 2014-2015 season. 

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Thursday that it recently confirmed three cases of influenza in adults, the first of the season identified by a state laboratory. One case is H1N1, one is H3N2 and one is an influenza B virus.

The announcement came as the department, the Michigan Osteopathic Association and the Michigan State Medical Society worked to promote vaccinations.

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8:13 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Marquette County hospitals react to Ebola threat

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette General and Bell hospitals are preparing facilities to deal with the Ebola virus. 

Although Ebola has not been reported in Michigan, officials say they’re taking precautions to keep staff, visitors, and the community safe.

Measures being implemented include asking incoming patients if they’ve traveled to high-risk areas or come into contact with people who live there; installing signs asking people with fevers who have traveled outside the country to notify staff; and dedicating isolation rooms for patients who may have been exposed to Ebola. 

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6:54 am
Wed October 15, 2014

New Bell Hospital CEO chosen

Mitch Leckelt
Credit LifePoint Hospitals

ISHPEMING, MI--   Bell Hospital in Ishpeming has named a new Chief Executive Officer. 

Officials announced Tuesday that interim CEO Mitch Leckelt has accepted the top post.  The 52-year-old has been at Bell since July, after serving at Marquette General Hospital as Assistant Administrator. 

LifePoint Hospitals U.P. Market President James Bogan says several candidates were interviewed, but Leckelt’s management expertise and knowledge of health care dynamics in the Upper Peninsula persuaded officials he was the best person for the job. 

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9:24 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Enterovirus claims life of downstate toddler

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A toddler is the first person in Michigan to die from the virus that has caused severe respiratory illness across the country. 

Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit says 21-month-old Madeline Reid died Friday afternoon from enterovirus D68.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rudolph Valentini said in a statement that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the illness after the Clinton Township girl's arrival, but did not specify which day.

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