8:57 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rate of deaths on the job down in the state

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's rate of job-related deaths has decreased in recent years even as more people enter the workforce following the economic recession.

The Detroit News reports federal data show Michigan's rate of workplace fatalities declined from 3.6 per 100,000 workers in 2010 to 3.4 per in 2012. The total number of fatalities increased to 133 deaths last year from 120 in 2007.

Transportation accidents are the leading cause of workplace deaths, and men are more likely to die on the job than women.

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7:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

MI Medicaid expansion seen as model for other states

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   University of Michigan researchers say the initial success of the state's Medicaid expansion could be useful to others considering their plans under the Affordable Care Act. 

The report is to be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Healthy Michigan Plan, launched in April, enrolled nearly 328,000 people in 100 days — surpassing its first-year goal of 322,000. More than 400,000 enrolled through September.

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7:15 am
Wed October 22, 2014

New U.P. health system created

ISHPEMING, MI--   Hospitals in Marquette, Houghton, and Ishpeming are joining together to create a new health system. 

Marquette General Duke LifePoint, Portage, and Bell hospitals are now under a unified brand, called U.P. Health System.  Officials unveiled the new name and logo at a press conference at bell Tuesday.  The system’s mission statement is “making our communities healthier.” 

Officials say working together, the two community hospitals and Marquette General will improve services to the region and increase patient satisfaction. 

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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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