9:19 am
Fri December 12, 2014

State wants parents to think before choosing not to vaccinate

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan's health agency is working to make it harder for parents to get out of immunizing their children against contagious diseases. 

The Michigan Department of Community Health has rules that take effect Jan. 1 requiring parents to take extra steps in order to get permission to leave their children unprotected.

MLive DOT com says parents seeking vaccination waivers will have to hear from a health worker about vaccines and the diseases they're intended to prevent.

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10:09 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Brown County, WI residents binge drink more than any other county

GREEN BAY, WI (AP)--   A new survey shows adults in Brown County binge drink more than those in any other parts of the state, which was ranked highest in the nation for alcohol gorging and intensity of drinking.

Binge drinking means a person consumed five or more drinks in one day. 

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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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