Health

CALUMET, MI--   The Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center has received funds to increase access to dental care in the Calumet area. 

According to the 2015 Western Upper Peninsula Health Needs Assessment, 41.3 percent of the region’s adults did not see a dentist in 2015.  An estimated 43 percent had no dental insurance, and 22 percent did not get needed dental care because of the cost. 

The funding will be used to provide oral health care services at the Calumet Family Health Center for adults and children, whether or not they have insurance coverage. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Chocolay Raptor Center is holding a fundraising event for a new National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette class aimed at the families of service members and veterans. 

“Homefront” is a six-week class to be held this fall that will teach families about mental health issues—their symptoms, medications, and other related topics.  

NAMI-A/M President Cindy K. Bertucci says the classes were developed to help them understand what their loved one might be going through.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Women’s Center is kicking off a new project this week to help end domestic violence.  

LANSING, MI (AP)--   About 12,000 people in Michigan received letters erroneously stating they would no longer receive state assistance to pay certain Medicare costs.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services said in a statement Thursday a "technical system error" mistakenly listed thousands of seniors and people with disabilities as being ineligible for the assistance, prompting ineligibility letters.

Department Deputy Director Chris Priest says they're working to correct the error so people can receive benefits.

CASSOPOLIS, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials say they've confirmed the first case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever contracted in the state since 2009.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the case involved a child in southwestern Michigan's Cass County.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by bacteria and can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly, even in previously healthy people. Symptoms typically include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and muscle pain. A rash may develop a few days later.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Flint officials say they're in no hurry to boost chlorine in the city's water supply. 

Utilities chief JoLisa McDay told reporters Tuesday that it could sit and eat away at protective coatings in the vast pipe system.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week told Flint and the state of Michigan that more chlorine is necessary during warm weather. The government also wants Flint to add caustic soda.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Nearly 4,800, or 3.4 percent, of Michigan children who were tested had elevated levels of lead in their blood in 2015, according to health officials.  

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released provisional statewide data Monday. The information will identify communities needing interventions such as Detroit, Grand Rapids and Flint — where lead contaminated the tap water.

MARQUETTE, MI--   UP Health System Marquette has broken ground on its new medical facility.

The campus will include a 500,000 square-foot hospital and adjoining 80,000 square-foot medical office building. 

State, U.P., and local officials marked the occasion with the ceremonial shoveling of dirt at the hospital’s new location on the former Roundhouse property off Baraga Street. 

MARQUETTE, MI--    U.P. Health System Marquette has a new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Wael Khouli comes from HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN, where he served as Medical Director of Care Management.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says preliminary numbers show chickenpox cases were up this year through April compared with last year. 

In a news release Wednesday, the department said preliminary figures indicate there have been 239 chickenpox cases through April, up roughly 57 percent from the same point in 2015.

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