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9:53 am
Mon September 15, 2014

MSU scientist studying microbe risks

Jade Mitchell

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   As the Ebola virus draws the world's attention to the danger of disease spread, a Michigan State University researcher is working to provide better tools to measure the human health risk from microbes and to train researchers in their use. 

Biosystems engineering professor Jade Mitchell is doing the work with help from a $1 million National Institutes of Health grant.

The university says one key goal is to "link quantitative scientists such as engineers to biologists and social scientists."

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10:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Walk MS 2014 this Sunday at the Superior Dome

MARQUETTE, MI--   People are walking for Multiple Sclerosis this weekend in Marquette.  

The 2014 Walk MS is a fundraising effort to help find a cure for the disease and help those who have it.

Nancy Beukema is a volunteer with the Upper Peninsula Service Council for the national MS Society Michigan Chapter.

“The Walk MS here in Marquette is to bring everyone together that either has MS, their family, or individuals that are interested in supporting the MS Society and the research and educational programs that they do,” she says.

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8:58 am
Wed September 10, 2014

State watching kids' respiratory illnesses

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials say they are investigating severe respiratory illnesses in children but haven't confirmed if the cases are associated with a national outbreak. 

The Michigan Department of Community Health said Tuesday it's received reports of an increase in such illnesses and is working with local health agencies. Officials are forwarding samples to the Centers for Disease Control.

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10:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

60,000 in Michigan could be eligible to sign up for health care before November

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   More than 60,000 Michiganders have likely experienced a life-changing event that qualifies them to sign up for health care through the federal health exchange before November.

The regular open enrollment period under the federal health care law begins on November 15th. But a special sign-up period is open now for people who recently got married or had kids, among other things.

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10:04 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Downstate horse dies of West Nile virus

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Michigan officials have confirmed the West Nile Virus has been found in a northern Michigan horse and a mid-Michigan turkey flock. 

The state Agriculture and Community Health departments said Thursday an 8-year-old horse from Grand Traverse County tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus this month. It was euthanized after it didn't respond to treatment.

The disease affects humans and animals. Symptoms in horses include stumbling, tremors, facial paralysis, impaired vision and seizures.

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