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Stateside: Pence meets with Chaldeans; jails and mental health; EVs and MI’s auto industry

Today on Stateside , we talk to a leader in Michigan's Chaldean community about his meeting with Vice President Mike Pence about the future for detained and deported Iraqi Christians. Plus, a conversation about why so many mentally ill people in Michigan end up in jail, and what we can do about it.


How Michigan is preparing for a potential coronavirus outbreak

The new coronavirus has yet to make a confirmed appearance in Michigan.


Stateside: Union rift over Medicare for All; death of the comment section; the race for MI's 8th

Today on Stateside , Michigan is under the microscope this election year. We talk to a POLITICO reporter about why the state could play a key role in the rift among labor unions over Medicare for All. Plus, we talk to the hosts of Michigan Radio’s new political podcast. It focuses on a competitive congressional district where Republicans are hoping to hold onto the gains of 2016.


How a rift between labor unions over Medicare for All could impact Michigan in the 2020 election

Medicare for All took second place to the dust-ups Wednesday at the Democratic debate, but it's still a prominent issue for a lot of voters. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren discuss it frequently on the campaign trail. But concerns are developing within some labor unions over the plan for a single-payer health care system. As primary momentum shifts toward Michigan, eyes are now on union leaders in the state.


When is someone really dead? The complicated ethics behind diagnosing brain death.

How do you diagnose death? For the last several decades, doctors have used brain death, defined as the complete and irreversible absence of all brain function, to determine when someone is legally dead. But in two recent cases in Michigan, both involving children, families have pushed back on doctors' diagnoses of brain death.


Urgent care centers are common for physical ailments. Could they work for mental health issues, too?

When you have an injury or illness that needs immediate attention, but isn't an emergency, you head to the urgent care center. Those facilities allow people to be seen outside of doctor's office hours while avoiding an expensive trip to the emergency room. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids has taken that idea and applied it to mental health treatment.


How recreational pot could shift the landscape of marijuana use in Michigan

It's been almost a year since Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana. Soon, the state will begin accepting applications for recreational pot businesses. That begs the question: what does all this mean for the existing medical marijuana industry in Michigan?


Subscribe to your doctor? A new model for medical care is catching doctors’ attention

Before insurance companies, and co-pays, and filing claims, the relationship between doctors and patients was simple. Those who needed medical care would visit their doctor’s office or request a house call. Once that care was provided, the doctor was paid directly. Some physicians are bringing that model into the 21st century by offering direct primary care to their patients on a subscription basis.


Stateside: UAW leaders working with feds; surviving otherness; health and economic security

Today on Stateside , top United Auto Workers union leaders are now working with federal investigators on the probe into corruption at the UAW. Plus, we talk to the Detroiter who is just one country away from having visited every United Nations recognized country. She is aiming to be the first black woman to do so.


Stateside: Outbreak of deadly mosquito-borne illness; history of squirrels; promise zone outcomes

Today on Stateside , what you need to know about the outbreak of a deadly mosquito-borne virus in Michigan. Plus, the growing number of cities in Michigan designating themselves "promise zones" and offering tuition assistance to their high school graduates.


How health experts, vaping industry, are reacting to Michigan’s flavored e-cigarette ban

Governor Whitmer today made Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. She invoked the emergency rules after the state's chief medical executive declared that young people using e-cigarettes was a public health emergency. We hear what health experts and vaping industry leaders think about the ban.


While caring for the tiniest patients, NICU nurses guide families through sorrow and joy

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) houses a hospital's tiniest, most fragile patients. The smallest babies there can weigh less than a pound at birth. NICU nurses both care for the critically-ill babies, and guide families through an overwhelming and scary experience. Stateside's Work in Progress series features conversations between people just starting out in a career and a veteran in their field. This time, we hear from two NICU nurses working at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in...


Planned Parenthood of MI will lose 20 percent of budget with Title X pullout

Planned Parenthood announced it will withdraw from the federal Title X program which funds contraception and family planning services for low-income patients.


Tribal communities in Michigan use traditional knowledge to tackle modern public health crisis

For every 1,000 Native American babies born in Michigan, more than 14 don’t reach their first birthday. That’s more than triple the infant mortality rate for white babes. But tribal communities in Michigan are working to change that. And they’re doing it, in part, by reviving traditional cultural practices around pregnancy and motherhood.


24 Michigan counties are at "high-risk" in the national opioid epidemic

As Michigan joins the nation in seeking solutions to the opioid crisis, researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with an important tool for policymakers and leaders. It's a study that identifies counties considered "high-risk" in the opioid epidemic. The study says nearly 30% of Michigan counties fall into that category.


“Developmentally vulnerable” teenagers should hold off on marijuana use, says Harvard doctor

As more states climb aboard the legal weed train, there are voices from the medical community urging caution ─ especially when it comes to teens. They warn that adolescent brains are exposed to a much more potent form of cannabis than the pot of days gone by.


In this era of legal cannabis, a doctor's warning

Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan. But physicians are warning that more research is needed to determine how, exactly, cannabis affects the brain and body.


How Michigan’s urban, rural communities are trying to reduce infant mortality disparities

Nearly seven out of every 1,000 babies born in Michigan will not live to their first birthday. That rate is more than double when it comes to African American and Native American infants. As part of its new effort to move the needle on infant mortality, the state is tailoring solutions to different communities. It recently released a draft of its 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHIEP).