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What can microbiomes tell us about death? New MSU study explores the life of a corpse.

This story will make you think of watching CSI : Crime Scene Investigation, where police forensic investigators solve crimes.


Issues & Ale: The "frustrating" state of mental health care in Michigan

Mental illness is an issue that “knows no class, no gender, no race, no geography,” said Joe Linstroth , executive director of Stateside and host of Wednesday night’s Issues & Ale event . He asked the audience – a full house at Jolly Pumpkin Dexter ’s brewery – to raise their hands if they have a personal connection to mental health or mental illness. Most every hand went up.


State project aims to combat rising suicide rate in men

Minding Michigan is Stateside ’s ongoing series exploring mental health and wellness issues in our state. Today, the focus turns to suicide. One person in Michigan dies by suicide around every six hours, and according to the CDC, men are four times more likely to die by suicide. The state is making a concerted effort to reach out to men through a project called Healthy Men Michigan . The goal is to promote mental wellness among men in our state aged 25-64.


Psychiatrist says associating mental illness with violence distorts the facts

Last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida prompted the President to call for more attention to mental health. That's a common response to these violent events – Sandy Hook, Columbine, Las Vegas, the theater shooting in Colorado, and so many more. So how should we think about mental health in the wake of tragedies like these?


UM hospital to roll out program that would give priority to people who can pay more

The University of Michigan is reaching out to donors, offering better access to its hospital’s doctors, for an annual fee. For $2,700 a year, a patient can take advantage of what’s known as a “concierge medicine” service the hospital is calling Victors Care .


After a crushing diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, what’s next?

Every 66 seconds, someone in this country is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the United Stateside, and as our nation gets older, that incidence will increase.


After years of illness, former Wolverine thanks plant-based diet for renewed health

Today at Detroit's Eastern Market, there will be a celebration of all things vegan. It's called V313 . Organizers promise food from local vegan restaurants, music by local "plant-powered musicians," and educational speakers. Marc Ramirez will be moderating the Vegans of Color panel discussion. He's the co-founder of Chickpea and Bean , a nonprofit which hopes to raise awareness and educate people on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. He's also a former football player for the...


What it’s like to watch a loved one with early-onset Alzheimer's slowly slip away

Traditional wedding vows talk about “for better or for worse … in sickness and in health.” When your wife has Alzheimer's disease, and you’re her caregiver, you learn what those words truly mean.


Unlike Obamacare, UM physician’s health insurance innovation has bipartisan support in Congress

Here's something rare in health care policy in 2018: an idea that can help chronically ill patients and save money for both patients and, ultimately, insurers. And here’s the real shocker: it's an idea with bipartisan support.


Clearing the clutter: Group offers help for hoarders

For a while, the show Hoarders was popular on cable. A show about people who just can’t stop hoarding things in their homes. Bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms are piled high with paper, dishes, clothesm, food. Doors can’t open. Sometimes there are too many animals in the house. People with hoarding disorder put themselves – and sometimes others – in danger. The TV show resolves the issue with a lot of drama and tears – and the problem, at least what the viewer sees, is all taken care of in...


First responders offer free classes on how to stop someone from bleeding to death

Mass shootings, like the one last week in Florida, can leave some people feeling nervous. While mass shootings don’t happen every day, car accidents and industrial accidents do. With all that in mind, hospitals around the country are putting on free workshops to teach people how to prevent someone from bleeding to death.


Michigan hospitals push back against bills to set nurse-to-patient ratio and mandatory overtime

There is a continuing debate in Michigan, and nationally, about nursing staffing levels in hospitals and whether there's a shortage of nurses. Here in Michigan, nurse advocates and some lawmakers are pushing for the Safe Patient Care Act .


Stateside 2.8.2018

Today on Stateside , we hear how the vicious flu season has scientists looking for a better way to produce vaccines. And, we talk to a Suttons Bay man who celebrated face-to-face communication by walking 3,200 miles across the United States.


Vicious flu season has scientists looking for better way to produce vaccines

The winter of our discontent drags on. That discontent has a name: the flu. Our nation is in the middle of an especially bad – and deadly – flu season. And, even as we are told we should get a flu shot, we're hearing that this year's flu vaccine isn't very effective. Let's talk about why this is, and whether it's time to re-think our approach to preventing the flu. Dr. Arnold Monto is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan and an internationally-recognized influenza...


Michigan nurses push back against understaffing and mandatory overtime

Does Michigan have a shortage of nurses? That question is at the heart of a push by nurse advocates and some lawmakers for a state law that would set up mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios and prohibit hospitals from ordering nurses to work overtime.


Telemedicine could be effective weapon in war on opioid addiction in rural Michigan

When President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, he offered some ideas for tackling this national emergency. He didn't offer specific plans or funding for implementation, however. One of those ideas was telemedicine, which might be especially helpful where America's opioid crisis is at its worst: rural areas.


The opioid epidemic from a transplant surgeon’s point of view

Recent reports show that the number of organ transplants is rising. While this may be good news to those on an organ waitlist, the reason for the rise — opioid overdose deaths — is troubling. Dr. Michael Englesbe is a transplant surgeon and an associate professor of transplant surgery at the University of Michigan. He joined Stateside to share his perspective on the opioid crisis.


Psychiatrist: We should not be in the business of diagnosing the president

The recent publication of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury focused our attention on President Trump's fitness to hold office. Wolff claims White House aides harbor deep concerns about the president's mental health, although those same aides publicly deny that.


Thank this man for smoke-free hospitals, restaurants, and airplanes

The TV series "Mad Men" was set in the 196 0s , and its creators went to great pains to make it look as authentic to the era as possible. That means just about every character smoked. Everywhere. All the time.


“You can’t see it,” but what if you could? The game-changing effect of seeing mental illness

Talking about mental illness goes hand in hand with talking about stigma, that fear of being judged or having one’s symptoms blamed on bad behavior rather than a disease. Stigma keeps people from seeking the help they need for their mental illness, but what if patients and families could see their mental illness?


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