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The answer is to #MeToo is better sex education

If you logged on to social media at some point this week, you likely saw dozens of posts about #MeToo. The hashtag took off after an actress posed the question : “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Wendy Sellers believes education is the best way to prevent sexual harassment and assault.

Duration: 00:08:16

Kent County is looking for cancer clusters near Wolverine tannery dump sites

Health officials in Kent County plan to investigate whether there are cancer clusters near waste dump sites once used by the shoemaker Wolverine World Wide tannery in Rockford. Brian Hartl , an epidemiologist with the Kent County Health Department, joined Stateside today to explain what the department knows now, and how it plans to move forward.

Duration: 00:05:36

Mother discovers child suffers disability from prenatal alcohol exposure and wants to warn others

There is an agony that descends upon a family when a child is diagnosed with a neurological and behavioral disability. Imagine adding to that by realizing this child’s disability is 100% incurable, and 100% preventable. That is the case with FASD: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Duration: 00:12:40

After you flush, where does it go? For many communities, the answer is no longer a solution.

When you flush, do you know where the wastewater goes? How about where that sewer line ultimately ends? It is out of sight, and often out of mind. Yet across Michigan, our decaying and outdated sewers are the source of growing problems.

Duration: 00:07:01

Laughter is critical to maintaining a healthy mind

There’s an old adage that laughter is the best medicine. Michigan State University psychiatrist Dr. Farha Abbasi believes there’s some scientific truth to that.

Duration: 00:07:14

Father who lost his son to suicide says mental health education crucial for schools

Jeff Edwards is on a mission to go into as many schools as possible to talk to as many kids as possible about mental health, depression and suicide. Edwards is the board chairman of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention , and this issue is very personal for him. His son Chase was 12 years old when he died by suicide in 2003.

Duration: 00:17:47

A psychiatrist’s tips for keeping college stress in check

College campuses are filling up with students again, which means all the associated stress is returning to campuses too.

Duration: 00:09:52

The story of how three women in Michigan found the vaccine for whooping cough

Parents and students are getting ready for school to start next week. That can mean last-minute shopping trips for supplies and clothes, and perhaps a doctor’s appointment to get those vaccines up to date before the school year starts. Back in the 1930s, pertussis, better known as whooping cough, caused 6,000 deaths a year in the United States. Ninety-five percent of the people who died were children ages five and under. It was three women in Michigan who helped change those grim statistics.

Duration: 00:08:33

Late ESPN broadcaster opened up about depression, personal trauma to help others

He was a welcome presence on ESPN and ABC for decades. During his 30 years at ESPN, John Saunders lived every sports fan’s dream job. But even as this one-time Western Michigan University hockey player rose to become one of the country’s most popular sportscasters, he secretly battled depression – and endured personal traumas that are hard to believe.

Duration: 00:16:27

Getting in “the zone” can be tough, but you can train your mind to do it

The Next Idea Is there a “state of mind” that aids innovation and creativity? Think for a moment about the last time you were totally immersed in a hobby, music, or sport. Things just seemed to flow, time became imperceptible, and everything seemed almost effortless. Might you have experienced this when writing? Running or gardening? Creating poetry, music, or dancing? Or even tinkering? Are such times rare or non-existent in your life? These experiences of “flow” are rocket fuel for...

Duration: 00:06:25

Researcher: Safety of birth control pills is not “sufficiently well established”

In 1960, the first oral contraceptive was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as contraception. That drug, Enovid, changed the course of history for women. Yet Beverly Strassmann , a professor of anthropology and a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, has a challenge for the drug companies that make hormonal birth control: don’t rest on your laurels. Her research indicates it might be past time for pharmaceutical companies to tweak the...

Duration: 00:08:24

Audit says state is behind on asbestos inspections. Health expert says that’s unacceptable.

Asbestos popped up a few times in the news this week. The Detroit Free Press published an investigative piece about how the quick pace of demolitions of abandoned homes and buildings in Detroit might be endangering residents. The city says that’s demonstrably false. Then yesterday, Michigan’s Auditor General found the state’s asbestos remediation program needs more inspectors and more money. As Michigan Radio reported, the program is falling behind in its reports and follow-up visits .

Duration: 00:07:07

New UM study shows potential for customizing treatment for advanced cancer

Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have taken a big step forward in understanding how to craft precision treatments for advanced cancer – cancer that has metastasized, or spread. Using 520 tumor types, they found that in 90 percent of cases, key contributors to an individual patient’s cancer can be identified.

Duration: 00:08:00

Michigan health insurer says premiums will rise if White House pulls cost-sharing subsidies

President Trump has made no secret of his desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “You know, I said from the beginning: Let Obamacare implode,” Trump said late last week after the Senate failed to repeal the ACA. But is the president letting Obamacare implode, or is he making it implode? Trump threatened on Twitter to end the cost-sharing reduction subsidies – money that helps poorer Americans buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges.

Duration: 00:05:30

New registry will track everyone in Flint exposed to lead-tainted water

It happened last December, in the final hours of the last Congress. After a lot of heavy lifting by Michigan lawmakers on Capitol Hill, a federal aid package for Flint was finally passed. Today, we've learned 14.4 million of the federal aid dollars from that package will go to Michigan State University to set up a registry of everyone exposed to the lead-tainted water in Flint.

Duration: 00:05:05

Don’t kiss your chicks: Officials blame backyard chickens for salmonella outbreak

Keeping backyard chickens is getting more popular in Michigan, as more communities decide to let residents maintain backyard coops. Megan Nichols is a public health veterinarian with the Centers for Disease Control. She says keeping backyard chickens is linked to salmonella outbreaks.

Duration: 00:05:05

It’s the busiest people, not the poorest, who eat the most fast food

Fast food is not good for us. That's not exactly a secret. Nutritionists point to all that fat and salt in fast food as one of the main causes of the growing obesity rate in this county, and elsewhere around the world. There's a commonly held belief that poor people eat more fast food than any other group. University of Michigan-Dearborn Economics Professor Patricia Smith decided to test that belief in a study on fast food consumption. She found that the poor don’t actually eat more fast...

Duration: 00:06:01

Stateside 7.11.2017

Today, we hear why the state's largest hospital system would prefer to repair the Affordable Care Act, not start from scratch. And, we learn why the Selfridge Air National Guard Base aims to become a home for the new F-35 fighter jet. To find individual interviews, click here or see below:

Duration: 00:48:39

State's largest hospital system would prefer to repair ACA, not start from scratch

Returning from the 4th of July recess, Senate Republicans are going to try again to come up with a health care bill that can win the 50 votes it needs to pass. Word is, they hope to have a revised health bill to show senators by week's end, perhaps by Thursday.

Duration: 00:11:32

“A lot of questions, but very few answers:” The mental strain of a cancer diagnosis

The phrase "you have cancer" might be one of the most terrifying collections of words a person can hear in their lifetime. Many readers have heard that phrase spoken to them, or have had a close friend or relative experience it. The level of anxiety and other psychological issues that accompany a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for many people. To help combat that, there is now a subspecialty of oncology. It’s called psycho-oncology.

Duration: 00:12:56

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