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Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.

Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.
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Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.




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.

Duration: 00:09:13

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.

Duration: 00:06:51

“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?

Duration: 00:12:57

Should you worry about catching hepatitis A at Southeast Michigan restaurants?

All the snow and cold and even a bum wrist from a recent fall didn’t stop Otis Lee from his mission to get vaccinated. Using a cane, Lee hobbled into the student center at the University of Detroit Mercy, where the Detroit Health Department has set up a vaccination clinic specifically for restaurant workers and food handlers.

Duration: 00:04:07

Stateside 12.19.2017

PFAS chemicals have contaminated water across Michigan. Today on Stateside, we learn what that means for public health and clean up. And, in honor of Star Wars: The Last Jedi , we visit Terra Prime Light Armory in Ann Arbor, where athletes spar with lightsabers.

Duration: 00:50:10

Was it typhoid? Crohn’s? 156-year-old mystery surrounds Prince Albert’s death

156 years ago this day, a husband died. His grieving wife wore black from that day until her own death 40 years later. That is the story of Britain's Queen Victoria and her husband, the Prince Consort Albert.

Duration: 00:05:15

Michigan community health centers face uncertain future

Since 1965, community health centers have provided care for low-income and uninsured Americans. And now, that vital care for 26 million people in more than 10,000 locations is threatened by the failure of Congress to renew its funding, which expired September 30. If the fund is not renewed, community health centers could lose out on $3.6 billion, and one policy brief from the National Association of Community Health Centers estimates between 76,000-161,000 private jobs could be lost...

Duration: 00:11:02

Food workers encouraged to get Hepatitis A vaccine as SE Michigan outbreak continues

The hepatitis A outbreak has affected at least a dozen restaurants in three southeast Michigan counties this year. That’s why Oakland County is hosting two vaccination clinics for restaurant workers this week, no appointment necessary. Restaurant workers are a priority target for the limited supply of the hep A vaccine because they handle other people’s food. Those who catch the virus are most contagious before they show symptoms of hep A.

Duration: 00:03:46

After nearly dying at her own hospital, physician calls on medical staff to be more empathetic

It began with unbearable pain — an alarming development for a woman seven months pregnant. And before too long, Dr. Rana Awdish was losing her grip on life. While Awdish did not die, she did endure a long, tough recovery from the medical crisis that cost her the life of her unborn child. And, as a physician who cared for patients in the intensive care unit, she learned profound lessons about how doctors and nurses practice medicine.

Duration: 00:11:42

Michigan startup uses augmented reality to give pediatric patients “moments of escape and joy”

The Next Idea The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition announced its list of winners earlier this month. It's time to meet one of them: Christina York, CEO of SpellBound , joined Stateside to talk about the app that just won her company the People’s Choice Award.

Duration: 00:08:01

How loneliness affects your health and what you can do about it

How does loneliness impact your mental and physical health? Dr. Farha Abbasi , Michigan State University psychiatrist, believes loneliness is one of the greatest challenges we face as a society. She joined Stateside to share her work.

Duration: 00:10:12

UM researchers plan to cut opioid use in half in Michigan

President Donald Trump recently declared America's opioid crisis a “national emergency." Prescription opioids are prescribed for pain, but the medications can be highly addictive. People who become addicted may switch to heroin when they can no longer get pills at the pharmacy or on the black market. The epidemic is rapidly killing people, something like 90 people a day in the U.S. While the nation is coming to grips with the opioid crisis, researchers at the University of Michigan have...

Duration: 00:10:51

Stateside 1.1.2017

Today on Stateside , we learn how Michigan is fighting hepatitis A to prevent its spread. And, we look back at the history of the Mackinac Bridge in honor of its 60th birthday. Also on the show, we discuss the court-martial that begins today for the Marine drill instructor accused of abusing Muslim recruits.

Duration: 00:49:52

Just about everyone is addicted to screens. What can we do about it?

Digital technology has infused our lives. And while it brings many benefits, we’re paying a price for having our brains constantly plugged into the digital world. At special risk: children and adolescents. Just what is the effect of screen time on kids and parents, and what should we do about it?

Duration: 00:13:11

How Michigan is fighting hepatitis A to prevent its spread

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the state’s response to an outbreak of hepatitis A. The disease has hit Southeast Michigan pretty hard over the past 15 months, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to keep this outbreak from spreading across the state.

Duration: 00:06:01

Is ketchup a vegetable again? “Rebel Lunch Lady” discusses politics, health of school lunches

Is ketchup a vegetable? How about the tomato paste in pizza sauce? For decades, what we feed our children for lunch when they're at school has been as much about politics as it has been about health.

Duration: 00:12:51

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

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