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Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.

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Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.




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

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

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