Health Care
1:35 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Upton says website problems raise other concerns about "Obamacare

Fred Upton - file photo
Credit WMUK

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says the website "should have been the easy part" of launching the new health care law. 

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10:30 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Pertussis cases confirmed in Kalamazoo County, flu in Michigan

Three of the four cases have no linking connection according to health department officials
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- While folks are out getting flu shots, they may want to get a pertussis booster as well. Pertussis-- whooping cough-- is not a disease of the past, health officials remind. There have been five lab confirmed pertussis cases in Kalamazoo County residents in October, said Lynne Norman, RN, Clinical Services Division manager for Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services.
8:24 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

State exempts some meningitis outbreak records from Freedom of Information Act

Newspaper attorney says state could protect patient information by redacting names
Some state records involving the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak remain under wraps as the Michigan Department of Community Health has declared the crisis a "medical research project." The designation makes the records exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, the state argues.
Kalamazoo River
12:19 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

State assessment finds no "long term impact" on public health from contact on Kalamazoo River

Portions of the Kalamazoo River reopened in 2012 (file photo)
Credit WMUK

The Michigan Department of Community Health says it has evaluated surface water in the area of the 2010 oil spill on the Kalamazoo River. 

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9:37 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Program shows promise in reducing infant deaths in Kalamazoo County

But work remains to be done to reduce infant mortality and close racial gap
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Statistics from the Michigan Department of Community Health show that from 2006 to 2010, black infants in Kalamazoo were more than five times less likely than white babies to make it to their first birthday. From 2008 to 2010, that rate was 6.4, the highest of any city in the state.