Health

Michigan autism plan
7:18 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Report calls for better screening, establishing best practices for treating autism

File photo of Lt. Governor Brian Calley discussing insurance reform for autism in 2012. Calley's daughter has autistim
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A new report recommends creating a state Autism Council made up of professionals, parents and others. The Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan also recommends broad access to comprehensive diagnosis to allow for early screening and establishing best practices for educators and service providers. Mary Connors of Kalamazoo is one of the committee members who helped create the report.

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2:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Calhoun county ranks low in health

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A health study released today ranks Calhoun County near the bottom. Calhoun County placed 78th out of the 82 Michigan counties. Allegan County was ranked the healthiest in our area, at 11th. Most of the Southwest Michigan counties fell between 40th and 60th place. Kalamazoo came in 46th in the health study.
The health of Calhoun County could use a booster shot, if a new study's numbers are accurate. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a study today that ranked each county in the nation.
7:29 am
Fri March 1, 2013

National report shows slight improvement in Michigan's health

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Michigan saw slight improvement in life evaluation, healthy behavior, and work environment. Emotional and physical health and basic access were slightly worse compared to 2011.
LANSING, MI - Michigan ranks 36th nationwide for its health and well-being, a slight improvement over the previous year. The state's overall well-being score was 65.6 out of 100 in 2012, up from 65.3 in 2011, when the state ranked 37th, according to the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
WMUK News
1:39 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

WMU speaker considers "health equity"

Professor Brian Gibbs
Credit Brian Gibbs / Johns Hopkins University

The federal government says black babies are up to three times more likely to die than white infants. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more African-Americans suffer from high blood pressure than whites do. Those and other disparities in health and health care are the subject of the annual Burian Lecture on Wednesday, February 20th, at Western Michigan University.

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Health Care challenges
8:27 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bridge Magazine looks at health care in Michigan

Borgess Hospital - file photo

Bridge Magazine has a look at several health care related issues. That includes the loss of employer-sponsored coverage for over one-million state residents in the span of a decade. Bridge Correspondent Rick Haglund spoke with WMUK's Gordon Evans about what the loss of job-related coverage means in the state. 

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