7:30 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Flu death reported in Barry County

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Health officials say confirmed cases represent fraction of actual illness
BARRY COUNTY -- The Barry-Eaton District Health Department has confirmed one flu-related death among 15 cases of the illness in the two counties, according to a report released Wednesday, Jan. 29. Agency leaders released no additional information on the death victim.
Health Care
8:16 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Events Thursday in Kalamazoo area offer help with Obamacare enrollment

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Credit The Associated Press

Interview with Shawn Dhanak


Free professional help is being offered Thursday for people who need assistance enrolling in health care plans. 

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7:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan House approves bill allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries, edible pot

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Local communities could prohibit the "provisioning centers"
LANSING, MI -- The Michigan House on Thursday advanced legislation to update the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law by allowing for dispensaries and a variety of edible products. Medical marijuana storefronts had operated in several Michigan communities until a February ruling by the state Supreme Court empowered county prosecutors to shut them down as a "public nuisance."
Abortion insurance
8:51 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Michigan Legislature approves bill requiring separate insurance for abortion

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Credit Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Interview with Gongwer News Service Publisher John Lindstrom


A voter-initiated law that requires women to purchase a separate rider to have insurance coverage for abortion has been approved by both the Michigan House and Senate.

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3:31 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Michigan ranks 34th in national health

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Michigan is not the healthiest state by far, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 Health Rankings.
Michigan placed 34th in the nation on health rankings released Wednesday, in part due to high rates of obesity in the state. United Health Foundations 2013 Americas Health Rankings found that Americans generally improved in a majority of behavioral measures from smoking to physical activity that contribute to health.