Michigan communities with the highest rates ofpPrimary and secondary syphilis

Health experts worry about rising syphilis rates

SYPHILIS: Syphilis rates are on the rise in Michigan, especially among women, and that worries state health officials. Detroit has the highest rate, followed by Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Washtenaw and Genesee counties. There is a significant difference in rates between Black and white men. A new CDC study traces five cases of Southwest Michigan women infected after having sex with the same man. We talk to the state medical executive and a Kalamazoo County health official. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

The entrance to Thrive Dining Hall

Students wish MSU’s allergen free dining hall could be open for longer hours

Living With Food Allergies

Living away from home and learning time management skills are only some of the many challenges incoming college students face. But for some, figuring out how to navigate the dining halls brings even more anxiety. 

“I think for anyone with food allergies, coming into a college setting can be really stressful,” MSU freshman Alina Morse said. 

Morse manages her allergies to wheat and tree nuts daily. This was part of her decision to come to MSU. “If the school is accommodating I think that brings some peace of mind so I definitely had some peace of mind coming into MSU,” she said. 

The main accommodation MSU offers is the Thrive Dining Hall located in Owen Hall. Thrive is a certified allergen free dining hall, and is completely free of the top nine major allergens in the U.S., including; peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, sesame, wheat and gluten. 

Although Thrive chefs have to avoid so many common ingredients, they still figure out ways to make their menus exciting. 

“It really is kind of a trial and error when we have so many different restrictions,” said Ross Grimmett, the Dining Service Manager for Thrive.

Pop Up Pantries bring food stability to Lansing Community College students

his year, administrators of Lansing Community College aimed to do something about that need for its students. LCC realized that some of its students were experiencing food insecurity, so it created “pop-up pantries” for its students. According to studies from 2022 from the Greater Lansing Food Bank, more than one in six people in mid-Michigan face food insecurity, and about 92,000 residents lack consistent access to food.

Schools with lowest vaccination rates among kindergarteners in 2022.

Preschool immunization lags US average

VACCINATION RATES: The state’s child vaccination rates are the lowest since 2011, and reasons include misinformation and inadequate resources for local public health agencies. Counties with the lowest rates for children 19 to 36 months are Oscoda, Keweenaw, Clare, Houghton and Lake. Detroit also ranks among the lowest. Highest rates are in Ontonagon, Midland, Kent, Bay and Leelanau counties. Among the schools with 100% rates are ones in Ingham, Alcona, Saginaw and Oakland counties. The state’s chief medical executive and the vice president of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who is also a Western Michigan University faculty member, explain. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR CLARE, ALCONA, IRON MOUNTAIN, MIDLAND, MARQUETTE, LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, LAKE COUNTY, DETROIT, WKTV, LUDINGTON AND ALL POINTS.

Thumb counties hit by high colorectal cancer rates

CANCER: Residents of Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties in the Thumb have a disproportionately high rate of colorectal cancer, including a higher death rate, a new study finds. Risk factors include obesity, smoking, age and an “unhealthy food environment.” Elsewhere, the lowest rate was in Houghton County, followed by Emmet, Mason, Ottawa and Ontonagon counties, Wexford and Mecosta counties were among those with the lowest rates. The highest rate was in Montmorency County, followed by Clare, Gratiot, Oscoda and Osceola counties. Gogebic, Alger and Baraga counties were among those with the highest rates. Study done by MSU faculty and a Grand Rapids physician. By Eric Freedman. FOR CLARE, LUDINGTON, HOLLAND, WKTV, MONTMORENCY, MARQUETTE, CADILLAC, BIG RAPIDS, IRON MOUNTAIN, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS.

The Michigan Doula Advisory Council meets.

State promotes doulas to assist pregnant women and their families

DOULAS: The Department of Health and Human Services is pushing to increase the number of doulas who provide pregnant women and their families with physical, psychological and emotional support. The initiative includes covering services for Medicaid recipients and paying for doula training. We talk to doulas from Grand Rapids and Detroit. Includes references to doulas in Marquette and Benton Harbor. We talk to the department’s Division of Maternal and Infant Health and doulas in Grand Rapids and Detroit. By Stephanie Rauhe. FOR WKTV, DETROIT, MARQUETTE AND ALL POINTS.

A carbon monoxide poisoning detector.

State urges residents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Wayne State University/Michigan Poison & Drug Information CenterA carbon monoxide poisoning detector. By KAYTE MARSHALLCapital News Service 

LANSING – The Department of Health and Human Services is pushing Michigan residents to install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes to prevent deaths. Carbon monoxide, otherwise known by its chemical formula CO, is a gas that forms when fuel burns. Its presence can’t be identified by taste, sight or smell, giving it its nickname of “the silent killer.”

According to the department, 452 people were hospitalized for CO poisoning in Michigan from 2016 to 2019. Annually, roughly 100,000 people nationwide seek emergency department care due to accidental CO poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The department reported 672 emergency department visits for CO poisoning in Michigan in 2020, the latest figures available.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

Law enforcement agencies watching new fentanyl overdose treatment 

ANTI-OVERDOSE DRUG: The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is the country’s first to stock a new anti-overdose drug called Opvee as an alternative to the most commonly used Narcan. Other agencies, including the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, are taking a-wait-and-see approach, in part because of costs. Amid an opioid crisis, we hear from the state’s chief medical executive, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Detroit chapter of Families Against Narcotics. By Liz Nass. FOR DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Grant aimed at improving health care for LGBTQ+ patients

LGBTQ+ HEALTH: $10 million in new state aid will help local organizations improve health services for LGBTQ+ residents of Michigan. We learn more from a Benton Harbor advocacy group and Transgender Michigan. Lawmakers from Livonia and Southfield championed the grant program. By Brandy Muz. FOR DETROIT, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, STURGIS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Programs ramp up to combat loneliness

LONELINESS: A recent U.S. surgeon general’s advisory and a U-M study found that loneliness is a major public health problem for adults and children, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those most adversely affected are older and LGBTQ+ Michigan residents. We hear from the state’s chief medical executive and other experts about programs and groups based in West Michigan and Metro Detroit that are addressing the problem. By Kenzie Terpstra. FOR DETROIT, GREENVILLE, IONIA, WKTV, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.