health

Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Michigan was one of 16 states that had obesity rates among adult residents of at least 35% last year, with 35.2%. Iowa, Ohio, Delaware and […]

Here’s where COVID-19 vaccine clinics are across Michigan

BY: - September 7, 2021

If you still need to get your COVID-19 shot, scroll through our searchable database of upcoming clinics and testing sites below. The information is collected by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Protect Michigan Commission. In order to reach community-wide immunity that can protect others who cannot get vaccinated, Michigan is […]

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Column: Meijer and Upton did the right thing. Now they must do it again.

BY: and - September 7, 2021

In the last days of June, Congress quietly took perhaps its most consequential climate vote in history. A bipartisan majority voted to reverse a Trump-era rule weakening methane emissions and put back in place the more stringent guidelines established under former President Obama. Only 12 House Republicans voted for the measure. U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer […]

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Susan J. Demas: As COVID surges again in Michigan, Whitmer’s leadership shrinks

BY: - August 28, 2021

For weeks, terrified parents, anxious teachers and weary administrators have been waiting for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to step up and be the leader she was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sane majority is sick and tired of being pushed around by wild-eyed anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers berating and threatening health and elected officials […]

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Susan J. Demas: If schools can send girls home for short skirts, they can enforce mask mandates

BY: - August 21, 2021

We’ve tried all sorts of things to make masks palatable for the extremely loud minority of parents and GOP politicians who keep taking over school board meetings across the country, throwing Nazi salutes and nonsensically screaming that safety measures are “child abuse.” Let’s be clear. The majority of our country is vaccinated against COVID-19 and […]

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Susan J. Demas: We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID.

BY: - August 10, 2021

Sane America has had enough. After almost two years of a horrific pandemic that’s killed almost 620,000 Americans — with nearly 20,000 of them from Michigan — and deadly, faster-spreading variants emerging because selfish and ignorant people refuse to get vaccinated — those of us who have tried to do everything right have no more […]

House panel mulls bill requiring medical providers to give anti-abortion information

BY: - June 24, 2021

The House Health Policy Committee held a hearing Thursday morning on a bill that would require medical providers to provide anti-abortion information and offer abortion reversal procedures that opponents say are unsafe for pregnant people.  The committee did not vote on the bill Thursday. House Bill 5086, introduced by Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), also known as […]

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Column: Biden’s Dearborn visit shows the need to tackle environmental injustices

BY: - June 24, 2021

Last month, President Joe Biden visited the Ford facility in Dearborn ahead of the release of the entirely pollution-free F-150 Lightning, which serves as an opportunity to take stock of what his presidency so far has meant for Michigan. The new administration has already taken bold leaps to get us back on track with climate […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene in new attack on Fauci demands his salary be stripped

BY: - June 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Tuesday led a group of House Republicans calling for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci, formalizing their intense criticism of his public statements and actions throughout the coronavirus pandemic into legislation. Those GOP lawmakers can’t actually oust Fauci from his post as director of the National […]

Michigan reports 338 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday

BY: - June 14, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 892,469 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 19,548 have died from the virus — an additional 338 cases and eight deaths since Saturday. The new numbers combine both Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, as DHHS does not […]

HIV at 40: Racial disparities continue to drive the epidemic in Michigan

BY: - June 4, 2021

“Why are you talking to them?” Hank Millbourne remembers friends saying to him during the 1980s gay scene in Detroit about other gay men. “They have the package.” Millbourne had only a passing idea of what the “package” was, but he was quickly taught the alleged telltale signs of it: darkened fingernails from using AZT, […]

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Todd A. Heywood: Let’s talk about immunocompromised people and the COVID vaccine debate

BY: - May 18, 2021

Everyone has heard politicians and public health leaders pleading with Americans to get one of the three available vaccines for SARS-COV-2 — the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. And vaccination rates are increasing to a point where pandemic restrictions are beginning to loosen and promises of “hope” for a “return to normalcy” continue to […]