Category Archives: Health

The Center for Michigan: in campus hospitals, beds full of drinking casualties

Last year, on a football Saturday in Ann Arbor just before Thanksgiving, I drove myself to the hospital with chest pains. As it turns out, I hadn’t had a heart attack, just a lot of stomach acid backing up into my lungs, but it took nearly 24 hours to come to that diagnosis. So I […]

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Discussing how deep cuts to mental health care services will impact the poor of Washtenaw County, EMU’s decision to drop their controversial mascot, local ice cream, and the music of Craig Johnson… on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

The Saturday Six Pack is back on the air this Saturday… Among other things, we’re going to be discussing access to mental health resources in Washtenaw County, where it’s rumored that as many as 90 mental health care workers could be losing their jobs over the next several days. While County administrator Verna McDaniel has […]

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EMT: “It’s unofficially our job to try and figure out what hospital won’t bankrupt you, and it’s bullshit.”

As it’s been a while since I’ve used this site to whip up righteous indignation over the state of health care in this country, I wanted to share the following story, ripped from the pages of Reddit today, about people who are forced into bankruptcy when ambulances take them to hospitals that don’t accept their […]

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NBC’s Nancy Snyderman needs to lose her medical license immediately

Earlier this month, a West Africa-based cameraman by the name of Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola while shooting for NBC News in Liberia. Mukpo had been hired to accompany the network’s chief medical editor, Nancy Snyderman, as she reported on the deadly virus, which, according to CDC reporting, has already claimed at least 4,033 lives. (According […]

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The state of breastfeeding in Washtenaw County

A few weeks ago, after a hard-fought campaign by public health professionals and women’s rights advocates across the state of Michgan, Governor Snyder signed into law the Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act (SB 674), essentially giving nursing mothers in our state the right to breastfeed publicly without fear of arrest. In celebration of this fact, I reached […]

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