Your Health Lecture: Toxic Stress & Resilience

FLINT, Mich. – Toxic Stress and Resilience: Shifting the balance toward wellness is the topic of the Your Health Lecture Series Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. in the Mott Community College (MCC) Event Center. Dr. Lauren O’Connell will discuss the impact of adverse life experiences in childhood on lifelong health, how toxic stress changes our bodies and what protective factors help build resilience in children and families. O’Connell is the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Hurley Children’s Center, a Pediatric Health Services Researcher, and Assistant Professor for the Michigan State…

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Local Family Says Faith Made the Difference Following Diagnosis

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Minister Donald Alston said years of poor eating habits combined with a family history of high blood pressure are what led to the breaking point in his life. When the dangerous combination finally caught up with him, the medical diagnosis wasn’t good. In fact, it was bleak. “I was told by my physician that I should get ready to plan my funeral,” said Alston, 39. The diagnosis was the wake-up call that demanded an immediate lifestyle change, including blood pressure medication,…

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Researchers Conclude Legionnaires Outbreak Linked to Change in Water Supply

Flint, Mich. – A research team with the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) has found that the majority of Legionnaires’ disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County can be attributed to the change in the City of Flint’s drinking water supply to the Flint River. The team’s findings are based on detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets. The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP’s sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by…

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Flint Mobile Food Pantry

LANSING, Mich. – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for February at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have announced the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Families in February will receive produce that includes apples, carrots, potatoes and onions. The program is funded through the more than $300 million in…

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McLaren Flint Offering “The Heart of the Matter” – Free Educational Seminars in February

FLINT, Mich. – McLaren Flint is offering two free educational seminars called, “The Heart of the Matter”, on February 8 and February 22 at the McLaren Hospitality House, G-3170 Beecher Road, Flint. McLaren Flint interventional cardiologists and an electrophysiologist will be the featured speakers. Registration is required. Details follow. The Heart of the Matter February 8, 2018 Topics: What you should know about Atrial Fibrillation and treatment options including the new Watchman device for patients who cannot take blood thinners long term. Speakers: Majed Nounou, MD, Interventional Cardiologist and Mustafa…

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Hamilton Community Health Network to Host Kids Dental Day in February

FLINT, Mich. – Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) is hosting a “Kid’s Dental Day” at three separate locations in February, which is recognized as National Children’s Dental Health Month. Parents are encouraged to bring their children in for a dental check-up on Monday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at one of the three following locations: Hamilton’s Main Clinic, 2900 N. Saginaw St. Burton Clinic, G-3375 S Saginaw St. The Dental North Clinic, 5399 N. Saginaw St. Routine dental services will be provided for those who qualify. In…

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Early Enrollment for Flint Registry Now Open

FLINT, Mich. – Residents of Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the city’s water system can now pre-enroll for the Flint Registry, an effort to connect residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, along with other MSU, Flint and government leaders, recently announced the launch of the pre-enrollment website. During the pre-enrollment process, those interested in being…

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State of Michigan Begins Series of Water Testing in Flint Community Schools

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has begun a series of long-term water testing and flushing in Flint Community Schools. The testing is taking place as discussions continue amongst the state, the city of Flint, the City of Flint Tech Advisory Board, the medical community and Flint Community Schools to develop a long-term plan for testing in the school district’s buildings. The plan will also rely heavily on input from school staff, parents and students. “We are pleased to move forward in the development of a long-term plan for the…

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Flint Mobile Food Pantry, January Distribution Dates

Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for January at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are announcing the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Families in January will receive produce that includes apples, carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage. The program is funded through the more than $300 million in state taxpayer…

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Tips for Keeping Your Busy, Adventurous Family Safe

(Family Features) Families are seemingly always on the go. From soccer games and school trips to excursions with friends and vacations with the family, people are constantly on the move, exploring new places and experiencing new things. In fact, a study by Sfara Guardian shows that kids today are using public transportation, going on field trips and taking long-distance road trips at much younger ages compared to 30 years ago. As exciting as these opportunities can be, it’s important to make sure families – and kids – stay safe at…

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