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Around two thirds of Michigan is overweight and a third are obese. That’s according to researchers who presented data at the West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast Friday morning. Meanwhile, researchers from Grand Valley State and Tulane universities have found the rate of people without health insurance in Michigan has dropped below 10 percent, yet barriers to obtaining health care remain problematic.

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The world is experiencing a new industrial transformation. A new report by the Michigan Economic Center says the state is positioned to grow hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of new jobs. WGVU talks with the report’s lead author about how Michigan can be a leader in emerging sectors.

“We benefited and helped lead one economic transformation, the great industrial economy.”

John Austin is Director of the Michigan Economic Center and lead author of a new report, “Jobs, Michigan, and Leadership in the Economy of Tomorrow”

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Grand Rapids continues to be a national leader in discovering a possible cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Van Andel Research Institute, Rush University and Grand Valley State University researches with a $500,000 grant to continue work on a genetic modification identified and developed at GVSU.

“That money is used to test an a agent that we have developed in our lab.”

Merritt DeLano-Taylor is associate professor of biomedical sciences at Grand Valley State University.

Michigan health officials say the southeast part of the state is seeing a serious outbreak of hepatitis A cases.

An analysis by the Detroit Free Press found that Michigan has led the U.S. in hepatitis cases per capita this year, with more than 500 reported cases so far.

The Detroit News reports that there have been 20 deaths linked with hepatitis A in southeast Michigan since August 2016.

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Ralph D. Hauenstein, the son of philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein carried out his late father’s wishes Monday announcing financial gifts to three West Michigan institutions.

“I think his life was exemplary of where he’s placed his fortune. Represented here are the mind, the body and the soul and the health of all three,” said Brian Hauenstein, the Grandson of philanthropist Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein who passed away in January 2016.

Sesame Street's Rosita and Dr. Jeanette Betancout join us to talk about Family Health and Wellness for Military Families.

Healthy Headlines

Nov 27, 2017
Kent County, MI

Healthy Headlines, a monthly segment with guests from the Kent County Health Department.  April Hight, Supervisor of Personal Health Services Division, is our guest today discussing free walk-in HIV screening this week.

The Department of Health and Human Services data shows 3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016 compared to 3.1 percent the year before. The immunization rate was 4.8 percent in 2014. Since 2015, the state has required parents to attend educational sessions if they want to delay or decline immunizations for diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis B and chickenpox. 

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A Michigan-based health system is buying a nonprofit insurer that currently serves more than 360,000 Indiana residents who are on Medicaid. Grand Blanc-based McLaren Health Care announced Thursday that it's signed a definitive agreement to acquire MDwise, a health maintenance organization that generates more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

Terms weren't disclosed. The deal is subject to state and federal regulatory review.

Healthy Headlines

Oct 23, 2017
Kent County, MI

Healthy Headlines, a monthly conversation with guest from the Kent County Health Department. Today's discussion covers National Lead Poisoning Week.  Chandy Colley and Paul Haan join us.

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