Small Towns Explore New Solutions to Spike in Heroin Overdoses

John Kirby points approvingly to a worn but cheery mural, its “Recovery is everywhere!” message plastered across a red barn. He is weaving his way across a field of puddles, heading towards a group of goats and chickens before meeting with his mother, a resident here at the Dawn Farm addiction treatment center. Kirby, a […]

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Dueling Environmental Ideals Delay Ontario Nuclear “Dump”

Grey mountains of snow and rock-hard sand indicate it’ll still be a few weeks before the shores of Lake Huron’s Station Beach are warm enough to draw flocks of tourists to the quaint port town of Kincardine, Ontario. If you squint toward the north on the pebbly beach, past the lighthouse and boardwalks, you’ll be […]

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Unreliable inhaler access plagues Detroit’s asthmatics

Detroit residents often live nearby major industrial sites. Both residential homes and the Marathon Petroleum refinery can be seen from a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 75, which separates the two areas. The surgical mask is a relatively new part of Emma Lockridge’s bedtime routine. Now, with tar sands oil being processed a few blocks away […]

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Dakota Pipeline Protesters Erect Teepees Outside Trump Hotel

In the Huffington Post Article, “Native Americans Bring Dakota Pipeline Protest to Trump’s Doorstep,” the author reports on the Native Nations March, a four day march that culminated on Friday, that was organized in response to the President’s advancement of the pipeline and to stand for native sovereignty. The story features interviews of a member […]

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Looking Back on Zika a Year Later

This New York Times article tells about how the response to the Zika epidemic left us with more questions than answers. The article speaks to the dangers we are facing now that there was not a coherent way in which the epidemic was handled. Because tourists and residents were given different advice on how to avoid contracting […]

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Ann Arbor’s Tobacco Age Limit: Is It Working?

The street corner outside of Good Time Charley’s around one o’clock in the morning is littered with circles of people smoking cigarettes. To bum a cigarette off these tiers of people: simple. To take a picture of them smoking? Not so easy. When asked if they would be willing to have their picture taken for […]

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Urban Agriculture is Environmentally Revitalizing Neighborhoods but is it Restoring Dignity?

Antonio Rafael grew up in Detroit, where the median household income is about $26,000, and according to City-Data.com even lower in his neighborhood in the 48210 zip code, situated between Midtown Detroit and Dearborn. After graduating from Michigan State University in 2012, Rafael moved back home to the neighborhood and realized that doing freelance and […]

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Fish of the Past Poised for Comeback in Lake Michigan

Kevin Donner, a scientist with the Little Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa Indians (LTBB), devotes a large part of his career, and most of his twitter, to what was in Lake Michigan until recently a forgotten fish. “The Cisco was one of those animals central to tribal existence,” Donner said. “But if you’d asked two […]

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Majority of mobile health apps test ineffective in recent study

Rama Mwenesi sits at his desk, Post-it notes with scrawled writing spread haphazardly around him. This is how he plans his day. Mwenesi, 24, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, suffered a traumatic brain injury six years ago after  several severe concussions from boxing. These injuries have permanently affected his short-term memory and ability to organize. Each […]

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Community Solar Is One Solution To Climate Change And Solar Taxes, Energy Experts Say

The Energy Commission of Ann Arbor is pushing for a new method of renewable energy production that will free homeowners from a solar tax and help meet the city’s Climate Action Plan.

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Islamophobia and the Rise of Mental Illness

Amani Mheisen, a master’s student in Public Health at Western Michigan University, had always a blissful person and enjoyed college for all its wonderful community building opportunities. She loved walking around engaging in diverse gatherings, meeting new people, and being able to express her identity without worry. However, this was all before the epidemic of […]

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Rise In Cremations Saving Lives Abroad

I remember the last funeral I went to was four years ago. My grandfather had passed away. There was a week-long period of mourning but the day of the funeral, we never left the funeral home. I hadn’t thought about it then, but my grandfather was part of a growing group of people who chose […]

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Pose New Questions for Future of Great Lakes Water Quality

Pam Taylor, a member of the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan, outside of Danley’s Country House in Tecumseh, MI.   Pam Taylor sits at a table in Danley’s Country House, a restaurant in the northeast corner of Lenawee County, MI.  Her tone is straightforward when she speaks; she has had this conversation before. […]

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Genetics study finds 94% of consumers pleased with test results

  Throughout most of her childhood and adulthood, University of Michigan librarian Patricia Anderson has endured the burden of dozens of chronic health conditions, numerous diagnoses, and a high incidence of disease in her family. Signing up to participate in a genetics study changed Anderson’s life because of information she received about a gene associated […]

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Despite Uncertainty, Eating Disorder Awareness Groups Advocate for Increased Treatment Coverage

While the thought of a family vacation to Europe would please many college students, the thought of it terrified Sarah Barnitt, 22, student at the University of Michigan. Barnitt was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in November 2015, prior to this trip. “We were eating every meal out. I was always around family, and had little […]

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