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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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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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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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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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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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Antibiotic Stewardship Programs Launched to Fight Back against Resistant Bacteria

Sara Afshari can recall the first day she walked through the front doors of NorthShore Hospital. “For a routine hip surgery, I thought I would be out of the hospital in a week.” Almost six months later, she has yet to leave the building. In her hospital bed, her body remains frozen, even a subtle […]

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Can Cleantech Survive Cuts?

                                  Doug Neal touching base with one of his portfolio companies to discuss their growth                     Photo by: Manjaap Dhillon   Chris Klein, an entrepreneur and innovator, is the CEO […]

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I Believe Reprise

One of my “I Believe” statements from the beginning of the semester reads as follows: “I believe that the future of news is bright, but not without challenge.” After experiencing arguably the most vitriolic presidential campaign in American history and all of the news, good and bad, verified and falsified, that it produced, I wasn’t […]

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I believe, reprise

Looking back on our “I believe” assignment, I do not really think that too many of my beliefs have changed since writing our first draft. I still strongly agree with many of my statements, however, I do think that the only belief of mine that has changed is my response to the ” I believe […]

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