Help and Tips to Stay Tobacco Free

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year As students head back to school, Oakland County Health Division encourages parents and health care providers to talk to youth about tobacco use. Providing a tobacco-free home and discussing secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use can help prevent youth from future smoking. “There has been significant progress in protecting youth from tobacco-related health risks, but we still have a long way to go,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health … [Read more...]

Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Research at Oakland University

Oakland University (OU) Professor’s Research Focuses on Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria  Each year, at least 2 million people in the United States become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of those infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It’s a real problem,” said Dr. Satish Walia, an associate professor of biological sciences at Oakland University. Walia has been … [Read more...]

Residents Urged to Protect themselves from West Nile Virus

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and the Oakland County Health Division are urging residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and West Nile Virus (WNV) during upcoming summer events, such as Arts, Beats & Eats, and other outdoor activities. WNV continues to be detected in Oakland County and residents should take necessary precautions to reduce their risk. “This is an important reminder that West Nile Virus is present in our community,” said Kathy Forzley, … [Read more...]

CDC campaign returns with powerful stories, Michigan resident to help others quit smoking

LANSING – Continuing with the success of last year’s landmark national tobacco education campaign, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is airing a second series of ads featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases. The newest ads in the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and this year feature a Michigan resident.  The new … [Read more...]

Stronger father-son relationships curtail youth delinquency, local research finds

Men’s Health Awareness Month—or Movember—typically illuminates the physical maladies of the male population—not to mention the ability to sport grizzly facial hair. But this week, we highlight local research focused on the family health of men. The Prevention Research Center of Michigan in Ann Arbor has found through a multiple-session program that Flint-area families are learning to build better father-son relationships. The effects? Curbing youth delinquency or what they have termed “risky … [Read more...]