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Some Symptoms of Autism Be Reversed With Probiotics?
Industry Database Reveals 16,000 Foods with Toxic Chemical in Packaging
EWG has created the first easily, searchable database of nearly 16,000
processed food and drinks packaged in materials that may contain the
hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A, or BPA.
Lasting Effects on Kids May Start in the Womb
A new study tracked what happened to girls' obesity rates when their
moms were exposed to the chemical while pregnant. (Mother
Michigan Gov Creates Child Lead Poisoning
(MIRS 5/20/16) Lt. Gov. Calley will chair a
12-person board charged by Gov. Snyder to look
into how to prevent kids from getting lead poisoning, how to get more kids
tested for lead and what to do about it if they have significant levels in
their bodies. The Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board, which will also
include four state directors and seven other gubernatorial appointees, has
until Nov. 4 to come up with a report on how the state can improve its
response to lead poisoning. The department heads of the Department of
Environmental Quality, HHS, Licensing and
Regulatory Affairs and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
sit on the panel. Snyder signed the Executive
Order creating the new board during today's Flint Water Interagency
Coordinating Committee -- a public body coordinating the various government
responses to the Flint water crisis, in which government slip-ups caused
lead-tainted water to run through the city's municipal water supply. "By
looking at lead exposure through a statewide lens, we hope to identify and
reduce the hazards and impact to protect all children," Calley said.
The move was quickly praised by the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC),
whose president participated in the Flint water task force Snyder created
late last year to get to the bottom of the lead poisoning. One of the task
force's recommendations was a deeper dive into the issue of lead poisoning
statewide. "Lead poisoning is entirely preventable if we take action to
eliminate lead hazards," said MEC President Chris KOLB. "Establishing this
board is an important step in the right direction. I am hopeful that the
group will take a comprehensive, statewide approach to ending this public
health threat and outline a way forward that gets lead out of our homes, our
water and all other sources of danger to Michigan's kids." The board may
include representatives from pediatric hospitals, local government,
education, nonprofit and health agencies. It replaces the Michigan Childhood
Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Commission, whose charge expired in
2010 after its 2004 creation. Its recommendation will include how to improve
blood testing in kids, increase the percentage of families using follow-up
services when a child tests for high lead levels and finding more ways to
get rid of lead poisoning dangers around children.
Power Shutoff To Home Of Child On Ventilator
(MIRS, 5/20/16) The Michigan Public Service
Commission (MPSC) today announced it would investigate DTE Energy after a
report of a power shutoff to a home with a child relying on artificial
respiration. The MPSC approved an order initiating
an investigation into DTE's "guidelines, rules, procedures, and practices,
relating to medical emergency holds," with a report due back to the MPSC
Aug. 29. By medical holds, the MPSC is referring
to rules to aid "critical care customers" -- people who need medical
equipment or a life support system at home -- in preventing shutoff of a
utility service due to an unpaid bill. MPSC Chair
Sally TALBERG said today there were news reports a few months ago about
power being shut off to a home that had a child on artificial respiration.
Talberg said the family called 9-1-1 and a firefighter ending up paying the
electricity bill for the family. "It kind of
spurred just looking into overall procedures," she said.
The MPSC order said a "particular customer" of DTE "may have had"
service shut off "despite attempts to obtain a medical hold," and that this
was the second such issue that had come to the MPSC's attention.
The MPSC order today said the commission is "deeply concerned" that
guidelines on this issue, "as interpreted and employed by some Michigan
utilities, may not be achieving the desired goal of preventing harm to
critical care customers due to shutoff." The order
also said the MPSC and Michigan Agency for Energy would initiate a
collaborative with interested parties -- including utilities -- to study
emergency medical hold guidelines, rules, procedures and practices.
DTE spokesperson Stephanie BERES said that while DTE Energy currently
has a verification process in place for every medical hold request received,
"we are always looking for opportunities to improve both our policies and
processes. "We are looking forward to
collaborating with the Commission and Michigan Agency for Energy throughout
Legislators Start Petition Drive To Push
Insurance To Cover Wigs For Children
MIRS 5/20/16: Rep. Sarah ROBERTS (D-St. Clair Shores) and Rep. Jon
HOADLEY (D-Kalamazoo) launched an online petition drive and website today
outlining their efforts to pass legislation to require health insurance
companies to cover wigs for children who suffer hair loss because of a
medical issue or treatment that causes hair loss. Roberts sponsored HB 4718,
which would require insurers to cover human or synthetic hair replacements
for children under the age of 19 who have experienced hair loss as a result
of a medical condition or the treatment of a medical condition, and mandates
that insurance coverage for wigs cannot be less than coverage offered for
any other prosthesis. Hoadley sponsored HB 4808, which would mandate that
Medicaid offer this same coverage for wigs for children.
Zero-Tolerance Reform Bills Moving Through
(MIRS 5/26/16) The Michigan House Education Committee voted
unanimously to report a seven-bill package to scale back zero-tolerance
policies in schools. The package previously included HB 5618 through HB
5621, but three bills offered by Reps. Martin HOWRYLAK (R-Troy), Dave
LAGRAND (D-Grand Rapids) and Peter LUCIDO (R-
Shelby Twp.) were introduced on Wednesday. The three new bills, HB 5693, HB
5694 and HB 5695, make technical adjustments to the first four bills and
incorporate the new reforms in the Revised School Code. Lucido, who as a
Macomb attorney represented public schools students in disciplinary
hearings, emphasized the need for “due process” in disciplinary proceedings.
Lucido brought in a former client to testify before the committee who was
suspended for taking off his shoes and participating in a school walk-a-thon
for disabled students, along with around 150 classmates. “I think it was
about singling out a single student,” Lucido said. “He's a rambunctious guy
who they would say has a little to so much giddyup
in his step.” The overall package would prohibit suspension or expulsion for
chronic absenteeism or truancy and encourage implementation of “restorative
justice” practices in conflict situations. The package scales back
“zero-tolerance” legislation passed in the 1990s amid a rise in in-school
violence. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, research
over the last 25 years has shown zero-tolerance policies disproportionately
affect minority and disabled students.
Card Created To Help Communication Between
Police & Persons Who Are Deaf or
(MIRS 5/26/16) Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY, the Michigan Department of
Civil Rights (DCR) and various law enforcement groups joined forces today to
unveil a tool to help deaf or hard of hearing people communicate with police
officers. The state rolled out a newly-designed visor card - to be stored in
a vehicle - that deaf or hard of hearing people can give to police officers
to help facilitate communication at traffic stops. “Removing barriers for
Michiganders with disabilities is instrumental in helping them live
self-determined, independent lives,” Calley said in a statement. “This new
communication tool is a positive step that improves safety for individuals
who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as law enforcement partners across
Michigan.” The card contains pictures of possible violations - a seatbelt
and a stop sign are examples - as well as the header “Please point to the
pictures that help me understand what you want,” with a picture of a
driver's license and icons for insurance, registration and concealed pistol
license. These visors had been available previously, but the DCR recently
updated them and also made them accessible on mobile devices. They'll be
available online to the general public, as well as promoted to law
enforcement officials across the state. The tool is supported by statewide
law enforcement organizations, including the Michigan State Police, Michigan
Sheriff's Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan
Fraternal Order of Police, and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement
Standards. A sample of the card can be viewed at
Admins Push For Leeway On Seclusion Ban; Lawmakers Won't Yield
The devil is in the details of the Lieutenant Governor's legislative
package to scrub seclusion and restraint procedures from the state's
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MPSC To Fine Company For Not Providing Deaf Phone Service
(MIRS, 4/14/16) The Michigan Public Service
Commission (MPSC) today found a company did not provide required
telecommunications relay service (TRS) for its deaf, hard-of-hearing and
speech-impaired customers. The MPSC approved an order stipulating it would
charge CMC Telecom $200 each day it's been in violation. The MPSC will reopen a
proceeding to determine what date, if any, the company began providing TRS.
This follows a June 2015 order the MPSC issued directing CMC Telcom to
show it was providing TRS. In 2014, AT&T told the MPSC it was moving out of the
business of providing TRS statewide in early 2015, which left some other local
providers to arrange for providing their own TRS.
Students Could Not Be Kicked Out For Being
Truant Under New Legislation
Children couldn't be kicked out of school for being chronically absent from
school under legislation that received its first hearing in a Senate committee
by the Numbers: A Breakdown of Bullying Statistics and Facts
Bullying can come in many different forms. Sometimes, mean kids
bother others on the playground, on the bus, or in the halls at school. You
might run into a bully in the lunchroom or in a quiet corner of the library.
Bullies also are mean to people online on social media sites, in email, and
in text messages. But no one is allowed to bully others at any time or in
any place. If you have a problem with a bully or you see someone else
struggling with one, always tell an adult to get help. Teachers, parents,
and other adults will step in to stop the abuse.
Stacking: A Sport Whose Growth Runneth Over
William Orrell is the best in the world in
his sport. A 17-year-old from North Carolina, Orrell is ranked No. 1 and is
the reigning junior Olympic and world champion. He has a popular YouTube
channel, a product line named after him, and legions of admiring fans in
dozens of countries. He has gained all this
notoriety by stacking cups in small pyramids at a mind-boggling clip.
Community Mental Health In A Self Determined Way
Currently, every dollar appropriated to support people who use
behavioral health, I/DD, SUD, SED and autism services, passes by contracts
through 3 or more layers of high cost bureaucracy. By the time funds reach
the actual beneficiary of service and the individuals who provide their
direct care, there are pennies left for the individual’s supports and
services and a poverty-level wage for the direct support professional. This
Map of Michigan Parent Support Options: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Suicide is God awful. It snuffs out precious life and leaves a wake
of agony for those left behind. I know the pain all too well, as both my
older and younger brothers took their own lives.
Writing these words are painful as it conjures up the memories of better
times with two of my siblings, brother Ed and Phil, the jokes, laughter,
fights and enjoyment of the simplest pleasure of life. Now, they are gone
and all I have are the memories.
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The Arya Foundation
Mission: Even the smallest actions can impact a
life. With this belief in mind, The Arya Foundation was inspired to become
what it is today. It motivates us, moves us, and provides the principles for
the vision we believe in. Not everyone can afford the medical supplies and
equipments that are necessary in a child’s life. Sometimes, sadly, the costs
are too high. By giving small financial aid to these families, the costs
become lower and easier to afford. The Arya Foundation was created so that
more than 95% of the money donated would go to families who need help paying
for medical supplies. Providing the financial aid is our way of alleviating
some stress from the families we help. It is our way of improving lives. But
most importantly, it is our way of bringing a smile to the faces of children
who really deserve happiness.
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Things I Thought I'd Never Say...Until I Had Boys
Since being a mother to boys has to have some sort of anthropological
distinction to it, I've decided to compile my very own list of observations
of things I never thought I would say until I had boys.
Story About a Mother's Love Brought an Entire Middle School to Tears
If you know anything about middle school, you know that young
teenagers can be hard to motivate and inspire. For former professional
wrestler Marc Mero, however, it only took four minutes to bring an
auditorium full of middle school students to tears with his personal story
about his mother, her passing and his regrets about pushing her away. His
speech is a must watch, but be warned...you'll need a box of tissues by the
Drama Students Meet Real-life Inspiration
Chad DeKatch hopes every production he leads as director of the
Okemos High School theater department is a learning experience for his
students. But for the school's latest play called "The Boys Next Door,"
DeKatch also wanted the experience to be life-changing.
is Perfect, Anyways?
Healthy Habits to Teach Kids Who Worry Too Much