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Water chemistry problems may have caused Flint rashes
Detroit Free Press (8/23)
A months-long investigation that brought federal, state and local leaders to Flint, Michigan, to hunt for a cause of mysterious rashes and hair loss has not led to any definitive answers.

EDITORIAL: Judgment is best life buoy
The Times (8/23)
It’s good to see Michigan City, Ind., safety officials addressing recent drownings with slated safeguards for the beachfront. But it shouldn’t nullify the most important safety measures of all: personal responsibility and good judgment.

Study by the University of Toledo details harm done by algae
The Toledo Blade (8/18)
Preliminary findings from a University of Toledo study on mice has researchers hoping to further study possible effects of microcystin on people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and other health conditions.

Deadly currents -- why they hit the Great Lakes
WBFO - Buffalo, NY (8/16)
Powerful currents on the Great Lakes have caused more than 150 drownings since 2002, according to researchers.

Researchers say Flint water improving
South Bend Tribune (8/12)
Virginia Tech researchers who exposed the lead problem in Flint, Mich., gave an upbeat opinion of the city's water quality after finding no detectable levels of the toxin in nearly half of 162 homes tested in July.

Committee looking to improve safety near Lighthouse Pier
The Times (8/11)
Lifesaving throw rings and additional signs warning of the dangers of Lake Michigan are among the first steps sought by the Michigan City Pier Safety Community to decrease the number of drownings and near-drownings near the historic Lighthouse Pier.

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Human Health and the Great Lakes
U.S. EPA Region 5 / Great Lakes Commission
Featuring information on hot topics like drinking water and fish consumption, Human Health and the Great Lakes provides complete and up-to-date information about issues of human health in the Great Lakes region. Also contains a comprehensive glossary of Great Lakes terms and several links to related online resources. Based on data taken from the EPA's Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) studies.

FoodWatch
Environmental Defence Canada
FoodWatch provides meaningful information and effective tools for making informed decisions about food safety, and act on these decisions to achieve better human and environmental health.

Fox River Watch
A project of the Clean Water Action Council of northeastern Wisconsin, this site contains extensive information for the public about PCB contamination of the Fox River and Green Bay, the proposed cleanup, and health effects of exposure to PCBs.

Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The ATSDR research program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects.

Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Hazdat provides access to information on the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or from emergency events and on the effects of hazardous substances on the health of human populations.

MESB Reports
Michigan Environmental Science Board
The MESB investigates issues concerning the environment and human health at the request of the governor's office. Topics include fish advisories, mercury, lead, chlorine and low level radioactive waste.

Midwest Center for Environmental Science and Public Policy
The Midwest Center is committed to achieving sustainable improvements in human health and the environment through objective, unbiased research and education, and through science-based advocacy.

NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health
NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
The NOAA Center of Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health (CEGLHH) is a multi-disciplinary research center which will focus on understanding the inter-relationships between the Great Lakes ecosystem, water quality and human health.

The Effects of Great Lakes Contaminants on Human Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This report focuses on adverse human health effects of pollutants.

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GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region

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