health research en How is the shutdown affecting Michigan's medical research? <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get into the second week of the partial government shutdown, and with the debt ceiling debate looming ever closer, more voices are being raised in warning and concern over how the shutdown is impacting our daily lives.</span></p><p>One of those voices is that of Dr. Ora Pescovitz. &nbsp;Pescovitz is the CEO of the University of Michigan Health System, and the executive Vice President for Medical Affairs.</p><p>How is the shutdown affecting medical research at the University of Michigan? Is life-saving research falling victim to the debate down in Washington, D.C.?</p><p>Pescovitz talked to us about the shutdown&rsquo;s damage to research.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:18:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14770 at How is the shutdown affecting Michigan's medical research? Most of us are slackers when it comes to hand washing <p>New research finds men are dirtier than women, but not by much.</p><p>Health officials say that washing your hands is the best thing you can do to avoid getting sick.</p><p>When it comes to putting that into practice, studies have found that a lot of us <em>say </em>we do a good job, but researchers found most of us don’t do anywhere near as good a job as we should.</p><p>Carl Borchgrevink is an associate professor in the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University.</p><p>“We found that people do not wash their hands as much as they should… or to be blunt… there’s a lot of dirty hands out there,” he says.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:03:39 +0000 Rebecca Williams 12983 at Most of us are slackers when it comes to hand washing Cerebral spring cleaning <p>Around this time of year, we all try to do some spring cleaning.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well, it turns out that your brain does some of that too.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jun-Lin </span>Guan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Ph.D, is a researcher at the University of Michigan and is the senior author of a new article that explained the importance of an important protein that helps our brains clean and maintain stem cells that reside deep in the brain.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:55:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12079 at Cerebral spring cleaning Five things to know about early childhood brain development <p></p><p>There's&nbsp;<a href="">a lot of research</a>&nbsp;that shows just how important the first few years of a child's life are to their cognitive development. But for those of us who aren't medical doctors the information can be rather confusing.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9905 at Five things to know about early childhood brain development Gates Foundation gives MSU $5.8 million to combat disease in Africa <p>Michigan State University will use a $5.8 million grant from the <a href="">Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</a> to study bacterial diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, the leading cause of death for children in the region.</p><p>The AP writes:</p><blockquote><p>The bacterial diseases include pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis and they kill more people in the area than malaria. The Nigeria-based project involves collecting local data on the diseases and promoting the use and development of vaccines. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:25:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5939 at Gates Foundation gives MSU $5.8 million to combat disease in Africa U of M planning health care policy institute <p>The University of Michigan has announced that it&#39;s planning a new health care policy institute in the<br />complex that once belonged to drugmaker Pfizer Inc.</p><p>The university said Thursday the Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation aims to inform and influence public policy and enhance efforts to improve health care services.</p><p>More than 500 researchers eventually could be part of the new institute at the North Campus Research Complex, Pfizer&#39;s former research and development center the Ann Arbor school bought in 2009<br />for $108 million.</p><p>The university says it will launch a national search for an institute director. It expects a $13.7 million renovation project to be completed next spring. Fri, 20 May 2011 15:50:39 +0000 The Associated Press 2588 at