disease http://michiganradio.org en How long do you wash your hands? Be honest. http://michiganradio.org/post/how-long-do-you-wash-your-hands-be-honest <p>This morning, Rebecca Williams reported on <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/_/pdf/assets/2013/hand-washing-study.pdf">the MSU research</a> that found we are still falling down on the job when it comes to washing our hands.</p><p>I say "still" because these kinds of studies <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/27/health/27wash.html?_r=0">have been done in the past</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:35:34 +0000 Mark Brush 12989 at http://michiganradio.org How long do you wash your hands? Be honest. Most of us are slackers when it comes to hand washing http://michiganradio.org/post/most-us-are-slackers-when-it-comes-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 http://michiganradio.org Most of us are slackers when it comes to hand washing Michigan doctors saving lives in fungal meningitis outbreak (Part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-doctors-saving-lives-fungal-meningitis-outbreak-part-1 <p><em>This is the first in a two-part series. Click <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/these-people-are-murderers-drug-network-behind-deadly-outbreak-part-2">here </a>to hear part two.</em></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt; ">Fifteen people from Michigan have died from fungal meningitis, more than in any other state.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:06:15 +0000 Kate Wells 10919 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan doctors saving lives in fungal meningitis outbreak (Part 1) Grand Rapids research organization to lead new pancreatic cancer study http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-research-organization-lead-new-pancreatic-cancer-study <p>The National Cancer Institute has chosen the <a href="http://www.vai.org/">Van Andel Institute </a>in Grand Rapids to lead a new study on pancreatic cancer.</p><p>The NCI estimates 43,000 people in the U.S. will get pancreatic cancer in 2012; leading to 37,000 deaths.</p><p><a href="http://www.vai.org/en/vari/research-programs/lab-of-cancer-immunodiagnostics/lead-investigator-bio.aspx">Brian Haab</a> Ph.D., Head of Van Andel Institute’s Laboratory of Cancer Immunodiagnostics, will head the research team.</p><p>Many times pancreatic cancer spreads to internal organs before people realize they have it and by then the prognosis is usually not so good. "It’s an aggressive disease. It doesn’t respond well to almost anything we’ve tried. Though there are individual cases that have worked out well,” Haab said.</p><p>He says pancreatic cancer is still hard to detect.</p><p>“It can be a long, expensive, and sometimes invasive process to do that and we want blood tests that can make it quick and inexpensive process,” Haab said. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:11:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9549 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids research organization to lead new pancreatic cancer study West Nile cases significantly higher in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/west-nile-cases-significantly-higher-michigan <p>So far this year, Michigan has seen four times as many cases of West Nile virus as it did in all of 2011.&nbsp; The reason is the dry Michigan weather.&nbsp;</p><p>Angela Minicuci is with Michigan’s Department of Community Health, and says the problem is worse in urban areas, like Metro Detroit particularly, and Kent county which have seen higher case numbers.&nbsp; Urban areas are where this particular mosquito thrives.</p><p>People over 50 are most at-risk for infection, along with people with weakened immune systems, and children.</p><p>To minimize exposure, it's recommended that people drain standing water around their homes, repair any holes in screens, and wear insect repellent or avoid the outdoors around dusk and dawn.</p><p><em>- Chris Edwards, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:14:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9033 at http://michiganradio.org West Nile cases significantly higher in Michigan University of Michigan students holding bone marrow registry drive tomorrow http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-students-holding-bone-marrow-registry-drive-tomorrow <p>University of Michigan students are harnessing the power of Facebook to promote a bone marrow registry drive to take place tomorrow at the Michigan Union.</p><p>A Michigan student who recently became ill with a severe bone marrow disease could potentially find the bone marrow donor he needs at tomorrow&rsquo;s event.</p><p>Daniel Lee, a junior at the University of Michigan was diagnosed with aplastic anemia just over a month ago. His condition means his bone marrow no longer produces enough blood cells and he needs an emergency bone marrow transplant.</p><p>University of Michigan junior, Jessica Kaltz began planning the bone marrow drive several months ago. She organized the event in partnership with her sorority, Sigma Kappa, and <a href="http://www.dkmsamericas.org/" target="_blank">DKMS</a>, a non-profit organization that recruits bone marrow donors.</p><p>Kaltz, who says she was unaware one of her classmates might benefit when she came up with the idea, says, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see how many people care when you put a face to the cause.&rdquo; Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:32:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6235 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan students holding bone marrow registry drive tomorrow Gates Foundation gives MSU $5.8 million to combat disease in Africa http://michiganradio.org/post/gates-foundation-gives-msu-58-million-combat-disease-africa <p>Michigan State University will use a $5.8 million grant from the <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Pages/home.aspx">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 http://michiganradio.org Gates Foundation gives MSU $5.8 million to combat disease in Africa Koi herpesvirus shows up in wild Michigan fish http://michiganradio.org/post/koi-herpesvirus-shows-wild-michigan-fish <p>State officials say they&rsquo;ve discovered a virus for the first time in wild fish in Michigan. It&rsquo;s called <a href="http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vm113">koi herpesvirus</a>.</p><p>Gary Whelan is with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.</p><p>He says the virus might have contributed to the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153--258390--,00.html">death of several hundred common carp</a> in Kent Lake last June. Whelan says the virus is known to affect common carp, goldfish and koi. And it can be fatal.</p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:41:19 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3613 at http://michiganradio.org Koi herpesvirus shows up in wild Michigan fish Anti-malaria drug may help battle autoimmune diseases. http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-malaria-drug-may-help-battle-autoimmune-diseases <p>An <a href="http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/chloroquine-for-malaria">anti-malaria drug</a> may provide better treatment to those with autoimmune diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis, according to a study by the <a href="http://www.vai.org/">Van Andel Institute</a>.</p><p>The anti-malaria drug, chloroquine can be used to replace anti-inflammatory medications like steroids.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:17:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3512 at http://michiganradio.org