health and medicine http://michiganradio.org en Researcher hunts for new medicines in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/researcher-hunts-new-medicines-great-lakes <p>Let's call today Throwback Tuesday, and go way, way back to the 1920s.</p><p>That's when <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1945/fleming-bio.html">Sir Alexander Fleming</a> stumbled on a mold that stopped bacteria from growing in a petri dish. He called it penicillin.</p><p>Ever since that huge discovery, people have been looking all over the Earth for more organisms that can fight disease.</p><p>Brian Murphy has been searching at the bottom of the Great Lakes.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:42:38 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16295 at http://michiganradio.org Researcher hunts for new medicines in the Great Lakes High fat diets may speed up breast cancer development http://michiganradio.org/post/high-fat-diets-may-speed-breast-cancer-development <p>Maybe don't read this story right after plowing through a pecan pie, ok?&nbsp;</p><p>Because a group of scientists are finding that what young women eat during puberty could determine how breast cancer cells&nbsp;develop in their bodies for the rest of their lives.</p><p>The culprit: high-fat diets.</p><p><strong>It's not just about weight: high fat diets may hurt skinny and heavy women alike&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Michigan researchers say eating lots of fat as a teen can speed up breast cancer cell development, especially for cancers usually associated with young adult women.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:40:53 +0000 Kate Wells 15485 at http://michiganradio.org High fat diets may speed up breast cancer development 70 percent of women who get double mastectomies don't need them http://michiganradio.org/post/70-percent-women-who-get-double-mastectomies-dont-need-them <p>The statistics are scary: some 40,000 women are dying from breast cancer each year.</p><p>But some breast cancer survivors are getting double mastectomies they don't need, in the wrong belief it helps keep cancer from coming back.</p><p>That's according to a new University of Michigan study. For some survivors, the study says, the fear of cancer returning is so strong, they're getting risky surgeries for some false peace of mind.</p><p>If you've survived breast cancer, it can make medical sense to get that cancer-ridden breast removed.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:29:19 +0000 Kate Wells 10099 at http://michiganradio.org 70 percent of women who get double mastectomies don't need them UM Taubman Institute rewards new medical treatments http://michiganradio.org/post/um-taubman-institute-rewards-new-medical-treatments <p>The University of Michigan Taubman Institute is rewarding doctors who turn lab discoveries into medical treatments.</p><p>The first winner may have found a cure for aneurysms in people with Marfan&nbsp;Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. That could, in turn, unlock treatments for more common diseases.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Hal Dietz&nbsp; of Johns Hopkins University used to work with kids with Marfan Syndrome and other inherited diseases that damage blood vessels.&nbsp;But he got so frustrated with how poor the available medications were, he set out to find better ones himself.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 22:36:22 +0000 Kate Wells 8200 at http://michiganradio.org UM Taubman Institute rewards new medical treatments Your Story: One woman's experience with cancer while pregnant http://michiganradio.org/post/your-story-one-womans-experience-cancer-while-pregnant <p><em>As part of the Environment Report&#39;s week-long series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">Cancer and Environment: Searching for Answers</a>, we&#39;ll be highlighting some powerful stories of hope and loss in the words of those touched by cancer in Michigan. <a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">You can read more Michigan cancer stories here</a>. How has cancer affected your life? Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:22:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6473 at http://michiganradio.org Your Story: One woman's experience with cancer while pregnant Your Story: A son fondly remembers times spent in the Michigan woods with his father http://michiganradio.org/post/your-story-son-fondly-remembers-times-spent-michigan-woods-his-father <p><em>As part of the Environment Report&#39;s week-long series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">Cancer and Environment: Searching for Answers,</a> we&#39;ll be highlighting some powerful stories of hope and loss in the words of those touched by cancer in Michigan. <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">You can read more Michigan cancer stories here</a>.&nbsp; How has cancer affected your life? Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6472 at http://michiganradio.org Your Story: A son fondly remembers times spent in the Michigan woods with his father Michigan Cancer Stories: People share how cancer has impacted their life http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-cancer-stories-people-share-how-cancer-has-impacted-their-life <p>All week long The Environment Report has been airing stories exploring the link between cancer and the environment we live in.</p><p>The series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">Cancer and Environment: Searching for Answers</a>, will run through this Friday.</p><p>We felt the series would not be complete without hearing from the people who are affected by it.</p><p>So through the Public Insight Network, we asked you to share your experiences.</p><p>So far, we&#39;ve received dozens of entries from all over Michigan. Some tragic, some hopeful - each one represents a different, and personal perspective on the experience of having or knowing someone with cancer.</p><p>Here are some exerts from the blog:</p><blockquote><p><span>&quot;I have lost my partner. I am heartbroken that our young daughter has lost her dad and will miss out on all that his amazing heart and mind offered to her.&quot; - Amy Lobsiger </span></p><p><span class="answer-text"><span>&quot;My husband Joe died of cancer on his favorite holiday, July 4, in 2010. He was 39, I was 33. We had the gift of cancer. Cancer isn&rsquo;t something that most people would consider a gift, but really, we did.&quot; -Amy Scott </span></span></p><p>&quot;It has made me a different person because I don&rsquo;t wait to enjoy things until I retire. I live now. I save for retirement just in case, but I don&rsquo;t want to have any regrets no matter how long I live!&quot; -Jill Schultz</p></blockquote><p>You can see photos and read those stories on our <a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/">Michigan Cancer Stories </a><a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/">Tumblr</a> page.</p><p>And we&#39;ll continue to collect these stories.</p><p>How has cancer impacted your life? <a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/fe46fa33d956/have-you-or-has-someone-you-know-battled-cancer" target="_blank">Tell us here</a>. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:36:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6539 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Cancer Stories: People share how cancer has impacted their life Your Story: A wife shares how she and her husband lived life to the fullest despite his cancer http://michiganradio.org/post/your-story-wife-shares-how-she-and-her-husband-lived-life-fullest-despite-his-cancer <p><em>As part of the Environment Report&#39;s week-long series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">Cancer and Environment: Searching for Answers</a>, we&#39;ll be highlighting some powerful stories of hope and loss in the words of those touched by cancer in Michigan. <a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">You can read more Michigan cancer stories here</a>. How has cancer affected your life? Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6469 at http://michiganradio.org Your Story: A wife shares how she and her husband lived life to the fullest despite his cancer Your Story: A young girl's battle with cancer comes full circle http://michiganradio.org/post/your-story-young-girls-battle-cancer-comes-full-circle <p><em>As part of the Environment Report&#39;s week-long series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">Cancer and Environment: Searching for Answers</a>, we&#39;ll be highlighting some powerful stories of hope and loss in the words of those touched by cancer in Michigan. <a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">You can read more Michigan cancer stories here</a>. How has cancer affected your life? <a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/fe46fa33d956/have-you-or-has-someone-you-know-battled-cancer" target="_blank">Tell us your story</a>. </em></p><p>In July, the idea of Chloe&rsquo;s hair loss was difficult&mdash;difficult for Chloe, difficult for Kip and me.</p><p>The other day, the kids were at my parents&rsquo;. My daughter Martha was brushing her long hair and working on some pretty tough tangles. &ldquo;I HATE my hair,&rdquo; she exclaimed, in a dramatic fashion.</p><p>Chloe looked up at her, smiled confidently and said, &ldquo;I LOVE <em>my</em> hair.&rdquo;</p><p>It felt like she had come full circle.</p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6470 at http://michiganradio.org Your Story: A young girl's battle with cancer comes full circle Your Story: A devoted husband and his wife's 30-year battle with cancer http://michiganradio.org/post/your-story-devoted-husband-and-his-wifes-30-year-battle-cancer <p><em>As part of the Environment Report&#39;s week-long series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/cancer_series.php" target="_blank">Cancer and Environment: Searching for Answers</a>, we&#39;ll be highlighting some powerful stories of hope and loss in the words of those touched by cancer in Michigan. <a href="http://cancermi.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">You can read more Michigan cancer stories here</a>. How has cancer affected your life? <a href="https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/fe46fa33d956/have-you-or-has-someone-you-know-battled-cancer" target="_blank">Tell us your story</a>. </em></p><p>My wife battled serious recurrent spinal meningiomas for over 30 years (she died in 2008). She lived with intense unrelenting pain that worsened as she became progressively more handicapped.</p><p>Her disease took an enormous toll on me emotionally. I felt helpless against this devastating incurable disease and hated seeing her suffer so badly. I knew the disease would kill her, but I couldn&rsquo;t stop this slow-motion disaster.</p><p>This is the last, best photo I have of us together. We&rsquo;re at our youngest son&rsquo;s July 2007 wedding in eastern Germany.&nbsp;&nbsp;Remarkably we both were able to smile.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6468 at http://michiganradio.org Your Story: A devoted husband and his wife's 30-year battle with cancer