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Your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Here's what to do about it

August 23, 2017

Most people don’t give a second thought to using their cell phone everywhere, from their morning commute to the dinner table to the doctor’s office. But research shows that cell phones are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch.


Lawmakers debate how much wiggle room to give states in health care

September 7, 2017

One of the few things that Republicans and Democrats broadly agree on is that states should have some flexibility to experiment with different ways to pay for and deliver health care.

But they disagree — strongly — on how much. In fact, Republicans don’t agree with one another on this,...

Here's how dirty your money really is

September 6, 2017

When you pay for food, do you wash your hands before sitting down to eat? If not, you may want to start, because a growing body of research suggests that cash is filthy. Paper money can harbor thousands of microbes from every environment it touches—whether that’s someone’s fingers, a waiter’s...

“Superbug” bacteria gang up on us, fueled by antibiotic use, nursing home study suggests

September 13, 2017

Understanding the ecosystem of multidrug resistant bacteria, and how antibiotics affect them, could lead to better infection prevention



Study finds common surgeries may serve as pathway to non-medical opioid use in adolescents

September 15, 2017

Research being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition shows that post-surgical opioid pain medications prescribed after common surgeries may become a pathway to continued, nonmedical opioid use by teens and young adults.


Poll: Parents not confident schools can assist child with chronic disease, mental health issues

September 18, 2017

With school underway, national poll looks at whether parents think schools are equipped to handle health issues, from minor cuts to asthma attacks and mental health issues

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  If your child had an asthma attack during the school day, would...

Reviving addicts doesn't cure them

September 18, 2017

Drugs save the lives of some of Michigan’s opioid addicts, but they can’t solve the epidemic sweeping the state and nation.

Most Michigan police are equipped to revive people from an opioid overdose with the drug Narcan. But experts say it hasn’t done anything to help curb the addiction...