A brand new bacterium in the same family as E. Coli and Klebsiella Pneumonia has been identified by the NSF International's Applied Research Center in Ann Arbor, and you're not going to like where it can be found.
The bacteria is called Klebsiella michiganensis, and it grows in the bottom of your toothbrush holder.
He says more research is necessary to identify the exact source of the bacterium, but what is known is that saliva and toothpaste mixed with fecal matter can fester, creating a sludge that could potentially cause a drug-resistant infection.
Dr. Donofrio also says that the bacterium is unique because it is in capsule from, and is hard to break down due to a slimy surface that helps it attach to mucus membranes and evade immune system responses.
He suggests closing the lid of your toilet before flushing as a way to help prevent cross-contamination.
Many factors play into whether a woman considered at low risk for developing cervical cancer will be tested for the virus that causes the disease, such as the gender of the woman's doctor and his or her status as a resident or seasoned physician.
That's according to a study from the University of Michigan Health System, where senior author Dr. Mack Ruffin says procedures at individual clinics can also make a difference.
The study found that female doctors were twice as likely to order H-P-V testing for a low-risk patient than male doctors.
Seasoned physicians were less likely to order the test than Residents and other less-senior doctors.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed two cases of measles in Michigan this year with one more possible case they are currently investigating. Michigan is one of 16 states with confirmed cases of the highly contagious, viral disease.
Washtenaw County Public Health Epidemiologist Laura Bauman says there have been no reported cases of measles in Washtenaw County so far. She says the two infants who came down with the disease were not vaccinated:
New research from the University of Michigan shows promise in someday being able to help the human body better withstand the rigors of chemotherapy and radiation.
Jian-Guo Geng is an associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He's found that in mice, injecting stem cells into the intestinal tract makes the mice much better able to survive high doses of chemo-radio therapy.
Geng says the discovery may someday make it possible to cure late-stage, metastasized cancers. He says "People will not die of cancer, if our prediction is true."
The study found that 50 to 75 percent of mice treated with a stem cell injection survived what should have been lethal doses of chemotherapy.
Results of the research appear in the journal, Nature.