We're returning to a series that we began a few weeks ago: Faking It. We're looking at how artificial colors, flavors, and additives affect our foods. This week we're talking to Dr. Gary Reineccius about the artificial flavors that get added to our food. How do we discover artificial flavors? Why do we add them? … Continue reading Faking It: Food Flavors
This week we're wrapping up our series that have looked at the people and groups who are working hard to protect our public health- from newborn screening to blood banks to microbio labs. We're excited to talk with Dr. Brandy Gunsolus- the first doctor of clinical laboratory science in the U.S. She's blazed a trail … Continue reading Protecting the Public Health: The First of Her Kind
We've all seen flyers for blood drives posted at our works, schools or communities. But, why are these events so important and why are there so many of them? This week we talked with Alisa Oslin to find out what goes into collecting, testing, and using donated blood. During this series, we’d especially like to … Continue reading Protecting the Public Health: Blood Banks
In this episode we talked with Dr. Frances Pouch-Downes. Dr. Pouch-Downes has worked in public health here in Michigan and around the world, and we were excited to get her perspective on global public health issues and successes. During this series, we’d especially like to thank the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics program here at Michigan State … Continue reading Protecting the Public Health: A Global Perspective
We're continuing our series on those who are on the front line of depending our public health. This week we talk to Jason Wholehan who works in the microbiology department of the Michigan Public Health Lab. Rachel loves talked about the microbiome and was particularly excited for this week! Jason told us about how their … Continue reading Protecting the Public Health: Microbiology Lab
This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, so we wanted to take a bit of extra time to appreciate those who work on our diagnoses and testing to keep us healthy. They work hard behind the scenes to figure out the puzzles they're presented and we owe much of our medical treatment to them. Thank … Continue reading Protecting the Public Health: Bonus Episode!
April 21-27 is medical laboratory professionals week, so for the next few episodes we're going to be featuring scientists trained in Medical Laboratory Science. Rachel, our co-host also works in this field training undergraduates who are planning to work in the medical lab. This week we spoke with Shawn Moloney who is the Newborn Screening … Continue reading Protecting the Public Health: Newborn Screening
Thanks so much to everyone checking in to see if we've posted another episode. Due to spring breaks and travel plans, we need a bit of extra time to get our next episode to you. We're excited for our coming line-up of guests and will have our next episode out soon.
This week we start a series looking at what products in our food that are usually labeled "artificial", "additive", or "synthetic". We're starting off looking at something that you can find in almost every restaurant, coffee shop, and in most of your cupboards- artificial sweeteners. We talked to Dr. Richard Mattes, a scientist in the … Continue reading Faking It: Artificial Sweetners
A few weeks ago in Michigan, we got hit with a blast of icy weather, called a polar vortex, that shut down almost anything going on for a few days. Our university closed down due to sustained windchills below -20˚F and at times the wind chill got below -30˚F. Even though this weather may be … Continue reading Natural Disasters: Polar Vortex