Health

AIDS quilt photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Museum

The entire 48,000-plus panels of the AIDS quilt were last displayed nearly 20 years ago in Washington D.C. On this World AIDS day, the MSU Museum has been loaned a portion of them to display for the next 10 days. We speak with a curator of the Museum about how quilts capture the emotions of an underrepresented population.


Stethoscope photo
Flickr/surroundsound5000

In an effort to raise awareness on World AIDS Day, WKAR’s Brooke Allen spoke to Dr. Susan Peters of the Barry-Eaton District Health Department about the number of Michigan residents living with HIV and the importance of HIV testing.


Patrick Heller photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Michigan is one of only three full-service cryonics facilities in the world. We talk with senior board member Patrick Heller about what they do.


Dr. William Strampel and Dr. Derrick Williamson photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A long-standing clinic on the east side of Detroit is reopening after being closed since its founder died in 2015. We learn more about MSU’s role in reviving the Popoff Clinic.

Dr. Richard Martzke photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine the pain of a pounding toothache. Now imagine driving up to 100 miles to get it fixed. That’s the situation that once faced some residents of a tiny town in the Upper Peninsula. Now, after a nearly two-year closure, the clinic is back in business, and so is the Lansing-area dentist who treks 300 miles one way to work there. We talk with Dr. Richard Martzke.


Kyle Hein photo
Courtesy photo / 'Invisible Wounds'

In World War One, soldiers called it “shell shock.” Today, the terminology is changing from PTSD to simply Post Traumatic Stress. As Veterans Day nears, we talk with the co-producers of a new MSU-produced film about veterans and the ongoing fight they live off the battlefield.


Ande Durojaiye and Jessica Norris photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In the first ever report of its kind, Michigan State University recently detailed data about campus sexual violence, harassment, stalking, and resulting investigations. We talk with two University officials involved in the effort to reduce sexual violence.


George Long and Dr. Narasimha Gundamraj photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan is in the midst of a growing opioid abuse crisis. We talk with two medical professionals who see the opioid crisis firsthand.


Shankar Vedantam photo
Courtesy photo / NPR

Current State’s Katie Cook has a conversation with NPR Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam about his NPR podcast Hidden Brain.

Steve Wyndom and Vicky Powelson photo
Brooke Allen / WKAR

What are the signs of someone thinking about committing suicide and how can we prevent it?  Current State’s Brooke Allen talks with a local woman about her struggle with depression and the area director from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Bill Chopik photo
Courtesy photo

An MSU professor says if your spouse is happy, you will be healthy. Current State’s Brooke Allen follows up on the research with MSU researcher Bill Chopik.


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad photo
Loren Javier / flickr creative commons

What do roller coasters have to do with kidney stones? If you haven’t seen the recent news articles talking about the preliminary findings of MSU professor emeritus David Wartinger, then you might not know, but Dr. Wartinger joins us to explain his discovery.


Emergency room sign photo
KOMU / flickr creative commons

Rescuing a victim of human trafficking is always an emergency, but experts say one of the hardest places to spot those victims is in a hospital emergency room. One health care organization in Genesee County will use a state grant to develop better ways of identifying and treating human trafficking victims. We talk with two members of the Genesys Health System.


Tick photo
U.S. Department of Agriculture / flickr creative commons

The first case of Lyme disease this year has been detected in Washtenaw County. What does that mean for us here in Ingham County? We talk with MSU Entomologist Howard Russell.


stop sign photo
Aldan Morgan / flickr creative commons

It’s not easy to tell an elderly parent that it’s time for them to stop driving. We talk with Wynn Esterline of Home Instead Senior Care in East Lansing about the “Let’s Talk About Driving” program.


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