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Washing Machines Clean Clothes While Spreading Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Washing Machines

In last week’s MedTalk, researchers from the University of Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico concluded that garlic & onions can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 67 percent. Recent news of Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, being diagnosed with breast cancer highlighted that our timely MedTalk was not just limited to the female gender. According to his interview on Good Morning America, Knowles was diagnosed with breast cancer due to a mutation in his BRCA2 genes. Medical research demonstrates that men with BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutations have a higher lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. To expound on this topic briefly, breast cancer in men is relatively rare. Early diagnosis and corresponding treatment have a relatively high five year survival rate and prognosis in men. So, just as in women, early detection and medical treatment leads to a dramatic improvement in prognosis. Let’s remember, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month; and, it’s not just limited to raising awareness amongst women. So, to the fellas out there, start chomping on those onions and garlic bulbs too! Don’t forget to pack a mint!

Now, for this week’s MedTalk, a new study published in the scientific journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology discovered that a very common household item may be a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany found that though washing machines are meant to rid our clothes of bacteria, they often don’t accomplish that goal. The inspiration for the study came from a German hospital, where the physicians determined that their hospital’s washing machines spread Klebsiella to newborns. Beyond the health risks, the study’s conclusions have huge domestic implications for home laundry. Listen to this week’s MedTalk to learn how to clean your in-home petri dish, I mean washing machine, to prevent the spread of drug-resistant bacteria within your home. To learn more, click the episode link below at the 29 minute mark on this episode of the Hype Radio Show:

“Judge comforts Botham Jean’s Murderer, Sneaky Germs in a Common Household Appliance, Snoop Dogg & University of Kansas, NBA’s Mess in China, & more”

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