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For August, 2010

Aug. 31 - Dr. Jack Parent in Chicago Tribune on nerve cell production

The Chicago Tribune reports a new study that shows that production of new nerve cells in the human brain is linked to learning and memory. These findings provide clues about processes involved in age and health-related memory loss, and reveal potential cellular targets for drug therapy. Jack Parent, M.D., U-M associate professor of neurology, who was not involved in the study, told the Tribune “it is interesting and provocative, but we need to do more work.”


Aug. 31 - Kutcher quoted in Chicago Tribune, more on kids and concussions

New concussion rules requiring athletes suspected of having a head injury must be removed from the game and cannot return until approval from a doctor are being enforced in Illinois and Michigan high schools. Physicians, including Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., director of the Michigan NeuroSport Concussion Program, say warning signs of a concussion could include mood and personality changes, confusion and headaches, report Chicago Tribune, WoodTV and WJBK Fox 2. See UMHS news release


Aug. 30 - U-M researchers to study hospital bacteria, reports the Detroit Free Press, more

U-M researchers are awarded with a $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health to study bacterium called Clostridium difficile that causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation, sickening many Americans in hospitals and nursing homes, reports Medical News Today, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, Michigan Radio, Crain's, AnnArbor.com, WXYZ Detroit and WDIV Detroit. Lead researcher Vincent Young, M.D., Ph.D., of U-M, says the work will look at genetic variations in bacteria that lead to serious infections and how antibiotics sometimes leave patients vulnerable to infection. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 29 - U-M-Munson proposal covered by The Record-Eagle, Ann Arbor Chronicle

The proposed expanded relationship between U-M and Munson Healthcare to build on current clinical and business partnerships was featured in the Traverse City Record-Eagle and the Ann Arbor Chronicle. The decision to offer this relationship was informed and guided through a strategic planning process by U-M. One of the outcomes of the process is that U-M improves access to the care we provide to ensure our role as an important health care resource in Michigan.


Aug. 26 – Dr. Peter Ubel on MSN.com about chronic illness challenges

Peter Ubel, M.D., U-M professor of medicine and psychology and director of the U-M Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine, co-authored a study that found that people who’d had a colostomy, but could have the procedure reversed in the future experienced no improvement in life satisfaction over time. But, people who had irreversible colostomies reported increased satisfaction with their quality of life. MSN.com noted the study in an article that questions weather the lives of those with chronic illnesses might be better if they stop hoping for a cure to their conditions and simply accept things as they are.


Aug. 26 – Flanders quoted in Crain’s on the launch of a new blood clot prevention study

Crain’s Detroit Business reported an effort between the U-M Medical Center, Blue Cross and 17 other institutions that will begin a quality improvement study in October to reduce the risk of blood clots in hospitalized patients. “Nearly one million Americans suffer from clots each year, with over half developing clots in the hospital or shortly after hospitalization,” said Scott Flanders, M.D., director of the U-M hospitalist program and head of the initiative, in the article. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 25 - Dr. Dan Clauw quoted on fibromyalgia in MSN Health

MSN Health & Fitness reports patients and doctors say fibromyalgia, difficult to diagnose due to complex symptoms, is under-recognized and undertreated in the United States. Some physicians do not believe it’s a legitimate disorder and those who do say treating patients is frustrating because treatments are based on trial and error. "Sometimes doctors take out their frustrations on the patients and blame the patients for the illnesses," says fibromyalgia expert Daniel Clauw, M.D., of U-M.


Aug. 25 - Morrison, O’Shea and Mosher quoted on new stem cell ruling

Time Magazine reports that the Obama administration has declared the government will quickly appeal a court ruling that undercut federally funded embryonic stem cell research. Dozens of experiments aimed at fighting many ailments will stop in the meantime. Sean Morrison, Ph.D., director of the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology was quoted on how this will affect U-M: “If it takes ‘months to settle the legal wrangling, then we will just end our work.’" The Chicago Tribune, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, AnnArbor.com, CNBC and The Seattle Times also covered this story. Additionally, Michigan Radio covered, quoting Sue O’Shea, co-director of U-M Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies and Jack Mosher, assistant research scientist at the U-M Life Science Institute.


Aug. 24 - Dr. Lee Green quoted by ABC News on doctors’ pharmaceutical company relationships

ABC News reports a new study that shows that many patients taking prescription drugs believe that pharmaceutical companies have too much influence over their physicians’ prescribing practices. “On the one-to-one level, many patients trust their physicians,” said Lee Green, M.D., M.P.H., of U-M in the article. “But I see a lot of skepticism out there, and it’s well-founded.” According to the new study, half of medication users believed their doctors were too eager to write a prescription when other options are available.


Aug. 24 - Eagle quoted on amphetamine blood vessel risks in U.S. News & World Report

Researchers now report that amphetamine abusers face more than three times the risk of developing an aortic tear, reports U.S. News & World Report. Such a tear is considered an emergency with catastrophic potential by physicians. Kim Eagle, M.D., U-M cardiologist, said in the article that “amphetamines trigger adrenaline release, which revs up blood pressure and may explain the link between the drugs and aortic tears.” Science News also picked up the story.


Aug. 24 - Catherine Lord honored at White House

AnnArbor.com recognized Catherine Lord, Ph.D., U-M autism researcher and director of the Autism and Communication Disorders Center, for being among several individuals honored by Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Lord was honored for “transforming the American economy through innovation” to accelerate significant advances in science and technology, according to the article.


Aug. 23 - Dr. Michelle Macy quoted on MSN.com about child sledding injuries

Despite current conditions of one of the hottest summer in years, new research shows that sledding accounts for some 20,000 injuries per year and adolescent boys are the most likely to be hurt by sledding accidents, reports MSN.com. Michelle Macy, M.D., U-M pediatric emergency medicine physician notes in the story that head injuries are the most serious of such accidents. “Any time a kid’s brain is injured, it’s a particular concern,” she said.


Aug. 23 - ABC News quotes Dr. Thomas Schwenk on muscle-enhancing supplement

Nearly an entire high school football team in Oregon has been hospitalized for compartment syndrome-caused when a muscle gets too big for the lining surrounding it, causing pain and interference with blood flow-while training for the upcoming season. Some physicians believe it’s caused by muscle-building supplements, including Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., of U-M who told ABC News creatine is banned by many trainers, while other physicians believe overzealous training is the culprit.


Aug. 23 - Dr. Matt Davis quoted on flu vaccination rates in Wellsphere

Wellsphere reports flu vaccination rates among children and high-risk adults in the United States are much lower than expected, says a report released Monday by the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. So far, 26 states have reported moderate flu activity. There are about 40 million doses of flu vaccine still available and parents should get themselves and their children vaccinated, says Matt M. Davis, M.D., of U-M.


Aug. 22 - Dr. Lisa Newman quoted in Heritage Newspapers on breast cancer walk

Passionate supporters of this year's American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk spoke to about 100 people during a recent kick-off breakfast, reports Heritage Newspapers. Among them was Lisa A. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, who talked about advances in breast cancer research. The event, which is a 5-K noncompetitive walk, will be Oct. 23 at Gallup Park.


Aug. 22 - Darrell Campbell contributes article to AnnArbor.com about patient safety

Darrell Campbell, M.D., F.A.C.S., U-M chief medical officer, appeared in AnnArbor.com as a guest columnist, contributing an article about U-M’s rankings among the U.S. News and World Report’s hospital ranking system and its new patient safety segment. Campbell said in the article that U-M places the safety of its patients its highest priority. The internal efforts to identify and fix problems are more important than national rankings and that we are aiming to be the “safest hospital in the nation,” said Campbell.


Aug. 22 - Dr. Daniel Clauw quoted in Chicago Tribune on adrenal fatigue

Is being stressed out a disease? Adrenal fatigue is a condition in which the adrenal glands are underperforming because of illness or constant emotional or physical stress, according to some medical practitioners who suggest patients make dietary and lifestyle changes in response, reports a Chicago Tribune article. Daniel Clauw, M.D., director of the U-M Chronic Pain and Research Center, said in the story that “there’s no question that fatigue is at least partly due to the interactions between the brain and the adrenal glands, but it’s a ‘gross oversimplification’ of the origins of fatigue.”


Aug. 22 - AnnArbor.com highlights story about U-M breastfeeding clinic

Lisa Hammer, M.D., director of the U-M Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults, along with Sharon Kileny, M.D., Katherine Pasque, M.D. and Mary Dubesnky have started a physician-led outpatient breastfeeding clinic at the U-M Briarwood Center in Ann Arbor. AnnArbor.com featured an article about the U-M program and highlights tips outlining the health benefits for women who breastfeed newborn babies.


Aug. 19 - Dr. Carmen Green quoted in Science Daily, Detroit News and more on inadequate pain relief research

U-M research finds many black patients and women receive inadequate chronic pain treatment from primary care doctors, reports Science Daily, the Detroit News, MSN and U.S. News & World Report. "Most patients first seek help for pain from their primary care doctor. If we are to reduce or eliminate disparities in pain care, we have to support successful primary care interventions," says Carmen R. Green, M.D., lead author of the study. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 18 - Dr. Matt Davis quoted in Reuters, AnnArbor.com and more on children’s top health threats

Obesity among children is the top health concern for adults queried for an annual survey on children's health taken by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, according to Reuters, Chicago Tribune, AnnArbor.com FoxNews.com and Yahoo News. Obesity is followed by drug abuse, smoking, Internet safety and stress. Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., of U-M, said all the threats to children's health are behavioral, rather than congenital. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 18 - Dr. Lee Green on ABC News about colon cancer screening

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. ABC News reports screening to find polyps before they turn into cancer and cancer in its early stages is much easier to treat than in its later stages could save about 20,000 lives a year. According to Lee Green, M.D., M.P.H., of U-M, the most important thing is to be screened, not the method you use.


Aug. 18 - WDIV-TV reports U-M’s newest security updates

WDIV-TV, AnnArbor.com and WWJ, reports U-M’s newest security measures-the purchase of two Segway Personal Transporters. The new Segway Patrol Team will have 23 officers. The transporters will allow the officers to travel around campus more quickly and give them a better view of the area from the Segway’s platform, which is several inches off the ground. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 18 - Dr. Charles Burant quoted on U-M’s new obesity, nutrition research center in AnnArbor.com

AnnArbor.com reports U-M’s federal grant of $5.7 million to open the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center, which will focus on diet and metabolism research. “We hope that this will allow us to identify new ways to modify dietary intake to encourage weight loss in overweight individuals or improve metabolic health to prevent chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes,” says Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D., of U-M, who will be director of the center. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 18 - Dr. Karin Muraszko quoted in Jackson Citizen Patriot on diving safety film

Jackson Citizen Patriot reports U-M Department of Neurosurgery’s film called "Shattered Dreams" and several public service announcements based on it shown in southeastern Michigan movie theaters throughout the summer. Featuring U-M patients, Josh Weber and Matt Kerry, they urge to stop, think and then jump to prevent diving-related spinal cord injuries. About 10 percent of the 10,000 to 20,000 spinal cord injuries annually also are caused by diving accidents, according to Karin Muraszko, M.D., of U-M. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 18 - Dr. Ao-Lin Allen Hsu’s research that may aid search for anti-aging drugs on Science Blog

U-M scientists led by Ao-Lin Allen Hsu, Ph.D., of U-M, have found that suppressing a newly discovered gene lengthens the lifespan of roundworms, reports Science Blog. Scientists who study aging have long known that significantly restricting food intake makes animals live longer. The results offer promising early evidence that scientists may succeed at finding targets for drugs that someday could allow people to live longer, healthier lives. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 17 - Dr. J. Todd Arnedt suggests tip to better sleep on CNN

CNN suggests seven steps to get a better night’s sleep. Among them, J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., of U-M says unwinding in a hot bath before bedtime makes it harder to fall asleep because your body needs to cool to a certain temperature in order to reach a sound slumber.


Aug. 17 - Dr. Glenn Green talks to ABC News about MP3 players and hearing loss

Glenn Green, M.D., of U-M, tells ABC News that kids have more hearing loss now because they are listening to levels that cause hearing loss with exposure over long periods of time. He gives two guidelines for determining if the mp3 player is too loud: if other people can hear that you have the mp3 player on or if you can’t understand regular levels of speech at an arm’s length.


Aug. 17 - Dr. Paul Kileny quoted in Bio-Medicine, KSTP-TV on teen hearing loss research

Researchers find one in five U.S. teenagers have developed hearing loss, reports Bio-Medicine, HealthDay and KSTP-TV (St. Paul/Minneapolis). Paul R. Kileny, Ph.D., of U-M, who was not involved in the study, says, “The hearing loss among teens, Kileny said, is not due to increased exposure to loud noises or the prolonged use of some medications "because they [teens] are way too young to manifest the effects of this exposure or of age-related hearing loss.”


Aug. 17 - Richard Boothman quoted in Ann Arbor.com, Science Daily, more on disclosing medical errors

According to records from 1995 to 2007, researchers conducted a retrospective before-and-after analysis of U-M’s comprehensive claims management program and found a decrease in new legal claims, number of lawsuits per month, time to claim resolution, and costs after implementation of the program, reports New York Times, AnnArbor.com, Science Daily, Medical News Today, Wall Street Journal, Dbusiness, Health.com, Reuters and Science Blog. Richard C. Boothman, J.D., chief risk officer at U-M and a co-author of the study, says encouraging caregivers to admit mistakes also has improved patient safety, which is difficult to measure. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 17 - Dr. Rosner in the magazine, “The Challenge,” on traumatic brain injury

An article in the Summer 2010 edition of The Challenge magazine-a periodical publication by the Brain Injury Association of America-features Mark Rosner, M.D., U-M adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, as an expert on traumatic brain injury (TBI). The story highlights a recent study that shows that symptoms of headache, dizziness and anxiety in patients with TBI can be alleviated with specialized eyeglass lenses. “This represents a new approach to the treatment of post-concussive symptoms,” Rosner said.


Aug. 17 - Dr. Tom Sisson quoted in Runner’s World on CF patient

Emily Schaller was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 18 months old. According to Runner’s World, Schaller, now 28, has completed four half-marathons since age 25. Many doctors now believe that physical exertion, especially running, can be an important part of CF patients' health regimens. "The breathing that's involved with running seems to be really effective in clearing mucus from the lungs," says Tom Sisson, M.D., a pulmonologist at U-M who oversees Schaller's care. "I have little doubt that it's extending Emily's life."


Aug. 17 - Dr. Jennifer Meddings quoted in Medical News Today, more on reminders to remove catheters to reduce infection

Medical News Today, US. News & World Report and UPI reports new research shows that reminder systems that encourage hospital staff to remove catheters promptly can reduce the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52 percent. Jennifer Meddings, M.D., of U-M, and her colleagues note that hospitals should consider “nurse-empowered” catheter stop orders, which empower nurses to remove urinary catheters based upon criteria, without requiring the nurse to request an order from physicians. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 16 - U-M patient’s dad to swim across Lake St. Clair to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

WDIV Detroit reports Ric Geyer, father to U-M cystic fibrosis patient Rickie Geyer and a group of 10 others will swim the 14-mile length of Lake St. Clair from Harsens Island south to the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Tuesday to raise money for Rickie's medical trust fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He also plans to develop a nonprofit organization starting next year to benefit cystic fibrosis research at U-M's Mott Children's Hospital.


Aug. 16 - U-M mentioned in Free Press article highlighting electronic medical records systems

The Detroit Free Press featured an article about the technology investments being made all over the state by doctor networks and hospitals. Electronic medical record systems benefit patients by reducing errors and contributing to more coordinated care. Statewide, about 23 percent of Michigan hospitals have electronic medical record systems in all their units. The article says that some of Michigan’s largest systems are expected to qualify for federal incentive payments within the next couple of years--U-M included.


Aug. 15 - Drs. David Canter, Ora Pescovitz and Joan Keiser quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business

An article in Crain’s Detroit Business quotes David Canter, M.D., Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., and Joan Keiser, Ph.D., on the North Campus Research Complex’s first tenant, BoroPharm, a chemical producer specializing in boron-related molecular building blocks for drug companies and agricultural chemical companies. Read the UMHS news release on the announcement.


Aug. 13 - Antique Truck Show brightens spirits at Mott says AnnArbor.com

Members of the South East Michigan Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society brought several antique trucks to the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on Friday to lift patients’ spirits. AnnArbor.com features a slideshow of the event.


Aug. 13 - Markel on Science Friday about the origin of the word “evolution”

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., U-M physician, medical educator and historian of medicine, featured as a guest on Science Friday. Markel explains the origin of the word “evolution.”


Aug. 12 - AMA Foundation awards Andrea Oliverio Audio-Digest Foundation Scholarship

The American Medical Association has awarded Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships to 20 fourth-year medical students, reports Healthcare Finance News. U-M’s Andrea Oliverio is the recipient of the AMA’s Audio-Digest Foundation Scholarship that supports the communication of science, including mentoring and teaching. Awardees of these scholarships were nominated by their medical schools and chosen based upon their academic standing and financial status, as well as community involvement, letters of recommendation and personal statement.


Aug. 12 - Randolph Regal, Pharm.D., quoted in New York Times

Drugs that reduce stomach acid are among the most widely prescribed medications in the world and they’re reasonably safe for most people to take, according to an article in The New York Times. But, researchers began discovering problems with these drugs years ago, and they don’t get much scrutiny from doctors, or from patients. Pneumonia, infections, fractures - “As patients get older, they have increased risk of all these things,” said Randolph Regal, Pharm.D., U-M professor of pharmacy. “In spite of that, the misuse of these medications appears to continue.”


Aug. 11 - Dr. Michelle Riba in Detroit Free Press on combating stress

The Detroit Free Press reports many people are feeling stress related to the economic troubles. People should seek low-cost ways to enjoy activities with their family members and friends, seek spiritual counseling, pursue a hobby, join a support group and take advantage of community resources in place to help those in need, say psychologists and psychiatrists, including Dr. Michelle Riba, of U-M.


Aug. 10 - Dr. Michael Fetters in Science Daily and others on video games for medical students

Today’s students were raised with a digital mouse in their hands, so it should be no surprise 98 percent of medical school students surveyed say video games and virtual reality environments could help them become better doctors, reports Medical News Today, Health.com, CNET, American Medical News and Science Daily. “Role-playing games may have special educational use to help students envision what their life would be like in different types of professional practice,” says Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., of U-M. See UMHS news release.


Aug. 9 - Hometown Life reports former U-M patient wins gold at U.S. Transplant Games

Born with a congenital heart defect, Dan Himm went through surgery and received a pacemaker at age 3. At age 12, his heart condition worsened, deteriorating to a point where he was on life support, waiting for a heart transplant, which he eventually received at the University of Michigan. On Monday, Himm, now 24, won a gold medal in golf at the U.S. Transplant Games in Madison, Wis., reports Hometown Life.


Aug. 9 - Dr. Robert Brook in USA Today on air pollution

USA Today reports scientists now believe air pollution is harder on health than once suspected, and that it's not just lungs that suffer. Hearts, blood vessels and brains do, too. While risks to individuals are small and are dwarfed by risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and obesity, the overall effect on the public is big, says Dr. Robert Brook, a cardiologist at the University of Michigan and lead author of a statement on air pollution issued in May by the American Heart Association.


Aug. 9 - Dr. Lee Green quoted in Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times

As the world’s most-prescribed class of medications, about 24 million Americans take statins-largely to stave off heart attacks and strokes, according to articles in the Chicago Tribune, and the L.A. Times. Yet, as more people are taking statins, the reports of side effects have increased. A 2006 study, called JUPITER, has further driven this fact. Lee Green, M.D., M.P.H., was quoted on the study.


Aug. 9 - Dr. Joyce Lee in L.A. Times about puberty ages in girls

The Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, ABC, NBC and Reuters reports a new study that suggests the average age at which puberty begins may be falling for white and Latina girls. The paper also reported a study published more than a decade ago that found that American girls were beginning puberty at as early as 7-years-old. Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., U-M professor of pediatric endocrinology, was not involved in the study but was quoted in the article: “it’s incredible the difference you can see in these two studies.” Earlier studies by Lee have linked early puberty to higher body mass index as far back as the toddler years.


Aug. 8 - Former U-M patient to organize Red Cross blood drive

Farmington Hills resident Stephan Vorenberg, a senior at North Farmington High School, was diagnosed at 15 with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent a year of chemotherapy. Now in remission, he’s organizing a Red Cross blood drive for the second time on Thursday, Aug. 12, at the West Bloomfield Public Library, reports Hometown Life. Inspired by his doctors, Dr. Craig Byersdorfer and Dr. Linda Mcallister-Lucas of U-M, Vorenberg plans to attend Michigan State University to pursue an interested in pediatric oncology.


Aug. 8 - Kara Milliron quoted in Detroit Free Press

More hospitals are developing cancer genetics programs that offer the latest in mammography and MRI tests to find cancer early, reports the Detroit Free Press. The article notes that some hospital systems, such as U-M, began their high-risk breast cancer programs as far back as 1994 and are increasingly beginning to see more male patients. “A lot of men are motivated because of their children to find out if they have a mutation to pass along,” said Kara Milliron, a certified genetic counselor for the U-M program.


Aug. 5 - Dr. Gary Hammer recognized on AnnArbor.com for work with the Wellness Community of Southeast Michigan

AnnArbor.com recognized Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., U-M Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer, for his recent appointment to the professional advisory board of the Wellness Community of Southeast Michigan. Hammer also serves as the director of the Endocrine Oncology Program at the UMCCC and the director of the Center for Organogenesis.


Aug. 5 - U-M study: More neural activity between brain networks and pain processing region, reports HealthDay

HealthDay reports a new U-M and Massachusetts General Hospital study that shows that fibromyalgia patients may have more “connectivity” between brain networks and regions of the brain involved in pain processing. This could explain why sufferers feel pain even when there is no obvious cause. This study is in the August issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.


Aug. 4 - U-M research on weight and psychological health on Health.com

Health.com featured an article that says new U-M research examined the social, financial and emotional consequences of being overweight in one of the first long-term studies in this area. The results showed that overweight individuals were almost twice as likely to be receiving welfare or unemployment compensation, one and a half times more likely to be unemployed or experiencing financial hardships and significantly more likely to not have a partner. This study highlights the importance of helping young adults manage their weight rather than allowing weight problems to determine their fate in life.


Aug. 3 - Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Walton on WebMD.com and WJBK Detroit about preventing teen alcohol abuse and violence

WebMD, WABC New Your City and WJBK Detroit report a new U-M study that suggests that a way to reach and hit home to teenagers involved with alcohol or violence is in the emergency room. “We aimed to provide a brief intervention during the time that teens were in the emergency department to decrease their future violence and alcohol misuse,” said Rebecca Cunningham, M.D., U-M professor of emergency medicine. Maureen Walton, M.P.H., Ph.D., U-M Research Associate Professor of psychiatry, was also quoted. The study was released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. See UMHS Release.


Aug. 3 - Drs. Matt Davis, Gregory Yanik quoted in Metro Parent

Medicines and treatments are rarely tested on children, according to an article in Metro Parent. U-M researchers issued a report in 2008 that found more than three-quarters of parents surveyed want only FDA-approved medicines for their children, yet only one-third are willing to have their children take part in research that could produce that information. The article quotes physicians, including Matthew M. Davis, M.D., and Gregory A. Yanik, M.D., of U-M, on the urgent need for pediatric participation and positive benefits for the child.


Aug. 2 - Crain’s Detroit Business: U-M Medical School to hire record number of faculty

Over the past few months, the U-M Medical School has hired 184 faculty members, thanks primarily to growth in research funding. This number raises the amount of doctors and researchers to 2,254-the highest number in U-M history. Margaret Gyetko, M.D., U-M associate dean for faculty affairs, said in a Crain’s Detroit Business article on this that “many other institutions have instituted freezes, cut programs or limited their services in the past, but we are continually growing.” See UMHS release.


Aug. 2 - Mike Hartwell, Kelly Parent quoted in Detroit News

After heartbreak from losing a child, many parents would avoid returning to its setting. An article in the Detroit News recognizes those that have. At Mott Children’s Hospital, 15 people-including Mike Hartwell, hired as a fundraiser- returned to the hospital after losing a child to help others with similar circumstances by offering advice , serving on committees, donating, building furniture, fundraising and starting foundations. As manager of the hospital's patient care program, Kelly Parent has been recruiting them for three years.


Aug.2 - Sean Morrison quoted on adult stem cell research in Boston Globe, NPR, Washington Post, more

Doctors are currently studying many innovative therapies with adult stem cells that are typically taken from bone marrow and blood - not embryos, according to articles in the Boston Globe, NPR, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, WFTV, KHOU, WPHL-TV and the Macomb Daily. An extensive review of stem cell projects and interviews with two dozen experts reveal a wide range of potential treatments. Even as scientists hope adult stem cells will produce new treatments, they are concerned about clinics that make claims about unproven stem cell therapy. Sean Morrison, Ph.D., U-M stem cell expert, weighs in: “clinics have sprung up all over that are essentially selling snake oil, preying on the hopes of desperate patients.”


Aug. 2 - Jessica Soulliere in Detroit News on employee social media activity

U-M social media communications coordinator, Jessica Soulliere, was quoted in a Detroit News article that says that what employees say on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube could cost them their jobs. According to the article, workers should think twice before they post comments and pictures on the social media sites. Soulliere pointed out U-M’s policy of respecting patients’ privacy.


Aug. 1 - Dr. David Meyer quoted in NY Times article on referees

In lieu of recent missed calls by referees in the World Cup and Major League Baseball, scientists who study the human brain say it is surprising that bad calls do not happen more often, reports the New York Times. "Despite all of the apparent surprise that the referees would be blowing calls, especially at crucial points, from a psychological standpoint this is what we would expect," said David Meyer, Ph.D., director of U-M’s Brain, Cognition and Action Laboratory.


July 31 - Dr. Herman’s research on diabetes drugs on UPI.com, WebMD

Post-menopausal women taking some diabetes drugs may be at greater risk of bone fractures, reports WebMD and UPI. William Herman, M.D., M.P.H., senior study author, says that women with type 2 diabetes taking a group of drugs called thiazolidinediones may significantly increase their risk of fractures. “Physicians should be aware of this risk and weight the benefits and risks of therapy when the initially prescribe these prescriptions,” Herman said in the article.


July 29 - Paired kidney donation covered by WDIV Detroit

A six-person kidney transplant chain, made possible by the U-M Transplant Center's Paired Donation program was covered by WDIV Detroit. Three donors and three recipients underwent surgery last week as part of the chain. The three kidney recipients learned who their donors were just a few minutes before cameras rolled to shoot the story.


July 29 - Sean Morrison quoted in Detroit News about stem cell research and the election

All but two of the gubernatorial candidates in Tuesday’s primary oppose stem cell research, raising concerns that scientific efforts will be ratcheted back even before they take root in the state, reports the Detroit News. Sean Morrison, Ph.D., director of the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology, said in the article that opposition from state leaders could create implementation and image problems. “People voted to constitutionally protect this type of research. It would be an open question if we get a governor who is opposed to this,” Morrison said.


July 29 - Dr. Jim Abelson talks to CNN about hoarding

A CNN.com article reports that rescue workers recently drilled a hole in the roof of a Chicago home to extract an 82-year old woman’s body because her home was filled to the ceiling with boxes, clothing and other junk. The article goes on to describe hoarders as people who amass excessive numbers of possessions and don’t discard them. James Abelson, M.D., Ph.D., U-M co-director of the Trauma, Stress and Anxiety Research Group, weighs in: “people who collect papers, newspapers, magazines believe there might be some piece of information that someday might be useful to have.” Hoarding has become frequent in a growing number of cities and is increasingly becoming a serious health problem.


July 28 - Dr. Wyckoff talks to Diabetes Forecast magazine about diabetes and pregnancy

An article in Diabetes Forecast magazine-a publication of the American Diabetes Association, features Jennifer Wyckoff, M.D., U-M clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, as an expert on pregnancy in women with diabetes. The article outlines how, with good care and planning, women with diabetes can have safe pregnancies and healthy babies. Wyckoff talks to the magazine about breast-feeding, the importance of exercise and more.


July 28 - U-M study: Fewer complications at busy bariatric centers reports CNN Health, Health Day, more

CNN Health and Health Day report a new U-M study suggests that bariatric surgery centers that see the most number of patients and do the most cases tend to have the lowest rates of complication. “The rates of serious complications are twice as high for low volume hospitals and surgeons as they are for large centers,” said Nancy Birkmeyer, Ph.D., U-M associate professor of surgery, and study lead author. The study was published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. The Detroit Free Press and WJBK Detroit also covered the story.


July 28 - Kofi Gyan featured in School of Public Health magazine, “Findings”

Kofi Gyan, program manager for all U-M health-related programs in Ghana, was profiled in a short feature in the Spring 2010 edition of “Findings,” the magazine of the U-M School of Public Health. According to the article, Gyan is on a mission to improve the health system of his homeland and the health of his fellow Ghanaians, and is especially keen to help lift the burden of infant and maternal mortality in Ghana. He works closely with U-M medical faculty and students to help train physicians, midwives and medical personnel in Ghana.



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