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For July 2007

July 31 - Dr. Silver in Wall Street Journal

Samuel Silver, M.D., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine, is quoted in an article that appears in today's Wall Street Journal. The article discusses new, less-stringent Medicare guidelines on anti-anemia drugs for chemotherapy patients. Dr. Silver was part of the negotiations in Washington with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid  Services.

July 29-30 — Dr. Turner's Alzheimer's study in Ann Arbor News, on Michigan Radio

Can a component of fish oil slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease? A new study being conducted at U-M's Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and 50 other sites across the country is working to find out. After a UMHS press release about this study went out on Friday, the local media began carrying the story, and potential trial participants began calling. R. Scott Turner, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology, who leads the study at U-M, was heard in a news story on Michigan Radio's three stations in Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids, and quoted in a story in Sunday's Ann Arbor News.

July 25 - Elaine Sims on public radio health show

Recently, the director of the UMHS Gifts of Art program, Elaine Sims, was selected to be among a diverse group of healthcare administrators and practitioners from across the country who participated in an artists-in-residence program at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. While there, she taped an interview about arts in healthcare for a health show heard across the state on Yellowstone Public Radio. Listen to the show here.

July 27 - Dr. Tsai on Reuters wire, CBS Radio

A new study published in this week's New England Journal of Medicine by the researchers of the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection is making headlines today, and Thomas Tsai, M.D., M.Sc., Cardiovascular Medicine, has been speaking for the research team. The study finds that the risk of death is much higher for aortic dissection patients who have blood clots in the "false lumen", the new channel that opens up when the lining of the aorta tears apart. So far, stories have appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, the Reuters newswire, and the HealthDay newswire. Dr. Tsai recorded interviews for the national radio networks run by CBS and CNN, and for Michigan Radio, which is heard across the state. Read the UMHS press release on the study, and see an animation of the researchers' findings, here.

July 23 - UMHS voted 2007 “Most Wireless” hospitals and health systems

UMHS has been named to the list of the nation’s Most Wireless hospitals, according to the results of the 2007 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. The study was released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Read the UMHS press release here.

July 22 - Ann Arbor News article on UMHS employee art exhibit

The art critic for the Ann Arbor News recently visited the first floor of the Taubman Center to view the UMHS Employee Art Exhibit, organized by Gifts of Art. He was very impressed with the broad range of photos, paintings and other creative works displayed there; read his review here. There's still time to see the exhibit for yourself - it's on display until August 22. Want to know who won first place in each category? See the list of winners here!

July 18-19 — Dr Zubieta's placebo research in Science, Nature, SciAm

A new study by a team led by Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry/MBNI/Radiology, is making the news this week, with findings about the placebo effect. In a study published in the journal Neuron, the team reports on how different people respond differently to a placebo that they think is a painkiller -- and how that difference in response may be linked to a certain brain chemical's activity in the moments of anticipation before the "painkiller" is given. Articles about the study have just appeared on the science-news web sites of the journals Science and Nature, and of the magazine Scientific American. Dr. Zubieta was also heard on Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor, with transmitters in Flint and Grand Rapids). More stories are expected in coming days. Read the UMHS press release about this study here.

July 13-16 — U-M in the news for making USNews Best Hospitals list

The recent release of the list of America's Best Hospitals by USNews & World Report magazine has received attention nationwide, and as the #14 hospital on that list, U-M has been receiving widespread recognition. Locally, the Ann Arbor News, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, WDET-FM, WXYZ-TV Detroit, WTVG-TV Toledo and others have carried stories about our high overall ranking and high ranking in most of the medical specialties that the magazine ranks. Read the UMHS press release on this year's rankings here.

July 12 - Caroline Blaum in the New York Times

UMHS is participating in a multi-year program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Yesterday CMS announced first year results, including the news that UMHS significantly improved quality and efficiency of care to Medicare beneficiaries, while also saving the medicare system millions of dollars. The New York Times covered this story and interviewed Caroline Blaum, M.D., the associate professor of internal medicine at the Institute of Gerontology who is leading the project.

July 10 - Howard Markel in New York Times

In today's Health section of the New York Times, Howard Markel, M.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, tells the story of the development of diphtheria toxin in the late 1890s, and how New York City's health department manufactured the miracle drug of its day from the blood of horses. Eventually, U.S. municipal and state health departments around the nation phased out such activities as commercial companies assumed control of manufacturing vaccines and blood-based products.

July 9 - Gerald Hoff in Ann Arbor News

Today's Ann Arbor News has a nice profile of Gerald Hoff, Registration and Insurance Verification, who has won the 2007 Laurita Thomas Diversity Champion Award for his efforts to promote understanding of disability among U-M employees. He organized several events as part of the 2006 Investing in Ability Week, and is a member of the U-M Council for Disability Concerns. Read the story online here.

July 4 - Howard Markel's JAMA commentary on XDR-TB

The CDC's recent detention and isolation of a globetrotting patient infected with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis made headline news around the world. A commentary in the July 4 issue of JAMA co-authored by Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, examines the emergence of XDR-TB and the legal authority for isolation and quarantine, and calls on the global community to improve cooperation in order to confront and contain threats like XDR-TB. The other authors were law professors Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University and David Fidler of Indiana University.

July 1 - UMHS vendor policy makes news in Pittsburgh

Steven Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of internal medicine and director of the Faculty Group Practice's Outcomes Management Program, and Deborah Biggs, director of compliance, regulatory and business affairs at the Medical School, were quoted in two stories in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the new vendor policy being rolled out at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The two were interviewed on our own experience with rolling out similar policies, and what we've done to help our patients who no longer benefit from the pharmaceutical industry's practice of providing free drug samples to physicians to dispense to patients. Articles: UPMC draws up severe code on freebies and Restrictions cause few problems.

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