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For July, 2010

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

Post-menopausal women taking some diabetes drugs may be at greater risk of bone fractures, reports 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 - 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.


July 26 - Dr. Susan Woolfordís research quoted on Reuters, MSNBC

The rapidly-increasing Lap-Band industry is attempting to market to teens, while critics worry of the potential risks associated with the procedure, reports MSNBC and Reuters. Proponents say banding may be attractive to teens because unlike bypass, it's reversible; however, long-term effects are uncertain--especially for teens. According to research by Susan Woolford, M.D., M.P.H., of U-M, nearly half of the 381 physicians surveyed said they would never refer an adolescent for any type of bariatric surgery.


July 26 - Nicole Fawcett blogs in the Detroit News for the anniversary for the Americans with Disabilities Act

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Nicole Fawcett of U-M blogs on the Detroit News to urge the importance of making a difference. Though actor Christopher Reeve achieved great attention to spinal cord injuries and his foundation raised $42 million for research, non-celebrities such as Dr. Gary Hammer of the UMCCC can make an impact too. Hammer has focused his passion on the clinical, research and policy of adrenal cancer, a rare type of cancer seen in only about 300 Americans each year.


July 26 - U-M study linking African ancestry to high-risk breast cancer in L.A. Times, Seattle Times, more

The L.A. Times and Seattle Times reports that a U-M Cancer Center study has found that African ancestry is linked to a more deadly type of breast cancer called “triple negative” that was in 82 percent of African women with breast cancer, 26 percent of African-American breast cancer patients and 16 percent of white Americans. Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., director of the U-M Breast Care Center explains: Triple negative breast cancer is negative for three markers used to determine treatment. Recent advances target each of the receptors, but targeting all three is a problem. Because fewer African-American women are candidates for these treatments, outcome disparities are increased. The study was also reported on UPI, KARE Minneapolis, WPHL-TV, KDVR Denver, Essence Magazine, Heatlh Day, MSN.com, Yahoo News and STL Today.


July 26 - Dr. Treadwell featured in Ambassador Magazine article

Marjorie Treadwell, M.D., U-M professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was the spotlight of a profile article for the “hot docs” section in a recent issue of Ambassador Magazine. Treadwell has been specializing in maternal fetal medicine for over 20 years. Her clinical interests include high-risk pregnancies, genetic counseling and fetal diagnosis and therapy. In the article, Treadwell mentions that the best part about her job is “the patients and families who have let me be part of their obstetric experience.”


July 25 - Dana Sachs talks to MSNBC about skin bumps

An MSNBC.com feature titled, “Understanding your body’s quirks” quotes Dana Sachs, M.D., U-M associate professor of dermatology, as an expert on skin bumps. The story explains that skin bumps are most likely warts, moles or other benign growths that emerge with age, but there is a chance they could be skin cancer. “It takes a trained eye to distinguish benign growths from skin cancer,” Sachs said. “If a bump doubles in size over a few weeks, that’s a warning sign.”


July 24 - The Examiner recognizes U-M for research on cell's recycling center

The Examiner recognizes local universitiesí research on brain and spine disorders, including a team of U-M researchers who published a study in Nature Communications describing the workings of a protein that controls calcium channels in lysosomes. Their findings may be vital to people with neurological diseases caused by failure of the lysosome, the cell's recycling center, to work properly, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or CMT.


July 23 - Dr. Padela on UPI about patients requesting ER doctors

UPI and USA today reports that minorities who request a different doctor than the one assigned to them in a U.S. emergency room are likely to be accommodated. U-M researchers say the study shows women and minorities are more likely to make a doctor request. “Some patients prefer, and are more satisfied with, providers of the same gender, race, or faith,” said lead author Aasim Padela, M.D., U-M emergency physician. See UMHS news release.


July 22 - U-M study on obese adults and health problems highlighted on KDVR Denver

According to a U-M study, adults who are consistently overweight, are more likely to face chronic health problems, reported KDVR Denver. Research has shown that the majority of those overweight at 19, remained overweight throughout adulthood and are three times more likely to have a medically diagnosed problem like heart disease, by the age of 40.


July 22 - Catherine Lord, Ph.D., in Washington Examiner on link between baby talk and autism detection

The Washington Examiner reported that abnormal or delayed speech patterns in young children may be helpful in identifying autism-perhaps at an earlier age than now possible. Catherine Lord, Ph.D., director of the U-M Autism and Communication Disorders Center, told the Examiner that “it’s too early to tell what the impact of this new method may be, however, it’s clear that studying these differences in children could lead to better interventions in the future.”


July 22 - Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, David Canter quoted on NCRC commercial tenant

U-M has forged an important public-private partnership at the North Campus Research Complex, with the arrival of an award-winning, green chemistry firm in space at the former Pfizer property, reports AnnArbor.com, The Detroit News WDIV Detroit and WWJ. The firm, BoroPharm, is a chemical development and manufacturing business founded in 2005 by two Michigan State University professors. See UMHS news release.


July 22 - Crain's Detroit, more reports advanced manufacturing jobs growing

About 65 percent of Michiganís manufacturing jobs can be considered advanced manufacturing, and the sector is increasing employment rates, according to the University Research Corridor, a research and commercialization alliance between U-M, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. The URC represents hope for Michiganís economy, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said. The report was released as part of a three-campus media bus tour, including a stop at U-Mís NCRC. Reported by Crain's Detroit, The State News, WKR, Michigan Radio, WDIV/TV 4, West Michigan Business, Lansing State Journal, WWJ and The Detroit News.


July 22 - Jocelyn DeWitt quoted on U-M's $20 million contract with Epic

U-M signed a $20 million contract with Epic Systems to allow patients enhanced quality of care by giving U-M providers immediate access to patient records so they know which drugs patients take, what care they received and what they've been recommended recently, reports the Detroit Free Press, Health Data Management, Crain's Detroit> and AnnArbor.com. Jocelyn DeWitt, Ph.D., chief information officer at U-M, said it should also help U-M to qualify for enhanced federal funding and hopes to be eligible for funds by 2012. See UMHS news release.


July 22 - Dr. Eve Kerr recognized for leadership honor in AnnArbor.com

Eve Kerr, M.D., M.P.H., of U-M, is selected to participate in the national leadership program for senior women faculty for her exceptional leadership experience and academic accomplishments in health services research, reports AnnArbor.com. The Hedwig Van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women is dedicated to preparing women for senior academic leadership positions to increase the number of women in the field. See UMHS news release.


July 21 - Fundraiser for bladder cancer research in The Milan News-Leader

Milan’s first annual Beating the Drum for Bladder Cancer fundraiser drew more than 150 participants from across Michigan, the largest amount of attendants to any of the nationwide events held on Saturday, July 17. “It’s a family-oriented event to learn about bladder cancer,” said Staci Mitchell, event coordinator and U-M Cancer Center nurse practitioner. The event exceeded the fundraising goal of $5,000, and more than $7,000 was raised for the national Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. See UMHS news release.


July 21 - National Poll on Children’s Health says many parents want gene testing for kids in L.A. Times and Women’s Day

The L.A. Times and Women’s Day reports that findings from the C.S. Mott children’s Hospital National Poll on children’s Health say 53 percent of parents were interested in at-home genetic tests for their children because they hoped it would help them prevent disease in their kids. Those parents who weren’t interested cited the worry the results would bring them as a major reason why not. See UMHS news release.


July 21 - Allvoices reports U-M to provide wheelchairs at Ann Arbor Art Fair

Allvoices reports U-M Home Care Services announcement to provide complimentary wheelchairs and walkers to attendees of this year's Ann Arbor Street Art Fair for the third consecutive year. See UMHS news release.


July 20 - U-M-developed prostate cancer screening test highlighted In Cleveland news.

The Progensa PCA3 test, one of the latest and most accurate prostate cancer screening tests is now being offered by The Cleveland Cinic, reports Cleveland.com. The PCA3 test was developed by San Diego-based biotech company Gen-Probe Inc., alongside U-M researchers.


July 20 - Sean Morrison talks to ABC News about reprogrammed adult cells versus stem cells

Adult tissues can be reprogrammed to become stem cells but two new studies suggest that these altered cells may not be the blank slate that researchers find in other stem cell types, reports ABC News. These findings spark further uncertainties whether adult cells can be considered a reliable alternative for embryonic stem cells. Sean Morrison, Ph.D., director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology at U-M comments "the message is that what stem cell biologists have argued for years is true-we need to continue studying both, because we don't know which can be used for which applications."


July 20 - Dr. Timothy Hofer quoted in Chicago Tribune on medical errors

Chicago Tribune reports a recent study using "mystery patients" (actors trained to behave like patients) to investigate physicians' practices and found "contextual errors"-failure to consider an individual's socioeconomic circumstances when diagnosing illness or prescribing treatment-occur in 78 percent of cases involving patients with these concerns. Timothy Hofer, M.D., M.Sc., of U-M, says the study only examines first-time appointments and some doctors may feel more comfortable asking about patients' lives after they've developed a relationship. Also reported by WPHL-TV, Fox 40 KTXL, Fox 31 KDVR, and the Baltimore Sun.


July 18 - Dr. B. Gregory Thompson, Jr. featured in Free Press article about surgery technology

The Detroit Free Press covered a brain aneurysm operation at U-M in which Byron G. Thompson, M.D., professor of neurosurgery and director of neurovascular surgery, uses a TrueVision image recorder to capture the surgery in 3D. U-M’s neurosurgery program is the first in Michigan with the system and one of only 50 sites in the nation. Thompson considers the TrueVision system to be a “valuable teaching tool” as “the degree of detail is just so much greater in 3D,” Thompson told the paper.


July 18 - Dr. Robert Hyzy quoted in AnnArbor.com article about reducing hospital-acquired infections

AnnArbor.com reported in an article that experts at U-M and other area hospitals credit saving hundreds of lives to utilizing safety checklists after the state became a test case in a study for reducing infection rates of central IV lines. The lists remind doctors of proper IV insertion procedures and infection rates for the procedure reportedly plummeted upon implementation. “The median blood stream infection rate went down to zero. The results were quite striking,” said Robert Hyzy, M.D., U-M professor of internal medicine.


July 18 - Farmington Observer and Redford Observer report Comerica Park Organ Donor Awareness Night to feature U-M organ recipient

Tigers fans who register to be organ donors tonight at Comerica Park’s Organ Donor Awareness Night can receive exclusive Brandon Inge giveaways, report the Farmington Observer and the Redford Observer. Juan Lopez, 14, U-M’s first combined heart and liver transplant recipient will throw out the first pitch. He will be among a handful or organ recipients honored.


July 15 - Daily Beast revisits Dr. Markel's poll on Cheney health

An article in the Daily Beast examining former vice-president Dick Cheney's cardiac resiliency cites an article by Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the Center for the History of Medicine. Six years ago, as part of his exploration of the health of presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Dr. Markel surveyed seven cardiologists on an anonymous patient's medical history (Cheney's) and wrote about their reactions in The Atlantic.


July 15 - U-M earns No. 14 ranking among nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall for the second consecutive year. U-M is ranked in every specialty and those rankings went up in 11 of the 16 specialties. The results mark the 16th consecutive year U-M has been named to the honor roll of "America's Best Hospitals." Also reported by WDIV Detroit, WJBK Detroit, Crain's Detroit Business, AnnArbor.com, Hometownlife.com, Michigan Daily and UPI. See UMHS news release.


July 15 - AnnArbor.com recognizes Drs. Lori J. Pierce and N. Lynn Henry for honors

AnnArbor.com recognizes two UMCCC faculties for recent accomplishments. Lori J. Pierce, M.D., is one of 11 physicians nationwide selected as a fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology, a cancer organization with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients using radiation therapy. N. Lynn Henry, M.D., Ph.D., is one of five new Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators.


July 15 - ‘Kanz for Kids’ fundraiser for Mott Children’s Hospital on WJBK Fox 2

Katie Sesi has been raising money going on can drives and playing the violin outside her aunt’s shop in Ann Arbor for the past year and a half to reach her goal of $10,000 to donate to the U-M Mott Children’s Hospital, reports WJBK Fox 2. She surpassed her goal and raised more than $11,000. She plans on donating more cash next year.


July 14 - New study on people with alcohol problems who speak to clergy on Science Daily

Persons with alcohol problems are finding comfort in speaking about their situation to clergy, a new study on Science Daily shows. Among 1,910 people with alcohol-related problems, 14.7 percent said they used clergy services. The study from researchers at UMHS and Saint Louis University also indicates the majority of those who used services from clergy also used professional services at some point; only 0.5 percent used clergy services exclusively for their alcohol use-related problem. See UMHS news release.


July 14 - Concentrate Media announces partnership between Ascenta Therapeutics, UMCCC

Concentrate Media announces partnership between Ascenta Therapeutics, whose roots are in Ann Arbor, and UMCCC, where researchers are designing a small molecule that is highly effective at inhibiting the interaction between cancer cell proteins in cell cultures. The idea is to use the molecule for a drug that kills cancer cells while causing minimal damage to normal cells. Research is ongoing, but Ascenta Therapeutics is optimistic about its potential.


July 14 - Dr. John Birkmeyer quoted in U.S. News on hospital rankings

Hospital rankings and other resources can help indicate a top-notch hospital when a procedure or condition requires exceptional skill; however U.S News reports though a particular hospital can be the right choice for some patients but the wrong one for others. Rates of postsurgical complications vary surprisingly little, according to a recent study of nearly 200 hospitals. What does differ is deaths from those complications, says John Birkmeyer, M.D., of U-M, the study's coauthor. See UMHS news release.


July 13 - Dr. Jack Wheeler quoted in USA Today on for-profit and non-profit mergers

Why would for-profit Vanguard Health Systems of Nashville want to buy non-profit Detroit Medical Center? USA Today reports Jack Wheeler, Ph.D., of U-M, says urban hospitals are attractive acquisition targets because the new health overhaul law will eventually extend coverage to an additional 32 million people, reducing the financial burden of hospitals that treat a lot of uninsured patients. These deals stir debate on whether or not the quality of care patients currently receive will be affected.


July 12 - Drs. Marci Lesperance and Margit Burmeister in Science Daily on hearing loss gene mutation

Science Daily reports researchers have identified a gene mutation that causes a rare form of hearing loss known as auditory neuropathy. Led by U-M Medical School scientists Marci Lesperance, M.D., and Margit Burmeister, Ph.D., they examined the DNA of individuals from the same large family afflicted with the disorder. This research will be helpful in developing future genetic tests, Lesperance says. See UMHS news release.


July 12 - Drs. Jeffery Terrel and Sonia A. Duffy in Science Daily on improved treatment for head and neck cancer patients

Head and neck cancer patients who report poor sleep quality may be able to improve their quality of life with intensity-modulated radiation therapy techniques that avoid destroying saliva-producing glands, reports Science Daily. Senior study author Jeffrey Terrell, M.D. and study author Sonia A. Duffy, Ph.D., R.N., both of U-M, say decreased sleep quality in head and neck cancer patients is common and improved sleep quality will therefore improve overall quality of life. See UMHS news release.


July 12 - Pat Warner featured in School of Public Health magazine, “Findings”

Patricia A. Warner, M.P.H., executive director of the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital was interviewed for a short feature in the Spring 2010 edition of “Findings,” the magazine of the U-M School of Public Health. In the article, Warner emphasizes the importance of caring, not only for the children who are treated at the hospital, but also for families of the children, as part of a unit. She also stressed the need for a funding source to care for children as they continue to develop psychologically and emotionally.


July 11 - Transplant Center employee of the year, Chad Abbott, highlighted on AnnArbor.com

AnnArbor.com reports that Chad Abbott was recently named the U-M Transplant Center’s employee of the year. Abbott works with the team that runs the Paired Kidney Donation Program at the Transplant Center. He helped get the program started about 18 months ago, and to date it has successfully done 16 transplants, according the article. “The program is very beneficial,” said Dianne Sodt-Davitt, operations manager at the center. Abbott told the website that “one of the biggest joys of my jobs is seeing a living donor come forward and actually proceed to donation.”


July 9 - Dr. David Sanburg in New Scientist on gender disorder drug

News Scientist reports the prenatal use of dexamethasone may prevent symptoms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia in girls, namely ambiguous genitalia. Trends show these girls are more likely to be tomboyish, to avoid having children and to be gay or bisexual. Some researchers criticize the use of the drug because they claim it could influence sexuality; however most researchers, including David Sandberg, Ph.D., of U-M, agree that the use of dex to correct anatomical defects is justified and preferable to surgery after birth.


July 7 - Dr. Matt Davis in LA Times, Washington Post on fewer opportunities for minority kids

Minority children have fewer opportunities than their white peers to gain access to high-quality health care, education, safe neighborhoods and adequate support from the communities where they live, according to a nationwide survey of professionals who work with young people, reports LA Times and Washington Post. The survey, which refers to children under 8 years old, was conducted at the University of Michigan and directed by Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.


July 7 - Dr. Nafiu's research reported by CNN, more

A study by Dr. Olubukola Nafiu, a pediatric anesthesiologist, has gotten attention for its novel approach to measuring children's body fat. Rather than BMI, neck circumference can indicate obesity-related health risks for children. The findings were published in Pediatrics and reported by the LA Times, CNN, Seattle Times, KING Seattle, KNTV and Reuters news wire.


July 7 - Tune in to Dr. Markel on NPR's Science Friday

"Genome" is the scientific term that Dr. Howard Markel will discuss at 3:50 p.m. Eastern Time this Friday, July 9 on National Public Radio's Science Friday. Markel is director of the Center for the History of Medicine, and is the featured expert for "Science Diction," a monthly Science Friday segment examining scientific and medical words. Listen live or download the podcast here, or tune in to Michigan Radio WUOM at 91.7 FM.


July 7 - Dr. Eva Feldman in Detroit News on study about stem cells to treat ALS

Researchers at U-M are seeing positive results from the earliest stages of experiments designed to determine whether stem cells can help patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, reports The Detroit News and WJBK. Five ALS patients who have had stem cells injected into their spines have shown no signs of rejecting. Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., told the paper that “so far there have been no problems with sensation and no untoward side effects.”


July 6 - Dr. Matthew Davis quoted in U.S. News and World Report on ‘cyberbullies’

U.S. News and World Report and Health.com reported in an article that teens who “cyberbully” others via the Internet are more likely to suffer from both physical and psychiatric troubles, and their victims are at heightened risk, too. Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., said that to prevent Internet bullying and protect children’s safety, “it is imperative that we track and address the problems of cyberbullying and cyberpredator behavior very actively in the near future.”


July 6 - Dr. John Hollingsworth quoted in Detroit News on private surgery centers

The Detroit News reports doctor-owned surgery centers are increasing as advances in medical technology make it possible to perform more surgeries outside a hospital setting and are giving hospitals competition. The centers claim to be safe alternatives but research by John Hollingworth M.D., M.S., of U-M found when doctors become invested in an outpatient surgery center, they perform on average twice as many surgeries as doctors with no such financial stake. See UMHS news release.


July 3 - Dr. Woolliscroft quoted on Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio has reported that drug and medical device makers will no longer be allowed to pay for doctors’ continuing education at the U-M Medical School. The university decided to end commercial financing for continuing education in January. In light of the debate over who should teach doctors about new developments, U-M Medical School dean, Dr. James Woolliscroft said that “we are doing our best to present educational material that’s free from bias, and really a balanced view on the topic under discussion.”


July 3 - Dr. Pescovitz featured in Free Press on health care issues

A Detroit Free Press feature of a recent “Pancakes and Politics” session revolving around health care issues stated that health care CEOs from around metro-Detroit agree that the state should be investing more money to spur more research in life sciences. Dr. Ora Pescovitz, U-M Health System CEO, participated on the session’s panel and said that “U-M produces a new startup company every six weeks.” According to the paper, Pescovitz talked up the job creation aspect of work from stem cell research on U-M’s campus.


July 2 - Drs. Jon Sekiya, Ed Wojtys on Fox 2, CalorieLab about ACL repairs

Fox 2 and CalorieLab.com reports there are hundreds of thousands of anterior cruciate ligament knee repairs done every year and thousands of those will fail due to in adequate rehabilitation, physiological factors, reoccurring trauma and improper surgical techniques. To reduce the chance of failure, Dr. Jon Sekiya of U-M says patients should talk to surgeons and other clinical staff who may be involved in their carea bout their experience before deciding on where to get the surgery. See UMHS news release.


July 1 - Dr. Andrew Haig explains electromyogram on WPTZ and WDIV

An EMG, or electromyogram, is a test that's been around for decades, but doctors have only recently started using it again on patients with back pain, thanks to new research showing its effectiveness as a diagnostic tool, reports WPTZ Plattsburgh and WDIV Detroit. Unlike an MRI, which simply takes a photograph of the spine, the EMG registers electrical activity in the muscles surrounding the spine. This method can more accurately identify the source of pain, says Andrew Haig, M.D., of U-M. He also says they’re not difficult to get and “EMG for back pain has almost zero false positives.”


July 1 – Dr. Arden Morris’ black cancer patients research on MSN, more

Black cancer patients in the United States are up to twotimes more likely to die prematurely from their disease than patients of other races -- a disparity linked to factors that include patients, doctors and hospitals, according to University of Michigan research led by Arden Morris,M.D. Media coverage includes MSN, Bloomberg Businessweek, U.S. News and WorldReport, Science Daily and Health Day. See UMHS news release.


July 1 – Medical Innovation Center spinoff highlighted in AnnArbor.com for latest product

The poor performance of typical intravenous (IV) drug delivery systems prompted three U-M researchersto purse a new technological solution to the routine medical process, reports AnnArbor.com. Their innovation became Tangent Medical Technologies, Inc., a startup company created by fellows from U-M’s Medical Innovation Center. The company is currently developing the prototype of its Novacath device. Brenda Jones, marketing director of the Medical Innovation Center, said that the center created an environment where companies from the University, likeTangent, can flourish. See UMHS news release.


June 30 – Dr. MaxWicha in Better Health Research onbroccoli research

Better Health Research reports the sulforaphance nutrient found in broccoli may prevent the development of breastcancer cells, according to University of Michigan researchers. Using mice with breast cancer, they found the nutrient decreased breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells and prevented growth of new tumors. Max S. Wicha, M.D.,U-M professor of oncology, says these findings suggest potential treatments to be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells. See UMHS news release.


June 30 - Mott patient hits milestones after 4th heart surgery, Free Press reports

Seventeen-month-old Mira Larrison received her 4th open-heart surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital June 1, reports the Free Press. Since then, the Clay Township toddler has reached a few milestones: her parents have moved her into her own room at home; she has slowly begun to eat through the mouth rather than a feeding tube; and her parents are considering traveling out-of-state because she no longer needs to be three hours away from the hospital.


June 29 - Dr. Joyce Lee quoted on CNN.com about risks of being overweight

CNN.com featured an article outlining how lifestyle choices made in young adults may come back to haunt them in later years. Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., U-M assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology was quoted in the article about making a fresh start after years of eating fast food. “Check your BMI. If it’s above 25 and you’re overweight, try to drop some pounds. Losing even 5 percent of your body weight can lower your risk of diabetes,” she said.


June 28 - Dr. Lee Green’s editorial on the use of statin medications in LA Times

LA Times, Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune reports studies recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggest a widely hailed 2008 study that appeared to establish the benefit of the statin rosuvastatin (commercially marketed as Crestor) in the prevention of heart attack and stroke was “flawed.” In an editorial in the Archives, Dr. Lee A. Green of U-M says the research that will inform consultations for the medication in the future "must be free of incentives to find any desired answer.


June 28 - UMHS patient, mother advocate for increased awareness of organ donation in Michigan

Five-month old Kylee Vliet is recovering from a lifesaving liver transplant at U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, reports the Detroit Free Press. She is one of the fortunate ones -- 203 Michiganders died last year while awaiting a transplant. Gift of Life Michigan officials are lobbying Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land to have clerks ask people if they want to be organ donors while renewing driver's licenses, which advocates say have raised donor rates substantially in other states.


June 28 - Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan in Wall Street Journal on prostate cancer

Most forms of prostate cancer don’t need treatment, though small percentages are lethal and aggressive. As of now, there's no way to tell which cancers are which, so all diagnosed undergo treatment. The Wall Street Journal reports scientists at U-M have identified at least 24 different kinds of prostate cancer with genetic testing. "We are not there yet, but within the next year, we hope to have a clinical lab test where we can predict what kind of cancer a man has," says Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan of U-M.


June 28 - Dr. Jon Sekiya on Fox 2 for ACL repairs

Fox 2 reports there are hundreds of thousands of anterior cruciate ligament knee repairs done every year and thousands of those will fail due to in adequate rehabilitation, physiological factors, reoccurring and improper surgical techniques. To reduce the chance of failure, Dr. Jon Sekiya of U-M says patients should talk to surgeons and other clinical staff who may be involved in their care about their experience before deciding on where to get the surgery. See UMHS news release.


June 28 - Don Tomford in The Press and Guide on diving safety awareness

The Press and Guide reports UMHS is working to raise awareness about injuries that can occur due to diving accidents, including spinal cord injury. This awareness is “to prevent anybody from getting injured by jumping headfirst into water and getting injured,” said Don Tomford, M.A., chief department administer for neurosurgery at U of M. U-M hopes to encourage swimmers and boaters to think “feet first” on the water. See UMHS news release.


June 28 - Dr. Timothy Johnson contributes article on caesareans to Boston Globe

Even though caesareans are associated with higher rates of complications than vaginal births, they are becoming increasingly common, according to a Boston Globe article contributed by Timothy Johnson, M.D., FACOG, chair of the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Problems range from infections, to blood clots, prematurity, respiratory problems for the baby, complications with subsequent pregnancies and a small risk of death for the mother. Media attention has stressed that extreme obesity can raise the risk of having a caesarean, but more emphasis is needed on other system-based approaches to lower the caesarean rate.


June 27 - Drs. Pamela Rockwell, Caren Stalburg, Kevin Reynolds in Free Press column for grateful cancer patient

After experiencing peculiar symptoms, Susan Anger from the Detroit Free Press called Pam Rockwell, D.O., of U-M for advice. Rockwell referred Anger to U-M gynecologist, Caren Stalburg, M.D. who diagnosed her with endometrial cancer. After her full hysterectomy via the daVinci robotics system at U-M, performed by Kevin Reynolds, M.D., the risk of her cancer returning was one percent. Anger says she learned: “Don't put off seeking help. Cancer can often be stalled or cured. And take good care of your friends and family, who will keep you afloat in frightening times.”


June 25 – Dr. Thomas Carey’sHead & Neck Cancer research in Oncology Times

Oncology Times reports current tobacco users with humanpapillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer are five times more likely tohave their disease recur than head and neck cancer patients who have neversmoked, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. SinceHPV-positive oropharynx cancers respond well to chemotherapy and radiation,Thomas E. Carey, Ph.D., of U-M says the researchers’ intent will be to developless intensive protocols for nonsmokers.
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