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April 2006

April 24 - New diabetes program for U-M employees makes news

A new program that will provide free or reduced-cost medications to U-M employees and dependents who have diabetes is making news today, on campus and across the country. Follow these links to read stories in today's Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News and national Associated Press wire . Read the press release here, and visit the program's home page here to read more details.

April 20 - Dr. Wojtys in New York Times

Ed Wojtys, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, has become nationally known as an expert in women's knee injuries, especially those affecting the anterior cruciate ligament. In Thursday's New York Times, he was quoted in an article about this topic, which appeared in the fitness pages of the Style section. Read it online here (free registration required). For more in Dr. Wojtys' research in this area, see this UMHS press release. Dr. Wojtys is Chief of the Sports Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Medical Director of the MedSport Sports Medicine Program.

April 18/19 - Kellogg doctors in the news about contact lens infections

The recent news surrounding fungal eye infections associated with contact lens use has resulted in several local news stories featuring U-M Kellogg Eye Center doctors. Kaz Soong, M.D., was featured in a WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit report about a Kellogg patient who had to have a cornea transplant as a result of a fungal infection. And Alan Sugar, M.D., gave a live radio interview on WAAM-AM about the issue. Read the UMHS press release about the issue here.

April 18 - Dr. Rosen on Reuters, HealthDay, Michigan Radio

A new study by Allison Rosen, M.D., Sc.D., General Medicine/VA, shows that less than half of older people with diabetes are receiving medications that could protect their hearts and kidneys from long-term problems. The study, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, is being covered by the news media, including the HealthDay and Reuters newswires that supply health news to many print and broadcast media, and by the Michigan Radio network of public radio stations. Because of the high rate of diabetes among Latinos, the Spanish-language media have also covered the study, including the widely distributed EFE news service. Read the UMHS press release here and read a Spanish translation of it here.

April 16 - New Med School Genetics Center in Sunday's Detroit News

Drs. Sally Camper, Robert Lyons, Friedhelm Hildebrandt and other Medical School faculty were featured in a Sunday (April 16) story in the Detroit News about the new U-M Center for Genetics in Health and Medicine. The center's mission is to develop connections between basic science and clinical research on genetics-related diseases.
You can see the story with photos here.

April 12 - Dr. Taylor on Michigan Radio, Scripps-Howard Newswire, and more

A newly published U-M study on the brain's response to errors is making headlines today. Led by Stephan Taylor, M.D, Psychiatry, and published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the study used fMRI brain-scanning to see what areas of the brain are most active when we make an error, and especially when that error comes with a cost. Dr. Taylor has given radio interviews to Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Flint/Grand Rapids), WAAM-AM Ann Arbor, WJR-AM Detroit and WGVU-FM, the public radio station for western Michigan. The research is also being featured in stories on the Scripps-Howard, UPI and Healthday newswires, and in the Times of London newspaper. Read the UMHS press release here.

April 10 - Medical School blog makes the news

The new blog that allows the public (and potential applicants) to read the first-person reflections of U-M medical students is making news across the country. The latest story is in the American Medical News, a weekly newspaper published by the American Medical Association and read by tens of thousands of physicians nationwide. The story is available here to AMNews subscribers or by request from UMHS Public Relations. It quotes Dan Remick, M.D., who led the effort to start the blog as a recruitment tool, and Ben Bryner, a blogger who will begin his third year of medical school in May. Read the UMHS press release on the blog here, and visit the blog, called a Dose of Reality, here. The blog was also featured in the latest issue of the UMHS newsletter Inside View.

April 7 - Dr. De Vries in Chronicle of Higher Education

Instances of serious scientific misconduct are uncovered perhaps a dozen times a year. Is that all there is? Raymond De Vries, Ph.D., of the U-M Bioethics Program, was interviewed for a story in today's Chronicle of Higher Education on his study which examines this question. The study finds there is a steady stream of mundane acts falling into the category of 'scientific misbehavior.' Read the press release here; subscribers to the Chronicle can read the story here.

April 5 - Dr. Liu's research covered by Reuters, NBC News Channel, others

Rebecca Liu, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology, is in the news for her research using ginger to treat ovarian cancer. In laboratory studies, Dr. Liu and colleagues found ginger could kill ovarian cancer cells. The research was reported on in stories from Reuters news service, which appeared in the Washington Post and other outlets. NBC News Channel, which feeds stories ot local NBC stations across the country, also carried the story, which aired in Philadelphia, Detroit and Tampa, as well as on MSNBC. Read more about the research in the UMHS press release.

April 3 - Dr Chervin in Detroit News, Ann Arbor News, Boston Globe, NBC, and more

A new study led by Ronald Chervin, MD, MS, Neurology/Sleep Disorders Center, is making headlines today and will continue to do so for coming days. The study, which finds that children who have a tonsillectomy are very likely to experience a reduction in sleep problems and behavior problems, was featured on page A1 of today's Detroit News and a prominent article in today's Ann Arbor News. Other articles are appearing in the Boston Globe, a number of Canadian newspapers including the Ottawa Citizen and US News & World Report magazine. Dr Chervin and two young participants in the study also taped a video press release that is being used by TV stations nationwide; locally, Channel 4 and Channel 7 in Detroit are both carrying the story. Read the UMHS press release and see a clip from the video here.

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