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April 2007

April 4/30- 5/1— Cherry research by Dr Bolling's team makes national news

A new research study from the Cardioprotection Research Laboratory, headed by Steve Bolling, M.D., Cardiac Surgery/Integrative Medicine, is hitting the national news this week. I a study involving rats, the team reports that animals that received powdered tart cherries in their diet had lower total cholesterol, lower blood sugar, less fat storage in the liver, lower oxidative stress and increased production of a molecule that helps the body handle fat and sugar, compared with rats that didn’t receive cherries as part of an otherwise similar diet. The laboratory's supervisor, Mitchell Seymour, presented the study findings Monday at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting. Stories about the study have appeared in the Detroit News, the national Associated Press wire, the UPI and Ivanhoe newswires, and on radio stations including WWJ-AM and the CBS radio network. Television stations are also expected to carry the story, using a "video news release" prepared by the study's sponsor. Read the AP story online here and the UMHS press release about the study here.

April 25 - Dr. Chan's statin study makes news

A new study led by Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc., Cardiovascular Medicine and Sandeep Vijan, M.D., General Medicine, is making headlines this week and will be in the news again next week. The study finds that high doses of cholesterol medicines known as statins may only be cost-effective for certain heart patients - - and provides a model for analyzing the cost-effectiveness of other treatments in future. Read the HealthDay newswire story online here. Dr. Chan was also heard live on Lansing radio station WILS-FM on Wednesday evening. Stories in the American Medical News and US News & World Report are expected next week. Read the UMHS press release here.

April — Dr Fendrick in front-page story in Ann Arbor Business Monthly April issue

The new issue of Ann Arbor Business Monthly features a major story on the issue of how employers can get more value out of the health insurance plans they offer their employees -- an issue that Mark Fendrick, M.D., General Medicine, has been studying for years. Read the story online here. Dr. Fendrick and fellow faculty members Allison Rosen, M.D., Sc.D., General Medicine, Dean Smith, Ph.D., Public Health, have formed the U-M Center for Value Based Insurance Design to promote research and pilot projects on this topic. On May 1, the center will host a symposium at the Michigan League featuring former Medicare/Medicaid director Mark McClellan, current Michigan Department of Community Health director Janet Olszewski, and other speakers. Click here to register for this free event by April 23.

April 12 — Project Healthy Schools in national AP story

When it comes to health news, the national Associated Press wire is the most widely read source of all. And today, a UMHS project and several UMHS people are featured in a story on that wire. The story, which you can read via Yahoo! News here, is on Project Healthy Schools - - a collaboration between UMHS and Ann Arbor Public Schools that fosters healthy behavior in pre-teens as a way of helping them avoid future obesity and health problems. The project, which began in 2004, recently reported its first research results, which were summarized in a UMHS press release. The AP story quotes several project leaders, including Kim Eagle, M.D., Cardiovascular Center, and Susan Aaronson, R.D., M-Fit. To learn even more about Project Healthy Schools, visit this web site.

April 11 — Cancer Center event to be featured on Fox2

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) will broadcast live Wednesday morning from the Biomedical Science Research Building, previewing a Cancer Center public town hall event. Max Wicha, M.D., Cancer Center director, and Stephen Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., Cancer Center/Human Genetics/Internal Medicine, will be interviewed live between 7-8 a.m. Additional interviews with John Niederhuber, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, and U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., will air live between 8-9 a.m. The town hall will focus on research in cancer prevention and will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday at BSRB. A live webcast will be available through the Cancer Center Web site at

April 10 — Dr. Alderman in New York Times

Amy Alderman, M.D., Plastic Surgery, is featured in the New York Times Science Times section today. A story describes research Alderman recently published that found few surgeons routinely refer their patients to a plastic surgeon to discuss reconstruction prior to breast cancer surgery. Read more about the study in the UMHS press release.

April 10 — Drs. Hayes, Huang in Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News includes a story today about cancer recurrence, focusing on recent announcement by Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, and White House spokesman Tony Snow. Edwards was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer that had spread to her bones; Snow saw a recurrence of colon cancer. The newspaper quotes Emina Huang, M.D., Cancer Center/Colorectal Surgery, and Daniel Hayes, M.D., Cancer Center/Hematology-Oncology, as well as a Cancer Center breast cancer patient.

April 5 — Dr. Fine profiled in local paper

Today's issue of the Plymouth Observer (part of the Observer-Eccentric family of newspapers that serve western Wayne County and southern Oakland County) features a profile of Paul Fine, M.D., General Medicine. The story focuses on a new CD of piano tunes that he has composed over the years, called "Fine Tuning." Read the story online here.

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