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February 2006

Feb. 28 - Mary Rogers in Wall St. Journal, more

A new U-M study examining the "gender gap" in mortality after heart bypass surgery is receiving widespread media attention today. Mary A.M. Rogers, Ph.D., General Medicine/Patient Safety Enhancement Program, and her colleagues found that infections may account for nearly all of the difference between men and women in the risk of dying after a bypass - - a difference that has puzzled researchers for years. Among the news media outlets covering the study, which is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the Reuters newswire, whose story is being carried in such newspapers as the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. Other stories are appearing on the CBS Radio Network, the CNN Radio Network, the HealthDay, Scripps Howard, WebMD and Ivanhoe newswires, and on Michigan Radio 91.7 FM. The Ann Arbor News is expected to carry a story in today's paper. Read the UMHS press release about the study here.

Feb. 27 - Adult congenital heart patient on Ch. 4 tonight

This evening at 11 p.m., the newscast on WDIV-TV Channel 4 will feature the story of a patient whose life was saved by a U-M team after she suffered heart failure during childbirth, due to a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect. The patient was treated by Eric Devaney, M.D., Cardiac Surgery/Michigan Congenital Heart Center, and by Julie Kovach, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, the director of the U-M Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. Read about another patient who was treated by both Devaney and Kovach here - Cora Gillespie, one of the "stars" of the Michigan Difference advertising campaign.

Feb. 24 - Dr. Omenn's essay in Ann Arbor News

See the opinion page of today's Ann Arbor News for an article by Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of human genetics and internal medicine. In the article, Dr. Omenn makes the case for the importance of continued federal investment in scientific research. The article was written with Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Feb. 23 - Dr. Kazerooni in Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News is running a regular series of stories about "Revolutions in Science," in conjunction with the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads discussion of evolution and other such scientific revolutions. Today's paper contains a full-page spread on the history of X-rays and CT imaging, and how they have revolutionized medicine. Ella Kazerooni, M.D., Radiology/Cardiovascular Center, is quoted prominently and provided a heart image made on one of U-M's 64-slice CT scanners. Read the story about the history of the discovery of X-rays here and the story about modern CT imaging here. Be sure to pick up a copy of the paper to see the graphics and a timeline of X-ray and CT history.

Feb. 22 - Dr. Freed in Detroit Free Press, Forbes, many more

Two new U-M Health System studies appearing in the Feb. 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) are making big news today. Led by Gary L. Freed, M.D., MPH, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and director of the CHEAR Unit, the two studies revealed that many pediatricians practicing at hospitals or associated with health plans may, in fact, not be board certified or have taken the proper steps for recertification. News of the studies has spread across the country, and appears today in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Forbes, UPI, HealthDay and many more. Read the press release online.

Feb. 21 - Dr. Jeffrey Orringer in Wall Street Journal

Can laser treatment clear up acne? That's a question asked in a Wall Street Journal article. The answer is complex, but Jeffrey Orringer, M.D., helps sort things out. For those whose acne isn't helped by oral medications, or who don't want the risks, laser therapy is a "reasonable alternative," as long as the patient realizes that rigorous scientific proof of efficacy is still lacking, Orringer, director of the Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center, says in the article. Orringer has studied the use of laser treatments for acne and found in one study that it had no effect, but he says "promising anecdotal reports and case studies" suggest it may be beneficial.

Feb. 21 - Dr. Bradley in New York Times

Even though all American health care workers are strongly urged to get a flu shot each year, fewer than 40 percent typically do, according to a startling statistic in the New York Times. Many health care organizations and agencies are making efforts to greatly increase that percentage, noting that the lives of patients - and of health care providers - are at stake. Suzanne Bradley, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine's divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases, is quoted in the article: "We're talking about preventing hospitalization. ... We're talking about preventing death." Bradley also is a research scientist at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

Feb. 21 - Dr. Harris in HealthDay

New research suggests that acupressure may give patients better, long-lasting relief for low back pain than conventional physical therapy. Commenting on the study, Richard E. Harris, Ph.D., said he'd like a more detailed account of the treatment given -- which acupressure points were pressed, for example. And he noted that the participants who received acupressure knew they were getting it, which might have influenced their response. Still, he said, the study is significant and deserves follow-up. Harris is a research investigator in the Division of Rheumatology at the Department of Internal Medicine and a researcher at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. The story was picked up widely throughout the country.

Feb. 19 - Dr. Eva Feldman to appear on CNBC

On Sunday, Feb. 19, tune in to CNBC at 7 p.m. for an episode of the diabetes show "dLife" featuring Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., DeJong Professor of Neurology. Dr. Feldman will discuss the latest research in diabetes, including how people with diabetes can take part in clinical trials. She'll also be featured in a segment on the search for a cure for diabetes. Different cable systems offer CNBC on different channels; check your provider's listings.

The dLife TV show is a weekly television series for the diabetes community that is focused on information, inspiration, and lifestyle issues in an entertaining format. It can also be seen on satellite television, and segments are available online after their airdate at For more information on Dr. Feldman's research, visit

Feb. 16/19 - Stroke Program research in the news

Two new studies from the U-M Stroke Program have been featured in the news lately, and another member of the team is quoted as an expert source in another news article. All of the coverage is linked to the recent International Stroke Conference held by the American Stroke Association in Florida. On Feb. 16, nurse practitioner Kate Maddox, RN, and Lewis Morgenstern, M.D., director of the Stroke Program and a professor of neurology, neurosurgery and emergency medicine, presented the first data from a project that teaches middle-school students about stroke. Read more about their results here, and see a video version of the story here and a HealthDay newswire story here. On Feb. 17, Devin Brown, M.D., presented data about the potential cost of stroke care for America's Hispanic population, which has a much higher risk of stroke than people of other ethnic backgrounds. Read the press release here and an Orlando Sentinel article here. Lastly, Phillip Scott, M.D., Emergency Medicine, was quoted in a HealthDay story about the use of tPA to treat acute stroke, distributed nationally on Sunday. Read it here.

Feb. 17 - Sean Morrison on NPR Friday afternoon

Sean Morrison, Ph.D., Center for Stem Cell Biology, will be featured in the second hour of the National Public Radio show Science Friday, which can be heard locally from 2 to 4 p.m. on 91.7 FM WUOM/Michigan Radio. The show will be broadcasting live from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the publisher of Science magazine. The second hour of the show willl feature Morrison and other stem cell experts talking about embryonic versus adult stem cells, federal versus state funding, and who might benefit if therapies based on stem cells become available. Learn more online , or listen online, at

Feb. 16 - Dr. Nesse in Ann Arbor News

This Saturday, Randy Nesse, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry, will give a talk in the U-M Saturday Morning Physics series, about how evolution explains the body's defensive reactions and how that insight could be used in developing new treatments. The Ann Arbor News interviewed him in advance of this talk, and has a major story in today's paper. Follow this link to read it.

Feb. 14 - Dr. Rubenfire in the Detroit News

Did you know that dark chocolate, a little wine and romance are good for your heart? If not, read "Exercise your heart on Valentine's Day" in today's Detroit News, where Melvyn Rubenfire, M.D., director of Preventive Cardiology, discusses the health benefits of some of your favorite Valentine's Day treats. Read the UMHS related press release here.

Feb. 13 - Dr. Moscucci on Michigan Radio, more

Listen to Michigan Radio (heard locally on 91.7 FM and also in Grand Rapids and Flint) tonight and tomorrow for a story on angioplasty research led by Mauro Moscucci, M.D., director of Interventional Cardiology in the Cardiovascular Center. The study, which is also receiving media attention from other news outlets, will be published in the Feb. 14 issue of Circulation. It shows that there is room for improvement in the way angioplasty and related procedures are performed - - and that hospitals can make great strides by focusing on quality improvement. Read the UMHS press release on the study here.

Feb. 8 - Dr. Halter in Ann Arbor News

If your household includes a baby, an elderly person or someone with a chronic illness, be careful about turning the thermostat down too low. Hypothermia can occur when someone's body temperature drops below 97.5 degrees, which can happen even with a slight drop in household temperatures, says an article in the Ann Arbor News. "It's an insidious process,'' Jeffrey Halter, M.D., director of the Geriatrics Center, says in the article. "It will happen over a period of (hours) and people don't notice it. People don't come into the doctor's office complaining of hypothermia.''

Feb. 3-6 - U-M Stem Cell research in the news

Several recent articles and editorials have put the spotlight on U-M's leadership in stem cell research, including research involving embryonic stem cells. Sean Morrison, Ph.D., director of the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology, is quoted in several of the stories, including an Associated Press story that has been used by newspapers and TV stations statewide. Stem cells are making news in Michigan because of a bill introduced by state legislator Andy Meisner (D-Ferndale), which would repeal the state's current ban on the creation of new embryonic stemm cell lines. The bill, which was mentioned by Governor Jennifer Granholm in her State of the State address, would make it possible for U-M scientists to perform research that many other states already allow, and that some states and private sponsors have been funding directly; federal funding for embryonic stem cell research is currently limited to a set of cell lines created before 2001. Follow these links to read stories in the Detroit Free Press and Associated Press wire, and editorials from the Ann Arbor News and Detroit Free Press. Learn more about stem cells of all kinds online at the U-M stem cell tutorial.

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