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February 2007

2/27-3/1 — Janice Stumpf in NY Times, Free Press

Janice Stumpf, Pharm.D., a clinical pharmacist in the Drug Information Service of UMHHC Pharmacy Services, and a clinical associate professor at the U-M College of Pharmacy, has been featured in the New York Times and the Detroit Free Press, and other media outlets, this week. She is the lead author of a paper in the current issue of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association that assesses patients' understanding of the dangers of acetaminophen overdoses, and the many over-the-counter and prescription medicines that contain acetaminophen (most commonly known as the main ingredient in Tylenol). The study is based on a survey of UMHS outpatient clinic patients, and shows low awareness and a need for better communication by clinicians about acetaminophen content in medications, and risks of taking too much. Read the press release written by the U-M News Service here.

Feb. 26 - Dr. Simeone in USA Today

Diane Simeone, M.D., Cancer Center/Surgery, is featured in USA Today in an article about cancer stem cells. Researchers believe cancer stem cells are the small number of cancer cells responsible for fueling a tumor's growth. Dr. Simeone recently published a paper reporting the first identification of stem cells in pancreatic cancer. The USA Today article gives an overview of what cancer stem cells are, with a focus on Dr. Simeone's findings. Read more in the UMHS press release.

Feb. 25 - Dr. Freed discusses Gardasil on PBS

On Sunday, Gary L. Freed, M.D., MPH, Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health Delivery, chief of the Division of General Pediatrics, and director of the CHEAR Unit, appeared on the PBS show NOW to provide insight into the debate to mandate Gardasil, a vaccine designed to provide protection against HPV, the virus linked to cervical cancer. Dr. Freed, along with other experts, discussed the importance of mandating childhood vaccines, but cautioned against an HPV vaccine mandate in Michigan that would not provide proper funding and support for schools and children without health insurance. To read a transcript of Dr. Freed's interview with PBS, go here. The entire NOW program with Dr. Freed also can be viewed online here.

Feb. 25 - Dr. Markel has lead story in NYT Week In Review

The lead story in the Week In Review section of Sunday's New York Times was authored by Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Center for the History of Medicine. Its focus was the risk of drug interactions and adverse drug events in our nation's hospitals, clinics and people's homes in an era where the average 65-year-old takes four or more medicines a day. Many Americans, Markel says, are unwittingly taking dangerous combinations of drugs. The article, which was No. 1 this morning on the list of most e-mailed NYT articles, was also picked up by the International Herald Tribune.

Feb. 21 - Drs. Fendrick, Rosen in front-page NY Times article

A front-page story in Wednesday's New York Times focused on employers that are trying to increase their employees' use of preventive medications and wellness services by reducing or eliminating co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs. The principle, called "benefit based co-pay" has been a focus for several years in the work of Mark Fendrick, M.D., General Medicine/Public Health, Allison Rosen, M.D., Sc.D., General Medicine/VA, and their colleagues in the U-M School of Public Health. It also forms the basis for the MHealthy: Focus on Diabetes program that is now waiving or reducing co-pays for certain medicines and tests for more than 2,000 U-M employees and dependents who have diabetes. A recent paper by Fendrick, Rosen and their colleague in the journal Health Affairs detailed the arguments for structuring health insurance co-pays in this way; read the UMHS press release here.

Feb. 20 - Dr. Julie Lumeng in New York Times

A new study led by Julie Lumeng, M.D., assistant research scientist at the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development, is featured in today's "Vital Signs" in the New York Times. The study found that Children snacking in big groups eat almost a third more than when snacking with a couple of kids. Dr. Lumeng's study also has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, WebMD, ABC News online, CBS News online, Ivanhoe News and more.

To learn more about the study, read the online press release.

Feb. 15 - Kellogg research in the Free Press

A new study from the Kellogg Eye Center on genetic testing for degenerative retina diseases was featured in the Detroit Free Press today, and is receiving other attention around the country. It was led by Radha Ayyagari, Ph.D., director of Kellogg’s Ophthalmic Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, and by Katy Downs, M.S., a genetic counselor at Kellogg. Read the Free Press story online here and the UMHS press release here.

Feb. 14 - Dr. Stewart Wang on TLC tonight

Nearly four years ago, a very pregnant Jessie Wickham was impaled on a microphone stand after falling from the loft in her home. Tonight, The Learning Channel (TLC) will re-live the story of Wickham's traumatic injury, as well as her successful recovery and delivery of son Ryan at UMHS on its show, "That's Gotta Hurt." The show will feature an interview with Stewart Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Burn Director, U-M Trauma Burn Center, who led the trauma team that cared for Wickham.

The show is set to air at 10 p.m. on TLC. Check your local cable listings for station information.

Feb. 7 - Dr. Hayes in Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times

Daniel Hayes, M.D., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine, is quoted in an article that appears in today's Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. Dr. Hayes comments on a new device approved by the FDA called MammaPrint, which is designed to predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence. He warns that studies to date have not shown how the test should influence treatment decisions.

Feb. 5 - Dr. Hanna in Ann Arbor News

Monday's issue of the Ann Arbor News had a major story on anthrax and other potential biological weapons, which touched on U-M research that aims to better understand the anthrax bacterium. Phil Hanna, Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, was quoted and pictured. Although the story is not available online, you can hear more about this topic from Dr. Hanna on Saturday, Feb. 10 when he delivers a lecture to the general public as part of the U-M Saturday Morning Physics series. For details, visit this page. The following Saturday, Rudy Richardson, Sc.D., who holds professorships in the School of Public Health and the Department of Neurology, will give a lecture on "Chemical Agents as Triggers of Neurological Disease." For information on that lecture, see this page.

Feb. 2/1-2 - Dr Moscucci on Michigan Radio, and in Free Press & Crain's

Dozens of Michigan hospitals are teaming up to shorten the time it takes to diagnose heart attack patients and perform emergency angioplasty (percutaneous intervention) on them - - in other words, to speed up the "door to balloon time." Mauro Moscucci, M.D., and others from Cardiovascular Medicine kicked off this effort Feb. 2 with a day-long symposium for hundreds of physicians, nurses and hospital administrators at the BSRB. A press release on the initiative has led to news media attention including stories in the Detroit Free Press and Crain's Detroit Business as well as on Michigan Radio, which is heard in Ann Arbor on 91.7 FM and also in Flint and Grand Rapids.

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 Howard Markel’s flu study garners attention world-wide

The Centers for Disease Control have released new flu pandemic guidelines for cities and states. The guidelines are partly based on a study by Howard Markel, M.D., and Alexandra Stern, Ph.D., director and associate director respectively of the Center for the History of Medicine, of how 44 cities fared in the 1918 pandemic.

They have been interviewed several times in the last several days, including by BBC’s The World, broadcast in this country via National Public Radio, the New York Times, whose distribution network includes the International Herald Tribune, and the Canadian Press, which distributes throughout Canada.


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