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February 2009

Feb. 25 — Woolford discusses child obesity with Detroit Free Press

Nick Lieto came to Mott Children's Health Center to lose weight, but the whole family ended up shedding pounds. Nick is down by 80 pounds, his parents lost about 20 each. See his great weight loss photos in the Detroit FreePress. Mott's MPOWER -- Michigan Pediatric Outpatient Weight Evaluation and Reduction -- is one of several programs in Michigan aimed at reducing the childhood obesity rate. An estimated 28.9% of Michigan children in public schools in grades 9 to 12 are overweight or obese. "These children are at risk for many illnesses during their childhood and especially as they get older. They're at greater risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney failure and some cancers," Dr. Susan Woolford, medical director of U-M's Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center, told the Detroit Free Press. "It's vital to impact them while they're young.

Feb. 23 — Nurse talks suicide prevention

Depression is not something people can "pull themselves out of," pediatric and psychiatric nurse practitioner Barb Blue told the Ann Arbor News, and being depressed does not make you weak. Blue spoke this week at a free presentation of Saline Alive, a mental health committee aimed at offering depression and suicide prevention through Saline Area Schools. Blue has worked on the inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit at Mott Children's Health for 9 years.

Feb. 23 — Decision-making study in USA Today

When it comes to decisions to take drugs, have surgery or undergo tests it's often a one-sided process - with doctors taking the lead and focusing more on the pros of taking action than the cons. Patients may be getting care they don't need or miss out on options that make more sense to them, according to a U-M study featured in USA Today. Not all the findings reflect poorly on doctors, says Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Research Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Decision Sciences, at the U-M Medical School. It makes sense, he says, that doctors would start many treatment discussions. And talking more about advantages than risks often reflects good medical judgment.

Feb. 19— Morgenstern talks to international press about stroke risk

Consider this the next time you're at the drive-thru -- a study led by Lewis Morgenstern, M.D., director of the U-M Stroke Program, shows people living in neighborhoods with a high number of fast food restaurants had a 13 percent higher relative risk for suffering an ischemic stroke than those living in neighborhoods with a low number of such restaurants. The findings were reported by,WebMD, Los Angeles Times and CNN. "The data show a true association," says Morgenstern, who presented the results Thursday at the 2009 International Stroke Conference. "What we don't know is whether fast food actually increased the risk because of its contents, or whether fast-food restaurants are a marker of unhealthy neighborhoods."

Feb. 16 — Dr. Bolling interviewed by WDIV (Channel 4)

Steven Bolling, M.D., Cardiac Surgery, discusses the importance of giving Valentine’s Day gifts that are heart healthy. On a WDIV interview, Dr. Bolling gives advice to those purchasing gifts for their loved ones and which gifts are good for the heart.

Feb. 16 — Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Hirsch quoted in Science Daily

Aimee Armstrong, M.D., and Jennifer Hirsch, M.D., Cardiology, were quoted in the Science Daily for their efforts to treat Mira Larrison who was born with half a heart. The article discusses Larrison’s condition, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and the treatments performed by UMHS doctors.

Feb. 13 — Dr. Chinnaiyan receives extensive news coverage

Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology, and his colleagues are quoted in major news outlets for their report in Nature. The articles focus on the researchers findings that a simple test would help doctors determine the presence of prostate cancer. Coverage appears in Discover, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, BBC News, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times among others.

Feb. 11 — Dr. Park in Detroit News

Paul Park, M.D., Neurosurgery, is quoted about the emergency surgery he preformed on Derek Zike, a 17-year old boy who suffered a serious spinal cord injury. The Detroit News article discusses Zike’s progress and the support the Zike family has received from both the local Ann Arbor and hockey community.

Feb 7 — Dr. Kelch, Dr. Feldman, Juanita Parry and others featured in
WWJTV special about healthcare

On Saturday, Feb. 7th, WWJTV Detroit aired a television special, "Rx for Michigan: is healthcare the prescription for what ails Michigan's economy?" The program, the latest installment in WWTV’s “Eye on the Future” series, featured exclusive interviews with a number of major academic, political, healthcare, and industry leaders from throughout Michigan. Appearing in the program from the U-M Health System were Robert P. Kelch, M.D., U-M Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs; Eva L. Feldman, M.D. Ph.D., director, A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute; Juanita Parry, R.N., B.S.N., M.Sc., director, Nurse Recruitment and Retention; and Jennifer Knoester, third year U-M medical student. The moderator and producer of the program, Carol Cain, also interviewed U-M President Mary Sue Coleman; Ken Nisbet, director, U-M's Technology Transfer Office; and Jerome Singleton, a U-M engineering student. In addition, Cain interviewed A. Alfred Taubman in Dr. Feldman's lab.

The entire 46-minute program is available online here.

It will be broadcast again on Saturday, Feb. 14, at noon (on WWJTV).

Feb. 9 — Dr. Malouin in Free Press

Jean Malouin, M.D., Family Medicine, is quoted in the Detroit Free Press about U-M’s participation in the eVisit program. The article focuses on the how medical practices are evolving with technology and how patients are creating electronic health accounts. These accounts are monitored by physicians and have helped to save time.

Feb. 9 — Dr. Kim in Ann Arbor News

Scott Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry, was interviewed by the Ann Arbor News for his research about gaining informed consent from Alzheimer’s patients. As the lead author of a study, Dr. Kim looked into the ethical issues at hand and the laws dealing with obtaining surrogate consent from family members.

Feb 6 — Dr. Jagsi speaks about the importance of radiation therapy

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., Radiation Oncology, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Science Daily, and WWJ regarding a study she led concerning radiation therapy in breast cancer patients.  The articles discuss the importance of post-mastectomy radiation in breast cancer patients and its potential life-saving abilities. 

Feb. 2 —  Dr. Napolitano quoted about ‘artificial liver’ in Washington Post, Seattle Times

Lena Napolitano, M.D., director of Surgical Critical Care, is quoted in The Washington Post and The Seattle Times for her work trying to help those survive sudden liver failure. The article discusses testing a machine that simulates some of the functions of liver to prevent actual liver failure.  Dr. Napolitano is one of the doctors around the country helping to test the ‘artificial liver’ machinery.  Doctors hope that this machine will help to stabilize patients enabling them to receive a liver transplant.

Feb. 2— Dr. Smith quoted in Science Daily for clinical work

Ethan Smith, M.D., Radiology, is quoted in the Science Daily regarding a study he is leading at UMHS.  The article discusses a procedure that Smith practices.  The procedure has the potential to differentiate between recurrent tumors and changes in brain tissue, which will help patients to avoid invasive treatments. 

Feb. —Dr. Gold discusses the importance of family portraits with Newsweek

Katherine Gold, M.D., is quoted in a Newsweek article about her findings that parents of stillborns wish they had more photographs of their baby.  The article discusses a foundation that works to take pictures of the families with the stillborn to keep the memories alive. 

Feb. —Dr. Leon interviewed by Newsweek

Irving Leon, Ph.D., discusses the importance of creating memories to facilitate grieving a stillbirth baby.  A Newsweek article discusses the importance of having these memories and bonding with their stillborn babies to help with the mourning process. 

Feb. 2 — Burant talks to Free Press about football weights

Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center, weighed in on a Detroit Free Press article on the health risks of football players bulking up for the season. Players put themselves at risk for metabolic syndrome -- the constellation of risk factors such as abdominal fat, high blood pressure and insulin resistance that lead to heart disease and diabetes. “To beef up, they eat a lot. They're probably putting themselves at risk," Burant said.

Feb. 2 — More than nighttime nuisance - Rubenfire

Heavy snoring can be far more than a nuisance. It could signal breathing problems associated with strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, says Melvyn Rubinfire, M.D., director of Preventative Cardiology at U-M’s Cardiovascular Center, in an issue of Science Daily. Snoring can be indicator of obstructive sleep apnea, a breathing condition linked with cardiovascular problems.

Feb. 2 — Dr. Hoilette quoted in Washington Post, Health Day

Leesha K. Hoilette, M.D., Pediatrics, is quoted in The Washington Post and Health Day for her work regarding the health-care needs of vulnerable children.  The article discusses the increasing number of unmet medical needs of children in the United States and calls for the government to protect these children.

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