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January 2006

Jan. 31 - Prof. Engel's stem cell research makes international news

Medical School stem cell research is making international news today. With colleagues at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, Douglas Engel, Ph.D., professor of cell and developmental biology, has published the first paper to show images of blood-forming stem cells in living bone marrow. Engel and his research team found a way to study these stem cells undisturbed in their natural environment. The discovery is already paying dividends in the form of new information about these important cells, which form all the blood and immune cells in the body. You can read the Reuters News Service posted on the ABC News Web site here.

Jan. 26 - Dr. Silveira discusses end-of-life issues on radio, web

In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent ruling upholding Oregon's assisted suicide law, Maria Silveira, M.D., MPH, MA, General Medicine, has given several interviews to the media about that topic and other end-of-life care issues. Dr. Silveira, who has studied end-of-life issues ever since her training days in Oregon during the time the assisted-suicide law was enacted, gave live interviews on WJR-AM and WAAM-AM, and spoke with the Chicago Tribune and the CBS Marketwatch newswire. Read the CBS Marketwatch story, which is also appearing in the online version of Investors Business Daily, here.

Jan. 25 - Dr. Fenner's study on WebMD

It’s a topic that is discussed so infrequently that it may seem it isn’t much of a problem. But new research shows that fecal incontinence is prevalent among U.S. women, especially those in older age groups, those who have had numerous babies, women whose deliveries were assisted by forceps or vacuum devices, and those who have had a hysterectomy. An article on WebMD details the findings of the study, the senior author of which was Dee E. Fenner, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and director of gynecology.

Jan. 23 - CVC building, Dr. Moscucci in Crain's Detroit Business

The new issue of Crain's Detroit Business features a list of the largest construction projects in southeastern Michigan, and the U-M Cardiovascular Center comes in at No. 8. (The Biomedical Science Research Building is considered completed.) Also in this issue, an article about plans to offer "report cards" on doctors in southeast Michigan, based on quality data, quotes Mauro Moscucci, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, discussing a recent study he led on that topic. The study found that public reporting of quality measures for individual physicians who perform angioplasty may influence which patients those physicians decide to accept for the procedure. Crain's articles are available online by subscription online at; call Public Relations at x42220 for copies.

Jan. 22 - Comprehensive Gender Services Program in Ann Arbor News

A major feature story in the Sunday edition of the Ann Arbor News focused on transgender issues, including the stories of two local residents who are currently in various stages of a gender transition. Alfreda Rooks-Jordan, the coordinator of the UMHS Comprehensive Gender Services Program, and Antonia Caretto, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist affiliated with the program, are both quoted. Read the story online here and learn more about the CGSP here.

Jan. 19 - Dr. Davis in Detroit News

A front page story in today's Detroit News features a University of Michigan Health System study on national bariatric surgery. The study, lead by Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., an assistant professor of pediatrics, internal medicine and public policy in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, found that the use of bariatric surgery to curb obesity has climbed seven-fold nationally, and more than tripled among America's youth from 1996-2002. The Detroit News story can be read online and more details about the study are available in this UMHS press release.

Jan. 18 - Dr. Karam-Hage in Ann Arbor News

The front-page story in Wednesday's Ann Arbor News focused on "huffing" among teenagers - the use of inhaled household chemicals to get high. Maher Karam-Hage, M.D., an addiction specialist with Psychiatry and the Chelsea Arbor Treatment Center, is quoted, as is Lloyd Johnston, Ph.D., the sociologist from the U-M's Institute for Social Research who leads a national study on teen drug use. The story was written by a Columbia University journalism student and distributed by the Columbia News Service over the New York Times newswire; it has run in several other newspapers and is available online here.

Jan. 17 - Teresa Smith, M.D., in New York Times

Using a medically induced coma as a treatment after a brain injury is common, but the treatment remains controversial, says a story in The New York Times. The article - - which points to Ariel Sharon and one of the West Virginia miners as examples of people who have been put into medically induced comas - - quotes Teresa L. Smith, M.D., director of neurointensive care at UMHS. Attitudes toward the procedure vary among neurologists, the article says, from reluctant acceptance to outright rejection. "I have used induced coma a lot," Smith says, "and I look at it as a tentative means to minimize brain activity and help the brain heal." But she adds: "I have varying amounts of success with it. You can tide a patient over to the point where they can survive, but in that survival their quality of life may be terrible. We don't know who will survive with an impaired quality of life and who won't."

Jan. 17 - Psychiatry film series in Detroit Free Press

The cover story of the health section of today's Detroit Free Press focuses on a public film series being held by the Department of Psychiatry as part of its centennial celebrations. The series, which includes films with psychiatric themes and discussions by department faculty, continues this Sunday with Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo," beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Michigan Theater. Laura Hirshbein, M.D., Ph.D., Oliver Cameron, M.D., and Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D., are all quoted in the Free Press article, which is available online here. See the film series schedule and other Psychiatry Centennial events here.

Jan. 17 - Dr. Nallamothu on Michigan Radio, HealthDay, more

A new study on emergency angioplasty led by Brahmajee Nallamothu, MD, MPH, Cardiovascular Medicine, is being covered locally and nationally today, in conjunction with its publication in the journal Circulation. Michigan Radio (heard locally on 91.7 FM and across Michigan) has prepared a story, as have the HealthDay and Ivanhoe newswires - read those stories here and here. Read the UMHS press release on the study here.

Jan. 16 - Dr. Klinkman in American Medical News

More than 230,000 primary care doctors around the country are reading about new approaches to depression treatment in primary care in a major story in the new issue of the American Medical News, published by the American Medical Association. Michael Klinkman, M.D., Family Medicine/Psychiatry/Depression Center, is quoted prominently, and his research on the topic is mentioned. The story is available online only to subscribers; for a copy, please call Public Relations, 764-2220.

Jan. 16 - Dr. Taheri quoted in Crain's Detroit

Monday's Crain's Detroit carried an article about the William Beaumont Hospital decision to transform its clinical trials and medical advancements into revenue-generating business opportunities. Specifically, it looks to increase the number of licensing agreements, product-testing contracts and spinoff companies Beaumont makes with pharmaceutical companies and medical-device manufacturers. Paul Taheri, M.D., MBA, associate dean for academic business development, commented that even with a large supporting infrastructure, big profits from medical research are hard to come by.

Jan. 12 - Dr. Stern featured in Business Review

Tendencies toward unprofessional behavior in medical school can be red flags for problems with professional behaviors and competencies later on. So says David Stern, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of internal medicine. In an article appearing in the Jan. 12 - 18 edition of Washtenaw-Livingston Business Review, Dr. Stern discusses a recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine which he co-authored that compares medical school behaviors with those of working physicians. Dr. Stern, who is the editor of Measuring Medical Professionalism, calls for the development of systems for low consequence feedback, much like those that exist for airline pilots.

Jan. 11 - Dr. Wicha in Free Press, Crain's

Stories in today's Detroit Free Press and Crain's Detroit Business featured news of a patent granted this week to the University of Michigan related to the discovery of stem cells in breast cancer. Max Wicha, M.D., Cancer Center director, is quoted in both stories. Dr. Wicha, along with Michael Clarke, M.D., now at Stanford University; Sean Morrison, Ph.D., Cancer Center/Life Sciences Institute; and Muhammad Al-Hajj, M.D., a former U-M fellow, are listed as inventors on the patent.

Jan. 11 - Life Sciences Orchestra in Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News feature section today has a front-page article about the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra, accompanied by four photos of members and the conductor. The story is appearing in advance of the LSO's free concert this Sunday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. at Hill Auditorium, and featuring Scottish-themed pieces. Read the Ann Arbor News story here and the UMHS press release about the concert here.

Jan. 8 - 10: Third year student Jaffer Odeh in Ann Arbor News

Jaffer Odeh, a third year medical student, was featured in a profile in Sunday's Ann Arbor News. Odeh is also an athlete, competing on a wheelchair rubgy team. The article, which also quotes Brian Zink, M.D., associate dean for student programs, has been picked up by the Associated Press newswire.

Jan. 10 - Dr. McInnis in Ann Arbor News

An article in Tuesday's Ann Arbor News features Melvin McInnis, M.D., Psychiatry, discussing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, which may be hitting many local residents after a month of gray skies. The article also mentions a panel discussion on SAD at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library on Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, featuring McInnis and others from U-M and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. Read the news article here, and learn more about the SAD talk and the Bright Nights series of talks being held at the library by the U-M Depression Center here.

Jan. 9 - Ruth Campbell's retirement in Ann Arbor News

In her 29 years at the Turner Geriatric Clinic, social worker Ruth Campbell, M.S.W., has helped patients and families through crises, trained new social workers, dreamed up new programs for seniors, led research, and become a fixture of the Ann Arbor-area geriatric community. Her retirement is the subject of an Ann Arbor News article, in which colleagues praise her for her innumerable contributions and innovations.

Jan. 2006 - Dr. Zubieta in Discover Magazine

The new issue of Discover Magazine lists the top 100 science stories of 2005, and a discovery made by a team led by Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry/MBNI/Nuclear Medicine, is among those listed. The work, which showed the "placebo effect" in action using PET scanning of the brain, was published in August in the Journal ofNeuroscience and has received widespread attention. The original UMHS press release on the discovery is here. The magazine, in conjunction with the ScienCentral news service sponsored by the National Science Foundation, has prepared a video and news story about the research; they are being sent out to the news media this week and are available for viewing and reading online here . The full list of the top 100 science stories of 2005 is available online only to subscribers at

Jan. 1/3-5 - Stroke Unit featured in Ann Arbor News, Detroit Free Press, Crain's

The new Stroke Unit on floor 4 of University Hospital, and several new studies led by Stroke Program researchers, are featured in stories in Tuesday's Ann Arbor News, Thursday's Detroit Free Press and the Crain's Detroit Business Web site. Lewis Morgenstern, M.D., MPH, the director of the Stroke Program, is quoted, as are Phillip Scott, M.D., Emergency Medicine, and Michelle Aebersold, nurse manager of the unit. Read the stories here, here and here. Read the UMHS press release here, and visit the Stroke Program's Web site here.

Jan. 6 UPDATE: Dr. Morgenstern was heard this morning on National Public Radio's Morning Edition show discussing stroke recovery, in a story about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Read and hear the story here. This evening in the 5 p.m. newcast, he and Michelle Aebersold will be seen on WXYZ-TV Channel 7, in a story about the new Stroke Unit.

Jan. 4 - Dr. Eagle on Michigan Radio

In a story on childhood obesity, Kim Eagle, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine/Cardiovascular Center co-director, was heard on on the three stations of Michigan Radio this morning. Listeners in Flint, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids heard Dr. Eagle and Michigan Surgeon General Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., discuss the future health threats that overweight children may face. Hear the story online here if you have RealPlayer audio software.

Jan. 4 - Dr. Gruber in Associated Press; Dr. Higgins in USA Today

A story from the Associated Press on new research finding statins do not prevent colon cancer quotes Stephen Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of Biomedical Prevention. The story appears in many newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe and Dallas Morning News. In addition, Peter Higgins, M.D., Ph.D., Gastroenterology, is featured in a story about this research in USA Today. Gruber led a study published in May 2005, and Higgins was co-author, finding a link between statins and lower incidence of colon cancer. Read more about that study from this UMHS press release.

Jan. 2 and 3 - Dr. Lumeng on BBC, HealthDay newswire

A new study on childhood obesity and neighborhood safety, led by Julie Lumeng, M.D., Pediatrics/Center for Human Growth & Development, is receiving national attention after publication in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. The HealthDay newswire story has been picked up by numerous television stations including those in Chicago and San Franscisco, as well as Web sites like and Yahoo News. The British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) also prepared a story, as did the UPI newswire. More stories are expected in coming days. Read the journal's press release here.

Jan. 1 - Cheryl Moyer in The Lancet Infectious Diseases

An article in the Jan. 2006 issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases gives an update on a recent proposal by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change its rules on the control of communicable diseases as it relates to ill travelers and airport quarantines. It quoted Cheryl Moyer, MPH, Research Director at U-M's GLOBAL Reach, for her research on the economic impact of quarantine in Canada during the SARS epidemic.


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