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March 2006

March 31 - Dr Liberzon in Free Press, Ann Arbor News, and on Fox 2

In the wake of the release of hostage, reporter and Ann Arbor native Jill Carroll in Iraq, many news organizations have been interested in the potential mental-health impact of being held hostage. Israel Liberzon, M.D., Co-Director of the U-M Department of Psychiatry's Center for Trauma, Stress and Anxiety, and Director of the Post Tramatic Stress Disorder Clinic, spoke to several reporters within hours of the news that Caroll had been released. He's quoted today in the Detroit Free Press (see article here) and Ann Arbor News (see article here) and was seen yesterday evening on the evening newscast of Fox 2 Detroit, WJBK-TV.

March 31 - Dr. Marn in Ann Arbor News, Healthday

A recent study led by U-M Department of Radiology faculty and performed at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is making news, with some articles already out and others on the way. The study evaluated a system that was put in place to make sure that medical-imaging scans that showed possible signs of cancer didn't "fall through the cracks" in the handoff from radiologist to referring physician. The study was featured in Thursday's Ann Arbor News (not available online) and on the HealthDay newswire (read the story here). Study leader Charles Marn, M.D., Radiology, has been interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, the Medical Post of Canada and Diagnostic Imaging magazine, and stories are expected in coming weeks. Read the UMHS press release here.

March 28, Dr. Zink in Ann Arbor News

A feature story in today's Ann Arbor News examines the important issue of binge drinking among women, especially college-age women. Brian Zink, M.D., Emergency Medicine, is quoted prominently. Read the story online here.

March 28 - Dr. Halter in Detroit Free Press

A deficiency of B12, a vitamin essential to health that is found in meat and dairy products, can cause exhaustion, a decreased appetite, depression or irritability, and tingling of the hands and feet. Senior citizens are one group especially likely to have a deficiency of B12, says a story in the Health pages of the Detroit Free Press. Jeffrey Halter, M.D., chief of geriatrics, says in the article that the Geriatrics Center doesn't routinely test for B12 deficiency unless an elderly person is malnourished. Testing people with slightly low B12 levels or who have memory loss is controversial and not cost-effective, he says.

March 26- Dr. Feldman in Ann Arbor News, Detroit Free Press

By coincidence, two newspapers ran major feature stories involving Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology, on the same day - - giving readers across southeastern Michigan a chance to learn about her research and the clinical trials she is currently leading. In the joint Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, Free Press columnist Susan Ager wrote of her experience as a participant in Dr. Feldman's trial for people with mild nerve damage related to Type 1 diabetes - - and along the way, educated readers about the process of taking part in clinical research. Read the story here, and a related sidebar here. In addition to Dr. Feldman and research nurse Cynthia Plunkett, RNC, the story also quotes Dan Clauw, MD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Clinical Research, and directs readers to the Engage web site to learn more about clinical trials at U-M. The second story, in the Ann Arbor News, focused on Dr. Feldman's research in diabetes but also in ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and other nerve disorders. Read the story online here and a related sidebar here. For more about research by Dr. Feldman and the team at the Program for Understanding Neurological Diseases, visit the program's home page.

March 22 - Dr. Morrison testifies in Lansing

U-M stem cell expert Sean Morrison, Ph.D. testified yesterday on behalf of embryonic stem cell research at a legislative hearing in Lansing. Democratic Rep. Andy Meisner has introduced bills to lift restrictions on embryonic stem cell research in Michigan. An Associated Press story on the hearing and Dr. Morrison’s testimony will appear today in many Michigan newspapers. You can read the story here.

March 22 - Dr. Chan in Wall Street Journal

Late Tuesday evening, the federal government announced that Medicare will now cover the cost of a heart-rhythm test, called MTWA, that can be used to decide which heart patients would benefit most from an implanted defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac death. Today's Wall Street Journal contains a major story about that decision, and it quotes U-M cardiovascular medicine fellow Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc., who has studied the MTWA test. Last week, he won a prize at the American College of Cardiology meeting for his presentation on the potential cost savings to Medicare if defibrillator candidates had MTWA tests. Read the Wall Street Journal article here and the U-M press release about Dr. Chan's research here.

March 21 - Dr. Abelson in USA Today

A front-page story in today's issue of USA Today focuses on the fear of flying, and how it affects people who must travel as part of their careers. James Abelson, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry, the head of the U-M Stress and Anxiety Disorders Program, is the first expert quoted in the story. Read the story online here and learn more about the Stress and Anxiety Disorders Program here.

March 21 - Dr. Newman in Boston Globe, Washington Post

A study by Lisa Newman, M.D., Breast Care Center, is in the news today. Dr. Newman and colleagues found that African-American women were more likely than white women to die from breast cancer, even when controlling for socioeconomic factors. The study was covered by Reuters news service and appeared in the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and many smaller market newspapers.

March 2006 - Dr. Frohna in Parents magazine

What do you do when you have a baby with colic? Pediatricians from across the country, including John Frohna, M.D., MPH, clinical assistant professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Communicable Disease and Internal Medicine, weighed in on the condition in the March issue of Parents magazine. In the article, Frohna and other experts helped separate myth from fact for parents coping with a baby with colic. More than 2 million people read Parents magazine each month.

March 15 - Dr. Julius study gets numerous national headlines

Results from a recent study conducted by Stevo Julius, M.D., Sc.D., and colleagues on the early treatment of mildly elevated blood pressure with the drug, candesartan, "shows the postponement of hypertension onset through medical treatment is feasible, and without side effects," according to Julius. Local and national media are taking notice and today, Julius and his study are featured in several news stories across the country, from the Washington Post and USA Today, to the Associated Press and WebMD. Read the UMHS press release.

March 14 - Dr. Teitelbaum on Discovery Health Channel tonight

Today, Monday, March 13, the Discovery Health Channel will air the show "Medical Incredible," which will feature a University of Michigan Health System story about the surgery of a partially-developed conjoined twin. The UMHS story includes an interview with Daniel Teitelbaum, M.D., professor, Department of Surgery, who performed the surgery to separate patient Destiny Lunsford from her partially-formed twin n June 2005. The show is set to air at 9 p.m.

Next week, Discovery Health's "Medical Incredible" will air another story highlighting the work of U-M pediatric surgeons. At 9 p.m. on Monday, March 20, Arnold Coran, M.D., professor, Department of Surgery, will be featured in a story about Sacrococcygeal Teratoma - a tumor develops at the base of the tail bone, or coccyx, of a newborn. The story will detail what Sacrococcygeal Teratoma is, and how it is treated surgically, as well as feature a U-M patient treated by Dr. Coran.

Check local cable listings for Discovery Health Channel station information.

March 13 - Dr. Lee in Washington Post, Dallas Morning Star, more

How much would you be willing to pay to be 2 inches taller? A new study led by Joyce Lee, M.D., with the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Child Health Evaluation Research (CHEAR) Unit in the Division of General Pediatrics, found that it would cost kids with Idiopathic Short Stature it would cost as much as $100,000 for one child to grow an average of 2 additional inches using growth hormone therapy for five years. News of this study has appeared in the Washington Post, and Detroit News, and is in today's Dallas Morning News and Kansas City Star. For more information about this study, read the online press release.

March 2006 - Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson (and his mother) in Reader's Digest

More than 161,000 volunteers took part in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), one of the largest-ever clinical studies of women's health and a major undertaking that many experts say has changed the course of women's health, says an article in Reader's Digest. When it began, the WHI offered women ages 50 to 79 a unique opportunity. "If women didn't want to keep getting the same treatments as men, they had to step up and volunteer," says Timothy Johnson, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Health System. His mother joined the study, the article notes.

March 8 - Dr. Pribble on WJR, Michigan Radio, HealthDay newswire

A new study that analyzes how local TV stations cover health news is making news of its own today. Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor/Grand Rapids/Flint), WJR-AM Detroit, and several newspapers and newswires have already come out with stories, and more are expected. James Pribble, M.D., Emergency Medicine, is the lead author of the study, which he conducted with his University of Wisconsin-Madison colleagues while he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at U-M. Read the stories on the HealthDay and Ivanhoe newswires here and here, and in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper here. Look for stories in USA Today, the American Medical News, the Los Angeles Times and possibly the New York Times in coming days. And read the UMHS press release here.

March 7 - Dr. Berman in The Detroit News

More and more women are wanting to stay fit during their pregnancies, a trend that is the focus of a Detroit News article. "Exercise is integral to the health and well being of women, in particular of pregnant women," says Deborah Berman, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Berman - who also is pictured with the article - cautions that activity is a good idea, but only up to a point. "You have to have an honest conversation with your doctor during pregnancy that you're not engaging in activity that was more strenuous than your pre-pregnancy regimen. Yes, you're welcome to pick up swimming, but no, you're not welcome to try to become an Olympic swimmer."

March 2 - Drs. Oral, Morady in Detroit Free Press, Boston Globe, more

A definitive new study of treatment for the irregular heartbeat condition known as atrial fibrillation is published today iin the New England Journal of Medicine by U-M cardiologists and their Italian colleagues. News media around Michigan and the U.S. are reporting on it, from the Detroit Free Press and Michigan Radio to the Bloomberg, HealthDay and Ivanhoe newswires that supply news to many broadcasters and newspapers. The study was mentioned on the CBS Early Show this morning, and will be featured on the Discovery Health Channel's "Daily Rounds" news show at 6:55 p.m. tonight. Read the UMHS press release here.

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