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March 2007

March 29 - Two-time heart transplant recipient on cover of Jewish News

The cover story of this week's Detroit Jewish News focuses on U-M patient Erik Morganroth, who recently received his second heart transplant at U-M - - twelve years after receiving his first. His cardiologist, John Nicklas, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, is quoted, and Frank Pagani, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiac Surgery, who led the transplant team, is mentioned. Read the story online, and see photos of the patient and his family, here.

March 27 — Dr. Morris in Associated Press story

Arden Morris, M.D., Cancer Center/Surgery, is quoted in an Associated Press story about colon cancer screening. The article appears in many news outlets across the country, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Fox The article discusses the merits of mandated insurance coverage of colon cancer screening.

March 22-23 — Dr. Albin on Ch. 4, Michigan Radio, more

On Thursday, the National Institutes of Health Announced the launch of a national clinical trial that will test the nutritional supplement creatine among patients with early-stage Parkinson's disease, to see if it affects disease progression. Roger Albin, M.D., Neurology, is the leader of the trial at U-M, one of only two sites in Michigan participating in the study. In recent days, he has been interviewed on WDIV-TV Channel 4 Detroit, on Michigan Radio (heard locally on 91.7 FM), and in the Detroit Free Press. The Detroit News and Crain's Detroit Business have also run stories about U-M's involvement. Read the press release on the study here.

March 21 — Dr. Farley on Fox 2 News

The U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is the first in the state to offer a new device to help children born with a deformity of the chest wall or spine grow normally into adulthood. Called VEPTR, this implantable device is designed to mechanically stabilize and lengthen certain deformities of the spine and torso, allowing normal lung development and offering correction for some spinal conditions. This morning, Fox 2 News (WJBK-Detroit) ran a special story about VEPTR. The story featured an interview with Frances A. Farley, M.D., chief, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Mott Hospital, as well as a patient who had the device implanted more than 10 months ago at Mott Hospital.

March 20 — Howard Markel's tobacco essay in New York Times

Howard Markel, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, traces the cigarette's path from sexy to deadly in an essay in Tuesday's New York Times. He examines the last century's momentum in conducting compelling research studies about tobacco, cancer and addiction, the tobacco industry's efforts to debunk them, and finds some resolution in a Federal judge's ruling last August that the tobacco industry has engaged in a 40-year conspiracy to defraud smokers about tobacco’s health dangers.

March 20 - Dr. Helfrich in WebMD, Reuters and

Smoking may increase wrinkles on parts of the body other than the face -- even on areas usually covered with clothes, such as the inside of the upper-arm. That's the finding of a new UMHS study from the Department of Dermatology. Lead author Yolanda Helfrich was quoted in numerous articles about the study, including stories in WebMD, the Reuters news wire and

March 20 - Dr. Pynnonen in AP story

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for the majority of patients with sinus infections even though most cases are caused by a virus rather than bacteria, according to an analysis of treatments. The Associated Press news wire ran a story about the study that quoted Dr. Melissa Pynnonen of the Department of Otolaryngology as an expert on the topic. The AP story was run by hundreds of media outlets, including, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

March 16-19 — Dr. Greden talks about college depression on WJR, WWJ, more

The fifth annual Depression on College Campuses conference, sponsored by the U-M Depression Center, is happening on campus March 19 and 20, and has prompted several radio stations and other media outlets to do stories on this pressing topic. John Greden, M.D., executive director of the center and chair of Psychiatry, was heard on WWJ 950 AM and Michigan Radio (heard locally on 91.7 WUOM-FM) on Friday and Sunday, and on WJR 760 AM on Monday morning. He was also interviewed for WGVU-FM, the public radio station that serves mid-Michigan.

March 14 - David Stern, Robert Ruiz in Detroit Free Press

In two articles on medical blogs that begin on the front page of today's Detroit Free Press, David Stern, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medical education, discusses instances when medical blogs depart from the standards of professionalism. Robert Ruiz, director of admissions, talks about standards our medical students use when contributing to the Dose of Reality blogs.

March 3-15 — March Madness Kellogg benefit in the news

This Thursday and Friday, diners at Damon's Grill in Ann Arbor will have a chance to raise money for the U-M Kellogg Eye Center while they watch the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The parents of a Kellogg patient, who organized the fundraiser, and a Kellogg ocularist who treated their young son, have been making the rounds of the local media recently to raise awareness, including interviews on WAAM-AM on Monday, and one on WQKL-FM 107.1 that will air Thursday morning between 7 and 8 a.m. An Ann Arbor News story is also in the works. Read the press release here to find out how to participate, and read the University Record story to find out the tale behind the fundraiser.

March 13 - Gary Huffnagle quoted on Newsweek Web site

In an article posted today on Newsweek's Web site, immunologist Gary Huffnagle discusses what probiotics are, which are found in yogurt, and what scientific evidence there is for health benefits derived from yogurt's probiotics.

March 6-9 — Drs. Chervin, Arnedt give "spring forward" sleep tips via media

This weekend, clocks will "spring forward" - costing everyone an hour of sleep. But two U-M sleep specialists have been giving the public useful tips on how to minimize the impact of the time change, and how to get good sleep all year long. Ronald Chervin, M.D., M.S., the director of the Sleep Disorders Center, and Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program, have both given several interviews in recent days, including the Michigan Talk Radio Network, the Detroit News, WJR-AM, WWJ-AM and the Ann Arbor News. Listen for Dr. Arnedt tonight (Thursday) on WJR-AM 760 at 7:20 p.m., and for Dr. Chervin tomorrow morning at 6:50 a.m. on WAAM-AM 1600. Or, read their advice in this UMHS press release.

March 8 - Dr. Jeff Punch in Detroit Free Press

Should only registered organ donors be allowed to receive donor organs? That's the topic up for debate in a front page story in today's Detroit Free Press. One national group, LifeSharers, believes people should not be allowed to receive donor organs unless they too are a registered donor. But many disagree with this group's stance, including U-M Transplantation Division Director Jeff Punch, M.D., F.A.C.S. Punch is quoted in today's story, along with a U-M patient who is currently on the kidney transplant list.

March 6 - U-M radiologists remember Dr. Adusumilli in Ann Arbor News

On Saturday, UMHS lost a promising young faculty member in a tragic car crash on US-23 near Dundee. Saroja Adusumilli, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of radiology, is remembered today in an article in the Ann Arbor News that quotes several of her colleagues. Read it online here. A memorial service is being planned; details will be announced in the eNews and Bulletin when they are available. Contributions in her memory are now being accepted by the Department of Radiology, for a memorial fund whose purpose will be determined in consultation with her family. Those who wish to contribute may mail checks to the Department of Radiology, UH B1F510, campus zip 0030. Please make checks payable to the University of Michigan and note that the check is for the Saroja Adusumilli, M.D. Memorial Fund.

March 5 - Dr. Joyce Lee on ABC, CBS network news tonight

A study today in Pediatrics by Joyce Lee, M.D., MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, on the link between early childhood obesity/overweight and the earlier onset of puberty is making a lot of news today. The day started with an interview on NPR national, and will end with interviews on ABC World News with Charles Gibson (Ch. 7) and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (Ch. 62). Both national news programs air locally from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and reach millions of viewers.

Additionally, Dr. Lee's study has appeared across the nation, with stories in the Washington Post, Reuters (includes the New York Times, CNN and, HealthDay, Bloomberg News, WDIV- Ch.4, the Los Angeles Times and BBC News

Read the UMHS press release online here.

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.


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