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March 2008

March 31 - Dr. Jamerson blood pressure trial making national news

Today at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, Ken Jamerson, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, presented results from a major international blood pressure treatment trial that he has helped lead for more than five years. Called ACCOMPLISH, the trial tested two different single-pill drug combinations against one another, to look at their impact on both blood pressure control and cardiovascular events in high-risk patients with hypertension. The results were so significant that the study was halted early, and results were presented today. Dr. Jamerson is being interviews by numerous media outlets, including the Reuters newswire, which has a story online here. Read the UMHS press release on this study in English here or in Spanish here.

March 27 - Dr. Reynolds and patient on front page of Ann Arbor News

The front page of Thursday's Ann Arbor News features a photograph of six-week-old Sebastian Peralta of the Dominican Republic, along with his mother and Dr. Paul Reynolds, chief of pediatric anesthesiology, and a story about how Sebastian came to have his heart defect repaired at Mott Hospital. Follow this link to read the story and see another photo of Sebastian and his mom. Dr. Reynolds and U-M perfusionist Kevin Griffith first encountered Sebastian on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic, and arranged for him to come to U-M for surgery, performed by a team led by Dr. Eric Devaney, Cardiac Surgery, and Dr. Reynolds. Now, Sebastian is recovering well and should be able to return home soon. To read more about other U-M "global outreach" medical missions, visit the U-M Medical School Global Challenge Web site.

March 24 - Dr. Eagle in Los Angeles Times

In 2003, actor John Ritter died suddenly, the victim of tear in his body's largest blood vessel, the aorta. Last week, a court found doctors involved in his care not guilty of negligence, and Ritter's widow continued her campaign to raise awareness of this condition, called aortic dissection. Today's Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at the condition, in this story on the health page. It quotes Kim Eagle, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, who co-leads the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection. IRAD, based at U-M, collects and analyzes data on patients from around the world, and has made it possible to study the rare condition in large numbers of patients. Last year, Eagle and U-M cardiovascular medicine fellow Thomas Tsai, M.D., led a team that published a study based on IRAD data in the New England Journal of Medicine; read the UMHS press release about that study here.

March 16 - Gifts of Art exhibit featured on Ch. 4

Anyone who has passed through the University Hospital lobby in the last few weeks has noticed the giant oil paintings of U-M football players and coaches hanging along the lobby wall -- an exhibit mounted by UMHS Gifts of Art. The paintings are by Susie McColgan, who in addition to being an accomplished artist is also the mother of a U-M football player. She was interviewed about the paintings, and about being a football mom, for a sports show that aired on WDIV-TV Channel 4; view the interview here. For more on the exhibit, which runs through April 18, visit the Gifts of Art Web site.

March 18 - Dr. McMorris on Michigan Radio
Are we causing more allergies in kids because we're keeping them too clean? A story on the "Environment Report" on Michigan Radio explores the so-called "hygiene hypothesis." The story quotes Marc McMorris, M.D., of the Division of Allergy and Immunology and the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. Don't go back to a dirtier world, he says, but you also shouldn't overdo it with antibacterial soaps and lotions. Families in which both parents have allergies also have a much greater chance of having kids with allergies, the story notes.

March 18 - Dr. McMorris on Michigan Radio
Are we causing more allergies in kids because we're keeping them too clean? A story on the "Environment Report" on Michigan Radio explores the so-called "hygiene hypothesis." The story quotes Marc McMorris, M.D., of the Division of Allergy and Immunology and the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases. Don't go back to a dirtier world, he says, but you also shouldn't overdo it with antibacterial soaps and lotions. Families in which both parents have allergies also have a much greater chance of having kids with allergies, the story notes.

March 17- Dr. Lee in Reuters story
According to a new study by researchers at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, the number of pediatric endocrinologists is not keeping pace with the need for their specialized services among children with diabetes, and obese children at risk for the disease. In fact, the study reveals, for every 290 children with diabetes, there is only one board-certified pediatric endocrinologist available to care for them. Study results, as well as quotes from lead author Joyce Lee, M.D., MPH, a member of the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit in the U-M Division of General Pediatrics, are featured today in a Reuters story. The press release also is available online.

March 13 - James Baker in Ann Arbor Business Review

James R. Baker, Jr., M.D., director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and the Biological Sciences, talked about recent early success with nanoemulsion-based HIV and smallpox vaccines in an interview in Ann Arbor Business Review.

Baker, who is allergy division chief in the Department of Internal Medicine, explained that two recently published preliminary studies in mice show that vaccines using U-M's patented nanoemulsion technique can produce a strong immune response, including a response called mucosal immunity that may prove key in the search for an effective AIDS vaccine. Read the U-M press release here.

March 13 - Tune in to WTKA radio-a-thon for Mott

On Thursday, March 13, Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM) will host a special radio-a-thon event to benefit the gas card distribution program for Mott patients and their families. For the radio-a-thon, WTKA’s Sam Webb and Andy Evans will host their show, “The Michigan Insider,” live at Mott from 6 to 10 a.m. Listeners can tune in to 1050 AM to hear Mott physicians, nurses and social workers discuss the increasing need for gas cards among Mott patient families from all socio-economic backgrounds. UMHS employees interested in contributing to the program can bring a gas card or a donation on March 13 to the Mott Lobby, the Guest Assistance Program (UH 2B203) or the Community Relations Office (Mott F2519).

March 11 - Kathy Rhodes featured in Reuters, WebMD stories

A new U-M study showing that consultations with a registered dietitian can really help patients cut their cholesterol levels is featured in several news stories that have appeared in the last few days. Today, the Reuters newswire has this story - and the WebMD newswire had its own story on Friday. Kathy Rhodes, Ph.D., R.D., the registered dietitian who led the study along with Melvyn Rubenfire, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, is quoted in both stories. She leads the Nutrition Services group at the Cardiovascular Medicine at Domino's Farms clinic, formerly known as Preventive Cardiology. Read the UMHS press release about the study here.

March 10 - $1.5M Prechter bipolar challenge grant in Detroit News

Today's Detroit News has a major story on a new $1.5M grant for bipolar disorder research at the Depression Center -- a grant that will only be received if U-M can raise an additional $1.5M through individual donations. The story quotes U-M bipolar research Melvin McInnis, M.D., Psychiatry, and Mrs. Wally Prechter, one of the two donors behind the challenge grant. She lost her husband -- automotive pioneer Heinz Prechter -- to suicide in 2001 after his lifelong battle with bipolar disorder, and has devoted herself to raising money and awareness for bipolar research at U-M and other institutions. The Associated Press sent the Detroit News story out to other Michigan media outlets, which means that many more people will hear about the challenge grant. Read more about the grant, and find out how you can donate, in this UMHS press release.
March 8 - Dr. Arnedt in the news with DST sleep tips
The annual "spring forward" Daylight Saving Time switch costs Americans an hour of sleep - - but thanks to tips from Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program in Psychiatry, readers of three newspapers may have avoided the annual sleep deficit this year. Dr. Arnedt was quoted in front-page stories in the Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News and Lansing State Journal on Saturday; read the stories by clicking the newspapers' names. Want more information on how to adjust your sleep schedule to the new time? Read this UMHS press release from last year's "spring forward" week.

March 4 and 6 - Two stories feature U-M hospitalists

In the last few years, the number of hospitalists on the faculty of the Medical School, and treating patients in University Hospital and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, has increased from a handful to nearly 40. The same is happening in hospitals across the region and the country, as the value of hospital-based internists and pediatricians becomes apparent. Two news articles this week spotlight the rise in hospitalists at U-M and around Michigan, and both quote Scott Flanders, M.D., General Medicine, the head of the U-M Hospitalist Service. Read a story from Tuesday's Ann Arbor News here, and a story from a new quarterly statewide health care magazine, called Health Michigan, here.  Learn more about the U-M adult Hospitalist program here, and the Mott hospitalist program here.

March 4 - Dr. Tait in HealthDay and

Obese children are much more likely than normal-weight children to have breathing-related problems during surgery, according to a new study led by Alan R. Tait, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. Articles in HealthDay and the report on the new study, and the article was picked up by numerous media outlets around the country. "Based on current trends, it is likely that anesthesiologists will continue to care for an increasing number of children who are overweight or obese, so it is vital that we are aware of the higher risk they face in the operating room," Tait says.

March 4 - Dr. Heyman in Washington Post

Andrew Heyman, M.D., a clinical lecturer in integrative family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine, is quoted in a Washington Post article about fatigue. He says he starts by ruling out medical causes of fatigue and then addressing other issues. "We go back to basics," he explains, "how you sleep, eat, breathe, think. What's my diet like? Am I exercising? Getting enough sleep? What's my general mental state? Do I have sense of purpose and meaning in life?" In the article, Heyman notes he has seen remarkable improvements in patients' fatigue resulting from the use of acupuncture, meditation, and certain herbs and supplements. A video clip of Heyman discussing fatigue is available here.

March 2 - Ann Arbor News features record-setting pediatric heart patient

Mott Hospital patient Maddie Shaw turned 4 years old on Saturday. But her birthday was special for another reason: it was her one-year anniversary of being kept alive by a heart-assisting device called the Berlin Heart - - and by the dedication of her nurses, physicians and other caregivers in the Pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU. The Ann Arbor News, which has run two previous stories on Maddie's long wait for a heart transplant, carried a major story and photo on page 3 of this past Sunday's newspaper; you can read it online here. Dr. John Charpie, Pediatric Cardiology, is quoted, and the story is also appearing in other newspapers around the state. Maddie now holds the U.S. record for number of days on a Berlin Heart; the world record is just over 400 days.

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