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May 2006

May 31 - Elaine Sims in US News & World Report

The new issue of US News & World Report magazine, dated June 5 but available now, features a major article on the increasing use of the arts in health care settings to help ease the stress of patients and clinicians alike. Elaine Sims, the director of the UMHS Gifts of Art program, is quoted, as are several of her counterparts from hospitals around the country. Elaine Sims is the current president of the Society for Arts in Healthcare, the national organization devoted to enriching health environments through the arts. Read the story online here - it also features a photo of the UMHS Art Cart, taken by Kathy Talley, the Visual Arts coordinator for Gifts of Art and leader of the UMHS Employee Art Exhibition(PDF).

May 31 - Dr. Wang to be featured on Fox 2's Geraldo at Large

Tonight, the "Geraldo At Large" show will take an in-depth look at fire setters and prevention programs throughout the country. In addition to highlighting clips from U-M Trauma Burn's award-winning fire prevention video "In An Instant," the show also will feature interviews with Burn Director Stewart Wang, M.D., and a U-M burn patient. For a preview of tonight's show, visit: The show, which is nationally syndicated, will appear locally at 6:30 p.m. on WJBK Fox 2.

May 30 - Dr. Ohye & Iraqi patient on radio, TV, AP wire

The arrival of a 7-year-old Iraqi girl to have heart surgery at Mott Hospital has attracted media attention throughout Michigan, and raised the public's awareness of the Michigan Congenital Heart Center. The child is being sponsored by the charity Healing the Children, which brings children from around the world for advanced care under the UMHS Charity Care policy. Her arrival at the airport on Memorial Day was covered by all three Detroit television stations, and a story on the Associated Press Michigan wire appeared in the Detroit Free Press among others. Richard Ohye, M.D., Cardiac Surgery, who will lead the operation to correct her congenital heart defects, was heard on WJR-AM and WAAM-AM radio interviews in recent days. For more about the patient and the incredible effort it took to get her here, read the UMHS press release.

May 30 - Dr. Wicha in Wall Street Journal

Max Wicha, M.D., Cancer Center director, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an article about digital mammography. The article cites a recent position paper by the Michigan Cancer Consortium, of which Dr. Wicha is immediate past chair.

May 28 - Dr. Geiger in Ann Arbor News

The Ann Arbor News featured a Q&A with James Geiger, M.D., Pediatric Surgery. Dr. Geiger recently was in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress as part of LIVEStrong, organized by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to raise support for cancer research. Dr. Geiger rode last fall in the Tour of Hope.

May 26 - Marilyn Roubidoux quoted by WebMD/CBS

Marilyn Roubidoux, M.D., professor of radiology, was quoted in a recent article published on the Web by WebMD and CBS/Healthwatch. Her comments related to the study she, Tricia Tang, Ph.D., research investigator, and colleagues presented earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Roentgen Ray Society. The study found that many women overrate their risk of breast cancer, but many also think mammograms detect tumors better than they truly do.

May 25 - Iraqi patient in Ann Arbor News

The front page of the Ann Arbor News features a heart-tugging story about an 9-year-old boy from Iraq who lost a leg and much of his vision in a bomb blast. The story details the Majed Mousa's experiences at U-M: Dr. David Zacks of the Kellogg Eye Center has restored much of the boy's vision in one eye and will perform surgery soon in his other eye, and prosthetist Bryan Grose of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Center is in the process of fitting him with a prosthetic leg. He also will have surgery to remove some of the shrapnel under his skin. While Mousa and his mother are homesick and are anxious to return to their family in Iraq, they also have expressed their deep gratitude for the care they have received at U-M.

May 25 - UMHS malpractice strategy featured in NEJM

An article in the May 25 New England Journal of Medicine by Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama showcases UMHS as a health care institution that has taken an exemplary approach to medical malpractice suits, patient safety and medical errors. The article, which you can read online here for free, lays out the senators' vision of malpractice reform and gives specific data on how the UMHS approach has saved money, reduced court cases and served the interests of both patients and providers. Richard (Rick) Boothman, J.D., UMHS Chief Risk Officer, describes the UMHS approach in an audio interview with the NEJM - hear it online here. UMHS Public Relations has prepared a web page to give the press and public more information about this topic; visit it here.

May 24 - Ann Arbor News spotlights Kelch China trip

Today's Ann Arbor News has a major story about the outreach trip to China led by Robert Kelch, M.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, along with U-M Alumni Association officials. The trip, which is reaching out to U-M alumni living in China and making partnerships with Chinese institutions, began earlier this week. Read the newspaper story here.

May 22 - Kellogg expansion makes headlines

On Friday, May 19, the U-M Board of Regents approved the architectural plans for a $121 million expansion to the Kellogg Eye Center, which will also house the laboratories of the Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research & Analysis. The local media have reported on the approval; read these stories in the Detroit News, Ann Arbor News ( ) and Crain's Detroit Business. Kellogg Eye Center director Paul Lichter, M.D., was also heard on WJR-AM Detroit on Friday. See the drawing of what the expansion will look like, and read the UMHS press release, here. You can learn more about this project, and other new UMHS buildings, on the Building Projects Web site.

May 21 - Mike Wallace talks about depression Sunday on 60 Minutes

This Sunday, 60 Minutes will pay special tribute to Mike Wallace as he signs off as a regular correspondent on the show. Wallace will discuss his lifelong battle with depression, including his first-ever discussion of his attempted suicide. He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the U-M Depression Center, and is committed to using his celebrity to help de-stigmatize depression and raise public awareness.

May 19 - Dr. Boxer in New York Times

Laurence Boxer, M.D., Pediatrics/Cancer Center, is featured in today's New York Times for a study that found a sperm donor had transferred a rare genetic mutation to five children. The children had severe congenital neutropenia, a rare genetic condition that Dr. Boxer specializes in that is characterized by abnormally low levels of certain white blood cells. The story also appeared in the Detroit News.

May 18 - Dr. Ehrlich in Washington Post, Reuters, UPI

A study linking substance abuse and teenage injuries led by Peter F. Ehrlich, M.D., MHS, clinical associate professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery, is making news today in the Washington Post, UPI and Reuters. Dr. Ehrlich also discussed the study with Lloyd Jackson on WJR (760 AM) last night. For more details about the study, read the online press release

May 17 - Dr. Blow in Reuters article on elderly addiction

A feature story on the Reuters newswire explores the issue of addiction among older Americans, notably addiction to prescription drugs such as OxyContin. Frederic Blow, Ph.D., Psychiatry, who has expertise in this area, is quoted. Read the story online here.

May 16 - Watch Dr. McLaughlin on Ch. 7 Tuesday

In the 7 p.m. Tuesday newscast on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit, Vallerie McLaughlin, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, and a U-M patient will discuss pulmonary hypertension, a condition marked by potentially life-threatening blood pressure spikes in the blood vessels of the lungs. The two are appearing live on the newscast as part of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s Face of PH awareness campaign. Dr. McLaughlin, who directs the Cardiovascular Center’s nationally known Pulmonary Hypertension Program, is a member of the PHA’s Scientific Leadership Council.

May 14 - Dr Zubieta in NY Times magazine

This week's New York Times magazine features a major story on pain, and the use of brain imaging in understanding and possibly controlling pain. Among the neuroscience research cited in the story is a recent study led by Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry/Radiology/MBNI. The study explored the placebo effect using brain scanning and was able to determine that the brain's own painkilling molecules are released when a person has been told to expect pain relief from a "medication" that is actually a placebo. Read the Times magazine article here (Free registration required) and the UMHS press release on Dr. Zubieta's work here.

May 11 - Howard Markel on public radio

Dr. Howard Markel, Director, Center for the History of Medicine, was a guest on public radio's On Point, a daily live news program broadcast on many public radio stations. He joined other guests to discuss the national tide of prescription drug addiction, in light of recent headlines concerning Rush Limbaugh and Patrick Kennedy.

May 9 - $2M Atkins gift makes news

The foundation named for diet doctor and U-M alumnus Robert Atkins, M.D., has given $2M to fund a professorship in metabolism at the Medical School, and it was awarded on Monday night to Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D., Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes. The Michigan Associated Press, Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News and other news media are carrying stories about the gift, and stories are expected in Crain's Detroit Business and other media in coming days. Read the UMHS press release here.

May 2006 - Richard Harris in Glamour Magazine

A study about acupressure led by Richard Harris, Ph.D., of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, is featured in this month's Glamour magazine. In an item headlined "More Energy in Two Minutes," the magazine suggests using self-applied acupressure to increase alertness, such as pressing on the fleshy part of the web between your thumb and index finger. Read more here about Dr. Harris's study.

May 4 - Dr. Baker featured in Popular Mechanics

The feature story in the May 2006 issue of Popular Mechanics predicts that nanotechnology and bioengineering will redefine what it means to be human. The story describes radiation-sensing biosensors and dendrimers that kill cancer cells, which were developed at the Michigan Institute for Nantechnology in Medicine and Biological Sciences, directed by U-M scientist James Baker, M.D. See what the future could bring at:

May 2, 2006 - Dr. Schuster quoted in AP story

Timothy Schuster, M.D., assistant professor of urology, was quoted in an Associated Press article about new ad campaigns for Levitra and Viagra. The article ran in newspapers around the country. The market for these drugs is consumer-driven because, Schuster notes, "There is limited time in an exam room and it may not be a priority" for a doctor performing a physical to ask about erectile dysfunction. The article was picked up by the Washington Post, CBS News, the Los Angeles Times, and many other media outlets.

May 1 - Cancer Center patient featured in 4-part Detroit News series

The Detroit News began a four-part series on Sunday chronicling the last six months of a patient with advanced colon cancer. The reporter and photographer followed the patient from August 2005 till her death in February, including visits to chemotherapy infusion, radiology and an inpatient stay in 8B. The patient's surgeon was Michael Mulholland, M.D., Surgery; her oncologist was Mark Zalupski, M.D., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine. Read stories from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.


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