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For May, 2007

May 30 - Major story on CVC in Detroit Free Press

The front page of the business section in today's Detroit Free Press has a large photo of the new Cardiovascular Center's magnificent atrium, and a major story on the center. Kim Eagle, M.D., one of the center's four physician directors, and Linda Larin, MBA, FACHE, the center's chief administrative officer, are both quoted - - as is patient Erik Morganroth. More news stories on the CVC's opening are expected in coming days, as the countdown continues to June 11, when the first patients arrive at the building. A grand opening celebration is planned for the afternoon of June 7 -- more information on that is available here.

May 29 - Dean Woolliscroft quoted on plans to stem physician shortage

A story appearing in today's Muskegon Chronicle discusses the expansion of medical education in Michigan. In it, Dean James Woolliscroft points out that medical schools are only part of the solution to producing more doctors. Residencies that provide training after graduation are key, and those are in short supply. He points out that Michigan will need 400 new residency spots if the MSU and Oakland plans for medical school expansion bear fruit. The story also appears on the Web site.

May 23 - Gift from Mr. Taubman makes news

A new $5 million gift by philanthropist and retail pioneer A. Alfred Taubman is making news today, including a major story in the Detroit News and a story on the Michigan Associated Press wire that is being picked up by many news outlets around the state. Mr. Taubman is giving the gift to support research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, led by Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., of Neurology. Part of the research, which will test the use of embryonic stem cells as a potential treatment for this deadly nerve disease, will be performed in collaboration with Martin Marsala, M.D., of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Read the UMHS press release about the gift here.

May 21 - Brian Griese, other football stars talk Mott with WJR, Ann Arbor News

Today, football stars Brian Griese and Steve Hutchinson hosted the "Champions for Children's Hearts" celebrity golf outing to benefit the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital, and the Michigan Congenital Heart Center. More than 40 sports stars attending the event, and several visited Mott patients on Sunday at the hospital. That visit is detailed in an Ann Arbor News story in today's paper In addition, Brian Griese was interviewed by WJR's (AM 760) Frank Beckmann this morning. Listen to the interview online.

May 13 - Graduating student Jaffer Odeh makes headlines

Graduating medical student Jaffer Odeh, M.D., was featured in a Commencement profile in Sunday's Jackson Citizen Patriot. Odeh has recovered from two serious spine and back injuries while completing his undergraduate and graduate programs on time. Odeh's story was picked up by the Associated Press newswire, resulting in additional media attention in Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Toledo.

May 10 - Dr. Jongnarangsin's study makes news

The popular iPod and other MP3 music players may interfere with the function of heart pacemakers and other rhythm-regulating devices, according to a study presented Thursday in Denver by a team led by Krit Jongnarangsin, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine. The study, which assessed several kinds of iPods, was presented at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society; it was conducted with colleagues at Michigan State University. Read the Reuters newswire story on the study here; the study is also being covered by the HealthDay newswire, the Denver Post, Bloomberg News and the Detroit Free Press.

May 8 - Dr Fendrick in Wall Street Journal

A major article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal focused on a growing trend: the lowering of drug co-pays to encourage the use of beneficial preventive medicines among certain employees in company health plans. The University of Michigan is mentioned as one of the employers that is trying this tactic to increase appropriate use of medications by employees who have diabetes; this refers to the MHealthy: Focus on Diabetes project that was launched in 2006, and is based on research from U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) faculty. The newspaper article quotes a U-M employee who is taking part in this program, and Mark Fendrick, M.D., General Medicine, the co-director of the VBID center, whose work has focused on issues of value in health care for years. The article is available online to subscribers only; call Public Relations at 764-2220 to receive a copy by e-mail or fax.

May 8- Dr. Gahagan talks toddlers and TV on WWJ

Today on WWJ (Newstalk 950 AM), Sheila Gahagan, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, discussed a new study that suggests too much TV could affect toddlers' brain development. During her interview, Gahagan highlighted the importance of limiting young children's exposure to TV, and encouraged parents to be present and involved when children are watching, even if it's an educational program.

Listen to the podcast of Gahagan's interview here.

May 1 - Dr. Kaminski in Associated Press

Mark Kaminksi, M.D., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine, is quoted in an Associated Press story about the limited use of the cancer drug Bexxar. Despite positive results in clinical research studies, Bexxar and a similar drug, Zevalin, are used in only about 10 percent of patients who could potentially benefit from the treatment. Dr.
Kaminski developed Bexxar from the lab and brought it up through clinical trials and FDA approval. The story was widely used in newspapers and Web sites across the country, including MSNBC, the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald and FoxNews. Read more about Bexxar research.

May 5/1-5/2 — Dr. Eagle in USA Today, Reuters and CBS stories

There's good news on heart attack treatment and survival in the new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, from a major international study that is co-led by Kim Eagle, M.D., one of the directors of the U-M Cardiovascular Center. The study, which analyzed data from more than 44,000 heart attack and chest pain patients treated at 113 hospitals in 14 countries, found that death rates have dropped in the last seven years, as have rates of post-heart-attack stroke and heart failure. At the same time, use of evidence-based treatment such as medications and angioplasty have gone up, as hospitals (led by centers such as U-M) have implemented guidelines to help standardize heart care. Dr Eagle is featured in JAMA's weekly TV and radio report, which is used by stations worldwide, and he was also interviewed by CBS News for a story that went to all CBS stations nationwide. He is also quoted in stories in USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, the Reuters and WebMD newswires, and the Los Angeles Times. Read the UMHS press release here.

April 4/30- 5/1— Cherry research by Dr Bolling's team makes national news

A new research study from the Cardioprotection Research Laboratory, headed by Steve Bolling, M.D., Cardiac Surgery/Integrative Medicine, is hitting the national news this week. In a study involving rats, the team reports that animals that received powdered tart cherries in their diet had lower total cholesterol, lower blood sugar, less fat storage in the liver, lower oxidative stress and increased production of a molecule that helps the body handle fat and sugar, compared with rats that didn’t receive cherries as part of an otherwise similar diet. The laboratory's supervisor, Mitchell Seymour, presented the study findings Monday at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting. Stories about the study have appeared in the Detroit News, the national Associated Press wire, the UPI and Ivanhoe newswires, and on radio stations including WWJ-AM and the CBS radio network. Television stations are also expected to carry the story, using a "video news release" prepared by the study's sponsor. Read the AP story online here and the UMHS press release about the study here.



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