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For May, 2009

May 27 - Bruce Cadwallender in the news

Bruce Cadwallender, Director of Safety & Emergency Management at the University of Michigan Health System is quoted in Health Leaders Media, a company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals. Cadwallender comments about current planning and lessons learned from the H1N1 flu and the ramifications for those focused on the balance sheet side of the business.

May 14-21 — Pfizer purchase makes the news

The announcement that U-M will proceed with the purchase of the former Pfizer campus has led to widespread news coverage across Michigan and beyond. The announcement was made at the May 14 meeting of the U-M Board of Regents, and a press release was issued soon after. Among the news items that have appeared in the last week are stories in the Ann Arbor News, the Michigan Daily, Crain's Detroit Business and on WDET-FM's "Detroit Today" show, which interviewed Medical School dean James Woolliscroft during Wednesday's show. Listen to that interview online here; "fast forward" to the 29th minute of the show to hear the start of the 10-minute interview.

May 19 – Dr. Blayney quoted in Health Day, WebMD, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Douglas Blayney, M.D., Internal Medicine, is quoted in Health Day, WebMD, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution commenting on the use of ginger as a treatment for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Ginger has been used to treat nausea and vomiting and has been found to help patients receiving chemotherapy. The articles continue to discuss the conclusions of the study.

May 14 – Dr. Farber quoted on WDIV Detroit News

Gary Farber, M.D., Urology, is interviewed by WDIV Good Health discussing children’s risks of getting kidney stones. The broadcast discusses the symptoms of kidney stones and what is generally done to remove the stones. Dr. Farber also discusses what can be done to avoid kidney stones all together. Watch the interview.

May 18 – Dr. Baman interviewed by Newsweek

Timir Baman, M.D., Cardiology and Internal Medicine, was interviewed by Newsweek for a series of studies he led about a program that donates recycled pacemakers at hospitals in India and the Philippines. The interview focuses on these cardiac devices and their statistics as well as what various organizations are doing to assist with donation of pacemakers to Third World countries.

May 18 – Sobolewski quoted in Free Press

Jess Sobolewski, physical activity coordinator M-Health program, is quoted in the Detroit Free Press about the importance of working out even when you’re facing unemployment. “Exercise helps you be more productive and it fosters creativity,” Sobolewksi said. The article discusses different work out plans and tips for staying in shape when out of work.

May 13 – Dr. Perez quoted in Reuters and Boston Globe

Javier Perez, Ph.D., Molecular, Behavioral and Neuroscience Institute, was quoted in Reuters and the Boston Globe for a study he took part in determining that a chemical important for brain development may play a role in explaining why some people are genetically predisposed to anxiety. This development also has potential to lead to new treatments. The article discusses the study, which appears in the Journal of Neuroscience, in depth and focuses on how this chemical affects the brain.

May 13 – Dr. Sagher quoted in Science Daily

Oren Sagher, M.D., Neurosurgery, is quoted in Science Daily regarding the discussion of electronic health records. The recent economic stimulus package included $17 billion in incentives for health providers to switch to electronic health records and $2 billion for the development of electronic health records standards and best-practice guidelines. However, Dr. Sagher argues that electronic health records could have a harmful impact upon medical education. The article continues discussing the pros and cons of implementing these types of records in the United States.

May 13 – Dr. Akil quoted in Science Daily

Huda Akil, Ph.D., Psychiatry, was mentioned by the Science Daily regarding a study she led that showed people with severe depression had low levels of FGF2 and other related chemicals. This article is a response to the new study that Dr. Perez just published that examined FGF2 levels in rats selectively bred for high or low anxiety for over 19 generations.

May 12 - Ohye and Mott team part of "Sofi Needs a Heart" news series

Since January, a Grand Rapids TV news crew has chronicled the story of Sofi LaPres, a now 19-month-old Mott patient who's undergone extensive surgery for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The series "Sofi needs a heart" had a happy ending April 24 when Sofi underwent a heart transplant. Parts of the dramatic life-saving surgery performed by Richard Ohye, M.D., - when surgery began Sofi's heart stopped - were broadcast May 11. "This could be the start of everything going better for her or this could be the end," her mother Kristy LaPres said. Sofi is recovering as expected in Mott's PCTU.

May 12 - Listen to Dr. Markel on NPR's Talk of the Nation

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., who directs the Center for the History of Medicine, is a guest today on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. Dr. Markel, who is an expert on non-pharmaceutical interventions in U.S. cities during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, has been interviewed extensively on the 2009 N1H1 'swine flu' oubreak. On Talk of the Nation, Dr. Markel will discuss the role of media and its coverage of the recent outbreak. Listen to Talk of the Nation on the Web with Michigan Radio, or on the radio at WUOM, 91.7 FM. Dr. Markel will be a guest from 2:06-2:38 p.m. Eastern Time.

May 8 - Dr. Green quoted in WebMD

Carmen R. Green, M.D., Anesthesiology, is quoted by WebMD for a study she led regarding pain in cancer patients. The study reported that minorities with advanced cancer tend to have more uncontrolled pain associated with their disease than non-Hispanic whites. The article discusses the study in depth and the different reasons for the findings.

May 7 – Dr. Armitage quoted in Health Day and Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roseanne Armitage, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Chronophysiology Laboratory at the Depression Center, is quoted by Health Day and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a study she led. The study found that women battling depression when their children are born are more likely to have infants with sleep issues. The article goes on to discuss the study in depth and other studies that relate to the topic. The study was published in the May 1 issue of Sleep.

May 6 – Dr. Brown quoted in MSNBC

Stephanie Brown, Ph. D., Internal Medicine, is quoted by MSNBC regarding a study she led about the effects of care giving. The study concludes that care giving actually led to longer life. The article also looked at a smaller study that came to a similar conclusion.

May 5 – Dr. Marcus quoted in Los Angeles Times

Sheila Marcus, M.D., Psychiatry, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times for her work on a study published in the journal Sleep. The study found there are powerful ways in which a mother’s depression can predispose her child to depression. The article discusses the results of the study and how sleep patterns can be evidence of a child’s vulnerability to future depression or development of depression.

May 5 – Dr. Lord quoted in Time for autism research

Catherine Lord, Ph.D., director of the Autism & Communication Disorders Center, is quoted by Time regarding her extensive knowledge of autism.  The article discusses the proper age for diagnosing autism and telling signs that concerned parents should look for.

May 5 – Eric Hipple quoted in Detroit News

Eric Hipple, outreach coordinator for the Depression Center, is quoted by the Detroit News for his work trying to help people facing depression.  Hipple travels around the country working with people and giving advice to those that suffer from the stresses of life. 

May 5 – Dr. Pennathur quoted in The Scientist

Subramaniam Pennathur, M.B.B.S, Nephrology, is quoted by The Scientist for a study he led focusing on the biomarkers for diabetic kidney disease.  The study isolated elevated metabolites from the urine of diseased mice and matched the metabolites with those listed in the Human Metabolome Database.  The article goes on to discuss the importance of this database and how beneficial it is in the early stages of its creation. 

May 4 - Dr. Matthew Davis NPR Morning Edition

Matthew M. Davis, M.D. M.A.P.P., associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, discusses when it's okay for parents to leave kids home alone on today's NPR Morning Edition. Davis, director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's health, recommends that parents start with 30-minute trial runs. "Then come back and debrief," and talk about any safety concerns, says Davis, a pediatrician. Simple steps such as knowing neighbors' phone numbers and reviewing emergency procedures are important. It's also a good idea for parents to establish logical consequences for good and bad behavior in their absence.

May 1 - Listen to Dr. Markel on NPR's Science Friday

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., who directs the Center for the History of Medicine, is a guest on today's National Public Radio's Science Friday. Dr. Markel has conducted extensive research on non-pharmaceutical interventions in U.S. cities during the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic and will discuss the historical lessons and how they apply to the current Type A, H1N1 influenza outbreak. Locally, Michigan Radio broadcasts Science Friday from 2-4 p.m., or listen from the Science Friday Web site. Dr. Markel will be a guest from 2:40-3 p.m. Eastern Time.

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