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November 2005

Nov. 29 - Matthew from TV ads featured on Ch. 4

Matthew Jackson, the 4-year-old boy in the bathtub in the popular Michigan Difference "Victors" ads, was the subject of a four-minute-long story on Detroit's Channel 4 news Tuesday evening. The story discussed Matthew's harrowing journey as a newborn, when he was flown to U-M on Survival Flight to have heart surgery. He will continue to need medical attention for his heart, but unless you see the scar on his chest, you'd never know Matthew hasn't always been the picture of health. In the story, Matthew's mother praised the Mott staff for treating them like family when Matthew was in the hospital, and Matthew ran to the TV to point to his doctor, Edward Bove, M.D., when he appeared in the U-M commercial.

Nov. 28 - Dr. Carli on NY Times front page

A front-page article in today's New York Times examines the use of former cheerleaders and other physically attractive people as representatives for pharmaceutical companies, to influence doctors' prescribing patterns. Tom Carli, M.D., Psychiatry/Medical Management Center, is quoted discussing the issue, and credited as helping to lead the U-M Health System's nation-leading efforts to reduce the influence of drug reps and other vendor representatives. Read the story online here (free registration required) and, for those using UMHS computers, view our 'drug rep' and drug sample policies online.

Nov. 29 - Survival Flight, Transplant Center on Discovery

Tonight (Nov. 29), and on Tuesday, Dec. 6, Discovery HD Theater, part of the Discovery Channel, will air the three-part series “Med Air,” at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on both days. The show, which originally aired earlier this year on Discovery Wings, follows the working lives of skilled men and women who use aircraft, large and small, to help and to heal. To reflect the successful marriage of aviation and medicine, the second and third episodes will highlight the work of Survival Flight and the U-M Transplant Center. Check local cable listings for Discovery HD Theater station information.

Nov. 22 - Dr. van de Ven in New York Times

More infants were born last year by Caesarean section, more were born prematurely and more were born with a low birth weight in 2004 than in 2003, according to statistics released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A New York Times article about the increases quoted Cosmas J. M. van de Ven, M.D., director of maternal and fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was not surprised by the increase in Caesarean sections and said that the rate would probably increase even further. "There is a belief that pelvic floor damage can be prevented by C-section," Dr. van de Ven said in the Times article. "When women get older, they have problems related to vaginal birth, like urinary incontinence. So people ask for C-sections."

December 2005 Marilyn Migliore, M.S., R.D., C.S.W., in REDBOOK

Hungry? Or are those your emotions growling again? Marilyn Migliore, M.S., R.D., C.S.W., a U-M Health System cardiovascular nutritionist/social worker with Preventive Cardiology is featured in a cover article on emotional eating in the December issue of REDBOOK. The article discusses why food makes us feel better as well as some strategies to help us stop emotional eating. The December issue of REDBOOK is available on newsstands now.

Nov. 21. Dr. Riba in Newsweek

The new issue of Newsweek magazine, dated Nov. 28 but available on newsstands now, contains an article on the sexual side effects of antidepressant medications. Michelle Riba, M.D., Psychiatry, is quoted. Read the story online here.

Nov. 19 Dr. Fuller in Ann Arbor News

Oveta Fuller Caldwell, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology in the Medical School, was featured in today's Ann Arbor News story about the Children of Agape choir's performance in the UMHS cafeteria. Fuller-Caldwell is pastor of the Adrian church that sponsored a benefit performance for the group of young musicians who live in an orphanage in South Africa.

Nov. 16, 17- Dr. Markel's JAMA commentary

In a Commentary column in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association entitled "Why America Needs a Strong FDA," Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, remarked on the role of the FDA — past and present — as a vital federal agency affecting the lives of everyone in the U.S. His comment that the FDA has been heading downward and is now more tarnished, politicized and disputed was cited in an article in the Nov. 17 of USA Today on FDA whistleblower David Graham.

Nov. 15 - Dr. Koelling on Michigan Radio, WWJ

Radio listeners throughout Michigan will get a chance to hear about an innovative heart failure project led by Todd Koelling, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, tonight and Wednesday morning. Speaking from Dallas, where he is presenting new research results at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, Koelling will discuss how a group of Flint-area hospitals reduced mortality and re-hospitalization among heart failure patients by implementing quality-improvement tools patterned after U-M heart failure care. He can be heard during the local newscasts on the three public radio stations of Michigan Radio (including 91.7 FM Ann Arbor) and on WWJ Detroit, 950 AM. An article on the web site of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare is expected soon. Read the UMHS press release here.

Dr. Raphael featured in SciAm's Top 50 for 2005

Editors at Scientific American have chosen Yehoash Raphael, Ph.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology in the Medical School, to be one of the Scientific American 50 for 2005. The award honors 50 individuals or research teams whose accomplishments during the past year demonstrate outstanding technological leadership. Dr. Raphael was selected for his work on gene therapy for regenerating auditory hair cells in the inner ear. The December 2005 issue of the magazine, available on newstands now, has an article on Dr. Raphael's research. It also will be available soon on the SciAm Web site at www.sciam.com.

Nov. 10 - Dr. Hayward on HealthDay, UPI newswires

A paper published today in the journal Health Affairs raises serious questions about the methods used to analyze data from major clinical trials of new drugs and medical devices. Led by Rodney Hayward, M.D., M.P.H., General Medicine/VA Center for Practice Management & Outcomes Research, the authors propose that such studies use "risk-stratified analysis" to look for signs of excess harm or benefit to subgroups of patients. The first news stories on this provocative paper are on the HealthDay and UPI newswires, with more to come. Read the UMHS press release here.

Nov. 8 - Dr. Gater in Detroit Free Press

After reporting several stories about spinal cord regeneration surgery, today's Detroit Free Press takes an in-depth look at another option spinal cord injury patients are pursuing to regain a normal lifestyle - intense exercise. The story includes a U-M patient, as well as David Gater, M.D., Ph.D., director of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, who discusses the benefits of exercise for SCI patients over surgery and drugs. Read the complete story in the Free Press Body & Mind section.

Nov. 7 - Dr. Kim on Reuters, Michigan Radio, WAAM

A new study led by Scott Kim, M.D., Ph.D., of Psychiatry, the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine and the Bioethics Program, is getting national media attention today. Published in the journal Neurology, the study assesses public attitudes toward biomedical research involving people with Alzheimer's disease who cannot consent for themselves. Read the Reuters newswire's account of the study here and listen for Dr. Kim on Michigan Radio (heard locally on 91.7 FM). He was also heard this morning on the Lucy Ann Lance show on WAAM-AM, and has been interviewed for other publications including Psychiatric News. The Scripps Howard newswire has also picked up the story. Read the UMHS press release here.

Nov. 2 - Women's health event in Ann Arbor News

"The two lead speakers are reason enough for many to make a point to attend Women's Health: The Press and Public Policy, a University of Michigan event Monday (Nov. 7), 1-5 p.m.," notes a story in the Ann Arbor News. The event features keynote speeches by Susan F. Wood, Ph.D., former director of the Office of Women's Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, who resigned earlier this year when the agency delayed a decision about over-the-counter sales of the Plan B contraceptive; and Gina Kolata, a well-known medical and science reporter from the New York Times. Some of the other speakers are Vivian Pinn, M.D., director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health; Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., the surgeon general of Michigan; Joanne Silberner, health policy correspondent from National Public Radio; and more. Read more about the event here.

Nov. 2 - Dr. Terry Kowalenko in Flint Journal

An article in the Flint Journal about Hurley Hospital's plan to increase security at its emergency department, including the possible addition of a Flint police officer on weekends, quotes Terry Kowalenko, M.D., Emergency Medicine. Earlier this year, Dr. Kowalenko and colleagues published a paper on ED violence that included data from a survey of Michigan emergency physicians. Read the UMHS press release on that paper here. Kowalenko heads the residency program for the Department of Emergency Medicine, which provides physician staffing and house officers for Hurley Hospital's ED.

Nov. 2 - Dr. Klinkman in New York Times

An article in the business section of today's New York Times quotes Michael Klinkman, M.D., Family Medicine/Psychiatry, as part of a discussion on care for depression by primary care clinicians. The story, which was prompted by the decision of major health insurance company Aetna to reimburse clinicians for screening for depression, is available via free registration here. Dr. Klinkman and others from the U-M Depression Center are studying ways to deliver effective depression screening and treatment in primary care; they recently presented data at the North American Primary Care Research Group meeting in Montreal. Read their abstract here by searching the meeting's abstracts for the last name Klinkman.

Nov. 1 through 3 - Howard Markel in new PBS series

Open the Pandora's Box of illness and out hops scary words like pandemic, West Nile Virus, tuberculosis, SARS and avian flu. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, was interviewed throughout this six-part series that explores global efforts to combat the world's most troubling infections diseases. The series airs from 9-11 p.m., Nov. 1-3 on PBS television stations. PBS has created a multi-faceted Web site for the series.


Nov. 1 - Howard Markel on Marketplace

Reflecting on President Bush's announcement yesterday of a plan to spend $7.1 billion to guard against avian flu, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, was interviewed for Marketplace, a business segment that airs weekdays on National Public Radio. Dr. Markel wonders whether these funds are being spent wisely. Hear his commentary at here.

 

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