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November 2006

Nov. 30 - Dr. Sabel in Free Press, Reuters

A study by Michael Sabel, M.D., Cancer Center/Surgery, is featured on the Detroit Free Press Web site, in the Reuters news service and on Scientific American. Dr. Sabel and his colleagues at the Breast Care Center found that more than half of breast cancer patients who came to a multidisciplinary center for a second opinion received a change in their recommendation for surgery. Read more about the study in the UMHS press release. Dr. Sabel was also interviewed Thursday morning for a Michigan Radio news story.

Nov. 21 - PT Dan Santioni, two U-M patients give thanks in Detroit News story

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? If you ask Mott physical therapist Dan Santioni, he'd say he's thankful for losing more than 80 lbs. so that he will have the chance to live a longer, healthier life with his family. Losing the weight also has helped him become more active at work with his patients. Dan's incredible weight-loss story, along with stories about U-M patients Lisa Wiltrakis and Joseph Wollschlager, are featured in today's Detroit News Health & Fitness section. Much like Dan, Joseph Wollschlager is thankful for having the chance to live a longer life. Thanks to doctors at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center who performed surgery to remove a golfball-sized tumor from his brain, Joseph beat brain cancer. Patient Lisa Wiltrakis, too, has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Following a successful tubal ligation reversal procedure performed at U-M to reconnect her fallopian tubes, she now pregnant and expecting a child in 2007.

Nov. 18 - Dr. Eagle discusses Bo Schembechler

While he mourned the passing of his friend and patient, Cardiovascular Center Clinical Director Kim A. Eagle, M.D., also answered the media's questions about Bo Schembechler. Eagle, the legendary coach's physician, said Schembechler "was the most courageous patient I ever met," and that "anybody who was around him couldn't help but be affected by his amazing generosity and kindness and desire to help others." Read more in articles in the Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News, Detroit News and USA Today.

Nov. 13 - Drs. Lee, Sandberg in USA Today

There's growing debate about the use of growth hormones for children with idiopathic short stature. In today's issue of USA Today, U-M Pediatric Endocrinologist Joyce Lee, MD., discusses the cost to treat the estimated 400,000 children with ISS with growth hormone therapy. The article also includes details on Lee's latest paper, a historical review in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine about the use of estrogen therapy decades ago to stunt the growth of otherwise healthy, tall girls. Also weighing in on the growth hormone debate is U-M Director of Child Behavioral Health David E. Sandberg, Ph.D. Sandberg provides insight into the psychosocial functioning of short children. Read today's USA Today article online. USA Today has a daily readership of 2,120,357.

Nov. 8 - Dr. Cinti in Detroit News

With flu season just around the corner, clinicians are preparing to treat the approximately 200,000 people hospitalized for flu symptoms in the United States each year. "We're expecting a regular flu season," says Sandro Cinti, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases, in an article in the Detroit News. "Unfortunately it's a yearly event, and about 40,000 people a year die no matter what we do." The good news is that there should be plenty of vaccine available this year. Dr. Cinti offers advice in the article about getting flu shots, and about other ways to try to stay healthy during flu season.

Nov. 7 - Depression Center/Psychiatry grand opening in Free Press, on WWJ and Fox 2

This Sunday afternoon, the new Rachel Upjohn Building will be open to the public, to showcase the U-M Depression Center and Psychiatry clinical and research programs that call the new building home. The local news media are getting the word out about the new building and the event, which will feature tours, displays and more. Read the Detroit Free Press story here and the UMHS press release here. A story will appear soon on Fox 2 TV Detroit, and has already aired on WWJ-AM radio. All are welcome at this Sunday's event, which will also feature remarks at 2 p.m. by Psychiatry chair and Depression Center executive director John Greden, M.D., and an autograph signing by Eric Hipple, former Detroit Lions quarterback and a member of the Depression Center's outreach staff.

Nov. 3 - Gary Huffnagle quoted on USA Weekend Web site

In a health brief posted at USA and dated Nov. 11, Gary Huffnagle, Ph.D., associate professor of internal medicine and of microbiology and immunology, discusses the increased research into the benefits of consuming probiotics, which are good microbes that can reduce inflammation and boost immunity, among their many health benefits.

Nov. 1 - Dr. Greden in USA Today

A pair of articles in today's issue of USA Today describe the results of a major national study on depression treatment, and the most effective way to help patients find a medication that will relieve their symptoms. John Greden, M.D., executive director of the U-M Depression Center and chair of Psychiatry, is quoted in both the main article, which appeared on the newspaper's front page, and the accompanying questions & answers list in the Life section. The newspaper's web site also posted a link from the articles to the Depression Center's online self-screening test for depression. The study that prompted the article is the STAR-D trial, a national study in which U-M was the only participating site in Michigan. The study is published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Nov. 1 - Dr. Joe on the AP wire and beyond

The national Associated Press wire and many other media outlets are reporting the results of a new study on suicide in African-Americans, which overturns old perceptions. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by U-M Depression Center member Sean Joe, Ph.D., who holds faculty positions in the U-M School of Social Work and the U-M Department of Psychiatry. Read the press release here, and the AP story here.


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