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November 2008

Nov. 26 - Witthoff, Rose in Free Press

Worried about over-eating during the holidays? Stacy Witthoff, registered dietitian and wellness coordinator with MHealthy Nutrition and Weight Management, suggests in a Detroit Free Press article that you "portion out the plate. Half would be vegetables, a quarter would be turkey without the skin and the other portion would be the starches or grains." Be smart about what you choose to eat, she said. Low-fat whipped cream is better than ice cream; olive oil is better than butter on things like potatoes, whole grain is better than white for the bread. When you're done eating, Diana Rose, wellness specialist for MHealthy, says you should "pick active games and play them together," like Twister or Charades. "You're on your feet instead of sitting there with your 'food baby' in your stomach. Even playing cards is better than pushing the fork later."

Nov. 24 - M.D./Ph.D. student and Rhodes Scholar El-Sayed in the news

The 2009 Rhodes Scholars have just been named, and among them is a second-year U-M medical student who is pursuing both his M.D. and Ph.D. through the Medical Scientist Training Program. Abdul El-Sayed has already shown great promise in his U-M undergraduate career, and in being accepted to the prestigious MSTP program, as well as through a medical student mission to Peru that he recently led. Now, he will take his interest in global public health to Oxford University in England as part of his Rhodes scholarship. The announcement has already prompted stories in the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press; read more online in this U-M press release.

Nov. 19 - Dr. Carmen Green on

"There's a reason pain occurs and it's often to make us stop doing something," says Carmen Green, M.D., of Anesthesiology, in an article at Dr. Green helps to debunk some myths about pain, including that men are better than women at dealing with pain and that you should take as little pain medication as possible. She points out that it's rare to develop an addiction to painkillers when you have acute or chronic pain or even cancer-related pain, unless you have a predisposition to addiction or a history of it. Read more here about Dr. Green's pain research.

Nov. 13 - Dr. Daniel Eitzman talks to Web MD about belly fat

The dangers of belly fat is getting more attention as a new study shows belly fat doubles the risk of early death. University of Michigan Health System cardiologist and research scientist Daniel Eitzman, M.D., whose work in mice showed why the link exists between belly fat -- also known as visceral fat -- and heart disease, tells Web MD that where people carry extra weight can be an important health predictor.

Scientific American features work on cancer growth

A study by Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., director of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology, suggests missing genetic tissue can cause cancer to spread. His work was published online in Science and in an interview with Scientific American he discussed the potential for replacing the gene, miR-101, as a future cancer treatment.

UMHS study presented at scientific sessions, featured in HealthDay

The use of a "pollution vest" that monitored air quality showed UMHS researchers that individual air pollution contributed to a narrowing of the arteries and rise in blood pressure. The changes could lead to heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. Previous research looked at broad community exposure. "People shouldn't panic, but it's important that people be aware that air pollution is a contributor to cardiovascular disease," said Robert Bard, a research associate in the division of cardiovascular medicine and co-investigator of the study that was presented at the heart association's annual scientific sessions, in New Orleans told Health Day.

Watch Dr. Choe talking about pill-splitting on Channel 7

On Friday, Nov. 7, Channel 7 News (WXYZ-TV), broadcast a story about cost savings of pill-splitting. Hae Mi Choe, PharmD, CDE, clinical assistant professor, U-M College of Pharmacy, and a UMHS clinical pharmacist was featured.

December Ladies' Home Journal features Dr. William Chey

William Chey, M.D., a director of Gastrointestinal Physiology, understands that although IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists its also one of the most misunderstood. Chey’s article published in the December 2008 issue of Ladies Home Journal where he explains some common myths people have about IBS and provides knowledgeable insight into the painful disease that affects 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population. Some myths that Chey sets straight in the article include whether IBS only affects young women, if IBS is related to lactose intolerance and if IBS can be accurately diagnosed.

Oct 30/Nov 2 - Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morrison still in the news on stem cells

Voters across Michigan are preparing to vote Tuesday on Proposal 2, which would overturn a current state ban on creating new lines of embryonic stem cells for research. To help the public understand this issue, U-M stem cell experts continue toappear on TV and radio to explain what kind of stem cell research can currently occur in Michigan, and what the impact would be if Proposal 2 passes or fails. Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology, the director of the Taubman Medical Research Institute at the Medical School, has appeared on two TV shows in recent days - watch here on Fox 2 Detroit. Meanwhile, Sean Morrison, Ph.D., was heard nationwide Friday on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" edition of the popular Talk of the Nation call-in show; listen to a recording here. More information on stem cells, including videos featuring several U-M experts, is available on the U-M stem cell site,


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