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For August, 2009

Aug. 31 - Medical School's Gay quoted in Detroit News article

Steven Gay, M.D., assistant dean for admissions at the Medical School, said Michigan continues to suffer from an uneven distribution of doctors, with more physicians opting for the suburbs over urban or rural areas. The story in the Detroit News was about a predicted shortage of primary care physicians.

Aug. 28 Cardiologists discuss global impact of Project My Heart--Your Heart

Project My Heart -Your Heart, a U-M inspired initiative to provide recycled pacemakers across the globe, was featured in The Through photos and interviews, Kim Eagle, M.D., co-director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center, and Timir Baman, M.D., a cardiology fellow at the U-M Cardiovascular Center, describe the impact of pacemaker donation. See UMHS news release.

Aug. 27 - U-M cancer specialist provides information on Kennedy cancer

On, Larry Junck, M.D., head of the neuro-oncology program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, offered what's known about the glioma tumors that caused the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. Junck was not involved in his care. Kennedy died Aug. 26 about a year after brain cancer surgery.

Aug. 27 - Nallamothu talks to CNN Health about radiation exposure

Brahmajee J. Nallamothu, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist at the U-M Cardiovascular Center and researcher at the U-M/VA Patient Safety Enhancement Program, talked to CNN Health about how much radiation Americans are getting from medical imaging. The study on radiation exposure led by U-M, Emory University and Yale University has been covered by the Associated Press, WebMD, Bloomberg News, the Boston Globe, Michigan Radio, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and WWJ. See UMHS news release here.

Aug. 25 Bach talks about missed chance at mitral-valve surgery in

David Bach, M.D., (cardiovascular center), tells The that fears about surgical risks and lack of awareness about the condition means patients are missing out on needed mitral-valve repair surgery. His recently published research showed half of eligible patients are not getting the surgery.

Aug. 25 - Burant, Bolling in Body and Mind section of More magazine

Charles Burant, M.D. (Diabetes Center) and Stephen Bolling, M.D., (Cardiovascular Center) doled out advice in the body and mind section of More magazine's September issue. Burant examines the health risks of a high body mass index, and Bolling explains the protective power of tart cherries and blueberries in reducing belly fat. See UMHS news release here.

Aug. 24 - U-M researcher featured on

Subramaniam Pennathur, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and nephrology, was featured in an article about his research into Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Pennathur and former U-M staffers Victor J. Thannickal, M.D. and Louise Hecker, Ph.D. were among the U-M reserarchers who've discovered targeting of a gene was successful in treating pulmonary fibrosis in mice.

Aug. 23 - Dr. Markel quoted in Washington Post

Howard Markel, M.D., PhD, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, commented on this country's planned mass vaccination program against A/H1N1, or swine flu in yesterday's Washington Post. The article detailed the progress made to date on producing sufficient vaccine to meet demand in the United States, and the medical and social issues attendant on the vaccination program which is expected to kick off in late October.

Aug. 21 - Richard Boothman, chief risk officer, appears on radio show

Richard Boothman, chief risk officer for UMHS, appeared on an hour-long radio talk show Tuesday, Aug. 18 to talk about U-M's medical malpractice policies. Boothman's appearance on public radio station WHYY's "Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane" is available as a podcast.

Aug. 21 - Dr. Carethers in Free Press

The Detroit Free Press ran a story today about the appointment of John M. Carethers, M.D., as the new chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, pending the approval of the University's Board of Regents. Carethers is set to begin Nov. 1. He is a gastroenterologist, Carethers currently is chief of the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology — a position he’s held since 2004.

Aug. 18-19 — Howard Markel in the news

In today's edition of JAMA, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine retells the early nineteenth century story of Dr. William Beaumont's now-famous digestive research. It began on Michigan's Mackinac Island when Alexis St. Martin survived a gunshot wound that left a permanent opening to his stomach. The rest is history. And yesterday's New York Times featured Dr. Markel's essay on House of God, the satiric novel about the rigors of life as an intern thirty years ago.

Aug. 18 - — City, U-M will plan transit center near medical campus

On Tuesday evening, Ann Arbor's city council voted to enter a joint planning process with U-M regarding a potential transit center. The center, which may eventually have train, bus, bike, pedestrian and auto components, is proposed for Fuller Road near the intersection with East Medical Center Drive. A tunnel or "skyway" to the medical campus is part of the proposal. Plans will be ready for public comment this fall. Read more in this story on, the new daily online newspaper for the city.

Aug. 18 - Miller contributes to New York Times article

Richard A. Miller, M.D., Ph.D, associate director for research at the Geriatrics Center, contributed to a New York Times article debating and describing the research focus on aging. Miller, a veteran researcher, and others recently published research on the anti-aging benefits for rapamycin, an antifungal agent.

Aug. 18 - Microbiology/immunology work in Wall Street Journal

Tests by Vincent Young, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in microbiology and immunology, have found that certain antibiotics permanently decrease the body's beneficial microbes.Young has spent the past several years studying communities of microbes found in the gut-the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the mouth, the stomach and the intestines - and his work was featured in the Wall Street Journal article "Gut Reaction: 'Good' Microbes Under Attack."

Aug. 18 - Hayward profiled in New York Times on pitfalls of diabetes policy

The New York Times profiles Rodney A. Hayward, M.D., professor in internal medicine and health management and policy, as physicians describe the pitfalls of a controversial diabetes standard for aggressive control of blood sugar, or glucose. Hayward and others believe the guidelines are too broad, and suggest pharmaceutical companies influenced the standard to sell more glucose-lowering drugs like insulin. Hayward is also co-Director of the Veteran's Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System for Outcomes Research.

Aug. 17 - Pediatrician Joyce Lee says short children are OK

Joyce M. Lee, MD, MPH, an assistant professor in pediatric
endocrinology and a pediatric endocrinologist at C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital, tells WWJ newsradio today that shorter children are OK after a U-M study, reported in Pediatrics, shows they are no different than taller peers in popularity, teasing, victimization or depressive
symptoms. The findings were also reported by Ann, CBS radio, WebMD, ABC News, Health Day, UPI and See UMHS news release.

Aug. 17 - Baker, Doherty research featured in Crain's Detroit Business

Gerard Doherty, M.D., chief of endocrine surgery at the University of Michigan Health Systems, was featured in Crains Detroit Business and Ann for his work to develop a treatment for osteomalacia, a severe form of osteoporosis. James Baker, M.D., director of Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, was also a part of the Crain's Detroit Business look at university research, and profiled for fighting fatal infections among people with cystic fibrosis.

Aug. 17 - Drs. John and Nancy Birkmeyer weigh in on bariatric surgery in Free Press

Extensive coverage in today's Detroit Free Press on bariatric surgery safety trends includes insights from John Birkmeyer, M.D., chief of bariatric surgery at the University of Michigan Health System, and Nancy Birkmeyer, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the U-M Medical School. An intervention to prevent blood clots does more harm than good and sleeve gastrectomy is fast becoming a procedure of choice, over Lap-Band surgery. The findings come from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative Report and shows key trends in bariatrics, a $150-million industry in Michigan alone.

Aug. 13 - Dr. Hayes in Associated Press, Time

Daniel Hayes, M.D., Cancer Center/Internal Medicine, told The Associated Press that breast cancer patients with isolated cancer cells in the lymph nodes face a greater risk than previously thought that cancer will reappear in later years. In addition, Dr. Hayes was quoted in Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio regarding a paper he published that found MRI does not improve surgical planning for breast cancer.

Aug. 12 - Napolitano explores link between H1NI and obesity

A Chicago-based FOX news team talked to Lena Napolitano, M.D., director of the U-M Surgical Intensive Care Unit, about the association between H1N1 (swine flu) and obesity. One of her formerly critically ill patients Rudy Starr, of Flint, also appeared on the story broadcast nationally. See UMHS news release.

Aug. 14 - Dr. Markel quoted by ABC News

Howard Markel, MD, PhD, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, spoke to ABC News about several infectious diseases with long histories among humans. His comments are featured in an article posted at ABC News that describes diseases such as bubonic plague, leprosy and TB, and why they are not likely to be vanquished anytime soon.


Aug. 10 - Harris talks to BBC listeners about acupuncture

The study by Richard E. Harris, Ph.D., of the U-M Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, showing encouraging results on the value of Chinese acupuncture and pain relief reached an international audience with coverage by BBC World Service, Los Angeles Times Health blog, and Science Daily. See UMHS news release.

Aug. 7- Tarini quoted in U.S. News & World Report article, Wall Street Journal blog

Beth Tarini, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, was quoted in an article in the U.S. News & World Report. and Wall Street Journal Blog. Tarini was lead researcher in a study that found parents worry about errors being committed while their children are in the hospital.



Aug. 7- Jentzen quoted in Time Magazine article

Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., professor in the Department of Pathology, was quoted in a Time Magazine article about the effects of the current economic recession on medical examiners’ and coroners’ offices. "Every medical examiner I've talked to has had major cuts in financial support from the county that are going to start impacting service. I'm talking about cuts in the 20%-to-25% range across the nation,” Jentzen said in the article.

August 7- Morrison quoted in Detroit News article on stem cell research

Sean Morrison, Ph.D., professor of in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology, was quoted in an article in the Detroit News about a delay in embryonic stem cell research in Michigan. Though restrictions on stem cell research were eased by voters nine months ago, consent forms are still being reviewed. “These committees do not approve things in a matter of days,” Morrison said in the article. Once the research can begin, U-M will be the main research center in Michigan, and plans to study neurodevelopment diseases.

August 7- Myers’ research featured in UPI, Science Daily articles

Research by Martin Myers Jr., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, was the topic of articles in both UPI and Science Daily. The research determined a link between the weight-loss effect of leptin (a hormone produced by fat tissue) and higher levels of dopamine (a brain chemical associated with cravings for things such as food or sex).


Aug. 3-5 - Miller Bohn’s research featured in, WWJ Newsradio, Los Angeles Times and Tampa Tribune articles

Amy Miller Bohn, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, had her research on cheerleading featured in, WWJ Newsradio, Los Angeles Times and Tampa Tribune articles. Miller Bohn’s study found that cheerleaders have faced more than five times as many catastrophic injuries per year in the last few years, compared to 1980.

August 5 - Markel in ABC News about plague, quarantine in China

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, was quoted in an ABC News article about the emergence of a variant of the bacteria that caused the infamous bubonic plague in China. Three people died, prompting the Chinese government to quarantine the town of Ziketan. Markel said that he thought the quarantine of the entire town was unnecessary, though a controlled quarantine could be a good idea.

August 4 - U-M research subject of Science Daily article

Research led by Theodora Ross, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Cancer Center member, about the cancer drug Gleevec, was the topic of a recent Science Daily article. The research is helping doctors figure out why chronic myeloid leukemia patients taking Gleevec survive longer, but can also get the disease again after treatment.


August 4 - Dr. Markel on flu and school closures

The fall flu season is approaching, and with it renewed interest in guidelines for school closures in the face of a renewed H1N1 flu pandemic. In an interview with ABC News, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, discussed students as a vulnerable population, including the subset of at-risk children whose needs may be factored into closure guidelines. The CDC, in conjunction with the White House, will be issuing new school closure guidelines in the next several days.

August 3 - Lee and Davisí findings subject of Science Daily article

Joyce Lee, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, and Matthew Davis, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, had their research about childhood obesity and cholesterol displayed in an article in Science Daily. The researchers found that obesity is not an effective indicator that a child has high cholesterol.

August 3 - Davis in Time Magazine

Matthew Davis, M.D., was quoted and had his 2007 national poll featured in an article in Time Magazine about obesity in children. Davis’ poll found that 40 percent of parents of obese children said their kids were “about the right weight,” which was troubling to him. “Most of the time, we’re not talking about kids losing weight. Most of the time, we’re talking about kids maintaining their weight while their height catches up,” Davis said in the article, meaning that it may be easier for obese children to get back to a healthy size than for obese adults.

August 2 - Patel’s research in Crain’s Detroit Business

Divya Patel, Ph.D., a research investigator in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, led a study that was featured in a Crain’s Detroit Business article about the HPV, or human papillomavirus. Her study revealed that the most common test used to determine whether a woman has HPV could show an erroneous negative for up to 15 percent of women who actually do have the virus.

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