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For December, 2009

Dec. 25-27 - Media spotlight falls on UMHS after Christmas Day terror attempt

The eyes of the world were on UMHS on Christmas Day and the weekend that followed, as the suspect in the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit was rushed to our Trauma/Burn Center for care. Although the suspect was transferred to a nearby prison on Dec. 27, the first 48 hours after the incident brought numerous reporters, TV crews and photographers to the hospital, looking for any information they could gather -- and dozens more reporters called UMHS Public Relations as well. Hospitals & Health Centers Security Services staff handled numerous attempts by reporters to enter the hospital without permission, and helped a small number of reporters cover the suspect's first court hearing, inside the hospital, as well. Read a story about the hospital's response, from

Dec. 31 - Bradford quoted on HPV's link to rare cancer

The Cleveland Plain Dealer talked to Carol Bradford, M.D., chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, about her research linking the human papillomavirus and the increase in cases of a rare type of head and neck cancer called nasopharyngeal cancer. "Most of our new head and neck cancer patients today have these tonsil and throat cancers, and most are related to HPV," she said. The good news is that patients generally have a good chance of beating nasopharyngeal cancer.

Dec. 31 - Feldman spotlighted as Free Press focuses on stem cells

The Detroit Free Press spotlighted University of Michigan experts as it examined the work on stem cells in Michigan. "This is a transformative time for medicine. ... It's a new frontier," said U-M neurologist and director of the Program for Neurology Research and Discovery Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. Feldman is conducting the first stem cell treatment for ALS. She and research technician Sandra Mojica were photographed for the Dec. 31 issue. According to the story, the state's research universities and the University of Michigan's A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute were among the reasons Genetics Policy Institute's members were drawn to Detroit to host the World Stem Cell Summit in October.

Dec. 30 - Dr. Markel on Morning Edition

One of the biggest news stories of 2009 was about H1N1, or swine flu. As part of a year-end pandemic assessment on NPR's Morning Edition, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, discussed the difficulties of producing/ administering the requisite vaccine doses and gave officials high grades for how they managed the public health crisis.

Dec. 22 - Cardiovascular manager interviewed on holiday stress

Sandra Finkel, M.P.H., manager of stress management services and the executive health program, offers the advice: Less stress, more joy. "When you demand perfection, you put unnecessary pressure on yourself and your loved ones," says Finkel in the lifestyle newsletter Remedy Life. She offers loads of guidance on getting out of the perfection trap, handling money and gift giving and surviving and enjoying family gatherings.

Dec. 20 - Dr. Fendrick discusses health care reform in Crain's

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., talked to Crain's Detroit Business about the proposed taxes on health insurers being debated in the U.S. Senate. Fendrick, a professor in Internal Medicine and also health management and policy at the School of Public Health, told Crain's that "The taxes either will be passed off as higher premiums, higher co-pays or coinsurance to lessen impact on these health insurers, or these types of taxes will lead to more efficient ways to provide ways of coverage to their members.”

Dec. 18 - Dr. Jentzen's new book gets story in

Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of Autopsy and Forensic Services, was the subject of a substantial story about his new book, “Death Investigation in America: Coroners, Medical Examiners and the Pursuit of Medical Certainty. Jentzen also is deputy medical examiner for Washtenaw County.

Dec. 18 - Matthew Davis talks about 'sexting' and parents concerns

Parents are concerned about "sexting" and other online behavior by their children, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Matthew Davis, M.D., the poll's director, is quoted in USA Today, US News & World Report, ABC news,, and more. Read the related release.

Dec. 17 - Story of Von Voigtlander gift travels across the country

This week, the announcement that Women's Hospital received a $15 million naming gift from the Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation generated more than 200 media hits in TV, radio, print media from around the country. The gift is the largest gift ever made to the Health System for women’s health and the second largest gift to the children's and women's hospital construction project. The gift will support the construction of the new women’s hospital. The U-M Board of Regents approved the naming of the women's hospital after the late Discount Tire Company co-founder and his late wife. The new hospital will now be known as the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. It is scheduled to open in 2012 as part of the new $754 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital complex now under construction. Among the hundreds of stories that aired were these in the Detroit Free Press, the Dallas Morning News, Chicago Tribune, WJR, Yahoo! News, and Crain's Detroit.

Dec. 17 - U-M study on stem cell diversity in Detroit Free Press

A U-M study published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds the most widely used human embryonic stem cell lines lack genetic diversity. Most are from European ancestry. Missing from the world’s most widely used stem cell lines are those with recent African ancestry, from Pacific Islanders, or from those native to the Americas, study author Sean Morrison, director of the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology, said in the Detroit Free Press. "We think that embryonic stem cell has the potential to change the future of medicine . . . But we're at risk of leaving certain groups out of that future," he said. The study was also reported by Science Daily, the Detroit News and others. See the U-M news release here.

Dec. 17 - NanoBio deal with GSK makes business news

News that GlaxoSmithKline and Ann Arbor-based NanoBio Corporation have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for over-the-counter use of a nanoemulsion treatment for cold sores was reported by the Detroit Free Press, Crain's Detroit,, PharmaLive and other business and investment media. U-M holds the patent for the nanoemulsion technology, which originated in U-M labs. James R. Baker, Jr., M.D., director of the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School developed nanoemulsions in the 1990s at U-M and founded NanoBio Corporation to further develop and commercialize the technology. Read UMHS news release here.

Dec. 17 - Lee Green weighs in on statin debate with ABC news

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel's recommendation that some adults with no prior heart problems should take the cholesterol-busting statin Crestor has stirred debate over who should use the drug. Lee Green, M.D., Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, tells ABC News, that "extending it would most certainly be bad science and bad patient care."

Dec. 15 - Dr. Fargerlin in New York Times

Angie Fagerlin, Ph.D., Cancer Center/General Medicine, is quoted in a New York Times column about her recent study that found only 6% of women at high risk of breast cancer would consider taking the drug tamoxifen. Health columnist Tara Parker-Pope examines the issue of why people are reluctant to pursue preventative treatments. Read more about Dr. Fagerlin's study in the UMHS press release.

Dec. 15 - Dr. Markel in NY Times on early U.S. child abuse

In today's New York Times, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, tells the story of Mary Ellen McCormack, the abused child whose 1874 case prompted the first reformers' crusade to prevent child abuse and protect its victims.

Dec. 14 - Dr. Goold quoted about health care reform

Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine, was quoted by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel about the complexity of health care reform bills being discussed in Congress. "I'm a professor of medicine and have a master's degree in health policy, and it's hard for me to interpret the bills," said Goold, who also is director of U-M's Bioethics Program.

Dec. 11 - Surgeon talks shoulder reconstruction in Orthopedics This Week

Research by Jon K. Sekiya, M.D., surgeon and associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, on fixing shoulder dislocations was reported by Health Day, Orthopedics This Week and Youth sports parents. For some patients, standard stability-restoring procedures are ineffective. Recurrent shoulder dislocations may benefit from surgical reconstruction using cadaver bone and cartilage to essentially 'sculpt' a new shoulder, says Sekiya. Read the UMHS news release and view his video interview here.

Dec. 10 - News Herald reports about safety award given by U-M Trauma Burn Center

Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP, injury prevention specialist at the U-M Trauma Burn Center, recently presented the Leland Gayheart Fire Safety and Prevention Award to the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, on behalf of the center and the Gayheart family. Klas is quoted by The Heritage News Herald, the "voice of Downriver," report about the award.

Dec. 10 — "The Hunger Within" therapist has advice for "Biggest
Loser" contestant

Rudy Pauls, of Brooklyn, lost 234 pounds on the "Biggest Loser," so now what? Marilyn Ann Migliore, nutritionist and psychotherapist at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, tells the Norwich (CT) Bulletin, that keeping the weigh off means recognizing the trigger to his weight gain and subsequent relationship with food. Migliore, author of "The Hunger Within," says the key to keeping weight off is to “rewrite” the script one has with food, because that drives the obsession. Once it’s addressed, food doesn’t have the same pull.

Dec. 10 — Ruffin looks at difference made by cancer screening

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, which bases its recommendations on scientific research, concluded last month that routine mammograms should begin at age 50, as opposed to 40. It set off worry, confusion and anger about cancer deaths. Benefits of PSA tests and pap tests are also being questioned. "Often the recommendations fly in the face of what people know. There is evidence, and what you believe. You are going to go with what you believe," says Mack Ruffin, M.D., professor of family medicine and physician at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, tells the Detroit News.

Dec. 9 - Bates among experts to discuss aspirin therapy

Increasingly doctors are prescribing low-dose aspirin to their patients for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease but a review by British researchers shows the benefits are not clear-cut. Eric Bates, M.D., internal medicine professor and cardiologist at the University of Michigan Health System, was among a number of national experts to discuss the findings in Arthritis Today. He says he believes the previous encouragement to take an aspirin a day was in an era before statin therapy, blood pressure control, diabetes control and other methods existed to help decrease risk.

Dec. 9 - Pain expert talks acupuncture in December Men's Health

Richard Harris, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, was quoted in the December issue of Men's Health as the national magazine examines ways acupuncture can improve health. A published study by the U-M Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center shows acupuncture affects the brain's ability to control pain. "Acupuncture seems to help pain receptors in the brain bind more easily to opioids such as endorphins, our body's natural painkiller," says Harris, co-author of the study. See UMHS press release here.

Dec. 9 - Dr. Fendrick named to top 20 health leaders list

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., co-director of the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, has been named one of the nation’s top 20 health care leaders by HealthLeaders Media. The media company released its list on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Fendrick was honored along with 19 other influential health care professionals, including Dr. Atul Gawande of Harvard Medical School, whose article “The Cost Conundrum” in the New Yorker spurred national debate and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts CEO Cleve Killingsworth. HealthLeaders Media consists of several magazines, all available on the Web, where Fendrick’s profile was posted Wednesday, along with an audio feature.

Dec. 8 - Photos & comments about Survival Flight's visit to the Upper Penninsula published in the U.P.'s Patsy Cam

The U.P.'s popular Patsy Cam published photographs and comments about Survival Flight's visit on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Four members of the U-M Survival Flight team visited the Houghton County Memorial Airport to display its new fixed-wing aircraft, a Cessna Citation Encore CE-560. Aboard the plane was a Survival Flight crew comprised of two pilots from Pentastar Aviation, Jeff Heibeck and Steve Miller, Ted Adelmann, RN, EMT-P, flight nurse and paramedic, and Brad Uren, M.D., Survival Flight associate medical director and instructor of emergency medicine at the U-M Medical School.

Dec. 8 - Dr. Markel quoted in Washington Post

In a Washington Post article examining the autumn mortality rate for influenza A/H1N1 in the United States, Dr. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, explained that the pandemic's low mortality rate may due to a number of factors, such as sophisticated intensive care techniques, or even a lucky break from Mother Nature. The article was also picked up by other outlets including CBS News and the Ann Arbor Chronicle.

Dec. 3 - Hunger Within founder on WJR Radio Thursday

Hunger Within workshop founder Marilyn Ann Migliore, RD, ACSW, will be interviewed at 9:30 a.m. Thursday on WJR Radio (760AM) to discuss the state's obesity epidemic. Migliore is an eating and weight disorder specialist whose Hunger Within classes at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and Domino's Farms helps participants explore the psychological reasons for overeating. She'll take a look at the national issue of obesity while on LA talk radio, also scheduled for Thursday. She'll evaluate the effectiveness of so-called sin taxes on high-calorie beverages and offer solutions to reversing the nation's unhealthy obsession with food.

Dec. 2 - Howard Markel's literary commentary in JAMA

In a "Literatim" column in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, discussed the 1933 Broadway play Men In White. This was a highly acclaimed dramatization of the professional and private lives of surgeons, and the surgical operating room's debut in American culture.

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