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For January, 2010

Jan. 31 - Research on diversity in Medical Schools featured in Detroit Free Press, more

Juanita Merchant, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology and M. Bishr Omary, M.D., chair of the department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, were featured in a Detroit Free Press article about their research into the number of underrepresented minorities among U.S. medical school faculty. The research also was featured in,, Reuters and

Jan. 29 - Hospitalist quoted in numerous publications about new partnership

Scott Flanders, M.D., F.H.M., director of hospital medicine at U-M and president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, was quoted in several publications about U-M's involvement with Project BOOST, a collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Society of Hospital Medicine. Flanders spoke to, WDET-FM 101.9 and HealthLeadersMedia and an Associated Press story was featured in the Chicago Tribune,, Crain's Detroit Business News and many others.

Jan. 29 - Todd Herron, Ph.D, and Eric Devaney, M.D. quoted on KABC-TV Los Angeles

In a story about gene therapy and heart transplant patients that aired on KABC-TV Los Angeles, Todd J. Herron, Ph.D., an assistant research professor in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at U-M, said that he hopes gene therapy will dismiss the need for transplants. Herron is using the common cold virus to transport genes to the heart. The gene therapy turns on a protein that makes heart muscle cells contract more regularly. “Failing hearts could improve within 48 hours,” Herron said. Eric Devaney, M.D., pediatric cardiac surgeon at U-M, was also quoted. “Our hope is we could eliminate heart transplants completely.”

Jan. 28 - Dr. Jeffrey W. Innis, patient, family to be featured on Fox 2 Monday

Fox 2 News Detroit reporter Deena Centofanti is featuring Jeffrey Innis, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pediatric Genetics, Mott patient Taliyah Denard and her parents Tierra and Jamar Denard on the Fox evening news show Monday night. One-year-old Taliyah receives treatment at U-M's Mott Children's Hospital for Pompe Disease, the subject of a new movie currently out in theaters. "Extraordinary Measures," which features Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, tells the story of a parent with two children who have Pompe Disease and his efforts to find a drug/treatment for it. The show will air at 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2010.

Jan. 28 - Medical Technologist Michelle Bensette’s use of Canton Express featured in Canton Observer

The Canton Observer reports Canton residents who work in Ann Arbor, including Medical Technologist Michelle Bensette who works in the UMHS blood bank, may commute to and from work on the Canton Express. The bus makes two morning and two afternoon trips each weekday, allowing commuters the opportunity to avoid the stress of traffic and bad weather, while saving on gas and mileage on their vehicles. Current riders hope to increase use of the bus by stirring interest and informing other potential riders.

Jan. 27 - Hear one of our health care reform experts on 1290 WLBY-AM

You can listen live to A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., co-director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance, beginning at 9:40 a.m. on radio station 1290 WLBY-AM or streaming at The show also will be replayed at about 11:40 a.m. Fendrick was the senior author on a paper published last week in the journal, Health Affairs, which was featured in numerous media outlets including, Yahoo News and

Jan. 27 - Dr. Markel discusses H1N1 response with ABCNews

Did health organizations response appropriately to the H1N1 influenza pandemic threat? Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine says 'yes' in an article posted by and MedPageToday. Although some European politicians and sections of the media suggest that the danger of the H1N1 pandemic was exaggerated, Dr. Markel endorses taking the threat of pandemic seriously and preparing accordingly, rather than risk a worse outcome as a result of underpreparedness.

Jan. 25 - Karin Muraszko, M.D., Hugh Garton, M.D., and Cormac Maher, M.D. quoted in numerous local publications

Karin Muraszko, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at U-M, Hugh Garton, M.D., MHSc., Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Mott Children’s Hospital, Cormac Maher, M.D. Pediatric Neurosurgeon at U-M and Peter Strouse, M.D., director of Pediatric Radiology appeared in numerous local publications including the Plymouth Observer, Westland MI Observer, Garden City Observer, Redford Observer, Livonia Observer, Canton Observer and, concerning a new scanner to identify brain tumor cells. “We have a chance to do something really good with this piece of equipment. It's really cutting edge and for neurosurgery, if we want to be the leaders and the best, it's just something we had to have,” Strouse said.

Jan. 25 - Matthew Davis, M.D., quoted in Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times

Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P. director of the poll and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at U-M was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, along with other publications including, Health News Digest,, and Ethiopian Review concerning how well public school support children with behavioral, emotional or family problems. ''As many as 50 percent of children need emotional support to deal with difficulties in family, peer or other relationships. Our findings indicate that parents think schools are doing better with educational goals than with emotional and behavioral support,” said Davis.

Jan. 22, - Channel 4, Michigan Radio, WXYZ-TV, and others tell story of U-M treating Haiti quake patients

Two Haiti earthquake survivors are receiving specialized care at U-M after being transported by the U-M Survival Flight team. The patients’ identities are protected under federal law and have not been released by the hospital. As reported on Channel 4, Michigan Radio, WXYZ-TV, Ann and the Detroit News, a team of physicians, nurses, paramedics, and other medical personnel are also attempting to help the other hundreds of thousands of victims in Haiti who are in need of medical care. Read press release here.

Jan. 21, - Lee Green, M.D., M.P.H., and Shawn Pelletier, M.D. quoted on

In a story about overweight women and medical treatment, Lee Green, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of family medicine at U-M, said “It can be frustrating to treat obese patients. Although I try to encourage my patients to lose weight, I spend most of my time treating the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles instead of actual illnesses.” Shawn Pelletier, M.D., surgical director of liver transplants at U-M was also quoted. “It’s a very difficult issue,” Pelletier says. “Obese kidney-transplant patients may not survive as long as thinner patients, but they live an average of three times longer than if they didn’t get the transplant. That’s a big benefit, even if there are risks.”

Jan. 20 - talks to Gary Smith about IVF

Gary Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted on saying, "One of our goals for years now has been to modify how we grow embryos in the lab to be more like how they grow in the human body, because we know that the human body grows them most efficiently. Smith and his colleagues built a device that imitates the motion embryos experience in the body as they make their way down a mammal's oviduct (a woman's Fallopian tube) to the uterus. A report on the study also appeared on WJBK Detroit.

Jan. - U-M Medical School's study depicting med students uncertainty of health care system in the AAMC Reporter

A study done by the UMMS revealed that nearly 60 percent of medical students feel inadequately prepared for the health care system was featured in the AAMC Reporter. The study of graduates from 2003 to 2007 indicated lagging student confidence in practice management, record keeping, insurance, medical economics and managed care. Study coauthor Matthew M. Davis, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at UMMS, said "Our patients expect us to understand the system. If we don't, that can result in poor patient care." Results from the study suggest a higher-intensity curriculum to include the need for better health care systems training.

Jan. 19 - U-M study that challenges cholesterol guidelines covered nationally

Dr. Rodney Hayward, professor of internal medicine and VA Ann Arbor Health Care System researcher was quoted in The, saying, "When we give one risk factor, like LDL cholesterol, so much more weight over the other risk factors, then we're not calculating the risk accurately." A study co-authored by Hayward shows tailored treatment based on heart attack risk factors is more effective and uses fewer high dose statins than the current strategy to reach a certain cholesterol target. Michigan Radio, My Fox Detroit, and MSN also covered the findings. See UMHS news release and video here.

Jan. 18 - Christie Lancaster, M.D., quoted in numerous health websites

A study on depression and pregnant women by Christie Lancaster, M.D., a U-M clinical lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, appeared in numerous health Web sites and publications including, Medscape, HealthJockey,, BabyChums, The and The study, published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, finds that some women are at greater risk of experiencing depression while they're pregnant than others, largely because of life stressors. Factors that largely contributed to a woman’s risk of depression while pregnant included how much social support she received, whether her pregnancy was intended and her mental health history, the study found. Read press release here.

Jan. 18 - U-M doctors’ preparation to aid Haiti covered by Free Press, Channel 4, Philadelphia Inquirer, and more

Emergency medicine resident Sacha Montas, M.D., J.D., M.A., along with other doctors at U-M Health System, is preparing to head to Haiti in an effort to aid earthquake victims, as was reported in the Detroit Free Press, WDIV Channel 4 Detroit, The Philadelphia Inquirer,, Michigan Radio, Crain's Detroit Business and more. The survival flight doctor who has family in Haiti has organized a group to travel with medical supplies donated by the university, and plan on setting up a shop there within the coming days.

Jan. 15 - Ann covers Health System's effort to aid Haiti

Ann quoted Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., the executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, on planned efforts to aid earthquake victims in Haiti, saying "Despite the challenges we currently face in our state and country, we can never forget that we belong to a global community. We will do our part for the earthquake victims in Haiti."

Jan. 15 - Mott buys new equipment to help care for children with brain tumors

The IMRIS system, a new MRI scanner that will allow doctors to scan the brain during operations to differentiate normal brain cells from tumor cells, will be added to the neuroscience operative suite at the new University of Michigan C.S. Mott’s Children Hospital. “The system will greatly improve current technology for removal of brain tumors in children,” Karin Muraszko, M.D., F.A.C.S., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at U-M Health System, said. The story was featured on and UPI. Press Release

Jan. 15 - U-M Professor of Pediatrics interviewed by about child obesity

Julie Lumeng, M.D., U-M assistant professor of pediatrics who specializes in studying childhood obesity, spoke with about a recent government study that showed statistics of obesity in the U.S. to be declining. Lumeng explained that many efforts have been made over the last decade to fight the prevalence of obesity in the country and that this study has shed some light on the fact that those efforts are working. “Even though it’s good news that the obesity rates are leveling off, it’s still like one in three people are obese. If that is the case, and 64 percent are overweight, then it’s a rarity to be of normal weight. This remains a very complicated problem that isn’t going away anytime soon,” Lumeng says.

Jan. 15 - Research by Dr. Catherine Kim finds link between diabetic siblings and pregnancy-related diabetes risk

According to a new study conducted by Catherine Kim, M.D., M.P.H, and colleagues at U-M, pregnancy-related diabetes risks associated with having a diabetic brother or sister are much higher than having one or two parents with the disease. According to the article featured in Reuters Health, having a mother or father with the disease increases the risk of gestational diabetes on a similar level, but it is only doubled compared to the seven-fold increase in the risk of having diabetic siblings. These findings indicate that gestational diabetes may follow a different inheritance pattern than that of type 2 diabetes.

Jan. 15 - U-M tapped as helping regenerating the economy with stem cell research

Metromode online magazine interviewed University of Michigan researchers James Shayman, M.D., associate vice president for research at U-M, and Taubman scholar Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Taubman Research Institute, in its feature on regenerating the Michigan economy with stem cells research. The infusion of funds for stem cell research will be "catalytic" for the U-M program, Shayman says. The science will also help the University attract the brightest new minds in science and medicine. Feldman said, "Now, a new era in research is beginning to dawn in Michigan, and we want to make this region one of the hot spots for this cool science."

Jan. 15 - U-M employee awaits word on husband in Haiti

As the U-M Health System develops its response to the crisis in Haiti, Brenda Thomas, a medical assistant with central staffing resources, awaits word on the safety of her husband Jude. Since the quake, she has not been able to reach him in Haiti where he works as a computer technician. An interview with Thomas aired on WDIV Channel 4 Detroit Wednesday. "I've been taking it really hard. Because all I can picture is him being one of the (injured) people I'm seeing. I really want him to be here with me," she said. Thomas hoped to fly to Haiti this week.

Jan. 13 - U-M Bone Marrow Transplant Program Highlighted in

Dr. James Ferrara, director of the U-M Bone Marrow Transplant Program and professor of pediatric oncology, and Sophie Paczesny, U-M assistant professor in pediatric hematology-oncology, were quoted in a story about a new blood test to help keep bone marrow transplant patients healthy. “When we transplant bone marrow, it’s not just the stem cells that are being transplanted. It’s also the normal immune system of the donor and the original immune system of the recipient is replaced. So we actually need to get the immune system to accept the body of the patient," he said. U-M researchers developed the test to help doctors better figure out whether bone marrow transplant patients are developing serious complications and to also tailor to their treatment more appropriately. See the UMHS press release.

Jan. 12 - Dr. Tim Johnson featured on Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine

Tim Johnson, M.D., is featured on the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine's Web site due to his efforts to improve maternal health both locally and globally. Dr. Johnson has degrees in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan and received his medical training at the University of Virginia. Afterwards, he completed residency at the University of Michigan, MFM fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and served in the US Air Force. As a part of an ACOG/RCOG led program, he trained ob-gyn specialists in Ghana and other African countries. His possession of prestigious grants and his role as an author, specialist, trainer and editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics has made him a valued member of study sections, editorial boards and professional committees. Currently, he is the president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, teaches undergraduate and graduate classes at U-M and is the chair of the Ob-GYN Department.

Jan. 11 - NCRC moves featured on WXYZ-TV, WWJ-AM, Crain's and

Three hundred employees from six units within the UMHS will be the first of many to move into the North Campus Research Center this spring, which was reported by, WWJ-AM, WXYZ-TV and Crain's Detroit Business. The campus, previously owned by Pfizer and bought by the University in June 2009, will be used to support UM research. The offices on Huron Parkway will be the first to be occupied.

Jan 11. - Trauma Prevention Program's Donation of Ski Helmets featured on

In order to reduce the amount of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders and increase overall usage of helmets, reported the trauma prevention program's donation of 150 helmets to Mt. Brighton Ski Area. Amy Teddy, director of the program, said school groups who would visit the Brighton ski area insisted every child wear a helmet, but sometimes there would not be enough for everyone. The ski resort is reducing the cost of helmet rentals from $8 to $5 per helmet and is allowing UM to post reminders about the importance of wearing helmets.

Jan. 10 - Resident at the University Hospital Features Improved System for Morning Rounds in Crain's Detroit Business

Terry Platchek, M.D., a pediatric and internal medicine resident, reduced the amount of time attendants spend on morning rounds through a 30-bed intensive care unit, which was featured in Crain's Detroit Business. Crain's talked to both Platchek and John Billi, M.D., associate dean for clinical affairs, about the new system that involves the use of a portable computer in order to input patient orders into the system, allowing nurses to receive and fill orders quicker. Morning rounds are reduced by 30 minutes and patients' health improves quicker due to the faster response time allowed by the portable computers.

Jan. 7 - U-M pediatric weight loss program featured prominently on CBS Evening News

Patients from the U-M Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases family-focused Michigan Pediatric Out-patient Weight Evaluation and Reduction (MPOWER) Programs were featured in a CBS Evening News segment on the obesity epidemic in America. MPOWER features intensive weight management programs that are designed for children and adolescents with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than the 95% percentile. The MPOWER team is under the direction of pediatrician Susan Woolford, MD, MPH, and includes Rachel Fogelberg, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker, Amy Lockwood, MPH, RD, Dietician, Chrissy Robert, MS, Exercise Physiologist, Bethany Sallinen, PhD, Psychologist and Joanne Esch, Administrative Assistant, Sr.
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Jan. 4 - 6 U-M Depression Center featured prominently in PBS series

U-M Depression Center physicians Sheila Marcus, M.D., John Greden, M.D., Randy Nesse, M.D., and a UMHS patient, are featured prominently a PBS/NOVA three-part documentary series called "This Emotional Life" currently being broadcast nationally on PBS. The series started Monday and goes through Wednesday, Jan. 6. This Emotional Life shares the newest, most useful information on emotional well-being that will help people in their daily lives. Hosted by Harvard psychologist and best-selling author of Stumbling on Happiness, Professor Daniel Gilbert, This Emotional Life explores improving social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. Each two-hour episode weaves together compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest scientific research along with revealing comments from celebrities like Chevy Chase, Larry David, Alanis Morissette, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Richard Gere.

Jan. 5 - Sports neurology expert quoted in Detroit Free Press, WDIV-Detroit, more

Jeffrey Kutcher, M.D., testified that the "management of concussion is evolving,” during a Congressional hearing on NFL injuries Monday that was covered by the Detroit Free Press, WDIV-Detroit and the Associated Press. Kutcher is assistant professor of neurology and is chair of the sports neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology.

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