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For July 2008

July 30 - Michigan Difference ad star makes the news

Ralph Davis has become well-known in Michigan and beyond for his role in the Health System's Michigan Difference advertising campaign. But the 61-year-old heart transplant recipient is in the news today for another reason: winning six medals at the recent U.S. Transplant Games. The Lansing State Journal has a story about him today - read it here.

July 24 - Dr. Hammer in Detroit News

A story in the Detroit News features a local family who is raising money to support adrenal cancer research at the Cancer Center. The family's son, Spencer Bell, died of adrenal cancer in 2006. Gary Hammer, M.D., Ph.D., Adrenal Cancer Clinic and Endocrine Oncology Program, is quoted in the study describing some of the recent advances in treating this rare type of cancer. Learn more about the adrenal cancer program.

July 24 - AHA safety/quality award to UMHS makes the news

Today in San Diego, the American Hospital Association announced the winners of its Quest for Quality national prize -- including UMHS, which took the second-place award. News articles on this honor include a story in the Detroit News, the Ann Arbor Business Review and Crain's Detroit Business as well as the Ann Arbor News. Read the UMHS press release, and watch and listen to online video and audio about this award, here.

July 22/23 -Two from Psychiatry quoted in national AP stories

Two faculty members from Psychiatry -- John Greden, M.D., and Mohammad Ghaziuddin, M.D. -- have offered their expert comment to the Associated Press for national stories that have appeared in the last few days. Dr. Greden was quoted in this story about the mental health challenges facing veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, while Dr. Ghaziuddin is quoted in this story ( ) about the rise in diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in American children. Dr. Greden is the executive director of the U-M Depression Center, and Dr. Ghaziuddin directs the ADHD and autism programs in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

July 23 - UMHS named Healthiest City by AARP The Magazine

AARP The Magazine - the world's largest-circulation magazine - has named Ann Arbor the healthiest city in America for retirees. The article notes that "Ann Arbor is a hotbed of medical innovation." The story notes in particular that UMHS is "one of the largest university medical centers in the world, and it created the first human genetics program in the United States, in 1940." Stories about the award have appeared nationwide, including a feature on "The Today Show." An Ann Arbor News story quotes EVPMA and CEO Robert P. Kelch, M.D.: "You have a highly cultured environment such as the university, plus all the athletic activities, and city services, good transportation, good geriatric services, and a world-class health care system, and it's hard to beat.''

July 17/18 -Drs. Ubel, Engel in the news

A new study led by former U-M Emergency Medicine fellow Kirsten Engel, M.D., and Peter Ubel, M.D., General Medicine, has been receiving widespread news coverage over the past week, and more is expected soon. The study finds that many patients seen in the emergency department leave with a foggy idea of what their diagnosis was, what treatment they received, and what they should do next to arrange follow-up care or respond to changes in their symptoms. Dr. Ubel was heard on WWJ-AM Detroit and Michigan Radio's three public radio stations discussing the study, and was quoted in this story in the Detroit Free Press. Dr. Engel, meanwhile, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times and other news stories. The study was also covered by the Wall Street Journal's health blog. Read the UMHS press release on this study, and on a unique new service that helps U-M emergency patients arrange follow-up care, here.

July 13 - Dr. Chames in New York Times Magazine

The offices of Dr. Mark Chames, an obstetrician at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, are outfitted with some special equipment. The blood-pressure cuffs used on patients’ arms are actually thigh cuffs, originally designed to strap around a leg. Standard scales, which measure up to 350 pounds, have been supplemented by ones that accommodate 880 pounds. Before the new scales arrived, some patients were weighed at the hospital loading dock." So begins an article about obesity and pregnancy, in the New York Times Magazine. The story states that one in five women who give birth in the U.S. is obese.

July 11 - U-M's national U.S.News ranking makes news

Today, the magazine U.S. News & World Report issued its annual Best Hospitals rankings, including a national Honor Roll and rankings in 16 specialties. U-M did very well this year, with an overall rank of 13 and high marks in 15 specialties -- 11 of which were ranked in the top 20 nationwide. The news media across Michigan are spreading the news, with stories on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit, Michigan Radio (a public radio network serving Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids), the Ann Arbor News and the Michigan Business Review among others. Read the UMHS press release about the rankings here and see the full rankings on the magazine's web site here. Listen to a podcast featuring Doug Strong, CEO of the U-M Hospitals & Health Centers, here.

July 7 - Dr. Kelch in Detroit Free Press

An editorial in the Detroit Free Press, "End the stem cell ban," includes recent statements by Dr. Robert Kelch, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of U-M Health System, urging that research in all areas of stem cell research needs to go forward in the search for new therapies for many common diseases. In the editorial, the Free Press calls on voters to approve a ballot initiative expected in November that would change state law and allow Michigan researchers to use embryos that are currently discarded by fertility clinics.

July 8 - Dr. Joyce Lee in U.S. News & World Report, more

In an article in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, pediatric endocrinologist Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H, warns that the most damaging effects of childhood obesity have yet to surface, and will likely result in an epidemic of type 2 diabetes among young adults, leading to a greater number of diabetes complications, and ultimately, lower life expectancy. Details of this article have appeared today in U.S. News & World Report , Reuters Health, Forbes, and on WDIV-Ch. 4 Detroit and WCAU-Ch. 10 Philadelphia. To learn more, read the online press release.

July 7/8 - Dr. Dempsey study featured on WebMD, UPI, CBS News

Researchers at U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital say using risk factors as a means to determine who should get the HPV vaccine is not an effective vaccination strategy. Their study - led by Amanda F. Dempsey, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, a member of the CHEAR Unit in the U-M Division of General Pediatrics - finds that women who were sexually active as adolescents were just as likely as women who were not sexually active during their youth to get HPV as adults. Results from the study appear today in WebMD, UPI and CBS News online. An interview with Dr. Dempsey also aired on Monday on WUOM. To learn more about the study, read the online press release.

July 1 - Dr. Herman in Detroit Free Press

Today's Detroit Free Press contains an article about startling new figures from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, on the rising tide of diabetes in the U.S. The story (available here)is accompanied by a map that shows the current rates of diabetes in each county of Michigan. William Herman, M.D., MPH, director of U-M's Michigan Diabetes Research & Training Center, is quoted in the story.


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