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For July, 2009

July 31 - Mary Rogers in Science Daily

Research led by Mary Rogers, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and research director for the Patient Safety Enhancement Program, was the topic of a July 31 Science Daily article. The study found that recipients of blood transfusions had double the rate of post-operative infections.

July 30 - Markel on swine flu vaccination priorities

As health officials around the globe discuss the possibility of mass vaccinations this fall against A/H1N1, also called swine flu, they're also deciding which groups would get priority in such a program. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers these important issues. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine and a CDC influenza consultant, commented on a likely priority list in an interview with published on line. The list is expected to include pregnant women, young people and health workers, among others.

July 29- Hayanga quoted in Reuters article

Awori Jeremiah Hayanga, M.D., house officer in the Department of Surgery, was quoted in a Reuters article about a recent U-M study. Hayanga and his colleagues found that in more segregated areas, when the population of African-Americans or Hispanics increases, access to surgery decreases. “In the most segregated counties, we found that an increase as small as one percent in the African-American or Hispanic population was associated with a significant decrease in the availability and utilization of surgical services, a difference that was not present in counties with the least segregation,” Hayanga said.

July 29- U-M’s lean principles featured in Health Michigan magazine

Health Michigan, a statewide publication, published an article about the University of Michigan’s Lean Thinking principles, and quoted Jack Billi, associate vice president for medical affairs and associate dean at U-M Medical School. It included a list of “Forms of Waste in Health Care” from the Michigan Quality System (link to MQS internal web site).

July 29- U-M poll subject of article

A recent poll conducted by the University of Michigan Health System and led by Matthew Davis, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, was featured in an article on The poll determined that children are also feeling the burden of the current state of the economy. Davis was quoted as saying, “Stress like this can interfere with their overall sense of well-being,” and that “this is something health care providers need to be aware of, especially here in Michigan.”

July 24- Research by Ubel, Smith in BusinessWeek

Research conducted by Peter Ubel, M.D., and Dylan Smith, Ph.D., was featured in a July 24 BusinessWeek Special Report. Ubel is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine, and Smith is a research assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral and Decision Sciences. The researchers learned that patients with permanent colostomies were happier than those with temporary colostomies. This may suggest that the uncertainty that goes with the possibility of having the colostomy removed could be worse for morale than simply knowing you will always have to have it, according to the article.

July 23-27 — New morgue featured on WDET, Free Press, Crain’s and

The recent renovations to the University of Michigan Health System’s morgue met more media coverage when WDET interviewed Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D., director of U-M’s autopsy and forensic services, in a broadcast, and the morgue was covered in the Detroit Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business and

July 22- Blackwood in New York Times essay

Alexander Blackwood, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan Health System, assistant director of Pediatric Education and UMMS admissions committee member, was the subject of an essay that appeared in the Education Life section of the Sunday New York Times. The essay by Tamara Livshiz, a 2009 U-M graduate, was about her meeting with Blackwood, in which he taught her to be a good doctor, not just a good medical school applicant. She learned to be sincere, and spend her year between college and medical school doing things she was passionate about. “I left his office inspired. Endorphins lingered in my system the rest of the day,” Livshiz wrote about her meeting with Blackwood.

July 22- Dr. Mendelow quoted in Chicago Tribune about yoga for kids

Dolores Mendelow, M.D., was quoted in an article by Megha Satyanarayana in the Chicago Tribune about the benefits of teaching children yoga. Mendelow said yoga can be an alternative to tumbling and team sports for kids, because “"It requires practice, patience and accepting of self-limitations.” The article was originally published in the Detroit Free Press.

July 23- Dr. Newman to be on CNN's Black in America

Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., Cancer Center/Surgery, will be one of the featured profiles on CNN's upcoming two-part documentary program Black in America 2. This is a sequel to last year's series, which drew 16 million viewers. Soledad O'Brien talks to Dr. Newman about her research on breast cancer in African-American women, and follows one of Dr. Newman's patients who has a particularly aggressive form of the disease. The program airs on CNN at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 23 and Saturday.

July 22- Tune in, and watch our experts LIVE today

Richard Boothman, chief risk officer, will be on "Dr. Nancy" on MSNBC today at about 12:30 p.m. Boothman was supposed to be on the program yesterday but was bumped by President Barack Obama's news conference. Boothman did appear on CNN live yesterday afternoon.

July 22- New morgue grabs headlines

Jeffrey Jentzen, M.D., Ph.D., director of U-M’s autopsy and forensic services, and Diana French, U-M’s coordinator of Autopsy and Forensic Services, showed up in multiple news outlets through an Associated Press article on renovations to the health system's morgue. The new facility could double the number of autopsies in which U-M students and residents can observe and participate. Stories appeared in The Detroit News, The Chicago Tribune, The Ann Arbor Business News and on Fox 2 Detroit.

July 21- Boothman talks medical malpractice on MSNBC, CNN and in the Associated Press

Richard C. Boothman, chief risk officer for the University of Michigan Health Systems, is expected to appear live on MSNBC's "Dr Nancy" show today at 12:40 p.m. and also on CNN's "Newsroom with Kyra Phillips" at 2 p.m. today to talk about U-M's medical malpractice policies. Boothman was quoted in a widely-distributed Associated Press article on Monday, detailing the University's policy. "What we are doing is common decency," Boothman told the AP. He also was quoted in a Washington Post story today.

July 19- CVC nurse acknowledged for compassion in Detroit Free Press column

In showing her gratitude for her father's strength, a Detroit Free Press columnist singled out the skilled compassionate nursing of Judy Ford, a nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit. The writer's father had a heart procedure at the U-M Cardiovascular Center, and suffered a not-so-unexpected complication. He was admitted to the cardiac intensive care unit, according to the column in the Free Press, where the nurses -- especially Judy -- kept his spirits up as the days dragged on. The patient recovered and another family has learned of the talents of the U-M nursing staff.

July 15- Helen Kales, M.D., quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Helen Kales, M.D., principal investigator and director of the geriatric psychiatry section at U-M, was quoted in a Cleveland Plain Dealer story on the high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder in older veterans. PTSD, commonly associated with the Vietnam war and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, is showing up in veterans whose fighting days may be long gone. The Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD estimated that 1 in 20 of the nation's 2.5 million surviving World War II vets suffers from the disorder. "There has been a lot of emphasis on PTSD in returning vets," she wrote, "but it looks as though perhaps this older generation of service members has been left behind."

July 16- Beth Tarini quoted in the Detroit News

Beth Tarini, M.D., U-M assistant professor of pediatrics, was quoted in a Detroit News story today on her research involving the use of newborn blood in research. Tarini, a lead author in a study that appears in the journal of Public Health Genomics, found that consent is key to collecting blood that is studied to foster better understanding of diseases. Most parents will agree to having their newborns' blood studied if they're asked for permission, according to the study. Three of four parents said they would be very or somewhat willing to permit future research on blood that is initially taken from newborns' heels in order to screen for genetic disorders. "Parents are not against research," says Tarini. "They want to be involved in the process."

July 12- Metzl writes for Los Angeles Times

A column by Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and women's studies at the U-M Medical School, on China's ill-considered response to the H1N1 virus has appeared in the Los Angeles Times. He was quarantined for seven days before he was able to return from lecturing in Shanghai at a Chinese Medical School. None of the travelers boarded at a rural motel were sick or had flu symptoms. Metzl writes it's understandable that China, which was hit very hard by SARS, would be particularly wary of a new epidemic, "the kind of confinement I experienced flies in the face of established notions of international public health." Metzl also directs the Program in Culture, Health and Medicine at the University of Michigan.

July 11- Dr. Napolitano in Reuters article

Lena Napolitano, M.D., division chief of acute care surgery, chief of surgical critical care, program director of the Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, and associate chair for critical care, was mentioned in a Reuters article about a possible link between obesity and the H1N1 (swine) flu virus. Napolitano and her colleagues studied 10 patients at the UMHS, nine of which were obese, and seven of which were severely obese.

July 9- Dr. Collins named to head federal National Institutes of Health

Francis S. Collins, M.D., a former University of Michigan Medical School professor who led the Human Genome Project, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head the federal National Institutes of Health. Stories about Collins were featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, National Public Radio, The Associated Press and the Detroit News. Collins is a pioneer in genetic research and did much of his genetic mapping work during his time in the UMMS Departments of Human Genetics and Internal Medicine. He was a member of the U-M faculty from 1984 to 2003.

July 8- New York Times quotes Richard A. Miller on anti-aging research

An anti-aging study conducted at the University of Michigan with
faculty members Richard A. Miller and J. Erby Wilkinson was covered by
the New York Times. The U-M and two other labs found that the antibiotic
rapamycin, known to help transplant patients and has potential as a
cancer treatment, is the new frontrunner in ongoing animal studies. It's
possible the research could lead to medicines that prolong life for
humans, Miller said. See related UMHS news release here.

July 7-8 — Dr. Newman in Washington Post, Health Day

Lisa A. Newman, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Surgery and director of the Breast Care Center, was quoted in the Washington Post and Health Day about new research showing African-American breast, prostate or ovarian cancer patients receiving the same treatments as their Caucasian counterparts are less likely to survive. Newman said, “I think it’s likely to be hereditary and genetic factors.”

July 6-7: Dr. Morrison quoted in Time, CBS News, New York Post and more

Sean Morrison, Ph.D., director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology, was quoted in articles in TIME, the Detroit News, CBS News, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle about stem cell research. The articles described what types of stem cell research can be covered by taxpayer dollars since the Obama administration lifted some restrictions. "This will eventually make hundreds of new stem cell lines available for use,” Morrison said.

July- Chey and Wald help Shape readers live healthy

The July issue of Shape Magazine offers health news from University of Michigan experts William Chey, M.D., a professor of internal medicine, and MFit Wellness manager Erica Wald. "The Truth about Tummy Troubles," spotlights Chey's research on the link between IBS and celiac disease, a digestive disorder that prevents nutrients from being absorbed. Wald does myth-busting in a Myth of the Month feature. While dark leafy vegetables such as spinach are loaded with calcium, they don't pack the same punch as a glass of milk in reaching the daily recommended intake of 1,200 milligrams of calcium. The issue is on stands through July 20.

July 28 - July 3: Dr. Langa makes news with study on seniors

Dr. Kenneth Langa, associate professor in the department of internal medicine, was quoted in articles in ABC News online and HealthDay. He was lead author of a study that determined older Americans have better memories than the British of the same age. "Higher levels of education and net worth in the U.S. probably accounted for some of the better cognitive performance," Langa said.

July 1- Alaniz quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer, MSNBC articles

Dr. Cesar Alaniz, clinical associate professor in the U-M School of Pharmacy, was featured in Philadelphia Inquirer and MSNBC articles about the FDA’s recommended maximum dose of acetaminophen, or Tylenol. "The problem is that not enough of the public knows what a potential toxic dose is," he said. Alaniz also spoke about the danger of people not realizing they are taking multiple over-the-counter medications with acetaminophen, such as NyQuil, and that the combination can be harmful or even deadly.

July 1 - Dr. Lozon interviewed in Baltimore Sun

Marie Lozon, M.D., clinical associate professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, and division director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun about summer safety precautions for parents, including installing safety wallls on trampolines and gating swimming pools to keep children out of the pool when unattended.


July 1 - Shtein, coworkers featured in Health Day article

Dr. Roni M. Shtein, who specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery at U-M’s Kellogg Eye Center, was the lead author of a study that showed testing for inflammation biomarkers before giving patients with herpes simplex virus a corneal transplant could improve outcome. Shtein found that even though 81 percent of patients’ herpes simplex virus had been inactive for six months before surgery, 74 percent of them showed microscopic evidence of inflammation. “It is also possible that treating inflammation intensively before corneal transplant surgery would reduce the risk of rejection,” Shtein said in the article.

July - Schnell cited in Science Watch

Santiago Schnell, Ph.D., associate professors of molecular and integrative physiology and research associate professor of computational medicine and bioinformatics, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, answered questions about his highly cited paper on systems biology to His paper provides a state-of-the-art synthesis of stochastic approaches available for modeling reactions inside the cells.


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