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For June 2008

June 26 - Peterson, Bomar in the Ann Arbor Business Review

The Ann Arbor Business Review reports on two major office projects
that received approval by the U-M Board of Regents on June 19. One
project will lease 63,000 square feet and the other is for a $1.6
million renovation of current office space. Tom Peterson, associate
director, UMHHC operations and support services, talks about leased
space at the Michigan House building on Commonwealth Boulevard. Horace
, director, facilities management and planning, UMMS, discusses
the other project, which will upgrade the KMS Building on South State

June 23 - Dr. Lawrence on Reuters and Healthday newswires

A new paper in Nature Medicine by a team led by Daniel Lawrence, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, is making the news today. The study, performed in mice, uncovers a mechanism that causes the stroke treatment tPA to cause a high risk of brain bleeding, and suggests that the leukemia drug Gleevec could actually be used to counteract that risk. A clinical trial of Gleevec in stroke patients is being planned. Already, stories about this discovery have appeared on the Reuters and HealthDay newswires, and in newspapers in Sweden, where Dr. Lawrence's collaborators are located. Read the UMHS press release about the research here and listen to a podcast of Dr. Lawrence and his Swedish colleague here.

June 19 - Jeopardy! appearance by Gavin in the news

Tonight's episode of Jeopardy! will feature UMHS public relations person Kara Gavin, who taped an appearance on the quiz show back in March and has kept quiet ever since about how she did. She managed to keep her lips sealed even when talking with three newspapers and a radio station that have carried stories about her appearance. Follow these links to see stories in the Ann Arbor News, the Detroit Free Press, and the Plymouth Observer and to listen to an interview on WJR-AM. Tune in tonight at 7:30 on Channel 4 (WDIV-TV) to find out how she did!

June 18 - Dr. Woolliscroft in Detroit News

Michigan's doctor shortage is worsening as student debt rises, according to an article in the Detroit News. Climbing medical school debt can influence practice areas for medical school graduates, said Dr. James Woolliscroft, dean of the U-M Medical School. UMMS tuition costs are increasing slower than the national average. Still the Michigan State Medical Society hopes more Medicare funding for undergraduate medical education can further minimize medical school student debt.

June 16 - Dr. Birkmeyer and Dr. Birkmeyer in Free Press

Bariatric surgery, a $150-million-a-year industry in Michigan, is safer than it was in 2000, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press. Deaths and serious complications are rare, the first year of data in a Michigan registry show. John Birkmeyer, M.D., chief of bariatric surgery at UMHS, says Michigan's bariatric industry is growing. Nancy Birkmeyer, Ph.D., of the Department of Surgery is quoted in an accompanying article about the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.

June 13 - Tune in to WTKA 1050 AM for Mott, Women's radio-a-thon

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, the University of Michigan football team will take over Ann Arbor Radio’s four stations - Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM), W4 Country (102.9 FM), 107one (107.1 FM), and WLBY Ann Arbor’s Progressive Talk Radio (1290 AM) - to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Plus, from 3 - 6 p.m. the radio-a-thon will be broadcast live across the state on “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson.

In addition to the Wolverine football program, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital patients, families, and medical experts will be featured during the radio-a-thon.

Listeners today can pledge to make a contribution to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital by calling 800-559-2657, or by going online to,,, or

June 12 - Dr. Heidelbaugh on

Men often don't go to the doctor willingly, asserts a story on, but there are at least five symptoms they should never ignore. One such health issue: prescription drug addiction. "Men sometimes don't realize they're addicted to prescription drugs," says Joel Heidelbaugh, M.D., a men's health expert from the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Urology. "Maybe they're taking medicine for back pain, and a couple of years later they're still on them. They can't function without them, and they don't even know it." Read more quotes from Heidelbaugh, as well as the other four symptoms that men should never ignore.

June 10 - Tomlins, Dr. Chinnaiyan in Reuters

UMHS researchers believe they have found a compound produced by aggressive prostate tumors and said they hope they can use it to design a urine test to detect the most dangerous tumors, according to a story on the Reuters news wire that was picked up by numerous media outlets around the world. The article focuses on the results of a new study led by team from the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology. Quoted in the story are first author Scott Tomlins and senior author Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D. More information about the study is in a U-M press release.

June 9 - Ann Arbor News spotlights Bo Schembechler's heart book

Before he died in late 2006, legendary U-M football coach Bo Schembechler had nearly completed a book about his 37-year battle against heart disease, together with co-authors Kim Eagle, M.D. and Fritz Seyferth. Now, that book has been published, by the Ann Arbor Media Group, and an Ann Arbor News column in Monday's paper shared some of its lessons. The column also noted a book signing that will be held this Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grizzly Peak Brewing Company at at 120 W. Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor. Signing books will be Dr. Eagle, Bo's U-M cardiologist and one of the directors of the U-M Cardiovascular Center, and Mr. Seyferth, a former U-M football player who is now development director for the CVC. Bo's wife Cathy is also scheduled to appear. All authors' proceeds from the book benefit the CVC's Bo Schembechler Heart of a Champion Fund.

June 4 - Local Electronic Newsletter, CONCENTRATE, writes about UM-CareLink

An electronic newsletter that highlights local innovation, CONCENTRATE - ANN ARBOR, published today with an article about the full implementation of the UM-CareLink project. UM-CareLink allows physicians, nurses and technicians to order laboratory tests, procedures, medications, and nutrition services online from any computer. Quoted in the article was Douglas L. Strong, CEO of U-M Hospitals and Health Centers. The UMHS press release was distributed last month.

June 4 - Drs. Markel, Stern on presidential health assessments

Past presidents haven't always been forthcoming on matters of health that touch on their fitness for duty. Drs. Howard Markel and Alexandra Stern of the Center for the History of Medicine are proposing a method to assure fair and accurate health evaluations for future presidents and presidential candidates. A better understanding of presidential candidates’ health is important as voters evaluate potential ability to execute the ‘highest office in the land.’ Drs. Markel and Stern provide details on their proposal in an invited commentary in the June 4 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Listen to the Michigan Radio interview with Dr. Markel that aired today and read the UMHS press release here.

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