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For March, 2011

March 31 - Dr. Peterson explains to media why progressive resistance training is beneficial for adults

Anyone over age 50 should strongly consider participating in resistance exercise, says Mark Peterson, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Medical Rehabilitation Research Training program in the U-M Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Peterson, an exercise physiologist and researcher with the U-M Health System, co-authored a review article showing that after an average of 18-20 weeks of progressive resistance training, an adult can add 2.42 pounds of lean muscle to their body mass and increases their overall strength by 25-30 percent. He tells multiple media outlets, including Yahoo News, Fox 47 (Lansing, Mich.) and Fox 19 (Cincinnati, Ohio) that adults the Golden Years can be a time to get stronger.


March 30 - Dr. Janz speaks with national media about women who worry about cancer recurrence

For most women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, the risk for recurrence is low. But Nancy K. Janz, Ph.D., professor of health behavior and health education at the U-M School of Public Health, says some women who've undergone treatment are more likely to worry than others, which could compromise their medical care and quality of life. Janz was part of a team that surveyed 1,837 women in Detroit and Los Angeles who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, finding that Latinas who speak primarily Spanish expressed the most worry. Janz tells national media, including Yahoo News, MSN and BusinessWeek, that researchers "need to better understand the factors that increase the likelihood that women will worry." UMHS Release


March 30 - Dr. Wang talks with WDIV Detroit, CBS Detroit about new cancer drug discovered at U-M

Shaomeng Wang, Ph.D., Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor in Medicine and director of the Cancer Drug Discovery Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks with WDIV Detroit and CBS Detroit about a new drug -- called AT-406 -- that his reserach team designed. The drug, which is currently being tested in clinical trials, has the potential to treat multiple types of cancer with few side effects, he says. The drug is designed to be taken by mouth, which researchers say will make it easier than traditional intravenous chemotherapies to administer. UMHS Release


March 29 - Dr. Kazerooni weighs in on new study showing airport full-body scans pose little radiation risk

Ella A. Kazerooni, M.D., M.S., professor of radiology and director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology, tells Bloomberg that she hopes a new study showing airport body scanners pose little radiation risk to travelers will ease unwarranted fears. “There really should be no concern,” says Kazerooni, who was not involved in the study. “I would hope a piece like this would eliminate people’s concerns.” Researchers from the University of California said fliers would have to undergo 50 airport body scans to equal the amount of radiation received from a single dental X-ray.


March 28 - Electronic communication between patients, physicians likely to increase, Dr. Davis tells the Detroit Free Press

Some doctors remain reluctant to using technology such as Skype and texts to communicate with patients, but Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan, tells the Detroit Free Press and The Republic (Columbus, Ind.) hat he expects electronic communication to increase due to demand. A national poll of 1,612 parents showed that more than half of them would find electronic communication with their children's health care providers very helpful, but less than 15 percent of those parents were actually able to communicate electronically with their child's pediatrician or other health care providers.


March 28 - ABC News talks with Dr. Geiger about teens losing bone mass after gastric bypass surgery

James D. Geiger, M.D., professor of surgery, surgical director of the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Comprehensive Weight Management Program and executive director of the U-M Medical Innovation Center, weighs in on a new study showing adolescents who undergo gastric bypass surgery suffer bone loss in the years after their operation. Geiger tells ABC News that bone loss in adults has been a concern and that the study shows it happens in adolescents, too.


March 28 - Dr. Wojtys talks with New York Times about women athletes, A.C.L. injuries

The number of women athletes who tear their anterior cruciate ligament (A.C.L.) is more than a sports medicine problem. “It’s becoming a public health problem," says Edward M. Wojtys, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery, medical director of the U-M's sport medicine program and associate director of the Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center. Wojtys talks with the New York Times about A.C.L. injuries in women athletes. Caroline Doty, a junior at the University of Connecticut and member of the women's basketball team, tore the A.C.L. in her left knee last summer, sidelining the star this year.


March 25 - Dr. Woolford talks with Yahoo website about what a high BMI may mean for your child

Knowing your child's body mass index is an easy way to help you determine whether they are overweight, says Susan J. Woolford, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, medical director of the U-M Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center and a clinical assistant professor with the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) unit in the Division of General Pediatrics at the U-M. Woolford tells Yahoo Shine, a website that offers information aimed at women ages 25 to 54, that the BMI can give physicians a "sense of whether a person's weight is too much for their height."


March 25 - Dr. Blaha talks with AARP about knee replacement surgery, baby boomers

The number of baby boomers who underwent a total or partial knee replacement surgery increased 61 percent from 2004 to 2008, and J. David Blaha, M.D., clinical professor orthopaedic surgery and an orthopedic surgeon at the U-M Health System, tells the AARP Bulletin that experts believe that number to grow as boomers age. AARP reports that knee replacement surgeries were previously reserved for very old patients who were severely crippled by osteoarthritis, but Blaha says many "patients in their 40s and 50s are experiencing an earlier onset of osteoarthritis that affects their daily lives."


March 25 - AnnArbor.com quotes executive director of North Campus Research Complex in article

AnnArbor.com quotes David Canter, executive director of the U-M's North Campus Research Complex and the former leader of the 174-acre campus when it was operated by Pfizer, in an article about a Michigan State University spinout chemical products company that is requesting more space at the complex. The company, called BoroPharm, rents a 4,300-square-foot lab building at the ex-Pfizer site, according to AnnArbor.com. The newspaper reports that last year, Canter said the company occupies a "very specialized chemistry facility."


March 24 - Dr. Sachs weighs in on new anti-aging skin care line, its star ingredient

Dana L. Sachs, M.D., associate professor of dermatology, tells the New York Times why claims that alguronic acid -- the star ingredient in the new anti-aging skin care line Algenist -- can increase cell regeneration and the synthesis of elastin (which the Times says gives skin that "snap-back youthful quality") is "a weak claim." Solazyme, the alternative-energy company that makes Algenist, says that alguronic acid is a compound that protects microalgae cells. Sachs reviewed press materials and Solazyme’s 84-page patent application and says the company's claims are "based on in vitro models, which is hard to extrapolate to in vivo, and again no statistical significance is presented.”


March 24 - Dr. Bagian suggests policies used in aviation that could be beneficial in health care setting

James P. Bagian, M.D., P.E., clinical professor of engineering and a former astronaut, recently co-authored a paper suggesting that several aviation error-reduction policies, such as only addressing cockpit personnel by their first names and using standardized aircraft equipment, may be beneficial to implement in a health care setting. The Wall Street Journal reports that Bagian and the other authors give 15 examples of policies currently not routinely used in the health care setting, but do not necessarily endorse any of the proposals.


March 24 - U-M experts discuss how best to reduce sudden death in competitive athletes

Three U-M experts weigh in on the growing discussion about whether all student athletes need heart screenings with Science Daily. Sanjaya Gupta, M.D., clinical lecturer in the Division of Electrophysiology at the University of Michigan Health System, says although doctors would like to develop a better screening program, there is currently not enough rigorous data to guide what it should look like. Mark Russell, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital who was involved in updating the Michigan pre-participation physical form available from the Michigan Department of Community Health, says one obstacle to a better screening process is that no one heart test is the best. However, Sharlene M. Day, M.D., director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic at the U-M Cardiovascular Center, says improving the pre-participating forms may help reduce cardiac deaths. UMHS Release


March 23 - U-M physicians recommend ways to change research practices to reduce fraud, deception in JAMA commentary

Vineet Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.H.M., assistant professor of Internal Medicine at U-M, and Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, internal medicine and public policy at the University of Michigan Medical School and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, warn that research practices must change in order to minimize fraud and deception in a new JAMA commentary reports CNBC. The commentary comes after a study linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism in children appeared in a respected medical journal in 1998 was retracted and denounced as a fraud. UMHS Release


March 23 - Dr. Wolf directed Clarkston man to pioneering clinical trial for tongue cancer more than 10 years ago

Bob Dangel of Clarkston, a retired advertising and communications executive who is a former three-pack-a-day smoker, was diagnosed with stage 4 tongue cancer more than 10 years ago, but tells the Macomb Daily he now feels great, thanks to a then-experimental clinical study that Gregory T. Wolf, M.D., professor of otolaryngology and also a member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, told him about. Dangel agreed to the experimental treatment, which involved multiple chemotherapy sessions and six day-a-week radiation treatments over eight weeks. Now, Dangel says he feels great.


March 22 - WDIV Detroit, AnnArbor.com report on free Pap test screenings the U-M Health System will offer Saturday

A 10-minute Pap test could save your life. WDIV Detroit and AnnArbor.com report that the U-M Health System will offer a free Pap test screening from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Briarwood Building 2, Suite B, 400 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Mack T. Ruffin IV, M.D., M.P.H., professor of family medicine and associate chair for research programs in the U-M Medical School Department of Family Medicine, talks with AnnArbor.com about the importance of getting a Pap test. The screening is sponsored by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach Office, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women’s Health Program and the Program for Multicultural Health.


March 21 - AnnArbor.com highlights renovations to Department of Emergency Medicine's triage, waiting room areas

Jennifer Gegenheimer-Holmes, RN, BSN, MHSA, the director of operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine, tells AnnArbor.com how renovations to the department's triage and waiting room areas will improve the patient experience. Gegenheimer-Holmes says $17.7 million of improvements - not all of which have begun - started in January. AnnArbor.com reports that the plans for expansion and improvements will reduce about an hour off of emergency room visits and will give patients more privacy.


March 21 - Dr. Sandberg's research on kids' height, psychological health highlighted in Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune cites research led by David E. Sandberg, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and director of the Division of Child Behavioral Health, that shows height is not correlated with psychological health in an article exploring the ethics and dangers of treating kids with height-boosting drugs. A new federal Food and Drug Administration warning indicates a possible 30 percent increased risk of death to children treated with height-boosting drugs.


Dr. Kutcher discusses concussion consequences for student athletes with the Jackson Citizen-Patriot

When a concussion occurs, the brain's network of electrical signals is disrupted and symptoms, such as headaches and memory problems, can worsen or last longer if an individual continues to exert himself or herself physically or mentally before recovery, Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology and director of the Michigan NeuroSport Concussion Program at the U-M, explains to the Jackson Citizen-Patriot. The newspaper discusses how the effects of concussions go beyond the soccer field for one high school student.


Dr. Wicha featured in AnnArbor.com, DBusiness Magazine articles on cancer therapies

Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Oncology and director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks with AnnArbor.com and DBusiness Magazine about the evolution of cancer therapies and U-M's place among the nation's top cancer centers. Wicha talks with AnnArbor.com contributor and Ann Arbor resident Betsy de Parry, who was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 2002, to discuss the future of cancer therapies, predicting kinder and more effective therapies could replace chemotherapy in about 10 years. DBusiness Magazine writes an extensive feature story on Wicha and how he is charting a path to bring breakthrough cancer research out of the lab and deliver it directly to patients.


March 18 - Detroit News reports how a U-M medical error disclosure policy changed the health system's culture

Richard C. Boothman, chief risk officer at the U-M Health System, talks with the Detroit News about how U-M's legal claims and liability costs dropped and time to resolve issues fell since U-M launched a medical error disclosure policy in 2001. The Detroit News reports that the state House of Representatives approved what is being called the "I'm Sorry" law Thursday, March 17. If passed by the Senate, the legislation could head late next week to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval, which would put the law into effect immediately.


March 18 - National media report on new University of Michigan research on depressed dads spanking children

Multiple media outlets, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, report on a University of Michigan study that shows depressed fathers are nearly more than four times more likely to report spanking their child compared to their non-depressed counterparts. The study was led by R. Neal Davis, a former fellow at the University of Michigan Health System’s Child Health and Evaluation Research (CHEAR) Unit in the Division of General Pediatrics. UMHS Release


March 18 - CNBC reports on U-M medical school students meeting their match

Fourth-year U-M medical students learned on Thursday, March 17, where they will do their residency training during the annual Match Day celebration and Associate Dean of Medical Student Education Elizabeth Petty, M.D., tells CNBC how proud faculty, staff and administrators are of the students. James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., Dean of the Medical School and Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine, also tells CNBC how faculty share their students' excitement and enjoy seeing them move on to the next phase of their professional training. UMHS Release


March 16 - Dr. Brown tells Grand Rapids Press that Michiganders should not worry about radiation exposure

Michiganders should not be concerned about radiation exposure as a result of Japan's failing nuclear plants, Richard K. Brown, M.D., professor of radiology who specializes in nuclear medicine, tells the Grand Rapids Press. Brown, a U-M Hospital radiation expert, says health risks stemming from radiation exposure drops rapidly with time and distance. At more than 6,000 miles from Japan, it effectively drops to zero, the Press reports.


March 15 - Associate director of national poll tells media that research results need to reach parents

Sarah Clark, M.P.H., associate director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health and associate director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan, says the poll's latest results show only half of parents think media reports do a good job explaining how research affects their children. "For most parents, the media is their only resource to learn about new research results that could affect how they care for their children," says Clark. "It's important to understand whether media reports about child health research are meeting parents' information needs." Yahoo News, ABC 12 in Flint and Fox 47 in the Lansing and Jackson areas report on the poll. UMHS Release    


March 15 - National, local media report on $4.9M awarded to U-M to help reduce childhood obesity in preschool kids

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that Julie C. Lumeng, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and a behavioral pediatrician at the U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, will lead a research team that aims to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity among Head Start preschoolers in Michigan. The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $4.9M to U-M to develop an obesity intervention program. The team will include faculty from the U-M School of Public Health, the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development, and Michigan State University, reports multiple media outlets, including CNBC, AnnArbor.com, Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek and the Detroit Free Press. UMHS Release


 

March 15 - Dr. Feldman discusses crucial phase for stem cell trial with the Detroit News

The first clinical trial using stem cells in the lower spine of Lou Gehrig's disease patients soon will begin testing the procedure's safety and investigators may soon progress to injecting stem cells in the upper part of the spinal cord, says Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and director of the U-M Program for Neurology Research and Discovery. Feldman oversees the trial and tells the Detroit News  and AnnArbor.com that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determines the procedure is progressing safely, a patient will receive stems cells in the upper part of the spinal cord in June with the goal of protecting the large nerve cells that aid breathing muscles.


March 14 - U-M Cardiovascular Center joins landmark clinical trial for new treatment for high-risk aortic patients, CBS Detroit reports

The U-M Cardiovascular Center, a leader in heart valve replacement, is one of 40 sites nationwide selected to participate in a national clinical trial to offer patients a less invasive approach to replacing diseased aortic valves, and could give the thousands of patients diagnosed each year with severe aortic stenosis an alternative to open heart surgery, says G. Michael Deeb, M.D., the Herbert Sloan Collegiate professor of surgery and a U-M cardiac surgeon. CBS Detroit reports that the U-M study team will be led by Stanley J. Chetcuti, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, Paul Michael Grossman, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, G. Michael Deeb, M.D., Herbert Sloan Collegiate professor of surgery, and Himanshu J. Patel, M.D., associate professor of surgery. UMHS Release


 

March 14 - Dr. Shelgikar answers sleep questions from Detroit Free Press medical writer, readers during live web chat

Anita Valanju Shelgikar, M.D., clinical instructor of neurology and a U-M sleep medicine specialist, talked with readers and Detroit Free Press medical writer Patricia Anstett about sleep problems and adapting to Daylight saving time during a live web chat this morning. Visit the Free Press website to read a recap of the question-and-answer session.


March 11 - Dr. Wicha discusses the evolution of cancer treatment in the past 40 years with AnnArbor.com

Forty years ago, doctors were "terribly naïve" about curing cancer, says Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Oncology and director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. Wicha sits down with AnnArbor.com contributor and Ann Arbor resident Betsy de Parry, who was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 2002, to discuss how cancer treatment has progressed in the past 40 years.


March 10 - Dr. Goold talks with national media about uses of meta-analyses, need for data on industry funding relationships

Meta-analyses, which are major reviews of published research, are often used to make decisions and judgments by individual practitioners and guideline developers, says Susan D. Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A., professor of internal medicine and health management and policy and director of the U-M Bioethics Program. But doctors and guideline writers need to look at industry-funded clinical research a bit differently, Goold tells Yahoo News, MSN and the U.S. News & World Report. Canadian researchers recently found that meta-analyses of drug studies hardly ever include conflict-of-interest information from the original studies. Goold says it may be beneficial to have additional disinterested funding support check the validity of this type of research.


March 10 - Dr. Tarini's commentary on use of genetic tests to determine kid's athletic potential featured in national media

Genetic tests claiming to be able to predict whether a child has the genetic makings of an elite athlete may present a challenge to unsuspecting physicians and rob children of the chance to enjoy activities of their choice, warns Beth A. Tarini, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, in a commentary that appeared this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Tarini co-wrote the commentary to raise awareness about the genetic tests, which several companies are selling online. National media, such as MSNBC, CBS News and USA Today, highlight Tarini's commentary in articles examining these tests.


March 10 - Screening all athletes for hidden heart conditions is not a practical solution, says Dr. Day

The recent deaths of two U.S. high school athletes who died due to hidden heart conditions have reignited discussions about routine screening for all athletes with an electrocardiograph, but this approach isn't practical, says Sharlene M. Day, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and director of the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinic at the U-M Cardiovascular Center. Day tells MyHealthNewsDaily that a regular echocardiogram takes about 30 to 45 minutes and costs about $500, and because many athletes show abnormalities on their EKGs because of their athletic hearts, some would likely be referred for further testing they did not need, Day says.


March 10 - Dr. Turgeon explains the importance of colon cancer screening to CBS Detroit

More than 90 percent of colon cancers could be prevented if everyone received a colonoscopy, says D. Kim Turgeon, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School. CBS Detroit reports on the various tests and preparations available for colon cancer screening. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and is a great time to get screened, reports CBS Detroit.


March 10 - Listen to Dr. Markel on NPR's Science Friday

"Clone" is the scientific term that Dr. Howard Markel will discuss at 3:50 p.m. Eastern Time on, Friday, March 11, on National Public Radio's Science Friday. Markel is director of the Center for the History of Medicine, and is the featured expert for "Science Diction," a monthly Science Friday segment examining scientific and medical words. Listen to all of Dr. Markel's Science Diction segments, or read more on the Science Friday blog here.


March 8 - Grant expands "Project Healthy Schools" program, Dr. Eagle tells CNBC

A grant of more than $252,000 awarded to the U-M Health System will help expand "Project Healthy Schools," a program that teaches sixth graders heart-healthy lifestyles, says Kim A. Eagle, M.D., professor of internal medicine and clinical director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center. "Good heart health starts at a young age. Schools are powerful places to shape the health, education and well-being of our children," says Eagle. CNBC reports that the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation program, Connections for Cardiovascular Health (SM), announced the grant Monday, March 7. UMHS Release   


March 8 - Dr. Jackson explains the benefits of eating like a Greek to the Wall Street Journal

Results from a Greek study on the Mediterranean diet and its ability to potentially improve several risk factors linked to heart disease reflects changes in how cardiologists look at the effect of diet on heart risk, says Elizabeth A. Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine. Jackson tells the Wall Street Journal that the Mediterranean diet -- which is high in whole-grain cereals, fruits and vegetables -- suggests "when people are able to make improvements through diet, they are preventing the need in the future to go on medication" to control their risk factors.


March 8 - AnnArbor.com, Michigan Daily report on first lab researchers to move to U-M's North Campus Research Complex

Eric Devaney, M.D., associate professor of cardiac surgery, and, Todd Herron, Ph.D., assistant research professor of internal medicine in the Center for Arrhythmia Research, are the first of about 60 researchers in a cardiovascular research cluster moving to the U-M's North Campus Research Complex, reports AnnArbor.com and the Michigan Daily. Devaney and Herron are the first U-M employees to conduct lab research at the former Pfizer site, which U-M bought for $108 million in 2009. UMHS Release   


March 7 - Indoor playgrounds part of push to give kids more chances to be physically active, says Dr. Gordon

Paul Gordon, M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of the University of Michigan's Laboratory for Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research, tells the Detroit Free Press that there has been a push to give children more opportunities to become physically active. The Detroit Free Press reports that many indoor play places are popping up as parents look for new ways to get children moving.


March 7 - NY Times features Dr. Heisler's work on peer groups to help people stick with their treatment plans

A booklet of various models that use peers to help people take care of their health that was prepared by Michele Heisler, M.D., M.P.A., associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, is highlighted in a New York Times article on health coaches. Heisler, who is also a research scientist for the Center for Clinical Management Research at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health System's Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence, says having the patients themselves support each other may have advantages over a community health worker model.


March 4 - North Campus Research Center executive director tapped as keynote speaker for Livingston County event

Purchase a ticket to the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce's next edition of Good Morning Livingston to listen to David Canter, executive director of the U-M's North Campus Research Complex, who will be the event's keynote speaker. Howell chamber President Pat Convery tells the Livingston Daily that NCRC will create several job opportunities in high-tech areas for Livingston County residents.


March 3 - U-M researchers talks with AnnArbor.com, Yahoo News about targeted therapy for aggressive prostate cancer

Rearchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a potential target -- a gene called SPINK1 --to treat an aggressive form of prostate cancer, reports AnnArbor.com and Yahoo News. Using existing and experimental treatments in trials with mice, researchers were able to shrink deadly tumors by up to 74 percent, says Scott Tomlins, M.D., Ph.D., a pathology resident at the U-M Cancer Center and a study co-author. UMHS Release   


March 3 - ABC 13 in Toledo joins the Hammitt family just hours before their five-month-old son undergoes second heart surgery

Lissa Guyton from ABC 13 in Toledo spent time with the Hammitt family of Perrysburg, Ohio, on Wednesday, just hours before five-month-old Bowen Hammitt went through his second heart surgery at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Mark W. Russell, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and the Aaron Stern Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, tells ABC 13 that Bowen was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which means he was born with half a heart. The Hammitts say surgery went well and Bowen is now recovering.


March 3 - BBC business correspondent says University of Michigan, city of Ann Arbor set an example for city in United Kingdom

Amid the recent news that Pfizer will close its research plant in Sandwich, Kent, in the United Kingdom, BBC business correspondent Mark Norman says that Sandwich can learn a few lessons from the University of Michigan and the city of Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor's business community, including U-M, acted quickly to keep scientists in the community and pushed Pfizer for a good deal on the site and equipment, which Norman says will be key for Sandwich.


March 3 - Most physicians are unaware of the hundreds of unapproved medicines on the market, Dr. Green tells ABC News

Lee A. Green, M.D., M.P.H., professor of family medicine and director of the Great Lakes Research In Practice Network, tells ABC News that he believes that very few physicians are aware of the nearly 500 unapproved prescription cough, cold and allergy drugs on the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the list on March 2. "We assume that medicines for sale in the U.S. are properly approved," says Green.


March 3 - Kids can reap many benefits from yoga, Dr. Mendelow tells the Denver Post

If done properly, yoga can be a suitable alternative to team sports and help kids remove stress, socialize, exercise and build discipline, says Dolores Mendelow, M.D., clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and U-M pediatrician to the Denver Post. "It requires practice, patience and accepting of self-limitations," she says.


March 2 - Technology developed by Dr. Bartlett used to treat 2,000th patient at U-M

The Saginaw News reports on the "extraordinary" heart-lung support technology developed by Robert Bartlett, M.D., professor emeritus and a U-M surgeon, in the 1970s that recently saved the life of a Saginaw baby. Manuel and Victor Bryan were born Nov. 1, 2010 at U-M’s C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, but Victor was born with a devastating congenital defect and was placed on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, immediately after birth. Victor became the U-M's 2,000th patient to be placed on ECMO, which does the work of a patient’s failing heart and lungs for a period of weeks or months. UMHS Release .   


March 1 - Dr. Freed explains a possible reason for why more children out-state are prescribed antibiotics

Gary Freed, M.D., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and chief of the University of Michigan's Division of General Pediatrics, gives the Detroit Free Press a possible explanation for the regional variances in prescribing antibiotics to Michigan children. A new study released by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, an Ann Arbor nonprofit organization that analyzes Michigan health trends, found children out-state got slightly more prescription antibiotics than did kids in southeast Michigan, which Freed says could be because out-state children often see general family doctors, not pediatricians, because of shortages of the specialty in rural areas.


March 1 - NY Times publishes Dr. Markel's essay on history of immunization

Benjamin Franklin reminded parents more than 200 years ago about the importance of vaccinating their children in his autobiography and his advice remains useful today, writes Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine, in his essay published in the New York Times. In his essay, Merkel discusses the history of immunization and historical advocates for vaccines such as Franklin, who lost one of his sons to smallpox after not getting him vaccinated.


March 1 - Dr. Fendrick talks with CNBC about a new report on the need to rethink how health care results are measured

CNBC reports that A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., professor of internal medicine and co-director of the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, urges employers to look past the bottom line when it comes to health care. Fendrick was involved in a new report that stresses what employers need in health care decision making, provides a framework for evaluating health-related investments and looks at case studies featuring eight employees. "Employers can contribute greatly to the transformation of the health system by focusing on value and not simply on financing and who pays," he says.



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