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For May, 2010

May 31 - Dr. Shawn Hervey-Jumper, Dr. Karen Muraszko and Laura Zang quoted on diving safety

To encourage diver safety, U-M researchers urge swimmers to jump feet first in shallow water or if the depth is unknown. 18-year-old Matt Kerry dove into shallow water, paralyzing him from the neck down. His story is captured in a video being distributed across the country called, "Shattered Dreams." The video is one of the tools the University of Michigan uses in its injury prevention program. Reported by Health Day, Health.com and WJBK Fox 2 Detroit. See UMHS news release.


May 28 - Dr. Richard Ohye’s research in Science Daily and HealthDay

A trial on shunts used to direct blood flow to the lungs, led by researchers at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital will lead to better outcomes for kids worldwide born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the most common severe heart birth defect, reports Science Daily and HealthDay. The lead author and principal investigator of this study was Richard G. Ohye, M.D., of U-M. See UMHS news release.


May 28 - Dr. Carmen Green comments on pain empathy in CNN

CNN reports that humans are hardwired to feel another person’s pain, though they may feel less innate empathy if the other person’s skin color doesn’t match their own. Researchers from Italy are reporting that subtle racial bias can interfere with pain empathy. "Pain empathy is basically feeling someone else's pain," says Carmen Green, M.D., of U-M. "This paper tells us that race plays a role in pain empathy."


May 27 - Dr. Jeffrey Punch comments on cancer from kidney transplant

A New York man was sickened and died as a result after receiving a transplanted kidney from a woman who had uterine cancer and did not know it, reports Atlanta Journal and Constitution, MSNBC and WDIV Detroit. Potential donors are screened for various diseases, and those with active cancers generally are eliminated from consideration. But some cancers and other diseases can't always be detected in the short time frame transplants require, usually within a day, said Dr. Jeffrey D. Punch, of U-M.


May 27 – Gruber quoted on congenital heart disease in Science Daily and U.S. News

Genetics and cardiology researchers have discovered a genetic variant on chromosome 5 that strongly raises the risk of congenital heart disease, reports Science Daily and U.S. News. Stephen B. Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., a geneticist and epidemiologist at the University of Michigan Medical School., and colleagues at the U-M performed second-stage studies on the initial data, analyzing specific DNA sequences and performing "fine mapping" research -- focusing in sharper detail on the gene regions of interest. "It was challenging to analyze how genetic variation contributes to complex congenital heart disease," Stephen Gruber says. "We combined expertise in cardiology, epidemiology, genetics and developmental biology that led to an interesting discovery." See UMHS news release.


May 27 – Dr. Burant quoted in Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reports that a team of local researchers has begun to unravel the secrets of exercise, in part by analyzing blood samples taken minutes after runners crossed the Boston Marathon finish line. The findings, they say, could begin to reveal how exercise achieves its potent effects and could lead to ways of improving athletic performance or treating disease."We know that exercise is good for you; the question is why it is good for you, and this paper is a start of understanding this a little bit more," says Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, who was not involved in the research. "They really show the power of the [new] technology to be able to provide a new window into metabolism related to exercise."


May 27 – Dr. Swain’s research in Detroit News

The Detroit News reports that James Swain, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C., of U-M will examine how poverty affects the brain. He will use imaging technologies to compare the structure and function of brains of young adults from families with low socioeconomic status to those who are middle-class. He knows the work has the potential to be controversial, but he hopes it will eventually lead to new teaching methods or early-childhood interventions that would help children from low socioeconomic status families succeed at school and in life. "That would be the dream, to inform social policy," Swain says.

May 27 – Dr. Silveira’s study on living wills in Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune reports that a significant number of the elderly — more than one in four — will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions about their medical care, a new study suggests. Last year, end-of-life care became embroiled in the health care reform debate. A provision in the legislation would have allowed Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life issues like living wills. Critics labeled the counseling "death panels" and the proposal was eventually dropped before the researchers could get their report out. They had pushed to complete the study because of the national debate, but it took time to get it published, said the study's leader, Maria Silveira, M.D., M.P.H., of U-M. See UMHS news release.


May 27 – U-M children’s and women’s hospitals to open ahead of schedule

MLive.com reports that the new University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals are opening a year ahead of schedule, in the fall of 2011. “We are thrilled that we will move in 2011, rather than the originally planned 2012,” said Patricia A. Warner, M.P.H., executive director of C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals. “Planning for the opening has begun. This state-of the art facility will provide a compassionate environment for patients and their families in which to receive care as well as allow for growth and future medical advancements.” See UMHS news release.


May 26 - Dr. Zora Djuric, Elaine Reed and Maria Cornellier quoted on colon cancer study

"Healthy Eating for Colon Cancer Prevention," a study designed to examine the impact of diet on a person's risk of developing colon cancer, will compare a Mediterranean diet with the Healthy People 2010 diet, according to Heritage Newspaper. The goal is to find an overall eating pattern that inhibits or slows down the enzymes that create inflammation in the colon, because inflammation has been shown to lead to the development of cancer.


May 26 - Dr. Jeffrey Punch quoted in Detroit News on social media and organ donors

The Detroit News reports the story of 30-year-old Burton resident, Melissa Foster, who recently put up a page on Facebook looking for someone to donate a kidney to her. Foster is directing those who want to help her to U-M for screening. Jeffrey Punch, M.D., chief of the Division of Transplantation at U-M, was quoted in the article. “A growing number of people have begun to donate organs to strangers for altruistic reasons,” Punch said. “We’re not in a position to judge people on how they connect.”


May 25 - Davis’ study on spanking and child discipline highlighted in the Chicago Parent

According to a Chicago Parent article, 9 out of 10 parents choose to discuss and reason with their misbehaving children, while 1 out of 5 use spanking to discipline. These findings are the result of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Lead author, Matthew Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P. said of the poll, “this bodes well for the future of our kids.”


May 24 - Dr. Freed quoted on HealthDay.com about the risks of delaying vaccines in children

A recent study has found that there are no neurological benefits in delaying immunizations in infants, according to HealthDay.com. Vaccine expert, Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H., director of the U-M Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, said he wasn’t surprised by the findings. “There’s never been any evidence that delaying vaccines does any good for any child,” said Freed. And the reason children receive so many vaccines at young ages is because “the life threatening diseases that they protect against are most likely to attack at these ages.”


May 24 - Dave Morlock’s accomplishments in Crain’s Detroit Business

UMHS CFO Dave Morlock was charged to develop a plan and negotiate the deal in the purchase of the vacated 2-million-square-foot former Pfizer campus, reports Crain’s Detroit Business. “We had to sort through projections of what the project would not only mean to U-M but also to the state of Michigan,” said Morlock, who oversees a finance department staff of 350. Now called the North Campus Research Complex, 300 U-M employees have moved into the 30-building campus.


May 22 - Amy Teddy talks about crib safety in the Detroit Free Press

In lieu of recent recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Amy Teddy, program manager for injury prevention at the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, gives guidelines for picking the safest crib in the Detroit Free Press.


May 21 - Dr. David Smith talks to WJRT-TV about experimental drug

David C. Smith, M.D., professor of internal medicine and urology, spoke with WJRT-TV about the early, promising results of a U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center drug trial that, as Smith puts it, “is going to provide a stepping stone to a new way of doing cancer therapy.” According to WJRT-TV, the drug is an immunomodulatory therapy that is delivered similarly to chemotherapy. The experimental drug recently beat melanoma in a Flushing resident, Bob Brown, who is participating in its phase-one clinical trial.


May 21 - Dr. Chinnaiyan quoted in UPI on prostate cancer treatments

A U-M study suggests prostate cancer treatments that target the hormone androgen and its receptor might be going after the wrong target. Researchers at U-M's Comprehensive Cancer Center said they've discovered when two genes fuse together to cause prostate cancer, it blocks the receptor for the hormone androgen, preventing prostate cells from developing normally. See UMHS news release.

Reported in UPI, WWJ Radio, MSN, US News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek and Health Day.


May 21 - Dr. Eagle quoted in MSNBC and Reuters on pacemaker study

MSNBC and Reuters report that thousands of lives could be saved every year if the U.S. were to donate used pacemakers to developing countries instead of throwing them in the trash, doctors say. "This is a potentially life-saving technology that we are just throwing away right now," said Kim A. Eagle, M.D., director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center. The FDA does not regulate export of pacemakers from cadavers, and so far the Michigan doctors have tested reused devices in about a dozen patients in the Philippines with good results. See UMHS news release.


May 21 - U-M uses experimental drug to treat cancer

An experimental treatment - a drug with no name - was used on a melanoma patient in phase-one clinical trials at U-M, reports WJRT Flint. Bob Brown, of Flushing, is currently cancer free due to the drug that serves as an immunomodulatory therapy. "It hits a very specific molecule on cells that act as regulators in the immune system, and in doing so, it allows the immune system to be turned on against a variety of different cancers," says David C. Smith, M.D., professor of internal medicine and of urology at U-M. Brown is one of only about 100 people across the country that has had this drug, and it is not only being looked as a melanoma treatment, but for kidney, prostate and lung cancers as well.


May 21 - UMHS to expand emergency department

The University of Michigan Health System plans a $17.7 million emergency department expansion to accommodate ballooning patient volumes following approval by the U-M Board of Regents, reports AnnArbor.com and WXYZ Detroit. The goal is to reduce patient wait times to no more than a half an hour and improve patient satisfaction, according to the university. "The point is we really wanted to significantly improve access," said Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, U-M executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System. "That's what we expect is significant improvement in wait times, significant improvement in patient satisfaction."


May 21 - Dr. Blayney's ovarian cancer research on Time, CNBC, U.S. News, others

Researchers have found a new way to use an existing blood test that may provide a way to screen women for ovarian cancer, perhaps in time to cure more women of the deadly disease, reports Time, CNBC and U.S. News. They said combining a test that measures levels of a certain protein along with a way of measuring risk of the disease helped spot early stage cancers in otherwise healthy women. This potentially could become the mammography of ovarian cancer," says Douglas Blayney, M.D., medical director of the comprehensive cancer center at U-M and current president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Yahoo News, Business Week, Reuters and The National Post also provided coverage on this story.


May 21 - Dr. Blayney quoted on yoga improving quality of cancer patients' lives

Cancer survivors who participated in a month-long program in the ancient art of yoga reported enhanced quality of life, better sleep, less fatigue and less need for sleep medications. The results of the trial, the largest randomized, controlled study on this topic to date, are to be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting, being held in June in Chicago. "This is a readily applicable approach that improves quality of life and reduces medicine intake in cancer survivors. This is a real positive," says Douglas Blayney, M.D., medical director of the comprehensive cancer center at U-M and president of ASCO. Time, Yahoo News, Discovery Health, Business Week, U.S. News and MSN Health reported on this story.


May 20 - Listen to Dr. Markel live on NPR's Science Friday

In 1834, Cambridge University historian and philosopher of science William Whewell coined the term scientist to replace such terms as "cultivators of science." Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine at U-M discussed how scientist came to be, and lists some possibilities that didn't make the cut on NPR’s Science Friday.


May 20 – Quinta Vreede begins duties as UMHS chief administrative officer

The Detroit News reports that Quinta Vreede, MHSA, an experienced administrator at The University of Michigan Health System, has been chosen as the institution's first chief administrative officer. For the past five years, she has been the lead administrator for the Department of Family Medicine in the U-M Medical School. As of May 17, Vreede began overseeing key Health System functions including regulatory compliance, government relations, public relations and marketing. See UMHS news release.

May 18 - Dr. Pienta live Wednesday on Doctor Radio

Sirius XM's Dr. Radio show is pleased to welcome Kenneth Pienta, M.D., Internal Medicine/Urology/Cancer Center, will be the featured guest Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. on the satellite radio show Doctor Radio. Dr. Pienta will discuss a variety of advanced prostate cancer topics including screening and new advancements in drug therapies. Joining the discussion will be Doug Pergament, a 46-year-old patient of Dr. Pienta's, recently diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer. Listen live on Sirius channel 114, XM Channel 117, or online.


May 18 - Dr. Davis quoted on e-communication poll in WWJ, USA Today, more

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found one-half of parents think it would be helpful to be able to accomplish administrative and clinical tasks such as requesting records or prescription refills through the internet, report UPI, WWJ, USA Today and Fox Business. “Electronic communication between parents and their children’s health care providers offers a lot of potential benefits,” says Matthew Davis, M.D., of U-M. Other coverage includes Forbes, Yahoo News, Crain’s Detroit Business, U.S. News & World Report, MSN.com and HealthDay.com. See UMHS news release.


May 17 - Dr. Moyer’s study cosmetic surgery study reported on CNN.com

Jeffrey Moyer, M.D., U-M cosmetic surgeon, conducted a study that found that people who were older than 53 were more satisfied with their facial cosmetic surgery results than younger people, CNN.com reports. “Patients who are a little older generally have more realistic expectations,” Moyer said. According to the article, another explanation may be that plastic surgery usually has a bigger effect on the looks of older people than it does on younger people. “The patient and surgeon need to be on the same page about what they want to achieve,” said Moyer. See UMHS Press Release.


May 15, 2010 U-M football legends participate in fundraiser to benefit Mott

Some U-M football legends came home to their root on Saturday to participate in the 4th annual Champions for Heart fundraiser. The annual golf tournament raised money to benefit U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. MyFox Detroit, WWJ Detroit, WXYZ Detroit and Ann Arbor.com covered the event.


May 14 – Dr. Sandberg comments on the advantages of being short

NPR lists five advantages to being diminutive on their website. Psychologist David Sandberg, Ph.D., of U-M says that short people can be underestimated. “People of short stature make all sorts of adaptations to the physical and social environment, just as people of tall stature, overweight, ethnicity, race — you get my point,” says Sandberg. “Unless the person's height is a consequence of a medical condition, which carries its own burdens on development, or the person is so short that height constitutes a physical disability, short people are as creative, industrious, assertive and passive as the rest of us. Short people do not live up to their negative stereotypes."


May 14 – C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital helping to treat injured student

Friends and family are gathering around a Walled Lake Central sophomore as he recovers from a broken neck, reports WXYZ. During a practice backflip trick that Drew Clayborn was set to perform in the high school musical Seussical, he landed on his neck, snapping it. The injury is classified in the C2/C3 section. Clayborn is currently being treated at U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, where doctors say he only has a 5% chance of walking again. To help the family pay for Clayborn's treatment, the Bayside Sports Grill in Walled Lake is holding a fundraiser Saturday. It will feature a concert and auction with items ranging from a Shaquille O'Neal basketball to albums signed by Bob Seger. All profits from the auction will go to benefit Drew. Additionally, the Bayside Sports Grill and will donate 10% of all food bills that night toward Drew's care.


May 14 – U-M part of effort to reduce preventable readmissions

The Detroit Free Press reports that 15 physician networks at 14 hospitals have been named to participate in a state project to reduce preventable readmissions. Called "Michigan Transitions of Care Collaborative," the project will train doctors and hospital staffs to develop and measure programs that cut readmission of patients within 30 days of discharge. The University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor; is among the networks and affiliated hospitals in the project. The program is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; U-M and the Society of Hospital Medicine. For details, go to www.bcbsm.com. See UMHS news release.


May 13 – U-M among first with new valve to fix heart defect

The new Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary valve being used at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center can help patients delay or avoid multiple surgeries, reports WWJ. “This is a huge breakthrough,” says Aimee Armstrong, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases at U-M. “There's a lot of pain, morbidity, and time off of work and school that is involved with open-heart surgery, and patients want to do everything they possibly can to avoid that.” See UMHS news release.


May 13 – Dr. Pienta’s project on prostate cancer receives PCF Creativity Award

The Prostate Cancer Foundation announced that it has funded twelve new Creativity Awards to support innovative projects because of their potential to fast-forward discovery and deliver game-changing results for prostate cancer research, reports Reuters. One of the award recipients was Kenneth Pienta, M.D., professor of internal medicine and of urology at U-M, for his project, Analysis of Primary and Metastatic Prostate Cancer from Men with Untreated Prostate Cancer. The goal of this project is to develop a comprehensive biorepository from individuals with untreated primary and metastatic prostate cancer to better define the molecular basis for prostate cancer progression, discover new biomarkers of aggressive and potentially lethal prostate cancer and identify new therapeutic targets for this disease.


May 11 - Dr. Pescovitz and Dr. Forrest quoted in AnnArbor.com and in Crain's on NCRC

AnnArbor.com and Crain's reports U-M’s plans to use the ex-Pfizer site in northern Ann Arbor to accelerate a campus-wide embrace of an entrepreneurial atmosphere, officials said today at the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium in Ypsilanti. The site, now called North Campus Research Complex, will provide academic researchers, government scientists and university inventors the chance to work cooperatively to deliver new technologies.


May 10 - U-M researchers reduce side effects in head and neck cancer treatments, report AnnArbor.com

AnnArbor.com reports U-M researchers believe they may have found a way to reduce the risk that cancer patients receiving radiation treatments to the head and neck will become dependent on a feeding tube.“In this study, we did not compromise tumor control and we were able to improve this important quality of life measure,” says study author Avraham Eisbruch, M.D., of U-M. See UMHS news release.


May 10 - Dr. Brook quoted on CNBC, Reuters, Scientific American and others

Growing evidence shows that pollution from industry, traffic and power generation causes damaging strokes and heart attacks, the American Heart Association said in a report on Monday. “Particulate matter appears to directly increase risk by triggering events in susceptible individuals within hours to days of an increased level of exposure, even among those who otherwise may have been healthy for years,” said Robert Brook, M.D., U-M assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, who headed the group writing the report. Brook was quoted on these findings on CNBC, Reuters, Scientific American and the U.S. News & World Report, NPR and Fox News.


May 9 - Free Press reports surgery for 15-month-old girl a Mother's Day miracle

Algonac resident, Katie Larrison's dream came true on Thursday morning when she learned her 15-month-old daughter would require open-heart surgery, according to the Detroit Free Press. Mira Larrison has hypoplastic left heart syndrome and had been on the heart transplant list since December because a condition on her lungs made heart surgery impossible. But doctors at the U-M Mott Children's Hospital recently found that pressure on her lungs was back to normal and heart surgery on Mira Larrison is now an option. For now, she is off the transplant list. "It really is like a miracle," said Aimee Armstrong, M.D., U-M pediatric cardiologist.


May 7 – Dr. Wolf’s immune cell research in Crain's and on WWJ

Crain's Detroit Business and WWJ reports that levels of a key type of immune cell are higher in head and neck cancer patients whose tumors are linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. U-M researchers suggest that there is a way to predict which tumors are most likely to respond to chemotherapy and radiation and allow doctors to choose the best treatment option up front. “Now with patients who have HPV-positive cancers, this study suggests we can look in the microscope, measure the level of these immune cells and, based on that, select a treatment that is going to be potentially less toxic for the patient and most effective at curing the cancer,” says study author Gregory T. Wolf, M.D., professor and chair emeritus of otolaryngology at the U-M Medical School.  See UMHS news release.


May 7 – U-M charity golf tournament on May 17

Former U-M quarterback Rich Hewlett and his wife, Chris, are hosting a charity golf tournament to raise money for diabetes May 17 at the U-M Golf Course, reports the Detroit Free Press. It begins with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. To register, become a sponsor or make a donation, visit www.swingtocurediabetes.com or contact Hewlett at 248-642-8439 or rhewlett@dmms.com. See UMHS news release.


May 7 – U-M golf tourney set for May 14-16

The fourth annual Champions for Children's Hearts celebrity gala and golf tournament hosted by Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson and Charles Woodson will take place May 14-16, reports the Detroit Free Press. Proceeds benefit the new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the U-M Congenital Heart Center. For more information, visit www.champsforchildren.org. See UMHS news release.



May 6 - Music therapy at U-M helps cancer patients, reports Heritage Newspapers

Patients and families have been enjoying the benefits of music therapy at the U-M for about four years, according to an article published in Heritage Newspapers. Plymouth resident, Tony Samuels was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2009 and says that music therapy at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center provided the key to his steady recovery. U-M music therapist, Megan Gunnell, was quoted in the article: “Music therapy sessions provide a familiar and comforting form of treatment for patients and families.” Additionally, Samuels’ oncologist and U-M professor of neurology, Larry Junck, M.D., told Gunnell that he believes the music therapy sessions contributed to the positive outcome in his prognosis.


May 6 – Drs. Li and Weiss’s research in Science Magazine

Xiao-Yan Li, Ph.D., and Stephen J. Weiss, M.D., both of U-M, had their research on in vivo identification of regulators of cell invasion across basement membranes published in Science Magazine. According to the abstract, cell invasion through basement membranes during development, immune surveillance and metastasis remains poorly understood. To gain further insight into this key cellular behavior, they performed an in vivo screen for regulators of cell invasion through basement membranes.


May 6 – Dr. Wicha’s stem cell research in Delta Sky Magazine

In the May 2010 issue of Delta Sky Magazine, Max S. Wicha, M.D., director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, reveals in his research that cancer stem cells may be responsible for cancers spreading and becoming deadly. “We believe that cancers are fueled by a small percentage of cells – the stem cells – especially in breast cancer,” Wicha says. “This is a very different model of cancer than what we had before. The cure for cancer will be about getting rid of these stem cells.”


May 6 – Dr. Metzl interviewed in Psychology Today

Psychology Today interviewed Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and women's studies and director of the Program in Culture, Health and Medicine, about the research that led to his new book "The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease."


May 6 – Dr. Cinti talks about medical marijuana use in Washington Post

Dr. Sandro Cinti, associate professor of internal medicine, spoke with The Washington Post about medical marijuana use by his HIV patients. "We're using it as a last resort in patients who have not had any relief with anything else," he said.


May 5 - Sun’s broccoli component and breast cancer research on UPI.com, FoxNews.com and others

U-M researchers suggest a compound found in broccoli targets the cells that fuel tumor growth. UPI.com, FoxNews.com, Businessweek.com and MNS Health.com reported the researchers found that the compound - sulforaphane - prevented new tumors from growing in mice and killed cancer stem cells in the laboratory. “This new insight suggests the potential of sulforaphane or broccoli extract to prevent or treat cancer by targeting the critical cancer stem cells,” said study author, Duxin Sun, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the U-M College of Pharmacy and a researcher with the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. See UMHS news release


May 4 - Dr. Lumeng's bulling study in New York Times, USA Today, ABC News, and more.

U-M researchers found that obese children between grades 3 through 6 are picked on more, regardless of gender, race, social skills, or academic achievement, reports USA Today, Science Daily, CNN, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, ABC News and more. According to Dr. Julie C. Lumeng and her colleagues, the odds of being bullied were 63 percent higher for an obese child compared to a healthy-weight peer. Other outlets are Reuters, WWJ Newsradio, WDIV, Health Day and Health.com, New York Times. See UMHS news release


May 4 - Dr. Woolford’s adolescent bariatric surgery study in Science Daily

Severely obese adolescents may desire or potentially benefit from bariatric surgery. However, U-M research finds half of primary care physicians say they would not recommend the procedure to a patient under the age of 18, reports Science Daily. Researchers surveyed a national random sample of pediatricians and family physicians for their opinions on referring adolescents for bariatric surgery. “Physicians worry whether the risks will outweigh the benefits,” says Dr. Susan Woolford. See UMHS News Release.


May 3, - Stem cell research and economy discussion at U-M on AnnArbor.com

The future for embryonic stem cell research in terms of its effect on the science job market in Michigan was discussed Monday at U-M’s Biomedical Science Research Building, reports AnnArbor.com. The BSRB is one of the few places in Michigan where scientists are conducting stem cell research. Panelists included Max Wicha, M.D., director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer, former Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, Ed Rivet, legislative director for Right to Life of Michigan, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and Jeff Mason, executive director of the University Research Corridor.


May 2 - Dr. Feldman’s stem cell and Alzheimer’s trial feat in Crain’s Detroit

Eva Feldman, M.D., co-director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the U-M Medical School, hopes to begin clinical trials to test stem cell treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, Crain’s Detroit Business reports. In late April, Feldman began raising $1.5 million from private donors to fund the animal trials. Feldman will continue to serve as principal investigator on the trial.


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