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For November, 2009

Nov. 30 - Dr. Uren quoted about Survival Flight visit to the Upper Penninsula

On Saturday, Nov. 28, a four member Survival Flight crew visited the Upper Penninsula to display its new fixed-wing aircraft, a Cessna Citation Encore CE-560. Several stories throughout the state and elsewhere were published following the visit, including The Mining Gazette; Ann,; Crain's Detroit Business; Chicago Tribune; WXYZ-TV ABC News Detroit; WLAJ-TV ABC News Lansing; Channel 9 & 10 News, Cadillac; and WSJV-TV Fox 28 South Bend, Ind.

Nov. 26 - Woodson gift to Mott makes national news

On Thanksgiving Day, just before the Green Bay Packers took the field against the Detroit Lions, Packers player (and U-M football great) Charles Woodson announced a $2 million gift to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, to fund both pediatric research and the lobby of the new hospital now under construction. Fox Sports aired a major story about the gift during its national pre-game show. Newspapers in Ann Arbor and Detroit also carried the story that day; read the Detroit Free Press story here and the story here. And the Associated Press story on the gift has been used by news outlets nationwide. Read more about the gift, and the new fund that Woodson hopes many others will give to, in the UMHS press release here.

Nov. 25 - Dr. Burant quoted in New York Times on "Biggest Loser"

In today's New York Times, Charles Burant, M.D., director of the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center, weighs in on the popularity of NBC's "The Biggest Loser," and says contestants may be gaining trouble on their weight loss journey. Rapid weight loss can cause many medical problems, including a weakening of the heart muscle, irregular heartbeat and dangerous reductions in potassium and electrolytes. “I’m waiting for the first person to have a heart attack,” says Burant, a professor of internal medicine at U-M

Nov. 25 - Dr. Pauline Park describes H1N1 care to national AP writer

Hospitals are "exhausting all measures" for patients with severe H1N1 infections, Pauline Park, M.D., co-director of the ICU at the University of Michigan Health System, told the Associated Press for the story "Trying last ditch lung bypass for worst swine flu." The story was published on the national AP wire, and appeared in the Washington Post. Park is helping to analyze an ECMO registry in hopes of determining the
best candidates for the lung bypass. "Physicians don't want to give false hope to families, but also don't want to stand by if a life can be saved," she says.

Nov. 20 - Schembechler bust unveiled at the Cardiovascular Center

More than 100 guests gathered Thursday for the unveiling and dedication of the Bo Schembechler bust at the U-M Cardiovascular Center. The Detroit Free Press captured the evening in a gallery of photos taken of Schembechler's family, friends and physicians. Ann and the Detroit News also covered the event. It marked the third anniversary of the death of the legendary football coach who worked through the CVC to educate the public and further research on cardiovascular disease. The bust will be permanently installed on the 3rd floor of the CVC.

Nov. 20 - Save a Heart captured by HOUR Detroit Magazine Nov. 13

Dozens of pictures of the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center strolling dinner and wine tasting at the Michigan League have been posted by HOUR Detroit Magazine. The evening benefitted young patients at the Congenital Heart Center and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Nov. 20 - Udow-Phillips quoted in Detroit Free Press

Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan, was quoted in the Detroit Free Press in an article about Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak’s amendment that “only maintains the prohibition on use of federal funds for abortions.” The article goes on to say, “prohibiting any plans receiving federal subsidies from offering abortion coverage means 80% of the 30 million or so people expected to buy insurance through a new national exchange can't get that coverage.” Udow-Phillips believes that few women would pay for supplemental coverage if it was created. “Abortions don’t tend to be a planned service,” she said.

Nov. 18 - Drs. Katz, Hawley in NCI Cancer Bulletin

A feature story in this week's Cancer Bulletin from the National Cancer Institute explores in-depth the work from Dr. Steven Katz and Dr. Sarah Hawley, from the Cancer Center's Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team. The article highlights recent studies from the group that looked at why women with breast cancer choose mastectomy over breast-conserving surgery, including the role surgeons play in the patient's decision-making process. Recent studies

Nov. 16 - Doug Strong quoted in two Crain's stories on the same day

Two stories published Monday in Crain's Detroit Business quote Doug Strong, MBA, director and CEO of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, giving his thoughts on the strength of our region's health care institutions and their outlook for 2010. In this story, about new financial data released by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, he is quoted describing both the good financial condition of UMHHC and the challenges that lie ahead. In a second story, published in the Crain's Outlook 2010 special report, he's quoted giving a cautious but optimistic view of how southeast Michigan's hospitals will fare in the coming year. Note: The second story may be accessible only to those with a Crain's subsription.

Nov. 13 - Dr. Napolitano quoted in

Lena M. Napolitano, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Chief of Acute Care Surgery and Associate Chair for Critical Care was quoted in a Friday story in The article concerns the “worst of the worst” swine flu cases that can lead to the development of a life threatening respiratory condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome. Of those who contract the condition from complications of H1N1, 20 to 30 percent do not survive. “That means one out of every three or five (patients hospitalized in the ICU from H1N1) dies despite our aggressive therapy,” Napolitano said. “We don’t have answers for them at the current time…It has something to do with the lungs’ immune system not being able to effectively fight this,” or in some cases, to overreact to the infection, she said.

Nov. 10 - Dr. Ubel featured in US News & World Report's Health Day

Dr. Peter A. Ubel, director of the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine, was featured in Health Day in a story about chronically ill patients holding on to hope. "Sometimes, if hope makes people put off getting on with their life, it can get in the way of happiness," Ubel was quoted as saying in the story, which was picked up nationally by numerous other news outlets. Earlier, Ubel was interviewed on Voice of America radio on the subject, as well as U.S. News & World Report Health Day reaching an international audience.

Nov. 10 - Dr. Lena Chen quoted by Reuters Health,

Lena Chen, M.D., a clinical lecturer in the U-M Department of Internal Medicine, was featured in a Reuters Health story about a paper she co-authored on the duration and frequency of adult primary care visits. Chen was formerly with the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, where she worked on the research. The story was also picked up by ABC News and Yahoo! News.

Nov. 9/10 - Dr. Fink and Dr. Mata featured on numerous Web sites

David Fink, M.D., Robert Brear professor, chair of the Department of Neurology and a staff neurologist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and Marina Mata, M.D., professor of neurology, were featured in numerous Web coverage about a new $1.8 million grant to develop a novel therapy for neuropathic pain, a difficult to treat condition in which patients experience pain because of damage to nerve without obvious tissue injury. Yahoo News!, AOL Money, Reuters, Crain's Detroit, WWJ-95 FM and many more published the story.

Nov. 9 - Patient family will donate to Mott

The family of former Mott patient Noah Biorkman appeared on Channel 4 on Saturday. Noah, for whom Brandon Inge hit a home run in September, has been fighting cancer since he was 3. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in February of 2007, went into remission six months later and relapsed in September of 2008. Noah is now in hospice care. He and his family celebrated Christmas this past weekend and Santa visited. Noah's parents held a Christmas card drive and thousands of people from around the world responded. The parents are now asking that in lieu of gifts, that people send $1 in a card for them to donate it to the University Of Michigan neuroblastoma research center and the Michigan Make A Wish Chapter.

Nov. 9 - Dr. Markel on NPR

Pediatrician Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, appeared on All Things Considered that focused on why people oppose vaccines. "The reasons are really all over the place," said Markel. "But there are enough people who are concerned about getting vaccinated that we as doctors and public health professionals have to at least listen to those people and try to convince them otherwise." Markel, who has studied flu pandemics, says this one comes at a time when trust of authority has been eroding for decades. It is also a time when anybody with an ax to grind can get an instant Internet audience.

Nov. 7 - Dr. Kutcher gets extensive profile in Petoskey News-Review

Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D., a sports neurologist and assistant professor of neurology, was profiled in his hometown newspaper this weekend. The Petoskey News-Review reported that Kutcher was influential in getting the AmericanAcademyof Neurology to establish a division of sports neurology and that he recently was tapped to serve as the first chair for that new section.

Nov. 6 - Dean Woolliscroft interviewed on Michigan Radio about stimulus funding received by the Medical School

James Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the Medical School, was interviewedby Rina Miller of Michigan Radio about the $47.5 million in federal recovery dollars received by the U-M Medical School. An article and the audio file of the interview can be found here. The UMHS press release about the NIH stimulus awards received is available online.

Nov. 6 - Dr. Scheiman quoted in the New York Time

Gastroenterologist James Scheiman, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, was quoted in the New York Times today in a story about ulcer disease. Scheiman said that while about 50 million American adults take low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease, many do not know about the pill’s downsides. Dr. Scheiman was co-chairman of a panel that in 2008 drew up guidelines for cardiologists on reducing the gastrointestinal risks of Nsaids and blood-thinning heart medications. He also consults for several companies that make acid-blocking drugs. Because aspirin suppresses blood clotting, it raises the odds of ulcer bleeding; the same is true for blood thinners like clopidogrel or warfarin. As these drugs are combined, a patient’s ulcer-bleeding risk goes up even more, Scheiman said.

Nov. 5 - Dr. Stewart Wang quoted in The New York Times about inflatable improving safety for passengers in the back seat

Stewart Wang, M.D., Ph.D., a U-M trauma surgeon and director of the Program for Injury Research and Education, was quoted in The New York Times about Ford Motor Company's new safety program to improve rear-passenger protection in vehicles.

Nov. 5 - U-M experts to discuss H1N1 live on NPR

Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, were guests on NPR's "Tell Me More" to discuss H1N1 vaccination. Davis spoke about C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health findings about parents' plans to vaccinate their children against H1N1 flu and how those differ by parents' race/ethnicity. Hispanic parents are much more likely to plan to vaccinate their kids than white and African American parents. Markel provided historical context about flu pandemics, touching on how pandemics have affected patients of different races/ethnicities, and the changing attitudes towards vaccinations and public health measures.

Nov. 4 - Dr. Napolitano interviewed about H1N1 for today's
L.A. Times

The LA Times sought advice from Lena Napolitano, M.D." chief of acute care surgery at U-M, on how obesity contributes to severe lung infections in H1N1 patients.. A study in this week's JAMA expands on findings published by U-M doctors this summer. Some of the reasons are physiological. The lungs of obese patients are compressed because the abdomen presses up on the diaphragm. In addition, the chest wall is heavier, so it's more difficult for the lungs to stay inflated. Both of those factors make it difficult for blood and oxygen to travel throughout the lungs and fight off infection, Napolitano says.

Nov. 3 - Dr. Blaum in Crains Detroit Business

Caroline Blaum, M.D., professor in Department of Internal Medicine, was quoted in Crains Detroit Business in an article about how hospitals are reducing avoidable readmissions while focusing on congestive heart failure. “The transitional care program is designed to assist patients either at home or in subacute settings with hospital discharge information and follow-up care with their physicians,” Blaum said. “We are committed to it and have seen good results.”

Nov. 2 - Dr. Markel quoted on All Things Considered

As H1N1 vaccine manufacturers struggle to maintain production commitments, some people are skeptical of vaccines and government distribution programs. In an interview for NPR's All Things Considered, Dr. Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for the History of Medicine, discussed people's changing attitudes and the way Public Health officials address the situation.

Nov. 1 - Dr. Geiger featured in

James Geiger, M.D., executive director of the Medical Innovation Center and associate professor of surgery, was featured in a Sunday story in Geiger was awarded a $1 million federal grant by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to encourage the improvement of pediatric medical device options.

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