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For November, 2010

Nov. 30 - Dr. Rosen talks about the rise of anorexia and bulimia in children and teens

BusinessWeek, CBS News and other media outlets quoted Dr. David Rosen, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and psychiatry, on the rise of anorexia and bulimia in children and teens, saying "eating disorders are equal-opportunity disorders."

Nov. 29 - Dr. Kutcher featured on NPR's Morning Edition program

After 14-year-old Megan Lindsey suffered her second concussion this fall while playing soccer, her parents took her to see U-M sports concussion expert Dr. Jeffrey S. Kutcher, assistant professor of neurology and director of the Michigan NeuroSport program. NPR's Morning Edition program spoke with Kutcher about concussion risks amid new research showing that girls may be more likely to end up in the emergency room than boys.

Nov. 29 - Dr. Divi discusses new oral cancer treatment with the Detroit Free Press

The U-M is among the first health care systems in the country to offer oral cancer patients a new treatment that could save their speech and ability to eat while possibly helping them avoid radiation, reports the Detroit Free Press. Vasu Divi, M.D., clinical lecturer of otolaryngology, performs the TransOral Robotic Surgery and says an advantage of the robotic surgery is that patients can still have radiation or chemotherapy is their tumors recur.

Nov. 26 - U-M wins annual organ donor challenge against Ohio State

For the first time since the contest began in 2006, the U-M won the annual organ donor challenge by registering 79,958 donors to Ohio State’s 57,083. "We all enjoy winning a victory against our rival from Ohio,” says Tony Denton, executive director of University Hospitals and chief operating officer of U-M Hospitals and Health Centers. “But the real winners will be the people who rely on these life-saving gifts, organs and tissues that will give thousands of people a second chance at life."

Nov. 24 - Japanese mayors, hospital leaders visit U-M to study family medicine practices

A delegation of Japanese mayors and hospital executives visited the U-M Hospital and its Japanese clinic at Domino's Farms last week to learn more about family medicine, reports the Ann Arbor Journal. The officials want to revamp their medical practice and needed a family medicine model to study, says Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., associate professor of family medicine and director of U-M's Japanese Family Health Program. UMHS release

Nov. 23 - Dr. Kazerooni explains how to reduce radiation exposure from medical imaging tests

Ella A. Kazerooni, M.D., M.S., professor of radiology and director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Radiology, says the best way to reduce radiation exposure from CT scans and other medical imaging tests is to avoid them when possible. The Detroit Free Press and USA Today reports on a growing concern over patients receiving potentially harmful doses of radiation from medical imaging tests and new campaigns encouraging imaging centers to follow measures to cut exposure.

Nov. 22 - U-M plays crucial role in landing largest federal medical home pilot project

With help from University of Michigan leaders, Michigan is one of eight states selected to participate in a three-year Medicare demonstration project to prove the value of medical homes. Jean M. Malouin, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of family medicine and associate medical director for ambulatory care services at the U-M Medical School, is co-leading the project, which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care, strengthen the patient and primary care physician relationship, and reduce health care costs. Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan, tells Crain's Detroit Business that the award showcases Michigan as the state with the largest ongoing medical home project. UMHS Press release

Nov. 19 - Dr. Smith, others say experimental prostate drug shows promise

Early success in a new experimental prostate drug trial is surprising some experts, including those involved in the study. Results show the drug, called XL184, has been effective at fighting cancerous tumors that have spread to the bone in a trial of 20 patients. David C. Smith, M.D., professor of internal medicine and urology, member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center and an investigator in the trial, tells the New York Times he couldn't believe it when the bone scan of one patient, who previously had widespread cancer in his bones, came back completely clean. “I thought they had scanned the wrong person,” says Smith. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Nov. 18 - Listen to Dr. Markel on NPR's Science Friday

"Atom" is the scientific term that Dr. Howard Markel will discuss at 3:50 p.m. Eastern Time today, Friday, Nov. 19, 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.

Nov. 18 - Dr. Wang advises NTSB on protecting older drivers

Dr. Stewart Wang, professor of surgery and director of the University of Michigan program for Injury Research and Education, was an invited speaker during a recent National Transportation and Safety Board conference on aging drivers and safety. Within 15 years, one in five licensed drivers in the U.S. will be aged 65 or older. Wang discussed the decreased injury tolerance of older drivers and the worse outcomes for elderly trauma patients.

Nov. 18 - Dr. Davis offers possible explanation for why caffeinated alcoholic beverages considered unsafe

One caffeinated alcoholic beverage can contain the equivalent of up to five beers and one cup of coffee - an unfamiliar combination for most people, says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases. ABC News speaks with Dr. Davis following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issuing warning letters - the first step toward an outright ban - to four companies that produce the potent mix.

Nov. 18 - New guidelines will limit abuse of physicians' relationships with drug companies, says Dr. Goold

Susan D. Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A., professor of internal medicine and health management and policy and member of the American Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, discusses the council's efforts to revamp guidelines on physicians' relationships with drug companies. The physician-drug company relationship is receiving further examination following the release of a six-month investigation into pharmaceutical companies paying providers with disciplinary records, reports the Detroit News.

Nov. 17 - Christian rock star, family welcome son home from Mott Children's Hospital

For the first time in his life, 10-week-old Bowen Hammitt left the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital on Wednesday and came home to Perrysburg, Ohio. Bowen was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome - a type of heart defect in which the entire left half of the heart is underdeveloped. The Toledo Blade reports on the emotional homecoming, detailing reactions from father Matthew Hammitt, the lead singer of Christian rock band Sanctus Real, and his wife, Sarah. Also making the journey from Ann Arbor to Ohio was a TV crew from ABC, who captured the couple's tearful goodbyes to Mott doctors and staff.

Nov. 17 - Dr. Nallamothu predicts drug found to not protect kidneys from X-ray dye will receive less use

A new study based in Brazil shows acetylcysteine, a drug used to protect the kidneys from contrast dye during X-ray's of the heart's blood vessels, does not work reports Reuters. "The ACT trial will diminish the use of acetylcysteine," says Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of internal medicine. "There is no role for routine use of acetylcysteine." Most of the about 45 clinical trials conducted on the drug have been very small, he says.

Nov. 16 - Dutch newspaper publishes Dr. De Vries' commentary on perinatal death journal article, media response

Raymond De Vries, Ph.D., professor of medical education, obstetrics and gynecology and professor in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the U-M Medical School, wrote a commentary examining the media misrepresentation of a recent article in the British Medical Journal about perinatal death in the Netherlands. Titled "Veren van de angst zijn al verwaaid over babysterfte," or "The feathers of fear over infant death" in English, the article appears in the NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch national newspaper.

Nov. 16 - U-M scientists move closer to developing urinary tract infection vaccine, reports AOL Health

Each year, an estimated $3.5 billion is spent on treating urinary tract infections. Harry L.T. Mobley, Ph.D., Frederick G. Novy Professor and chairman of the U-M Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Gary J. Faerber, M.D., professor of urology at the U-M Medical School and co-director of the Kidney Stone/Lithotriptor Program and the Michigan Center for Minimally Invasive Urology, tell AOL Health that they are one step closer to developing a vaccine to prevent most UTIs, which are caused by E. coli bacteria. The group discovered vast differences between how the bacteria and their genes functioned in lab mice and how they behave in women. UMHS press release.

Nov. 16 - Younger adult cancer patients report worse cancer experience, says Dr. Green

Adult cancer patients age 40 and under have more difficulty coping with the pain and emotional and financial issues of cancer than older patients, says Carmen R. Green, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and health management and policy. The U.S. News and World Report, MSN and BusinessWeek report on a U-M Health System study led by Green examining cancer experience across the lifespan, revealing young adults reported a worse cancer experience despite their better survival odds. Press release.

Nov. 16 - U-M researchers provide more evidence that melanoma does not fit popular cancer stem cell model

Sean J. Morrison, Ph.D., associate professor of internal medicine and director of the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology Research, led a study that found most types of melanoma cells can form malignant tumors and melanoma tumor cells can change their appearance. Michigan Radio and WWJ report that these findings go against an increasingly popular cancer stem cell model, which states that a handful of rare stem cells drive the formation, growth and progression of malignant tumors in many cancers. Press release.

Nov. 15 - Dr. Aaronson presents study results on experimental heart-pump device

An experimental heart-pump device kept more than 90 percent of patients alive six months after receiving it and improved patients' quality-of-life, says Keith D. Aaronson, M.D. M.S., associate professor of internal medicine and medical director of the U-M heart failure program. Aaronson led a study on the device developed by HeartWare International, Inc. and presented the results Sunday, Nov. 14, at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, reports Fox Business and Reuters.

Nov. 12 - Dr. Ilgen identifies possible association between veterans diagnosed with bipolar disorder, risk of suicide

Mark A. Ilgen, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School and psychologist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, found veterans diagnosed with bipolar disorder appear to have an elevated risk of suicide, reports Ilgen studied more than 3 million veterans who received care at a Veterans Affairs Healthcare Facility in 1999. Seven years later, 7,684 had committed suicide, of which 9 percent had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Nov. 11- Dr. Birkmeyer stresses value of surgical checklists amid new Dutch research

John D. Birkmeyer, M.D., professor of surgery, chair of surgical outcomes research at the U-M Medical School and director of the U-M Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, discusses the importance of a Netherlands-based study showing the use of surgical checklists dramatically reduced complications and in-hospital deaths. Birkmeyer says the Dutch trial confirms past research on the effectiveness of checklists, reports BusinessWeek, Reuters and the Boston Globe.

Nov. 10 - Drs. Green and Schwenk discuss health-insured teenagers skipping yearly checkups with ABC News

Lee A. Green, M.D., M.P.H., professor of family medicine, and Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., professor of family medicine, discuss the U-M's approach for teen preventive care and whether more health-insured teenagers skipping routine checkups is a cause for concern. The doctors speak with ABC News amid a new study from the HealthPartners Research Foundation, which shows that one-third of 300,000 health-insured Minnesota teens included in the study did not go to a routine checkup between the ages of 13 and 17.

Nov. 9- U-M officials talk about increasing the U-M's statewide presence

Doug Strong, chief executive officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, and David Spahlinger, M.D., clinical associate professor of internal medicine, executive director of the U-M faculty group practice and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the U-M Medical School, discuss acquisitions, mergers and affiliations with Crain's Detroit Business.

Nov. 9- New U-M study shows no change in heart attack deaths despite quicker treatment

To the "surprise and dismay" of Hitinder S. Gurm, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine and an interventional cardiologist at the U-M Cardiovascular Center, reducing the time it takes to treat heart attack patients with an intervention didn't help save more lives. Gurm led a five-year study following more than 8,000 heart attack patients and found no reduction in deaths despite faster treatment, reports the Detroit Free Press and CNN.

Nov. 9- Legendary U-M hypertension researcher speaks with the Wall Street Journal about prehypertension

Stevo Julius, M.D., Sc.D., professor emeritus at the U-M Cardiovascular Center and world-renowned hypertension researcher, speaks with the Wall Street Journal about his 2006 prehypertension study, which showed clear benefits to using medication to control blood pressure in prehypertensive patients. Julius says treating these patients with drugs is possible, but more research is needed.

Nov. 8 - Dr. Wicha discusses potential of new breast cancer study

Max S. Wicha, M.D., professor of internal medicine and director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, weighs in on a new study from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, which shows using a combination of gold-covered nanoparticles and heat clears more breast cancer tumors in mice than either therapy alone. Wicha tells the Los Angeles Times that other solid tumors might also be good targets for the nanoparticle treatment.

Nov. 8 - Misperception might lead to breast-fed babies lacking vitamin D , says Dr. Lee

More woman in the U.S. are choosing to breast-feed their children amid reports on the benefits, leading many to believe breast milk contains everything their babies need, says Joyce M. Lee, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and a pediatric endocrinologist. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vitamin D supplement drops for breast-fed babies, but MSNBC reports about 5 percent and 13 percent of breast-fed babies received it.

Nov. 5 - Dr. Feldman to collaborate on new Lou Gehrig's disease research

Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology and director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute within the U-M Medical School, is working with Benjamin Reubinoff of the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem to determine if Lou Gehrig’s disease patients can bank their own stem cells for use in later treatment. Billionaire mall mogul and Pontiac native Alfred Taubman - the U-M institute's namesake - announced the collaboration this week, reports.

Nov. 5 - NPR features Dr. Fendrick in discussion on value-based insurance

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., professor of internal medicine and co-director of the Consortium for Health Outcomes, Innovation and Cost Effectiveness Studies, explains on camera the idea behind value-based insurance. NPR reports on the benefits of a Value-Based Insurance Design — a concept created at the U-M and incorporated in the nation’s new health care reform law — in a recent article.

Nov. 5 - Arsenic in drinking water may be linked to an increased stroke risk, says Dr. Lisabeth

There could be a link between moderately elevated levels of arsenic in drinking water and an increased stroke risk, says Lynda D. Lisabeth, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health. Lisabeth was the lead researcher of a statewide study examining the variations in arsenic levels in water supplies and residents' risk of stroke-related hospitalization. Most people shouldn't worry about potentially elevated levels of arsenic, but Lisabeth tells Reuters and Fox News that more research is needed.

Nov. 4 - U-M study shows Medicare reimbursement cut reduces unnecessary care

A U-M Health System study led by Vahakn B. Shahinian, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of internal medicine and a member of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, shows a cut in Medicare's reimbursement rates for hormonal treatment of prostate cancer resulted in doctors using it less often for patients not likely to benefit from it. Multiple media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Reuters and the Los Angeles Times, report that patients who benefit from the treatment continued to receive it at the same rate.

Nov. 4 - Dr. Huffnagle gives CNN advice on probiotics

Three servings a day of food rich in probiotics - microbes that may strengthen the immune system - could keep you healthier, says Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and microbiology and immunology. Huffnagle, who is the author of "The Probiotics Revolution," suggests various foods such as yogurt with live bacteria and aged cheese to CNN.

Nov. 3 - New concussion guidelines continue to make national, international headlines

An announcement Monday from the American Academy of Neurology continues to generate media attention as Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, director of the Michigan NeuroSport Concussion Program and chairman of the academy's Sports Neurology Section, speaks with CTV and NPR. Kutcher, the lead author of the academy's statement, explains why new concussion guidelines were needed.

Nov. 3- Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Lichter featured in Ophthalmology Times

The U-M W.K. Kellogg Eye Center and Paul R. Lichter, M.D., F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, are featured in Ophthalmology Times. Lichter says the newly expanded center allows the university to "initiate and continue the best programs and the best staff, residents and fellows."

Nov. 2- Dr. Kutcher announces new guidelines for concussions

Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, director of the Michigan NeuroSport Concussion Program and chairman of the American Academy of Neurology's Sports Neurology Section, discusses the academy's new recommendations for athletes suspected of suffering a concussion with multiple media outlets, including CNN, BusinessWeek and the Los Angeles Times. Kutcher, the lead author of the academy's statement, says new guidelines were needed because of new concussion research since 1997 - the last time the academy issued concussion recommendations.

Nov. 2- NY Times, highlight Dr. Padela's paper on Islamic medical ethics

Dr. Aasim I. Padela, instructor in the U-M Department of Emergency Medicine, an emergency physician and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, gives recommendations to better accommodate Muslim sensitivities within the health care system in a new paper published in The Journal of Medical Ethics. Padela tells the New York Times and Ann various ways hospitals can make Muslim patients more comfortable, such as offering more modest hospital gowns.

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