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October 2005

Oct. 31 - Dr. Carli, Jim Stevenson in Ann Arbor News

A front-page article in today's Ann Arbor News looks at the innovative approach UMHS has taken toward encouraging the use of generic drugs in a way that both helps patients and saves money. Tom Carli, M.D., Psychiatry/Medical Management Center, is quoted, as is Jim Stevenson, Pharm.D., Director of Pharmacy Services. Read the story online here and read the UMHS policies on drug samples and pharmaceutical vendor interactions.

Oct. 28 - National media coverage for Dr. Chinnaiyan’s study

Reporters are using words like “breakthrough” and “paradigm shift” to describe a study by Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., and Scott Tomlins, Ph.D., which was published today in Science. The U-M research team has discovered a recurring pattern of fused genes found only in prostate cancer, which appears to cause the disease. You can read the coverage at; Detroit Free Press - Associated Press, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, NewsDay, National Institutes of Health, USA Today, ABC News, HealthDay and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Oct. 27/28 - Dr. Herman on WWJ, Channel 7

The American Medical Association held a special press briefing on diabetes Thursday in New York, and one of the speakers addressing dozens of reporters was William Herman, M.D., MPH, Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, and director, Michigan Diabetes Research & Training Center. He gave an update on the latest in diabetes treatment and new drugs and devices that are in the pipeline. Before he left for New York, he gave an interview to WXYZ-TV Channel 7 that will air Friday in the 5 p.m. news; he also spoke with WWJ-AM radio in Detroit by phone.

Oct. 27 - Dr. Markel's perspective piece in NEJM

In today's New England Journal of Medicine, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine, offers his perspective on the proposed closing of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The aging facility will likely be replaced by a state-of-the-art facility elsewhere, possibly ending a cherished tradition of military medicine. Read the article here.

Oct. 26 - Richard Harris in Ann Arbor News

Call it natural NoDoz, says an article in the Ann Arbor News. "Do-it-yourself acupressure treatments, a recent University of Michigan study suggests, can keep students awake in class - and perhaps help keep the rest of us from drifting off in meetings, or at the wheel." The story quotes lead author Richard E. Harris, Ph.D., research investigator in the Division of Rheumatology and a researcher at the U-M Health System's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.

Oct. 26 - MFit Employee Wellness Program, employees featured in Ann Arbor News

The front page of the Local section of the Ann Arbor News includes an article that features MFit's Employee Wellness Program and recognition for an award they received by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Serivces for Innovation in Prevention. The article highlights the work MFit has performed since 1992 to promote a healthy work force. Read the article online.

In addition, three UMHS employees contributed to the article: Ujiian and Sharad Khanderia - both pharmacists on UHB2 were quoted, and Michele Geyer, a research technologist, is featured in a photograph included in today's paper edition. To participate in their award winning health and fitness programs, visit MFit online.

Oct. 25 - Dr. Weder in NY Times

The Science Times section of today's New York Times includes a brief article on a recent paper by Alan Weder, Cardiovascular Medicine, and colleagues from the Department of Psychiatry. Read it online here (Free registration required). The paper, which details the team's serendipitous discovery that variations in a gene for a dopamine receptor are associated with higher blood pressure, shows how collaboration between researchers in different fields can being about interesting results. Read the UMHS press release on this discovery here.

Oct. 25 - Richard Miller in USA Today

Who will take care of an older population? That's the question posed in a story in USA Today, which notes that the cost of health care and retirement benefits of an aging population threatens to bankrupt the nation unless dramatic changes are made. The article quotes Richard A. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology at the U-M Medical School, associate director of the Department of Geriatrics and senior research scientist at the Institute of Gerontology. "I don't want to minimize the doom and gloom of our economic problems," he says, "but it's a worthy goal to create healthy people and let them live as long as possible."

Oct. 24 - Trauma Burn's Pam Pucci on Ch. 4 tonight

At 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, WDIV-Detroit (Ch. 4) will air a program about Halloween safety and fire hazards that no parent should miss. As part of the story, Pamela Pucci, R.N., B.S.N., injury prevention educator at the U-M Trauma Burn Center, will discuss which costumes carry the greatest risk for fire injury, and detail important items parents should look for before purchasing a costume for their child or teen.

Oct. 19 - Depression Center's Hipple on Free Press front page

A front-page story in today's Detroit Free Press gives a moving account of how former Detroit Lions player and U-M Depression Center member Eric Hipple has turned the tragedy of his teenage son's suicide into the impetus for a depression education and outreach campaign. The story mentions his friendship with Depression Center executive director John Greden, M.D., Psychiatry, and his work with both U-M and a local mental health awareness group. The story was also picked up by the Associated Press and is being used by newspapers, TV and radio stations and other media outlets. Hipple and Greden will be interview live on Thursday morning by Lucy Ann Lance on WAAM, 1600 AM Ann Arbor. Tune in at 7:35.

Oct. 18 - Drs. Smith, Geiger in Detroit News

The cover story from today's Health & Fitness section in the Detroit News talks about the importance of clinical trials. The story quotes David Smith, M.D., Internal Medicine/Urology and director of the Cancer Center's Clinical Trials Office, and James Geiger, M.D., Cancer Center/Surgery. Dr. Geiger recently completed the Tour of Hope, a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness for cancer clinical research. The story also features Valerie Castle, M.D., Pediatrics, and references the new Engage Web site for clinical trials.

Oct. 16 - Dr. Langa in Miami Herald

Sunday's Miami Herald featured an article on the possible link between cardiovascular health and dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Ken Langa, M.D., Ph.D., General Medicine/ISR, was quoted. The article is available via free registration on the Herald's website or call Public Relations, 764-2220, for a copy. Follow these links to read a UMHS press release and Health Minute feature story on this topic, featuring Langa.

Oct. 14 - Dr. Green in Washington Post

Pharmacies in black neighborhoods are much less likely to carry sufficient supplies of popular opioid painkillers than those in white neighborhoods, leading researchers to conclude that minorities are routinely undertreated for chronic pain, says a story in the Washington Post. The article is based on research by Carmen Green, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and pain specialist at the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine. "We know that minorities are more at risk of suffering chronic pain, and maybe they don't come to local pharmacies because they've come to expect they won't carry the medicines they need," Green says in the Post article.

October 14 - MFit on CNN New You Revolution

CNN is doing a follow up with New You Revolution participant Sandra Garth on Friday, October 14 at 7:50 a.m. which will also run periodically throughout the day. CNN started 2005 with the special New You Revolution program. They followed five people from around the country as they tried to break bad habits. The MFit Weight Management staff worked closely with Sandra Garth over an eight week period to help her develop healthy living habits. Sandra worked very hard to exercise, change her eating habits and manage her stress in different, healthier, ways. CNN was pleasantly surprised to see just how well Sandra was doing!

Oct. 13 - Dr. Eagle, heart attack study makes news

The new issue of Business Review contains an article on the GAP heart attack study co-led by Kim Eagle, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine, which shows that lives can be saved when hospitals adopt quality measures. The Cardiovascular Watch newsletter, which is published by the Advisory Board and read by health care leaders, also ran a story. The Reuters newswire carried a story last week.

Oct. 12 - Gifts of Art harpist on WEMU

Tonight on WEMU, 89.1 FM, a lengthy profile of Gifts of Art bedside musician Julie Hussar will air at 5:20 p.m. Hussar, who plays her harp throughout the hospital complex at patients' bedsides, is heard speaking and playing - - and the story also features comments from Gifts of Art director Elaine Sims, several U-M clinicians and patients. You can also hear the story online any time here. For more information on the Bedside Music Program, follow this link.

Oct. 11&12 - Dr. Glass on many radio stations

A new study on smoking's impact on the brain, led by Jennifer Glass, Ph.D., Psychiatry, is making a big splash on radio and in other news media. On Tuesday, she gave a live interview to a major talk radio station in Miami, and the story was carried on WJR-AM Detroit and WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit. Wednesday morning, she was heard live on the Lucy Ann Lance Show on WAAM-AM, and on the Michigan Talk Radio Network that feeds stations across the state. She will also be taping an interview with Science Update, a national radio segment from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among the non-radio stories on her study is this one from the WebMD newswire. The UMHS press release was also translated into Spanish and has been picked up by the Spanish EFE news agency. More coverage is expected in coming days and months, including Glamour magazine.

Oct. 11 - Dr. Zubieta in JAMA, American Medical News

The news section of the Oct. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association contains a major article on new research into the placebo effect, using brain-imaging techniques. The recent study led by Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatry/MBNI/Radiology, is prominently mentioned. Zubieta is also quoted in a recent article in the American Medical News, also published by the American Medical Association. For copies of both stories, call Public Relations at 764-2220. Read the UMHS press release here.

Oct. 7 - Dr. Markel has lead op ed in WSJ

Today's Wall Street Journal features a commentary by Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for the History of Medicine. He tells the story of ignorance, mismanagement and flawed leadership that characterized the summer of 1892 in New York City, during widespread fears that ships entering the harbor from Europe would kindle a cholera epidemic. He concludes with a caution that today's government and public health mechanisms may be similarly challenged if 'bird flu' or some other microbe become the next U.S. epidemic. Complete text can be viewed at the Wall Street Journal Web site with a paid subscription.

Oct. 7 - Social Work's Sallie Foley on WUOM today at 1 p.m.

Today, Sallie Foley, MSW, a senior clinical social worker at U-M Sexual Health Counseling Service, will discuss issues related to aging and sexual health on WUOM's "Jack Lessenberry Show." The interview will air at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 7. You can listen to the program at 91.7 FM or via Webcast at

Oct. 6 - Prof. Morrison on WUOM today at 1 p.m.

Sean Morrison, Ph.D., an associate professor of internal medicine and director of the U-M Center for Stem Cell Biology, will answer questions about scientific and ethical issues involved stem cell science on a public radio call-in program to be broadcast on WUOM's "Jack Lessenberry Show" at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 6. You can listen to the program at 91.7 FM or via Webcast at

Oct. 4 - M-Fit's Greene in Detroit News

The cover story in the health section of today's Detroit News is about the importance of exercise for everyone in the family, and ways to encourage fitness among parents and kids alike. Colleen Greene, wellness coordinator with the M-Fit Health Promotion Division, gives advice and tips in the story, which is available online here . Learn more about M-Fit programs here.

Oct. 3 - Dr. Fendrick on NPR, Bloomberg

On Monday, the Nobel Prize in medicine went to two scientists who discovered that stomach ulcers are caused by bacteria, not by stress or excess stomach acid. Mark Fendrick, M.D., General Medicine, who led early studies that tested antibiotic treatment for ulcers in the days when the theory was still controversial, has given several interviews to help reporters understand the history and significance of the Nobel-winning discovery. He has appeared on the Bloomberg newswire, Michigan Radio/WUOM-FM, and on public radio's Marketplace show. On Friday, he'll tape an appearance on The Health Show, a National Public Radio program that airs in dozens of cities around the country.

Oct. 2 - Dr. Myklebust on NPR's "The Splendid Table"

Healing Foods Pyramid co-creator Monica Myklebust, M.D., discussed the importance of water and plant-based foods during a segment about the pyramid on NPR's popular food program, "The Splendid Table." Myklebust, director of the U-M Integrative Medicine's Clinical Services and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, also said some animal-based foods, seasonings, and even dark chocolate and wine (in moderation, of course) are included in the pyramid because they have been shown to have healing benefits.

October - Drs. Chepeha, Teknos featured in Hour Detroit

Doug Chepeha, M.D., and Ted Teknos, M.D., both Cancer Center/Otolaryngology, are profiled in the October issue of Hour Detroit magazine for their treatment of a patient with a type of head and neck cancer. The complicated surgery restructed the patient's eye socket using a flap of tissue from his forearm. Not only is the patient cancer-free but the cosmetic results are stunning. The October issue features the magazine's annual list of top doctors in southeast Michigan. Ninety U-M doctors are on the list, representing 47 specialties of medicine. In addition, the magazine ranked U-M one of the top hospitals overall in 14 of 17 specialties. The October issue is on newstands now.

October - Dr. Sabel in Ladies' Home Journal

Research by Michael Sabel, M.D., Cancer Center/General Surgery, was featured in the October issue of Ladies' Home Journal. In a comprehensive article on breast cancer treatment, Sabel provides an update on cryoablation, an experimental surgical technique he is currently testing that freezes small, early stage tumors rather than removing them. Ladies' Home Journal has a circulation of 4.1 million. Read a press release from 2004 about cryoablation.


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