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September 2006

Sept. 25 - Dr Eagle in national AP story

A major story on the national Associated Press wire is being used by many news outlets around the world today, and Kim Eagle, M.D., Cardiovascular Medicine/Cardiovascular Center, is quoted. The story reports on several new studies that demonstrate poor outcomes among patients who stop taking important maintenance medications after leaving the hospital for heart treatment; Dr. Eagle and his colleagues have studied this issue and he was approached by the AP to comment on the new studies. Read the AP article here and UMHS press releases about some of the research by Dr. Eagle and his colleagues here and here.

Sept. 25 - Dr Omenn on Voice of America radio

The Voice of America radio service, which reaches many countries around the world, featured Gilbert Omenn, M.D., Ph.D., Human Genetics/Center for Computation Medicine and Biology, today on one of its talk shows. The topic: claims about the anti-aging benefits of antioxidants, and the overall issue of longevity and health. You can listen to the show online by going to this page and choosing the Sept. 25 show in either MP3 or RealAudio format.

Sept. 22-24 - Regents vote on M-CARE sale makes news

On Friday morning, the U-M Board of Regents voted to approve the sale of M-CARE to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its subsidiary, Blue Care Network. The approval means that the sale will now go before state and federal regulators for review. Members of the news media attended the Regents meeting, where Health System CEO Robert Kelch, M.D., gave a presentation outlining the mission-based decision process that led to the sale, and discussed a new joint venture that will be formed by U-M and BCBSM to improve health care in Michigan through research and quality-improvement projects. Among the media outlets that carried stories over the weekend were the Ann Arbor News (read the front-page story here) and the Associated Press (read their story, which was used by many TV and radio stations, here). The joint U-M/BCBSM press release on the approval is available here and the message to U-M faculty and staff about what the sale means for employee benefits here. Several information sessions in coming weeks will help employees learn more about the sale; see this page for dates, times and locations.

Sept. 23 - Dr. Mychaliska to appear in Top Docs issue, WDIV-Ch. 4 special

On Oct. 2, HOUR Detroit magazine's annual "Top Docs" issue will hit newsstands, listing the best doctors and hospitals in the area. But you won't have to wait until then to get a look inside this special issue. HOUR Detroit magazine has teamed with WDIV-Ch. 4 to produce a one-hour TV special entitled "Top Docs & Medical Miracles," which will bring the pages of Hour Detroit’s October issue to life, including a feature story on U-M's Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. The Ch. 4 special, as well as the print issue, will feature interviews with George Mychaliska, M.D., a pediatric and fetal surgeon, and a family whose young son's life was saved by the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment team. The TV special will at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 on Ch. 4 in Detroit.

Sept. 19/20 - Kellogg/Brehm groundbreaking makes news

Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the 8-floor building on Wall Street that will house the expansion of the Kellogg Eye Center and the new Brehm Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research & Analysis is making the news. The Ann Arbor News carried a story in Tuesday afternoon's paper, and attended the ceremony. The Detroit Free Press has a short item in Wednesday's paper. And Kellogg Eye Center director Paul Lichter, M.D., Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, gave radio interviews to WAAM-AM and Ann Arbor Radio, which broadcasts news on four local stations. The ceremony, which featured many U-M leaders and donors Bill and Dee Brehm, whose $44 million gift helped make the building possible, will be seen later this month on Ann Arbor Community Television, available on Channel 19 in Ann Arbor city and township. Read the UMHS press release about the event and the building here.

Sept. 19 - Dr. Ubel in New York Times

An essay in today's New York Times science section examines the role of luck in medical treatment - and quotes Peter Ubel, M.D., General Medicine/Center for Behaviorial and Decision Sciences in Medicine. It also mentions his recent book, "You're Stronger Than You Think." Read the essay online here.

Sept 19 - Detroit News reports on benefit gala for Dr. Feldman

A week after profiling Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology, the Detroit News has followed up with a story on the benefit gala held this past weekend to raise money for her laboratory's research on ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Read the story about the event, which was hosted by U-M donor Alfred Taubman, here.

Sept. 17 - Dr. Marn in Chicago Tribune

A story in Sunday's Chicago Tribune looked at the patient-safety issue of patients "falling through the cracks" at hospitals, especially in the area of following up on possible signs of cancer that are seen on medical-imaging scans taken for other reasons. It quotes Charles Marn, M.D., Radiology, who led a U-M and VA study that showed the value of adding a "safety net" to the VA's medical imaging system that would make sure such cases don't fall between the cracks. The story is online here. Read the UMHS press release on the study by Marn and his colleagues here.

Sept. 9/12-13 - Proposed M-CARE sale makes news

Tuesday's announcement that the Health System is in talks to sell M-CARE to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan included a detailed plan for communicating with the news media - but only after M-CARE, UMHS and U-M employees had been notified of the proposed sale. Dr. Robert Kelch, UMHS CEO, led a conference call for reporters - click here to see his opening remarks. A press release and fact sheet on M-CARE were also issued by UMHS, and BCBSM issued its own press release.

Nearly every media outlet in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area has carried or is planning to carry a story on the proposed sale, and most will continue to cover the issue as events unfold, including the vote of the University Regents on Sept. 22. Follow these links to read major stories in the Associated Press newswire, the Detroit Free Press, the Ann Arbor News, the Detroit News and on Michigan Radio (heard locally on 91.7 FM).

More information on the proposed sale is available on the M-CARE Update page, , and the site will continue to be updated in coming weeks and months.

Sept. 12 - Dr. Feldman profiled in Detroit News

The front page of the features section in today's Detroit News contains a major profile of Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology, including several photos. The article, by columnist Marney Rich Keenan, focuses on Dr. Feldman's longtime friendship with business leader and U-M donor A. Alfred Taubman, who has been both her patient and a benefactor of her research. The article also mentions a gala event that Mr. Taubman will host this weekend, to raise money for research by Dr. Feldman's group on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. You can read the article and see the photos online here and learn more about the gala event here.

Oct. 1 - Dr. Pinsky in Family Circle

The Oct. 1 issue of Family Circle magazine features stories for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Included in the feature story is Renee Pinsky, M.D., Radiology, who talks about her recent study of mammography to detect recurrence after breast-conserving therapy for an early form of breast cancer. Family Circle has a circulation of 4.2 million. The issue is on newsstands through mid-September. Read more about Dr. Pinsky's study in the UMHS press release.

Sept. 8 - $2 million gift to new NICU in Wall Street Journal

The University of Michigan's announcement of a $4 million gift from U-M Regent and Domino's Pizza CEO and Chairman David Brandon, and wife Jan, appears today in the Wall Street Journal. The largest portion of the gift - $2 million - will support the Newborn Intensive Care Unit in the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. In 1980, the Brandon's newborn twin boys were successfully treated for a life-threatening blood disorder in the Holden NICU. This gift is a reflection of the Brandons' deep gratitude to the NICU, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. As part of the gift, the new NICU will be named the Nick and Chris Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit. A paid subscription is required to read the online version of the Wall Street Journal. To register, go to, or contact Public Relations for a copy of the story.

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