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For September, 2010

Sept. 30 - Two U-M-led stem cell clinical trials featured in Detroit News

The Detroit News highlights two groundbreaking stem cell clinical trials headed by U-M researchers that will be on display at the World Stem Cell Summit next week in Detroit. Eva L. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., Russell N. DeJong professor of neurology and director of the Program for Neurology Research and Discovery, is pioneering a clinical trial that involves the injection of stem cells into the spines of Lou Gehrig's disease patients. Max S. Wicha, M.D., professor of internal medicine and director of U-M's Comprehensive Cancer Center, launched trials to block breast cancer stem cells in women with advanced stage breast cancer.

Sept. 30 - Dr. Green weighs in on mammogram debate

Lee A. Green, M.D., M.P.H., professor of family medicine and director of the Great Lakes Research in Practice Network, tells ABC News that health professionals need to know how many women are hurt because of false positive mammograms or over-diagnosis when considering the benefits of early mammography. A new Swedish study reignited the debate over who should receive mammograms and when after its findings suggest early mammography leads to a mortality reduction.

Sept. 29 - UMHS chief risk officer talks with Newsweek about overcoming medical errors

Richard C. Boothman, J.D., UMHS's chief risk officer, is featured in a Newsweek article examining how health systems nationwide are looking to avoid committing preventable medical errors by embracing an up-front approach with patients when mistakes occur. Since UMHS hired Boothman and adopted his program of disclosure and compensation, lawsuits have declined and legal-defense costs have dropped by 61 percent, according to a study published in August.

Sept. 29 - U-M defends use of animals in critical-care training in Ann Arbor Journal

Amid a flurry of criticism from animal rights activists, including the activist group PETA, the Ann Arbor Journal reports U-M officials took a strong stance last week to defend its use of animals in a Survival Flight advanced-practice nurse training course. "We are fully in compliance of all state and federal laws and have a program that is fully accredited, funded, and I think, one of the best in the country," says Howard G. Rush, associate professor and the director of U-M's Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Sept. 28 - A bold decision, help from Dr. Fisseha keeps woman's hope of becoming a mother alive

Jenny Nickels' dream of becoming a mother became jeopardized when the 21-year-old from Northville, Mich. was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing's sarcoma. Nickels decided to leave the hospital where she received her diagnosis and came to Senait Fisseha, M.D., J.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medical director for the U-M's Center for Reproductive Medicine. Fisseha tells Click on Detroit and the Michigan Daily that a large number of patients who still need fertility preservation counseling don't receive it.

Sept. 27- Dr. Donaldson speaks about sports-related injuries in children with Fox 2 News

Laurie D. Donaldson, M.D., pediatric orthopedic specialist, warns parents that kids should avoid participating in sports year-round to prevent serious injuries. Dr. Donaldson tells Fox 2 News that repetitive trauma to the same muscles can lead to injury.

Sept. 24- Dr. Young speaks with MSNBC about new salmonella study

Vincent B. Young, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of infectious diseases, suggests to MSNBC that a recent University of California-Davis study on salmonella could lead to new research on how the human body's intestine and intestinal bacteria function. The study found salmonella bacteria can out-grow the billions of healthy bacteria in a host's gut.

Sept. 23- CVC study on doctors' health habits reported in LA Times

The LA Times and UPI reported on a U-M Cardiovascular Center study that found doctors' hesitance to counsel patients on a healthy diet and exercise might be related to their own health habits. Michael Howe, M.D., chief medical resident at U-M Health System and the study's lead, says if a doctor lives a healthy lifestyle, it can translate into a more believable message to the patient.

Sept. 23- UMHS officials announces formation of Pennant Health Alliance

University of Michigan Health System officials, including UMHS CEO Ora Hirsch Pescovitz and U-M Hospitals and Health Centers CEO Doug Strong, joined administrators from two western Michigan community health systems - Kent County-based Metro Health and Novi-based Trinity Health - Wednesday in Grand Rapids to announce a new alliance. Together, the trio form Pennant Health Alliance, offering independent and small community hospitals access to additional resources and clinical support. The alliance attracted media attention from across the state, with reports featured in, the Grand Rapids Press and the Muskegon Chronicle.

Sept. 22- NY Times speaks with Dr. Kutcher about concussions in young athletes

The issue of sports-related concussions has received a considerable amount of media attention recently, particularly in the New York Times. Jeffrey S. Kutcher, M.D., assistant professor of neurology and director of the U-M Michigan NeuroSport program, explains to the Times that researchers might never know whether young human brains are similarly affected by concussions.

Sept. 22- Listen to Dr. Pinsky discuss heart health, MSU head football coach's heart attack

David J. Pinsky, M.D., professor of internal medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology, talks with WTKA Sports Talk about heart health and MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio's recent heart attack. Even non-sports fans will learn something new from the sports program that offers expert advice on reducing cholesterol and stress and lowering risk for heart attack.

Sept. 20 CVC's Sharlene Day weighs in on recovery for MSU coach

The Detroit Free Press asks if the excitement was too much for MSU coach Mark Dantonio who had a heart attack following the high intesity game with ND. Stress and adrenaline likely contributed to the heart attack, doctors said. But with the right medical intervention, "the high likelihood is that he'll be able to return to work within even a week or two," says Sharlene Day, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan Health System.

Sept. 20- Patient at CVC recounts positive, life-changing experience at U-M Hospital

Dwight Lang, a lecturer in U-M’sDepartment of Sociology, praises the U-M Cardiovascular Center and Richard L. Prager, M.D., professor of surgery and a director of the center, for saving his life in a recent article. Lang had a heart attack in May and underwent bypass surgery at the center. “I am forever in debt to all those at the University of Michigan Hospital who made it possible for me to again walk into a classroom, savor cups of coffee at Expresso Royale, enjoy noontime Burton Tower carillon music and stroll across the Diag,” Lang writes. “Oddly these and other ordinary events seem novel, even exceptional.”

Sept. 20- Dr. Hayes talks with NY Times about cancer drug

Dr. Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., professor of internal medicine and clinical director of U-M’s Breast Oncology Program, discusses the potential benefits of further research on a drug used to treat breast cancer with the New York Times. Genentech, manufacturer of the high-cost drug Avastin, submitted an application to expand the drug's approval for breast cancer and now is waiting for a decision from the Food and Drug Administration. “What would be really nice is if we knew in advance in what patients it would work,’’ Hayes says to the New York Times.

Sept. 17- U-M vice president for research announces U-M research spending tops $1 billion

Multiple media outlets, including Ann and the Detroit Free Press, reported an announcement from Stephen R. Forrest, U-M vice president for research, alerting the U-M Board of Regents that the university’s research spending topped $1 billion for the second straight year. In total, Forrest says research spending grew 12 percent in 2009-10 to $1.14 billion.

Sept. 16- Bloomberg Businessweek highlights Dr. Schwenk’s study

A study by Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., a professor of family medicine and associate director of the U-M Depression Center, is featured in Bloomberg Businessweek’s article discussing depressed medical students’ fear of stigma. In his study, Dr. Schwenk suggests depressed medical students are more likely than their non-depressed counterparts to think they will be isolated and stigmatized. Michigan Radio, HealthDay/Modern Medicine and Medpage Today also covered the study.

Sept. 16- Dr. Davis talks with CNBC about e-cigarettes

Matthew M. Davis, M.D.,M.A.P.P., director of the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health and associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School, discusses poll results about electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, with CNBC. “It is clear from this poll that U.S. adults are not waiting for scientific evidence of adverse health effects of e-cigarettes before asking that they be regulated and restricted,” Dr. Davis told CNBC.

Sept. 15- Dr. Hodish’s new device for diabetic patients profiled in Crain’s

Crain’s Detroit Business reports on a blood sugar analysis device developed by Israel Hodish, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and medical consultant to the medical device company Hygieia Inc., and Eran Bhashan, chief executive officer of Hygieia and former U-M engineering doctoral student. Called GPS for diabetic patients, the device helps to more effectively manage blood sugar levels.

Sept. 14 - NY Times talks to Dr. Chey about experimental drug

William D. Chey, M.D., a professor of internal medicine and director of the Michigan Bowel Control Program, was quoted in the New York Times about promising new data that shows linaclotide, an experimental drug to ease pain and increase bowel movements in people with irritable bowel syndrome, improves both constipation and diarrhea.

Sept. 14 - Dr. Hayward’s recommendation covered in NY Times blog

The New York Times reported on a commentary by Rodney A. Hayward, M.D., a professor of internal medicine, and Kerianne H. Quanstrum, M.D., a surgery resident at the University of Michigan Health System that examines whether consumers should trust doctors’ recommendations on breast cancer screening.

Sept. 10 - U-M Stroke program shows some Hispanics at risk for second strokes

MSN, HealthDay and Bloomberg Business News quoted Dr. Darin Zahuranec, assistant professor of neurology, about the U-M Stroke Program study that found a higher rate of second strokes among Mexican-American patients with a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. The results, published in Stroke, are from a long-running NIH-funded study led by Dr. Lewis Morgenstern, director of the U-M Stroke Program.

Sept. 9 - North Campus Research Complex profiled in the Detroit Free Press

U-M's North Campus Research Complex was featured in the business section of the Detroit Free Press on Sept. 9. "The North Campus Research Complex represents an opportunity to do something different," David Canter, NCRC's executive director, told the Free Press. "Just filling up space is not the mission."

Sept. 8 - U-M responds to animal activists in Detroit News

Today's Detroit News has a story about the use of animals in a Survival Flight advanced-practice nurse training course, and a complaint filed by the activist group PETA to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U-M has replied to PETA's allegations through a statement that is quoted in the story, and stands by the use of animals for this important training in life-saving therapeutic techniques.

Sept. 8 - Dr. Gary Freed talked to

Dr. Gary Freed, internal medicine and pediatrics, talked to for a parenting column on vaccines and autism. In the story, doctors drive home the message that skipping vaccines is not risk-free. "The reason these diseases are so rare is because of immunizations," says Freed, a national advisor on vaccines for children. "I took care of a child who died of measles encephalitis because he was not vaccinated. It was a horrible death that was needless and preventable, and those parents never forgave themselves for not vaccinating their child."

Sept. 8 - Chief risk officer quoted about Health System's disclosure policy

Richard C. Boothman discussed U-M's policy of full disclosure of medical errors in stories published about a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Boothman, a co-author of the study, said researchers found that U-M's policy did not result in higher claims for compensation in Science Magazine, the Kalamazoo Gazette and

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