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August 2008

Aug. 28 - Many from UMHS featured in Ann Arbor News special section

Today's issue of the Ann Arbor News features a two-part special section called the M Edition - - an annual roundup of stories and photos from around the U-M campus that appears each year before the start of classes. This year's issue features many Health System people and programs, including profiles of Dr. Carmen Green of Anesthesiology, physician assistant Susan Klimist of Emergency Medicine, staff members Alfreda Rooks-Jordan and Joan Miller of Community Health Services. There are also profiles of the hospital's Security & Entrance Services department and Tobacco Consultation Service, and a major article on construction around the U-M campus that features the Children's & Women's project and the Kellogg/Brehm project. Follow the links above to read each article, or see the whole issue here.

Aug. 28 - Dr. Gruis, profile of U-M research in AA Biz Review

The new issue of the Ann Arbor Business Review contains a story on research led by Kirsten Gruis, M.D., Neurology, on Lou Gehrig's disease, which is also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. The story, which is available online here, summarizes three clinical trials now open to ALS patients, including one led by Robert Welsh, Ph.D., Radiology. The story, which also emphasizes U-M's leading role in biomedical research on a national scale, is accompanied by a sidebar of key facts about U-M medical research. Read the UMHS press release about the ALS clinical trials here.

Aug. 21 - CVC event for hunters at Cabela's makes news

This weekend, the Cardiovascular Center held its second annual Heart of the Hunter Health Fair at the giant Cabela's outdoor supply store in Dundee, to help hunters and their families learn about their heart risk and what they can do to prevent or respond to heart-related emergencies while they're out in the woods this fall. Various news organizations have carried stories about the event, including the Ann Arbor News, the Dearborn Press and Guide and the Monroe Evening News. Read the UMHS press release about the event here.

Aug. 18 - New MedPedia site powered by U-M Medical School

Ever wonder about the quality of health information found online? The University of Michigan Medical School, along with others, is involved with the upcoming launch of Medpedia, a new site modeled after the online wiki encyclopedia, but will differ in that it won't accept content from just anybody. Dr. Robert Lash, an endocrinologist and associate professor of Internal Medicine, talked to American Medical News about UM's involvement in providing reliable health information to the public. Harvard Medical School, Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health are also contributors.

Aug. 15 - U-M performance in Medicare project makes news

Last week, the federal agency that runs Medicare announced the results from the second year of a promising demonstration project aimed at improving the care of Medicare recipients while slowing the growth of Medicare spending. Two of the 10 participating physician groups -- U-M and one other -- managed to achieve both aims at a high enough level that they will receive financial rewards. U-M will earn $1.7 million back from Medicare as a result of our performance, which was made possible by a concerted effort led by the Faculty Group Practice. News stories on this achievement include the following items in Crain's Detroit Business, the Ann Arbor News, the MedPage Today site for health professionals and Modern Healthcare. For more on this achievement, read the UMHS press release here.

Aug. 14 - Dr. Glick talks to Forbes about college depression

As parents around the country prepare to send their children back to college, Forbes magazine's web site has prepared a useful article for them, on the important topic of college depression. Rachel Glick, M.D., Psychiatry, is quoted prominently - see the article online here. Dr Glick was co-chair of the American Psychiatric Association's commission on college mental health, and is a member of the U-M Depression Center, which has held an annual conference on college depression since 2003. For information on past and upcoming conferences, visit this page.

Aug. 8-11 — Ovide Pomerleau's smoking study in the news

A new study that links a particular genetic variation with the "buzz" that some people get when they first try smoking, and with overall smoking habits later in life, is generating major media coverage around the world. Led by Ovide Pomerleau, Ph.D., Psychiatry, the study is published online in the journal Addiction and has already been covered by the CBS Radio network, Reuters, Ann Arbor News, the BBC in the UK, the CBC in Canada, and the Bloomberg, Healthday and WebMD newswires. More coverage is expected in coming days. Read the UMHS press release about the study here.

Aug. 5 - Pioneering heart patient on WJR tonight; in Free Press

Tonight on WJR radio (760 AM), between 7 and 8 p.m., a pioneering heart patient treated at U-M's Cardiovascular Center will talk about his experience as the first recipient in the U.S. of a brand-new experimental heart-assist device. Anthony Shannon, Ph.D., of Livonia received the DuraHeart device, which is made by an Ann Arbor company, last week in an operation led by Francis Pagani, M.D., Ph.D., Cardiac Surgery. The Detroit Free Press has also written a story about him, which is available here. The UMHS press release that led to this news coverage is available online here.

Aug. 2 - Dr. Tim Johnson, U-M coaches on Channel 4

Timothy M. Johnson, Cutaneous Surgery & Oncology Director, was featured in a story on WDIV-Channel 4 on Friday and Saturday about prominent members of the U-M Athletic Department who have had melanoma. The story featured Athletic Director Bill Martin, Head Hockey Coach Red Berenson, and former Head Football Coach and current Senior Associate Athletic Director Lloyd Carr. All have been treated and are doing well. Martin's treatment by Dr. Johnson led to him starting a skin cancer screening at the Athletic Department, the most recent of which was held Saturday.


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