Week in Review: Week of Feb. 24, 2020

February 28, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Tomorrow you’ll get an extra day to enjoy February. And today, you have an extra chance to enjoy the featured stories from the past week at Headlines!

For instance, Michigan Medicine researchers shared their work, which is focused on understanding why cardiovascular disease affects women differently from men. There was also the extraordinary story of Sam Kell, a teenager who received out-of-the-box treatment for brain cancer; faculty and staff learned the history behind Soul Food and how certain cuisines may impact health disparities; and employees across the organization detailed the importance of high reliability training.

In case you missed anything, here’s the latest!

Finding the answers: Researchers studying sex differences in cardiovascular disease

From groundbreaking research to grant programs and symposiums, a team of experts at Michigan Medicine are coming together to find out why there are sex differences in cardiovascular disease. To wrap up Hearth Month, learn all about M-BRISC, the Michigan Biological Research Initiative on Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease.

Outside-the-box treatment helps teen with aggressive brain cancer

When he was 14 years old, Sam Kell was diagnosed with Grade IV glioblastoma, an aggressive, fast-growing brain cancer with an average life expectancy of 12-18 months. But that was five years ago. Thanks to a team at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and their innovative treatment plan, today Sam is a thriving college student. Click here for his unique story.

Soul Food, fast food or no food: How lack of access shapes health outcomes for communities of color

Comfort foods differ for everyone. But because they’re eaten so often, the origins of some of these dishes — and the health implications that have sprung up as a result — are important to understand. For instance, Soul Food, paired with a lack of access to healthy produce in many communities of color, serve as a precursor to some health disparities. Click through for details. 

Hotel Romeo Oscar: High reliability in practice

High reliability training is underway at Michigan Medicine — and it’s mandatory for everyone. The training is designed to improve processes, create a common language and reduce harm at Michigan Medicine. But how it affects team members varies from role-to-role. Check out some examples — both clinical and non-clinical — that explain why this initiative is so vital.