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$7.6 million gift launches new Lung Cancer Research Initiative at U-M

January 14, 2022

Increased understanding of the genetic mutations that drive non-small cell lung cancer has led to new, effective treatments in recent years. Yet when a patient is diagnosed with an alteration in…

Video: Bare shelves in the blood bank means threat to patient care

January 14, 2022

https://youtu.be/NIw-O-QlB0k A huge walk-in refrigerator at the heart of Michigan Medicine’s main hospital should be full of bags of blood right now. But instead, some of the shelves are bare, or nearly so. Even blood plasma, which is almost never in short supply, has gotten scarcer. Robertson Davenport, M.D., hasn’t seen many weeks like this in nearly four decades as director of the Blood Bank at the University of Michigan’s academic medical center. The critical shortage, which has stretched supplies thin nationwide, threatens the ability to provide many types of patient care. The Red Cross has just declared the first-ever national…

Find better wellness in 2022, helping hearts across Michigan — and more health stories

January 10, 2022

A roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss. P.S. Want to receive new stories straight to your inbox? Sign up for the blog e-newsletters! Lab For kids with severe scoliosis, growth-friendly surgeries cause more complications than single spinal fusion21 research takeaways from 2021Bacterial genome is regulated by an ancient moleculeStudy demonstrates a novel approach to target enhancer-addicted cancersDiabetes can cause painful neuropathy. A new study shows that not only are opioids not very effective in managing this type of pain, but other non-opioid…

Poinsettias bring cheer to adult hospital patients

January 4, 2022

Michigan Medicine staff, faculty, learners and friends donated more than 850 plants to help bring cheer to adults hospitalized over the holidays during the fourth annual Poinsettias for Patients program. On…

U-M study to compare two pain regimens commonly prescribed following outpatient surgical procedures

January 3, 2022

For the millions of patients in America who undergo low-risk outpatient surgeries each year, pain management is among the top issues they face when recovering at home. A new study led by U-M researchers seeks to identify the most effective and safest prescribing strategy to relieve acute pain after a patient heads home after surgery. The CARES study — Comparing Analgesic Regimen Effectiveness and Safety After Surgery — will compare how well prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid treatments relieve acute pain after surgery, the harms of each treatment option, and the effects of each treatment option on additional…

Dismantling racism in medicine; Two-year-old celebrates first Christmas at home — and more health stories

January 3, 2022

A roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss. P.S. Want to receive new stories straight to your inbox? Sign up for the blog e-newsletters! Lab Education and earnings: cost of childhood spinal cord injuries from gunshot woundsForm, function and a deadly fungusDismantling racism in medicineOlympic dreams to team doctorResearchers zero in on therapeutic target for aggressive uterine cancerClearing cholesterol crystals with a new nanoparticlePrevious trauma can impact expectant mothers during pregnancy and beyondCOVID-19 Coverage Health His shortness of breath signaled a deeper, underlying…

Oh baby! Von Voigtlander welcomes first newborns of 2022

January 3, 2022

Simon Theodore Wiggins was born at 12:16 a.m. on New Year's Day. At 12:16 a.m. on Jan. 1, Simon Theodore Wiggins was born at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, becoming the first newborn of 2022 at Michigan Medicine. Simon was one of eight babies delivered by faculty and staff on New Year’s Day — five boys and three girls. Those newborns followed eight others who were born on New Year’s Eve. Congratulations to all of our families and thank you to the dedicated team members who worked the holidays to care for the babies and their grateful parents. Happy New Year!

2021: Headlines Year in Review

December 23, 2021

2021 has been another challenging year at Michigan Medicine. But those challenges have been met head on by faculty, staff and learners, all of whom have stepped up in remarkable ways…

What to know about the Omicron variant; A reflection on congenital heart disease care — and more health stories

December 22, 2021

A roundup of articles from both the Michigan Health and Michigan Health Lab blogs, which cover stories on breaking news and research, health tips and wellness that you won’t want to miss. P.S. Want to receive new stories straight to your inbox? Sign up for the blog e-newsletters! Lab A reflection on congenital heart disease care, and where it’s headedInvestigating the relationship between inflammatory bowel disease and C. diffStudy: Financial hardship prevalent during and after pregnancyBelzutifan offers hope for patients with von Hippel-Lindau diseaseBreakthrough in using CRISPR-Cas9 to target fat cellsCOVID-19 Coverage Health Finding your new grooveWhat to know about the omicron variantWhat is lymphedema?Pandemic stress weighs…