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Michigan Medicine named top performer on 2020 Health Care Equality Index

September 17, 2020

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which has again received the designation as a “top performer” for LGBTQ+ equality by the Human Rights Campaign! The Human Rights Campaign has created the Health Care Equality Index to assess a health care system’s ability to deliver LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and services for patients, visitors and employees. Over the past three years, the institution has increased the score from 75 in 2018 to 90 in 2019 and 95 in 2020.  “Although improvement in our score is important our main goal is to improve the experience at Michigan Medicine for our LGBTQ+ community that goes beyond…

Michigan Medicine opens multidisciplinary Facial Nerve Clinic

September 14, 2020

A team of Michigan Medicine experts across specialties have joined together to create the Michigan Medicine Facial Nerve Clinic, in hopes of optimizing patient care and health outcomes. Prior to the appointment, patients will undergo a pre-evaluation screening by the clinic coordinator. The screening will be used to develop a personalized itinerary for the patient’s first visit. Appointments for patients needing to see several specialists will be scheduled on the same day and at the same location as much as possible. The specialists will evaluate the patient and design a treatment plan in partnership with the patient and referring physician.…

U-M partners with NIH ACTIV Initiative for clinical trial of blood clotting treatments for COVID-19

September 11, 2020

Michigan Medicine is one of several academic medical centers partnering with the National Institutes of Health on three adaptive clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of varying types of blood thinners to treat adults diagnosed with COVID-19. The trials are part of the ongoing Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) initiative. All three clinical trials will be coordinated and overseen by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of NIH, and funded through Operation Warp Speed. Collectively known as ACTIV-4 Antithrombotics, the trials will provide critical insights that could help guide the care of patients with…

Multiple sclerosis warrior dedicated to helping others

September 10, 2020

Vickie and her husband, Glyn, one of her dedicated caregivers, celebrated 18 years of marriage on July 6. Photo courtesy of Whyte. When Vickie Whyte began experiencing issues with her eyesight…

Composting efforts ramp up at Michigan Medicine

September 9, 2020

In December 2019, Patient Food and Nutrition Services (PFANS) began the unique process of composting leftover food scraps from patient rooms. This process of collecting “post-consumer compost” from patient trays is the first of its kind in the state of Michigan. U-M established a goal in 2011 to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills by 40 percent below the 2006 baseline by 2025. Food waste makes up about 10 to 15 percent of a hospital’s solid waste production every day. “PFANS is dedicated to supporting U-M’s sustainability goals,” said Tina Johnson, a PFANS food service manager. “Our department is reducing…

Beyond the hill: How U-M medical care and education spread across Michigan

September 8, 2020

For 100 years after the dawn of medical care at the University of Michigan, patients who wanted to have their ailments treated by the university’s illustrious physicians had to come to…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

September 4, 2020

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. 6 Ways to Relieve Your Work from Home Fatigue Use these psychologist-approved strategies to fix and avoid the remote work burnout. Pandemic Hitting You in the Wallet? How to Find Health Coverage or Low-Cost Medical Help COVID-19 has meant lost jobs, lost wages, and other disruptions – but that doesn’t mean you have to risk health problems or financial ruin by going uncovered or untreated. BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene Mutations: I Know…

Med school Class of 2024, Black Medical Association, Student Council team up to aid nonprofit

September 4, 2020

As society grapples with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, there have been countless instances of individuals coming together to uplift each other. In Southeast Michigan and across the country, thousands of people have peacefully protested racial injustice and worked to support Black communities. In this spirit, the U-M Medical School Class of 2024 has teamed up with Student Council and the Black Medical Association to fundraise in support of Auntie Na’s Village, a Detroit-based nonprofit. Although the coronavirus has affected all of us, it has simultaneously deepened systemic inequalities and disproportionately affected cities such as Detroit. Keeping this…

U-M to conduct clinical trial to test AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

September 1, 2020

Michigan Medicine is partnering with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for a Phase 3 clinical trial to test a vaccine against COVID-19. The AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE Study will research an investigational vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The study will look at how well the investigational vaccine works and how safe it is. U-M will begin recruiting hundreds of participants for the trial immediately, until the trial is full. U-M is one of several U.S. sites supporting the AstraZeneca trial, with the aim of including 30,000 individuals over a period of two years.…