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‘Painless: The Opioid Musical’ puts spotlight on opioid use disorder

December 2, 2022

Inspired by true stories of opioid addiction and recovery, “Painless: The Opioid Musical” was developed to engage high school students and educate them about opioid use disorder.  Painless was written by Jacob Ryan Smith, a graduate of the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD).  As a part of the Opioid Use Case for the U-M Precision Health Initiative, this program is a collaboration between Michigan OPEN, SMTD, the U-M School of Nursing and U-M School of Public Health. After several years delay due to COVID-19, the musical was performed for high school students for the first time in…

Her heart stopped more than 25 times. ECMO saved her life.

November 30, 2022

A photo of Hogan after receiving her LVAD. Photos courtesy April Hogan Approximately a 5-minute read. Key takeaways: After suffering a major heart attack, April Hogan went into cardiac arrest on…

Tips to promote positive social media boundaries for young people; what parents should know about RSV — and more health stories

November 28, 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! Social media: Top setting tips to promote positive boundaries, mental health for young peopleStudy compares adverse events after two types of bariatric surgery in adolescentsMajor financial pain follows major injury, study saysCannabis users had worse bypass outcomes, increased amputation and opioid useDietary change starves cancer cells Many young people recognize negative impact of social media and have considered deleting…

Women’s Choice Award gives organization ‘Best Hospital’ designation

November 23, 2022

Congratulations to the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, which earned recognition from Women’s Choice Award as a “Best Hospital.” The organization was honored for its performance in bariatric surgery, obstetrics, heart care, minimally invasive surgery, cancer care, stroke care, outpatient experience and patient experience. Click here to learn more about this distinction. 

Researchers from U-M and Marcus Institute for Aging Research receive more than $13 million in funding to study the prevention of delirium in older adults

November 22, 2022

For older adults, a hospital admission or major surgery includes risk of developing delirium — a complication not only marked by confusion or agitation, but also associated with prolonged hospitalization, cognitive and functional decline and increased mortality.  A new study led by the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and the U-M Medical School Department of Anesthesiology will test whether family caretaker support provided at the hospital bedside can reduce risk of delirium and its related complications and improve outcomes for patients and their families. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)) has approved $13.25…

U-M Health earns another ‘A’ for hospital safety

November 22, 2022

Congratulations to U-M Health, which once again earned an ‘A’ for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization! Leapfrog grades hospitals twice a year on issues such as infections, problems with surgery, safety issues, practices to prevent errors, and quality of staff and leadership.  The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring. Click here to learn more about U-M…

Photo gallery: The dog-tor becomes the patient

November 17, 2022

Anna has been a steady presence at Michigan Medicine for over six years, bringing love, comfort and just enough mischief to so many people.  Anna has been teaching her human partners a lot over the years, too! Most recently, they've been learning about her knees! A dog’s knee — called the stifle joint — has two cruciate (“crossed”) ligaments in the middle that hold the joint together and help it bend and bounce, especially when the dog is running and jumping. As some particularly active dogs (like Anna!) get to middle-age (she turned 7 this year), those ligaments can start…

U-M approved for study to help prevent adolescent alcohol use

November 17, 2022

To help test the effectiveness of a novel technology-driven program, multiple PIs and U-M Addiction Center faculty Maureen Walton, M.P.H., Ph.D., and Erin  Bonar, Ph.D. have been approved for a 5-year funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study brief interventions for adolescent alcohol use. Alcohol use among adolescents is a public health priority warranting prevention approaches. Youth who begin drinking and misusing alcohol at younger ages are at greater risk for negative long-term outcomes, such as injuries, lower achievement in life or education, and development of an alcohol use disorder (i.e., addiction).  Adolescent alcohol use is…

Organization earns national honor for health system quality

November 15, 2022

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which was named to the 2022 Governance Institute Health System Quality Honor Roll! Through its work, The Governance Institute sought to recognize the organizations that are are advancing efficiency, access and outcomes. It employed the most recently available set of CMS Star Ratings to generate a CMS Quality Rating and used NRC Health’s Market Insights data to create a parallel Consumer Quality Rating, to help compile its honor roll. Nineteen health systems across the U.S. were named to the honor roll.  Click here to read more about the methodology and to see the complete list. Thank…