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Telemedicine delivers real-time stroke expertise

November 19, 2019

Sarah Phelps is a registered nurse at MidMichigan Medical Center. When Sarah Phelps began her shift as a registered nurse at the MidMichigan Medical Center, she never expected the day would…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

November 15, 2019

A weekly 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. Understanding Breast Implant Safety What you need to know about new breast implant recommendations from the FDA. READ MORE Approach to Personalizing Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Shows Promise in Cell Lines Looking beyond DNA mutations to a combination of molecular features could help determine the best drug combinations for each patient. READ MORE Lasting Tumor Regression of Leukemia and Lymphoma in Mouse Models Achieved by U-M Compound A potent and selective…

App helps connect Michigan providers with U-M mental health experts

November 13, 2019

Michigan, like most of the country, is in desperate need of more child psychiatrists. More than 100,000 Michigan children have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or ADHD. Yet fewer than 250 psychiatrists are trained to treat children in the state. The shortage means pediatricians and other primary care providers often end up treating adolescent mental health issues. “Primary care providers are not trained in treating complex behavioral health disorders and often feel at a loss to prescribe or make treatment recommendations,” said Anne Kramer, program manager of the Michigan Child Collaborative Care Program (MC3), a statewide initiative that provides psychiatry and…

New health insurance benefit at U-M led to increased rates of IVF

November 13, 2019

For couples wanting to have a baby, a diagnosis of infertility can be devastating. And while infertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), offer hope for would-be parents, the procedure comes with a high price tag. On average, one cycle of IVF costs more than $12,000, and is typically not covered by health insurance. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resources Management, in 2018 just one-quarter of employers offered health benefit coverage for IVF. In 2015, U-M joined this select group, adding coverage for infertility treatments, including IVF, to its self-managed health insurance plans. “We try to…

Michigan Medicine once again named one of Metro Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

November 13, 2019

Michigan Medicine’s reputation as a great place to work has once again been recognized! The organization was recently named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Metro Detroit by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. The companies named to the list distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful approaches to human resources. “We are honored to have received this recognition, as we are committed to making Michigan Medicine an inspiring and fulfilling place to work,” said Dee Hunt, M.S., chief human resources officer. “We can only do that thanks to the exceptional faculty and…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

November 8, 2019

A weekly 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. A Consumer Sleep Tracker Researchers Can Actually Use It’s hard to know if wearable devices give accurate sleep reports, so experts validated their own algorithm to score sleep using the Apple watch. READ MORE Organ Donation Saves Three Lives in One Family Brother, sister and their mother all get second chance at life after kidney transplants. READ MORE Getting Kids Up in Trees, Despite Disabilities One team gets creative and transforms a…

Introducing the U-M Center for Disability Health and Wellness

November 7, 2019

Late last month, the Michigan Medicine executive committee approved center status for the U-M Center for Disability Health and Wellness (UM-CDHW). UM-CDHW represents a multidisciplinary collaboration of faculty across U-M departments, schools and colleges with a mission of developing and applying innovative research, clinical and educational strategies to address inequities in health care access, quality and outcomes experienced by individuals with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. The center’s vision is one of working in partnership with members of the disability community to ensure that all people, regardless of type or severity of disability, have full access to…

Another ‘A’: Michigan Medicine again earns top marks for patient safety

November 7, 2019

Thank you, faculty and staff, for the efforts you have made to keep patients as safe as possible at Michigan Medicine! Earlier today, the organization was once again recognized for its impressive performance, earning an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety. Michigan Medicine is one of only 36 hospitals nationwide — out of approximately 2,600 graded — to have earned that distinction in every grading update since it debuted in 2012. To come up with its ratings, Leapfrog measures infection rates, problems during and after surgery, practices in place to prevent errors, safety issues, communication and staffing levels,…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

November 1, 2019

A weekly 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. How Opt-Out Donation Could Affect U.S. Waiting Lists Organ donation must increase to meet the current need of patients awaiting transplants. A “presumed consent” organ donor model could help. READ MORE More Merry than Scary: 11 Halloween Safety Tips for Parents Save hocus pocus for the small screen, and plan a safe and happy Halloween for the whole family with these guidelines. READ MORE Gabapentinoids Appear Increasingly to be Prescribed, Off-Label, for…