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Cold is gold for COVID-19 scientists

February 11, 2021

Biorepository director Victoria Blanc, Ph.D., pulls a rack of samples out of one of the large freezers used to store COVID-19 samples. The forecast outside calls for temperatures below freezing, and wind chills below zero in the coming days. But that’s a heat wave compared with what’s happening inside a row of freezers at U-M. The forecast for them? A very consistent -112 degrees Fahrenheit, or -80 degrees Celsius. That’s just fine with U-M scientists, though. Because inside those freezers sit tens of thousands of tiny vials filled with blood plasma, DNA and nose swabbings from people with COVID-19. Whether…

7 key pieces of advice to sway more people to get vaccinated — and more health stories

February 10, 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! Overcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: A group of experts provide 7 key pieces of advice for convincing more people to get vaccinated when their turn comes up.Your Smartphone Can Help Fight COVID. Here’s How:  6 ways to use your device to help yourself and others during the pandemic.The Many Triggers of Broken Heart Syndrome: The condition, also known as…

Lifelong journey: A patient, a mom, and their Michigan Medicine family

February 10, 2021

“It’s true what they say,” said Anitra Williamson, “It takes a village to raise a child.” For Williamson and her daughter, 27-year-old Kiara, Michigan Medicine is…

How a field clinic improved hearing loss in an Amish community

February 8, 2021

When it comes to improving access to health care, field clinics certainly pull their weight. These mobile hotspots directly remove barriers to medical care for individuals who live in rural areas…

Music mattered most: Faculty, staff come together to grant one final wish for patient

February 2, 2021

Labelle with Michigan Medicine team members around the grand piano at UH. Through a life filled with both joys and challenges, David Labelle defied many of the limits set by Cystic…

What do new mutations to COVID-19 mean? — and more health stories

February 1, 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! A Caregiver Check-In: Four ways to best support the caregiver in your life from a wellness leader at Michigan Medicine. What Do New Mutations to SARS-CoV-2 Mean?: New SARS-CoV-2 mutations in the U.K. and the U.S. have raised alarms. Here, a Michigan Medicine expert weighs in. Pain Patients Who Take Opioids Can’t Get in the Door at Half…

Medicine and the media: COVID-19 becomes focus of U-M med student’s CNN internship

January 28, 2021

Gina Yu at CNN headquarters. Gina Yu expected her first day interning at CNN would be fairly relaxed — meeting colleagues, being shown around the office, setting up email passwords —…

U-M ranked among Top 10 Global Universities for Oncology Research by U.S. News & World Report

January 28, 2021

U-M was recently ranked No. 9 among institutions globally in cancer research, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Global University Rankings. The university was ranked No. 17 overall out of nearly 1,500 top institutions in 86 countries. The rankings are based on factors such as global and regional research reputation, high-impact publications and international collaborations. The Rogel Cancer Center is a leading hub of cancer research at U-M, with more than 320 members based in 56 academic departments across nine schools and colleges. “Our researchers have a multi-decade history of pioneering advances across the continuum of cancer research,”…

Donor gift endows Paws4Patients at Michigan Medicine

January 26, 2021

A gift from Lainie and Kenny Lipschutz and the Lipschutz Family Fund will ensure that current and future generations of Michigan Medicine patients will be able to receive comfort and support…