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Cancer centers provide superior end-of-life care; a new way for health science educators to connect — and more health stories

October 6, 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! Study: Cancer centers provide superior end-of-life care to dual-eligible cancer patientsECMO offers sickest COVID patients a chance to survive, but a slimmer one than previously thoughtMovement of genes within cells helps organisms tell timeGlioma subtype may hold the secret to the success of immunotherapiesA new way for health science educators to connectMeet the team that’s changing cancer experiences for…

Social media threat update

October 5, 2021

This past weekend, the FBI, with the assistance of the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security, identified an individual responsible for posting an online threat against the women of the University of Michigan. Recently, the FBI provided an update on the joint investigation. Based on the FBI update, there is no current nor pending threat to the community from the individual responsible for the post. During the interview, agents assessed the individual had neither the means nor the opportunity to carry out the threat. Threat assessment includes accounting for all information available and the totality of the circumstances such as evaluating…

Michigan Medicine Security wins prestigious award

October 5, 2021

Congratulations to the Michigan Medicine security team, which recently won an Outstanding Security Performance Award (OSPA)!   An OSPA award recognizes and rewards companies and individuals across the security sector. The criteria for these awards are based on extensive research on key factors that contribute to and characterize outstanding performance.  Michigan Medicine specifically won the “Outstanding Security Team” award. As part of their recognition, OSPA said: “The Michigan Medicine Security Team believes that a comprehensive, multi-faceted security program is most effective when it reduces risk and alleviates the anxiety in hospital neighborhoods. MMS’s success is based on three key factors: trust,…

U-M wins national health award for workplace well-being

October 4, 2021

U-M has been recognized as a national leader in workplace well-being with the 2021 C. Everett Koop National Health Award. Since 2006, MHealthy has led U-M’s employee health and well-being programs and services, working closely with university leadership to create a culture that supports all the dimensions of well-being. Each year, more than 20,000 employees participate in MHealthy programs and more than 450 currently volunteer as Champions in their departments. To be considered, winners are required to document results, both in terms of health improvement and economic impact. Because of its rigorous scientific standards, the Koop Award is not given every…

NIH awards U-M $11.7M to fund a Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research

September 29, 2021

U-M clinician-researchers, led by Roger Albin, M.D., Anne B. Young Collegiate Professor of Neurology, codirector, U-M Movement Disorders Division, and director, U-M Parkinson’s Foundation Research Center of Excellence, were awarded a five-year $11.7 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS) to re-establish a Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research. NINDS previously funded the U-M Udall Center from 2015-2020. There are five Udall Centers nationwide, established in memory of Congressman Morris K. Udall of Arizona, who passed away from Parkinson’s in 1998. Up to 70% of patients with Parkinson Disease (PD) fall each…

Kade’s Michigan Answer: Becoming who he really was

September 27, 2021

Alone. Scared. Never knowing who to trust or where to turn for help.  That’s how Kade Fitzgerald of Jackson, Michigan lived the first 32 years of his life. Assigned female at…

Cutting through the confusion about kids, teens and COVID-19 exposures

September 23, 2021

It’s pretty confusing to be a parent of a school-age or preschool child right now. Are your kid’s sniffles and fever an early sign of COVID-19? Or just a cold or allergies? What should you do next? Or what if they’re feeling fine, but your school, their friend’s parents, or the soccer coach says someone your child has been around has COVID-19? Or what if you find out that your teen’s friend is sick but your teen didn’t think – or want - to tell you? These questions have gotten more urgent in recent weeks. Cases of COVID-19 in children…

Michigan Medicine named a Comprehensive Center of Excellence in diagnosis and treatment of lymphatic disease

September 23, 2021

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which was recently named a Comprehensive Center of Excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphatic disease! The honor was given by LE&RN — the Lymphatic Education & Research Network. LEARN’s oversight committee includes a global collection of lymphatic disease experts. In addition to outstanding clinical and social services, Centers of Excellence must provide professional and lay education in the geographic areas they serve, be involved in LD clinical research and work with LE&RN locally and internationally in its efforts to continually improve the lives of those affected by LD and their families.Please click here to read more about LE&RN's…

Laundry co-op garners quality designation from Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council

September 22, 2021

Barely one year after first opening its doors, the laundry facility that services Michigan Medicine, Henry Ford Health System and Trinity Health has garnered the coveted quality endorsement by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), the laundry equivalent of The Joint Commission Accreditation for Health Care Systems. A nonprofit that inspects laundries servicing health facilities, HLAC accreditation is more than a feather in the proverbial surgical cap — getting the designation for the recently opened Metropolitan Detroit Area Hospital Services (MDAHS) facility helps ensure patient and team member safety. “To us, this is about peace of mind for our members…