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What happens after you get the COVID-19 vaccine? — and more health stories

January 26, 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! What Happens After You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?: A microbiology and immunology specialist breaks down exactly what happens in the body after getting the shot. 45% of Adults Over 65 Lack Online Medical Accounts, Which Could Affect COVID-19 Vaccination: A new poll suggests many don’t yet have access to their “patient portal” online systems, even though it could…

New COVID-19 variant identified in university community

January 22, 2021

Three individuals in the U-M Ann Arbor community have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, which data suggests spreads more easily and quickly. This includes the first known case of the variant identified earlier by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. All identified cases are connected.  All individuals are currently in isolation and are experiencing either no symptoms or mild symptoms. Additionally, all close contacts have been identified, tested and are currently in quarantine. The variant strain was identified as a result of regular university testing followed by additional testing in U-M labs to identify it as…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

January 20, 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! 10 Pandemic Tips for Older Adults (and the People Who Love Them): Special risks mean special care is needed, even as the vaccine becomes available. More Than Half of People Using Cannabis for Pain Experience Multiple Withdrawal Symptoms:  And many may not recognize that these symptoms come not from their underlying condition, but from the absence of cannabis…

U-M’s United Way campaign raises more than $1.2 million

January 20, 2021

The U-M 2020 United Way employee giving campaign has surpassed its stated goal and raised more than $1.2 million thanks to the generosity of faculty, staff and retirees. The funds donated will benefit programs and services through the United Way of Washtenaw County Community Impact Fund — directed toward meeting the most pressing needs in the community — or organizations designated by the donor. Campaign co-chairs Tony Denton, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the U-M Health System, and Cynthia Wilbanks, vice president emeritus for government relations, expressed appreciation for the support from the university community. “Thanks to…

‘Every day is a good day’: Assisted Ventilation Clinic helps ALS patient maintain his quality of life

January 19, 2021

Matt Sirianni and his wife, Laura In June 2018, Matt Sirianni began losing some motor functions and found himself struggling to walk. It seemed odd for the otherwise healthy adult in…

Where do we go from here? MLK Health Sciences Lecture talks body politics and racial empowerment

January 18, 2021

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 55 years ago at a Chicago press conference…

More Michigan Medicine patients will get hospital-level care at home through new programs

January 15, 2021

Since last summer, hundreds of Michigan Medicine hospital patients have continued to receive high-quality, innovative care at home, with the help of skilled teams and remote-monitoring technology. For COVID-19 patients, and many others with complex conditions, this has meant shorter hospital stays, more support after a hospital stay or even avoiding hospitalization. Now, a new approval from the federal agency that oversees Medicare means more patients will soon have this option, if their care teams feel they’re ready for home-based, hospital-level care. Michigan Medicine is the first hospital in Michigan to be accepted into the Acute Hospital Care at Home program of the federal…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

January 12, 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! What Do New SARS-CoV-2 Mutations Mean? A new summary in JAMA explains what the new variants of the coronavirus might mean in regards to spread, immunity and vaccinations. Study Explains Why Patients with Cancer Spread to the Liver Have Worse Outcomes And the reason may lead to a possible solution, researchers say in a newly published paper. Ginger…

The Michigan Medicine blog recap

January 5, 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! Not Sure About the COVID-19 Vaccine? Get the Facts, Then Decide Heard a claim about the vaccines? Check here before sharing or acting on the information. Read more Using Machine Learning to Predict Which COVID-19 Patients Will Get Worse The new algorithm helps clinicians flag patients who need more care. Read more Study: Treatable Cause of High Blood…