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Michigan Medicine named one of world’s best specialized hospitals

September 22, 2021

Congratulations to Michigan Medicine, which today was named one of the world’s best specialized hospitals by Newsweek and Statista! The “World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022” ranking identifies and honors the very best hospitals around the globe that specialize in cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology and pediatrics.Newsweek and Statista invited more than 40,000 medical experts — including doctors, hospital managers and health care professionals — to participate in online surveys that allowed them to recommend and assess various hospitals within their respective specializations. Click here to see the full list. Thank you for all you do…

Celebrating one year of inpatient rehabilitation partnership at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital

September 16, 2021

One year ago, Michigan Medicine entered a collaboration with St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) Hospital that grew the reach of its physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) services. The expanded inpatient rehabilitation…

Keeping afloat during the pandemic

September 15, 2021

Kara Wolter and her father after the Motor City Mile event. The Detroit River was chilly on the morning of July 9, when Kara Wolter slid into the water to begin…

First-year medical student wins gold at Paralympics

September 14, 2021

Sam Grewe, a first-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School, competes as a high jumper. Credit: The Grewe Family  Sam Grewe, a first-year student at the U-M Medical…

Long-time Michigan Medicine patients offer tips for providing an exceptional patient experience

September 8, 2021

Gerson and Beverley Geltner The last time Gerson and Beverley Geltner visited Michigan Medicine, they were so impressed that they sent a letter to Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., who immediately shared…

Studying an extra COVID-19 vaccine dose in people with autoimmune diseases

September 7, 2021

In recent months, mounting evidence has suggested the standard two-dose regimen for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines does not offer as much protection for immunocompromised people as it does for the general population. Despite making up less than 3% of the U.S. adult population, immunocompromised people account for nearly 45% of breakthrough COVID-19 infections requiring hospitalization. Given the available data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of the mRNA vaccine. The FDA authorized the additional dose Aug. 12. The recommendation is based on a few studies that suggest immunocompromised people…

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center receives $15.3M renewed federal funding for five more years

August 27, 2021

Federal funding has been confirmed to expand a collaboration between U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University that aims to accelerate progress in Alzheimer’s disease research. The National Institutes of Health will award an estimated $15.3 million over the next five years to continue and expand research operations that enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). These funds will be used to facilitate a wide range of studies — ranging from basic science to clinical trials to caregiver interventions — as well as to enhance public and professional education about ADRD. This grant maintains…

Existing drugs kill SARS-CoV-2 in cells: Could the next therapy for COVID-19 already be at your local pharmacy?

August 26, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, researchers worldwide have been looking for ways to treat COVID-19. And while the COVID-19 vaccines represent the best measure to prevent the disease, therapies for those who do get infected remain in short supply. A new groundbreaking study from U-M reveals several drug contenders already in use for other purposes — including one dietary supplement — that have been shown to block or reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells. The study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses artificial intelligence-powered image analysis of human cell lines during infection with the novel coronavirus.…

Transgender couple fulfills dream to become parents

August 25, 2021

Jesse and Maria Ballard with their son. When Jesse Ballard found out he was pregnant, he was shocked yet excited. He and his wife, Maria, had been trying to conceive, but…