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Pandemic worsened many older adults’ mental health and sleep, poll finds, but long-term resilience also seen

May 4, 2021

Nearly one in five older adults say their mental health has gotten worse since the pandemic began in March 2020, and an equal percentage say their sleep has suffered in that time too. More than one in four say they’re more anxious or worried than before the COVID-19 era, according to a new poll of people age 50 to 80. Women, people in their 50s and early 60s, and older adults who have a college degree or higher were more likely than others to report worse mental health than before the pandemic, according to the new findings from the National Poll on…

A pregnant liver transplant recipient conquers COVID-19

May 4, 2021

Photos courtesy of the Roberson family. When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, 34-year-old Yolanda Roberson knew that both she and her husband, Deandre, needed to be extra careful. “I work in…

COVID-19 upticks among kids and teens, 6 things to do when visiting the emergency room — and more health stories

May 3, 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! Who Has a Right to Ask if You’re Vaccinated? Why a false controversy about vaccine privacy and “passports” threatens to prolong the pandemic. 6 Things to Do When Visiting the Emergency Room: To help things go smoothly, follow (and save) these steps ahead of your E.R. visit from an emergency medicine clinician. COVID Upticks Among Kids and Teens:…

Bipartisan chronic disease management legislation reintroduced

May 3, 2021

On Wednesday, April 28, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to allow high-deductible health plans associated with health savings accounts (HDHP-HSAs) the flexibility to cover a broad range of chronic disease management services for beneficiaries prior to meeting the plan deductible. This bill builds upon a popular federal rule that permits HSA-HDHPs to cover a specific list of chronic disease services on a pre-deductible basis.  See the U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design post for more information and resources. Website: https://vbidcenter.org/

Michigan Medicine nationally recognized for straight ‘A’s in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

April 29, 2021

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care, today announced the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Michigan Medicine is one of only 27 hospitals in the U.S. to be awarded an “A” grade every grading cycle since 2012. For the 19th consecutive time, Michigan Medicine was awarded an “A” for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety. “At Michigan Medicine, we are so proud of receiving this recognition,” said David Miller, M.D., M.P.H., president of the U-M Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs for the U-M Medical…

Most young people eager for COVID-19 vaccine; Better Zzzs, better health — and more health stories

April 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! A new computer algorithm can screen for a fatal complication in scleroderma patients.Delaying Cardiovascular Surgeries Due to COVID-19 Has Serious Psychological Effects on Patients - Postponements during the pandemic sparked anxiety and fear, with many concerned about dying before getting surgery.New Urine-Based Test Holds Promise for Detecting Aggressive Prostate Cancer - Researchers say it performed better than existing…

Video: Student efforts come together in meaningful display of gratitude

April 22, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5IIuYSzo5c Brendan Dolan, Omar Hassan, Grant Ho and Eric Lian are all members of the Thank Blue team – a group of U-M undergraduate students given the assignment to “do something…

Toddler with spina bifida meets Paralympian: ‘She has crutches like me’

April 22, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE3mYQW6Dqg Two-and-a-half-year-old Myah Schneider’s wide blue eyes stayed glued to the TV as she watched Toyota’s Super Bowl commercial featuring Paralympic champion Jessica Long. Scenes flashed between a little girl representing…

It’s National Volunteer Week! Celebrating Michigan Medicine volunteers

April 21, 2021

Michigan Medicine has a long-standing tradition of volunteerism. In 1941, the first formal volunteer program began with 55 townspeople and 140 students providing care to patients and augmenting the work of the “Old Main” Hospital staff. It was there that Volunteer Services, a program of the Community Health Services department, first came to be. The mission of Volunteer Services is to promote the philosophy of caring for patients and families by providing volunteers to augment the work of Michigan Medicine faculty and staff. In addition, Volunteer Services staff nurture the educational and career aspirations and…