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U-M joins low-risk TAVR study

July 21, 2016

Procedures that rely on tiny tubes guided to the heart have transformed the way doctors treat severely ill patients who are too frail for surgery. Now this surgery alternative is being…

How transplants transform lives

July 21, 2016

For Elizabeth James, it took a team to help her win the fight of her life.…

Project Healthy Schools to expand its reach

July 20, 2016

The Project Healthy Schools team is excited and grateful to announce that it has received commitments for continued funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will provide $185,000 and Blue Cross will contribute $100,000 to bring Project Healthy Schools to at least 10 additional schools this fall as part of the Building Healthy Communities partnership.PHS works to improve the physical health and academic success of children in the UMHS service area. The program also works to stem the increasing economic and health care…

How is our learning environment? We’ll find out soon

July 19, 2016

UMHS will soon be visited by representatives from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to conduct a Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) site visit. This type of site visit has…

CVC gives TAVR patient a fresh start

July 18, 2016

At 82 years old, Lois Metzger is happy, healthy and full of energy. She’s also living proof of the life-changing benefits of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The relatively new, minimally-invasive procedure…

New program yields positive changes in accessibility

July 15, 2016

When it comes to providing specialty care and services, our doctors, nurses and other health care providers are experts in their fields who make our health system a unique resource in…

UMHHC again lauded for excellence in information technology

July 14, 2016

For the second straight year, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers are a standard-bearer for excellence in information technology. UMHHC was recently named one of 2016’s Most Wired by the American Hospital Association Health…

Brothers with rare disease are ‘little superheroes’

July 13, 2016

Jenni Sachs remembers the urgent phone call from nearly three years ago. Results from her 9-month-old son Ethan’s blood tests were back: His white blood cell count was alarmingly high and…

Reuters covers U-M-led bariatric surgery outcomes research

July 12, 2016

Video-taped weight-loss operations revealed that a physician's surgical skill is not equal from one bariatric surgery to another. U-M assistant professor of surgery Oliver Varban, M.D., was quoted by Reuters Health on study findings that suggest “a surgeon’s skill with one operation may not translate into other seemingly similar operations." Varban and colleagues looked at the performance of gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy. One reason why skill in one surgery didn’t predict skill in another may be that the operations aren’t similar enough. “If we are to use video-based skill ratings to evaluate surgical quality, each procedure needs to…