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Newswise: Cannabis in Michigan: New report documents trends before recreational legalization
Released: 4-Jun-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Cannabis in Michigan: New report documents trends before recreational legalization
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly twelve years ago, Michigan voters approved the use of medical cannabis by residents with certain health conditions. A year and a half ago, they voted to approve its use by all adults, for any reason. What happened between those two dates is the focus of a comprehensive new report.

Newswise: Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
29-May-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most people in their 50s and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online, according to a new national poll. The cooking skills that enabled half of older adults to eat dinner at home six or seven days a week may have served them well during the height of the pandemic, the poll suggests. However, they may need added support for grocery shopping as the pandemic continues and older adults seek to avoid COVID-19.

28-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
People with Type 1 Diabetes Spend About $2,500 a Year in Health Care Costs
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Adults and children with type 1 diabetes will spend an average of $2,500 a year out-of-pocket for health care - but insulin isn't always the biggest expense - new research suggests

28-May-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Study in Chinese doctors shows mental toll of caring in the time of COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

They worked in hospitals hundreds of miles from the epicenter of COVID-19. But hundreds of young Chinese doctors in a new study still experienced a sharp drop in mood, a rise in depression and anxiety symptoms, and a doubling of their fear of workplace violence, in the first month of the coronavirus pandemic.

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27-May-2020 1:15 PM EDT
Parents Likely Have Inaccurate View of Children’s Digital Screentime
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Parents likely misjudge how much time their young children are plugged into mobile devices – or how they are spending that time – a new study suggests.

Released: 28-May-2020 9:40 AM EDT
As hospitals walk the tightrope of patient data-sharing, one system offers a new balance
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Every major medical center in America sits on a gold mine of patient data that could be worth millions of dollars to companies that could use it to develop new treatments and technologies. A new framework could help them do so more responsibly, going beyond the minimum legal requirements and respecting patients by giving them more say in how their individual data may be used.

Newswise: Human Growth Hormone Treatment After ACL Injury May Prevent Loss of Muscle Strength
Released: 27-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Human Growth Hormone Treatment After ACL Injury May Prevent Loss of Muscle Strength
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study finds the use of HGH treatment in patients that have undergone ACL reconstructive surgery may prevent the loss of muscle strength and weakness.

Newswise: TODAY: U-M experts to address questions about COVID-19 and kids in live Q & A
Released: 26-May-2020 10:25 AM EDT
TODAY: U-M experts to address questions about COVID-19 and kids in live Q & A
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While a small number of children appear to be getting sick from COVID-19, experts are still learning about how the virus behaves in kids.

Newswise:Video Embedded app-calculates-risk-of-delaying-cancer-care-during-pandemic
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Released: 26-May-2020 6:00 AM EDT
App Calculates Risk of Delaying Cancer Care During Pandemic
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Data scientists and cancer doctors at the University of Michigan have developed OncCOVID, an app that draws on global cancer and coronavirus data to create individualized mortality risk assessments for receiving immediate versus delayed cancer treatment.

19-May-2020 5:35 PM EDT
Study: Children May Not Always Grow Out of Being Picky Eaters
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

By age four, children could be established picky eaters, a new study suggests. And the more parents try to control and restrict children’s diets, the more finicky they may become, according to new research.

Newswise: Pain doesn’t take a holiday: Dental opioids study points to need for better prescribing
Released: 22-May-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Pain doesn’t take a holiday: Dental opioids study points to need for better prescribing
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As dentists and their teams across America get back to their regular schedules after a sharp COVID-19-related reduction, a new study shows a key opportunity to reduce the use of opioid painkillers by their patients. The analysis shows that those who had dental procedures on a Friday or a day before a holiday were much more likely to fill a prescription for an opioid than other patients.

Newswise: COVID-19 Care is (Mostly) Free to Patients. Should Other Vital Care Be Too?
Released: 22-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
COVID-19 Care is (Mostly) Free to Patients. Should Other Vital Care Be Too?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

This spring health insurance companies, large employers, and state and federal governments, pivoted rapidly to make COVID-19 tests, treatments and even future vaccines free, or nearly free, for the people covered by their plans. A team that has worked for years to make the same true for other types of care says this is a crucial time to expand that effort.

Newswise: New analytic tool designed to help guide precision oncology discovery and treatments
Released: 19-May-2020 11:10 AM EDT
New analytic tool designed to help guide precision oncology discovery and treatments
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

How can researchers and oncologists glean meaningful information from mounds of data to help guide cancer research and patient care? A new analytic tool developed by University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center researchers combines multiple data sets to help sift the signal from the noise.

Newswise: Clinical Trial Offers Clues About Why Some Metastatic Prostate Cancers Don’t Respond to Anti-Androgen Therapy
Released: 18-May-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Clinical Trial Offers Clues About Why Some Metastatic Prostate Cancers Don’t Respond to Anti-Androgen Therapy
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A multi-institutional clinical trial is shedding new light on the one third of metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancers that don't respond to enzalutamide and similar drugs.

Newswise: Most parents concerned about privacy, body image impact of tweens using health apps
13-May-2020 6:05 PM EDT
Most parents concerned about privacy, body image impact of tweens using health apps
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most parents say they have concerns about how health apps may impact children ages 8-12, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine.

Newswise: Two New Devices Protect Health Care Workers, Help Patients During COVID-19
Released: 14-May-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Two New Devices Protect Health Care Workers, Help Patients During COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Clinicians and researchers from the University of Michigan have published two proof-of-concept papers on new negative pressure environment devices that protect health care workers while treating patients with COVID-19.

Newswise: Even before COVID-19, many adults over 50 lacked stable food supply and didn’t use available assistance, poll finds
6-May-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Even before COVID-19, many adults over 50 lacked stable food supply and didn’t use available assistance, poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Even before the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc with the nation’s food supply and economy, one in seven adults between the ages of 50 and 80 already had trouble getting enough food because of cost or other issues, a new poll finds.

Newswise: Which Operations Can Restart First? New Guide Could Help Hospitals Decide
Released: 8-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Which Operations Can Restart First? New Guide Could Help Hospitals Decide
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As hospitals across the country start to return to doing non-emergency operations that keep their beds full and their books balanced, they need to think carefully about what resources each of those procedures will need as the pandemic continues. A new guide could help them prioritize and plan.

Released: 4-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Study Shows Need for New Focus in Anti-Vaping Efforts for Teens & Young Adults
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

They know it’s addictive, linked to dangerous lung diseases, and delivers more nicotine than the cigarettes it’s supposed to replace. But the social aspects of vaping drives young people to use e-cigarettes, according to nearly two-thirds of teens and young adults in a new study.

Newswise: Sky-High Surprise Bills From Air Ambulance Flights Possible for Many Patients
Released: 4-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Sky-High Surprise Bills From Air Ambulance Flights Possible for Many Patients
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

When an emergency dispatcher calls for a helicopter to fly a critically ill patient to a hospital, they don’t have time to check whether they take the patient’s insurance. But after those patients land, 72% of them could face a potential “surprise bill” because their ambulance provider isn’t “in network” with their insurance, a new study of people with private insurance finds. So could 79% of those transported via ground ambulance.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Hazardous Drug Spills Put Cancer Nurses at Risk
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While lifesaving to cancer patients, chemotherapy drugs can be hazardous for the health care workers who handle them, especially during a spill. Inconsistent use of personal protective equipment when cleaning up a spill and problems with closed-system transfer devices — which are designed to prevent the release of toxic vapors and liquids — topped issues uncovered by a new safety study involving nearly 400 nurses across 12 academic infusion centers.

Released: 24-Apr-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Higher Levels of NETs in Blood Associated with More Severe COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New study explores the connection between levels of a type of destructive white blood cell, known as a neutrophil, with the severity of COVID-19.

Newswise: When Ventilators Don’t Help COVID-19 Patients, This Might
Released: 24-Apr-2020 8:40 AM EDT
When Ventilators Don’t Help COVID-19 Patients, This Might
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Ventilators have gotten a lot of attention in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. But hundreds of hospitals around the world have another, less-publicized weapon that might help some of the most desperately ill patients survive when ventilators aren’t enough. It's called ECMO.

Released: 24-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Nursing Homes Prepared for Pandemics, but COVID-19 Reveals Gaps
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New data suggests that Michigan nursing homes that responded to a survey were far better prepared for this pandemic than they were for the last one. The study includes responses from 130 nursing homes to a survey performed during the week the state announced its first documented case of COVID-19.

Newswise:Video Embedded personalized-device-could-support-multiple-covid-19-patients-from-a-single-ventilator
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Released: 22-Apr-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Personalized device could support multiple COVID-19 patients from a single ventilator
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

-M and Michigan Medicine researchers have invented an individualized vent-splitter that may allow multiple patients to receive customized pressures while sharing a single ventilator.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 4:30 PM EDT
Spinal Cord Injury Increases Risk for Mental Health Disorders
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study finds adults with traumatic spinal cord injury are at an increased risk of developing mental health disorders and secondary chronic diseases compared to adults without the condition.

Newswise: Pivoting Critical Care Research to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic
Released: 21-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Pivoting Critical Care Research to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

From a negative pressure helmet to enhanced protocols, investigators are adapting their research to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Turning On the ‘Off Switch’ in Cancer Cells
16-Apr-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Turning On the ‘Off Switch’ in Cancer Cells
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A team of scientists has identified the binding site where drug compounds could activate a key braking mechanism against the runaway growth of many types of cancer. The discovery marks a critical step toward developing a potential new class of anti-cancer drugs that enhance the activity of a prevalent family of tumor suppressor proteins.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Diagnostic Biomarkers Uncovered for Rare Kidney Cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Using next-generation RNA sequencing techniques, a team of scientists from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center has uncovered the gene signature of chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (ChRCC) and have extensively tested the expression of three new biomarkers. The subtype is the third most common type of renal cell carcinoma, comprising about 5% of cases.

Newswise: Repurposed Industrial Respirator Could Free Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients
Released: 10-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Repurposed Industrial Respirator Could Free Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a helmet solution to provide support for COVID-19 patients, protect health care workers and safeguard hospital systems.

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Released: 10-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Michigan Medicine launches weekly video series to support parents, families during COVID-19 pandemic
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is supporting families during the pandemic through a weekly video series called “Thrive With Your Family” that will address parents’ top questions. Episodes will be broadcast on Tuesdays at noon EST starting April 14 on the Mott Facebook page (@MottChildren) and the Michigan Medicine YouTube channel.

Newswise: Identical Mice, Different Gut Bacteria, Different Levels of Cancer
Released: 9-Apr-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Identical Mice, Different Gut Bacteria, Different Levels of Cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Some types of gut bacteria are better than others at stimulating certain immune cells, specifically CD8+ T cells. And while these CD8+ T cells normally help protect the body against cancer, overstimulating them may promote inflammation and exhaust the T cells — which can actually increase susceptibility to cancer, according to new mouse model study published in Cell Reports.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Rates of Pulmonary Complications Drastically Reduced with Newer Drug
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Improved pulmonary outcomes in surgical patients who receive the drug sugammadex could be due to a more complete reversal of the effects of muscle relaxants used during surgery.

Released: 3-Apr-2020 5:50 PM EDT
Medicare Changes May Increase Access to TAVR
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The number of hospitals providing TAVR could double with changes to Medicare requirements. Researchers see reason for both excitement and concern.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EDT
When Prostate Cancer Recurs, Adding Hormone Therapy to Radiation May Harm Men with Low PSA Levels
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A secondary analysis of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9601 phase 3 randomized clinical trial finds the benefit of hormone therapy varies depending on a patient’s PSA level.

Newswise: How Should Radiation Oncologists Manage Prostate Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Released: 26-Mar-2020 11:40 AM EDT
How Should Radiation Oncologists Manage Prostate Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

An international team issues recommendations for managing prostate cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Newswise:  Michigan Medicine physician on the pandemic: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Michigan Medicine physician on the pandemic: “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Following Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's “stay home, stay safe” executive order Monday, Michigan Medicine doctor shares his top three messages with the community.

Newswise: With half of adults over 65 lacking dental insurance, poll finds strong support for universal Medicare dental benefit
Released: 24-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EDT
With half of adults over 65 lacking dental insurance, poll finds strong support for universal Medicare dental benefit
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly all older Americans support adding a dental benefit to the Medicare program that covers most people over age 65, according to a new national poll that also reveals how often costs get in the way of oral health for older adults.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Media Advisory: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital experts available to offer parents advice related to COVID-19
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Experts from Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital available for interviews to help with COVID-19 content related to parents and children.

Newswise: Why is Appendicitis Not Always Diagnosed in the Emergency Department?
Released: 16-Mar-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Why is Appendicitis Not Always Diagnosed in the Emergency Department?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A new study examines the factors associated with a potentially missed diagnosis of appendicitis in children and adults in the emergency department.

Newswise: National Poll: Many parents delay talking to kids about inappropriate touching
11-Mar-2020 10:10 AM EDT
National Poll: Many parents delay talking to kids about inappropriate touching
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Experts recommend starting conversations about inappropriate touching during the preschool years, but less than half of parents of preschoolers in a national poll say they’ve begun that discussion.

10-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Insurance Access Impact Maternal-Infant Health
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Black, Hispanic and indigenous women are more likely to have gaps in insurance around the time of pregnancy than white women, a new study suggests.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 3:25 PM EST
How Does COVID-19 Appear in the Lungs?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While COVID-19, previously known as the novel coronavirus, was first reported in China, it was recently declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. Because most cases have been in China, clinicians elsewhere may be unfamiliar with how the virus appears in the lungs.

Released: 3-Mar-2020 11:05 AM EST
Drug development for rare diseases affecting children is increasing
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The number of treatments for rare diseases affecting children has increased, a new study suggests. But federal incentives intended to encourage drug development for rare conditions are being used more often to expand the use of existing drugs rather than for creating new ones.

Newswise: Affordable Care Act helped make health insurance access more equal, but racial and ethnic gaps remain
28-Feb-2020 5:05 PM EST
Affordable Care Act helped make health insurance access more equal, but racial and ethnic gaps remain
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As the Affordable Care Act turns 10, a new study shows it has narrowed racial and ethnic gaps in access to health insurance – but definitely not eliminated them. Both the percentage of people 19-64 who lacked health insurance, and the size of the health insurance gap between white, African-American and Hispanic Americans, shrank. From 2013 to 2017, the gap between blacks and whites narrowed 45%, and the difference between Hispanics and whites narrowed 35%.

Newswise: Cardiologists: Big Data Advances Research, But Shouldn’t Do So at the Cost of Privacy
21-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
Cardiologists: Big Data Advances Research, But Shouldn’t Do So at the Cost of Privacy
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Your doctor protects your sensitive health data. But in a new publication, experts assert it’s important to check if that app you just downloaded will, too.

19-Feb-2020 1:45 PM EST
ER patients may care less about a doctor’s race and gender than previously thought
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Black or white, man or woman, providers got similar satisfaction and confidence scores from simulated patients in new research with implications for quality reporting

Newswise: How Surgeons Are Working to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Released: 21-Feb-2020 10:00 AM EST
How Surgeons Are Working to Improve Outcomes for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While researchers pursue scientific insights into the pancreatic cancer and develop new therapeutic approaches, surgeons on the front line of patient care are also working hard to improve outcomes. Hari Nathan, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of surgery at Michigan Medicine, explains.

Released: 19-Feb-2020 8:55 AM EST
Carrots plus sticks: Study looks at what works to reduce low-value care
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The old story of a farmer trying to get a stubborn mule to pull a wagon by dangling a carrot in front of its nose, or hitting its rump with a stick, may not seem to have much to do with the practice of medicine. But a new study suggests that when it comes to making the best use of health care dollars, it will take a combination of carrots and sticks to move things forward.


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