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Can preventing inflammation improve heart and brain health?
Michigan Medicine research study aims to address inflammation’s role in diseases of the heart and brain.
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Free course shines light on sleep health
An expert-led course on sleep helps educate students about the importance of creating and maintaining good sleep habits for health and wellness.
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Studies uncover the critical role of sleep in the formation of memories
Two new studies from University of Michigan reveal what's happening inside the brain during sleep and sleep deprivation to help or harm the formation of memories.
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New risk equation could mean preventive statins for far fewer Americans
The tool, based on updated information about atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, could mean fewer people would be recommended to take statin medications
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Using biologic injections for severe asthma after COVID
Biologic injections end up being the best treatment for treating severe asthma after having COVID for one patient.
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Pediatric brain tumors rely on different metabolic “route” to fuel treatment resistance
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center are one step closer to understanding how pediatric DIPG tumors work.
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Michigan Medicine to host live q&a discussion with obesity treatment experts
University of Michigan Health experts to discuss medications such as Wegovy, Ozempic, Zepbound and more
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University of Michigan Health buys property for new health care center in Grand Ledge
University of Michigan Health will acquire an 11-acre site near Grand Ledge for a new health care center.
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University of Michigan Health to improve access with renovation project at University Hospital
U-M Health will renovate part of University Hospital, creating 26 incremental private observation rooms to help ease crowding in the emergency department.
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University of Michigan Health recognized for its leadership on environmental sustainability
University of Michigan Health's significant focus on sustainable operations receives recognition from the nation’s leading organization in sustainability in health care
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University of Michigan researchers receive Javits Award for work on stroke health disparities in Mexican Americans
Two University of Michigan researchers have received the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for their work on stroke health disparities in Mexican Americans. The $5 million in funding allows the Texas-based research project to reach a 32-year milestone and expand to 35-to-44-year-olds whose incidence of stroke is increasing.
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Michigan Medicine part of research group awarded $15 million to study inflammation's impact on heart, brain health
Research teams from Michigan Medicine, Northwestern University and University of Pittsburgh will lead a $15 million project dedicated to studying inflammation’s role in cardiac and brain diseases. The specific work by Michigan Medicine will focus on the driving forces behind inflammatory processes linked to aging and obesity and how to prevent inflammation that could lead to heart failure, dementia and other diseases.
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With the full power of all three divisions of our academic medical center working to find the answers you need when it matters most, the possibilities are limitless.

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Bentley's Michigan Answer
Bentley's Michigan Answer

As Marguerita Booth had never heard of a child being born with their organs on the outside of their body. And yet as she lay in the darkened room of her first ultrasound of her first pregnancy, she was suddenly introduced to a condition that surprisingly affects 1 in every 3600 babies.

Learn more about Bentley
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Kade's Michigan Answer
Kade's Michigan Answer

Alone. Scared. Never knowing who to trust or where to turn for help. That’s how Kade Fitzgerald of Jackson, Michigan lived the first 32 years of his life. Assigned female at birth, Kade knew at age 6 that he was meant to be a man.

Read Kade's story
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Merriah and Melliah's Michigan Answer
Merriah and Melliah's Michigan Answer

Few moments eclipse the joy of discovering that you’re pregnant with twins. But for 37-year-old Merrick and 37-year-old Mychal, the news that they’d be having fraternal girls with an expected delivery date of Christmas Day 2020 made the news even more exciting.

Read Merriah and Melliah's story
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Carter's Michigan Answer
Carter's Michigan Answer

Carter Hilton celebrated his sixth birthday by doing what he loves most: running around his backyard, dancing with his younger brother, and being chased throughout the house by his mom. It helps that Carter is a naturally exuberant child. It also helps that Michigan Medicine performed the first in-womb spina bifida surgery in Michigan nearly four months before Carter was born.

Read Carter's story
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Sierra's Michigan Answer
Sierra's Michigan Answer

Imagine two patients. Both the same age and height. The same gender and race. Both have a similar medical history. Two people, almost identical in every way. So, why does one of them, seemingly at random, develop diabetes?

Read Sierra's story
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Dr. Valbuena's Michigan Answer
Dr. Valbuena's Michigan Answer

Most aspiring physicians study medicine with the hopes of saving lives, being on the cutting edge of research, or developing the latest therapies and technologies. For Dr. Valeria Valbuena, it was all of the above, plus one additional life-affirming goal.

Read Dr. Valbuena's story
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Dr. Vydiswaran's Michigan Answer
Dr. Vydiswaran's Michigan Answer

What if the true power of social media isn’t found in a like, tweet or follow? For an emerging field of research taking place at Michigan Medicine, it’s the data inside social media that may have the power to give patients bigger answers and better outcomes.

Read Dr. Vydiswaran's story
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Dr. Cunnane's Michigan Answer
Dr. Cunnane's Michigan Answer

Since 1958, millions of lives have been saved by what could arguably be considered as medicine’s biggest breakthrough – the pacemaker. And while its technology has dramatically improved over the last 63 years, chief concerns regarding the pacemaker have always been that it was too big and bulky and that the wires leading from it would sometimes break. But in February of 2020, Michigan Medicine helped change all of that.

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Health Lab
Free course shines light on sleep health
An expert-led course on sleep helps educate students about the importance of creating and maintaining good sleep habits for health and wellness.
green background connecting to teal skull with brain inside both just outlines made out of felt
Health Lab
Can preventing inflammation improve heart and brain health?
Michigan Medicine research study aims to address inflammation’s role in diseases of the heart and brain.
graphic drawn mouse snoozing in purple background and pink maze around it breathing while sleeping and see pink brain inside head with white sparkles fading in and out
Health Lab
Studies uncover the critical role of sleep in the formation of memories
Two new studies from University of Michigan reveal what's happening inside the brain during sleep and sleep deprivation to help or harm the formation of memories.
heart drawing
Health Lab
New risk equation could mean preventive statins for far fewer Americans
The tool, based on updated information about atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, could mean fewer people would be recommended to take statin medications
different cars from helicopter view on highways intersecting going all different ways seeing greenery and roads
Health Lab
Pediatric brain tumors rely on different metabolic “route” to fuel treatment resistance
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health Rogel Cancer Center are one step closer to understanding how pediatric DIPG tumors work.
woman smiling with white short hair and earrings dark with orange background
Health Lab
Using biologic injections for severe asthma after COVID
Biologic injections end up being the best treatment for treating severe asthma after having COVID for one patient.