Valerie Goodwin

Goodwin covers communications for rheumatology, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and radiology. She assists with communications for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. She is passionate about making medical research and storytelling accessible to help keep patients informed about what is happening in healthcare. Goodwin graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Public Relations in 2022. Contact: [email protected]

Valerie Goodwin
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Hippo signaling pathway gives new insight into systemic sclerosis
Study focuses on Hippo signaling pathway as critical link between fibrosis, vascular dysfunction, and sex bias in systemic sclerosis
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Inequities in HIV testing, diagnosis and care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
People with disabilities are often at higher risk for exposure to HIV due to barriers in engaging healthcare and other systemic factors and are thus considered a priority for prevention and testing efforts. However, these efforts don’t always extend to people with intellectual disabilities due to the perception that people with intellectual disabilities are mostly asexual.
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Nitin B. Jain Appointed Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Michigan health announces new chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the James W. Rae Collegiate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a professor of orthopaedic surgery in the U-M Medical School.
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Is surgery the best option for ruptured Achilles tendons in young adults?
Achilles tendon ruptures are normally treated with surgical procedures, but there are other options with equal outcomes.
Don Reynolds, seated at right, and his family gather together. Reynolds can garden with his grandchildren after a successful treatment with Pluvicto. Photos courtesy of the Reynolds family
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Pluvicto treatment gives patient another chance
New treatment for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer helped patient get back to his hobbies
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Unveiling potential diagnostic, treatment target for APS-related thrombocytopenia
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health have unveiled a new mechanism that drives thrombocytopenia and a potential clinically actionable biomarker for antiphospholipid syndrome associated thrombocytopenia.
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6-year-old adopts dog with same heart condition
Little girl adopts dog with same heart condition as her, finding support in her canine friend.
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Treating prostate cancer without major side effects
Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Pluvicto is a radionuclide-labelled drug administered to patients showing promising results.
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Persistent pain in your funny bone? It could be ulnar neuropathy
A Michigan Medicine expert breaks down what ulnar neuropathy is and how electrodiagnostic studies can assess severity and guide management, which can sometimes include conservative treatment and education on how to protect the nerve.
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Brain tumor and car crash survivor aspires to be example for others living with disabilities
A car accident at age 20 left Sahar Mashhour in the intensive care unit for three months. Almost six years later, Mashhour is still pursuing her passions proving that her disability doesn’t limit her ability, but instead helps her see life through a different lens.
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Why new patient paperwork isn’t just busy work
While it’s easy to overlook doctor's office questionnaires, that paperwork actually serves a vital role in better understanding how to treat you. Called patient reported outcomes, this information gives medical specialists insight into how treatments truly impact you as a patient.
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Fixing racial inequities in lupus care
When it comes to lupus care, Black adults are normally left behind despite being one of the highest lupus populations.
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Older adults left out of clinical research trials
Including older adults in research can be beneficial, explains a Michigan Medicine research, who says more should, and can be, done to have their insights.
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Managing scleroderma symptoms through a team approach
Research published in the Arthritis Care and Research Journal from Michigan Medicine found that scleroderma patients made significant strides when working with trained peer health coaches in adhering to wellness routines, leading to resilience and improvements in fatigue, pain and depressive symptoms.
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Different pain types in multiple sclerosis can cause difficulty staying active
Chronic pain can present in multiple forms for multiple sclerosis patients. Some forms make it harder to stay active than others.
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