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From Health Lab Visit Health Lab Ali Sheikh, D.O., celebrates with Sparrow’s highly skilled cardiovascular team after becoming the first health system in Michigan to implant the innovative Aurora EV-ICD device defibrillator.
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Lifesaving option for heart patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, abnormal heart rhythms
New, innovative and personalized life-saving care option of implantable defibrillator now available to heart patients in Michigan
Provider takes a pulse oximetry reading from a patient's finger
Health Lab
Inaccurate pulse oximeter readings could limit transplants, heart pumps for Black patients with heart failure
Racially biased readings of oxygen levels in the blood using pulse oximeters may further limit opportunities for Black patients with heart failure to receive potentially lifesaving treatments, such as heart pumps and transplants
Woman in pink shirt lifts kettleball in an outdoor exercise class
Health Lab
How to make cancer prevention more equitable
Expert explains six behavioral risk factors for cancer and why current programs don’t always meet the needs of people from racially and ethnically minoritized groups and other vulnerable populations.
illustration of man sleeping in bed with CPAP machine on
Health Lab
Free sleep clinic addresses disparities in treatment of sleep disorders
New sleep medicine service aims to combat sleep disorders and help reduce poor health outcomes for people without health insurance.
An unconscious woman lies on a hospital table while a clinician's glove is seen placing an oxygen mask over her nose and mouth
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Hispanic patients with respiratory failure much more likely to be oversedated
Hispanic individuals who are hospitalized with respiratory failure are five times more likely than non-Hispanic patients to receive deep sedation while on a ventilator, according to a new study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
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High out-of-pocket costs hindering treatment of diabetes
According to a Michigan Medicine study, people with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 diabetes, endure substantial out-of-pocket expenses compared to people without diabetes.
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News Release
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.
Timothy Blackwell, M.D.
News Release
Timothy S. Blackwell, M.D., named the chair of U-M Department of Internal Medicine
Lung disease specialist comes to Michigan from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to lead largest department
News Release
Statewide cardiovascular consortium, hosted at Michigan Medicine, receives national award for patient safety, quality efforts
A collaborative partnership dedicated to improving statewide cardiovascular care and outcomes — hosted at Michigan Medicine — received national recognition for efforts in patient safety and quality. BMC2 received the award for its significant improvements in the documentation of radiation use, a decrease in high-dose radiation exposure and reduction in opioid prescribing rates for patients.
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News Release
Hitinder Gurm, M.D., appointed chief medical officer of University of Michigan Health
Hitinder Gurm, M.D., has been selected to be the academic medical center chief medical officer (CMO) for University of Michigan Health.
News Release
U-M Medical School sees significant growth in NIH research awards and ranking
Based on recent federal fiscal year data released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest single funder of biomedical research in the world, the U-M Medical School is ranked number 11 in the country, up from 13 in federal fiscal year 2022.
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U-M Team receives NIH grant for collaborative research to speed ARDS diagnosis
Through a $4.17M NIH grant, a team of biomedical engineers, medical clinicians and data scientists from the Max Harry Weil Institute for Critical Care Research and Innovation is collaboratively researching ways to develop a portable, non-invasive breathalyzer-type device and corresponding algorithm to quickly and accurately diagnose acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
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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.

Read Dr. Cunnane's Michigan Answer
From across Michigan Medicine See all News & Stories Ali Sheikh, D.O., celebrates with Sparrow’s highly skilled cardiovascular team after becoming the first health system in Michigan to implant the innovative Aurora EV-ICD device defibrillator.
Health Lab
Lifesaving option for heart patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest, abnormal heart rhythms
New, innovative and personalized life-saving care option of implantable defibrillator now available to heart patients in Michigan
Provider takes a pulse oximetry reading from a patient's finger
Health Lab
Inaccurate pulse oximeter readings could limit transplants, heart pumps for Black patients with heart failure
Racially biased readings of oxygen levels in the blood using pulse oximeters may further limit opportunities for Black patients with heart failure to receive potentially lifesaving treatments, such as heart pumps and transplants
Woman in pink shirt lifts kettleball in an outdoor exercise class
Health Lab
How to make cancer prevention more equitable
Expert explains six behavioral risk factors for cancer and why current programs don’t always meet the needs of people from racially and ethnically minoritized groups and other vulnerable populations.
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Medicine at Michigan
Football fun
Photo essay of the October 2023 football game between U-M and Indiana. Photos feature alums of the U-M Medical School, who attended the alumni reunion that weekend.
illustration of man sleeping in bed with CPAP machine on
Health Lab
Free sleep clinic addresses disparities in treatment of sleep disorders
New sleep medicine service aims to combat sleep disorders and help reduce poor health outcomes for people without health insurance.
Illustration of a syringe. The liquid is in the rainbow colors of the LGBTQ pride flag.
Medicine at Michigan
Future doctors prepare to care for LGBTQIA+ patients
U-M medical students have created a curriculum to teach their peers about health care issues specific to LGBTQIA+ patients