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Spatial atlas of the human ovary with cell-level resolution will bolster reproductive research
New map of the ovary provides a deeper understanding of how oocytes interact with the surrounding cells during the normal maturation process, and how the function of the follicles may break down in aging or fertility related diseases.
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Addressing fall risks in people with multiple sclerosis
Among people with multiple sclerosis in the United States, more than half experienced at least one fall in a six-month period and approximately one-third of those falls resulted in an injury.
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What parents should know about teen drug and alcohol use
An expert from the University of Michigan Addiction Center shares the impacts of teen substance use and what families can do to help youth who may be at risk or showing signs of addiction.
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Long road of rehab: young man recovers after cascade of serious health issues
After a series of life altering health setbacks following a devastating crash, Gabe Villanueva’s is on an extraordinary journey of survival thanks to the highly skilled team at University of Michigan Health.
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Study reveals potential to reverse lung fibrosis using the body’s own healing technique
A recent U-M study uncovers a pathway utilized during normal wound healing that has the potential to reverse idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
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Despite stigma, many support making menstrual products more accessible, study suggests
Survey shows many teens and young adults support making menstrual products more accessible to fight "period poverty."
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Tony Denton, J.D., M.H.A., senior vice president and chief environmental, social and governance officer, named a Crain's Notable Leader in Sustainability for 2024
Tony Denton, J.D., M.H.A., senior vice president and chief environmental, social and governance officer, named a Crain's Notable Leader in Sustainability for 2024
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$5.4M pediatric emergency services fast track clinic to serve lower acuity cases
University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital plans to build a $5.4 million emergency services fast track clinic to treat children, teens and young adults with lower acuity conditions.
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University of Michigan Health purchases land in Troy for new clinical facility
University of Michigan Health will purchase 7.28 acres of vacant land at the former Kmart headquarters location. U-M Health plans to build a multi-specialty facility on the property to expand specialty clinical services and increase patient access to the Oakland County region
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Michigan Medicine names new chair of Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Shahzad I. Mian, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology in the Medical School and the Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center
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George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D. appointed senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development
George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development of the University of Michigan Medical School by the U-M Board of Regents, effective May 1, 2024.
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The wait is over: graduating medical students find out what’s next at Match Day
The wait is over: graduating medical students find out what’s next at Match Day
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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.

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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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What parents should know about teen drug and alcohol use
An expert from the University of Michigan Addiction Center shares the impacts of teen substance use and what families can do to help youth who may be at risk or showing signs of addiction.
Florescent image of a human ovarian follicle
Health Lab
Spatial atlas of the human ovary with cell-level resolution will bolster reproductive research
New map of the ovary provides a deeper understanding of how oocytes interact with the surrounding cells during the normal maturation process, and how the function of the follicles may break down in aging or fertility related diseases.
Photo of hand gripping the bannister on a stairway
Health Lab
Addressing fall risks in people with multiple sclerosis
Among people with multiple sclerosis in the United States, more than half experienced at least one fall in a six-month period and approximately one-third of those falls resulted in an injury.
Young man with neck collar in hospital gown poses with his mom in hospital
Health Lab
Long road of rehab: young man recovers after cascade of serious health issues
After a series of life altering health setbacks following a devastating crash, Gabe Villanueva’s is on an extraordinary journey of survival thanks to the highly skilled team at University of Michigan Health.
Illustration in red and pink hues of a teen girl embarrassed she doesn't have money in her wallet for period-related products
Health Lab
Despite stigma, many support making menstrual products more accessible, study suggests
Survey shows many teens and young adults support making menstrual products more accessible to fight "period poverty."
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New device can treat injury from sepsis
The FDA approved the use of a therapeutic device invented and developed at the University of Michigan for use in children with acute kidney injury and sepsis or a septic condition requiring continuous kidney replacement therapy.