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Properly treating, and recovering, from pediatric sports injuries
A kid's orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist gives parents tips to make sure their children get the care they need when injured and have an effective recovery.
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10-year-old “Swiftie” makes progress after septic shock
Taylor Swift fan recovers from flesh eating bacteria with help from her care team and Swift's music
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Children from disadvantaged communities may die sooner from cancerous brain tumors
Children with inoperable brain tumors may die sooner if they live in areas with lower average income and education levels, a Michigan Medicine-led study finds.
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How to get into medical school
Admissions officers and students share valuable insight into the medical school application process, life in medical school, and more.
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Getting ahead of aortic disease
Patient bypasses a life threatening aortic aneurysm with the help of Michigan Medicine's genetic counseling and a streamlined cardiac referral program.
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Cost may not keep people from filling opioid addiction treatment prescriptions
Buprenorphine prescriptions almost always get filled by those who receive them to treat opioid addiction, even when costs are higher, suggesting more effort is needed to increase prescribing.
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Michigan Medicine reports positive financial performance for clinical operations in fiscal year 2024
Michigan Medicine reported projected positive fiscal year end results today for clinical operations
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University of Michigan Health appoints architect for new clinical facility in Troy
University of Michigan Health will commission Hobbs + Black Architects for the design of a 220,000 square foot clinical facility in Troy.
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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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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.

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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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Properly treating, and recovering, from pediatric sports injuries
A kid's orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist gives parents tips to make sure their children get the care they need when injured and have an effective recovery.
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News Release
Michigan Medicine reports positive financial performance for clinical operations in fiscal year 2024
Michigan Medicine reported projected positive fiscal year end results today for clinical operations
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Children from disadvantaged communities may die sooner from cancerous brain tumors
Children with inoperable brain tumors may die sooner if they live in areas with lower average income and education levels, a Michigan Medicine-led study finds.
University hospital building
News Release
University of Michigan Health appoints architect for new clinical facility in Troy
University of Michigan Health will commission Hobbs + Black Architects for the design of a 220,000 square foot clinical facility in Troy.
daughter with family in wheel chair and IV pole and daughter with eye covering in picture on right
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10-year-old “Swiftie” makes progress after septic shock
Taylor Swift fan recovers from flesh eating bacteria with help from her care team and Swift's music
Health Lab
How to get into medical school
Admissions officers and students share valuable insight into the medical school application process, life in medical school, and more.