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Better medical record-keeping needed to fight antibiotic overuse, studies suggest
Efforts to reduce overuse of antibiotics may be hampered by incomplete medical records that don’t show the full reasons for prescriptions.
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Normothermic perfusion system extends life of organs waiting for transplant
A team of researchers have spent the past eight years looking at better ways to transport organs for donation, specifically hearts, to improve the number of organs that can be used for transplants. They found that using a modified normothermic perfusion system heart preservation was feasible for up to 24 hours.
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A universal heparin reversal drug is shown effective in mice
The newest version of the heparin reversal drug, described in a recent issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials, adjusted the number of protons bound to it, making the molecule less positive so it would preferentially bind to the highly negative heparin, resulting in a much safer drug.
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The doctor is in…. but what’s behind them?
A study reveals that what a doctor has behind them during a telehealth visit can make a difference in how the patient feels about them and their care.
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How you can teach your kids to stay safe in the sun
A melanoma survivor shares facts and tips about preventing all types of skin cancer.
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Despite tremendous hurdles, a young man is thankful for “the ultimate gift of life”
Young man with cystic fibrosis gets organ donation that changes his life
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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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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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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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Better medical record-keeping needed to fight antibiotic overuse, studies suggest
Efforts to reduce overuse of antibiotics may be hampered by incomplete medical records that don’t show the full reasons for prescriptions.
surgery gloves passing tool blue and yellow
Health Lab
A universal heparin reversal drug is shown effective in mice
The newest version of the heparin reversal drug, described in a recent issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials, adjusted the number of protons bound to it, making the molecule less positive so it would preferentially bind to the highly negative heparin, resulting in a much safer drug.
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News Release
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.
zoom screens with 7 different backgrounds and doctor silhouettes outlined in each
Health Lab
The doctor is in…. but what’s behind them?
A study reveals that what a doctor has behind them during a telehealth visit can make a difference in how the patient feels about them and their care.
teal persons body looks like a puzzle red heart top right of shoulder and chest getting placed into missing piece spot
Health Lab
Normothermic perfusion system extends life of organs waiting for transplant
A team of researchers have spent the past eight years looking at better ways to transport organs for donation, specifically hearts, to improve the number of organs that can be used for transplants. They found that using a modified normothermic perfusion system heart preservation was feasible for up to 24 hours.
University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Lansing
News Release
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.