For tens of millions of Americans, the start of a new year means the counter has gone back to zero on their health insurance deductible. If they need health care, they’ll pay for some of it out of their own pockets before their insurance takes over. As insurance plans with deductibles grow in popularity, a new study takes a national look at what those plans mean for people with common chronic health conditions.
Thousands of times a day, doctors sign the hospital discharge papers for patients who have just had surgery. About half will get some sort of post-surgery care. But a new U-M study finds huge variation in where they end up, depending on where they had their operation. And that variation in turn leads to huge differences in how much their care costs.
The weather outside Hill Auditorium may be frigid, but the music inside will be fiery, passionate and heroic on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21. That’s when the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra will take the stage for a free 8 p.m. performance of works by Russian composers.
A growing number of medical schools offer programs that allow medical students to focus on a particular topic, in addition to their medical studies. A U-M study of the issue, and survey of its own students, may help guide other schools.
A health care reform idea originated by University of Michigan faculty will get a major test among members of the nation’s military and their families, thanks to a provision in the national defense spending bill signed by President Obama Friday.
For the first time, human stem cells have been coaxed to begin to form amniotic sac tissue in a laboratory-based model mimicking the wall of the uterus. The method could lead to a more complete understanding of early human development and the mechanisms behind infertility and early pregnancy loss. It could also enable the production of better wound dressings.