A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their caregivers
New findings from the Human Microbiome Project suggests there is no single healthy microbiome. Rather each person harbors a unique and varied collection of bacteria that’s the result of life history as well their interactions with the environment, diet and medication use.
A different kind of jet-lag mobile app released today by U-M mathematicians reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.
With the political divide over health care reform still strong going into this year’s elections, a new analysis of state-level decisions shows signs of an emerging middle way toward reducing the ranks of the uninsured.
magine opening an envelope that tells you where you will spend the next three to seven years of your life – starting four months from now.That’s what 161 University of Michigan medical students experienced today.
Michael M.E. Johns, M.D., a University of Michigan Medical School graduate and former chancellor of Emory University, was appointed interim executive vice president for medical affairs by the U-M Regents Thursday. He also will serve as the interim chief executive officer of the Health System.
One in eight visits to a a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new U-M study finds. And many of those MRI and CT scans – and costs – are probably unnecessary, given the very low odds that serious issues lurk in the patients’ brains.
Scientists have discovered a previously unrecognized gene variation that makes humans have healthier blood lipid levels and reduced risk of heart attacks. But even more significant is how they found the gene, which had been hiding in plain sight in previous hunts for genes that influence cardiovascular risk.
For people whose hands shake uncontrollably due to a medical condition, just eating can be a frustrating and embarrassing ordeal – enough to keep them from sharing a meal with others. But a small new study suggests that a new handheld electronic device can help such patients overcome the hand shakes caused by essential tremor.
Using simple age cut-offs to guide colorectal screening may contribute to overuse of tests among unhealthy older adults, and result in healthy seniors missing out on the preventative tests that include colonoscopy.
Online ratings that review physicians – just like ratings for restaurants, movies and mechanics – can influence what doctor a patient chooses, but most patients rank insurance acceptance and convenience as more important factors, according to U-M research published Feb. 18 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
New research finds that a protein that fuels an inflammatory pathway does not turn off in breast cancer, resulting in an increase in cancer stem cells. This provides a potential target for treating triple negative breast cancer, the most aggressive form of the disease.
A new study disputes the effectiveness of mortality as a measure of the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients - and therefore hospital rankings - because use of do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders differs widely between hospitals.
Three UMHS pathologists who developed software that could improve cancer diagnosis and treatment won a statewide entrepreneurship competition organized last week by the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship.
People with multiple sclerosis might assume that the fatigue they often feel just comes with the territory of their chronic neurological condition. But a new U-M study suggests that a large proportion of MS patients may have an undiagnosed sleep disorder that is also known to cause fatigue.
People whose brainstems are affected by their stroke have a significantly higher prevalence of sleep apnea than those who have stroke-related injury elsewhere in the brain, according to new U-M research.