For up to one in five Americans over age 65, getting older brings mild memory and thinking problems – what doctors call mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. Now, a pair of U-M doctors has put together a definitive look at what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to this common condition.
Sleep-related breathing problems and chronic lack of sleep may each double the risk of a child becoming obese by age 15, according to new research. The good news is that both sleep problems can be corrected.
Since its launch in April, 477,000 Michiganders have signed up for a new Medicaid health insurance option offered by the state, called the Healthy Michigan Plan. Now, University of Michigan researchers will study how well the new plan works, and advise the state government on how well it’s living up to what lawmakers intended.
Despite years of effort to help American seniors with high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes get their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control, new research shows wide gaps between older people of different ethnic backgrounds in all three of these key health measures.
For children and adults with epilepsy, the possibility of dying suddenly and without warning looms in the background all the time – yet scientists and doctors still don’t know why it occurs. Now, U-M researchers and colleagues around the nation will try to get to the heart of this mystery, and perhaps find new ways to spot those most at risk.
A technology that started in a University of Michigan Medical School lab may soon help lung disease patients around the world breathe a little easier, by giving them a clearer diagnosis and treatment plan.
A national effort to shave minutes off emergency heart attack treatment time has increased the chance that each patient will survive, a new study suggests. But yet the survival rate for all patients put together hasn’t budged. It seems like a paradox. But wait, say they authors of the new report: the paradox vanishes with more detailed analysis of exactly who has been getting this treatment.
Teens and young adults who get seriously injured in an assault are nearly twice as likely as their peers to end up back in the emergency room for a violent injury within the next two years, a new University of Michigan Injury Center study finds. The researchers call this repeating pattern of violent injury a reoccurring disease, but their landmark study also suggests potentially powerful opportunities to intervene in ways that could stop the cycle.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown how a single neuron can perform multiple functions in a model organism, illuminating for the first time this fundamental biological mechanism and shedding light on the human brain.
The University of Michigan in partnership with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, are pleased to announce they have been selected to continue operating the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC).
The federal government will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Two new conditions have been added in this round of penalties: elective hip and knee replacement and chronic lung disease. Now, a new U-M analysis shows that penalties for chronic lung disease will have a greater impact on hospitals that care for poor and minority patients.
A new comprehensive analysis of thyroid cancer from The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has identified markers of aggressive tumors, which could allow for better targeting of appropriate treatments to individual patients.
Right out of the starting gate, Michigan’s expansion of health coverage for the poor and near-poor holds lessons for other states that are still on the fence about expanding their own Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, a new analysis shows.
Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears. By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal aging.
A decade ago, America’s health care community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that
every patient got the best possible care. It worked: death rates have dropped. Now, say a pair of U-M experts, it’s time to do the same for sepsis.
Deep in the brains of the million Americans with Parkinson’s disease, changes to their brain cells put them at high risk of dangerous falls -- a problem that resists even the most modern treatments. Now, U-M scientists and doctors have launched a five-year, $11.5 million effort to better understand the cause of these problems, and find new options based in the latest brain science.
Researchers at the U-M School of Public Health and Medical School and collaborators at two other institutions will undertake the largest whole genome sequencing study funded to date, as they seek to better understand bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.