Long before Zika virus made it a household word, the birth defect called microcephaly puzzled scientists and doctors -- even as it changed the lives of the babies born with it during the pre-Zika era. But new discoveries may help explain what happens in the developing brains that causes babies to be born with small brains and heads.
Patients who suffer heart attacks, or flare-ups of congestive heart failure, can be cared for in a variety of hospital locations. But a new study suggests that they’ll fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for patients like them. In fact, depending on where they go, they may be half as likely to get certain proven tests and treatments – and less likely to survive a month after their hospital stay.
Many medical research teams around Michigan have ideas that hold real potential to help patients and generate jobs. Some have already shown promise in early testing. Now, there’s a new way for those teams to receive funds to get those ideas going, or get them across the ‘valley of death’-- the stage after most funding ends and before commercial backing usually kicks in.
No one knows for sure how they got there. But the discovery that bacteria that normally live in the gut can be detected in the lungs of critically ill people and animals could mean a lot for intensive care patients.
More seniors are getting help from family, friends and hired helpers to keep them in their homes, despite disabilities that keep them from total independence, a new study finds. But that increase isn’t happening evenly across all groups. And the rising demand may have implications for the lives and careers of caregivers, and for policies that aim to support at-home caregivers.
Most people would get a little ‘rush’ out of the idea that they’re about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you’d see lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards. But for people who’ve been using marijuana, that rush just isn’t as big – and gets smaller over time, a new study finds.
A team of experts has put together a list of the key diagnostic tests that every country should have available, with high quality standards, in order to make the best use of the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines. Many developing countries will need help with establishing high-quality labs to use them, but in the end it may be cost effective.
Even if you have what you might think of as good health insurance, your next hospital stay could cost you more than $1,000 out of your own pocket, a new study finds. And that amount has gone up sharply in recent years – a rise of more than 37 percent just for straightforward hospital stays for common conditions.
It happened fast. It happened in nearly every hospital in the state of Michigan. And it didn’t come with dreaded side effects. “It” was a change in the type of patients treated by the state’s 130 hospitals – or rather, the insurance status of those patients. A new study shows that the proportion of those patients who lacked insurance dropped by nearly 4 percentage points, and the proportion covered by Medicaid rose more than 6 points, within three months of the launch of the Healthy Michigan Plan in April 2014.
Despite predictions that expanding Medicaid would crowd doctor’s offices with new patients, and crowd out patients with other kinds of insurance, a new study finds no evidence of that effect. In fact, the 600,000 Michiganders who signed up for the Healthy Michigan Plan in its first year faced better odds of getting an appointment, and similar wait times for a first appointment with a new clinic, before and after the expansion.
A $17.5 million commitment for cancer research from Madeline and Sidney Forbes of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., will create the Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery within the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Last-ditch, high-tech heroic treatments. Days in the hospital intensive care unit. You might think this is what makes dying in America so expensive – and that it’s where we should focus efforts to spend the nation’s healthcare dollars more wisely. But a new study finds that for nearly half of older Americans, the pattern of high spending on healthcare was already in motion a full year before they died.
early one in three American senior citizens choose to get their government-funded Medicare health coverage through plans run by health insurance companies. The rest get it straight from the federal government. But if health policy decision-makers assume the two groups are pretty much the same, they’re mistaken, a new study finds.
Right now, about one in five hospital patients has a catheter collecting their urine – and putting them at risk of a painful and potentially dangerous urinary tract infection, or UTI. Now, new results from a large national effort show that it may be possible to both reduce catheter use and UTIs at the same time, saving money and suffering.
Today, White House officials made a big announcement about some very tiny creatures – the microbes that live inside our bodies and throughout our environment. U-M is part of the initiative, having committed $3.5 million to the Michigan Microbiome Project.
Just 5 percent of ICU patients account for 33 percent of all days that ICU beds get used, a new study shows. The researchers have even given a name to what these patients have: Persistent Critical Illness, or PerCI for short.
Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, and another does not? Why do some people who kick a drug habit stay clean, but others relapse? The answers to these questions may have a lot to do with specific genetic factors that vary from individual to individual, a new study in rats suggests.
As America battles an epidemic of deaths from misused pain pills, a new study suggests an inexpensive way to cut risky use of these drugs by people who have a high chance of overdosing. And it could happen exactly where many patients get those drugs in the first place: the emergency room of their local hospital.
Want to know if your child’s height and weight are on track? Check the growth chart that the doctor gives you after each yearly checkup. Want to know if your child’s brain is on track for healthy attention abilities? Someday, your doctor might have a growth chart for that too, thanks to U-M research.
People with diabetes who rely on insulin have seen the cost of that drug triple in just a decade -- even as doctors have prescribed higher doses to drive down their blood sugar levels. Meanwhile, the cost of other diabetes drugs has stayed about the same or even gone down.