Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.
With the aid of X-ray crystallography, researchers at the University of Michigan have revealed the structures of two closely related enzymes that play essential roles in the body's ability to metabolize excess lipids, including cholesterol.
Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds.
Whether you’re nearing graduation, or have already embarked on a career, you may wonder if your lack of science training and experience means it’s too late to fulfill your dream of becoming a doctor. But a new program at the U-M Medical School could help.
How can we keep more people from joining the ranks of the 29 million Americans already diagnosed with diabetes? What if we could tell with precision who has the highest risk of developing the disease, and figure out which preventive steps are most likely to help each of them individually? Researchers have just released a “precision medicine” approach to diabetes prevention that could do just that – using existing information, and without needing new genetic tests.
Sometimes, science means staying awake for two days straight. But losing sleep is a small sacrifice to make, if you want to learn more about tiny bacteria that sicken half a million Americans each year, kill more than 14,000 of them, and rack up $4.8 billion in health care costs.
No matter where they come from, some of the nation’s most critically ill and injured adult emergency patients end up in one place: the UMHS Emergency Department. Now, the most critical emergency patients will go straight to a new unit designed just for them.
Ebola. Measles. Flu. Three contagious diseases have captured the public’s attention in recent months – and continue to spread. One more epidemic will enter the spotlight this month -- at least in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thankfully, it will be contained to one location, the Michigan Theater, on one day: Wednesday, Feb. 25.
You won’t end up earning a medical degree or getting a license to treat patients. But if you sign up for the University of Michigan Medical School’s new session of its popular Mini Med School, you will learn a lot about the heart and circulatory system – from some of the top doctors in the field.
When patients with glaucoma switched from a brand name drug to its generic counterpart, they were more likely to take their medication as directed compared to those who remained on the brand name drug, according to a new U-M Kellogg Eye Center study.
What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look – and finds that the answer isn’t as simple as you might think.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have finalized coverage guidelines for lung cancer screening with CT scans for people at high-risk of developing lung cancer. Coverage goes into effect immediately.
A tragic accident 32 years ago forever altered the lives of an entire prominent Michigan auto industry family, as a beloved wife and mother suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Now, the Massey family has invested in the hope that University of Michigan medical and scientific teams can spare other families what they endured.
If you’re an older person having a major operation these days, it is very likely that your hospital is receiving a “report card” on their performance. These reports are designed to prompt hospitals to improve in areas where they perform poorly. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news: Those “report cards” do not seem to be making things better for patients.
A U-M alumna who sought to avoid passing a deadly disease to her son has given scientists a gift that could help many more families affected by the same disease: an embryo that has allowed U-M researchers to produce stem cells and nerve cells that contain the crucial disease-causing genetic defect.
Starting this week, medical students across the country are asking themselves, “If you could go anywhere in the country to train for your chosen field of medicine, where would you go?” According to new rankings, U-M should be near the top of those students’ lists, no matter what kind of doctor they want to be.
A new test can guide treatment for patients with graft versus host disease (GVHD), an often life-threatening complication of bone marrow and stem cell transplants, according to research from the University of Michigan published in Lancet Haematology this month.