Parents of tweens and teens often wish they could peer inside their child’s brain, to figure out what makes them tick or what’s troubling them. so do scientists who are trying to understand the human brain, and how it develops. Now, a new national study will try to do just that. U-M researchers are seeking hundreds of young people from Southeast Michigan to help.
Why do we – and the fruit flies that sometimes inhabit our kitchens – seek out protein-full foods when we’re running on empty? And what does that preference mean for the odds of living a longer life, whether it’s measured in decades for a human, or days for a fly? New research suggests that a brain chemical may have a lot to do with both questions.
Dying in America is an expensive process, with about 1 in 4 Medicare dollars going to care for people in their last year of life. But for African Americans and Hispanics, the cost of dying is far higher than for whites. A new study tries to get to the bottom of this expensive mystery.
Can stem cells help reveal the roots of mental illness, and open the door to better treatment? A team of University of Michigan scientists who have helped pioneer this approach will now work with researchers around the country, in a $15 million national effort to take the research to a new level.
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.
They’ve taken many paths to get to this point, from 28 states, 60 undergraduate colleges. But now, their paths will merge, as they become the 170th class of medical students to enter the University of Michigan Medical School.
t was July of 1966. Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, “You Can’t Hurry Love” was on the radio, Billie Jean King had won her second Wimbledon title, and NASA had just launched its first moon-orbiting spacecraft. But in health care, that month holds a different historical significance. The landmark event was quiet, but its impact lasts to this day, in the form of better health care for Americans of all ages.
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.
For the first time in more than 40 years, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office has earned a spot among the top organizations in the country for investigating deaths, conducting autopsies and operating a morgue. The new distinction is a direct result of a unique partnership between the county and the University of Michigan Medical School.
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.
Call them the Brain Generation -- the students working toward degrees in neuroscience, who have grown up in a time when exciting new discoveries about the brain come out every day. But they’re also worried about their futures – which has led top senior neuroscientists to publish recommendations about how neuroscience education must change.
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.