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.
Inside hospital walls, countless feats of healing and caring happen every day. But when something unexpected, or harmful, happens to a patient, a different kind of wall can sprout up almost instantly. A new toolkit based on the much-praised UMHS approach to these incidents is now available for hospitals across the country to use.
The University of Michigan Health System’s plans to construct a new 297,000-square-foot health center in Brighton moved forward with the U-M Board of Regents approval Thursday of schematic design and authorization to issue bids and award contracts.
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.
Today, 166 future health care leaders will enter the University of Michigan’s historic Hill Auditorium as students, and leave as physicians. And as the 166th graduating class of the U-M Medical School, they’ll enter the profession of medicine at a time of change and promise.
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.
An internationally-recognized head and neck cancer researcher and faculty leader with a proven track record in promoting diversity was named today as the new executive vice dean for academic affairs for the U-M Medical School.
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.
Like an endlessly repeating video loop, horrible memories plague people with post-traumatic stress disorder. But a new study in veterans shows the promise of mindfulness training for enhancing the ability to manage those thoughts if they come up. It also shows the veterans’ brains changed in ways that could help switch off that endless loop.
What happens when doctors misbehave? The answer depends a lot on which state they practice in, a new U-M study shows. In fact, the percentage of doctors who get disciplined or pay a malpractice claim is four times less in some states than the percentage in other states.
Think your DNA is all human? Think again. And a new discovery suggests it’s even less human than scientists previously thought. Nineteen new pieces of DNA -- left by viruses that first infected our ancestors hundreds of thousands of years ago -- have just been found, lurking between our own genes.
At exactly noon on the same day, 161 University of Michigan medical students find out their destinies. Or rather, they find out where they’ll go for their next round of training, after they graduate in two months.
If you want to harness the full power of stem cells, all you might need is an eraser -- in the form of a U-M-developed drug. If you use it right, it can erase the tiny labels that tell cells where to start reading important chapters in DNA, and allow them to regain the potential to become anything.
For more than 160 years, aspiring doctors have applied to the University of Michigan Medical School, hoping to win a spot in one of the nation’s top training programs for physicians. Today, the school once again ranked among the best in the country
If you want to beat a fearsome enemy, you must first learn to think like them. If you do, you can predict their next move – and block it. This advice may work on the battlefield. But scientists also think it will work in humankind’s battle against one of the most dangerous bacteria our bodies can face: Clostridium difficile.