More than a billion times a year, doctors and nurses insert tiny tubes into the veins of American hospital patients, so they can deliver lifesaving medicines, give fluids and nutrition, monitor key vital signs, and help patients with conditions ranging from cancer and pain to kidney failure and serious infections. Now, a U-M-led effort will help them choose the best device for each patient.
A health insurance model designed to improve care and cut costs — a concept that grew out of a decade of work at the University of Michigan — will be tested in seven states, according to an announcement today from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued results showing that the Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) that includes all UMHS physicians continues to generate financial savings while improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by fostering greater collaboration between doctors, hospitals, and health care providers.
Monitors. Alarms. Pagers. People. Hospital noise can keep patients from getting a good night's sleep. The University of Michigan Health System is working to make the hospital quieter by testing sound panels that reduce noise around patient rooms.
With every breath you take, microbes have a chance of making it into your lungs. But what happens when they get there? And why do dangerous lung infections like pneumonia happen in some people, but not others? Researchers at the U-M Medical School have started to answer these questions.
Vaccination rates for a critical booster shot tripled after clinics began using electronic prompts alerting them of patients needing the Tdap vaccine that protects against tetanus, diptheria, and whooping cough.
Each of your kidneys wears a little yellow cap that helps keep your blood pressure in check, and much more. But in some people, it starts running amok, pumping out a hormone that sends blood pressure sky-high. Why this happens is still a mystery. But new U-M findings could help figure out what’s going on.
While most of us worry about the fat cells building up on the fleshy parts of our bodies, scientists have started to pay serious attention to another kind of fat cell deep inside our bones, in what’s called the marrow.
The books moved out two years ago, and the construction crews moved in. And today, the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library reopens as a transformed space for learning, teaching and gathering. After a $55 million renovation, the 35-year-old building on the U-M medical campus has emerged from a metamorphosis that has made it into a new kind of library, and much more.
This Sunday, 170 aspiring physicians will don the short white coats and stethoscopes that tens of thousands of U-M Medical School students before them have worn. But this class will experience medical school differently from their predecessors stretching back to 1850 -- or from their peers around the country today.
Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new U-M study finds. But they’re much less likely to be getting their mental health care from a psychiatrist.
New research suggests concussion may not significantly impair symptoms or cognitive skills for one gender over another, however, women may still experience greater symptoms and poorer cognitive performance at preseason testing.
Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. But a new U-M study suggests that the two have gone hand-in-hand in the state of Michigan, despite a rapid influx of hundreds of thousands of newly insured people under the state’s expansion of Medicaid.
It’s a tale of two tests: one for early signs of cervical cancer, the other for a sexually transmitted disease. But a new study suggests that a change in the recommended schedule for one may have dramatically lowered the chances that young women would get the other.
Few people today would dare call President Richard Nixon a radical liberal. But 44 years ago, he proposed a health plan that went far beyond what today’s Affordable Care Act includes. After the first plan failed, he did it again three years later. A new U-M analysis compares his plans with the current Affordable Care Act.
A stroke happens in an instant. And many who survive one report that their brain never works like it once did. But new research shows that these problems with memory and thinking ability keep getting worse for years afterward – and happen faster than normal brain aging.
A new study of emergency stroke care in America shows just how much of a patchwork system we still have for delivering the most effective stroke treatment.
And thousands of people a year may end up unnecessarily disabled as a result.