Michigan Medicine News Break

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Recent Episodes

Recent NIH Study Shows Racial Disparities in Heart Failure Treatment

Black adults treated at advanced heart failure centers received potentially life-changing therapies, such as transplants and heart pumps, about half as often as white adults, possibly due to racial bias, a small National Institutes of Health-supported study has found. Visit our blog for the full story. Please note that this article was adapted from a NIH release.

Listen: Recent NIH Study Shows Racial Disparities in Heart Failure Treatment


What Happens to Your Feet During Pregnancy?

Being pregnant changes your body, with your feet being no exception.

Listen: What Happens to Your Feet During Pregnancy?


A New Favorite Among People Who Menstruate: Period Underwear

Have you heard about period underwear? The new technology makes periods easier and more comfortable to manage, but are they right for you? An OB-GYN shares 5 facts to know before buying a pair.

Listen: A New Favorite Among People Who Menstruate: Period Underwear


Can We Slow Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Study suggests that the overexpression of cochlear neurotrophin-3 can help prevent the loss of hearing.

Listen: Can We Slow Age-Related Hearing Loss?


Emergency Preparedness for Families with Children with Special Needs

Regional hospitals offer communities tools to improve disaster preparation for children, particularly those with health needs and disabilities.

Listen: Emergency Preparedness for Families with Children with Special Needs


Looking to Get Your Updated COVID Booster?

A new paired booster offers more protection from the omicron variant.

Listen: Looking to Get Your Updated COVID Booster?


Reducing Medication Risks for Nursing Home Residents

The VA’s efforts to reduce use of risky antipsychotic medications in its nursing homes succeeded – but use of other medications with less evidence behind them rose.

Listen: Reducing Medication Risks for Nursing Home Residents


Keeping Kids & Teens Safe Around Fireworks

Firework safety isn't just for the Fourth of July. A recent poll on children's health showed that 1 in 5 parents would allow kids to help set off fireworks, and some don’t consistently enforce sparkler safety rules, or keep a safe distance. Listen to today's episode for tips to stay safe around fireworks and sparklers.

Listen: Keeping Kids & Teens Safe Around Fireworks


How Obesity Treatment is Changing

What will it take to transform obesity care? New primary care models, increased access to medications and surgery, and more clinical training may help more patients.

Listen: How Obesity Treatment is Changing


For Better Home Cardiac Arrest Outcomes, Make a HeartSafe Home Plan

The program partners with first responders and community leaders to increase awareness of in-home cardiac arrests.

Listen: For Better Home Cardiac Arrest Outcomes, Make a HeartSafe Home Plan


Studying Substance Use Curiosity in Pre-Teens

Even at age 9 or 10, as many as 10% of children are curious about using substances, and many parents haven’t made specific rules or say kids’ access at home would be easy.

Listen: Studying Substance Use Curiosity in Pre-Teens


Studying the Impact of Food Smells on Life-Extending Effects of Restricted Diets in Worms

A study in worms provides new clues about the role of serotonin and dopamine in aging.

Listen: Studying the Impact of Food Smells on Life-Extending Effects of Restricted Diets in Worms


Patient Story: After a Heart Valve Replacement, "I Feel Much Stronger Now.”

One woman’s bicuspid valve was replaced, and aortic aneurysm repaired, after a period of doctor-led “watchful waiting.”

Listen: Patient Story: After a Heart Valve Replacement, "I Feel Much Stronger Now.”


What to Know About Monkeypox

An outbreak of a pox virus, not typically found in Europe and North America, has many on alert.

Listen: What to Know About Monkeypox


Gen Z Wants to Talk About Social Determinants of Health With Their Providers

A poll shows strong support for clinics’ efforts to screen for, and providing support for, social determinants of health.

Listen: Gen Z Wants to Talk About Social Determinants of Health With Their Providers


Re-release: Data supports what surgeons performing gender-affirming mastectomies see in clinic

Surgeons who perform gender-affirming mastectomies know that they help patients. A 2021 study by Michigan Medicine researchers provides data to show exactly how.

Listen: Re-release: Data supports what surgeons performing gender-affirming mastectomies see in clinic


COVID Infection Via Transplant

A conversation with Dr. Daniel Kaul, Director of the Transplant Infectious Disease Service at University of Michigan.

Listen: COVID Infection Via Transplant


Reducing Delayed Dispensing for Opioids

Hundreds of thousands of surgical and dental opioid prescriptions are filled a month or more after writing, but one state’s law helped reduce this “delayed dispensing”.

Listen: Reducing Delayed Dispensing for Opioids


Beyond Dry January

A psychiatrist discusses the barriers to seeking help for alcohol use disorder and how to overcome them.

Listen: Beyond Dry January


Navigating the Baby Formula Shortage

A pediatrician provides valuable information on homemade formula, milk alternatives and other resources during national shortage.

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Expert Advice on Surviving Infertility-Related Relationship Stress

Infertility can be heartbreaking for both partners in a relationship. The resulting stress that sometimes occurs only adds to a couple’s woes. Here, an expert offers advice on how to reduce the stress infertility can cause in relationships.

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COVID Recovery and Lung Health

COVID-19 has affected all of us in some way, and unfortunately doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Dr. MeiLan Han, Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of Michigan Health, Dr. Hallie Prescott and Dr. Thomas Valley, also of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, dive into what the pandemic has taught us about lung health in general, lung health implications of long COVID and how we can apply lessons learned to better support overall lung health in the future.

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How to Take a Pill in 7 Steps

Pill swallowing can be a difficult skill to learn for kids and adults, and for some kids, it's a skill they need to learn at a young age. In this short video tutorial, a child psychologist from the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital shares helpful tips for teaching your child how to swallow pills.

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Doctor Revives Fellow Hockey Player

It was a normal day for Jeff Zampi, M.D., who had spent most of it performing procedures to treat babies, children, adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. And after wrapping up work at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the pediatric cardiologist laced up his skates to hit the ice for a hockey game nearby in Ann Arbor: his Mott team was facing the Ice Cats. But by the third period of the match, Zampi found himself switching back to doctor mode.

Listen: Doctor Revives Fellow Hockey Player >