University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Health System has represented the finest in clinical care, research and academic endeavors for decades. Because of this, the UMHS consistently ranks among the best health care centers in the nation in several different categories. The UMHS placed 9th this year in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. UMHS is the only hospital in Michigan to make the magazine's 2003 honor roll of the 17 "Best Hospitals."

The annual report also assesses hospitals in various medical specialties. Again this year, UMHS was recognized in nearly all the specialties, ranking in the top 15 in 12 of the categories. Four UMHS specialties were in the top 10 - cancer; ear, nose & throat; geriatrics; and respiratory disorders - and three moved up in the rankings from their positions last year.

The University of Michigan is home to one of the largest health care complexes in the world. It has been the site of many groundbreaking accomplishments and technological advancements in the time since the Medical School first opened its doors in 1850. Today, the University of Michigan Health System continues to be on the cutting edge of research and patient care.

The Medical School graduates about 170 physicians annually and is consistently ranked as one of the top institutions in the nation. In 2001, the U-M Medical School received a record $203 million from the National Institutes of Health, ranking it 8th in the nation and third among public univsersities in total NIH grants. Research expenditures by Medical School scientists totaled $257,583 million in fiscal year 2002. In 2003, the UMMS ranked 8th on U.S. News & World Report's 2003 list of the best medical schools.

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Taking kids with special needs to new heights
02 Jun 04 | It's a kid's summer dream to climb and swing from trees, and to build a special tree house in their backyard where lasting childhood memories will be made.

Poison-proof your home to prevent accidents
01 Jun 04 | Every 15 seconds a person in the United States is accidentally poisoned, and about 60 percent of those people are children younger than age six. Most poisonings happen as a result of children's curiosity with their parents' medications.

New hope for children with abnormal heart rhythm
01 Jun 04 | From age 3 to 8 , Austin Miller's heart would race up to 200 beats per minute – about double a normal heart rate.

Kids and car safety
01 Jun 04 | More than just modes of transportation, cars are potential weapons that kill thousands of people each year, but we can make efforts to keep children safer.

Helping kids be 'CHAMP's with constraint therapy
01 Jun 04 | It was about a year before Sherry Ramsdell realized her son, Bailey, was not developing normally. He didn't begin to crawl or talk and missed other developmental milestones. Doctors ran tests and diagnosed Bailey with cerebral palsy.

Carr's Wash for Kids a big win for Mott
28 May 04 | The Wolverine football program will team with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital on June 12, for the U-M Football -- Carr's Wash for Kids sponsored by Michigan International Speedway to benefit the campaign for a new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Great Lakes swimmers: Beware of potentially deadly rip currents
20 May 04 | Rip currents in the Great Lakes are a deadly but largely unknown phenomena, and the University of Michigan, through the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, has joined a national campaign to educate the public about the potentially fatal waters.

Drug company payments to FDA haven’t sped approvals any more than federal funding increases did, study finds
17 Dec 03 | For the past ten years, drug companies have paid the FDA fees to review each new drug they want approved. But a new study shows that this program hasn't made the approval process any quicker, its main goal, than increased federal funding for the FDA.

Vaccine concerns on the rise, making accurate information crucial
16 Dec 03 | The doctors who treat America's children are hearing more and more concerns from their patients' parents about vaccines, and occasionally encountering parents who refuse some or all recommended vaccines for their children.

Scientists discover how anthrax creates its deadly spores
16 Dec 03 | Bacillus anthracis, the bacterium that causes anthrax. Tiny spores of this highly infectious pathogen can survive drought, bitter cold and other harsh conditions for decades, yet still germinate almost instantly to infect and kill once inside a host.

Have a healthy holiday season with these helpful tips from the University of Michigan Health System
16 Dec 03 | It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the song says, and holiday preparations will launch into high gear this week with the arrival of Hanukkah, the countdown to Christmas, and New Year's Eve just around the corner.

Online bladder cancer information often outdated
11 Dec 03 | Unlike more common cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer or melanoma, few people understand the basic facts about bladder cancer and how it is treated. So when patients are diagnosed with bladder cancer, they often turn to the Internet.

University of Michigan professor wins prestigious international award
11 Dec 03 | A University of Michigan professor of psychology and psychoanalyst whose research uses scientific methods to probe the intersection between neuroscience and Freud has won one of his field's highest honors.

Two Nurses Receive Home Health Aide Award
09 Dec 03 | dna Reese and Debrha Tyler, both health aides with the University of Michigan Health System Michigan Visiting Nurses, were named recipients of the Frances Dillard Home Health Aide Service Award for 2003 for their valued dedication and commitment.

National study seeks cause of baffling, fatal disorder
08 Dec 03 | A devastating disease with multiple symptoms and no cure, MSA strikes people in middle age. Treatment can target the symptoms but cannot halt the disease's course. Most patients die within seven to 10 years.

New center bridges gap between conventional and alternative medicine
08 Dec 03 | Whether patients have exhausted all medical treatments, had a negative experience with the conventional health care system, or are seeking options to their medical care they see as more "natural" or gentle, they often turn to alternative medicine.

Second opinion from major cancer center leads to more breast cancer detection, treatment changes
04 Dec 03 | Women with breast cancer who seek a second opinion on their mammograms from experienced specialists at a major cancer center frequently get a new plan for their care, a new study shows. Some even learn that they have cancer in more locations.

Freezing technique kills majority of small malignant breast cancers
03 Dec 03 | A technique already in use to freeze and kill benign breast masses also appears to kill small malignant breast tumors, new research from a clinical trial at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centers shows.

Bionic eyes? Implanted telescope offers hope for those with macular degeneration
01 Dec 03 | While there is no cure for macular degeneration, the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center is studying a new procedure that may bring improved sight – and quality of life – to patients suffering from this debilitating eye condition.

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