University of Michigan Health System
Computer-assisted breast imaging systems may help find cancers, tell them from benign growths
01 Dec 03 | New computerized systems that give doctors a "second pair of eyes" for looking at mammograms and other breast scans are showing great promise for detecting breast cancer, distinguishing it from benign problems without a biopsy, and tracking changes.
CT scans accurately find cancers and other problems in urinary systems of high-risk patients
01 Dec 03 | A 15-minute CT scan may be all it takes to find tiny cancers, stones and other problems in the kidneys, bladders and urinary tracts of high-risk patients, potentially saving them from many additional tests, and from delayed detection and treatment.
Don’t let holiday reveling take a wrong turn with alcohol misuse
01 Dec 03 | In general, alcohol-related crashes result in more severe injuries. Two of the main reasons for this are that alcohol-related crashes usually occur at higher rates of speed, and victims of these crashes are often not wearing seatbelts.
New shoe insole design decreases the risk of serious foot infection for diabetics
01 Dec 03 | More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes — a disease that causes many complications due to the body's inability to produce or properly use insulin.
Remarkable surgery removes huge tumor from behind youth’s face
01 Dec 03 | Surgeons at UMHS are using a technique to remove tumors without lifting the brain – thereby limiting the risk of brain damage, but also preventing any noticeable scars or damage to the patient's sense of smell.
Surviving childhood leukemia
01 Dec 03 | Recent advances in childhood leukemia treatment have given more children like Angela a greater chance of life after cancer. Only 20 years ago, children diagnosed with leukemia had a 50 percent survival rate. Today, the cure rate is 85% and climbing.
Fitness program gets patients moving toward a healthier lifestyle
01 Dec 03 | Get more exercise and eat a well-balanced diet – it's common advice that health care providers give many of their patients during annual physicals and other medical appointments.
Inconsistent guidelines lead to wide variation in chaperone use during Pap smears
25 Nov 03 | When doctors were first encouraged to have a nurse or medical assistant in the room while collecting a Pap smear, it was so the patient would feel comfortable. In time, hospital lawyers began to advocate chaperones for legal protection.
Kellogg Eye Center ranked among top 5 ophthalmology programs in the nation
25 Nov 03 | The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center has been rated No. 5 for "Best Overall Program" in a yearly survey that ranks ophthalmology programs across the country. The rankings are the result of a poll of ophthalmology department chairs in the US.
Congressman Dingell, U-M Trauma Burn Center and The Century Council join forces to combat underage drinking
21 Nov 03 | As part of this joint effort, the U-M Trauma Burn Center will be pairing its Real Life program with The Century Council's Alcohol 101 for High School Seniors, a CD-ROM program designed to prepare students to make informed choices about alcohol.
Presidential bioethics advisor Kass to speak at U-M Health System on December 3
21 Nov 03 | Much of the progress being made in labs and clinics around the world aims to go beyond basic therapy, and into the realm of fulfilling basic human desires to live longer, better and happier lives, or to help the next generation do so.
Light up for Life: Event benefits Food Gatherers, U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
18 Nov 03 | The event, appropriately titled "Light up for Life", will benefit Food Gatherers and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Those who attend the event are asked to bring canned food or a new unwrapped toy.
Class takes focus off fad diets to curb obesity epidemic
18 Nov 03 | Americans spend millions of dollars each year in search of the perfect weight-loss solution from diets like low carbohydrate, low fat and Atkins to The Zone, The South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers, just to name a few.
Scientists find new evidence linking inflammation to venous disease
18 Nov 03 | Deep vein thromboses or DVTs are a serious health problem, especially in the elderly. When blood clots form in deep leg veins, they can permanently damage the venous system or even be fatal, if a blood clot travels to the lungs.
How can health care teams help kids prepare for heart surgery?
17 Nov 03 | A pediatric heart specialist from the University of Michigan's renowned Congenital Heart Center is the lead author of a new guide published today by the American Heart Association, on ways to help children prepare for heart surgery.
Atrial fibrillation procedure shown to cure majority of patients with abnormal heart rhythm
12 Nov 03 | An innovative procedure completely cures the overwhelming majority of patients with the most common form of irregular heartbeat, by stopping haywire electrical signals in areas of heart muscle and some of the veins that connect to it.
Multi-hospital angioplasty improvement effort reduces deaths and complications, yields valuable risk data
11 Nov 03 | Angioplasty patients in Michigan are getting far better care — and suffering far fewer complications — than they used to, thanks to a cooperative quality improvement project involving local hospitals and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
High heart disease risk for lupus patients may be linked to rapid death of blood vessel lining cells
11 Nov 03 | Mass suicide by protective cells that line every blood vessel in the body may be to blame for the increased risk of heart and vascular disease faced by patients with the autoimmune disease known as lupus, new research suggests.
Diabetes management improves when patients, doctors agree on treatment goals, UMHS study finds
10 Nov 03 | People with diabetes who agree with their physician's treatment goals and strategies were more likely to be successful at managing their condition, but few patients agree with their doctor's top three goals and strategies.
One hour of one-on-one patient education reduces heart failure re-hospitalization by one third
10 Nov 03 | A single hour of individualized education before heart failure patients leave the hospital appears to make a major difference in how well they do once they get home – and cuts by one-third their risk of returning or dying in the next six months.