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It's Time To Fight Sepsis Like We Fight Heart Attack, U-M Researchers Say

Oct 7, 2014
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A decade ago, America’s health care community took on heart attacks with gusto, harnessing the power of research and data to make sure that every patient got the best possible care.

It worked: Death rates for heart attack have dropped. The same has happened with heart failure and pneumonia. Now, say a pair of University of Michigan Medical School experts, it’s time to do the same for sepsis.

Many Adults Support Equal Access To Healthcare For Undocumented Immigrant Children

Oct 7, 2014

Access to health insurance is very limited for immigrants living in the U.S. – both undocumented immigrants and permanent residents. But a new survey has found that many U.S. adults who work on behalf of children think undocumented immigrant children should have access to healthcare equal to that of U.S.-born children.

Almost half (42 percent) of survey respondents said they agree or strongly agree that undocumented children and U.S.-born children should have equal access to healthcare, while 33 percent disagreed or strongly disagreed and 25 percent were unsure.

Hospitals With Aggressive Treatment Styles Had Lower Failure-To-Rescue Rates

Oct 1, 2014
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Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication, but longer hospitalizations, according to a study led by the University of Michigan Health System.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A surprising new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment and income between physicians who perform operations, procedures or tests, and those who don’t.

Contrary to perception, the research indicates, the physician payment system is not inherently “rigged” to favor surgeons and other procedure-performing doctors.

1 In 5 Men Reports Violence Toward Intimate Partners

Sep 15, 2014
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One in five men in the U.S. reports violence towards their spouse or significant other, says a new nationally representative study by the University of Michigan.

The analysis also found that male aggression toward a partner is associated with warning signs that could come up during routine health care visits, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and insomnia, in addition to better known risks like substance abuse and a history of either experiencing or witnessing violence as a child.

Primary Care Doctors Reluctant To Provide Genetics Assessment In Routine Care

Sep 12, 2014
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Primary care providers (PCPs) report many challenges to integrating genetics services into routine primary care, according to research published today in Genetics in Medicine.

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It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms.

The decision to admit an emergency patient to the hospital, or not, for non-life-threatening illness carries many implications - including major differences in care costs.

Bariatric Surgery Study Shows Change In Preferred Method For Weight Loss

Sep 8, 2014
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Data from Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative reveals sleeve gastrectomy outpacing gastric bypass

In an analysis of the type of bariatric surgery procedures used in Michigan in recent years, sleeve gastrectomy (SG) surpassed Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) in 2012 as the most common procedure performed for patients looking for weight loss options, according to a study led by the University of Michigan Health System.

A One-Two Punch For Brain Tumors? New Clinical Trial Opens At U-M

Sep 3, 2014
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University of Michigan Health System doctors have started testing a unique new approach to fighting brain tumors -- one that delivers a one-two punch designed to knock out the most dangerous brain cancer.

The experimental approach, based on U-M research, delivers two different genes directly into the brains of patients following the operation to remove the bulk of their tumors.

The idea: trigger immune activity within the brain itself to kill remaining tumor cells -- the ones neurosurgeons can’t take out, which make this type of tumor so dangerous.

University Of Michigan First In Nation To Implant Device For Tricuspid Valve Replacement

Aug 25, 2014
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The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve.

Percutaneous interventions rely on hollow tubes called catheters to reach chambers of the heart rather than opening a patient's chest.