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Life is sweet: Annual ice cream social and researchpalooza a success!

September 1, 2016

Working here at UMHS was literally (and metaphorically!) sweet on Wednesday, as faculty, staff and students were treated to an ice cream social. The annual appreciation event celebrating organizational accomplishments and…

Nominees sought for Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award

August 29, 2016

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award, which recognizes individual staff members and staff teams that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in supporting diversity at the university. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources, the DDLA provides a monetary prize — $1,000 for individuals, $2,500 for teams — to be used toward professional development activities. Staff members on all campuses and in the U-M Health System are eligible. The award recognizes the exceptional contributions of staff. A full list of previous awardees, nominees and a sample of a winning nomination can be found…

Making a Difference: July 2016 highlights

August 25, 2016

Employees across UMHS continue to make a difference through their hard work and dedication. Recognizing the contributions employees make to UMHS helps our team to become more motivated, drives better teamwork,…

Professor raises concerns over herbal and dietary supplements

August 24, 2016

In a recent paper, Robert J. Fontana, M.D., U-M professor of hepatology, detailed seven cases of injury attributed to a natural herbal supplement from various U.S. medical centers participating in the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network.Of those incidents, six patients were hospitalized, three developed acute liver failure and two required emergency liver transplants.Although the affected group — generally healthy, middle-aged adults who took OxyELITE Pro and followed the manufacturer’s recommended dosage — was small, their maladies underscore the risks of herbal and dietary supplements.“You think you’re taking something to give you a little more energy and then you’ve got a bad liver…

All in the family: Three generations serve as UMHS nurses

August 23, 2016

For Madonna and Maria Perkins, becoming a nurse at U-M was natural. After all, it runs in their…

Study: Where kids struggle for proper eye care

August 22, 2016

Children are less likely to be diagnosed with crossed eyes, a condition known as strabismus, if they live in poor communities, according to an analysis led by researchers at U-M’s Kellogg Eye Center.It’s cause for concern because strabismus can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated early in life, not to mention the negative impact it has on a child’s self-image.The study led by Joshua Ehrlich, M.D., M.P.H., Joshua D. Stein, M.D., and their colleagues, highlights unequal access to proper eye care and suggests more support is needed in schools and communities.Highlights from the study, which was recently published in…

Surgeon gives guidance on optimizing hospital safety

August 18, 2016

Technical advancements and standardized practices have reduced patient deaths from preventable medical errors over the years. But errors are still responsible for between three and five percent of hospital deaths.Amir A.…

Dr. Shapiro earns rehabilitation engineering research grant

August 18, 2016

Congratulations to Danielle Shapiro, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation!She was awarded the Spring 2016 Small Grant for Technology to Support Health Management and Independence from the U-M Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center.The grant is awarded in the spring and fall of each year for an innovative technology project that will improve the lives of adolescent and young adults with physical, cognitive and neurodevelopmental disabilities.Shapiro’s funded project will analyze teenagers’ Facebook activity to measure changes in their social processes following a traumatic brain injury. The long-term goal of the project is to develop a Facebook application that would automatically…

Giving back and UMHS: How YOU make a difference

August 17, 2016

Giving back to the community is a part of who we are at UMHS. Philanthropy, volunteerism and community involvement are rooted in the culture here. As one of the largest health…