Wellness Wednesday

WednesdayWellness Wednesdays, 8:40 AM & 10:40 AM
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Our guests include the top personnel from the University of Michigan Hospitals, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor area scientists, and local business leaders. Listen each Wednesday at 8:40 AM (repeated at 10:40 AM) to “The Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider” on 1290 WLBY & online at www.1290WLBY.com.   As the nation explores the possibility of a national health care program, we keep you on top of the latest health care initiatives, research developments, and what impact all of this has on business and your bottom line.

 


 

Wellness Wednesday Interviews: 

Greenhawt_1429December 3, 2014: Handling Food Allergies in School – Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, Research Director, University of Michigan Food Allergy Center – In a discussion about what to do about school children with food allergies, a school board member in Clawson, Michigan jokingly said, “Well, you should just shoot them.” While poorly chosen the comment illustrates the difficulties of managing food allergies.

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Alison Foreman and Pamela FrenchNovember 26, 2014: Fender Mender – Art Trapp, Chamber Executive Director; Owners, Fender Mender – We’re at the time of the year when slipping and sliding can result in major repair work on your vehicle. Saline’s Fender Mender is an auto body repair facility that offers free written estimates and accepts most automobile

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Wellness_903September 3, 2014: Huron Valley PACE’s Center Manager Linda McCarver, and Medical Director Dr. Ted Suh – Health issues often force older adults to move out of their homes and into nursing homes. But there is a way for seniors to stay at home with the PACE program of all-inclusive care for the elderly.

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Screen shot 2014-08-13 at 8.59.05 AMDr. Michelle Cornette, Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology – The death of entertainer Robin Williams from an apparent suicide this week stunned many. Mental health experts say suicide speaks to the immense power mental illness can have over someone, but there are ways we can prevent it.

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wellness_806August 6, 2014: Dr. Robert Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School – In the 1960s, Dr. Robert Bartlett developed a lifesaving heart-lung technology known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Since then many thousands of infants have been saved by his extraordinary bioengineering and clinical innovation. Under his guidance, the UM Cardiopulmonary Physiology and extracorporeal Circulation Research Lab is now working on implantable lung devices and is developing an artificial liver system.

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Sarah_ClarkJuly 30, 2014: Sarah Clark, M.P.H., Associate Director, NPCH / Associate Research Scientist, UM Department of Pediatrics, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s NPCH – Over half of male infants born in the United States are circumcised. Parents cite a variety of reasons for or against circumcision, and many feel anxious about making the right choice. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about the role of healthcare providers in helping them make decisions about circumcision.

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Diane KeefeJuly 16, 2014: Diane Keefe, Director of Business Development, BeneStream – With the effective date of the Employer Mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act approaching, companies are scrambling to figure out how they will afford to cover all of the employees that they’ll be adding to their plans. Employers that don’t comply face fines into the thousands of dollars per employee per year, plus a tax audit. The mandate will be most cumbersome for industries like home healthcare, restaurants and hospitality, and janitorial. Yet there’s one option that most don’t yet know about.

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wellness_625June 25, 2014: Russ Olmstead, Director of Infection Prevention & Control, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor – An MLive investigation has found that Michigan is one of the least-forthcoming states in the nation when it comes to releasing hospital infection information to the public. Their series of reports has launched a new drive to make information about hospital-acquired infections more transparent.

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wellness_611June 11, 2014: Brian Flemming, Former EMU Student / Canton Resident – Brian Flemming has lost more than 390 pounds. The first 100 pounds came off in three months. Here’s how the former 600 pound man did it. Visit Brian’s Facebook group and share your own transformation story.

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David HallJune 4, 2014: David Hall, RepliCel CEO – A new medical treatment will help to reverse career-ending injuries.

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wellness_528May 28, 2014: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital’s Dr. Mac Whitehouse, Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Suzette Bouchard-Isackson, RN, MSN, VP of Surgical Services – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has opened a new 43,000 square-foot Outpatient Surgery Center which features state-of-the-art technologies such as scope video integration equipment, LED lighting and nine operating rooms nearly double the size of its previous operating rooms to accommodate today’s surgical team, equipment and technology. The $32 million all new state-of-the-art Outpatient Surgery Center will become the main outpatient surgery location, replacing the current Ambulatory Surgery Facility (ASF) and Michigan Orthopedic Surgery Center (MOSC) on campus.

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May 14, 2014: Marc Breckenridge, Washtenaw County Emergency Management Director Spring storms this week had all eyes glancing skyward and ducking for cover. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe when stormy weather hits.

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May 7, 2014: Courtney Reid Alexander, Pittsfield Township Resident – When Courtney Reid Alexander suffered a heart attack in the driveway of her Hamburg Township home, the police who responded saved her life because they had an automated external defibrillator. Now she’s on a mission to make sure all squad cars in her new hometown of Pittsfield Township have AEDs as well.

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April 30, 2014: Courtney Reid Alexander, Pittsfield Township Resident – When Courtney Reid Alexander suffered a heart attack in the driveway of her Hamburg Township home, the police who responded saved her life because they had an automated external defibrillator. Now she’s on a mission to make sure all squad cars in her new hometown of Pittsfield Township have AEDs as well.

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April 9, 2014: Brett Eidman, Comedian – Sometimes all you need is a new perspective and a little laughter to ease your pain.

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February 19, 2014: Mark Kiel, Pathology Resident, UM Medical School – Three U of M pathologists who developed software that could improve cancer diagnosis and treatment have won a statewide entrepreneurship competition organized by the UM Center for Entrepreneurship at Michigan Engineering.

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January 29, 2014: Ron Baumanis, Director; Actress Aynsley Martindale (Mother Diana); Actor Michael Denham Smith (Husband Dan) – The Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission recently released a report offering recommendations to update and improve the delivery of mental health services to state residents. Now a ground-breaking musical tackles the topic of mental illness as well. Next to Normal premieres in Ann Arbor at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre this week. The Tony award-winning musical centers on a middle-class family as they cope with mental illness, loss, grief, and family relations.

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January 17, 2014: Curative Powers of Cherries – Dr. Gary Dunbar, Director, CMU Neuroscience Program – New research shows a link between brain function and Michigan’s tart cherries. Could they be the cure for Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases?

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December 8, 2013: Dr. James Hubbard, The Survival Doctor – The best way to dress if you’re going out in this frigid weather, what to have on hand ‘just in case’, and what to do if you suspect frostbite or hypothermia.

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November 20, 2013: Sandy Schmunk, Social Worker/Demenia Specialist – Called Joe’s Memory Arts Café, these monthly social gatherings provide a social outlet and stress relief for individuals with memory loss living in their own homes, their care partners, family and friends. The café is a safe, supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact together and have fun with their loved ones as well as find support and resources.

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Scott Westerman 7 10September 18, 2013: Wellness Wednesday: ‘Go Blue’ Skywriting Stunt Nets Big Win for the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Scott Westerman, Associate VP for Alumni Relations/Executive Director, Michigan State University Alumni Association Someone paid $3,000 to have a skywriter create the words ‘Go Blue’ over East Lansing, the home of Michigan State University, this week. The leader of MSU’s Alumni Association – who happens to hail from Ann Arbor – used the stunt to launch a fundraising campaign for a cause near to his heart. Visit www.mioca.org/donate to make a donation to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Be sure to include whether you are a Team MSU or Team UM! As of the date of this interview more than $14,000 has been donated.

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Angela MinicuciJuly 31, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  Spread of Parasitic Disease – Angela Minicuci, Public Information Officer, Michigan Department of Community Health A parasitic outbreak sickening nearly 400 people has now been traced to bagged salad mix, at least in two of the states impacted.  Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska say prepackaged salad mix is the source of the cyclospora in their states.  The Michigan Department of Community Health is monitoring the situation, which has yet to hit our state.

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Deb GumucioJuly 15, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: The Art of Science –  Dr. Deborah Gumucio, Cell Biologist / Founder, Center for Organogenesis If you are looking for something highly unusual at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, you will want to check out a booth on East University Avenue where the art for sale isn’t just beautiful, but it might also save lives.

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Dr. Elif OralJuly 3, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  Miracle Weight Loss Pill? – Dr. Elif  Oral, Assoc. Professor of Internal Medicine, UM Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes (MEND) Division A drug developed to treat canker sores is making fat mice in the lab lose weight.  Is this America’s answer to obesity?

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Dr. Jerry SilverJune 26, 2013:  A Cure for Paralysis?- Jerry Silver, Neuroscientist, Case Western Reserve in Cleveland Scientists this week announced a huge advancement in restoring function to those with spinal cord injuries. Dr. Jerry Silver and his team restored bladder function in paralyzed rats.  It’s being hailed as a big leap in regenerative medicine.  Now the question is, can it work in humans?

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Jim BalmerJune 12, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  Heroin in Washtenaw County – James Balmer, President, Dawn Farm There have been eight overdoses from heroin in two days in the Ann Arbor area with one of those persons dying.  What is going on?  We talk with a man who is on the front lines fighting substance abuse in our community.  Since we first conducted this interview, a second person’s death from the eight overdoses has been confirmed.

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David EdwardsJune 5, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: WikiCell – Dr. David Edwards, Ph.D., Bioengineer, Harvard University / Founder, Le Laboratoire, Paris This two-layered edible membrane is designed as an attractive packaging capable of keeping food fresh for up to six months.  It’s a way to cut down on packaging, but would you eat something wrapped in this?

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Dr Matthew Davis 2May 30, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: “Study Drugs” – Dr. Matthew Davis, Director, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health Drug abuse consistently ranks high among adults’ top health concerns for children in the United States. Recently, misuse of prescription stimulant medications as “study drugs” has been gaining public attention.  To examine parents’ awareness about this emerging issue, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about their teens’ use of “study drugs” and their level of concern about the misuse of “study drugs” in their communities.

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Dr David SteinbergMay 22, 2013:  The U.S.’s First Accessible Clinical Hoop HouseDr. David Steinberg, M.D., Medical Director for Rehabilitation Services/Vice Chair, Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor –  A big red barn and a solar-heated greenhouse known as a hoop house now grace the property at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor.  The new structures are designed to provide therapy for St. Joseph rehab patients, as well as patients of the Eisenhower Center, many of whom are recovering from stroke or injury from accidents.

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Corporal Robert PasternakMay 22, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: Michigan Boating Rules Tighten: Corporal Robert Pasternak, Marine Safety Division Supervisor, Washtenaw County Sheriff Marine Patrol – Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of the summer watercraft season and some recent state laws have helped to reduce boating accidents in Michigan.  Here’s what you need to know to stay safe on the water.

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Dr. Tari StullMay 15, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  The Breast Cancer Gene – Dr. Tari Stull, Medical Director, Center for Breast Health, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor In 1974 First Lady Betty Ford talked openly about her mastectomy.  Four decades later actress Angelina Jolie has revealed that she recently underwent a double mastectomy because she carries the breast cancer gene.  By having both of her breasts removed her doctors said she cuts her risk of developing breast cancer from 87% to less than 5%.  Should women with a history of breast cancer undergo genetic testing?

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Debra ClarkMay 8, 2013: DietBet – Debra Clark, Owner, A2GetFit Working specifically with women over 50, this personal trainer uses DietBet to motivate clients to lose weight and get fit.

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Alice PenroseMay 2, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  “Weighing In” on Choosing a Healthier Future – Dr. Alice Penrose, Medical Director, Washtenaw County Public Health The Michigan Healthier Tomorrow campaign is asking overweight residents to pledge to lose 10% of their body weight and track their own key health measures.  Can Michigan finally shake off the dubious distinction of being one of the fattest states in the nation?

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Dr. Robert ClearyApril 24, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: Succesful Post-Surgery Recovery: Surgeon Dr. Robert K. Cleary, MD, of Saint Joseph Mercy Health SystemA grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation is helping fund St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s Enhanced Recovery initiative, a unique 16-step protocol which has shown to improve patient outcomes, reduce complications and shorten hospital length of stay after surgery.

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Barb HiltzApril 17, 2013: The Amazing Race:  Barb Hiltz, Executive Director, Cancer Support Community – Solve puzzles, hunt for hidden locations throughout the Ann Arbor area, and race to be the first team to complete the course.  This year marks the third annual Amazing Race sponsored by the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.  This organization provides free support, exercise, and educational services for adults and children with cancer, as well as the friends and family who support them and their children.  The Amazing Race is Saturday, April 27 at 4 PM and a post-race party includes refreshments, food, music and prizes.  Tickets are $50/person.  The race begins and ends at Lake Forest Golf Club.  Visit www.cancersupportannarbor.org for details.

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Michael ForbesApril 10, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: New Hospital Gown Has Your Back – Michael Forbes, Product Designer, Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit The drafty backside is finally gone.  A newly designed hospital gown is being tested on several inpatient floors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  It is among the first inventions to be made public by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute in collaboration with the College for Henry Ford Hospital GownCreative Studies.

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Marge WisniewskiApril 3, 2013:   Wellness Wednesday: Health Care Leadership – Marge Wisniewski, Faculty Chair for Health Care Management, Cleary University - A survey by the American Management Association shows a growing number of health care organizations are not prepared for the sudden loss of leadership.  The survey found that less than seven percent of health care organizations are well prepared to deal with the loss of key members of senior management. Approximately 30 percent are not prepared at all.  To help provide opportunities for health care professionals to advance into leadership positions, Cleary University has created a master’s of business administration program in health care leadership.  Learn more about Cleary’s new MBA in Health Care Leadership by calling 800.686.1883 or visiting www.cleary.edu/healthcareMBA.

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Jen NicodemusMarch 20, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: New Diabetes Prevention Program – Jen Nicodemus, Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator,  Ann Arbor YMCA Diabetes Prevention ProgramWhen you think of the YMCA, you think of swimming, exercising, and playing sports.  But did you know that the Ann Arbor YMCA has a Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinator?  The Ann Arbor YMCA is one of 11 YMCAs nationwide to receive a grant from the YMCA of the USA  to help expand its Diabetes Prevention Program. The goal is to try and prevent Type 2 Diabetes in our local residents.

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Joanne Pierson and Lauren KatzMarch 6, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: Communication Disorders:  Dr. Joanne Pierson and Dr. Lauren Katz, Founding Partners, Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute A language disorder is diagnosed when a person has substantial difficulty in understanding and expressing one’s self orally, in reading, and in writing.  A new center in Ann Arbor has opened to help those who struggle with these kinds of communications.

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Deidre ToddFebruary 20, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: What All Women Need To KnowIn August of 2009 Deidre Todd, Coordinator of the UM Hospital’s Office of Clinical Safety,  gave birth to her baby boy. What she didn’t realize was that she had developed a life-threatening heart condition following her pregnancy.  She was tired, she was weak, and she was nauseous, but she never equated those symptoms with a failing heart.  Now she’s on a mission to make sure that no other women miss the signs that they may be suffering from a heart condition.

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January 30, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: At-Home Dialysis – Doug Thompson, Dialysis Patient;  JoAnn Keller, RN/Home Therapy Program Manager, Fresenius Medical Care Our kidneys help regulate sodium and postassium in our bodies, as well as filter waste products.  When they don’t work properly, you have to undergo kidney dialysis or get a kidney transplant.  Ann Arbor resident Doug Thompson is waiting for such a transplant and has now become an advocate for at-home dialysis.  We learn how it works.

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January 23, 2013Wellness Wednesday:  Give Kids A Smile – Dr. David Schmidt, Ypsilanti Dentist – Sponsored by the American Dental Association, the Give Kids A Smile program offers children without insurance the opportunity to have their teeth examined, cleaned and diagnostic x-rays taken free of charge.

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January 16, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  Protecting Your Baby from Pertussis – Sean McNally, Franny Strong Foundation – Veronica and Sean McNally lost their beautiful infant daughter Francesca last year.  They are now helping others to understand the horrors of whooping cough – or pertussis – and devoting their energies to make sure that others don’t suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease.
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January 9, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday:  Protecting Nerves from Injury during Surgery –  Dr. Steve Bartol, Chairman/CEO, Sentio, LLC
Making it easier for surgeons to locate, map, and protect nerves can increase the chances for more successful surgeries.The U.S. Patent Office has now approved two patents for Michigan-based Sentio, LLC, which is pioneering this technology.
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January 2, 2013:  Wellness Wednesday: Teen Addictions - Bruce Thomson, Psychotherapist A new report out of the University of Michigan shows younger teens are smoking less, older teens are drinking more, and the misuse of the prescription drug Adderall is being more prevalent.  We take a look at the underlying factors of addiction with this expert on brain chemistry, addiction, and motivation.
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Wellness Wednesday:  Patient Safety:  Doug Strong, CEO, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers  – An independent national group has named the University of Michigan Health System among the safest and highest-quality hospitals in the United States.  Only 66 other hospitals earned the Top Hospitals designation from the Leapfrog Group, a national leader in evaluating hospital care based on a wide range of criteria.
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November 28, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Caring Santa – Denise Murray, Marketing Manager, Briarwood Mall:  Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor is participating in Simon Property Group’s Caring Santa program, which is dedicated to families that have children with special needs by providing a subdued environment.  Many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with Santa.
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November 14, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Lung Cancer Vigil – Sarah Murray, Founder of the Vada Murray Fund for Cancer Research; Dr. Vita McCabe, Thoracic Surgeon, St. Joseph Mercy HospitalWhen former Michigan football player and Ann Arbor Police Officer Vada Murray passed away from lung cancer, his family was devastated.  They turned their despair into hope for others by creating a lasting legacy in Vada’s memory.  She shares her story, along with Dr. Vada McCabe, who talks about the different treatment options for lung cancer patients and an inspirational vigil hosted by St. Joe’s.
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October 31, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Is Obesity Reversible?  Dr. Malcom Low, University of Michigan Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Internal Medicine If you have been overweight for some time, a new study suggests it may be impossible to lose the weight and keep it off for good.  The joint research between the University of Michigan and Argentina gives more evidence that obesity needs to be addressed in childhood and that early intervention may be the key to successfully maintaining proper weight.
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October 24, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  VA Strengthens Ties with UM – Dr. Eve Kerr, M.D., MPH, Director, Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research/UM Professor of Internal Medicine – A large team of researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System are now operating out of the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex, a move that is expected to boost research efforts and new ideas to improve the health of both Veterans and non-Veterans.
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October 10, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Wolverines for Life – Dr. Randall Sukhyun Sung, M.D., Transplant Surgeon,  UM Health System
-  There is a crucial need for organ, bone marrow and blood donation, and you can help. Wolverines for Life is a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan community, the American Red Cross, Be the Match, Gift of Life, and the Michigan Eye-Bank.  Learn how you can become a life saving donor.
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October 3, 2012:  Wellness WednesdayNew Drug Might Help Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome  – Dr. William Chey, Co-Editor, American Journal of Gastroenterology / Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Health System:  Constipation and  abdominal pain are two hallmarks of Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS.  Now two new studies show a new drug significantly reduces those problems in patients who suffer from IBS.
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Wellness Wednesday:  Ann Arbor Selected for Nationwide Cancer Prevention StudyMaryanne Dunleavy, Senior Vice President & Private Banking Manager, Bank of Ann Arbor; Tiffany Hecklinski, Cancer Survivor and spouse of UM Wide Receivers Coach Jeff Hecklinski; Jason Keech, Associate Director for the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division; Dr. James Montie, Valassis Professor of Urologic Oncology and Professor of Urology, University of Michigan Medical School:  A new nationwide study on preventing cancer is the fourth such study conducted by the American Cancer Society.  The first, in the 1950s, linked smoking to lung cancer.  Click the link above to learn more about becoming a participant in the Cancer Prevention Study.
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September 12, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Michigan Governor Proposes Overhaul of Blue Cross/Blue Shield – Andy Hetzel, VP Corporate Communications, BCBS of MichiganGovernor Rick Snyder is proposing to convert Michigan’s largest health insurer into a mutual insurance company owned by its members and end its exemption from state taxes.    The changes would make Blue Cross/Blue Shield become more competitive in anticipation of the impact of the nation’s Affordable Health Care Act.
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August 15, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Digital Docs – Matthew Hawkins, CEO, Vitera Healthcare Solutions:   Physicians want mobile solutions but very few are using them,  according to a new study.  Vitera Healthcare Solutions, one of the nation’s largest providers of electronic health records, conducted the study.  It found that while 72% of the surveyed healthcare professionals already use their mobile device for work purposes, only 6% are currently using them to connect to their electronic health records or to e-prescribe.
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August 8, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:   Lying May Endanger Your Health – Anita Kelly, Psychology Professor, University of Notre Dame  – Staying honest just may be a way to stay healthy.  A new study shows that people who tell fewer lies benefit both physically and mentally.
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August 1, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: Car Crash Prevention  – Jim Sayer, Associate  Research Scientist, University of  Michigan Transportation Research InstituteCould cars of the future “talk” to each other to avoid crashes?  The future is here in Ann Arbor where the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program is underway.  Conducted by UMTRI , the program is a real world, multimodal test for enabling wireless communications on vehicles and roadside equipment .  Vehicles are being equipped with a mix of integrated, retrofit, and aftermarket safety systems that could prevent thousands of crashes, and more participants are needed.
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July 18, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Back up How to Combat Heat Stress – Dr. Alisa Young, MD, University of Michigan Briarwood Family MedicineThe wickedly hot weather which scaled into the triple digits this week is having a negative impact on many of us.  Dr. Young helps us recognize the signs of heatstroke and gives us tips on keeping our cool.
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July 11, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Key to Improving Men’s Diets – Julie Ober Allen, Managing Director of the Center of Men’s Health Disparities at UM School of Public Policy Food fight or romantic dinner?  Learn the key to improving men’s diets and how to keep peace at the dinner table.
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June 20, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Childhood Health Concerns Presidential Candidates Should Address:  Dr. Matthew Davis, Director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health During this presidential election season the presidential candidates will debate plenty of issues.  But when it comes to childhood health concerns, a new poll shows many adults agree on the top priorities they want to see the candidates address.  The UM Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows the single most important child health issue is childhood obesity, followed by bullying, drug abuse, and child abuse and neglect.
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June 6, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: Graves’ Eye Disease: Dr. Raymond S. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D., Director, University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center’s Thyroid Eye Clinic - Graves’ Eye Disease, is a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease which attacks the thyroid and can cause severe damage to the eyes along with other health issues. On Saturday, June 9, the UM Kellogg Eye Center is hosting its third patient education workshop on Graves’ disease and related thyroid disorders.
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May 30, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: New Radiation Therapy Offers Quick Recovery: Dr. Alvaro Martinez, Botsford Hospital Cancer Center -
A cheaper, easier, less stressful cancer treatment has been developed by Metro Detroit hospitals. Called HDR Brachytherapy, it delivers radiation from a catheter or needle to a cancerous area. Since the radiation remains inside the catheter, patients aren’t exposed between treatments. Dr. Alvaro Martinez, a radiation oncologist with Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, is one of the pioneers in this new area of cancer treatment.
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May 23, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Prescription Drug Abuse:  Dr. John Hopper, Residency Program Director, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Internal Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Prescription drug abuse is on the rise.  The Washtenaw County Public Health and Washtenaw Community Health Organization are working together to address this critical issue with a Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 2012 at WCC.  Expert presenters and panelists will discuss the reality of local prescription drug abuse and how to prevent such abuse.
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May 9, 2012:  Pertussis:  Laura Bauman, Epidemiologist, Washtenaw County Public Health DepartmentThe hallmark of Pertussis is uncontrollable violent coughing making it difficult to breath.  Also known as whooping cough, its numbers have been increasing over the last few years.
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April 25, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: Nelson Williams and Dr. John Farah, Authors of Let’s Pick It Up A Bit: A Guide to a Running Lifestyle The art of maintaining a healthy lifestyle seems effortless to Ann Arbor dentist John Farah and Nelson Williams. Now they share their secrets in a new book and show us how creating a strong foundation to keep active, fit and healthy, helps us grow and actually get better as we age.
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April 18, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Tina Miller, R.D. /Meijer Healthy Living AdvisorCan Safflower Oil Make You Skinny?: You may have heard it on the Dr. Oz show or read about it in a popular women’s magazine – “Take inches off your waist without changing your diet or exercise!”  A claim with some merit based on a 2009 study led by Dr.  Martha Belury, Professor of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University which found that safflower oil can help reduce abdominal fat and may help to increase muscle mass in post-menopausal women.
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April 11, 2012:   Wellness Wednesday: Tammi Carr, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s HospitalUM Football Spring Game To Benefit Mott: The University of Michigan Football team and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital have teamed up for a fund raiser for the new hospital. The 133rd team in school history will take the field for its traditional Spring Game Saturday, April 14. All donations from this event will benefit kids at the new Mott Children’s Hospital. The Beam Family of Brighton, Mich., has graciously offered to match dollar-for-dollar every donation that is made at the gates during Saturday’s activities.
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March 28, 2012:   Wellness Wednesday: Jennifer Howard, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter – The Schreiber Conference: This intensive educational conference will provide the latest information in Alzheimer’s care for both professional and family caregivers. Jennifer tells us why this is a landmark event in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14 at WMU’s Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo.
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March 21, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: Providing Relief from Serious Illness – Dr. Phillip Rodgers, Medical Director, UMHS Palliative Care Program- Palliative Care is provided by a team of specialists who give patients and their families an extra layer of support. From pain and symptom management to difficult treatment decisions and guidance through all stages of illness, Palliative Care ensures the highest quality of life possible. The University of Michigan Palliative Care Program is hoping to receive Livestrong community impact funding to establish a certification for Advanced Palliative Care Program, and you can help. Click here to vote for the University of Michigan to show your support.
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March 14, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Marc Mueller, Owner, PowerCycling – Credited with bringing Spinning to Ann Arbor in 1996, Marc Mueller has now created a unique training system called PowerCycling.  His goal is to offer it in other cities throughout the country, as well.  This former accountant talks about his passion for fitness and how he can create a healthier you at his personal training studio.
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March 5, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: Dr. James Burke, University of Michigan Neurology – Reducing Health Care Costs - Stroke victims are often diagnosed through the use of CT scans and MRIs. A new study out of the University of Michigan suggests doctors may be ordering too many of these tests, contributing to escalating health care costs. The costs of stroke care increased 42% in a 10 year period. But how do you balance cutting costs and ensure the patient is receiving the best care possible?
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February 22, 2012:   Wellness Wednesday: Robert Steven Gold, RPh, MBA, Author of Are Your Meds Making You Sick?Every year people make more than 700,000 trips to the ER because of adverse drug reactions. Dr. Gold, an instructor of clinical pharmacy at Purdue University, wants to make sure you’re not one of them.
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February 15, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Dr. Kevin J. Dombkowski, DrPH, M.S., Research Associate Professor – Electronic Health Record Data Capabilities:    As health organizations move to electronic record-keeping, UM researchers are calling for a stronger synchronization of these records and  immunization registries.  Dr. Dombkowski tells us that this will result in better and more precise health care in the future.
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February 1, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday:  Dr. Martin Bocks, UM Pediatric Cardiologist – New Wireless, Battery-Free Cardiac Implant – A miniature, battery-free, wireless, cardiac implant being developed by a UM researcher and Ann Arbor company Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS), has received important funding that could get it to patients more quickly.
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January 25, 2012:  Wellness Wednesday: Dr. Dana Spence, MSU Researcher & Associate Professor of Chemistry – Chemists Unlock Potential Target for Drug Development:  A team at Michigan State University has found a way to isolate and test a blood platelet receptor, unlocking a potential new drug target for many diseases that impact red blood cells, such as diabetes, hypertension, and cystic fibrosis.
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January 11, 2012:  Karen Fox, Ann Arbor Community Education  & Recreation– Fitness Fair:  The Ann Arbor Public Schools’ Department of Community & Education’s (Rec & Ed) upcoming Fitness Fair features Pete Thomsa, winner of the at-home (Season Two) Biggest Loser competition on NBC.
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December 7, 2011:  Wellness Wednesday: Melissa Gerharter, R.D./Co-Owner of Joust Strength & Fitness; Debbie Lounds, Biggest Loser Candidate - When Debbie Lounds was eliminated after the first week on the NBC TV show The Biggest Loser, it just gave her the impetus to  get even healthier.  Since then she has been training at Ann Arbor’s Joust Strenght & Fitness and is now set to return next week to the show.
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October 19, 2011:  Heather Sellers, Author of You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness- What would life be like if you couldn’t remember anyone’s face?  Heather Sellers has lived with this all of her life, but wasn’t diagnosed with Face Blindness until the age of 38.  She tells us her riveting story of how she copes with this highly unusual neurological condition where everytime you see someone, they look like someone new.
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August 17, 2011:  Dr. Matthew Davis, M.D., director of the National Poll on Children’s Health and Associate Professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School:  Top Ten Health Concerns for Kids–  Drug abuse now equals childhood obesity as top health concern for kids
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