January 2023
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Ayanian, Bell, and Bohnert join special NAM committees
John Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P., IHPI director and professor of internal medicine, Sue Anne Bell, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor of nursing, and Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., professor of anesthesiology, were recently selected to join special National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ad hoc committees. Ayanian will join a committee focused on the current state of racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Bell will serve on a committee focused on sustaining health services related to intimate partner violence during health emergencies. Bohnert will join a committee to study the effects of opioids and benzodiazepines on all-cause mortality of veterans. 
1 in 8 adults over 50 show signs of food addiction
New results from the National Poll on Healthy Aging show that 13% of people age 50 to 80 met criteria for addiction to highly processed food like sweetened beverages, chips, and fast food in the past year, while 44% indicated at least one symptom of food addiction. The most commonly reported symptom of addiction, noted by 24% of older adults, was intense cravings to eat these types of foods at least once a week.
In this podcast episode, Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, talks about a new study examining how the likelihood of receiving a diagnosis of dementia has changed over the last decade. She discusses what researchers who use Medicare data should take away from this finding and the various approaches that exist for the identification of dementia in Medicare billing data.
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IHPI members making headlines
Most pregnant individuals who died of suicide or overdose in one state sample had diagnoses of mental health or substance use conditions–but few received proper therapy before death, a new study with co-author Lindsay Admon, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, suggests.

Michigan Medicine researchers analyzed 237 maternal deaths due to suicide or overdose occurring between 2008 and 2018 in Michigan, finding that more than two-thirds of cases involved a documented behavioral health condition.
A new study in JAMA Network Open led by Thomas Cascino, M.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer of internal medicine, finds a change to Medicare policy surrounding heart transplants may lead to increased inequities in access to transplants for patients with heart failure. Patients receiving left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) at transplant-capable centers had 79% higher odds to receive a bridge-to-transplant designation than patients treated at LVAD-only centers.
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VA CCMR & U-M MCDTR joint Seminar Series
for Health Equity Research
Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 4:00−5:15 p.m.
via Zoom
Presenter: Rod Hayward, M.D., professor of internal medicine,
Medical School
The VA Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) Inclusion, Diversity, Development, Equity, and Anti-racism (IDDEA) Core and the U-M Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research (MCDTR) are co-sponsors of this event.

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