Once enough people receive effective vaccines against the novel coronavirus, experts say, the end of the pandemic may be in sight. But a new U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging survey of older adults – one of the highest-priority groups for vaccination – suggests an uphill climb lies ahead to reach that goal. 
Efficient testing during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a problem and a priority of public health leaders. A new IHPI brief by lead author Ravi Anupindi, Ph.D., M.E., M.S., professor of business, examines the current supply chain landscape of COVID-19 testing in Michigan, identifies key barriers to scale-up, and outlines policy considerations.
Researchers studying the impact of in-person college classes on community COVID-19 cases won the top award in the American Heart Association’s first-ever COVID-19 data challenge. The team was led by Brahmajee Nallamothu, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, and Ji Zhu, Ph.D., M.Sc., professor of statistics. 
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Death, rehospitalization, and problems with basic activities, jobs, mental health, and finances seen in many patients treated at 38 Michigan hospitals, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine led by Vineet Chopra, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine, with Scott Flanders, M.D., professor of internal medicine and Hallie Prescott, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine. More than 39% of the patients interviewed said they hadn’t gotten back to normal activities yet, two months after leaving the hospital. 
A new JAMA Internal Medicine study co-authored by Kenneth Langa, M.D., Ph.D., research professor of internal medicine, and Julie Bynum, M.D., M.P.H., professor of internal medicine, found that Medicare beneficiaries of lower educational status who go on to be diagnosed with dementia are more likely to miss payments on bills as early as six years before a clinical diagnosis.
The close proximities and confined spaces of the dental office environment in a pandemic pose a host of potential health risks. It’s a situation University of Michigan engineers have sought to make safer by analyzing the transport of aerosols within the clinics at U-M School of Dentistry. Romesh Nalliah, D.D.S., M.H.C.M., clinical professor of dentistry, reached out to U-M’s College of Engineering for help. 
A new study led by Lindsay Admon, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, Kara Zivin, Ph.D., M.S., professor of psychiatry, and Vanessa Dalton, M.D., M.P.H., professor of obstetrics & gynecology, finds that the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and self-harm among childbearing women nearly tripled over a decade, with an estimated 24,000 individuals at potential suicide risk.
Theodore "Jack" Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine, and Hallie Prescott, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of internal medicine, describe their clinical experiences during the early part of Michigan's first COVID-19 surge, as well as the research and potential policy questions that have arisen from the pandemic.
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