Dementia rates declining, especially among more educated American seniors

In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation's brains, the percentage of American seniors with dementia is dropping, a new University of Michigan study finds.

Those with the most years of education had the lowest risk of developing dementia, according to the findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine by a team from the University of Michigan led by Ken Langa, M.D, Ph.D. This may help explain the larger trend, because today's seniors are more likely to have at least a high school diploma than those in the same age range a decade ago.

Double-digit rise in head injuries after Michigan helmet law repeal

After the state partially repealed its universal motorcycle helmet law in 2012, U-M researchers examined how the new law is impacting helmet use and rider safety. Their findings should give motorcyclists pause before they head out on the road without the protection provided by a helmet.

Getting stroke treatments to people earlier to prevent debilitating outcomes in Flint

Under a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a team of U-M researchers and community partners is embarking on a novel project to increase acute stroke treatment rates in the community of Flint, Michigan.

Led by Lesli Skolarus, M.D., M.S., an associate professor of neurology and a board-certified vascular neurologist, the team is testing a hospital- and community-based intervention called the "Stroke Ready" program. Stroke Ready will attempt to address delays that can occur before and after arrival to the hospital, ultimately reducing the likelihood of stroke treatment and lessening its effectiveness.

Community advisory board members, including Dr. Skolarus (back row, second from left), who have partnered on projects to boost stroke treatment and awareness in Flint.
ACUTE Care Research Unit launches

A new health services research unit that works on unifying the delivery of acute care along its continuum has launched under the direction of Mahshid Abir, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of emergency medicine.

The ACUTE Care Research Unit (ACRU) evaluates issues related to acute care access, costs, utilization, transitions, and effectiveness [ACUTE] using quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and community-based participatory research methods.

Can opioid overdose prevention take a lesson from stroke prevention?

More than 2 million Americans need help with an addiction to opioid painkillers or other opioid drugs. For many, that help could come in the form of a medication called buprenorphine.

Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc., clinical lecturer of internal medicine, is one of only 500 doctors in the state of Michigan licensed to prescribe the drug. In a recent article in the journal Addiction, she and opioid addiction researcher Amy Bohnert, Ph.D., M.H.S., and chronic disease management expert Michele Heisler, M.D., M.P.H., say the same approach used with patients on powerful blood-thinning medications could help many individuals who may benefit from buprenorphine for opioid addiction.

A lot of blood, for no reason? U-M team concludes that common, costly clot test has few benefits

At least a half billion dollars gets spent each year on blood tests to see which hospital patients have a genetic quirk that makes their blood more likely to form dangerous clots. And most of that spending probably isn't necessary, according to a new paper by a U-M Medical School team.

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Three win IHPI awards recognizing health care impacts

Three distinguished U-M IHPI members were honored with the IHPI Impact Accelerator Award for their commitment to making an impact on healthcare practice or policy through their work.

The senior investigator awards were presented to:

Brant Fries, Ph.D., professor of health management and policy:
Achieving a common language: Assessment and decision-making for vulnerable populations

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Lok named 68th president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

Anna Lok, M.D., M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P., professor of internal medicine, was recently confirmed as the 68th president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) during the annual Liver Meeting in Boston. Her term begins January 2017 and is the latest achievement by the research pioneer who has led some of the most important studies in clinical hepatology, including helping the World Health Organization and the AASLD create guidelines that shape the management of hepatitis B worldwide.

Adler-Milstein named to National Quality Forum committee

Julia Adler-Milstein, Ph.D., was named to National Quality Forum's (NQF's) Interoperability Committee for the Interoperability Project. The project will conduct a multi-stakeholder review of the current issues and barriers to interoperability and identify a set of proposed measure concepts around interoperability. A conceptual framework will be created to analyze, prioritize, and make recommendations for those concepts to be developed into performance measures.

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Recommendations of the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine

Date: December 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 am --- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Live Webcast

Lisa Prosser, Ph.D., M.S., professor of pediatrics, will be presenting as a member of the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine hosted by the National Academy of Sciences.

Since publication of the original Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine report in 1996, researchers have advanced the methods of cost-effectiveness analysis, and policy makers have experimented with its application. The need to deliver health care efficiently and the importance of using analytic techniques to understand the clinical and economic consequences of strategies to improve health have increased in recent years.

1941: U-M establishes the School of Public Health

In 1941, the U-M School of Public Health (SPH) was established by the Board of Regents after 50 years of the teaching of disease prevention and health promotion at the university.

Check out more historic milestones in U-M health professional education, health services research, and health policy through IHPI's interactive timeline.
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