School success can depend on sleep

A young student in a study group suffering from the exhaustion of finals

If students are not doing well academically, bored in class or feel as if they may have ADD, they may be suffering from poor sleep or a sleep disorder.

According to the National College Health Assessment 2014, sleep is the third biggest barrier to academic success for college students, surpassed only by anxiety and stress.

In our Collegiate Sleep Disorders Clinic, I have seen first hand the importance of identifying and resolving sleep issues. Sleep can have a major impact on grades. Poor sleep or a sleep disorder can mean the difference between dropping out of college or a successful semester. Improving sleep might help a student have the GPA that allows them to go to medical school or graduate school.  Continue reading

Back to school: Make sure your kids have medical identification and emergency contacts

Add this quick emergency preparedness step to your back to school checklist

New lunchbox. Check. Notebooks. Check. Pencils. Check. Emergency phone numbers. Check?

Parents and caregivers may have a checklist this week to help them ensure their child is ready to go back to school.  However, many probably haven’t thought to add ‘preparing their child for what to do in the event of a medical emergency’ to their list.iStock_000018880949_Medium

Heading back to school means children (especially young adults) have more freedom and independence. That also means mom or dad isn’t right by his/her child’s side every minute of the day, especially when he/she gets hurt on the playground or for teenagers, gets in a car accident on the way home from school.

But mom and dad, don’t panic just yet! There are a few easy and simple things you can do right now to help your child be prepared for a medical emergency and unexpected trip to the emergency department: Continue reading

Transitions Training Studio: Exercise with medical guidance

Trained health care professionals can help with your workout routine

Working out is great for a person’s body, mind and overall health. But in some cases, it’s even more. It’s an opportunity to regain strength after surgery, physical therapy or serious medical issues.

Our department of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) has the solution for those looking for a little help from a trained health care professional with their workout routine.


Transitions Training Studio has a variety of equipment for members.

Transitions Training Studio is a medically-based fitness studio operated by the PM&R department within the U-M Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center. It’s easily accessible, located right near Briarwood Mall (325 East Eisenhower Parkway, Garden Level Suite 12, Ann Arbor, MI 48108).

Transitions offers an enjoyable exercise environment for everyone, whether you’re looking for guidance from a medically trained fitness professional or simply transitioning from physical therapy and want to keep with a steady workout routine. Continue reading

Sports injury clinic now open on Saturdays in Northville

Medical staff is ready to help with weekend sports injuries

As fall sports season begins, so do sports injuries.

We’re here and ready to help!CMC Sat Clinic FB

Patients are welcome to call (248-305-4400) or walk-in to our Saturday sports injury clinic at our Northville Health Center (39901 Traditions Drive, Northville, MI 48168). The clinic is open on Saturdays from August 29 to November 14 (closed Labor Day weekend) from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The clinic features doctors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and radiology services ready and available to provide treatment with everything from sprains and tears to concussions. Continue reading

Thunderstorms in the forecast: Keep these lightning safety tips in mind

With several days of thunderstorms forecasted this week in the Midwest, keep your family safe with these lightning safety tips

Lightning is a relatively simple phenomenon: a static electrical charge that builds up in a cloud during a storm.  Unlike the static electrical shocks you may feel when touching an object after walking across a carpeted floor, these discharges can carry 30,000,000 volts and 30,000 amps.  That is enough electricity to light a 100 watt light bulb continuously for three months.  The intense electrical discharge can heat the air to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (five times hotter than the surface of the sun)! This rapidly heating and expanding air bursts outward from the bolt and is heard as thunder.

Photo taken by Bradley Uren, M.D.

Photo taken by Bradley Uren, M.D.

Although beautiful, lightning is also deadly.  Despite our northern latitude, and the fact that we receive less storms than other states, Michigan still ranks relatively high (seventh) nationwide in lightning fatalities for the 10 year period ending in 2014. The Ann Arbor area recorded the only lightning fatality in the state of Michigan in 2014.

Often people wait too long to seek shelter when a storm is imminent.  The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promote a simple slogan about lightning safety:  “When thunder roars go indoors.”  Rather than guessing the distance to a thunderstorm, this simple slogan reminds us that if you can hear thunder, you are likely within 10 miles of the storm and lightning can easily strike you at that range.  In some cases, it has been reported to strike as far as 25 miles from a storm cloud!  It’s important to remember you are at risk if you can hear thunder. Continue reading

Five ways to get involved in your fibromyalgia treatment

By Dan Clauw, M.D.

Director, U-M’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center

Living with chronic pain can be overwhelming, but it’s important to understand your fibromyalgia as best you can. Researchers continue to study the condition, and staying up-to-date can help you become a more effective partner in managing your fibromyalgia.

Consider these five tips to take charge of your fibromyalgia treatment:

Dr. Dan Clauw headshot1. Don’t focus on what caused your fibromyalgia.

Scientists don’t always know what caused your illness or why certain events in your life may have led to the symptoms you feel every day. Work with your doctor to determine the best treatments for you and keep looking forward, not backward.

2. Look for treatments, not cures.

Very few chronic medical illnesses have known cures, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Many websites purport to have identified a cure for fibromyalgia when in fact they are just trying to take your money.  Until researchers find a cure, focus your energy on treating your symptoms.


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