Concussions and student athletes: Get the facts from medical researchers

 

With the recent release of the movie “Concussion”, concussions, particularly in athletes, have become the center of public and media conversations.

Concussions are an important health issue and should certainly be taken seriously. But it’s also important to remember that care from a medical professional with expertise in concussion diagnosis and treatment can generally result in a positive outcome for the patient.

Steps have been taken by schools, medical professionals and legislators around the country to help bring awareness to concussions. Continue reading

Ignition interlocks offer solution for reducing drunk driving

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The New Year’s Eve holiday means parties and get-togethers with friends…and more opportunities to drive while intoxicated.

As an emergency physician, I often see patients and families on the worst days of their lives. In April of this past year, I came closer to experiencing what could have been the worst day of my life.

On a Friday afternoon that spring, an individual with two prior drunk driving arrests, no driver’s license and a borrowed vehicle, chose once more to drink and drive. He left the highway at a curve and rumbled straight across over 100 feet of grass without braking, smashing his 6,000 pound pickup truck through the playroom wall of my son’s daycare.

Fortunately, as it was the end of the day and a warm spring afternoon, most of those in the center were either outside or near the exit preparing to go home. Some, however, were only one thin wall away from being crushed by the truck.

Since that crash, I have gone through a range of emotions. I was relieved. I was angry. However, as an emergency physician, I ultimately wanted to seek out a solution.  Continue reading

Don’t get burned this holiday season!

Easy tips from the U-M Trauma Burn Center

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The holiday season is upon us which means I’m back on the UofMHealthBlogs to offer some quick and easy fire safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays!

Let me start by introducing myself. I’m the managing director of the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected centers for treating patients who have suffered from burn injuries. We see an average of 1,400 multiple-trauma and burn patients each year.

Many people don’t know that holiday activities are leading causes of U.S. home fires. That’s right. Activities you do each year at this time could actually be putting your home at risk for a fire.

Christmas trees, holiday cooking, candles burning, decorations and fireplaces can all be hazardous to your home.

But, don’t worry! I’m not saying you can’t participate in all of these wonderful family activities. In fact, most home fires and burn injuries can be prevented just by planning ahead and taking preventive steps. Continue reading

Think before you buy that drone this holiday season

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One gift appears to be on every holiday commercial, store flier and wish list this year: drones.

And while it seems like drones could make our world a better, more tech-savvy place, make sure you consider the consequences.

As a member of the University of Michigan Survival Flight team, I know firsthand the danger drones can cause.

Minutes and seconds matter in our line of work.

For example, imagine you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident and need to be air lifted to our hospital. Our team is dispatched to help you, but as we prepare to take off, we see a small drone flying over our helipad. Continue reading

Coolest Science Stories of 2015

From bananas to brains, nanotechnology to stem cells, U-M medical researchers made incredible discoveries

Coolest Stories 2Lots of amazing medical care, and testing of new treatments and diagnostic tools, happens every day at our hospitals and clinics.

Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, our medical scientists quietly work on the research that could make life better for patients and their care teams tomorrow. In fact, some of those U-M scientists are also U-M doctors who treat patients — so they especially know what needs to improve.

This kind of “basic science”, as it’s called, has to happen in order for health care to move forward.

As 2015 ends, here’s a roundup of some of the most amazing discoveries and developments that came out of our Medical School’s labs this past year.

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Stretch mark science

Dermatologist expecting a child of his own continues his pregnancy stretch mark research

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Frank Wang, M.D., studied stretch marks caused by pregnancy while his wife was pregnant with their son Grayson.

Studying stretch marks caused by pregnancy hits close to home when you’re expecting a child of your own.

As dermatologist Frank Wang was finishing up his latest research on the topic, he was waiting for his wife to give birth to their first child. Continue reading