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Major New Study Shows that Chemo, Radiation Therapies Often Elevate Heart Disease Risk Among Cancer Survivors
01/12/2016
Co-authored by a veteran interventional cardiologist, DMC Heart Hospital Vice President Cindy L. Grines, M.D., a massive new data-review confirms that powerful cancer therapies frequently trigger later heart ailments, including potentially fatal heart attacks. Based on the new study, Dr. Grines is now helping to spearhead the development of a new DMC medical specialty, “cardioncology” – in which heart and cancer doctors combine their skills to protect long-term cancer survivors from the potential after effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Brain Surgery through One-Inch Opening Successfully Treats Epileptic Seizures in Children
11/30/2015
After eight years of study, a Children’s Hospital of Michigan neurosurgeon and his colleagues are using an endoscope to perform surgical procedures to help control intractable epileptic seizures in pediatric patients – without subjecting them to the invasive skull surgery that has been previously required for treatment.
Over 25 New Pediatric Specialists Join the Staff at Children’s Hospital of Michigan
10/09/2015

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), is pleased to welcome several new physicians to its medical staff: Pamella Abghari, M.D., allergist-immunologist; Rajkumar Agarwal M.D., neurologist; Kelly M. Collins, M.D., and Michael D. Rizzari, M.D. transplant surgeons; Kristen Cares, M.D. gastroenterologist; Melissa February, M.D., and Prashant Agarwal, M.D., neonatologist-perinatologist; Marjorie Gayanilo, M.D., Deema  Mahadin, M.D., Swati Sehgal, M.D., and Chenni Sriram, M.D., cardiologists; Saurabh S. Chiwane, M.D., critical care physician; Marjorie Golekoh, M.D., and Maha Elhassan, M.D, endocrinologists; Harbir Arora, M.D., Faesal Elbakoush, M.D., Sarah Prinzi, M.D. and Michelle White, M.D., hospital medicine physicians;  Stephanie Do, D.O., Angela Kavenaugh, D.O. and Hania Salama, M.D., emergency medicine physicians; Harut Haroyan, M.D. and Terrence Metz, M.D., radiologists; Nathan Gonik, M.D., Bianca Siegel, M.D.,  and Prasad John Thottam, D.O., otolaryngologists.

 

Eric D. Hess Appointed COO of Children’s Hospital of Michigan
10/02/2015
After an extensive national search, the Children's Hospital of Michigan, a part of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is delighted to announce that Eric D. Hess has been appointed as its new Chief Operating Officer.
40,000 Deliveries – and Counting! Nurse-Midwives at Hutzel to Celebrate 35 Years of Bringing Babies into World
10/02/2015
After three and a half decades of unflagging service, the nurse-midwifery program at DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital and the Wayne State University Physician Group will launch a week-long celebration (Oct. 4-10) of its 35th anniversary, starting Monday.
$5.7 million NIH grant to Wayne State offers new hope for more accurately diagnosing infants with serious infections
09/22/2015
Prashant Mahajan, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University, has been awarded a five--year, $5.76 million grant (1R01HD085233) by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.
Wayne State, Children’s Hospital of Michigan researchers to lead study examining brain’s role in pediatric mental health disorders
09/01/2015
Researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, are embarking on a second collaborative study with universities in Michigan and Canada to explore over five years the role of family genes in the brain function of children with mental health disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome and depression.
Detroit Medical Center Raises Steel for the New Children’s Hospital of Michigan
08/25/2015
A beam signing ceremony today signaled the official start of construction on the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan, scheduled to open in 2017 in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) Midtown Detroit campus.
Detroit Medical Center Named Most Wired Hospital for Ninth Consecutive Year
07/15/2015
The Detroit Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals for the ninth consecutive year, according to the 17th annual HealthCare's Most Wired survey, released last week by the American Hospital Association's Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
DMC Names Bryan Roach Vice President of PMO/Lean Operations
07/15/2015
-- The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced today that it has selected Bryan Roach to the position of vice president of PMO/Lean operations, effective immediately. Bryan joined the DMC two years ago as senior director of operations finance. During his tenure, Bryan has been responsible for all financial accounting, capital budgeting/allocation and revenue cycle.
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WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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