Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Making small, health-boosting changes throughout the year

January 4, 2018

The fresh beginning that every new year offers prompts many of us to make sweeping changes for the good of our health. While the results are certainly worth the effort — living longer, reducing your risk of disease, and improving your energy level and outlook — you don’t need to make a dozen...

Trump’s big new proposal to undercut the Affordable Care Act, explained

January 4, 2018

The Trump administration just dropped new regulations to allow more small businesses and self-employed Americans to buy skimpier health insurance that doesn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act’s regulations — part of the White House’s multi-pronged crusade to undermine the health care law....

Making the case that discrimination is bad for your health

January 14, 2018

When IHPI member Arline Geronimus was a student at Princeton University in the late 1970s, she worked a part-time job at a school for pregnant teenagers in Trenton, N.J. She quickly noticed that the teenagers at that part-time job were suffering from chronic health conditions that her whiter,...

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes - And save big tobacco

January 19, 2018

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

But the proposal from the Food and Drug...

Opioid emergency declarations offer short-term benefit on a 'slippery slope'

January 22, 2018

In 2016, more than 63,000 people overdosed and died; opioids caused approximately 66% of those deaths, according to research from the CDC.

“To put that in perspective, 58,220 American service members died during the entire Vietnam War, which lasted from 1955 to 1975,” Michael Ashburn, MD...

The opioid epidemic from a transplant surgeon’s point of view

January 23, 2018

Recent reports show that the number of organ transplants is rising. While this may be good news to those on an organ waitlist, the reason for the rise — opioid overdose deaths — is troubling.

Dr. Michael Englesbe is a transplant surgeon and an associate professor of transplant surgery at...

Idaho 'pushing envelope' with health insurance plan. Can it do that?

January 30, 2018

For the past year, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have led a charge to roll back the Affordable Care Act, signaling an openness to state changes.

Now, Idaho has jumped in, saying it will allow insurers to ignore some ACA rules on plans not sold on the marketplace,...

Q & A with Joyce Lee about healthcare design

January 24, 2018

Joyce Lee is a professor at the University of Michigan and a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Over the past several years, however, she has made a name for herself in a different specialty: design, which is the art of deciding not only how a product looks but also how...

U-M team competes in virtual "tournament of science"

February 26, 2018

March Madness isn't just for basketball anymore at the University of Michigan. A U-M team has just stepped onto the court in another tournament, ready for their first-round challenge and with their eyes on the championship. 

And while the potential prize in their virtual "tournament of...