Michigan Medicine faculty making news

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Michigan Medicine faculty making news

Winter 2019
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“There is a group of parents who look like they have a gap in expert guidance around whether kids should get flu vaccines, specifically whether their kid should get [the] flu vaccine.”

Sarah Clark, MPH, associate research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics and co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, spoke to CNN.com regarding parents’ decisions about whether to vaccinate their children against the flu.


“If mom is depressed, she might not present to prenatal care, she might not eat well, she might not sleep well. All of this will have an impact on the pregnancy outcomes and the baby. … If we could get in earlier, and provide some treatments such as psychotherapies ... then we could prevent new onset of illness.”

Maria Muzik, M.D. (Residency 2006), associate professor of psychiatry, and of obstetrics and gynecology, and co-director of the Women and Infants Mental Health Program, spoke on an NPR panel that discussed the importance of screening pregnant women and new moms for early signs of depression.


“Social deprivation is bad for brain structure and function. Sensory deprivation is bad for brain structure and function. Circadian dysregulation is bad. Loneliness in itself is extremely damaging.”

Huda Akil, M.D., the Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neurosciences, professor of psychiatry, and co-director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, was quoted in a Scientific American article regarding the psychological harm caused by solitary confinement.


“I don’t think it’s acceptable for firearms to be a preventable cause of death and remain the second cause of death of children and teens. We’re not doing enough to keep kids safe.”

In an NPR article, Rebecca Cunningham, M.D. (Residency 1999), professor of emergency medicine, associate vice president for research-health sciences in the Office of Research, and director of the U-M Injury Center, discussed a study she and her colleagues conducted that evaluated causes of death for U.S. children. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that twice as many kids were killed by guns than by cancer, and that firearm fatalities are second only to those from car crashes.


Illustration by Cornelia Li