As Research & Policy Media Relations Manager at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), Kara Gavin draws on 25 years of experience in communicating about science, medicine and health policy. Her responsibilities include creating compelling stories about discoveries made by the U-M Medical School's biomedical and mental health researchers, the findings and opinions of the 490 healthcare wonks at the U-M IHPI, and the innovative education available at U-M for future doctors and medical scientists.
The presence of bacteria in an unexpected place suggests that a vicious cycle of inflammation and microbiome disruption may influence illnesses such as sepsis and acute lung failure.
As more disabled seniors seek to “age in place,” more family members are picking up caregiving duties and need support, U-M researchers say.
Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. A drug safety researcher explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide.
A long-term study of young marijuana users shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system, shifts that may put them at risk for addiction.
Global health funding helps get more than 300 “essential medicines” to developing nations. A group of experts compiled a parallel list of tests it says could help doctors best use these medicines to improve health worldwide.