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UM Health System participates in first-of-its-kind GLBT equality index

It's never been done before - and that always gets attention. The University of Michigan Health System will be included in the first-of-its-kind index that'll rate hospitals for standards of care of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

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"The UMHS Pride Network (the Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian and Gay
Employee Resource and Patient Advocacy group) is proud of its partnership with the Health System in achieving these ratings in the Healthcare Equality Index," said Kimber Converso, a cardiac sonographer and researcher at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center and chair of the Pride Network.

"We look forward to continued improvements in both the provision of quality medical care to the transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay communities, and creating an inclusive and supportive work environment," Converso said on behalf of the Pride Network Executive Committee.

Visit the UMHS Pride Network on the Web here.

UM researchers develop potential lead into new AIDS drugs

It's complicated, but it's good news. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what could possibly be the first new way in 20 years of inhibiting the growth of HIV, thus having the potential to develop new AIDS drugs.

Again, it's complicated, but it's good news.

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A protease is an enzyme that clips apart proteins, and in the case of HIV drugs, when the HIV-1 protease is inhibited it cannot process the proteins required to assemble an active virus. In existing treatments, a larger molecule binds to the center of the protease, freezing it closed.
 
The new mechanism targets a different area of the HIV-1 protease, called the flap recognition pocket, and actually holds the protease open. Scientists knew the flaps opened and closed, but didn't know how to target that as a mechanism, Carlson says.
 
Carlson's group discovered that this flap, when held open by a very small molecule -- half the size of the ones used in current drug treatments -- also inhibits the protease.

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Report says most parents don't want their kids tested on

Parent's don't want their kids experimented on? What, you serious? OK, so, all joking aside, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital produced a report on such a thing. It's not really so much experimentation as it is medical research. The other side of this coin is that, through such research, advances in medicine are discovered.

However, an overwhelming amount of the parents polled said that they don't want guinea pigs as children - if that were the case, they could have just gone to the pet store.

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Many parents are often unwilling to allow their children to take part in medical research, fearing that they may be harmed or used as "guinea pigs," according to a report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

In fact, the report finds that only 30 percent of parents are willing to allow their children to participate in research involving a new medication.  In contrast, 77 percent of parents want only FDA-approved medicines for their children. This finding reveals a large gap between the proportion of parents who want safe medicines for their children, and those who are willing to have their children take part in research that could ultimately produce information about medicine safety.

Read the entire report here.

Local businesses collaborate on Mott playhouse

C.S Mott Children's Hospital has some new construction going on.

No, not a new wing filled with state-of-the-art medical equipment. It's actually a bit smaller and not so high-tech. But it is for the kids. It's the Mott Storybook Cottage. When it's all said and done, it'll be a 90-square-foot playhouse, built by local companies with local materials.

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Best of all, the Mott Storybook Cottage is a home-town project – all building materials and services are being donated by locally based businesses specializing in construction, architectural design and interior design.

Once complete, the one-of-a-kind playhouse will be auctioned at the “Champions for Children’s Hearts” celebrity golf event hosted by the NFL’s Brian Griese and Steve Hutchinson on May 17-18. All proceeds will benefit the children’s and women’s building project, and the U-MCongenitalHeartCenter.

Read the entire release here.

Yucking it up in yoga class

The class starts off with a chant similar to Santa Claus - something like, "ho ho ho." Then a half hour of laughing that range from a giggle to a belly buster. Of course, it's not all a barrel full of laughs, there is some stretching and breathing and, obviously, yoga.

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This is a “laughter yoga” course, part of a growing trend in parts of the United States, India and other countries. The students are re-learning something children already know instinctively: that laughter makes you feel better.

“Kids laugh about 400 times a day, and adults only about 15,” notes Barb Fisher, a certified laughter yoga leader and the instructor of this class offered by the U-M Health System’s MFit health promotion division. “Laughter is a gift that has been given to us to make us feel better.”

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Kick out the jams with a rare A2 Records anthology

A2 Records was founded by Hugh "Jeep" Holland, a University of Michigan student, and it boasted quite an impressive lineup of '60s Michigan rock groups, such as MC5. Jeep died in 1998 and left A2's masters with his brother Frank. England-based Ace Records purchased them and this Tuesday will be bringing these rare albums together into one product.

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"A-Square (Of Course): The Story Of Michigan's Legendary A-Square Records," which will be available only as an import CD from Ace Records, includes tracks from The Scot Richard Case, MC5 (the rare "Looking at You"), The Prime Movers (featuring a young Iggy Pop on drums and lead vocals, circa 1966), The Thyme, The Up and more.

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Local heart goes national

There may be a new device on the market to help older guys and dolls pump blood through their bodies, and, guess what? Yep, it was made in Ann Arbor. The DuraHeart System is up for trials to see how well this contraption works. If all goes well, which similar devices have already shown, this little thing will start improving and lengthening precious lives.

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The DuraHeart System, made by Ann Arbor-based Terumo Heart Inc., part of Terumo Corp., which is headquartered in Japan, was approved in February by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be tested in up to 140 U.S. patients.

The device is being tested as a "bridge to transplant'' for patients suffering from certain forms of heart failure, said David Munjal, Terumo Heart vice president for clinical studies, regulatory affairs and quality systems. The goal is to request approval to run a simultaneous study of the device as a "destination'' therapy for patients who don't qualify for transplant, he said.

Read the entire article here.

Shedding light on solar energy

It's almost time to bring out the sun chairs and the kiddie pools. It's going to be fun in the sun for the next handful of months. However, while you're all getting tan and barbecuing, maybe it's time to think about the sun in another light, so to speak. And if you live in Ann Arbor, this might be an easy option.

Solar power is being pushed by the city's website by giving a potential home buyers options for this technology.

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Ann Arbor residents and potential home buyers can now receive a free solar analysis by visiting the City’s Website, selecting “My Property Information”, and clicking on the “Solar Potential” tab.

Part of Mayor Hieftje’s 2005 Green Energy Challenge, which includes a goal of 5,000 solar roof installations by 2015, Ann Arbor Energy Commissioners and UM students assessed over 21,000 Ann Arbor roofs for their solar potential.

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Livonia orthopedic firm acquires more bones

One orthopedic firm grabs another. The Livonia-base Michigan Orthopedic Services moseys on over to Ann Arbor and acquires Koch's Orthotic Prosthetic Service, Inc.

Terms weren't announced.

In addition to Livionia, and now Ann Arbor, MOS has locations in Flint, Eastpointe, Midland, Saginaw, and Southgate.

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Detroit-based Huron Capital Partners L.L.C. is expected to announce today that one of its portfolio companies, Livonia-based Michigan Orthopedic Services L.L.C., has acquired an Ann Arbor company, Koch's Orthotic Prosthetic Service Inc.

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Rail study between Howell and Ann Arbor leaves the station

The commuter line between Howell and Ann Arbor is inching closer and closer. A study, important to the life of the project, is gearing up now that the Livingston County Board of Commissioners has approved a $15,000 contribution that will go toward the $150,000 cost of the study.

If the rail-line goes forth, it's estimated that 1,700 passengers will use it every day, while their fares will cover half of the anticipated $4.8 million annual price tag.

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R.L. Banks & Associates Inc., a national railroad consulting company that has offices in Cheboygan, will assess the proposed budget, station plans, ridership estimates and other data gathered by the coalition. The consultant will provide a draft business plan and 10-year budget that are expected to be finished within 60 days.

Read the entire article here.

iTunes now carries UM lectures

If you missed that lecture, just go to iTunes. The University of Michigan joins 40 other university who participate in iTunes U - a branch of the apple creation that offers lectures (audio and video) to audiences across the globe through iTunes Store free of charge.

Stanford, a participating school, has reported 1.8 million downloads since spring 2005. Wow, that's either a lot of class skipping, or a lot of interested people.

Topics are across the board, from art to business to the environment.

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A wide variety of material is going up — lectures from a Saturday morning physics class, teaching material from dental courses, university news releases, even a complete archive of speeches by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman going back to her inauguration in 2003.

Audio and video material can be downloaded, all of it free, although some selected class lectures will be password-protected for registered members only. Not all classes and departments at U-M will participate; downloads will only be available from professors who record their offerings and decide to post them online.

Read the entire article here.

Michigan's blather, Michgan's poetry

Thomas Lynch, local writer and funeral home director, watched the University of Michigan's symphony orchestra play Carnegie Hall. The music, he says, was moving and the night was brilliant, but Michigan's issues - good and bad - didn't stray from his mind.

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By comparison, the perseverance of our governor, Jennifer Granholm, gets little notice. Her efforts to diversify the economy, double the number of college graduates and restore our cities are not nearly as engaging as the soap opera that has been playing out in Detroit. The Government Performance Project at the Pew Center for the States graded Michigan’s management with a B-plus this year; only three states scored better.

As she has put it: “We need to capitalize on our natural advantages ... Wind. Woods. Water. Work force. Even waste. If we do this right, Michigan can be the alternative energy capital of North America, and create thousands and thousands of jobs.” Her faith in the future is contagious. So is despair. Sometimes we vote our hopes, sometimes our fears.

Read the entire article here.

Ann Arbor charged up for battery business

Battery development is charging ahead of the pack in the Ann Arbor region. A number of local companies, including the university, are developing new, improved, and innovated batteries, turning the area into a development hub.

The focus is mainly on car battery technologies to alleviate dependence on gasoline. These batteries, essentially, split the duty, allowing cars to go dozens of more miles before tapping into the gas tank.

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Adding to the local battery technology boom is University of Michigan professor Ann Marie Sastry, whose startup company Sakti3 will "commercialize a manufacturing process in Ann Arbor for the development of high-power batteries that will withstand the rigors of automotive use, primarily in electric vehicles," according to a news release.

Sastry has been publicly quiet about the details concerning her company. But Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Michael Finney indicated that "she's got investors who are willing to help her grow her business." State tax credits were awarded based on projections that the company would eventually employ 112.

Meanwhile, the Ann Arbor division of A123Systems is helping GM develop the battery for the much-hyped plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, a vehicle that GM says will travel 40 miles on a single electrical charge.

A123Systems owns Ann Arbor-based T/J Technologies, which was co-founded by U-M professors Levi and Maria Thompson. Maria Thompson is now president of the Ann Arbor division of A123Systems.

Levi Thompson, director of U-M's hydrogen energy technology laboratory, said the university's intellectual property and innovative strength has driven the growth of local companies focusing on alternative energy and battery technology.

Read the entire article here.

Connecting the dots... with transit

Transit talk is gearing up and growing legs - or, more appropriately, wheels. Planners in Washtenaw County held a town hall meeting on transit outlining a vision of connected dots. The issue is money of course. Their plan would require nearly $7 million more a year on top of what is currently available.

Numerous ideas that are being bandied about southeast Michigan with a buzz that  parallels landing on the moon. Projects in the works are commuter connections between Ann Arbor and Detriot, Washtenaw County and Livingston County, as well as talk of a privately funded light-rail up Detroit's spine - Woodward.

Money, of course, is turning out to be the issue with all of them.

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Someday soon, Washtenaw County traffic planners would like to see transit connections between cities and villages, door-to-door service on demand throughout the county, expanded service in urban areas and more park-and-ride lots, among other projects.

Terri Blackmore, executive director of the Washtenaw Area Transport Study, outlined the county's transit plan Monday (March 24) night during a "Transit Town Hall" meeting at Washtenaw Community College. About 80 people attended the meeting, hosted by Blackmore and Rep. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township.

Read the entire article here.

Keepin' tabs on the artists

Stand up and be counted if you're an artist in Washtenaw County. Well, actually, it's more like sit down, fill out a survey, and be counted. Between April 1 and May 17 the Washtenaw County Arts Alliance will launch an Artists' Census. The census will become part of the Arts Alliance's cultural plan for the county. They are urging everyone to participate. Who knows, maybe you'll find out you're an artist - and you just never knew it.

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"Artists are the creative DNA of Washtenaw County, and provide the spark that makes our region such a great place to live," Tamara Real, Director of the Arts Alliance, said in a press release.

Real said the census would aid in building "visibility and credibility" of several artists in the community.

"It's easy to know how many arts organizations are in the country, but individual artists are often over looked."

Read the entire article here.
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