Medical School faculty in the news

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Winter 2017
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“We know that taking too much of certain vitamins can encourage tumor growth and cancer.” 

Mark Moyad, M.D., senior research associate for urology and director of complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan, was quoted in an article on TIME magazine’s website about the risks and benefits of taking nutritional supplements. 


“The FDA has the authority to allow importation of competitors during shortages of important generic drugs. Congress should empower the FDA to act similarly when the actions of drug monopolies potentially put patients at risk.” 

James R. Baker Jr., M.D. (Fellowship 1989), the Ruth Dow Doan Professor of Biologic Nanotechnology, director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, and professor emeritus of internal medicine and of biomedical engineering, recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post about the rising costs of the EpiPen, an emergency epinephrine-delivery system for people who have severe allergic reactions. 


“This paves the way for future work to understand how the brain mechanisms that allow animals to perceive and evaluate food act to control lifespan and aging.” 

Scott Pletcher, Ph.D., professor of molecular and integrative physiology and research professor at the Institute of Gerontology, published a study in eLife Sciences finding that serotonin may influence food choices and lifespan in fruit flies. 


“As a pediatrician, I am extremely concerned about vicarious racism’s impact on our children and youth.” 

Nia Heard-Garris, M.D., internal medicine research fellow and clinical lecturer in pediatrics and communicable diseases, recently wrote an article in The Conversation about how media coverage of racism affects children.