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Winter 2020
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Are timeouts bad for kids? Not according to a new U-M study, one of the first to look at the long-term developmental effects of the age-old parental discipline tool. “No matter how we sliced or diced or weighted or controlled the data, we found no evidence that using timeouts was associated with bad outcomes,” says Rachel Knight, Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and coauthor of the study. “The optimal way to give a time-out is to provide one warning, meaning if the child doesn’t cooperate within five seconds, they’ll go into time-out,” she says. 

Source: Time 

Stephanie King’s “Inktober” illustration for Michigan Medicine’s Instagram 

New stroke technology developed by a Michigan Medicine team won the 2019 Biomedical Innovation Cup. The team — neurosurgery alumnus Luis Savastano, M.D., Ph.D. (Residency 2019); Aditya S. Pandey, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery; Albert Shih, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering; and Yihao Zheng, Ph.D., researcher in mechanical engineering — worked with telescoping endovascular catheters that can be navigated within the brain and activated to generate a whirlpool that completely removes obstructing clots without releasing small fragments. 

Source: Michigan Medicine Headlines 

Self-administered acupressure can help with chronic lower back pain, according to a recent U-M study published in Pain Medicine. “Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, pressure is applied with a finger, thumb, or device to specific points on the body,” says lead author Susan Murphy, Sc.D., OTR, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and research associate professor in the Institute of Gerontology. 

Source: Michigan Medicine Instagram and Health Lab blog