• Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

    A life-threatening heart infection afflicts a growing number of people who inject opioids or meth. Costly surgery can fix it, but the addiction often goes unaddressed.

  • Opioid prescriptions fell 10 percent last year, study says

    Prescriptions for opioids fell sharply last year, the steepest drop in the amount of painkillers dispensed to patients in 25 years, according to a report from IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, the research arm of a health-care data firm.

  • Opioid Solutions promotes collaborative approach to epidemic

    A new Opioid Solutions online community serves as a central hub for U-M research, educational activities and community outreach related to opioids. The network draws on nearly 100 U-M faculty whose research explores opioid misuse and overdose.

  • Predicting C. Diff Risk with Big Data and Machine Learning

    Nearly 30,000 Americans die each year from an aggressive, gut-infecting bacteria called Clostridium difficile. Resistant to many common antibiotics, C. diff can flourish when antibiotic treatment kills off beneficial bacteria that normally keep the deadly infection at bay.

    But doctors often struggle to determine when to take preventive action.

  • How The Cancer Genome Atlas Will Shape the Future of Cancer Research

    Thirteen years after its initial funding, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) has analyzed 2.5 petabytes of data representing 33 different types of cancer.

    That’s no small feat: One petabyte has the storage capacity of 212,000 DVDs.

  • University of Michigan Precision Health Announces First Round of Grant Funding Competition

    The U-M Precision Health Investigators Awards request for applications has been released for awards of up to $300,000 each over two years to support research projects that advance the field of precision health with an emphasis on projects that accomplish this through the use and/or enrichment of U-M Precision Health data and tools/methods/techniques.

    U-M Precision Health expects to fund up to 12 Investigators Awards in 2018 and will fund additional new projects in 2019. The awards are open to University of Michigan full-time faculty members with a primary appointment in research, instructional (tenure), or clinical tracks. A second grants program, the U-M Precision Health Scholars Awards, which is designed specifically to support early-career investigators (post-docs, graduate students, residents, and trainees), will be announced in April.

    The Investigators Awards program employs a two-stage application process. An open call for pre-proposals has been issued, and those pre-proposals are due April 30, 2018. Following evaluation by a panel of faculty with expertise in precision health topics, a subset of entries will be selected and PIs invited to submit full proposals in June.

    Find complete information about and apply for the Investigators Awards at

  • These surgeons cut opioid prescriptions dramatically, with no increase in pain

    Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongoing national crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose.