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Life in Flint a year into the state of emergency over tap water
ABC News | December 23
An initiative to diagnose and help children who have developmental delays after lead exposure is in progress. Hanna-Attisha along with others at the Hurley Medical Center are working with Michigan State University and the Genesee County Health Department as part of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, which started in January. 
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Medscape names the best and worst physicians of 2016
Becker's Hospital Review | December 22
Best physicians of 2016: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha leads the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a multidisciplinary task force that works to diminish the harm done to children in Flint, Mich., due to lead-contaminated drinking water. She was named one of Time's Most Influential People in 2016.
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After Flint's lead crisis, the most important medical for kids is education
PBS NewsHouse | December 20
More than a year after alarmingly high levels of lead were found in Flint’s water supply, the city has opened a free all-day early childhood center for children 2 months to 5 years of age. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician who discovered elevated lead levels in Flint’s children, says there’s a well-established link between lead exposure and learning disabilities.
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Ancient Chinese malaria remedy fights TB
MSUToday | December 19
A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow the evolution of drug resistance. In a promising study led by Robert Abramovitch, a Michigan State University microbiologist and TB expert, the ancient remedy artemisinin stopped the ability of TB-causing bacteria, known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to become dormant. This stage of the disease often makes the use of antibiotics ineffective.
READ MORE | Related: International Business Times, Guardian

2016 Got Science? Champions
Union of Concerned Scientists | December 19
When Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha heard rumors about lead in the water, she researched her hospital’s records and found an irrefutable correlation between the switch to Flint River water and spiking diagnoses of lead poisoning in children. She immediately went public with her results—and just as quickly, officials tried to discredit her. “I was put through the wringer when my credibility was questioned,” Dr. Hanna-Attisha says. “But for eighteen months Flint residents were ignored. Thinking about them—and particularly the children who, through no fault of their own, were exposed to a neurotoxin—put steel in my spine to speak truth to power.” 
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31 ways to have an empowering 2017
Bustle Magazine | December 15
Poor posture can mess up your breathing, stress out your heart, lower your self-esteem, and even make you move more slowly. "How we carry ourselves has been shown to have an effect on hormones," Dr. Susan M. Day, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and clinical instructor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, tells Bustle.
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Interview with Dr. Norm Beauchamp
WGVU Morning Show | December 12
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Mentor-mentee relationship continues after high school
GVNow | December 7
Jinah Bak, a biomedical sciences major, met Sheffield through a mentoring program that matches pre-med students from Grand Valley and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with area high school students who are interested in health care careers. Their formal mentor-mentee relationship ended in March at the conclusion of the eight-week Health Career Pipeline program. Sheffield asked Bak, who was accepted into Grand Valley, if she wanted to continue connecting when she got to campus.
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MSU study uncovers real culprits behind Flint water crisis
MSUToday | December 7
Many believe the events leading to the lead poisoning of Flint’s drinking water began in April 2014, when it started drawing from the Flint River. Others believe it began in November 2011, when Gov. Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager to take control of Flint’s government. While those actions were immediate and important factors in the crisis, Richard Sadler, an assistant professor of public health and co-author of a new Michigan State University study, has found that in order to understand its real genesis, one must go back decades and examine a series of governmental, social and economic policies that led to the city’s decline and ultimately to the contamination.
READ MORE | Related: Fox 47, Futurity

The power of Will
Boston Globe | December 1
Will Lacey was just a baby when doctors diagnosed a rare form of cancer and told his family there was only one end. Nobody then could imagine the journey ahead, from hospital rooms to board rooms, research labs to government offices, a furious race between hope and death. A story told in five parts, including the research done by Dr. Andre Bachmann, MSU College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, who was instrumental in bringing an out-of-patent drug, DFMO, to clinical trial to combat the deadly pediatric cancer neuroblastoma.
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Medical students tutor Flint kids through Youth Unleaded program
ABC 12 | November 30
Valuable learning resources are available to Flint area students and the organizations involved want to make sure as many students as possible are taking advantage of them. It's called Youth Unleaded and there are free sessions available every Sunday. MSU College of Human Medicine Flint Campus students are tutoring in a variety of topics. Dr. John Molidor, Community Assistant Dean of the Flint Campus, and Tonya Bailey of P.A.P.A.S. visited ABC 12 to discuss the program.
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Leading with compassion
Grand Rapids Business Journal | November 25
As a child, Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. always came to the dinner table prepared to answer three questions posed by his mother: How was your day? What was your highlight? And did you achieve your goals? Beauchamp, who recently was appointed as dean of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, said those three simple questions define everything he has tried to accomplish in his adult life.
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Medical school wins national award
Grand Rapids Business Journal | November 23
A local medical school has been honored by a national association for its “outstanding contributions to medicine” and community service. The Grand Rapids-based Michigan State University College of Human Medicine received the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, this month at the association’s annual Learn Serve Lead event in Seattle.
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Gov. Snyder appoints Drs. Hanna-Attisha and Furr-Holden to Public Health Advisory Commission 
MSUToday | November 22
Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of 18 members to the Public Health Advisory Commission, including MSU College of Human Medicine faculty, Mona Hanna-Attisha and Debra Furr-Holden.
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College of Human Medicine faculty will lead childhood obesity programming in Upper Peninsula
MSU Today | November 21
The Superior Health Foundation received a $300,000 two-year grant to address lifestyle issues related to childhood obesity and other health risks among children in the Upper Peninsula. The award will be used to offer Spartners for Heart Health to fifth-graders and their parents living in the U.P. The project is designed to promote nutrition and physical activity behaviors to prevent or reduce health risks among fifth-graders. Erich Petushek, an assistant professor at the College of Human Medicine’s Marquette campus, and Breanne Carlson, an instructor in health and human performance at Northern Michigan University, will lead the programming efforts in the U.P.
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World Diabetes Day, the super moon and Yanni: What do they have in common?
Healio Endocrine Today | November 21
I am excited to begin this new blog “From the Doctor’s Bag” on Healio.com and grateful for the space to talk about topics not strictly medicine that affect our stressful workdays — topics without a P-value or area under the curve. I want to focus on topics that affect health care providers as simply humans, members of society. Professionals, yes, but still parents, siblings, spouses, neighbors or friends. Humans who are as vulnerable as everybody else and who, whenever possible, can have some fun! Written by, Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU, associate professor of medicine and chief of the endocrinology division at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing.
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Mona Hanna-Attisha: Resolve exposed Flint water crisis
Detroit News | November 18
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was primed from the start for her heroic role in uncovering problems in Flint’s city water system that resulted in the lead poisoning of roughly 10,000 children. The daughter of Iraqi-American scientists who fled Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship said her training and instincts compelled her to investigate and hold bureaucrats’ feet to the fire when they denied the results of her research that proved children were being poisoned.
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Community lecture will spotlight autism
GVSU News | November 17
The rise in autism diagnoses and how to support families will be the topic of a free, community lecture sponsored by Grand Valley, Spectrum Health and Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine. "Individuals with Autism in Our Community" is set for Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. Area organizations that support people with autism will be available from 6-7 p.m. with information on resources.
READ MORE | Related: GVSU Lanthorn

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state's life sciences industry
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That’s why the move by Western Michigan University and Michigan State University to strengthen their offerings in biomedical engineering comes at an opportune time for the state’s life sciences industry. According to Worden, the new biomedical engineering program “has a lot of potential for economic development” that’s built on MSU’s “very strong base” in fundamental biology. “We haven’t exploited that in the area of technology development based on our strength in biology,” he said. “So we’re trying to put in the new department as a critical link from our strong science base to a portfolio of valuable commercial products that are based on the biology.”
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MSU Provost: Endowed chairs and professors reflect the "quality of institution"
WKAR Radio | November 14
Debra Furr-Holden is a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in MSU’s College of Human Medicine in Flint. “The C. S. Mott Foundation, which is very invested in Flint, literally located a block from our building, got together with the community and MSU and they did a comprehensive needs assessment,” says Furr-Holden.  “Really looking at what are some of the greatest challenges Flint faces and how a university/foundation community partnership could come together to address some of those challenges. So the endowment is important because it is the investment from the Mott Foundation to secure the positions to actually bring public health researchers and public health faculty here, frontline, to deal with some of the challenges.”
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Academic medicine uniquely positioned to address public health crises
AAMC News | November 13
In a local effort, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU) engaged each part of its tripartite mission to respond to the effects of a lead-contaminated water supply on the residents of Flint. At the forefront of the response was Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, a community-engaged pediatrician who provides care in a low-income area and is director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center. Hanna-Attisha and colleagues analyzed blood level data and published their findings in a study in the American Journal of Public Health.
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Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state's life sciences industry
MiBiz | November 13
That’s why the move by Western Michigan University and Michigan State University to strengthen their offerings in biomedical engineering comes at an opportune time for the state’s life sciences industry. With the launch of a new biomedical engineering department that began accepting graduate students this fall, MSU hopes to become a source of talent for the industry and further biotech innovation in the state.
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Michigan State University receives Spencer Foreman Award for partnerships in Flint and rural Michigan
AAMC News | November 12
From the streets of Flint, Mich., to rural towns in the state’s Upper Peninsula, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU) has been deeply committed to community service for decades. In recognition of its partnership with diverse communities and efforts to improve health care across the state, the college will receive the AAMC’s Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service on Nov. 12 at Learn Serve Lead 2016: The AAMC Annual Meeting. Named for Spencer "Spike" Foreman, MD, who established the award in 1993 while serving as AAMC chair, the award honors academic medical institutions with long-standing commitments to addressing community needs.
READ MORE | Related: MSUToday, Fox 47 News, Grand Rapids Business Journal

MSU Provost: Endowed chairs and professors reflect the "quality of the institution"
WKAR Radio | November 11
Debra Furr-Holden is a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in MSU’s College of Human Medicine in Flint. “The C. S. Mott Foundation, which is very invested in Flint, literally located a block from our building, got together with the community and MSU and they did a comprehensive needs assessment,” says Furr-Holden.  “Really looking at what are some of the greatest challenges Flint faces and how a university/foundation community partnership could come together to address some of those challenges. So the endowment is important because it is the investment from the Mott Foundation to secure the positions to actually bring public health researchers and public health faculty here, frontline, to deal with some of the challenges.”
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MSU, Van Andel Research Institute on cusp of slowing progression of Parkinson's disease
MSUToday | November 1
A few years ago, Caryl Sortwell, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Parkinson's researcher, was asked by Jeff MacKeigan, a scientist at Van Andel Research Institute, or VARI, to collaborate on research that could significantly slow the progression of Parkinson's.
READ MORE | Related: Fox 47 News, MichBio

Look good, feel better with these tips
Men's Fitness | October 31
"However, there's more going on below the surface to healthy eating than most people realize," says Nicholas Perricone, adjunct professor at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University and author of "The Wrinkle Cure." "It all comes down to how your body responds to the foods you're taking in."
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MSU College of Human Medicine names Mazzuchi scholarship recipients
Fox UP TV 6 | October 31
Four medical students have been awarded the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus Mazzuchi Scholarship. Students Dustin Collins, Angelea Heider, Ashley Parent and Chris Steele were each awarded tuition reduction scholarships. The recipients were selected for their commitment to practicing medicine in the Upper Peninsula after residency training, interest in specializing in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, hospitalist medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or psychiatry; and need for financial assistance.
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Lecture series highlights depression recognition, response and relief
Midland Daily News | October 31
Everyone can have a bad day. However, some people experience sadness beyond the normal everyday ups and downs and suffer from clinical depression. In fact, this brain disease affects up to 20 percent of the general population. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, MidMichigan Health, Saginaw Valley State University, Alma College and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are co-sponsoring a collaborative community event on how to recognize and respond appropriately to the signs of depression, and how to find relief from this debilitating disease.
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MSU, local partners leverage medical research dollars for regional growth
MiBiz | October 30
Over the course of four years, Michigan State University researchers managed to take about $300,000 and turn it into more than $4.5 million. Using seven grants received from the Saint Mary’s Foundation, MSU’s College of Human Medicine hired junior researchers to conduct basic research that generated the data needed to land funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations to do broader studies.
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Institute's 20-year run transforms region
Grand Rapids Business Journal | October 28
VAI essentially has spent its first 20 years proving it could be a life science hub, building in the supporting infrastructure as it evolved, and now in the next several years, the institute will focus on working with its many partners to grow the infrastructure necessary to attract an even larger breadth of talent to Grand Rapids. “One of the driving things now is to be able to work with Michigan State University and its medical school to make Grand Rapids more of a scientific center, particularly in medicine and particularly for epigenetics,” Jones said. “It’s a big opportunity.”
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Flint doctor to be 'Millionaire' contestant
Detroit News | October 28
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be in the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” hot seat 3 p.m. Thursday on CBS in Detroit for “Hometown Heroes Week.” Though she’s not allowed to say if she won a million bucks, or nothing at all, the doctor known for discovering elevated levels of lead in Flint children who drank the city’s water says it was an “amazing” opportunity to be on the trivia game show that gives contestants a chance to win $1 million. “It was a really surreal experience to be there with the lights and the cameras and trying to win money for Flint kids,” she said.
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MSU Bio Engineering Facility promotes cross-campus research
MSUToday | October 27
While Michigan State University’s newly opened Bio Engineering Facility will bring together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, their mission will be the same: To conduct futuristic, cutting-edge research that will improve or even save the lives of millions of people around the globe. Primary tenants of the building will be faculty scientists from the colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science. The facility also will serve to facilitate collaboration among many other on-campus units, including nursing, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine and communication arts and sciences.
READ MORE | Related: Lansing State Journal, State News, Detroit Free Press

Grand opening set for MSU Bio Engineering Facility
MSUToday | October 26
Grand opening ceremonies for the Michigan State University Bio Engineering Facility will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the building, located on Service Road on the south side of the MSU campus. The facility will bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines and colleges, including the College of Engineering, the College of Human Medicine and the College of Natural Science.
READ MORE | Related: Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, WLNSMichigan Ag Connection, The Morning Sun

AAP National Conference: Dr. Hanna-Attisha used advocacy to preserve kids' futures
American Academy of Pediatrics | October 24
While the children in Flint, Mich., still do not have water they can drink, they now have access to a full complement of health, nutrition, education and transportation services to help support their development and mitigate effects of lead poisoning. At Sunday’s plenary session, Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, shared her story of advocacy, persistence and community resilience after the city’s water supply became contaminated with lead.
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Panelists discuss rebuilding relationship between state officials, Flint residents
Michigan Daily | October 24
Kent Key, director of the Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and another panelist, connected his work in vetting the numerous researchers entering Flint to the University of Michigan community in his talk. He has created the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, which was funded by both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University as a way to encourage an ethical and respectable community, as well as academic partnerships.
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Mary Free Bed focuses on maximizing human ability
Grand Rapids Business Journal | October 21
The hospital formalized its research work when it formed the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation in conjunction with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2014. Butzer served as Mary Free Bed’s chief medical officer for 29 years and now leads the endeavor. In addition, he was named director of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Division of Rehabilitation Medicine.
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GRRC to host MSU professor for Your Health Lecture
Grand Rapids Community College | October 17
A free lecture on the importance of immunizations is open to the public, and will take place at 7 p.m. today at Grand Rapids Community College’s Calkins Science Center Auditorium, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE. “Millions of Lives Saved: The Incredible Impact of Immunizations,” is a lecture about vaccines and the importance of immunizations. The lecture will be presented by Dr. B. Keith English, an award-winning pediatrician and chair of Michigan State University’s department of pediatrics and human development.
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Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare in 2016
Medical Marketing & Media | October 6
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was awarded Medical Marketing & Media's Platinum Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare in 2016. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha immediately took action when she learned that the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, was very likely contaminated with lead. The Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where she directs the pediatric residents program, routinely screens children for lead exposure, so she compared the lead levels in blood samples taken before and after Flint's water supply was switched from the Detroit River to the Flint River. 
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MSU received USDA's prestigious award for its Flint water response
MSUToday | October 5
Michigan State University Extension was honored by the United States Department of Agriculture for the organization’s quick and comprehensive response to the residents of Flint affected by lead-contaminated drinking water. The prestigious Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for External Partnerships recognizes groups who have made outstanding contributions that support the USDA’s mission and goals. Deanna East, an MSU Extension associate director focused on health and nutrition programming, who helped coordinate the organization’s response in Flint, said that this team effort included coordination with the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI), led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. The initiative includes Hurley Children’s Hospital and the MSU College of Human Medicine.
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Teddy Bear Picnic
WILX TV 10 and WLSN TV 6 Lansing | October 1

Dental Health Fair
ABC 12 Flint | October 1

$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health
MSUToday | September 28
A $4.8 million research grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help Michigan’s top three research universities, leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents. Joining MSU as collaborators on the national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, initiative are the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
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Allan Kozlowski joins College of Human Medicine, named director at Mary Free Bed
MSUToday | September 28
Allan Kozlowski, an expert in rehabilitation medicine, will join the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and lead outcomes research in the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The role is a joint appointment by Mary Free Bed and the college.
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Pioneer in molecular imaging to lead MSU’s new bio engineering research initiatives
MSUToday | September 28
Christopher H. Contag will join MSU as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. The new Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering is a collaboration between the Colleges of Human Medicine, Engineering and Natural Science. “Christopher Contag is one of the top five imaging scientists in the world," said Norman Beauchamp, dean for the College of Human Medicine. "His joining MSU will be catalytic for the recruitment of scientists and physician scientists, trainees, industry partners and of community supporters.”
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MSU College of Human Medicine to hold annual Teddy Bear Picnic Saturday
East Lansing Info | September 28
On Saturday, October 1, the MSU College of Human Medicine will be hosting their annual Teddy Bear Picnic. The event will feature many different activities including athletic team appearances, giveaways, face painting, and more. “When I took over the administration of the event in 2013, I made a commitment to make the event free and open to the public so that all children in the Greater Lansing area, regardless of their family financial circumstances, could attend and experience this event,” said Barbara Ball-McClure, of MSU’s Human College of Medicine. “I wanted to make sure that all children can be around our medical professionals and medical students in an environment of fun.”
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APHA announces 2016 awards winners
American Public Health Association | September 27
The American Public Health Association today announced the 2016 winners of its prestigious national awards, which recognize individuals for leadership, innovation and excellence in the field. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative; and Marc Edwards, PhD, Charles Lunsford professor of civil engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, are honored for their roles in bringing attention to elevated blood lead levels among residents of Flint, Michigan, during the city’s water crisis. They are the first joint honorees of the David P. Rall Award for Advocacy in Public Health.
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Academy creates blueprint to guide next US president on children's health matters
American Academy of Pediatrics | September 20
From poverty to education, the Academy has created a roadmap designed to guide the next U.S. president on issues that will impact children’s health and well-being. AAP leaders and other experts gathered Monday to discuss the plan Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future. Monday’s panel discussion moderated by ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Richard Besser, M.D., FAAP, touched on each of these areas with input from  Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, director of Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative and other experts. 
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How ZIP codes nearly masked the lead problem in Flint
The Conversation US | September 19
I write this as we approach the first anniversary of my involvement in the Flint Water Crisis, an ongoing catastrophe and basic failure of government accountability that will soon approach three years. On Sept. 25, 2015, I received a call from my colleague – the now-renowned Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha – asking if I could run some basic spatial analysis of blood lead data collected from area pediatric clinics. I had heard rumblings that blood lead levels were on the rise in Flint but that state officials were pushing back against her findings.
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Why health officials are warning people against taking too much Tylenol
SELF Magazine | September 19
“People tend to think drugs are safe, but there are a lot of medications like acetaminophen that can cause problems,” Rick Neubig, chairperson and professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University, tells Self.
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The stage IV cancer roller coaster
Huffington Post | September 18
Even though IBC is the rarest, most lethal, and often most variable type of breast cancer, Dr. Kelly Hirko, epidemiologist from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, says that over 6,200 new diagnoses are expected in 2016, almost as many as new cases of acute lymphocytic leukemia.
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Construction tour of MSU Grand Rapids Research Center
WOOD TV | September 17 
A new Michigan State University addition is still on track to open in late 2017, and 24 Hour News 8 got a sneak peek inside its active construction project to see the progress. Officials broke ground on the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center last June. It’s located on the site of the former Grand Rapids Press building. On Friday, 24 Hour News 8’s Marvis Herring toured the six-story, 162,800-square-foot facility with Dr. Aron Sousa, the interim Dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine.
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College of Human Medicine launches rural health program with Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
MSUToday | September 15
Leaders from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital have announced a new Rural Community Health Program site aimed at preparing future physicians with the skills necessary to practice rural medicine.
READ MORE | Related: World News, Ludington Daily News, WMOM Radio

Munson Medical Center and MSU College of Human Medicine strengthen research ties
MSUToday | September 15
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Munson Medical Center are strengthening collaboration for health research in northwest Michigan. The College of Human Medicine announced it is adding a full-time epidemiologist to its Traverse City Campus, in addition to the epidemiologist who has been at the campus since 2015.
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Politico's 50 List: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Politico Magazine | September 12
The Flint water crisis quickly morphed into a political scandal this year when it became clear that government officials had endangered the health of thousands of adults and children. Two scientists, Marc Edwards and Mona Hanna-Attisha, helped to hold the state accountable for its negligence in creating a health crisis; he uncovered the cause, and she, the effects.
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Parents influence junk food purchases among school kids
MSUToday | September 7
Children driven to and from school by their parents not only get less exercise than their walking and biking classmates, but also are more inclined to have another unhealthy habit – buying junk food. That's according to new Michigan State University research. The study, co-led by MSU College of Human Medicine public health researcher Rick Sadler, used GPS technology to track how often and how long 654 students between the ages of 9 and 13 were exposed to fast-food restaurants and convenience stores during their school commutes in the London, Ontario area. Students were also given diaries to record their purchases.
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Health Care Connect interviews Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Sirius XM Radio's Doctor Radio | September 7

MSU Aesthetics & Laser treatment center Grand Opening
Capital Area Women's Lifestyle Magazine | September Issue
The Department of Surgery in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announced the opening of the MSU Aesthetic & Laser Treatment Center on Thursday, August 11. The event, which took place at the new Center (4660 S. Hagadorn Road) had a great turnout, with medical staff available to meet the public and refreshments offered to those who came out to celebrate the new addition to MSU.
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From hurt to healing: Doctor leads charge to create healthier future for Flint's kids
The Hub Flint | August Issue
For Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha the work has just begun. Widely celebrated as a heroine for her role in exposing the public health issue stemming from Flint's lead-contaminated municipal water system, she has entrenched herself in the next stage of providing professional care.
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Joining the fight
MSUToday | August 31
One can safely assume Debra Furr-Holden deeply cares about the community of Flint, Michigan. As a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the newly formed MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health, Furr-Holden is examining solutions that will lead to reducing health disparities in Flint, the state and beyond. 
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Future physicians begin medical school with White Coat Ceremony and Afternoon of Community Service
MSUToday | August 30
First-year Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students and their families gathered at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids for the annual White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony, days after participating in the Afternoon of Community Service. As they donned their white coats for the first time, the 177 incoming medical students celebrated the symbolic beginning of their four-year journey into the medical profession. Interim Dean Aron Sousa, faculty and college alumni welcomed the Class of 2020. “The white coat is a marker for one of the most extraordinary times in your life,” Sousa said. “It is a wonderful and noble profession.”
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NIH establishes new research program to address health disparities of chronic diseases
National Institutes of Health | August 24
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, is launching the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCC) for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention program. The Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, led by Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, joins Washington State University as the first of two centers announced. The TCC will focus their research efforts on development, implementation, and dissemination of community-based, multilevel interventions to combat chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The centers will share approximately $20 million in funding over five years, pending available funds.
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College of Human Medicine's incoming dean returns to alma mater
MiBiz | August 21
When he graduated in 1990 from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. told himself he wanted to return some day to give back. He now has the opportunity to pursue that goal when he becomes the new dean of the MSU medical school. Pending approval by the university Board of Trustees, Beauchamp takes over as dean at the Grand Rapids-based College of Human Medicine on Oct. 1.
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Statewide research universities to receive $9M for Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
MSU Today | August 15
The U.S. National Institutes of Health will award an estimated $9 million over the next 5 years to a new statewide center to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC), launching today, will support researchers and clinicians from the University Research Corridor, comprised of MSU, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. “This is a remarkable opportunity to leverage the combined clinical, research and educational expertise of our three universities to tackle this devastating disease,” said Scott Counts, Ph.D., associate professor of translational science and molecular medicine at MSU College of Human Medicine.
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An in-depth interview with Flint water crisis Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
WXYZ TV 7 Detroit | August 12
You've seen Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha in the news for her role in helping to expose the Flint water crisis.  She's a Michigan educated and trained pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center who also teaches at Michigan State University.  The woman who has been called a "global hero" will be our guest to give us an update on the children of Flint and the long-term healthcare battle they face with their families.  
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Flint's lead crisis will cost each of its children $50,00 in their lifetimes
VICE News | August 9
Local groups are pushing to change that outcome. Flint's Hurley Children's Hospital and Michigan State University have formed a pediatric public health initiative to help address the lead exposure problem. Generally local mitigation efforts have been focused on supporting areas like early childhood, access to healthy foods, and behavioral health services.
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Flint's growing mental health crisis
Detroit Free Press | August 7
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician who helped expose the lead problem in Flint and is director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, said families want to know whether the lead-contaminated water caused issues they are seeing.
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Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. recommended as College of Human Medicine dean
MSUToday | August 5
Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. has been recommended to serve as the new dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective Oct. 1. A graduate of the MSU College of Human Medicine, Beauchamp spent his first two years of medical school at the East Lansing campus and his clinical years in Grand Rapids. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology from MSU and his master of health science degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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Sparrow/MSU research study seeks to aid those suffering from sleep apnea
Fox 47 News | August 2
“We know that Patients have better outcomes when they follow their prescribed treatment plan. For many people with obstructive sleep apnea, that means using a CPAP machine,” said the study’s lead investigator Nazia Naz S. Khan, M.D., MS, assistant professor of internal medicine, MSU College of Human Medicine. “Unfortunately, studies have found that only 30 to 58 percent of Patients use their machines as directed.”
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Should the concept of a food desert be deserted?
Scientific American | August 1
“Most simply, people talk about food deserts as places where it is hard to access healthy and affordable food,” says Richard Sadler, a public health professor at the Flint campus of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Sadler co-authored a paper with Jason Andrew Gilliland and Godwin Arku that explores the theoretical issues surrounding debates around food deserts.
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Michigan State University opens Aesthetic and Laser Treatment Center
MSUToday | July 27
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Surgery announces the opening of the MSU Aesthetic & Laser Treatment Center, located at 4660 S. Hagadorn Road in East Lansing. The center will join together board-certified plastic surgeons from the College of Human Medicine and aestheticians to provide cosmetic services ranging from aesthetics to reconstructive and elective surgery.
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New MSU curriculum gets med students in front of patients early on
MiBiz | July 24
T
he Michigan State University College of Human Medicine wants to get medical students into the real world much sooner with the launch next month of an entirely new curriculum. 
Rather than spend their time in classroom instruction and lectures to learn basic sciences, first-year MSU medical school students will start receiving early clinical instruction in settings such as physician offices within weeks of arriving on campus. Second-year students would spend time learning at hospitals, outpatient clinics and emergency rooms to complement their classroom training.
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College of Human Medicine researcher recognized by Parkinson's Disease Foundation
MSUToday | July 20
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher Ivette Martinez Sandoval is one of five scientists to receive a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The award will provide $100,000 of support over two years and is part of a $4 million investment from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to further the work of early-career scientists studying the illness. 
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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha named one of 2016 Health Care Heroes
Crain's Detroit Business | July 18
For Hanna-Attisha, discovering high levels of lead in Flint's water supply turned her into an instant activist. She said she had no choice but to speak out on behalf of children and their parents. "My days are longer," said Hanna-Attisha, who also is director with the Michigan State University/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Plan Initiative. "It is nonstop, every week. It is intense. The media comes and goes, but our work is just beginning for the kids and community; it is a long-term commitment."
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Americans want a say in what hapens to their donated blood and tissue in biobanks
The Conversation | July 14
Together with our colleagues at the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University, we asked the American public about their willingness to donate blood and tissue to researchers. Raymond DeVries is co-director for the center at U-M. Tom Tomlinson is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and director of the center at MSU.
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Common additive may be why you have food allergies
MSUToday | July 11
A Michigan State University researcher has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies. Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Human Medicine, began studying the possible link between the synthetic food additive tert-butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, nine years ago.
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Journal AWWA examines lessons of Flint
San Francisco Gate | July 7
In the article, “The Flint Crisis,” former Journal AWWA editor-in-chief Michael J. McGuire, PhD, PE, hosts a roundtable discussion on the crisis with four notable figures from Michigan State University in East Lansing: Janice A. Beecher, director, Institute of Public Utilities; Mona Hanna-Attisha, director, Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Hurley Medical Center; Susan J. Masten, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Joan B. Rose, professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
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Areas in need get a food market on wheels
MSUToday | July 7
A Michigan State University researcher is using his mapping expertise to help a farmers market and other local food sources go mobile in Flint, bringing healthier options closer to those most in need. Rick Sadler, who earlier this year published a study showing the positive effects of moving the Flint Farmers’ Market downtown, is now helping the market, along with a mom-and-pop grocery store and other organic farms, identify the best locations to serve in order to take their fruits and veggies on the road.
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First medical students welcomes to College of Human Medicine's Southeast Campus
MSUToday | June 30
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, along with officials from Providence-Providence Park Hospital, welcomed the first medical students to the college’s new Southeast Michigan campus during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the hospital. “Today we welcome 27 third-year MSU medical students to our new Southeast Michigan campus and thank our faculty physician partners at Providence-Providence Park hospital for supporting our students along their medical education journey,” said Aron Sousa, interim dean for the College of Human Medicine.
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1,700 cyclists took part in 4th annual MSU Gran Fondo
Gran Fondo Guide | June 28
The event benefits skin cancer research, prevention and awareness brought forth by the Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. The event has raised over $470,000 dollars towards skin cancer prevention in previous years. This years ride saw well known radio personality Eric Zane take part to raise money. Ex Pro cyclist and cycling commentator Bob Roll also took part.
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NIH welcomes 52 young scientists to year-long medical research scholars program
Imperial Valley News | June 27
The National Institutes of Health has selected 52 innovative, research-oriented students for the 2016-2017 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). A year-long residential program, the MRSP introduces medical, dental and veterinary students to cutting-edge research, and is part of NIH's goal of training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. Among the chosen researcherse is MSU College of Human Medicine student Katie Spielbauer.
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Gran Fondo raises money for skin cancer research
WZZM 13 News at 11 PM | June 25
The streets of Grand Rapids were filled with bicyclists this morning, as 1,600 people took part in Michigan State University's Gran Fondo. The event raises awareness about the dangers of skin cancer. The non-competitive event features cyclists riding distances between 12 and 80 miles, all starting and finishing in downtown Grand Rapids. Food, live music and an after party were all part of the event.

MSU Gran Fondo rolls through streets of West Michigan
WOOD TV News at 6 & 11 PM | June 25
Nearly 1,700 cyclists pedaled off Saturday morning in the fourth annual Michigan State University Gran Fondo. It’s named one of the nation’s top Gran Fondos in 2016. The event benefits skin cancer research, prevention and awareness brought forth by the Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.
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More than 1,600 people expected to attend Gran Fondo bike race this weekend
Fox 17 | June 24
On Saturday, more than 1,600 people are expected to participate in a non-competitive cycling event that benefits the MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer, awareness, prevention and research. It has drawn cyclists of all ages from 15 states – some as far as California, Washington, Maine, Florida – and even Ontario, Canada. The MSU Gran Fondo was named a “must-ride” event and one of the nation’s top Gran Fondos in 2016 by Gran Fondo Guide.
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MSU Gran Fondo in Downtown Grand Rapids tomorrow
WOOD TV News at Noon | June 24
If you heading to downtown Grand Rapids tomorrow, you will see a lot of bikes. The MSU Gran Fondo is happening tomorrow morning. Today is the last day to register at Packet Pickup happening at the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott until 7 pm. The 80 and 40 mile rides begin at 8 AM tomorrow and the 12 and 25 mile rides begin at 8:30 AM. Spectators are invited to watch from 10 AM to 5 PM. The event raises money for MSU College of Human Medicine's skin cancer research.

MSU Gran Fondo takes off this weekend
WZZM 13 | June 23
Bikers in Grand Rapids will pedal all the way to the lakeshore in an effort to raise money and research for skin cancer treatment. The 4th Annual MSU Gran Fondo takes off on Saturday, June 25. A Gran Fondo, Italian for "big ride," is a long distance, non-competitive group ride. Individuals, families or teams of all skill levels can ride along the scenic 12, 25, 40 or 80-mile routes from downtown Grand Rapids to the lakeshore.
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Eric Zane's Blue Bridge Ride for the MSU Gran Fondo
WBBL Sports Radio | June 21
Radio show host Eric Zane plans to ride the MSU Gran Fondo on June 25. He will ride the Blue Bridge in Downtown Grand Rapids from 10 AM - 6 PM in support of his fundraising efforts. During his morning talk show, he interviewed Bob Hughes about the ride, the cause and more.
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MSU Gran Fondo 2016
Fox 17's Morning Mix | June 21
Join the ride to raise money for cancer research at Michigan State University's Gran Fondo 2016 on Saturday. The MSU Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride supporting the MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research fund. Starting in downtown Grand Rapids, individuals, families or teams of all skill levels can ride along the scenic 12, 25, 40 or 80 mile routes and enjoy “superfood stops” along the route and a Finish Line Festival.
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AAP: Prevent lead exposure before it starts
MedPage Today | June 20
The AAP last released a policy statement on lead exposure diagnosis and management in 2012, prior to the updated CDC recommendations. While not involved with the research, Kenneth Rosenman, MD, of Michigan State University called the policy "worth reading by all practitioners," not just those who care for children.
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A grand tradition in Gran Fondo
WOTV's "Where You Live" | June 20
The fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo is a tradition that brings together bicyclists of all levels to ride through downtown Grand Rapids and to the Lakeshore. The awesome event is sponsored by Priority Health to raise money for skin cancer research through the MSU College of Human Medicine. Gran Fondo means “big ride” in Italian. Bicyclists can choose between 12, 25, 40, and 80 mile courses, with gourmet food stops along the way. The 12 mile ride is great for families and kids.
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Study addresses health of Latinos in the United States
MSUToday | June 20
They are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, yet the health of Latinos has been rarely studied. While other ethnic groups, especially white Americans, have been well examined, “Latinos are pretty much overlooked,” said Hector Gonzalez, a College of Human Medicine associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. “We’re pretty much a very large but neglected population.”
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Medical student aids in reducing health care disparities for immigrants
Grand Rapids Press | June 19
As immigrants fleeing the war in Syria began arriving in Michigan, Subha Hanif saw a need she couldn't ignore. These new arrivals, unfamiliar with the language, customs and resources here, would need help getting the medical and in many cases, mental health care.
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Ride the MSU Gran Fondo
WOOD TV's EightWest | June 16
Thousands of cyclists are expected to participate in the 4th annual MSU Gran Fondo on June 25. The non-competitive cycling event raises money for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer research.
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MSU Gran Fondo
The Pledge's The Voice of West Michigan | June 14
Host Carrie Davis talks about the MSU Gran Fondo with Lou Candiotti

Spartans, cyclists and skin cancer advocates gear up for fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo
MSUToday | June 13
An anticipated 2,000 participants will bike through scenic West Michigan on June 25 for the fourth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The non-competitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Italian for “big ride,” cyclists of all skill levels will ride 12, 25, 40 or 80 miles. Some participants are avid cyclists with a passion for these types of “mass-start” events, while others are riding to honor a loved one – or their own – battle with skin cancer.
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Female physicians discuss strategies for success in rural practice
AAFP | June 7
Corresponding author Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor of family medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine in Flint and a faculty member at the Sparrow MSU Family Medicine Residency in Lansing. Phillips told AAFP News that she's not a rural physician, but her overall interest in workforce issues prompted her to investigate this topic. When the research team conducted a literature search on women in rural practice, they found an uptick in the number of women committing to rural practice, but nothing about strategies they used to make their work possible, said Phillips.
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How you can get involved with the 2016 MSU Gran Fondo
Experience Grand Rapids | June 7
On June 25, 2016, beginner and advanced cyclists will take to their bikes to help raise funds for skin cancer awareness, prevention and research in Grand Rapids' fourth annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo. Last year more than 1,800 cyclists joined the fun and organizers are expecting this year's participation to top 2,000 riders. The race has raised over $470,000 for the cause to date.
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Nutrition backpacks passed out to Flint students
ABC 12 | June 6
The National Basketball Players Association partnered with Pistons owner Tom Gores' FlintNOW organization and the Pediatric Public Health Initiative to distribute 8,000 'nutrition backpacks' to students at Flint schools. Backpacks were passed out Monday to grades K-2 at Brownell STEM Academy. Inside the backpacks are a mini-basketball, information on how to eat healthy and $15 in gift certificates to the Flint Farmers' Market, which can be redeemed for an additional $15.
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100 Most Influential Women: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Crain's Business Detroit | June 3
She is now well known as the person who sounded the alarm over lead in Flint's drinking water. Her work, well above the call of duty, helped the 100,000 people who live in Flint and exposed the truth that 8,000 to 10,000 kids under the age of 6 in Flint — "all of whom deserve the best from us" — had been exposed to lead.
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Grand Rapids Research Center workers receive new boots
MSUToday | June 2
With construction well underway for Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Research Center, the project continues to receives support in many ways. Just last month, the project received a financial commitment totaling $15 million - $10 million from Richard and Helen DeVos and $5 million from Peter and Joan Secchia. Now, a donation of work boots has been made to construction workers working on the project from the shoe company, Wolverine. The company's national campaign, Project Bootstrap, provided more than 100 crew members with new work boots, apparel and even breakfast.
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Flint water, city schools on agenda at Mackinac biz conference
Bridge Magazine | June 2
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who first drew attention to elevated levels of lead in Flint children’s blood, was to speak Wednesday. She is assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint. She also leads the MSU/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative.
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National Basketball Players Association and Tom Gores’ FlintNOW Partner With Pediatric Public Health Initiative to Improve Access to Healthy Food for Flint Families
MSUToday | June 1
Flint families will have better access to healthy food, thanks to a partnership between the NBPA, FlintNOW and the MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. The partnership includes 8,000 “nutrition backpacks” which will be distributed on June 6 to Flint public school children in grades K-6. Each bag will include three $5 Flint Farmers’ Market gift certificates, information about healthy eating, nutrition and lead, and a mini basketball. Every $5 certificate redeemed will be rewarded on site with a second $5 gift certificate for a later visit to encourage families to build sustainable healthy eating habits, bringing the total value of each bag to $30.
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What life is like in Flint, Michigan, three years into the water crisis
ABC News | May 29
Mona Hanna-Attisha, a local pediatrician, has been studying the lead levels in children in the community for years and helped draw attention to the crisis by publishing a paper finding children in Flint had significantly higher lead levels than their counterparts in surrounding areas after the water source was changed. Hanna-Attisha along with others at the Hurley Medical Center are working with Michigan State University and the Genesee County Health Department as part of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative started in January.
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MSU pilots second juilt medical and business degree
MSUToday | May 25
Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and Broad College of Business will begin a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration joint degree in fall 2016. The joint M.D./MBA provides additional preparation for physician leaders in navigating the changing landscape of the health care industry.
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MSU researcher working to develop new cancer-fighting drug
MSUToday | May 26
Michigan State University professor and researcher André Bachmann is collaborating on cancer-fighting research that could change the way we treat the illness. Bachmann, professor of pediatrics and associate chair for research in the MSU College of Human Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, is working with plant biologist Robert Dudler from the University of Zurich to develop a natural bacterium produced chemical with anti-cancer properties.
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MSU 360 Student View: Caring for the underserved
MSUToday | May 25
Students in the College of Human Medicine recently traveled to Peru as part of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Certificate Program. The program is designed to allow future doctors an opportunity to experience international health care in underserved areas.
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Diabetes deteced by... a dentist?
MSUToday | May 23
A Michigan State University diabetes expert and a local dentist have teamed up to create a screening tool that dental offices can offer patients to determine their risk for diabetes. Saleh Aldasouqi, an associate professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology at Michigan State University, and Susan Maples, a family dentist in Holt, Michigan, are working together to educate patients on how diabetes can influence gum disease, as well as help other dentists and dental hygienists around the country recognize what diabetes looks like in the mouth.
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Wolverine donates new gear to Grand Rapids construction workers
WZZM TV 13 | May 23
Construction workers at Michigan State University's Grand Rapids Research Center are getting some new work gear Monday. It's part of Wolverine World Wide's "Project Bootstrap." The national campaign aims to partner with people and companies who are building the future and share Wolverine's bootstrap values.
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Pregnant ladies, take note: You can be healthy and fit and still get gestational diabetes
SELF | May 19
But, apparently, you can develop gestational diabetes and be an otherwise healthy person. Like type 2 diabetes, “gestational diabetes is linked to excess weight gain and lack of exercise,” Anita Avery, M.D., an ob/gyn at Michigan State University, tells SELF. “However, plenty of otherwise healthy women who are in good shape can still develop gestational diabetes.” That’s why women are screened with a blood test, rather than just those who are thought to have a chance of having gestational diabetes based on their weight or fitness levels, she explains.
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Rural women family physicians: Finding work-life balance is challenging
MSUToday | May 18
Her medical students ask lots of questions, but this was one Julie Phillips, an associate professor in the College of Human Medicine, couldn’t answer. What is it like to be a rural doctor and raise children? Sarah Bjorkman asked. “It’s a challenge for women generally,” said Phillips, MD, MPH, the assistant dean for student career and professional development, “but it’s especially challenging for women who practice medicine in a rural setting.” READ MORE

MSU helps Flint in new national health program
MSUToday | May 17
The city of Flint has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in a new Invest Health initiative and Michigan State University is helping to lead the way. Debra Furr-Holden, a Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Endowed Professor of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine, will represent MSU in an effort that is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive. Invest Health will pay particular attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise and quality jobs.
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Guest column: Syrians in Michigan who fled ware are absolutely heroes
Deadline Detroit | May 16
MSU College of Human Medicine student Subha Hanif is a team leader and liaison to the Women's Health Awareness Workshop for the Syrian American Rescue Network (SARN), a non-profit organization whose goal is to assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient in Michigan. She recently wrote a column for Deadline Detroit about Syrian refugees in Michigan and the medical students committed to helping alleviate some of the medical challenges that new immigrants are facing. 
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Flint, DPS crises to lead Detroit chamber's 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference
Crain's Business Detroit | May 12
Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., the physician who first drew attention to elevated levels of lead in Flint children's blood, will give a "Mackinac Moment" speech on June 1. She is assistant professor of pediatrics atMichigan State University's College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint. She also leads the MSU/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative.
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Rite Aid presents Hurley with check to help fund pediatric program
Davison Index | May 12
Rite Aid Pharmacies presented a check of $100,000 last Thursday, May 5, toward the Hurley Foundation’s Hospital longterm pediatric efforts in intervening on the damaging effects of Flint’s water crisis. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director, Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative; Richard Warmbold, Ph.D., Hurley Foundation President; and Tracy Henderson, Rite Aid Foundation and Charitable Giving Initiatives Director were all in attendance.
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Four weird period issues that are totally normal
Glamour Magazine| May 12
Periods are inherently kind of weird. After all, if you bled for five to seven days in any other situation, it would be cause for serious panic. But there are some things that can happen during your period that are definitely freaky. How do you know whether it’s a normal occurrence or time to call your doctor? We got Nancy Herta, M.D., an ob-gyn at Michigan State University, to weigh in. According to Dr. Herta, you shouldn’t freak out if you notice these weird—but totally normal—issues during your period. 
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The one subtle symptom new moms should never ignore
SELF Magazine | May 12
Denny Martin, D.O., an assistant professor and associate chair of the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University, tells SELF that it’s crucial not to ignore shortness of breath after you give birth. “I always tell my resident physicians that it’s something you take very seriously,” he says.
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This is how many ultrasounds you actually need during pregnancy
SELF | May 11
Nancy Herta, M.D., an ob/gyn at Michigan State University, tells SELF that it really depends on the individual practice and even health insurance coverage. “A lot of insurances only cover one scan between 18 and 20 weeks,” she says. However, some doctors, like mine in NYC, have an ultrasound machine in their office and can use it whenever they want without having to file a claim—there just doesn’t seem to be a benefit to doing this. 
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MSU Spring Undergraduate Convocation featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
WKAR | May 10
Mona Hanna-Attisha of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine delivers the Spring 2016 commencement address. Hanna-Attisha and her team helped prove the children of Flint had been poisoned by lead-contaminated water. During the ceremony Hanna-Attisha receives an honorary doctorate of science and MSU alumna Kristina Ford receives an honorary doctorate of humanities.
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$15 million from DeVos and Secchia families supports MSU Grand Rapids Research Center
MSU Today | May 9
Gifts of $15 million, $10 million from Richard and Helen DeVos and $5 million from Peter and Joan Secchia, will help construct the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center, or GRRC. 
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Eric Zane to ride 80 mile MSU Gran Fondo, in Grand Rapids, June 25th
Gran Fondo Guide | May 9
Eric Zane is a well-known radio personality with more than a decade of experience as a host on a national radio talk shows and a large, diverse fanatical fan following!
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MSU College of Human Medicine students training throughout the UP
Iron Mountain Daily News | May 6
Twelve medical students from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region are receiving firsthand experience practicing rural family medicine while training alongside area physicians this spring. The eight-week Rural Physician Program (RPP) also affords the medical students the opportunity to reside in the community in order to get a flavor for small-town living.
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Hanna-Attisha tells MSU graduates to stand up, speak out
Detroit News | May 6
Raise your hand. That was the message that Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha delivered Friday to the Class of 2016 during commencement ceremonies at Michigan State University. The MSU assistant professor of pediatrics — who found elevated levels of lead in Flint children last summer, and changed the trajectory of the water crisis — said there were many people who raised their hand long before officials started listening.
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Doctor who helped expose Flint water crisis speaking at MSU
CBS Detroit | May 6
doctor credited with bringing Flint’s crisis with lead-tainted drinking water to the public’s attention after state agencies initially dismissed her concerns is the speaker at Michigan State University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony. Mona Hanna-Attisha speaks Friday at the Breslin Student Events Center and will receive an honorary doctorate of science.
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MSU professor to receive Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award
MSUToday | May 5
Ved Gossain, MSU Swartz professor of medicine, will receive the Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award presented by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists on May 27. The presentation will take place at AACE’s 25th annual Scientific and Clinical Congress located in Orlando, Florida. This award is given in recognition of exceptional knowledge and expertise in the field of clinical endocrinology, dedicated and compassionate care provided to patients with endocrine diseases and active advocacy of AACE’s mission in both professional and public environments.
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Promise for Flint
MSUToday | May 5
Physician Mona Hanna-Attisha of MSU's College of Human Medicine and her team helped prove the children of Flint, Michigan, had been poisoned by a lead-contaminated water supply. Now the director of the MSU and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative is championing the long-term well-being of the city’s children by partnering to build a new public health model that will bring hope to those fighting to be heard.
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May is National Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium | May 4
Typical of many kinds of cancer, melanoma becomes deadly when it spreads, and even when it responds well to treatment it often returns and becomes drug resistant. That is why Richard Neubig, MD, PhD, a professor and chair of the Michigan State University Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, is focusing his research on two promising avenues: one to prevent the often fatal form of skin cancer from metastasizing, and a second to keep it from returning after it goes into remission.
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MSU Gran Fondo volunteer party
WGVU's Morning Show | May 2
The MSU Gran Fondo is right around the corner. You can sign up to ride for a great cause or volunteer. There is a party  this week for volunteers and we talk about that this morning on the Morning Show.
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Flintstone 5K run/walk
ABC 12 | May 1
It was the fourth annual Flintstone 5k walk and run on Sunday. The event is organized by students at MSU's College of Human Medicine Flint campus. One of the organizers, Bernadene Jayasundera, spoke to us about why the college does the event, and why they raise money for Flint Community Schools.
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MSU Gran Fondo
Hot FM's Gravy and Rachel in the Morning | May 2
Gravy and Rachel interview Bob Hughes about the MSU Gran Fondo on June 25.

Is hospital discharge unsafe? Ethical response is needed
AHC Media | May 1
It’s a difficult yet common scenario: A patient with complex care needs does not have a reliable caregiver at home to assist with implementing their post-discharge care needs. In these cases, it’s necessary to determine if the patient has the capacity to make the decision, says Erin Sarzynski, MD, MS, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
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The water crisis in Flint and how a community-based medical school came to the rescue
AAMC | April 30
Aron Sousa, MD, interim dean at MSU’s medical school, said that a community participatory infrastructure had been in place before the crisis. In 2012, two years before the water became toxic, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded the college a $2.8 million planning grant to expand its medical education and public health research in Flint. With this funding, the college formed an advisory committee to work with hospital partners and more than 80 community organizations, government agencies, and the business community to examine social determinants of health in Flint and how to reduce health disparities.
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Endowment supports three public health researchers
MSUToday | April 29
They are tops in their fields, each bringing years of experience and an abundance of research into different areas of public health. The investitures of Jennifer Johnson, Harold “Woody’ Neighbors and Debra Furr-Holden as the first three Charles Stewart Mott Endowed Professors of Public Health was a “momentous occasion” for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, interim Dean Aron Sousa said.
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MSU Gran Fondo
WJRW's Sound Off! West Michigan | April 27
Dave Jaconette interviews Bob Hughes about the MSU Gran Fondo on June 25.

Carter Center names Dean Sienko as new Vice President for Health Programs
The Carter Center | April 27
Dean G. Sienko, M.D., M.S., has been appointed vice president for health programs at The Carter Center, effective June 2016. Currently, Sienko is associate dean for prevention and public health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. At The Carter Center, he will provide leadership for programs working to prevent or eliminate six tropical diseases in 18 nations, as well as efforts to improve mental health care in the United States and abroad.  He replaces Dr. Donald Hopkins, who joined the Center in 1987, and remains as special advisor for Guinea worm eradication.
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On-the-job deaths in agriculture rise
MSUToday | April 27
An estimated 138 on-the-job deaths occurred in Michigan last year, with tractor-related deaths increasing, according to preliminary figures from an annual Michigan State University report. The 2015 figure indicates a potential decrease from 143 confirmed deaths in 2014. The final total will not be determined, though, until the end of this year. Kenneth Rosenman, chief of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in MSU's College of Human Medicine, studies work-related illnesses, injuries and deaths to help the state of Michigan prevent future incidents.
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Senate passes ban on already illegal sale of fetal issue
Detroit Free Press | April 27
“The ability to donate fetal tissue for medical research is not linked to an increase in the number of abortions practiced,” testified Dr. Aron Sousa, interim dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine during a hearing on the bill in February. “It will prevent the use of tissue that would otherwise be destroyed, hindering efforts to better understand, diagnose and treat diseases."
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MSU Gran Fondo
WBBL's Eric Zane Show | April 27
Eric Zane interviews Bob Hughes about the MSU Gran Fondo on June 25.

MSU Gran Fondo
WJRW's The Tony Gates Show | April 27
Tony Gates interviews Bob Hughes about the MSU Gran Fondo on June 25.

Community, multi-university campus partnership to address public health challenges in Flint
MSUToday | April 26
Flint community partners and three major Michigan university campuses have announced a new partnership to help address, through coordinated research efforts, the current and future status of residents and their health. The new initiative, the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, brings together Flint’s Community Based Organization Partners, or CBOP, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Flint and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Working with CBOP, a coalition of community-based organizations, will ensure community needs stay at the forefront in current and future research efforts in the Flint community. “Michigan State has been a knowledge partner in Flint for a century now, and this effort will further complement the Hurley/MSU Pediatric Public Health Initiative and the other health, education and community building efforts we’re involved in today,” says MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “With our University of Michigan colleagues, we are pleased to offer Flint residents a new point of access to a tremendous reservoir of collective expertise and to give our own researchers additional channels to serve the community."
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Fighting counterfeit medicine
MSUToday | April 25
“It’s important to understand the different types of counterfeits, counterfeiters and counterfeiting organizations before selecting effective countermeasures,” said Spink, whose team included MSU’s College of Human Medicine’s Dr. Douglas Moyer and Dr. Michael Rip. “The goal is to reduce the size of the triangle; increasing the understanding of how and why fraudsters circumvent laws, audits and certifications helps achieve that goal.
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Three officials charged for the Flint water crisis
State of the State KS | April 24
Aron Sousa, MD, interim dean, MSU College of Human Medicine said of Hanna-Attisha: “Her science and advocacy demonstrate why public intellectual institutions like hospitals and universities are important to the health and safety of Americans. "It definitely goes much higher."
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Making a "pink" impact through breast cancer care
MSU Today | April 22
The Michigan State University College of Nursing has received $75,000 from the local Susan G. Komen Foundation, Michigan affiliate, to provide essential screening and diagnostic breast care services to both women and men in need. In partnership with the College of Human Medicine's Department of Radiology, imaging services will be provided for patients with an income of up to 350 percent above the poverty level.
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Michigan leaders experience education and training for practice in rural communities
AAMC | April 21
Federal, state and local leaders from Northern Michigan got a first-hand look at the unique aspects of learning and teaching, training, and practicing in rural settings at a Project Medical Education event hosted by the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine and Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, Mich. on April 14 and 15.
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Mona Hanna-Attisha named on of TIME's most influential people
MSU Today | April 21
TIME has named Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative to the 2016 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes will appear in the May 2 issue of TIME, which will be available on newsstands on Friday, April 22.
READ MORE | Related: MSU 360 PerspectiveTIME MagazineCrain's Detroit BusinessDetroit NewsWFNT 1470 AMMacomb DailyOakland PressFOX 47Becker's Hospital ReviewDexter PatchState News, Swartz Creek View

Faculty Voice: Finding a calling in the Amazon Basin
MSU Today | April 20
What began in August 2008 as a joint medical mission to Peru between the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Human Medicine at MSU has evolved into a medical ministry. The trip was initially called the Peru Medical Mission. It was a two-week trip where we set up a mobile clinic and treated patients. In those days, there was not much follow-up care. We did not work with local physicians; we had one or two medical students that would weigh in and give us insight, and we had a relatively undeveloped research program. After working there for three years, something began to change within us.
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Daniel Goldowitz appointed visiting Hanna Distinguished Professor
MSU Today | April 20
Daniel Goldowitz, an internationally recognized expert in brain development and brain disorders, has been appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious faculty appointment at Michigan State University. With the appointment in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Goldowitz will consult and advise leaders of the MSU Institute for Research in Autism, Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
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The hero of Flint's water crisis
University of Michigan Alumni Association | April 19
Until then, tests of the Flint water had produced some results that were worrisome but not conclusive enough to grab the world’s attention. Hanna-Attisha, director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center and a Michigan State University medical school professor, was the first to document that the number of Flint children with elevated blood-lead levels had nearly doubled since Flint started drawing its water from the river. In some neighborhoods, they later learned, the numbers had nearly tripled.
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MSU and Hurley Children's Hospital announce Pediatric Public Health Initiative to support the health of Flint children
Innovative Health Magazine | April 19
The Pediatric Public Health Initiative brings together experts in pediatrics, child development, psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, toxicology, geography and education, and includes the Genesee County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MSU Extension. The intent is to address the Flint population-wide lead exposure from multiple fronts and provide the tools and resources for the assessment, continued research and monitoring, and interventions necessary for improving children’s health and development. The foundation for this new initiative leverages MSU’s recently expanded Division of Public Health, supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, that has brought new public health researchers to Flint and MSU College of Human Medicine’s 35-year medical education collaboration with Hurley Medical Center.
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Q&A with Jeff Dwyer, Director of MSU Extension
MiBiz | April 17
I’ve spent the last 10 years as the associate dean of the College of Human Medicine so there was a little head-scratching when I was announced as the director of MSU Extension. One of the areas of great commonalities between the two is that Extension is a statewide organization. A lot of people don’t know, (but) the College of Human Medicine has seven campuses all over the state ranging from Southfield to the Upper Peninsula. I was one of a couple of people who spent the most time on the road between those campuses and built a statewide research network around working with partners who would help us fund positions. Part of what I learned is the whole aspect of building relationships and finding partners that have aligned interests. That’s something that we’re going to apply at Extension.
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From bedridden to recovery, the story of one MSU medical student
The State News | April 17
First-year student in MSU’s College of Human Medicine Ariel Dempsey was enjoying a swing dancing session with her younger brother, Jordan Dempsey, in January 2015 when her nightmare began.
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Seven reasons your posture matters
Bustle | April 15
"It’s important to think about good posture from a young age for a number of reasons. Health being the most important," Susan M. Day, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and clinical instructor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, tells Bustle. There's a lot more at stake here than looking taller in those skinny jeans without having to wear stilettos — posture is about much more than aesthetics. Posture could affect your lung capacity, the condition of your joints and ligaments, and even the level of hormones in your system. Those may sound like wild claims to you, but there's research to back it all up, as you'll see below.
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Underage girls more likely to take first drink than boys
MSUToday | April 14
A new Michigan State University study has found that mid-adolescent females are more likely to take their first alcoholic drink earlier in life compared to their male counterparts. The findings could suggest that more attention should be paid toward girls between the ages of 12 and 17 years old who have already started to drink, which up until now, has been more of a public health concern among boys. “Our findings didn’t show any age between this period of time where males were at a higher risk of taking the first drink,” said Hui Cheng, a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology who led the study with mentoring from James C. Anthony, a professor in the College of Human Medicine.
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Most family medicine residents graduating with $150K or more in debt
Healio | April 13
In a related commentary, 
Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, of the Sparrow-MSU Family Medicine residency program, at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, said the effects of high student loan debts could lead to depression, delaying marriage, childbearing and major purchases, and to regrets over choosing family medicine.
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Flint doctor topping Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump in Time 100 vote
MLive | April 13
Final votes are being cast forTime Magazine's 100 most influential people list, with a Flint doctor who informed the public of elevated lead in children in the running for the recognition. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Medical Center, is currently at 1.1 percent of the vote total, alongside U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, talk show hosts Stephen Colbert and John Oliver, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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David McGreaham: A great place to practice medicine
Traverse City Record Eagle (Opinion) | April 12
Our partnership with Michigan State University’s Colleges of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine allows Munson Medical Center and other northern Michigan physicians to train third- and fourth-year students on our campus and at regional clinics. We believe these relationships will help us with future recruiting needs as these students go on to graduate, pursue residency training and possibly come back to northern Michigan to establish their career.
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President's Report: Tomorrow
MSUToday | April 11
Take a moment to explore "Tomorrow," the 2016 President's Report featuring Spartan researchers who are making discoveries in some of the most promising and critical areas. It includes one of our very own - Woody Neighbors, PhD, a Flint public health researcher working to improve the health of black men. At MSU, tomorrow is what we dream, what we do, what we make, and what we will. ‪#‎SpartansWill‬
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Why Flint's life expectancy is below the national average
Time | April 11
“Genesee County has poverty, but it also has had the deterioration of its infrastructures and institutional services because of what’s happened economically,” says Dr. Aron Sousa, interim dean at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.
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Flint offers a new model for accountability
Huffington Post | April 11
Inspired by Edwards’ example, though, another academic collected more crucial data. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency program at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center and an assistant professor at Michigan State University, did an independent study on lead levels in Flint children, and found blood lead levels had doubled and even tripled in some areas after the switch to Flint river water.
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Flint's crisis raises questions - and cautions - about the role of philanthropy
Philanthropy News Digest | April 8
The Mott Foundation has provided nearly $23 million in support since 2011 to Flint's growing health-and-wellness district. Some of that funding has helped position two anchor institutions in the district, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Hurley Children's Center, to lead the new Pediatric Public Health Initiative that will address the many health and behavioral impacts of children's exposure to lead.
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Drug for rare disorder linked to reducing cholesterol plaque
Wall Street Journal | April 6
The research is still in its early days and positive findings in animals don’t always translate to humans. “This is a potentially promising therapeutic approach,” said George Abela, chief of cardiology at Michigan State University, who has done extensive research on cholesterol crystals but wasn’t involved in the new study. Abela said he and other researchers are looking for a way to prevent or dissolve cholesterol crystals by testing agents that include aspirin, statins and alcohol, among others. He said they haven’t examined cyclodextrin for this purpose.
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Parkinson's disease awareness
WGVU Morning Show | April 5
MSU's College of Human Medicine is doing a special Parkinson's event this afternoon to observe Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. Researcher Dr. Caryl Sortwell joins us to discusses the disease and what's on the horizon.
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MSU researchers in Grand Rapids raise Parkinson's awareness
WZZM TV 13 | April 5
As construction continues on the new Michigan State University research center in Grand Rapids, scientists are talking about some of the work they will soon do inside the facility. A handful of researchers gathered outside of the building on Michigan Street as part of a Parkinson's awareness event Tuesday. They held signs urging people to support efforts to find a cure. Construction on the research facility is on track. When it's finished, it is expected to generate 130 new jobs.
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College of Human Medicine announces major endowed scholarship
MSU Today | April 4
Today, the medical school announced the establishment of the Daniel and Debra Edson Endowed Scholarship Fund. Traverse City philanthropists Dan and Debra Edson donated $600,000 to establish the fund, the first fully funded endowed scholarship in the history of the medical school, which has a clinical campus based in Traverse City at Munson Medical Center.
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Initiative hopes to provide 1 million glasses of milk for Flint families
MLive | April 4
The United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Kroger has started an initiative to provide 1 million glasses to milk to families in Flint to try and combat the potential health consequences associated with the city's water crisis. Entitled flintmilk.org, the Flint Pediatric Public Health Initiative recommended a mission by the UDIM towards long-term dietary needs of children impacted by having ingested lead into their bodies through drinking water.
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The paradox of precision medicine
Scientific American | April 1
Moreover, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the extent to which ivacaftor helped its target patients was roughly equal to that of three far-lower-tech, universally applicable treatments: high-dose ibuprofen, aerosolized saline and the antibiotic azithromycin. “These latter innovations are part of many small-step improvements in [cystic fibrosis] management that have increased survival rates dramatically in the past two decades,” says Nigel Paneth, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at Michigan State University. “They cost a fraction of what the [high-tech] drugs cost, and they work for every patient.”
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Kendall has designs on medical illustration
Grand Rapids Business Journal | April 1
With the introduction of the medical illustration program, Kendall College of Art and Design is at the forefront of a high-demand specialized industry. The brainchild of illustration program chair Jon McDonald, the program initially began in response to the completion of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s expansion into Grand Rapids.
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Soil could cause lead levels to rise in Flint kids
USA TODAY | March 31
The level of lead in the blood of children in Flint probably will rise over the next few months, not because of continued problems with the city's drinking water supply, but because of high levels of lead in the soil — especially in the city's oldest and densest areas — that gets inhaled into their bodies during the summer, according to Michigan State University researcher Rick Sadler, College of Human Medicine public health researcher, who says yearly seasonal cyclical pattern — which is not unique to Flint, but is common to most big cities — is expected to recur, even as state officials expect the lead levels in Flint's drinking water to diminish.
READ MORE | Related: MSU Today, Detroit Free Press, Click on Detroit, EurekAlert, WKAR, Eurasia Review, Science 2.0Naturopathic News

Flint water doc to speak at MSU commencement
Lansing State Journal | March 31
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the MSU College of Human Medicine whose work in Flint helped to expose an ongoing public health crisis. She will address MSU graduating seniors during spring convocation on May 6.
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New hair in new places common in pregnancy
Glamour | March 30
It's no secret pregnancy does weird things to your body. Among other things, you can suddenly have acne-prone skin like a teenager, hate foods you once loved, and have weird hairs sprout up out of nowhere. "This is very common," says Denny Martin, D.O., an assistant professor and associate chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Michigan State University. According to Martin, he sees this pretty regularly in his clinical work.
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Kulkarni named a leader in hematology
American Journal of Hematology | March 30
Roshni Kulkarni, MD, an emeritus professor of pediatrics and human development, has been named one of 11 “Women Leaders in Hematology” by the American Journal of Hematology.
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2016's Fattest Cities in America
Wallet Hub | March 30
Dr. Dean Sienko, associate dean for Prevention and Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, comments on the impact of obesity on the economy and worker productive.
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The future for Flint's children [Opinion by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha]
New York Times | March 26
Families here are traumatized; faith and trust in government have evaporated. State and federal agencies responsible for protecting them failed miserably. Much has been written about the roots of the Flint water crisis: misguided fiscal austerity, inequality, racism, environmental injustice, poverty, deindustrialization. These are all important and nationally relevant issues, but the focus now needs to turn to the future, and to healing. We cannot wait to see the potential cognitive and behavioral consequences; we must act. Developmental neurobiology has taught us that adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress change the trajectory of a child’s life in predictable ways.
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What you may not know about California's lead-tainted water
Digital Journal | March 27
What's even more frustrating is that the contamination was discovered months before the tragic situation in Flint, but authorities in Michigan are already using maps that pinpoint children's blood levels and help target neighborhoods for water sampling, bottled water, filters and lead line replacement, according to Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and assistant professor at Michigan State University.
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Flint doctor among nominees for Time Magazine's 100 most influential people
Time | March 24
The whistleblowing doctor that informed the world of elevated lead levels in children's blood in Flint amid the water crisis has been nominated for a prestigious recognition. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Medical Center and assistant professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, has been nominated for Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people list.
READ MORE | Related: Patch

Flint water crisis fund names grant-making advisory committee members
MLive | March 24
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has announced the eight-member advisory committee that will handle grants for money donated to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund. The advisory committee members will include Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Medical Center and assistant professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, among others.
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You win some, you lose some
MSUToday | March 23
I had been texting with my daughter during the game and at this point was telling her how awful it felt that the Spartans lost. And then, in all her wisdom (when did she get so smart?) she texted me back this photo she happened across in a magazine at the moment I texted her. She said, “Hey, would you rather the Spartans win basketball, or have one featured in national publications for trying to solve one of the hugest problems to hit the state?” The photo, of course, is of Mona Hanna-Attisha, an assistant professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine and director of the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. She, along with her team, is credited with discovering the increased levels of lead in children in Flint during the water crisis.
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University of Michigan launches tri-campus collaboration
Michigan Daily | March 22
The long-term health effects project will focus on an integrated approach, according to a press release. A team of experts from the School of Public Health, UM-Flint’s School of Health Professions and Studies, and Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine will look into the medical, psycho-social, developmental and economic impact of lead poisoning by monitoring a group of affected residents over time.
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Physician at forefront of Flint water crisis to speak at Albion College
MLive | March 20
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will speak about "Health Risks of Children Growing Up in Poverty" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Room 101 of the college's Towsley Lecture Hall. Hanna-Attisha is director of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine's Pediatrics Program at Flint's Hurley Hospital.
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Envelopes hold future for MSU College of Human Medicine students
March 20
The tension in the banquet room was palpable as fourth-year MSU College of Human Medicine students waited until high noon on Match Day, the precise moment when they could tear open envelopes and learn where they would spend the next three to five years.
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MSU medical students celebrate Match Day
WOOD TV | March 18
It was a big day for medical students in Grand Rapids. Friday was Match Day for 75 fourth-year students at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. The students opened up their envelopes to learn where they will continue their medical training or residency. Next to graduation, it’s the biggest day in the life of a medical student. The students will be spread out all over the country to continue their careers for the next three to seven years.
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Flint doc: Health initiative like 'building a plane while flying it'
WKAR | March 17
A trio of MSU researchers gathered yesterday in Lansing to discuss aspects of the Flint water crisis. In its monthly public policy forum, the university’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research gave guest speakers a chance to discuss the responsibilities of state and local governments in addressing the water emergency and the work being done regarding the health of Flint residents. Current State talks with two of the speakers: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who’s become renowned as a whistle-blower in the Flint crisis and  head of the recently launched Pediatric Public Health Initiative involving MSU and Flint’s Hurley Hospital, and Michigan State political science professor Joshua Sapotichne.
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Medical team studies when an effective but sometimes risky stroke drug should be used
Kansas City Star | March 17
“I’ve witnessed both dramatic improvements (with tPA) in my emergency department, but I’ve also seen the other side, people bleed and hemorrhage and deteriorate substantially,” said Michael Brown, chairman of emergency medicine at Michigan State University. Brown headed a committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians that issued new guidelines last year downgrading the organization’s earlier support of tPA. It reassigned tPA for stroke from a “generally accepted” principle of patient management based on “a high degree of clinical certainty” into a strategy reflecting only “moderate clinical certainty.”
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Watch construction time-lapse of MSU's new $88M research center
MLive | March 16
Months are collapsed into seconds in this time-lapse video of the ongoing construction of Michigan State University's Grand Rapids Research Center. Construction on the $88 million research facility began in June last year and isn't expected to be finished until late 2017.
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Why Etsy's new paid parental leave policy is so important for women
Self | March 16
A longer paid maternity leave also impacts a baby’s doctor’s visits, Dr. Denny Martin, an assistant professor and associate chair of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
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"Flint's kids were getting sick; We had to find out why"
Glamour | March 15
Three miles away pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., 39, was seeing rashes in her patients too. Then she heard reports that the city's tap water might be contaminated—a General Motors plant had stopped using it, fearing it would corrode their car parts—and those allegations nagged at her. "But the government reassured us it was safe," she says. Authorities sent repeated notices telling residents not to worry; even the mayor said his family was drinking tap water.
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Flint water crisis fund tops $4M, hopes for boost with telethon
MLive | March 13
An advisory committee has been put together to target nonprofit organizations where grants will go to areas targeted by lead mitigation strategies developed through Michigan State University's Pediatric Health Initiative being led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, founding donor of the fund.
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Thanks to UM and MSU, Flint finds hope amid crisis
Big Ten Network Live Big | March 11
Last fall, most people in the state of Michigan were closely following two storylines: the Spartans football team’s run for the Big Ten crown, and new Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh’s restoration of that program to glory. But football wasn’t the most important thing on the mind of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Following a trail of anecdotal leads and previous research reports, Hanna-Attisha and her colleagues launched an intense investigation into the rate of lead poisoning among the children of Flint, Mich.
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Lawmakers try to get rid of Daylight Saving Time
WILX | March 11
MSU's Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi says daylight saving time is dangerous for some of his patients. "It creates some chaos in the body, if you will," the endocrinologist said. He says because hormone releases are triggered by, among other things, time of day and amount of sunlight, changing both abruptly can cause undue stress on the human body.
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City of Flint gets help from its 'home teams'
Big Ten Network Live Big | March 10
And it was research from Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, that initially blew the lid off this story. As a local resident and the director of the Public Health Initiative led by MSU and the Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, she frames this challenge in personal terms.
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Michigan State docs repair dog's smile
BTN Live Big PSA | March 8
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UM & MSU team up to tackel Flint water crisis
BTN Live Big PSA | March 7
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Doctor named Humanitarian of the Year for Flint crisis
Detroit Business | March 9
Community members, civic leaders, and federal elected officials will join the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce to honor business and community leaders at the 13th Annual Awards Dinner including Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director, Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Medical Center, as Humanitarian of the Year. Hanna-Attisha, formerly of Royal Oak, will be honored on April 29 at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield. 
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Five strange and surprising heart attack symptoms women should not ignore
Self | March 9
“The symptoms in women vs. men are much less dramatic,” says George S. Abela, M.D., chief of the division of cardiology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “That’s part of the issue that leads many women to ignore their symptoms or not recognize that this may be a heart attack.”
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Flint water crisis whistleblowing doctor to get humanitarian award
MLive | March 8
The Flint doctor that's become a nationally-known name and face in the midst of the city's water crisis is set to receive another award for her work in uncovering high lead level results in children of the community. The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce will honor Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha with the organization's Humanitarian of the Year award during a 6 p.m. April 29 ceremony at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield.
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Michigan State docs repair dog's smile
Big Ten Network | March 8
Using techniques perfected on humans, Michigan State doctors of veterinary and human medicine pioneer cleft palate repair in canines.
READ MORE | Related: WATCH VIDEO

Country singer Joey Feek died from cervical cancer - What you need to know
Self | March 7
Joey’s story is tragic, but it’s uncommon in the U.S., says Denny Martin, D.O., an assistant professor and associate chair of the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. While cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., “cervical cancer is now the most rare of all the gynecological cancers,” he says.
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Interview tips: The hands have it
Huffington Post | March 4
There are several ways to detect when someone is nervous during a job interview. Darting eyes, a sweaty brow and fumbling over words are good indicators. According to John B. Molidor, Ph.D., co-author of Crazy Good Interviewing and Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, the hands have a great deal to say. Before your next round of interviews, be sure to do a hand check.
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MSU, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital expand pediatric specialty care
MSUToday | March 4
Michigan State University and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital are partnering to expand pediatric services for patients and families in Lansing by opening a new pediatric specialty clinic. MSU will bring specialists in genetics, infectious disease, endocrinology and general pediatrics to work along with three Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital pediatric cardiologists who have already been serving the greater Lansing area full time for the past eight years. Several additional specialists from the hospital will also be joining the practice on a rotating basis in the areas of gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology, plastic surgery and neurosurgery.
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Mother, doctor honored for exposing Flint water crisis
MLive | March 4
The doctor and Flint mother who were at the center of exposing the city's water crisis have been honored with the 2016 PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award. LeeAnne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha were announced Friday, March 4, as the winners of the award, which was established in 2014 to honor exceptional acts of courage in the use of freedom of speech. Hanna-Attisha, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University and clinician at Hurley Medical Center, conducted the testing that revealed spikes in the number of children in the city testing positive for elevated blood lead levels.
READ MORE | Related: Lansing State Journal, PEN America

Meet 'The Billboard Man' behind Michigan's eye catching images
MLive | March 4
If a billboard has grabbed your attention over the last few decades, chances are it's the work of Rob Jackson. Among the most memorable, the X-ray of the human skull, fitted with Spartan helmet for MSU College of Human Medicine. 
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Bike the 2016 MSU Gran Fondo: It's a great ride for a great cause
Experience Grand Rapids | March 2
It’s time to mark your calendar! June 25, 2016 is the date for the fourth annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo (which is Italian for “big ride”). Grab your bike and join both casual riders and serious cyclists as you line up to ride one of four routes, ranging from 12-80 miles and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of West Michigan, while raising funds for skin cancer awareness, prevention and research.
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MSU and WKAR develop app that empowers Flint residents during water crisis
WKAR | March 1
MSU College of Human Medicine professor Rick Sadler was among the partners helping developers connect with future app users. Since 2008, the public health expert has been working to provide healthy food options to Flint residents. “The great thing about apps is that you can routinely push new info to the public, making it easier to stay up to date," Sadler said. "This is really important in our current situation, and this app is a way we can combine our efforts."
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Cycling legend Bob Roll to ride MSU Gran Fondo
Gran Fondo Guide | March 1 
The MSU Gran Fondo will have a special guest participant at this year’s big ride. Cycling legend Bob Roll will ride the 80-mile route on June 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Go bald to help babies
WOOD TV | March 1
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students went under the razor to help St. Baldrick’s. They are the first in a wave of West Michigan participants to help raise money for children's cancer research.
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Voices from the field: 10 lessons from Flint
In-Training | February 29
This is the first installation of a three-part series entitled “Ten Lessons from Flint” in which Northeast Ohio Medical University student Katherine Joyce, MPH, speaks with Professor Marc Edwards of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Children’s Hospital and Michigan State University, and interim Dean Dr. Aron Sousa of Michigan State University. Many thanks to the public health heroes who took time to contribute their thoughts.
READ MORE | Related: Part 2 and Part 3

MSU-Flint relationship extends beyond water crisis
Lansing State Journal | February 29
Michigan State University recognized the city's public health needs back in 2012 and expanded its presence in Flint to meet those needs. The College of Human Medicine has doubled its number of third and fourth-year medical students in Flint-area hospitals to 100 in recent years and partnered with Hurley Children's Hospital to start a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative earlier this year. Two grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation totaling nearly $12 million helped MSU reclaim a landmark building in downtown Flint. The grants also paid for the hiring of a team of researchers to diagnose and find solutions to health concerns, a team that found itself in the position to respond quickly to lead crisis, doing work that ranged from mapping where lead levels were most devastating to educating Flint residents about what they need to do to combat symptoms of lead poisoning.
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Collaboration brings mental health research to Midland region
Midland Daily News | February 29
Carol Janney, Ph.D., has joined Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as community health researcher and assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. Janney will be developing programs to improve the mental and physical health of individuals with mental health issues in local communities throughout MidMichigan Health’s service area.
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Flint's poorest area is at center of crisis
Wall Street Journal | February 28
Flint pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha and researchers at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine are mapping the rise in blood lead levels in Flint children found the highest percentages of children with elevated levels in the Fifth Ward, which contains part of Flint’s downtown that has seen recent redevelopment but also streets with boarded-up houses near a vast former General Motors complex.
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US Muslims in Michigan, East Lansing gather to share experiences
AhlulBayt News Agency | February 25
Muslims from Michigan State University (MSU) and East Lansing communities came together and were given the opportunity to share their experiences, both positive and negative, in an event called “Visions for the Future: Stories from your Muslim Neighbors,” on Tuesday. All of the student panelist members were graduate students enrolled in either MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine or College of Human Medicine. 
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Flint water focus of MSU forum
MSUToday | February 24
Forum speakers include MSU researchers with insights into community management, utilities and pediatric health, including the doctor who publicly sounded the alarm about the health of children exposed to high levels of lead, Mona Hanna-Attisha.
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These elementary school students have already been to medical school
Michigan Radio | February 24
It’s 8:45 on a Saturday morning, and I’m following along with one of the co-founders of Reach Out to Youth, a long-running program that brings elementary age kids into medical school for a day. As the event gets underway at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, I find a medical student named Haben Debessai, sitting cross-legged on the floor of one classroom, showing a group of young girls how to take her blood pressure.
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Mona Hanna-Attisha: "Flipping the story" in Flint
MLive | February 23
Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital have announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community's population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. "It's our effort to flip the story," says Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, and assistant professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. You know her as Dr. Mona from the Flint Water crisis. "We're trying to build a model public health program."
READ MORE | Related: The Spartan Podcast

Collaboration brings mental health research to the middle of Michigan
MSUToday | February 23
Carol Janney has joined Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as community health researcher and assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the college’s Midland Regional Campus, located at MidMichigan Medical Center.
READ MORE | Related: MidMichigan Health, Gladwin County Record

Zumba-thon raises money for Pediatric Public Health Initiative
Fox 17 | February 22
Hundreds gathered in Flint for a fundraiser for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a joint effort by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Hurley Children's Hospital.
Related: Fox 13, Fox 43

The power of collaboration: Networking aimed at understanding and treating depression adds Pine Rest and MSU College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids Press | February 21
Pine Rest and MSU College of Human Medicine jointly are new associate members of the National Network of Depression Centers. The NNDC is a nonprofit network of leading clinical and academic centers of excellence in the US, working to transform the field of depressive illnesses and related mood disorders.
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In Flint, moving the farmers market drew more poor shoppers
NPR's The Salt | February 19
Rick Sadler, a public health professor at the Flint campus of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, first interviewed shoppers at the Flint Farmers' Market in 2011, seeking to understand the demographics of its customers. Three years later, the market made a controversial move from an industrial area north of the city core — inaccessible to public transit and pedestrians — to a central downtown location across from the bus station. That prompted Sadler to return in 2015, to see if the customer demographics had shifted. They had: At the new location, the market was seeing far more shoppers from the city's poorer neighborhoods.
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Q&A: Lead poisoning and other silent public health threats
MedPage Today | February 19
Efforts to resolve the water crisis in Flint, Mich., continue, with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell touring the city yesterday and announcing $500,000 in funding to help two area health centers. Earlier this week, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, the pediatrician who discovered the lead levels in the water, presented an update on the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, with interventions designed to help the children of Flint who were exposed to lead. Given the breadth of this issue, we contacted a wide range of experts -- from toxicology experts to pediatric and environmental health specialists -- via email to ask.
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MSU outlines nutrition initiative for Flint children
Detroit News | February 19
Michigan State University is tackling the hurdles facing Flint families in the wake of the water crisis, with a particular focus on nutrition as a way of combating lead poisoning in the city’s children. Those efforts were in the spotlight at the university’s Board of Trustees meeting, where members heard from school officials and researchers such as Rick Sadler, a geographer working in MSU’s College of Human Medicine.
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The importance of medical screening
Upper Michigan's Source | February 18
Thursday night at Northern Michigan University, students heard from a medical expert about staying healthy for the long-term. David Walsworth, a professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, was the guest speaker. He talked about the importance of screening for preventable diseases based on family history.
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Forever Young? Maximizing Our Options as We Age
Burton View | February 18
Forever Young? Maximizing Our Options as We Age is the topic of the Your Health Lecture Series event Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Gorman Auditorium on the Flint campus of Mott Community College, 1401 E. Court Street. The event is free and open to the public. 
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MSU leaders weigh in on research efforts
WZZM TV 13 | February 18
Michigan State University leaders are continuing to try to help kids affected by lead poisoning in Flint. Last night, experts from their College of Human Medicine and a number of other organizations weighed in. They say they've been researching public health in Flint for years now. But they've amped up their efforts since the water crisis came to light. Panel members say they're also studying the health of adults affected in Flint.

MSU researchers say lead just one of many things hurting Flint kids
WILX TV 10 | February 18
MSU formed a pediatric public health initiative to assess, monitor, and reduce the impact of lead on Flint and its children. The Dean of the College of Human Medicine in Flint says the school is uniquely positioned to help. "We have the space," Dr. Aron Sousa said. "And really remarkable, internationally-known scholars who focus on community health, community participatory research, who have come here to do their work."
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Pediatrician sees long road ahead for Flint after lead poisoning crisis
Journal of the American Medical Association | February 17
Concern about lead exposure in her pediatric patients thrust Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, into the eye of a growing public health scandal surrounding lead contamination in Flint’s water supply.
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MSU College of Human Medicine helping with lead water crisis
Fox 66 | February 17
A new initiative from Michigan State University hopes to help the city move beyond the lead water crisis. Researchers are looking to find solutions to reduce the health effects of lead exposure. The university introduced four researchers at an event Wednesday night in downtown Flint. The doctors are studying different impacts lead exposure could have on the lives of local children.
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Feeding a city with better food sources
MSUToday | February 17
Access to clean water hasn't been the only health issue facing Flint. Since 2008, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine public health expert, Rick Sadler, has been mapping out areas of the city that have had almost no access to healthier food options and evaluating solutions that could help remedy the problem. The Flint native's most recent study, published in the journal Applied Geography, has found that simply changing the location of a farmers' market to downtown Flint has brought cascading positive effects to residents of the area.
READ MORE | Related: WLNS TV 6, Fox 47eScience News, Science Codex, Seattle PI, Washington Times, KSL, Pendleton Times PostWDIV TV, Alpena News, Michigan Ag Connection

Beyond lead: Crisis highlighted larger issue
Fox 17 | February 17
Health officials and experts with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine say the crisis in Flint highlighted a much larger public health issue in the city. Today, staff with the university alongside doctors from Flint discussed more than 160 health research projects MSU is currently working on in Flint in partnership with the CS Mott Foundation and Hurley Children's Hospital.

MSU researches effects of lead contamination in Flint water crisis
WLNS TV-6 | February 17
Michigan State University has been helping with the crisis as well. Officials from their Flint division will announce how their research into the health emergency is coming along. The school has been studying the crisis through its College of Human Medicine's Division of Public Health and has recruited four public health researchers to help out.
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Watch: MSU college live streams announcement of updates to Flint public health initiative
State News | February 17
Tune in live at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, where Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will take part in a live stream to provide updates on the joint MSU College of Human Medicine and Hurley Medical Center public health initiative she launched after releasing data in September 2015 showing elevated blood lead levels in Flint's children.
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Meet the woman building the "model public health program" in Flint, Michigan
Elle | February 16
Many are calling Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha a hero—but the pediatrician, professor, and whistleblower behind the water crisis insists she's only doing her job. ​
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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a hero. Here's why
KevinMD.com | February 16
Dr. Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan. She grew up in a suburb of Detroit. She graduated from the University of Michigan before attending medical school at Michigan State University. During her clinical years (the 3rd and 4th years of medical school), she spent many months at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, which serves as a clinical training site for MSU medical students (far from the flagship campus — something I can relate to).
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Rockford Construction and Clark Construction Lead Safety Push on MSU’s $88M Grand Rapids Research Center
Michigan Contractor & Builder | February 15
Situated on a tight site alongside I-196, the $88 million Michigan State University (MSU) Grand Rapids Research Center aims for LEED certification and high safety standards on an aggressive schedule. But the impact of the six-story building extends to more than its 162,000 square feet near downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. As part of the MSU College of Human Medicine, the new research building expands the school’s capabilities. “We’re a community-based medical school; we don’t have our own hospital so we have relationships around the state, including Grand Rapids,” explained Vennie Gore, MSU Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises.
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Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD: Flint's Voice of the Voiceless
MedPage Today | February 15
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, the pediatrician who first discovered the lead-laced water in Flint, Mich., is having a surreal year. "I come home every day and my husband asks 'What happened today' and I'm like 'I just met with the head of the HHS and the head of the CDC and I just did a press conference with our U.S. Senator and we introduced new legislation, and next week, I'm going to D.C. to testify in front of Congress," she told MedPage Today. "It's just surreal -- if I show you my schedule, it's unbelievable."
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MSU, LSSU, War Memorial sponsor health screening talk 
Lake Superior State University | February 14
Preventative care is one of the most important things we can do to manage our health, including being active, eating healthy and getting an annual physical. As we age, what more can be done to identify and prevent the most common ailments? 
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Medical mobile unit will help aid Flint children exposed to lead in water
MLive | February 12
A mobile medical clinic unit has been deployed to Flint to help bring medical care to Flint children who may have been exposed to lead from Flint's water. There are no details on what areas will be first priority yet but Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of Hurley's pediatric residency program and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics & Human Development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, said it is much needed in the community.
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Amid politics, pediatrician stands out as trusted advocate in Flint water crisis
American Journal of Pediatrics | February 12
As blame, debate and federal investigations continue into the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, remains focused on the care of the city’s children. The pediatrician who proved Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead was named director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) at Michigan State University (MSU) and Hurley Children’s Hospital.
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Possible lead exposure-miscarriage link probed in Flint water crisis
MLive | February 11
The pediatrician who exposed rising blood lead levels in young children in Flint and the state of Michigan are separately investigating whether pregnant women who drank the city's tainted water had abnormally high miscarriage rates. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, of Flint's Hurley Medical Center, and the state Department of Health and Human Services confirmed their work is already underway, but each said it is premature to draw any conclusions.
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Spartan MDs help solve medical mystery
WLNS TV-6 | February 10
College of Human Medicine doctors Saleh Aldasouqi, chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Tiffany Burns, clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine helped detect a rare disease in a young woman, after years of pain, embarrassment and the patient being told "it was all in her head."
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Joint membership fosters better understanding around depression
MSUToday | February 9
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services are a new associate member of the National Network of Depression Centers, or NNDC. The joint membership is synergistic because of several collaborations. Currently, Pine Rest is a teaching hospital of the College of Human Medicine and medical staff serves as clinical faculty in the college’s Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Together, the two have developed a psychiatry residency program and both institutions are already working on mental health-related research.
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President Simon discusses campus issues in State of the University address
State News | February 9
Despite being miles away, MSU has made its mark to help with Flint’s water crisis. Simon reflected on MSU's involvement in Flint prior to her State of the University Address during an award convocation for faculty members. "All of us by now know Dr. Mona...she's been called by many, a hero." Simon said. She said MSU had a influence in bettering health in Flint well before the national spotlight on the issue. MSU held about 40 community meetings when they decided to expand the College of Human Medicine.
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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha goes from doctor to global hero
Detroit Free Press | February 6
Dr. Mona has melded her calling as a doctor (complete with an hour-long commute from Oakland County to Flint) with her new role as spokeswoman for a tragedy. She still heads Hurley Medical Center’s pediatric residents program and is a professor of pediatrics and human development  at Michigan State University’s Flint-based College of Human Medicine.
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A long friendship put spotlight on Flint water crisis
Detroit Free Press | February 6
Mona Hanna finished her studies at the University of Michigan, then went to medical school at Michigan State University. She married a fellow pediatrician, had two daughters and built a career in Flint.
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Flint's crisis isn't just dirty water - they need better food, too
Huffington Post | February 5
The issue of healthy food access is just one facet of the city’s problems that Richard Sadler, a Flint-based assistant professor with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, says share a common theme: the overall disinvestment in the community in recent decades.
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Medical schools boost pain management education
MedPage Today | February 4
Aron Sousa, MD, interim dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine, told MedPage Today depression screening is particularly important. "People almost certainly feel more pain when they're depressed. So if you can treat their depression ... they will probably have less pain."
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From the UP to Flint and Detroit neighborhoods, partnerships are vital to MSU Extension's mission
MLive | February 3
A paradigm of the power of partnerships is connecting community health care providers, MSUE educators and the MSU medical colleges—something Dwyer, previously a senior associate dean in the College of Human Medicine, is committed to strengthening. "Our Health and Nutrition Institute already does of lot of community-based health care education. And between the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, there are over 2,000 trainees across the state. But many traditional health care providers, and even some of the trainees, are not aware of MSUE's health programs that are offered literally right outside their doors."
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Flint pediatrician at center of water crisis: 'You have to use your voice'
MLive | February 3
Hanna-Attisha took her first environmental health classes at Michigan as an undergraduate and studied public health policy as a master's student in U-M's public health school. She said the training she received at the university—and as a medical student at Michigan State—prepared her to handle the crisis in Flint.
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What is means to be a Michigan State Spartan
Forbes | February 2
Doctors perform under immense pressures, struggling to save their patients’ lives, and often have to push aside their own inner demons long enough to convey devastating news to the very people that have entrusted them to deliver their loved ones to health. These are but a few of the humbling lessons that Mark Dantonio, Tom Izzo and the seventeen other Michigan State coaches experienced first-hand in an all too real simulation at the University’s College of Human Medicine.
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The magic pill
Leader's Edge | February 1
Meeusen is, in many ways, a product of his environment. He grew up in Grand Rapids, coming of age in an area nationally recognized for its collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to palliative and hospice care. Meeusen received his residency through Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and his education through Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
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Sen. Peters introduces legislation to help Flint kids
UPMatters.com | February 1
“In order to help Flint children who are at risk for developmental delays from lead-leached water, we must support and expand Head Start programming to intervene early and minimize any long-term damage,” said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Director of Pediatric Resident Education, Hurley Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “Head Start can provide a critical lifeline to children in Flint, who will need specialized care and services for years to come. I thank Senator Peters, Senator Stabenow and Congressman Kildee for their leadership and commitment to helping our community overcome the impacts of lead exposure.”
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Member Feature: Anas Al-Janadi, MD, Michigan State University Breslin Cancer Center
Big 10 Center Research Consortium | February 1
A conversation with Anas Al-Janadi, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and medical director of the MSU Breslin Cancer Center, a member of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium.
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Doctor says parents can help Flint kids exposed to lead
Detroit Free Press | January 31
It wasn't until after Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center and assistant professor at Michigan State University, sounded the alarm about lead poisoning in Flint children that local officials warned residents to stop drinking the water on Oct. 1, 2015. Parents in Flint are concerned, says Hanna-Attisha, also known as Dr. Mona. Here, she answers questions about what Flint children face now and in the future and the steps their parents can take to protect them.
READ MORE | Related: Detroit Free Press (Online)

Flint weights scope of harm to children caused by lead in water
New York Times | January 30
Local philanthropic groups have set up a charitable fund with the goal of improving health outcomes for children exposed to lead, including through Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s project, the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Psychologists, nutritionists and child development experts are among the participants in the project, which Hurley is overseeing with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, where Dr. Hanna-Attisha is an assistant professor of pediatrics.
READ MORE | Related: New York Times (Online)Honolulu Star Advertiser, Dallas Morning News, Oregon Bulletin

How cases like Flint destroy public trust in science
Washington Post | January 27
Independent researchers, not affiliated with the government, would be a good resource, he said –“having someone from the outside review these claims and pressure and examine them dispassionately.” On that line of thought, Aron Sousa, interim dean of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, wrote a recent opinion piece in Newsweek addressing the importance of public universities in cases like Flint.
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'My biggest concern is there are still children drinking this water,' says mom who helped expose the lead crisis in Flint
People | January 27
Going forward, Dr. Hanna-Attisha's mission is to help the people in Flint who will have irreversible damage from lead poisoning. She launched the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, which is an effort by Michigan State University, Hurley Children's Hospital and the Genessee County Health Department. 
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MSU pediatrician named to committee responding to Flint water crisis
MSU Today | January 27
Mona Hanna-Attisha, assistant professor of pediatrics in the College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, has been named a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee. The committee will set in place long-term solutions to Flint’s water system. Other appointments include: Mark Valacak, health officer of the Genesee County Health Department and an instructor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
READ MORE | Related: Michigan.gov, Crain's Detroit Business, WDIV TV, WILX TV, Fox 17, Fox 47, MSU Today Letter from the Editor    

Snyder to seek aid for Flint children exposed to lead
Detroit Free Press | January 26
"Everything has gone for infrastructure and water," Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, head of the pediatric residents program at the city-owned Hurley Medical Center and pediatrics and human development professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon. "Those are Band-Aids. Those are today problems."
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The Flint water scandal: The role of public universities
Newsweek, Opinion by Aron Sousa | January 26
The tragic events in Flint, Michigan, over the past 18 months have played out in homes, hospitals and halls of power. But it would be a serious mistake to overlook the role of universities in preserving the public welfare in the city.
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Hurley pediatric researcher got approval for Flint lead research study in 2 days
Crain's Detroit Business | January 25
It took only two days for the institutional review board at Hurley Medical Center, a city-owned hospital in Flint, to approve the research plan presented by Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Hurley pediatrician, to test children she thought might be exposed to lead poisoning through Flint’s water supply. "What we did in that short period of time could only have happened at an institution like Hurley," said Hanna-Attisha, who is also anassociate professor at College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. "We are very lean."
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Lead poisoning and impact on children on tap for Flint talk
MLive | January 25
Dr. Hanna-Attisha is leading a collaboration between Hurley Medical Center, Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and other community organizations in the fight to combat the effects of lead exposure in children and other Flint residents who drank or cooked with the tainted water.
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This is why the water in one Michigan city is poisoned
Teen Vogue | January 25
Six months later, outside experts concluded the water was lead poisoned. “When [my team and I] saw that it was getting into children and when we knew the consequences, that’s when I think we began not to sleep,” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, associate professor in pediatrics at Michigan State University, told CNN in September.
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Pediatric Public Health Initiative
KCBS FM | January 25
Dean Sousa speaks with KCBS Radio in San Francisco about the Pediatric Public Health Initiative and interventions for Flint children exposed to lead. 
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Once-discounted Flint physician heads lead poisoning response
RX List | January 25
"If we don't do something now to build this model public health program, we will see lifelong consequences," Dr Hanna-Attisha told Medscape Medical NewsThe initiative represents a collaboration between the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where Dr Hanna-Attisha teaches, and Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where she directs a pediatric residency program. Other participants include the state and local health departments.
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Flint, Michigan: A century of environmental injustice
American Journal of Public Health: February 2016, Vol. 106, No. 2, pp. 200-201
But, reading the article on childhood lead poisoning by Hanna-Attisha et al.4 in this issue of AJPH reminded me that GM not only tried to defeat its workers but also the environment in which they, and all of us, live. The latter never had chance to organize and resist.
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Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated With the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: A Spatial Analysis of Risk and Public Health Response
American Journal of Public Health: February 2016, Vol. 106, No. 2: 283–290.
Mona Hanna-Attisha and Allison Champney Schnepp are with Hurley Children’s Hospital/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Flint, MI. Jenny LaChance is with Hurley Medical Center Research, Flint. Richard Casey Sadler is with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Division of Public Health, Flint.
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DiRita named Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in microbial pathogenesis
MSU | January 25
Victor J. DiRita was installed as the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in microbial pathogenesis on Jan. 25 at an investiture ceremony held at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. DiRita came to Michigan State in June 2015 to serve as the chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, which is affiliated with the Colleges of Natural Science, Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
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Health care community helps Flint respond to emergency
Crain's Detroit Business | January 24
But in late September, Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center, a city-owned hospital in Flint, announced tests she conducted showed up to 9,000 children in Flint were being exposed to double and even triple the average blood lead levels from the water. A doctor-to-doctor conversation with Eden Wells, M.D., the chief medical executive with theMichigan Department of Health and Human Services, was the game changer that turned around the state's attitude, said Hanna-Attisha, who now is lead with the Michigan State University/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative.
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Flint residents and the struggle for clean water
NBC News | January 23
Dr. Aron Sousa, Interim Dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has similar concerns. He leads a team through the Michigan State University-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative, more than 20 expert working to allay results of lead exposure in Flint ranging from water testing, environmental studies to securing public health infrastructure and nutrition education.
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Flint doctor heads effort to mitigate kids' lead exposure
Modern Healthcare | January 23
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will lead a partnership between Flint, Mich.-based Hurley Medical Center and Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine tasked with researching and taking action to treat and mitigate the exposure of Flint's children to high levels of lead in the city's water supply. She is director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley and also an assistant professor of pediatrics at MSU.
READ MORE | Related: Local Stew West Bloomfield

Pediatrician works to mitigate effects of lead exposure on Flint's children
Washington Post | January 23
Hanna-Attisha, who also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University, is leading a committee of experts to develop a strategy that would mitigate the impact of lead exposure on thousands of children under age 6.
READ MORE | Related: Star Tribune

Michigan universities move to research Flint water crisis
Detroit News | January 23
Michigan State: The university’s College of Human Medicine announced a partnership with Hurley Children’s Hospital for a Pediatric Public Health Initiative aimed at addressing the lead exposure in Flint by providing assessment, research and monitoring, and interventions.
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MSU experts address Flint water crisis
MSUToday | January 22
“The creation of this Pediatric Public Health Initiative will give Flint children a better chance at future success,” Hanna-Attisha said. “This initiative will bring in a team of experts to build a model pediatric public health program which will continue to assess, monitor and intervene to optimize children’s outcomes.” Dean Sienko, associate dean for prevention and public health in MSU's College of Human Medicine, is also involved in the initiative.
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For better (or worse): 10 development projects that are changing the face of Grand Rapids
Rapid Growth | January 21
Armed to the teeth with residential development projects to house the ever-growing health industry workers on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile, the continuation of the new Michigan State University Research Center — a six-story, $88 million biomedical research building on the seven-acres formerly home to a demolished Grand Rapids Press — is joined by CWD Real Estate’s redevelopment of the historic Rowe Hotel.
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How a stubborn pediatrician forced the state to take Flint's water crisis seriously
Huffington Post | January 21
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has launched an initiative to treat nearly 27,000 Flint children exposed to lead in the city’s water, the Detroit News reported. The effort will be led by -- you guessed it -- Hanna-Attisha.
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This pediatrician is working to save 9,000 young lives in Flint
Washington Post | January 21
“We cannot sit back and wait 20 years to see the consequences of lead poisoning in our schools and in our criminal justice system,” said Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of pediatric residency at Hurley Children’s Hospital, who in September led a group of doctors urging Flint to stop drawing tap water from the Flint River after finding elevated lead levels in the blood of young children. Hanna-Attisha, 39, who also is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University, is leading a committee of experts to develop a strategy that would mitigate the impact of lead exposure on thousands of children under age 6.
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Dr. Hanna-Attisha on leading Public Health Initiative in Flint
WDET Radio | January 21
The newly-launched Pediatric Public Health Initiative is an effort by Michigan State University, Hurley Children’s Hospital and the Genessee County Health Department. The project’s leader is Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who tells WDET’s Annamarie Sysling about the trajectory of her work, as she tries to restore hope among the residents of Flint.
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MSU Gran Fondo named a 'must-ride' cycling event in 2016
MSU Today | January 20
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo was recently named one of the “must-ride” U.S. Gran Fondos of 2016 by Gran Fondo Guide. The June 25 event is ranked fourth among 11 mass-participation cycling events.
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MSU, Hurley hospital partner on mitigating lead exposure in Flint
WKAR Radio | January 19
Current State talks about the Pediatric Public Health Initiative with Hurley pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Associate Dean at the MSU College of Human Medicine Dr. Dean Sienko.
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Initiative to treat children exposed to toxic lead in Flint's water
CNN | January 19
I want to talk more about the health crisis with Dr. Dean Sienko, of Michigan State University. He's spearheaded an initiative to treat the estimated 27,000 children exposed to the toxic lead in Flint's water. "What we're focusing on now is, what can we do to help the children. We're looking at helping them through education. There's been talk about universal pre-K, talk about universal Head Start. We're trying to improve their nutrition so that they know of food nutrition they can do that will mitigate the effects of the lead exposure, and as well as health care, so that if we identify these children early on, we can get them into appropriate care."
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Flint Water Crisis: What's being done to help children exposed to lead
ABC News | January 19
As the water crisis continues, health experts said they are working to mitigate the long-term effects of lead exposure in the youngest residents, even if they can't reverse it. Hanna-Attisha along with others at the Hurley Medical Center are working with Michigan State University and the Genesee County Health Department as part of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, announced last week. The initiative includes cooking classes and an information pamphlet from MSU aimed at helping parents give their children food that will protect them from lead exposure. That's because a diet rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C "can decrease absorption and increase excretion," of lead, said Dr. Dean Sienko, associate dean of prevention and public health at MSU's College of Human Medicine.
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Gov. Rick Snyder to present plan of action on Flint's water crisis
NewsOne Now | January 19
Dr. Dean Sienko from the MSU College of Human Medicine explained on NewsOne Now a team of experts is being assembled to monitor the children of Flint for the foreseeable future as a result of the Flint water crisis. Watch Dr. Sienko and Roland Martin’s NewsOne Now discussion below.
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New initiative to help Flint children with lead poisoning
WILX TV 10 | January 18|
Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital are teaming up to help children in Flint who have been exposed to lead in their water. The Pediatric Public Health Initiative will be headed by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician who discovered high lead levels in children after the city switched to the Flint River as its water source in 2014.
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Latest: Michigan's Snyder asks Obama to declare emergency
New York Times | January 15
Michigan State University and a Flint hospital are putting a team together to keep a long-term eye on Flint's lead problem, from offering nutrition tips to residents to health monitoring. The effort will be led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who is credited with sounding the alarm last year about high levels of lead in children.
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New Pediatric Public Health Initiative to support the health of Flint children
MSU Today | January 14
Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital have announced a new Pediatric Public Health Initiative to address the Flint community’s population-wide lead exposure and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong. The Pediatric Public Health Initiative brings together experts in pediatrics, child development, psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, toxicology, geography and education, and includes the Genesee County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and MSU Extension.
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New farmers market, MSU medical school growing Flint's downtown redevelopment
Crain's Detroit Business | January 9
MSU's College of Human Medicine, which operates in seven community campuses through affiliations with local hospitals, physicians and other providers, had since the early 1970s been training third- and fourth-year medical students at Flint hospitals and outpatient clinics. But it had more student demand in Flint than available slots, said Aron Sousa, the college's interim dean. "We were able to increase our teaching capacity. And some of that is having a building and places to teach, some of that is hospitals and physicians teaching more of the year … and some of that is more staff," Sousa said.
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MSU prof breaks ground with childhood cancer discovery
Lansing State Journal | January 7
Andre Bachmann arrived late to dinner at a medical conference in Paris 14 years ago. And, because of it, he made a discovery that has defined his career. He was the last person to enter the dining room that evening. There was one seat left — at a table surrounded by grief-stricken parents whose children were fighting neuroblastoma. To his right was a pediatrician whose son was battling the disease, to his left a mother who lost her daughter to cancer on Christmas day. They were there to learn what they could about advancements in fighting the disease. He had studied cancer as a scientific puzzle but the Michigan State University research professor, then a professor at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, had never been confronted by its devastating wake.
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Elevated blood lead levels associated with Flint drinking water crisis in published report
Grand Blanc View | January 7
The latest research has been published by the American Journal of Public Health citing elevated blood lead levels in children associated with the Flint drinking water crisis. The research was conducted by Mona Hanna-Attisha MD MPH FAAP, Director, Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Jenny LaChance, MS, Hurley Research Center, Richard Sadler PhD, MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health and Allison Champney Schnepp, MD, Pediatric Resident at Hurley Children’s Hospital/Michigan State University.
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11 "Must-Ride" US Gran Fondos for 2016 (MSU Gran Fondo ranked #4)
GranFondoGuide.com | January 4
2016 sees the world focus on reducing its carbon emissions, sustainability and health. So naturally, cycling gains a further boost as a means of travel, staying fit and enjoying sport. So whether it's to improve your fitness, stay healthy, or as an environmental choice - taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Here's our selection of some great Gran Fondos, taking place across the United States - from April until November 2016. 
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Study addresses disparity in cervical cancer deaths
Grand Rapids Press | January 3
While studying cervical cancer statistics compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Sabrina Ford noticed a discrepancy she thought must be a mistake. While African American women undergo screenings for cervical cancer at a higher rate than white women, they die from the disease at almost twice the rate.