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Med students get an extra Match on 'Match Day'
New York Times | March 30
In March 2018, Luke Ansorge, 27, proposed to Luke Fischer, 31, on Mr. Fischer’s Match Day at Michigan State College of Human Medicine. After he looked at the residency letter, he handed his boyfriend a letter of his own, one that contained a proposal.

Answering the call - Experts address Michigan's lack of addiction specialist
Legal News | March 28
The number of opioid-related deaths in Michigan has hit an all-time high, requiring the resources of the state’s three major research universities and one of its largest health systems to tackle the problem. Under a two-year, $1.5 million grant, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health will train more physicians as addiction medicine specialists by streamlining the certification process.

Related: Grand Rapids Business Journal

Keeping our sanctuaries safe in Flint
The Hub Flint | March 27
Security experts will address church safety as part of Flint Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Flint ReCAST) Resiliency Week events. Flint ReCAST is a partnership between the City of Flint and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Genesee Health System.

UP med students matched to residencies
Escanaba Daily Press | March 23
After years of hard work and preparation, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus medical students learned where they will be for the next chapter of their education. On March 15, MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Campus students, gathered with family, friends and peers for Match Day festivities at the Landmark Inn of Marquette.

Related: UPMatters.com

Pushing toward local health innovation
Grand Rapids Business Journal | March 22
With MSU’s plans to expand the health campus to more quickly develop treatments using such discoveries, Dr. Norman Beauchamp, dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine, said he believes Jones’s dream could become a reality in just a few years. Beauchamp said the health industry has four prongs: education, health care, research and innovation. While medical knowledge is learned in medical school and practiced in health care, he explained, research is where the possibility for better care is discovered, and innovation is how those discoveries improve care for patients.

Med school graduates offered $75K loan repayment to work in underserved areas
MLive | March 21
The Michigan Doctors, or MIDOCs program, offers upcoming medical graduates a $75,000 school loan repayment to work in underserved communities. Michigan State University’s first two residents are Tovah Aho (pictured left) and Ann Marie Botros, who will participate in a rural psychiatry residency program in the Upper Peninsula.

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Here's the plan to stop the spread of HIV
CNN News | March 19
Ahnalee Brincks, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University, said the new report "highlights a critical, but not widely known, element of HIV prevention, which is that viral load suppression among individuals who have HIV can prevent transmission." Brincks, who was not involved in the new research, added that "significant barriers" to receiving and continuing care exist. These can "severely inhibit" the ability of health care providers "to reach a goal of 100% viral suppression," she said.

Researchers calculate medical school production of FPs
American Academy of Family Physicians | March 15
In an interview with AAFP News, Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, said the presence of a department of family medicine in allopathic schools was an extremely strong predictor of students choosing family medicine. "It was striking the degree of influence that made, and it was equally surprising that in the osteopathic schools, this particular factor wasn't predictive at all," said Phillips. The authors noted that the presence of a department could be a proxy for other variables, such as a family medicine clerkship, the presence of family medicine leaders or contact with family medicine faculty.

Mona Hanna-Attisha to receive entrepreneurial leadership honor
Elon University | March 13
Hanna-Attisha, who played an integral role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis and leading recovery efforts, will be presented with the Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership on April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the LaRose Digital Theatre.

Members Move Medicine: Finding ways to improve the life of IMGs
American Medical Association | February 27
The AMA “Members Move Medicine” series profiles a wide variety of doctors and medical students, offering a glimpse into the passions of women and men navigating new courses in American medicine. Ved V. Gossain, MD, believes that despite the hardships of being a physician, it is still the best profession in the world.

The hidden power of the invited talk
The Chronicle of Higher Education  | February 27
Although it’s uncommon for invited talks to yield employment opportunities, they can shape a scholar’s career in other ways as well. Some speakers score a research collaborator, especially when invited to speak at disciplinary conferences. André Bachmann, a pediatric researcher from Michigan State University, told the Detroit Free Press that after he gave an invited talk at a hospital in Grand Rapids, a medical geneticist in the audience contacted him and the two worked together to identify a new genetic syndrome in a 3-year-old patient who had been undiagnosed for more than three years. The geneticist described "a light-bulb moment" as he sat in the audience. When he contacted the invited speaker and shared his ideas, the pediatric researcher was caught off guard. 

MSU lands $5M NIH grant to connect dots between pesticides and Parkinson's
MSUToday | February 28
A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers. Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Exercising helps you make better food choices
MSUToday | February 28
A new study, involving MSU epidemiologist Ana Vazquez, has found another healthy benefit to exercising…making better dietary choices. The research analyzed 2,680 young adults in an intensive, 15-week exercise program and found they were less likely to snack or follow a typical Western diet high in fat and carbohydrates, and more likely to choose fruits, vegetables and low-fat alternatives.

Answering the call to Michigan's lack of addiction specialists
MSUToday | February 22
Kelly Strutz, an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the MSU College of Human Medicine, and Cara Poland, a Spectrum Health Medical Group certified addiction medicine specialist, are leading a project that will train more Michigan physicians as addiction medicine specialists by streamlining the certification process. 
Related: USAgNet, Michigan Ag Connection

Documentary film highlights MSU students becoming leaders in medicine
MSU ComArtSci | February 21
As shown in the film, the MSU Leadership in Medicine program is based in Flint, Mich., and offers students the opportunity to gain experience working with underserved and vulnerable populations. Through this program, students learn the impact of empathy in medicine. They learn how to ask questions that aim to address the root of a patient’s problem while treating them as more than another piece of paper. 

How to treat depression in prison - and why it matters
MSUToday | February 19
Of the 4 million prisoners released each year, 23 percent have suffered from major depressive disorder. Due to resource shortages, many go without adequate treatment while in prison. Oftentimes they rejoin society in worse mental shape than before their incarceration – which could be prevented with the right care. A team led by Michigan State University has found a cost-effective way to improve mental health in prisons.
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The hidden power of the invited talk
The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 17
A pediatric researcher from Michigan State University told the Detroit Free Press that after he gave an invited talk at a hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., a medical geneticist in the audience contacted him, and the two worked together to identify a new genetic syndrome in a 3-year-old patient who had been undiagnosed for more than three years. The geneticist described "a light-bulb moment" as he sat in the audience. And when he contacted the invited speaker and shared his ideas, the pediatric researcher was caught off guard. "I almost fell out of my chair," André Bachmann told the paper.

Ethical Service Learning
MSUToday | February 13
This student view was written by Kevin Johnson, currently studying and working in a village hospital in Bududa, Uganda, as part of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program.

Depression during and after pregnancy can be prevented
New York Times | February 12
As many as one in seven women experience depression during pregnancy, or in the year after giving birth, and there has never been any method scientifically recommended to prevent it. Some kinds of counseling can ward off perinatal depression, according to a national panel of health experts, which urges counseling for women with certain risk factors. One program that was successfully highlighted, “Reach Out, Stay Strong, Essentials for New Moms,” or ROSE, typically delivered in four sessions during pregnancy and one postpartum, can be administered in groups or one-on-one by nurses, midwives or anyone trained to follow the manual, said Jennifer Johnson, a professor of public health at Michigan State University.

Flu-like illness linked to increased stroke risk
MD Magazine | February 8
Commenting on the findings, American Stroke Association volunteer expert Philip Gorelick, professor of translational science and molecular medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, said the time frame is notable.

Kids are using too much toothpaste and it's actually a problem
Self.com | February 5
Kids might be using too much toothpaste, and it can actually be dangerous for their oral health. Kids between the ages of 3 and 6 aren't supposed to use more than a pea-sized amount, per the American Dental Association. Kids under 3 should only use a smear the size of a grain of rice. It's recommended that adults also stick with a pea-sized amount, but this isn’t as much of an issue for grown-ups. “It's not as concerning for adults because their teeth and bones are developed,” said Jamie Alan, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University.

Michigan faces health risks from tainted medical marijuana
Detroit News | February 4
The recalls of six batches of medical marijuana available on the state’s regulated market since January have prompted industry and health expert concerns about continuing to let caregivers grow and create pot products to meet a shortage in the licensed market. The potential for a contaminated product to slip through the licensed system for lack of testing could pose a risk to patients, in particular those with compromised immune systems, said Jamie Alan, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. "If it's not tested, you don’t know what’s in it, but the alternative is that they’re in pain," Alan said. 

App offers treatment option for schizophrenia
Futurity | January 29
“Individuals with serious mental illness can and do interact frequently with a mobile health app that provides added support to help them manage their illness,” says Eric Achtyes, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the psychiatry and behavioral medicine division at Michigan State University. The FOCUS app won’t replace clinicians, Achtyes says, but is “meant to fill in those gaps” when professional help is not readily available.

Germs in your gut are talking to your brain. Scientists want to know what they're saying
New York Times | January 28
Mothers seed their babies with microbes during childbirth and breastfeeding. During the first few years of life, both the brain and the microbiome rapidly mature. To understand the microbiome’s influence on the developing brain, Rebecca Knickmeyer, a neuroscientist at Michigan State University, is studying fMRI scans of infants. Knickmeyer and her colleagues measured the strength of the connections between the amygdala and other regions of the brain. Babies with a lower diversity of species in their guts have stronger connections, the researchers found.

2019 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards
MSUToday | January 28
Susan Barman, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, is a recipient of MSU's 2019 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. Barman is a committed instructor in the College of Human Medicine, teaching physiology and pharmacology concepts throughout the curriculum and serving as a problem-based learning facilitator. Read more about her accomplishments.

Zombie cells could be key to Alzheimer's susceptibility
MSUToday | January 25
The National Institute on Aging has awarded a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine professor a nearly $3 million grant to study how aging increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and to investigate treatments that could delay or prevent it.

Change Ups: Education
Grand Rapids Business Journal | January 25
Jerry Kooiman, a longtime Michigan State University College of Human Medicine assistant dean, was promoted to chief external relations officer. His additional responsibilities include overseeing the college’s relationships with health systems and other external partners. Kooiman also provides strategy, vision and leadership for key relationships with hospital partners, industry partners, and government and community leaders. He also ensures alignment with external efforts including communications and marketing, community engagement and outreach, development and government relations efforts.

Schizophrenia patients more willing to manage symptoms using smartphones
MSUToday | January 23
Eric Achtyes, a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine psychiatrist has found that most patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorder are willing to use a smartphone application to help manage their symptoms, including after regular clinic hours.

When healers hurt
Proto Magazine | January 22
“Violence occurs throughout the hospital,” says Judith Arnetz, a professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, who studies the topic. Nurses, nursing aides and behavioral health staff members suffer the highest rates of abuse and violence, she says, and physicians, particularly in the emergency room, are also at high risk.

Flint Registry officially goes live
MSUToday | January 17
Flint residents now can officially take full advantage of the Flint Registry, an effort to connect residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery. After a year of development and pre-enrollment, the registry already has 6,000 people signed up.
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High pesticide exposure among farmers linked to poor sense of smell later
MSUToday | January 16
A Michigan State University study by Honglei Chen, professor of epidemiology, is the first to show an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers. The research examined more than 11,200 farmers over a 20-year period. At the start of the study, about 16 percent of participants reported having experienced a high pesticide exposure event, or HPEE, such as a large amount of pesticide spilling on their body. Two decades later, they were asked if they suffered olfactory impairment, a partial to complete loss of sense of smell.

Gene therapy could eliminate drug side effect in Parkinson's patients
MSUToday | January 11
Kathy Steece-Collier, a Michigan State University researcher, has received a $2.8 million federal grant to develop a gene therapy that could reduce and possibly eliminate a frustrating side effect of a drug commonly prescribed to Parkinson’s patients. The research could mean a significant advance for the up to 90 percent of patients who develop dyskinesia, a drug-induced side effect that results in the involuntary and uncontrolled movement of hands, head and other body parts.

In Flint, a future built on schools as well as safe water
Christian Science Monitor | January 10
Thanks to funding from the state and the federal Centers for Disease Control, Michigan State’s Division of Public Health launched FlintRegistry.org in January. The registry is modeled partly after a similar effort supporting families affected by the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. It aims to connect current and even former Flint residents who were affected by the water crisis to more than 30 services and resources, including those for early education.

If you want to live longer, volunteer more
Considerable | January 9
Older adults who volunteer report less depression, greater life satisfaction, and more happiness than non-volunteers,” says Dr. Rodlescia Sneed, an assistant professor of public health at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine-Flint.

How to find reliable health information online
SEEN | January 4
Not sure if you can trust what you’re reading online? SciMoms co-founder Alison Bernstein shares a few tips for evaluating articles about your health.