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Flint ReCAST to host series of community training sessions
NBC 25 News | June 10
Flint ReCAST is hosting a series of training sessions aimed at developing the talents of people in the community interested in starting an organization or business in the Flint community. 

Next Phase of MSU's Grand Rapids Research and Innovation Park Moves Forward 
MSUToday | June 6
Michigan State University’s first Public Private Partnership, or P3, is official. MSU and Health Innovation Partners, a real estate development joint venture between MB Real Estate, Walsh Construction/Walsh Investors and Rockford Construction, have signed a long-term ground lease for the continued development of the Grand Rapids Research Center site. This includes planning construction for a medical innovation building and parking structure.
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“They won't care how much you know until they know how much you care”
WKAR | June 6
Interview with Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. MD, the dean of Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. “I chose the medical school here even though I'd been accepted to the other medical schools in the state. I was attracted to the college’s ethos of ‘they won't care how much you know until they know how much you care.’ I feel that is really at the core of what we need to do to bring health, hope and healing to people.”

Seeking breath-based biomarkers for mesothelioma
DDNews | June 5 
“The diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma is typically very late in the course of the disease when surgery is not viable owing to its proliferation, and the cancer is less responsive to chemotherapy,” said Michael R. Harbut, M.D., M.P.H.; clinical professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
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Vitamin D could help cancer patients live longer
MSUToday | June 3
Michigan State University physicians have found that vitamin D, if taken for at least three years, could help cancer patients live longer. The findings suggest that the vitamin carries significant benefits other than just contributing to healthy bones and were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting on June 3, 2019.

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NMC Names 2019 Honorees of Highest Honor
The Ticker | May 25
Daniel and Debra Edson have been named the 2019 recipients of Northwestern Michigan College's highest honor, the NMC Fellow award. The couple’s philanthropic support of NMC spans 26 years and has included scholarships, the University Center, the Dennos Museum Center, radio station WNMC and the West Hall Innovation Center. The couple’s philanthropy also includes a full tuition scholarship to the MSU College of Human Medicine that offers preference to an NMC transfer student.

Inside Track: A palliative pioneer
Grand Rapids Business Journal | May 23
When Dr. John Mulder, assistant professor at MSU College of Human Medicine, began his career more than 30 years ago, the field of palliative care did not exist. It has been his work, along with others’, that has established and expanded the advancing form of care, which uses the values formed in hospice to improve quality of life for patients with life-altering diseases.

Campaign aims to raise awareness of work-related asthma in Michigan
Safety+Health | May 22
Estimating that up to half of the 600,000 or so adult cases of asthma in Michigan may be caused or aggravated by on-the-job exposure, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine has launched a campaign intended to raise awareness of work-related asthma.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Flint whistleblower, receives inaugural award for immigrant healthcare leaders
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation | May 20
The Vilcek Foundation and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of a new joint award, the Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare, and its inaugural recipient, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha.

Deteriorating sense of smell could indicate increased risk of death 
RN ABC | May 20
A new study has found a possible link between a poor sense of smell and an increased risk of death. It followed more than 2000 people for 13 years, and found a poor sense of smell had a 46 per cent increased risk of dying. It's been known for some time that one of the first signs of dementia or Parkinson's disease is a reduction in the ability to smell. But in this study, those conditions accounted for only a small part of the increased risk.

How to help your patient find credible information about their disease 
The Rheumatologist | May 17
Part of being a rheumatologist is counseling patients and leading them to the best sources that can help them find answers, says Richard Martin, MD, MA, professor of medicine, rheumatology, at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Grand Rapids.

Big data helps identify better way to research breast cancer's spread 
MSUToday | May 15
In a new study, MSU researchers are analyzing large volumes of data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs. This spreading, or metastasis, is the most common cause of cancer-related death, with around 90% of patients not surviving. To date, few drugs can treat cancer metastasis and knowing which step could go wrong in the drug discovery process can be a shot in the dark. “The differences between cell lines and tumor samples have raised the critical question to what extent cell lines can capture the makeup of tumors,” said Bin Chen, senior author and assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine.

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Effects of maternal stress detected in 2-month-olds
Herald-Tribune | May 13
Dr. Barbara Thompson, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, is among researchers who detected that maternal stress may delay development in infants, with electroencephalographs showing diverging patterns of brain activity in infants as young as two months old.

Why do ovarian cancer drugs work for some patients but not others?
MSUToday | May 8
A new class of drugs called PARP inhibitors has successfully slowed the spread of ovarian cancer for some patients, but the treatments are less effective for many others. With a $50,000 grant awarded by the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Jose Teixeira and John Risinger, gynecologic oncology researchers with the College of Human Medicine, hope to find out why many ovarian cancer patients do not respond well to PARP inhibitors. The answer, they believe, can be found in a cellular protein called PTEN.

Medical Student Research Journal Garners Worldwide Attention
MSUToday | May 8
A Michigan State University College of Human Medicine research journal, run by students, is attracting worldwide attention. Often times, a mark of prestige for authors of medical studies is how many times their work is cited in other research articles. So, recently, it was particularly gratifying when an article about Alzheimer’s disease in the college’s Medical Student Research Journal was cited 71 times.

MSU Raises Awareness of Work-Related Asthma
MSUToday | May 7
The MSU College of Human Medicine is initiating a campaign to raise awareness of work-related asthma. Asthma affects some 600,000 adults in Michigan, about 10 percent of the adult population, yet many sufferers are unaware their disease might be caused or aggravated by exposure in the workplace.

Grand Rapids Physician Becomes First Woman Ever Elected to Lead Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors
Michigan State Medical Society | May 7
Anita Avery, MD, an obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Lansing, was elected Chairperson of the Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors during the 154th annual meeting of the MSMS House of Delegates. Doctor Avery completed her training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

The surprising link between longevity and volunteering
Considerable | May 3
“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.

7th annual MSU Gran Fondo returns June 22
Fox 17 | May 2
Around 2,000 people will soon be hopping on bikes to raise awareness and funding for an important cause. The Gran Fondo is inviting cyclist of all skills to come to help fight the fight against skin cancer on June 22. In its seventh year, the MSU Gran Fondo is a cycling ride that raises money for skin cancer awareness, prevention, and research.

Why a Smell Test Could Become Part of a Regular Doctor Visit
MSUToday | April 29
A new Michigan State University study suggests that older adults with poor sense of smell may see an almost 50% increase in their risk of dying within 10 years – surprisingly in healthier individuals. The research is published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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20 Questions with Flint's Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
SEEN Magazine | April 28
Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha, author of the new book "What the Eyes Don't See," tells SEEN why she decided to share her story of exposing the Flint water crisis. 

5 Years After Flint Water Crisis, City Battles Widespread Mistrust
ABC News | April 25
Half of Flint residents questioned in a recent survey commissioned by the city and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services said they still don't trust the water, only a slight decline from two years ago. Though state and independent monitors have tested the water in Flint, officials acknowledge that improved test results can only go so far in a community that no longer trusts its water – or government.

Related: Yahoo! News

5 year anniversary of Flint Water Crisis, residents push for change
WWMT 3 | April 25
Flint pediatrician Doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha said she will commemorate today's anniversary by encouraging everyone impacted by the Flint Water Crisis to enroll in the Flint Registry. Hanna-Attisha is credited with proving children in Flint had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood from the tap water. She said the registry is a way for residents to voice their health concerns and make sure they are connected to services that reduce the impact of the crisis on their health.

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s Book, ‛What the Eyes Don’t See,’ Chosen as 2019-20 Great Michigan Read
Courier | April 24
Residents throughout Michigan were invited today to join in reading and discussing “What the Eyes Don’t See,” Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s riveting account of her discovery that Flint’s children were being poisoned by lead leaching into the city’s drinking water. The book is Michigan Humanities’ choice for the 2019-2020 Great Michigan Read, and was unveiled today at the Flint Public Library. 

Marijuana Users Weigh Less, Defying the Munchies
MSUToday | April 19
New evidence from Michigan State University suggests that those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t. The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight. “Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used,” said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author and an assistant professor of family medicine. “Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs.”

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How Hard Is Medical School and What Is the Medical School Curriculum?
U.S News | April 18
Dr. Aron Sousa, the senior associate dean of academic affairs with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, says the amount of work medical students are expected to complete during medical school is formidable. "For the most part the intellectual difficulty of the work is about the same as a meaningful upper level college course, but there is so much studying and work that even very good students work long hours," Sousa wrote in an email. "Most medical schools expect their students to work 60-80 hours a week every week."

Related: Yahoo! News 

Todd Lucas: Taking on the 'Ick' Factor
MSUToday | April 17
Todd Lucas is an associate professor in the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health in Flint and C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health. His research considers psychosocial causes of racial health disparities with a focus on stress and preventive health behavior pathways, such as cancer screening. Currently, Todd and his research team are considering how widely-used health communication strategies impact whether African American individuals decide to engage in colorectal cancer screening.

MSMS's Medical Student Section Holds Lobby Day
MSMS | April 10
Throughout the day, medical students from Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine met with lawmakers to urge support for more graduate medical education (GME) funding in the state budget, the importance of vaccine promotion, as well as continuing to pursue ways to work together to address the opioid epidemic. 

Food Additive May Influence How Well Flu Vaccines Work
MSUToday | April 7
Michigan State University scientists have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines. The study conducted in mice, presented at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando, Fla. on April 7, offers up a new potential factor in vaccine effectiveness.

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Finding New Treatments for Children with Rare Illnesses
MSUToday | April 3
André Bachmann is creating treatments for children with rare medical conditions that many large pharmaceutical companies won’t develop due to high costs and low returns.The professor and associate chair for research in the MSU College of Human Medicine and his team are studying the therapeutic potential of existing drugs used to stop cancer growth in children with neuroblastoma — one of the most aggressive forms of pediatric cancer. It’s a novel approach that could lead to similar breakthroughs in medical genetics.

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.


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. 
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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 | 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 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.