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MSU medical student selected as fellow at Howard Hughes Medical Institute
MSUToday | April 27
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine student Monica Pomaville has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, or HHMI, to participate in its Medical Research Fellows Program. She will join other medical, dental and veterinary students in conducting in-depth, mentored biomedical research. Starting this summer, each HHMI fellow will spend a year pursuing basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at one of 32 academic or nonprofit research institutions across the United States.

Ade Olomu: Role Model
MSUToday | April 26
As a physician and a professor, I have done a lot in my career, but I have at least one more goal: I want to move into a leadership position and serve as a role model for other women in academic medicine.

The March for Science isn't just for white lab geeks. It's about social justice
Mic | April 22
The march has drawn a diverse grouping of organizations that represent the underrepresented, Johnson said. They include the American Association of University Women, Girls Who Code, the national societies of black physicists and engineers and SACNAS, an organization created to advance Latinos and Native Americans in the field of science, among others. Mona Hanna-Attisha — the director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative in Flint, Michigan, who was credited with discovering lead contamination that continues to affect the majority-black community — was named an honorary co-chair of the March for Science.

The Flint Water Crisis whistleblower tells us why she's marching in Washington
Motherboard | April 19
The march's organizers have run into several ideological issues in the planning phases, but this Saturday is still poised to be one of the biggest pro-science demonstrations of our time. We spoke to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Flint, Michigan pediatrician and whistleblower, as well as honorary co-chair of the march, about why it's so important for scientists to speak out.

First look inside MSU's $88M Grand Rapids medical research center
MLive | April 19
While the new building appears to be nearly complete from the exterior, much work remains before some 260 researchers start moving in September, says Richard Temple, the MSU project administrator who is overseeing the project. The move-in will be completed by November. Located down the Michigan Street Hill from MSU's Secchia Center, the Van Andel Research Institute and Spectrum Health, the building will serve as the "gateway" to the city's Medical Mile.

Well-kept vacant lots can help reduce crime
MSUToday | April 18
Richard Sadler, an urban geographer and the study’s lead author, assigned each neighborhood a “greening score” based on how many vacant properties in the area were being kept up. Using a method called “emerging hot spot analysis,” which identifies patterns or trends in the presence of events over space and time, he applied crime data from 2005 through 2014.
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Hanna-Attisha appointed honorary co-chair for March for Science
MSUToday | April 18
Mona Hanna-Attisha, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, has been selected to serve as an honorary co-chair of the global March for Science event in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 22.
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Why do countries practice female genital mutilation?
WILX TV 10 | April 17
"It's something that is practiced across the world in over 30 countries, but here in the United States it's not part of our cultural practice," said Devan Stahl, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ethics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Michigan Street construction update
WZZM TV | April 12
The city would not have been able to fix Michigan Street for a number of years but because of the investment that Michigan State University made in its new research center, Grand Rapids was able to secure a state econoimc development grant to fix redevelopment the road. The MSU building on the corner of Michigan and Monroe Streets is scheduled to open in the fall, which is why construction has started now. New sidewalks and green spaces will be part of the final product.

The opioid epidemic: Michigan doctors seeking solutions
Michigan Medicine | April 2017
Cara Poland, MD, MSU College of Human Medicine clinical assistant professor and practicing physician at Spectrum Health, is president of the Michigan Society of Addiction Management. She joins doctors statewide in seeking solutions to the opioid epidemic.

Meals on Wheels offers more than just a plate
Spartan Newsroom | March 30
Dr. Ellen Velie, an associate professor within Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, says that Meals on Wheels provides quality nutrition that is essential to the health of seniors. “Getting the right nutrition is very important at any age, but especially important for senior citizens,” Velie said. “Seniors need healthy, nutritious foods in order to continue to function at a high level.”

March for Science announces three honorary national co-chairs
March for Science | March 30
The March for Science announced three honorary co-chairs today who will help promote the march globally, speak at its Washington, DC event and encourage others to join together to support and defend science. They are Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician who exposed dangerous lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan; Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a biologist who made critical contributions to producing insulin from bacteria, and the co-founder of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a march partner; and Bill Nye, a science educator and CEO of The Planetary Society, which is also a partner organization for the march.
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Malara plant, tumeric top herbal 'cures' for multi-drug resistant TB
The Guardian | March 30
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.

New study funded by Sparrow/MSU probes why some cancer patients prone to added serious conditions
Fox 47 | March 30
Cancer Patients are at increased risk of ailments such as pulmonary embolisms and a new research study funded by the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research is attempting to find out why.
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Medical students receive scholarships to help underserved patients
MSU Today | March 28
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students Sarah Robbins and Rohit Abraham share a passion for helping underserved patients and both recently learned they will receive awards to help them realize that goal. Robbins, a fourth-year student who will graduate in May, will receive a $120,000 Students to Service Scholarship from the National Health Service Corps for her commitment to work in an underserved community for three years. Abraham, a third-year student, has been awarded a full-ride Zuckerman Fellowship to attend Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy.

Chilly Blues & Brews
Fox 17 News at 11 pm | March 25
The annual event sold chili tasting tickets with proceeds benefiting the MSU Gran Fondo's skin cancer research.

Doctor discusses the importance of immunizations
ABC TV 10 | March 25
Dr. Keith English, the chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, visited Houghton to encourage parents to immunize their children to protect them from dangerous infectious diseases and help protect themselves and other children at the same time.

103 great healthcare leaders to know in 2017
Becker's Hospital Review | March 24
Healthcare has been moving from volume to value-based care for the past decade with the passage and implementation of the ACA; now healthcare institutions need strong leadership to navigate the changing industry tides as Congress seeks to repeal and replace the ACA while continuing to promote higher quality care at a lower cost. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, is included as one of the great leaders to know. Hanna-Attisha is the director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Public Health Initiative. Time named Hanna-Attisha among the 100 Influential People of the Year in 2016, and she received the Michigan State Medical Society Public Health Leadership Award last year.

Why the American Health Care Act should require men to pay for prenatal care
Self Magazine | March 23
The problem is that concept forces sick people, anyone with a preexisting condition, and women to pay more than healthy men. “This is in all likelihood a bad thing for the vast majority of people,” health care expert Leonard Fleck, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and medical ethics at Michigan State University, tells SELF. “The only people who would benefit in theory would be very young, healthy people who wanted the most minimal stripped-down insurance available.”

West Michigan leads state in population growth
Detroit Free Press | March 23
Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio said Grand Rapids has a growing medical sector with Michigan State University's Medical School and the Van Andel Institute. And Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone University, Calvin College and Aquinas College also have helped fuel the growth.

The incredible impact of immunizations
Copper Country Today | March 23
Dr. Keith English discusses immunizations with host Rick Allen.
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Why do we eat the way we do? Parents have a big say
Spartan Newsroom | March 21
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine public health researcher Rick Sadler said that a lot of what a child-turned-adult winds up doing is ingrained in who they are. “Kids sometimes internalize the things they learn from their parents. I certainly wouldn’t discount the importance of parents teaching their kids to eat healthy, especially since your habit as a child has huge ramifications for your lifelong health,” said Sadler.

Primary care tops list of chosen specialties among medical students during Match Day
MSUToday | March 20
When it came time to apply for residency programs, College of Human Medicine student Cullen Salada had a hard time deciding on a specialty. Throughout his schooling, he had enjoyed his rotations in many specialties, including pediatrics, internal medicine and surgery. He chose family medicine.
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MSU's Bachmann develops new uses for existing drugs to treat childhood cancer
WKAR | March 20
André Bachmann and his team in Grand Rapids have been hard at work developing a new drug for cancer patients. It has the potential to be effective in treating neuroblastoma—a common form of childhood cancer.

Chilly, Blues & Brews is coming back to Grand Rapids
Fox 17 | March 19
The 5th Annual Chilly, Blues & Brews is coming to the B.O.B. March 25th  for a chili cook-off, live music, and much more. The family-friendly event is free to the public with nearly 40 different chili’s to try. Sampling tickets will be on sale for .50 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit skin cancer research via MSU Gran Fondo.

Registration now open for MSU Gran Fondo
Fox 17 | March 17
Registration is now open for the biggest biking event in Michigan, the Michigan State University Gran Fondo. The MSU Gran Fondo is a non-competitive bike race with the goal to raise funds for skin cancer research. Riders can choose between 12, 25, 40 or 80-mile routes which start and end at The B.O.B., with multiple stops along the way at the area's finest cuisine and Michigan-grown foods.

Fun and education at Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair
WOOD TV | March 17
Tomorrow, March 18, you can head to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for a day of fun to learn more about the human brain! It’s all part of Brain Awareness Week Neuroscience Fair, and Dr. Alison Bernstein from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine joined eightWest to share more about this exciting week.
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Inside Track: John Butzer
Grand Rapids Business Journal | March 17
In 2014, after 29 years as Mary Free Bed’s CMO, Butzer accepted the position of research director, where he oversees the hospital’s research center, created via a partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Two MSU faculty appointed to new state commission focused on eliminating child lead exposure
MSUToday | March 17
Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the creation of the Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission, an effort that will continue Michigan’s fight against lead exposure, and has appointed Michigan State University's Mona Hanna-Attisha and Rebecca Meunick to the 15-member commission.
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Brain Awareness Week
WGVU Radio | March 16
The Grand Rapids Public Museum hosts MSU's College of Human Medicine's Brain Awareness Week this weekend. We talk to the organizer Scott Counts, PhD, here in studio.

Dr. Mona: Flint children "strong and brave" but will need decades of support to recover and thrive
MLive | March 16
Dr. Mona, as she's known affectionately around the world, is an assistant professor of pediatrics in the MSU College of Human Medicine and director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint. She was at MSU on March 16 to give a talk titled "Flint Water Crisis: Background and Next Steps" as part of the Broad College of Business' Business and Bagels Seminar Series. She and her colleagues have received funding from the state - with hopefully more from the federal government on the way - to build a large-scale registry to identify and track the children and to evaluate how they're doing.

Refugees with PTSD regulate stress differently
MSUToday | March 15
Bengt Arnetz, a professor of family medicine in the College of Human Medicine, has found in a new study that refugees diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder regulate stress differently than those who don’t have the disorder, but may have experienced similar suffering.
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Here's what the American Health Care Act may cost you
Self | March 14
Price is right in that some people will pay less for coverage, healthcare expert Leonard Fleck, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and medical ethics at Michigan State University, tells SELF, but he calls that statement “misleading.” With the AHCA, health insurance companies will be encouraged to provide more plans that have very high deductibles with limited coverage—those will have lower monthly premiums (the amount a person pays to get health care coverage) than some current plans, but they also provide less coverage and will make a patient pay much more if they get sick.

Enlarged prostate later in life could stem from fetal development early on
MSUToday | March 13
Jose Teixeira, a professor of reproductive biology in the College of Human Medicine - Grand Rapids campus, has found that embryonic tissue, key to the development of a baby’s gender, could contribute to an enlarged prostate, or BPH, in men later in life.
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Honoring women across the Big Ten
Big Ten Network | March 8
It was Dr. Mona, director of the MSU-Hurley Medical Center’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative, who first documented the rising lead levels in Flint’s children and linked it to a change in the city’s water supply. And, it was Dr. Mona who, with relentless vigor, led the charge to inform residents of the water crisis and to demand action from local and state officials. The energy and passion she brought to her work on behalf of the children of Flint are what her colleague Dr. Aron Sousa refers to as her “superpowers.”

Spartans honored for making difference in community
MSUToday | March 7
Dwyer has spent nearly a decade working with community partners to build a statewide research network affiliated with the campuses of MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His goal is to align the expertise of health-focused professionals from the university with communities in need. This network supports community-engaged research and the development of collaborations.

Liver cirrhosis tied to increased stroke risk
MedScape | March 6
Commenting on the results, Philip Gorelick, MD, medical director of the Hauenstein Neuroscience Center and clinical professor of translational science and molecular medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, said this study challenges the idea that ischemic stroke doesn't happen in liver cirrhosis and heightens awareness of the risks for hemorrhagic stroke in these patients.

Cows may offer clues to improving fertility in women
MSUToday | March 2
With funding from the National Institutes of Health and United States Department of Agriculture, MSU researchers will look to bring a better understanding about fertility treatments in women by studying the effect of hormones on ovulation and reproduction in cows. James Ireland, professor in reproductive biology, will lead the five-year study with Keith Latham, co-director of the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program at MSU. Richard Leach, chair of MSU’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, will also contribute to the project.
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Dr. Mona disapointed Trump didn't mention Flint
WKAR | March 1
President Trump delivered his first address before CongressTuesday.  He touched on themes ranging from immigration reform to counter terrorism to education.  One prominent guest in the audience came to hear Mr. Trump’s plans to resolve a crisis in Michigan that’s resounded around the world. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the Flint pediatrician who blew the whistle on the city’s water crisis by revealing data about elevated blood lead levels in children.  She was in Washington as a guest of Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint).  “Dr. Mona,” as she’s known, told WKAR’s Kevin Lavery that there was one key word missing from President Trump’s speech.

Med students shave heads in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation
Fox 17 | March 1
College of Human Medicine students teamed up with St. Baldrick's Foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Flint's water crisis couldn't have happened in whiter, wealthier cities
Rewire | March 1
Flint’s inequity “is rooted in a dysfunctional state department,” Dr. Richard Sadler, an assistant professor doing public health research through the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health, said in an interview with Rewire. Sadler assisted with the 2015 study undertaken by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha that blew the whistle on the elevated blood lead levels found in children.

Today's students. Tomorrow's Doctors. Reach out to Youth 2017
WZZM TV 13 | February 26
About 150 Grand Rapids Public School elementary students now have a better idea of what it takes to become a doctor and have been encouraged that they can do just that. That's thanks to the 3rd annual MSU College of Human Medicine's Reach Out to Youth event Saturday morning. Medical students and faculty planned a day of hands on workshops for the students and seminars for their parents at the MSU Secchia Center.

Early statin start after stroke no better for outcomes
MedPage Today | February 24
Some prior studies including a much larger Korean stroke registry found benefit, "so I think there's something here," agreed Philip Gorelick, MD, MPH, of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids and an American Stroke Association spokesperson on a press conference panel.
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The way breast cancer genes act could predict your treatment
MSUToday | February 21
A Michigan State University breast cancer researcher has shown that effective treatment options can be predicted based on the way certain breast cancer genes act or express themselves. The research, published in the journal Oncogene, offers up proof that gene expression patterns can help direct the type of therapy a patient might receive, paving the way for more targeted and personalized approaches to care.
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Pop icon David Cassidy reveals that he's battling dementia
Self Magazine | February 21
There may be more subtle declines in cognitive function that can go unnoticed in people with dementia, like having trouble coordinating and planning complex daily activities, licensed clinical neuropsychologist Hector M. González, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Michigan State University, tells SELF. "Unless a person has had a major event, like a stroke, subtle cognitive declines are generally gradual and can go unnoticed by family members," he says.

Local schools learn about winter safety
WBKB TV 11 | February 21
Michigan winters are not for the faint of heart. Which is why a few special guests came to local schools yesterday to teach kids about winter safety. Assemblies were held at Wilson School, as well as Immanual Lutheran. The combined effort, put on by Michigan State University and MidMichigan, educated students on important topics like knowing when it’s safe to walk on ice, and the importance of dressing for the weather. The cold weather and large bodies of water surrounding northeast Michigan are both huge reasons why schools felt kids needed this lesson today.

Ronald Chandler receives early career award for ovarian cancer research
MSUToday | February 17
Ronald Chandler, assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, has received a 2017 Liz Tilberis Early Career Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. The Liz Tilberis Early Career Award recognizes junior faculty who are committed to an investigative career in the field of ovarian cancer research. The intent of these awards is to support a substantial time commitment to research and academic endeavors in ovarian cancer.

Flint fades from spotlight, but water crisis won't fade for years
Journal Gazette | February 17
Hanna-Attisha or Dr. Mona – as she’s known around Flint – directs the MSU and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an effort to research, monitor and mitigate the effects of lead in the city’s drinking water. Hanna-Attisha says the manmade disaster is a generational one that will require years of intervention. And though tragic, positives are arising from the situation. For one, Flint got the nation talking about water purity and other citizens around the country are now playing watchdog for their neighborhoods. Hanna-Attisha calls it part of “an awesome ripple effect.”

Spartans stopping cancer
WLNS TV 6 | February 16
“If we had two drugs giving like a double punch to the cancer maybe we can create some synergism so that it will knock out the cancer even more than with one single drug,” MSU Pediatrics Research Associate Chair Professor Andre Bachmann said.

Why was this 3-year-old so irritable, and what was wrong with her eye?
New York Times | February 16
The 3-year-old girl was having a very bad day — a bad week, really. She’d been angry and irritable, screaming and kicking at her mother over nothing. Her mother was embarrassed by this unusual behavior, because her husband’s sister, Amber Bard, was visiting. Bard, a third-year medical student at Michigan State, was staying in the guest room while working with a local medical practice in Grand Rapids so that she could spend a little time with her niece. (Bard's intuition, collegial network and access to invaluable decision-support software all contributed to her first diagnostic success.)

Will we lose the doctor who would stop the next Flint?
New York Times Opinion | February 11
Mona Hanna-Attisha was the doctor and first-generation Iraqi immigrant who discovered the dangerous levels of lead in water in Flint, Michigan. Now she worries about what the country stands to lose.

Saving the lives of the future: Grand Rapids plays staring role in national health care
Rapid Growth | February 9
Dr. Norman J. Beauchamp, Dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has been eagerly awaiting the opening of MSU’s new research facility in downtown Grand Rapids. The building will serve as a testament to the innovation cycle in health care, which, Beauchamp says, starts with a question practitioners need to ask: What can't I do for my patients? Connecting that answer to scientific research, solutions then emerge which can be introduced in clinical applications. With an industry partner, those solutions can be developed into a national and global distribution.

Top 15 US Gran Fondos for 2017
Gran Fondo Guide | February 7
Each year we like to reflect on the previous season, recognizing those rides that have innovated, inspired and motivated cyclists, supported worthy causes and contributed to the phenomenal growth of the U.S. Gran Fondo scene. MSU Gran Fondo is ranked #4.

How one university is taking on the biggest home care staffing issue
Home Health Care News | February 6
With nearly $900,000 in grants from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund (MHEF), two MSU professors—Clare Luz, PhD, an assistant professor of family medicine, and Joan Ilardo, PhD, director of research initiatives at MSU’s College of Human Medicine—will engage in separate but complementary programs to better enable home care in their state, and possibly elsewhere in the future.

New MSU drug offers hope to stop spread of skin cancer
Detroit News | February 5
In a small lab at Michigan State University, researchers have discovered a potential drug that could stop the spread of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 90 percent. Though the potential drug is still two to five years away from human trials, the discovery is being hailed as promising since the man-made, small-molecule compound shuts down a gene’s ability to produce RNA molecules and certain proteins in melanoma tumors, stopping the cancer from spreading.
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Two grants help Michigan's elderly with in-home care
MSUToday | January 30
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded $500,000 to Clare Luz, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine, to train and increase the number of in-home personal care aides, and $375,000 to Joan Ilardo, PhD, director of research initiatives, to teach health care providers, patients and their families how to work together to improve the self-management of chronic health conditions. The complementing programs share the goal of helping older Michigan residents stay healthy and avoid unnecessary hospitalization.
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Study works to reduce health care violence
MSUToday | January 30
Violence toward health care workers is an occupational hazard of epidemic proportion, but a new study by a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researcher found that it can be reduced with a structured program. Violence against health care workers “is much more common than what the ordinary person would think,” said Judith Arnetz, a professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine. “What we see in our studies is that violence (in medical facilities) is grossly underreported.”
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MSU pediatrician doubts federal vaccine safety commission has a shot
WKAR | January 30
In the days leading up to his inauguration, Donald Trump asked activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to lead a federal commission on vaccine safety.  Kennedy is an outspoken critic of vaccines.  We wanted to know what it takes to actually manufacture and test a vaccine.  Any vaccine. WKAR’s Kevin Lavery spoke with Dr. Keith English, chair of the Michigan State University department of pediatrics and human development to learn about the process.

Poverty simulator creates empathy for those who struggle
Midland Daily News | January 27
Some stole to make ends meet. Others asked families for help. Some were evicted or jailed. One family pondered whether to eat less and be warm, or eat more and “freeze.” It wasn’t real life for Michigan State University medical students, those in MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland’s residency program and those in Davenport University’s nursing program, as they took part in a poverty simulator this week. But poverty is real for 11.5 percent of Midland County’s population — more than 9,600 residents, according to Census data.
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College of Human Medicine students perform better in new medical curriculum
MSUToday | January 26
After just 12 weeks of introducing a new medical curriculum to its incoming College of Human Medicine students, Michigan State University is finding that these future physicians are already ahead of the game in their academic and clinical skills. “Students even at seven weeks were already clinically performing essentially at the level of students who were at the end of their first year in the previous curriculum,” said Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs for the medical college. “It’s the experiential learning aspect of the program that’s making this happen.”

Donald Trump is proposing block grants to replace Medicaid
Self Magazine | January 23
Block grants are designed to save the federal government money, and Leonard Fleck, a professor of philosophy and medical ethics at Michigan State University, tells SELF that’s concerning. “If you give the state a block grant, and it’s reduced in size from what it previously received, the state is responsible for deciding how it’s going to allocate that smaller quality of funding,” he says. If a block grant that a state receives is smaller than state officials think they need, states will need to figure out how to make up the difference—typically through raising taxes, Fleck says.

Can behavioral science help in Flint?
The New Yorker | January 23
Kent Key, the director of the Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, said, “What the narrative has been about Flint is that we were this little poor, docile black community that didn’t have a voice, and needed someone to come and fix it for them.” On the contrary, he stressed, locals had been fighting the switch in the water source long before it happened. “When a community does everything right by the book,” he went on, “and your voice is still disregarded? To me, that speaks to a larger historical, systemic issue of the disregard for communities, particularly communities of color.”
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Cycling for a cure: MSU Gran Fondo 
MiBiz | January 22
The 2,000-plus cyclers who will pedal through West Michigan this June for the Gran Fondo event will do more than just get in a day’s ride. They’ll also contribute to a possible new treatment for melanoma. In its first four years, the MSU Gran Fondo cycling event raised $640,000 for Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. The funds directly supported research that’s already discovered a compound that reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. 

MSU researchers may have developed melanoma treatment
Grand Rapids Business Journal | January 21
A recent discovery by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researchers may lead to a breakthrough in treating melanoma. For 13 years, MSU pharmacology professor Richard Neubig was researching a mechanism crucial to the development of the deadly skin cancer. Neubig and his team primarily were interested in finding a compound that could block the RhoC protein from signaling Myocardin-related transcription factors (MRTFs) from initiating growth in melanoma cells.

College of Human Medicine reinvents med school curriculum
Grand Rapids Business Journal | January 21
Striving to remain at the forefront of medical innovation, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine implemented a new curriculum, which turns the previous format on its head. At the beginning of the fall semester, MSU introduced its Shared Discovery curriculum, which places an emphasis on students receiving clinical experience at the forefront of their education, rather than on the back end. Under the Shared Discovery curriculum, a student will spend the first two years of their medical education performing clinical work in addition to their in-class studies. Previously, the first two years of medical school consisted of in-class learning almost exclusively.

Michigan State's Dr. Mona continues her fight for the health of Flint
BTN LiveBIG | January 21
Michigan State University pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha wants you to know the Flint Water Crisis isn’t over. Yes, the quality of the city’s water has vastly improved, with lead levels below federal limits, but residents are still advised to use filters. It was Dr. Mona, director of the MSU-Hurley Medical Center’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative, who first documented the rising lead levels in Flint’s children and linked it to a change in the city’s water supply. And, it was Dr. Mona who, with relentless vigor, led the charge to inform residents of the water crisis and to demand action from local and state officials. 

Physician rebounds to restart career
Grand Rapids Business Journal | January 20
Just a little more than five years ago, Dr. Sandy Dettmann was living out of her car, eating her meals at Mel Trotter Ministries and re-learning her multiplication tables. In a previous life, Dettmann had been a successful physician at Butterworth Hospital. She had received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she initially studied to be a surgeon. She quit that track in the third year of her residency at Butterworth, switching to a three-year residency in emergency medicine.

MDHHS awards $500,000 planning grant to MSU College of Human Medicine for Flint registry planning
MSUToday | January 13
One of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force recommendations included the creation of Registry for the long-term tracking of residents exposed to Flint water from April 2014 to present. Through this planning grant, MSU College of Human Medicine and the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, will continue working with many community partners including the Greater Flint Health Coalition to build upon approximately one year of registry planning, building, convening and advocacy in order to develop the foundation for the registry. The intent of the registry will be to that identify, track and support Flint Water Crisis victims.
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Looking back on how state-supported suburban flight laid foundation for Flint water crisis
Michigan Radio's Stateside | January 9
Michigan State University public health expert and urban geographer Rick Sadler argues the true cause of Flint's water disaster goes back decades. Sadler and co-author Andrew Highsmith have published a study laying out their case in the journal Environmental Justice. Sadler joined Stateside to talk about the findings from the study and how, according to him, the public is missing the bigger picture by focusing on the emergency manager or the decision to switch the drinking water source.

Newsmakers of the Year: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Crain's Detroit Business | January 6
Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., the pediatrician who blew the public whistle on the lead poisoning of children and adults in Flint in one of the nation's biggest preventable environmental disasters, continues to advocate for clean and safe drinking and bathing water. "To this day our water is still not safe," said Hanna-Attisha, who practices at Hurley Medical Center in Flint and is the director of the MSU-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. "I am more hopeful than I have been because Congress passed federal funding for Flint that brings significant money ($170 million) for infrastructure to finally replace the plumbing."

Promising new drug stops spread of melanoma by 90 percent
MSUToday | January 4
Michigan State University researchers have discovered that a chemical compound, and potential new drug, reduces the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90 percent. “It’s been a challenge developing small-molecule drugs that can block this gene activity that works as a signaling mechanism known to be important in melanoma progression,” said Richard Neubig, a pharmacology professor and co-author of the study. “Our chemical compound is actually the same one that we’ve been working on to potentially treat the disease scleroderma, which now we’ve found works effectively on this type of cancer.”
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MSU doctor bravely champions the children of Flint
BTN LiveBIG | January 4
Since sounding the alarm in 2015 about the dangerous levels of lead in municipal water, Michigan State’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha has continued to fight for a healthy future for the children in Flint, MI. 

Speaking out on lead, FLint pediatrician fulfills calling
American Medical Association Wire | January 3
When the children of Flint, Mich., were in danger and the people of Flint were ignored, pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, raised her voice in protest. That is because sometimes, with an activist spirit and the help of scientific evidence, a physician is in the perfect position to give a voice to those who are the most vulnerable.