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College of Human Medicine hosts Cerebral Palsy conference
MSUToday | April 17
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will host the Maximizing Function and Ability in Cerebral Palsy conference on April 19. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in MSU’s Radiology Building. It will feature presentations by clinicians, scientists and community members from across the state and beyond.
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MSU Match Day results announced
Mining Journal | April 13
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus recently announced results of Match Day for eight graduating medical students.
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MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus boasts new curriculum
Upper Michigan Source | April 9
"MSU CHM has started a new curriculum. It began two years ago, and what this does is students are now getting in their first and second years of medical school clinical experiences immediately upon starting medical school, which is something that has never happened before," says Susan Tincknell, Community Administrator at College of Human Medicine U.P. Campus.
Read more - New curriculum | Related: Medical Health News

Up to 30,000 Flint kids to get screened for lead impact
Detroit Free Press | April 9
Tens of thousands of Flint children who were exposed to lead during the Flint water crisis will be screened to determine whether they need health or special education services, under an unprecedented partial settlement of a federal lawsuit against the state and two school districts. "It's a win for our kids," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the MSU-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative who is already leading an effort to identify children and adults exposed to lead and get them connected to any resources they may need.
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MSU department climbs in rankings for NIH funding
MSUToday | April 9
Michigan State University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine has grown in prestige in the number of top researchers it has attracted, as well as garnering more federal grant funding.
Read more - OBGYN's NIH funding | Related: Medical Health News

Is there a doctor in town? Addressing a critical need for more rural physicians, especially for older adults
Next Avenue | April 6
MSU’s Leadership in Rural Medicine program recruits medical students such as Anderson who will plant roots in rural communities. “We’re really looking for people who plan to practice long-term,” said Dr. Andrea Wendling, who directs the program. “We have really good outcomes.” The program annually admits 24 students who have been accepted into MSU’s medical school. It targets students who either come from rural areas or who have had significant experience there. Studies have found that students with rural roots are more willing to practice in rural communities.
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Work-related hospitalizations in Michigan up again in 2016
Workers Compensation | April 4
ince 2014, Michigan hospitals have been required to report work-related injuries for which workers' compensation is the expected payer, according to the MSU College of Human Medicine's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division. In 2016, 861 workers were hospitalized with injuries – up from 844 in 2015 and 793 in 2014. Preliminary data for 2017, through Jan. 17, projects the annual total to be 825.
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It's not my fault, my brain implant made me do it
The Conversation | April 3
Laura Cabrera, assistant professor with MSU's Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Jennifer Carter-Johnson, associate professor with MSU College of Law, discuss who is responsible if neurotechnology goes haywire.
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University studies postpartum depression program
The Brown Daily Herald | April 2
Researchers from Michigan State and the University are now studying how a program shown to help prevent postpartum depression might be implemented in clinics that “serve at-risk populations” across the country. The researchers are working with 90 clinics in six states to see how they can best adapt the program, said Jennifer Johnson, co-author of the study, adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Michigan State.
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Practicing humanism in medicine
MSUToday | March 30
On Jan. 27, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine hosted its first conference on humanism in medicine. More than 70 medical students from all over the state came to Grand Rapids to learn how they can do a better job of caring for their patients – and for themselves. The conference included a series of TED-style talks on innovation in medicine and how to become the kind of physicians who treat not only disease but the whole patient.
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Dr Mona: Don't downplay lead problems, or solutions, for kids in Flint water crisis
Detroit Free Press (Opinion) | March 28
Flint’s blood lead levels are not the worst in history nor even the worst in the country. But it is important to understand that the way children in Flint were exposed to lead — via drinking water and not the more-common lead exposure through paint, soil, air or dust — and the current screening procedures developed to test for exposure from those common sources were inadequate to document the extent of Flint's lead-poisoning problem. It's even more important to renew and refocus our efforts to ensure that kids in cities like Flint, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia aren't exposed to lead in the first place.
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Flint Environmental Justice Summit draws hundreds to MCC campus
ABC 12 | March 26
"We're recognizing that we have to make sure our community is healthy, make sure that the space, the land that we're using is healthy and make sure that everybody has safe clean resources like safe water to use," said Dr. Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, Assistant Professor MSU College of Human Medicine.
Read more - Flint Summit | Related: East Village Magazine

Promising drug may stop cancer-causing gene in its tracks
MSUToday | March 26
Jamie Bernard, an assistant professor in the College of Human Medicine, has found that the drug, I-BET-762, can stop more than half of precancerous breast and lung cancer cells from becoming cancerous.
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Michigan State professor takes on pseudoscience with 'Mommy, PhD' blog
Lansing State Journal | March 26
“Pseudoscience and anti-science stuff provides really simple, easy answers,” said Alison Bernstein, assistant professor of translational science and molecular medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “It gives a clear boogeyman, like GMOs or vaccines, and a clear solution, and that is much easier to deal with.” She decided to reserve a tongue-in-cheek name on Facebook for her own blog — Mommy, PhD. — in 2011, though she didn't start writing it in earnest until a few years later.
Read more - Mommy, PhD | Related: Science Moms documentary, Detroit Free Press

Chilly, Blues & Brews
WZZM 13 | March 21
The sixth annual Chilly, Blues & Brews at The BOB will include a chili cook-off, hot pepper eating contest, live blues, michigan craft beer and more. Tasting begins at 1pm. Sampling tickets will be for sale for only .50 each. A portion of the proceeds will got to benefit Skin Cancer Research via MSU Gran Fondo.
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America's doctors are burned out and we're finally taking it seriously
Tonic | March 20
You don’t need to take a doctor’s word for it, either—you can measure levels of stress in their bodies, says Bengt Arnetz, a family practitioner and expert in organizational efficiency at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His research team took samples of blood and saliva from emergency room residents before and after their shifts, and asked them about their performance. The team found that doctors-in-training with higher biological indications of stress reported more medical errors, in a study published in BMJ Open in August.
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Match Day reveals future for MSU College of Human Medicine UP Region students
Fox UP | March 20
The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus recently announced results of Match Day for 8 graduating medical students. Match Day is the much anticipated day when medical students across the country learn where they will train in their chosen specialty. It takes place the third Friday of March each year. The National Resident Matching Program is the system through which the results are obtained.
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Match Day for MSU medical students
MSUToday | March 19
After four years of study, lectures, clinical rotations, exams and sleepless nights, Caitlin McCarthy and 162 of her College of Human Medicine classmates learned which residency programs had accepted them, and where they would spend the next three to six years of their lives. “It’s overwhelming,” she said. “This is what we’ve worked for, and now it comes down to this.” Graduating medical students gathered at all seven of the college’s community campuses, counting down to noon, when they would open their envelopes, ending the suspense. All across the country, thousands of other medical students awaited that same moment. 
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Why funding for graduate medical education should change
MSUToday | March 16
The way the federal government pays hospitals to train resident physicians hasn’t changed in decades. Now, a Michigan State University physician thinks it’s time to come up with new standards for reimbursing hospitals for their graduate medical education programs. “It’s a pretty outdated system,” said Heather Laird-Fick, an associate professor of medicine in the College of Human Medicine and co-author of an article published in the journal Academic Medicine.
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Researchers highlight their work in Flint Water Crisis
WNEM | March 9
A collaboration of researchers focused on the Flint Water Crisis came together to highlight their work and discuss how it moves forward. The Healthy Flint Research Symposium was at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown. “We have a community that has rolled up their sleeves to make sure that the future of Flint is brighter than it ever was,” said Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha, who was one of the first to spotlight the water crisis almost four-years-ago.
Read more - Healthy Flint Research Symposium | Related: ABC 12

The Society for Reproductive Investigation and Bayer announce Discovery and Innovation grant recipients
PR Newswire | March 8
The Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and Bayer today announced the recipients of new research grants made possible by support from Bayer, in three critical areas of women's health: uterine fibroids, endometriosis and ovarian health. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researchers Amanda Patterson, PhD, and Niraj Joshi, PhD, were among the award recipients.
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Partners producing Chilly, Blues & Brews downtown
Grand Rapids Business Journal | March 7
An upcoming chili cook-off, live blues and beer event downtown is aimed at raising funds for skin cancer research. The sixth-annual Chilly, Blues & Brews is set to run from 1 p.m. on March 24 to 2 a.m. on March 25 at The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, at 20 Monroe Ave. NW. The free-admission and “family friendly” event is being produced by The B.O.B., WLAV FM and the MSU Gran Fondo.
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Study looks to help more new mothers with postpartum depression
MSUToday | March 1
Jennifer Johnson, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health, has landed a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand a preventative program that can cut the postpartum depression rate among low-income women in half. 
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Study pinpoints areas in Flint that need better food
MSUToday | February 26
Rick Sadler, a Michigan State University researcher, has pinpointed areas in Flint, Mich., that have unequal access to healthy, affordable food, and he plans to use the information to improve those areas most affected – low-income and minority neighborhoods.
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Researchers tackle higher breast cancer rates
Traverse City Record Eagle | February 25
Michigan State University assistant professor and researcher Kelly Hirko has spent the last six months building a database to compare the county’s rates with census data. It’s a pet project — Hirko was denied grant funding for the project last year, so now she’s building the database in her spare time. Several others, from doctors to patients, are helping out.
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CPR survival rates are lower than most people think
Reuters | February 25
“The majority of patients and non-medical personnel have very unrealistic expectations about the success of CPR as well as the quality of life after patients are revived,” said lead author Lindsey Ouellette, a research assistant at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids.
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Student view: On the shoulders of our ancestors
MSUToday | February 21
Osose Oboh is a first-year student in the College of Human Medicine. She has a weekly portrait series on her blog. In honor of Black History Month, she posted the first part in a series of portraits that highlights future physicians.
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Couples in Business: Nutcase Vegan Meats
Women's Lifesytle Magazine | February 15
After meeting in med school at Michigan State University 28 years ago, this dynamic duo has been completely in-sync. What began as a passion for health developed into a company that specializes in vegan “meat”, or meat that is gluten-free, soy-free and corn-free. After years of witnessing diet-related illness in patients and having personal experience with the effects of a plant-based diet, Dr. Monica Randles and Dr. Andrew Maternowski launched their company, Nutcase Vegan Meats.
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MSU President Engler targets safety, quality and transparency with new health structure
MSUToday | February 14
In keeping with his promise to make health care at Michigan State University a national model for quality and safety, Interim President John Engler today announced a new structure for the university’s health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs, including two leadership appointments. Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., dean of the College of Human Medicine, is expected to be appointed to the newly created position of associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs. Anthony M. Avellino, chief executive officer of OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute, will assume the roles of assistant provost for student health, wellness and safety and MSU HealthTeam chief medical officer.
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Request for proposal issued for innovative projects to eliminate child lead exposure
State of Michigan | February 8
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, on behalf of Michigan’s Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission, released a Request for Proposal to select up to 10 projects to eliminate child lead exposure. One-time grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to the elimination of child lead exposure and have the potential for replication throughout the state. The CLEEC is co-chaired by Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive, and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the pediatric residency at Hurley Children's Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
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Mary Free Bed brings on renowned researcher to improve treatment
MLive | February 4
Dr. Janet Niemeier is the new director of the John F. Butzer Center for Research & Innovation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The research arm was created four years ago as part of a partnership with Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine to expand the country's fifth largest independent rehabilitation hospital into a teaching and research hospital.
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Street Talk: Newsmakers - This is not a drill
Grand Rapids Business Journal | February 2
The most memorable acceptance speech — and the highlight of the day — belonged to Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr., dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, who was accepting the award in the health care category for MSU’s Grand Rapids Research Center.
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Fighting Alzheimer's Disease in the Latino Community
MSU Engaged Scholar | January
"I cannot expect people to tell me about their health or their loved ones' health issues unless they can trust me, and know that I want to make things better," said Vega. For Vega and the other College of Human Medicine researchers, translational medicine connects research and knowledge with practical applications, so that people understand more about disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Update on Flint with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Medscape | January 30
Now that you already have this exposure, what do we do to not see the consequences? That is where my work is every day in Flint. We put in place the services that science has taught us promote development. In Flint, we have robust early education services, high-quality childcare, universal preschool, early literacy investment, parenting support, healthcare access, and nutrition support. Nutrition plays a critical role in [mitigating the effects of lead exposure].
Read more - Flint lead update

Realistic venomous snake bite emergency exercise at John Ball 
WZZM TV 13 - January 26
John Ball Zoo's venomous reptile keepers, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students and professionals from Spectrum Health teamed up Thursday, Jan. 25, for a venomous snake bite emergency exercise. Over 80 professionals from the three institutions combined their skills for the five-hour simulation. A combination of simulated human patients, computer controlled manikins, along with human actors helped re-create symptoms of a venomous bite.
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Flint water crisis whistleblower receives Union for Reform Judaism award
Times of Israel | January 24
This past December Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha received the Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award at the 74th Union for Reform Judaism Biennial for her work. As much as Hanna-Attisha’s story is a story of science and medicine, it is also about social justice and democracy, and what happens when one citizen steps up and speaks out. But she says it is also a story about what happens when public health and environmental protections are threatened.
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Early enrollment for Flint Registry now open
MSUToday | January 22
Residents of Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the city’s water system can now pre-enroll for 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. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, along with other MSU, Flint and government leaders, announced the launch of the pre-enrollment website earlier today.
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Can mice really mirror humans when it comes to cancer?
MSUToday | January 18
A new study by Eran Andrechek is helping to answer a pressing question among scientists of just how close mice are to people when it comes to researching cancer. The findings, now published in PLOS Genetics, reveal how mice can actually mimic human breast cancer tissue and its genes, even more so than previously thought, as well as other cancers including lung, oral and esophagus.
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MSU scientists open window into psychosis
MSUToday | January 17
A new study led by Michigan State University scientists aims to shed light on the underlying mechanisms of psychosis in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Together with Eric Achtyes, a psychiatrist and medical researcher, and David Zhu, a professor and expert in radiology, Katharine Thakkar will study corollary discharge signals that are relayed through the thalamus to the cortex – connections known to be abnormal in people with schizophrenia.
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Public health experts share ideas for reshaping America's long-term health
POLITICO | January 10
Mona Hanna-Attisha, one of 14 public health experts interviewed by POLITICO, shared her thoughts for improving America's health. "Cut child poverty in half," said Hanna Attisha. "The more we learn about poverty and the developing brain, the more we realize how poverty — especially early, deep and persistent poverty — can distort the brain and dramatically alter a child’s entire life trajectory."
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Dean Beauchamp's 2018 Outlook
MiBiz | January
In late 2017, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine opened the $88.1 million Grand Rapids Research Center in the city’s downtown. As the medical school now looks to build a larger research base in Grand Rapids in 2018 and beyond, Dean Norman Beauchamp said the center opens opportunities for further partnerships with local care providers and companies not only in medical research but also with businesses that address the economic issues that affect health care.
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