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Cholesterol crystals sure sign a heart attack may loom
MSUToday | August 17
A new Michigan State University study on 240 emergency room patients shows just how much of a role a person’s cholesterol plays, when in a crystallized state, during a heart attack. George Abela, lead author and chief cardiologist at MSU, analyzed the material that was obstructing the coronary arteries of patients who had suffered a heart attack and found that 89 percent of them had an excessive amount of these crystallized structures, referred to as cholesterol crystals. The research is now published online in the American Journal of Cardiology.
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Physicians with increased stress make more mistakes in patient care
MSUToday | August 16
Bengt Arnetz, professor and chair of family medicine in the College of Human Medicine, has found in a new study that the more stress a physician experiences, the more likely he or she will make a minor mistake in patient care.
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Gauging the real risks an benefits of a medical procedure
Baltimore Sun | August 16
The ubiquitous use of “relative numbers” within the medical community to characterize health implications of medical intervention is a primary cause of exaggerated benefits. As Dr. Aron Sousa, a senior associate dean at Michigan State University medical school, says, “relative risk is just another way of lying.”
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Smiles abound at Flint Dental Health Fair
WEYI TV | August 12
Hundreds of children were showing off their pearly whites at the Flint Dental Fair Saturday. The free event was hosted by Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and community partners. The kids received dental health screenings, supplies and were able to have some fun along the way. Along with learning about dental health, families enjoyed bounce houses, food and even played some basketball.
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Chris Contag: "IQ" at MSU is converging science to achieve precision health
WKAR | August 9
Chris Contag joined Michigan State University in November 2016 as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. The new research institute, IQ, is a collaboration between the Colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science, but there will be numerous investigators from other disciplines. The biomedical engineering department and graduate program will be housed in the College of Engineering.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awards $14.4M to fund Flint registry
MSU Today | August 1
Flint residents will soon be able to participate in a voluntary registry that will help connect them to programs designed to minimize the effects of lead on their health. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, will receive approximately $3.2 million this year to begin establishing a registry of residents who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System during 2014-2015. The funds are the first installment of a four-year, $14.4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help build and maintain the Flint Lead Exposure Registry. Funding for the project was included in December 2016 legislation championed by Michigan's congressional leaders.
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Learning and Assessment Center bring simlated medical experiences to students
WSYM TV | July 26
Before they ever enter their chosen professions, Michigan State University’s medical, veterinary and nursing students learn these skills in a safe and realistic environment on East Fee Hall’s sixth floor in the Learning and Assessment Center, also known as the LAC. While most medical schools have some form of simulation center, which offers real-life medical experiences in recreated doctors’ offices and hospital rooms, MSU’s is unique in that it supports all four of the health colleges. It also gives medical and nursing students the opportunity to engage in interprofessional education in team-based situations and is the only simulation facility that provides learning experiences for middle and high school students interested in pursuing health-related careers.
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A rogue gene is causing seizures in babies. Here's how MSU wants to stop it
MSUToday | July 26
Two rare diseases caused by a malfunctioning gene that triggers seizures or involuntary movements in children as early as a few days old have left scientists searching for answers and better treatment options. Richard Neubig is chairperson of pharmacology toxicology at MSU and author of a new study that brings scientists closer to understanding the source, a gene known as GNAO1 and the transformations it can take on, and potentially stopping its devastating effects by uncovering key differences in the way it functions.
READ MORE | Related: WSYM TV, Futurity, Technology Networks

MSU College of Human Medicine Midland Regional Campus welcoming largest class
Midland Daily News | July 22
This fall, the Midland Regional Campus will host 14 third-year students, the largest incoming class yet, and five fourth-year students will be based in Midland. Students fan out across the 23-county service area, learning from physicians in hospitals and medical offices in Clare, Alma, Pigeon, Houghton Lake, Harrison, Sandusky and Saint Ignace. About half the students are enrolled in the college's Rural Community Health Program.
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Two Flint water crisis whistle-blowers win MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award
MLive | July 21
The water expert who helped expose rising levels of lead in Flint water and the pediatrician who helped link the elevated lead to the blood of city children have been selected for the MIT Media Lab Disobedience awards. Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Virginia Tech University engineering professor Marc Edwards are set to receive the award on Friday, July 21, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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UPHS-Marquette taking care in right direction
The Mining Journal | July 21
A regional hospital cannot hope to continue to renew itself without such support firmly in place. And not only do we have a family medicine residency program here, we have a campus of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as well, graduating 12 students each year who go on to train in many different medical specialties. Many have returned to practice medicine in Marquette and throughout the U.P. Among this year’s medical school graduates will be four future internists, two family physicians, two general surgeons, a pediatrician, an emergency physician, an ophthalmologist, and a thoracic surgeon. Of that group, half are U.P. natives and others have strong ties to the U.P. We expect to see many return. Among the six family medicine resident graduates this year, three will remain in the U.P. to practice.
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Disobedience Awards
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | July 20
Both Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Marc Edwards are scientists who became activists, using rigorous research to investigate the concerns of citizens in Flint, Michigan to unravel a mystery that many in positions of power would have preferred to keep under wraps. Both faced harassment and ridicule for their work and risked academic sanctions for defying conventions of peer review as they sought to bring attention to Flint's water crisis before more people were affected. Their work shows that science and scholarship are as powerful tools for social change as art and protest, and it challenges those of us in academia to use our powers for good.
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A culture of collaboration
Van Andel Institute | July 19
A thriving, collaborative environment is essential for tackling major health issues such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. We are fortunate to have just that right here in Grand Rapids, all along the Medical Mile. With the addition of Michigan State University’s new Grand Rapids Research Center, which will officially open later this year, our collective efforts to improve human health will be that much stronger.
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Dental health fair offers free screenings to Flint residents
MSUToday | July 18
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and its partners will host the second annual Flint Dental Health Fair, August 12, 2017. The free community event, “Food, Family and Fun,” will take place at New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1035 East Carpenter Road in Flint, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Common additive may be why you have food allergies
ScienMag | July 16
A Michigan State University researcher has found that a common food additive may be linked to a rise in food allergies. Cheryl Rockwell, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Human Medicine, began studying the possible link between the synthetic food additive tert-butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, nine years ago. Now she has received an award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to continue her work. The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist, or ONES, award comes with a $1.5 million, five-year grant to support her research.
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Think Obamacare repeal won't affect kids? Think again.
Huffington Post | July 15
Mona Hanna-Attisha’s research drew national attention to the crisis, and after briefly attempting to deny her findings, state officials finally admitted she was right. Without that data,” Hanna-Attisha told HuffPost recently, “I have no idea where we would be.” Today, Flint is back to drawing its water from Lake Huron, and the lead levels in the water supply are down, if not yet to where they should be. But Medicaid continues to play a critical role in the well-being of Flint’s children.
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Violence – A public health issue
PBS’s Primary Care with Dr. Lonnie Joe | July 9
With homicide being the leading cause of death of Black males between the ages of 15-34, should violence be viewed from a public health perspective? Dr. Lonnie Joe and guest, epidemiologist Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, answer that question and tell us how a public health approach has proven successful in preventing and reducing violence.
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The effect of a community-based medical school on the state and local physician workforce
AAMC’S AM Express Newsletter | July 8
This study of the original six community campuses of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine suggests that distributed campuses can have a significant effect on the long-term regional workforce.
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After 30 years with ELPD, Chief Jeff Murphy moves on to position with MSU
State News | July 5
Ending his tenure in celebration earlier this month, Murphy has taken a new job back in Grand Rapids as the Director of Security for MSU’s College of Human Medicine research facility.  
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College of Human Medicine appoints interim director for Division of Public Health
MSUToday | July 5
The College of Human Medicine is pleased to announce that C.S. Mott Endowed Professor Debra Furr-Holden has been appointed interim director of the MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health. In addition to her new role, Dr. Furr-Holden will continue in her current position as director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions and co-director of the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.
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Researchers call end end fasting requirements in blood testing
Helio Endocrine Today | 2017
Naveen Kakumanu, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, reports findings of a large survey study on the prevalence of hypoglycemia among patients with diabetes during fasting for routine blood testing. Kakumanu, Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, and colleagues found that almost a quarter of these patients reported an episode of “fasting-evoked en-route hypoglycemia in diabetes” or FEEHD. Kakumanu describes an effort to allow U.S. patients with diabetes to avoid fasting for routine blood work.  
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Research offers new clues to rare genetic disease
MSUToday | June 30
Tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, is considered a rare genetic disease, yet for the estimated 50,000 patients in the United States and almost 2 million individuals worldwide, dealing with its symptoms can be overwhelming. “It’s a devastating disease,” said Jeff MacKeigan, an adjunct associate professor at Michigan State University and lead author of a study now published in Nature Communication.
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McConnell extends health care bill debate
WKAR | June 30
Leonard Fleck is a professor at Michigan State University who focuses his research on health care policy and medical ethics. He says the divide in the Republican Party was too much to overcome. “The more moderate republicans are very concerned about the fact that the medicaid program would be very severely affected by the bill that they’ve been asked to approve now, and the consequences of that would be that individuals in their state would be very adversely affected,” said Fleck. 
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Gran Fondo, MSU cycling event, helps further cancer research
State News | June 30
Gran Fondo, an annual MSU cycling event, has raised more than $640,000 in its first four years for skin cancer research, as well as helping fund programs that focus on awareness and prevention. The event, in its fifth year, was held June 24 in downtown Grand Rapids. The proceeds raised by the race go directly to MSU's College of Human Medicine by allowing researchers to conduct studies that could lead to groundbreaking treatments for skin cancers like melanoma.
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Fazleabas awarded Distinguished Professor title
MSUToday | June 27
MSU College of Human Medicine's Asgi Fazleabas is among ten MSU professors named University Distinguished Professors, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member. Fazleabas is professor and associate chair for research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Health, and director, Center for Women’s Health; co-director, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program.
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Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes new residents
UPMatters.com | June 26
The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program is welcoming new incoming residents, beginning July 1, 2017. The residency program is an education collaboration between UP Health System – Marquette, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
READ MORE | Related: WJMN-TV, Upper Michigan Source 

Toys help kids heal at MSU pediatric clinic
MSUToday | June 26
A Michigan State University pediatric health clinic that manages care for children and young adults with cancer and certain blood diseases has been spreading cheer to their patients through a partnership with The Bottomless Toy Chest. The MSU pediatric hematology oncology team has been working with the local non-profit organization since 2011 and young patients get the chance to see a brighter side to often difficult visits. Recently, the nonprofit made another visit to the clinic with new toys.
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MSU student receives Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award
MSUToday | June 26
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine student Anita Arthur is a recipient of the 2017 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award. The awards program recognizes physicians who exemplify the highest values of volunteerism, community engagement, leadership and dedication to the care of underserved populations.
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Survivor of Kalamazoo biking tragedy takes on the MSU Gran Fondo
WWMT TV | June 24
One of the four survivors of the deadly Kalamazoo biking tragedy was back on his bike on Saturday for an 80-mile ride. Paul Gobble tackled the Gran Fondo, an 80-mile cycling event in Grand Rapids, to fight skin cancer.
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More than 1,700 cyclists take over downtown to benefit skin cancer research
MLive | June 24
More than 1,700 cyclists took over downtown Grand Rapids the morning of June 24 during MSU Gran Fondo to benefit skin cancer research. The large-scale cyclist event raised about $160,172 in online donations that will go toward MSU skin cancer studies and related education programs.
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MSU Gran Fondo has record numbers, fundraising
WOOD TV | June 24
A record number of riders and record fundraising highlights the 5th annual MSU Gran Fondo. More than 1,700 participants biked through West Michigan Saturday in either the 10, 25, 40, or 80-mile ride. The event benefits the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. To date, it has brought in greater than $800,000.
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More than 1,700 cyclists to ride in MSU Gran Fondo
WZZM 13 | June 24
The fifth annual Michigan State University Gran Fondo is taking place Saturday, June 24 -- and more than 1,700 cyclists plan on participating.  The Gran Fondo, Italian for "Big Ride," is a noncompetitive cycling event put on the MSU's College of Human Medicine in support of MSU's skin cancer awareness, prevention and research programs. This year, cycling legend George Hincapie will be riding in the 80-mile route -- which is only one of four different routes riders can partake in. There is also a 10-mile family ride, 25, and 40-mile options. 
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1,500 bicycles expected downtown Grand Rapids for MSU Gran Fondo
MLive | June 23
About 1,500 cyclists are expected to participate in the MSU Gran Fondo on Saturday, June 24, in downtown Grand Rapids. The event, in its fifth year, benefits skin cancer research. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the start/finish line near The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids.
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Cyclists hit streets of West Michigan on Saturday
WOOD TV | June 23
More than 1,600 participants will bike through scenic West Michigan on Saturday for the 5th annual Michigan State University Gran Fondo. The noncompetitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. It has drawn cyclists of all ages from 13 states — some as far as Florida, Arizona and Massachusetts — and even Spain. The headliner this year is George Hincapie.
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MSU Gran Fondo ride takes off Saturday
WZZM 13 | June 23
The annual MSU Gran Fondo will take off from The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 23. The long-distance ride raises money to support skin cancer awareness. Ride options include an 80-mile course, 40-mile course, 24-mile course and 10-mile family course. There is a 6-hour time limit for the ride. The course opens at 8 a.m. and takes off from The B.O.B.
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The Senate’s health care bill is disastrous for people with medicaid
SELF Magazine | June 23
Health care expert Leonard Fleck, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy and medical ethics at Michigan State University, tells SELF that the Senate version of the bill is “80 to 90 percent the same as the House version.” For example, both eliminate the mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time employees provide health insurance to their workers, per the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. They also both allow states to drop many of the essential health benefits the Affordable Care Act required insurance companies to cover, like maternity coverage, emergency care, and mental health treatments.
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Flint Doctor Who Helped Expose Lead Water Crisis Is Fighting for the Most Vulnerable: ‘We’re Not Giving Up on These Kids’
People.com | June 22
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha - Hero of the Week. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha remembers the exact moment she suspected there could be a lead problem for the residents of Flint, Michigan. She was at a dinner party in August 2015 when a friend told her that the city, where Hanna-Attisha has been a pediatrician since 2011, wasn’t using the proper corrosion control in their water-supply source after it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River in April 2014.
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Skin cancer survivor supports research through Gran Fondo
WOOD TV | June 22
MSU says the money has backed three “promising” studies: one into using a virus to kill melanoma cells, one into the link between obesity and increased risk for skin cancer, and one into a combination of drugs that could prevent melanoma from spreading. Mike Hoekstra of East Grand Rapids has a strong connection to the event and the cause. “I really enjoy biking. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Michigan weather and take advantage of the trails we have,” he said.
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MSU Gran Fondo bike race and fundraiser kicks off Saturday
Fox 17 Morning Mix | June 22
It’s one of the top biking events in the nation. MSU’s Gran Fondo is kicking off this Saturday and is raising money for skin cancer research. Bob Hughes, event organizer, and Mike Hoekstra, skin cancer survivor, are here to talk about the event.
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MSU Gran Fondo this weekend
Fox 17 News at 4 PM | June 21
1500 cyclists will be riding to support the fight against skin cancer. The MSU Gran Fondo is happening this weekend and Bob Hughes is here to talk about the ride.
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MSU Gran Fondo
WOOD Radio | June 21
WOOD Radio’s morning show talks with Robert Hughes regarding the upcoming MSU Gran Fondo cycling event, a fundraiser for MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer research.

MSU Gran Fondo
WJRW-AM | June 20
Sound Off West Michigan talks with Robert Hughes regarding the upcoming MSU Gran Fondo cycling event, a fundraiser for MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer research.

Spartans uniting with Kirk Gibson to battle Parkinson's Disease
WKAR | June 20
A team of MSU luminaries will gather at a unique fundraiser that unites the Spartan Nation in raising $1 million to fight Parkinson’s disease—or, as Kirk Gibson has nicknamed it, “Parky.” The Gibby & Friends vs. Parky pregame tailgate will be hosted in MSU’s Kellogg Center at 4:00 pm Saturday September 23, four hours before the Notre Dame football game that kicks off at 8:00 that evening. The mission of the fundraiser is to fund collaborative research taking place within the Grand Rapids Medical Corridor.  Several years ago community leaders set out to build a collaborative medical community.
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MSU Gran Fondo funds promising skin cancer studies
MSUToday | June 13
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researchers are conducting three promising studies that could lead to new treatments for skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form. But without money raised by MSU’s annual Gran Fondo cycling event, none of the three studies would be going forward.
READ MORE | Related: WSYM-TV, Gran Fondo Guide

New director named at Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program
UPMatters.com | June 9
The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program (MFMRP) has announced Brian Waite, MD, as their new director. Dr. Waite officially stepped into the role June 5, 2017. “Dr. Waite brings a lot to the table,” said his predecessor, Stuart Johnson, DO, MSU College of Human Medicine UP Region Chief Executive Officer and Community Assistant Dean.
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Partnership helps Flint families get access to healthier foods for second year
MSUToday | June 6
The Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative has partnered with Tom Gores’ FlintNOW and the National Basketball Players Association, or NBPA, for the second year to provide Flint families access to healthier food through gift certificates totaling $300,000.
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Research universities power state life science
MSUToday | June 1
The diversity of what the URC universities offer in terms of research, medical training and the delivery of care has a profound impact on the state, as well as the world. The MSU College of Human Medicine – one of the nation’s first community-based medical schools – played a crucial role in detecting elevated levels of lead in Flint’s children.
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BMC’s Brent Bookwalter enjoyed a visit to the MSU Gran Fondo
Gran Fondo Guide | May 30
Rockford native and veteran of Tour de France and the 2016 Olympics appeared at Michigan State's MSU Grand Fondo Five kickoff event. Bookwalter was last in West Michigan briefly for Thanksgiving, but hasn't been able to visit old friends or haunts in a few years. This is the chance, as he made the trip solo following the week-long Tour of California.
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Study demonstrates negative impact of weakened motorcycle helmet laws in Michigan
Health Medicine Network | May 26
Skull fractures and other head and facial injuries from motorcycle trauma in Michigan have doubled since that state relaxed its motorcycle helmet laws, reports a study in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Our study demonstrates the negative impact of weakened motorcycle helmet laws leading to decreased helmet use,” said lead author Nicholas S. Adams, MD, of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids.
READ MORE | Related: EurekAlert, Patch, Youth Health Magazine, Plastic Surgery Practice, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Health on the Net, NIH Medline Plus, Health Day, Gephardt Daily

Strengthening primary patient care with land-grant partnerships
MSU Extension | May 25
A unique partnership at Michigan State University (MSU) between the College of Human Medicine and MSU Extension is serving as a model of how the Cooperative Extension System within land-grant universities can collaborate with medical schools and faculty to increase health research and strengthen primary care delivery to patients.
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MSU "positioned to lead transformation of health care" with innovative Shared Discovery Curriculum
WKAR Radio | May 25
“The students then get a new orientation that helps them really lock into what is really important about a basic science understanding, what is the importance of compassion, what is important about the physical examination, and what is important about integrating them," said Dean Beauchamp. "So by the time they’re finished, they’ll be among the very best trained medical students graduating with this great understanding of patient and family-centered care and how all knowledge can integrate to provide the best care at the point of that interaction."
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David Stanley shares experience with skin cancer, riding Gran Fondo to support MSU research
WGVU Radio | May 23
May is Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Month, and gears up the MSU Gran Fondo that happens in June, raising funds for the cause. We talk to David Stanley, author of Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle.
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The truth about whether red wine actually helps your heart health
Self | May 23
George Abela, chief of the division of cardiology at Michigan State University, tells SELF that alcohol and heart health can be a “double-edged sword.” On the one hand, moderate alcohol intake can raise your levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, which is great for your heart health, he says. It also may help you de-stress here and there, and stress is a risk factor for heart disease. On the other, when you drink in extreme excess or if you have a genetic condition, alcohol can damage your heart muscle and cause an abnormal heartbeat. It can also increase your blood pressure. “I’ve had patients that I’ve had to get off of alcohol completely to control their blood pressure,” Abela says.
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Cycling great Brent Bookwalter enjoys nostalgic visit to Grand Rapids
MLive | May 22
Cyclist Brent Bookwalter, fresh off a fourth-place finish at the Amgen Tour of California, is spending a couple of days back in Rockford, in the home he grew up, and enjoying some nostalgia. Bookwalter is in town to speak at Tuesday's MSU Gran Fondo Five kickoff event. The event is 6-8 p.m. at L3vel at The Bob at 20 Monroe Center.
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MSU researchers develop glaucoma monitoring device
WKAR | May 22
Hossein Kouhani is a graduate research assistant in the Michigan State University Department of Electrical Engineering. Along with Dr. Wen Li in Electrical Engineering and Dr. Arthur Weber from the Physiology Department in the MSU College of Human Medicine, he’s working on a completely non-invasive device for monitoring the pressure inside the eye. Essentially, it would be built into a contact lens, and would communicate changes in pressure to a receiver built into an otherwise typical pair of eyeglasses.
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Depression in black men
PBS’s Primary Care with Dr. Lonnie Joe | May 21
Black men are just as likely as anyone to have depression but less likely to get help for it. Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors, C.S. Mott Endowed Professor at Michigan State University tells host, Dr. Lonnie Joe why Black men can no longer live in silence and in the shadows of this treatable condition.
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Bookwalter returns to hometown for MSU Gran Fondo
WOOD TV 8 | May 18
Pro cyclist Brent Bookwalter returns to hometown for the MSU Gran Fondo’s Kickoff Party.
Related: WBBL Radio’s Eric Zane Show, EightWest

Leadership transitions at MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus
UP Matters | May 17
After over 30 years in medical education, William Short, MD, Community Assistant Dean for the MSU College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Campus, is planning to retire on May 19, 2017.  Stuart Johnson, DO, who has been the Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program Director, will be assuming Dr. Short’s position. 
READ MORE | Related: Upper Michigan's Source, Marquette Mining Journal

NIH selects 42 students for the 2017-2018 Medical Research Scholars Program
National Institutes of Health | May 15
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected 42 talented and diverse students, representing 35 US-accredited universities, for the sixth class of its Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP). Among them is Fatima Barragan of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
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MSU medical students become rural health scholars
MSUToday | May 15
Medical students from both the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine were honored as Rural Health Scholars at this month’s annual Michigan Rural Health Conference in Mt. Pleasant. “I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula and experienced many long trips to physicians’ offices for my mother's specialty medical care,” said Tarajo Reinhart, a College of Human Medicine student. “I understand the obstacles primary care doctors face practicing in a rural area, from large patient loads to limited specialty resources and sometimes long travel between clinics and hospitals. I hope to practice in a health professional shortage area after residency.”
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This $25,000 physical has found some ‘serious’ health problems. Others say it has serious problems
Science | May 12
Enthusiasts of “precision medicine” say this kind of screening — similar to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Precision Medicine Initiative — is the way of the future. But many other clinicians and researchers are leery or even downright outraged by the program’s potential for over diagnosis and what they see as lack of evidence for its benefits. Critics aren’t buying it. “If I wanted to write a Swiftian parody illustrating the insanity of this extreme version of [precision medicine], I could not have written a better paper,” says Nigel Paneth, a pediatrician and epidemiologist from Michigan State University, who cites a litany of problems that could result from the study including psychological damage, high medical costs, unnecessary tests and “the absence of the slightest shred of evidence that any benefit will accrue to anyone.”
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The 50 most influential mums of 2017
Elle | May 10
These powerful working women have mastered the art of pursuing a professional career while still being prodigious mothers. Number 32 is Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Director, Hurley Children's Hospital's pediatric residency program and Hurley-Michigan State University Pediatric Public Health Initiative.
READ MORE | Related: Harper's Bazaar

Cycling to fight skin cancer
Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium | May 7
In the years since, the MSU Gran Fondo (Italian for “big ride”) has taken on greater significance for Mike Hoekstra than a pleasant pedal through the countryside. That’s because in August of 2014, two months after his first Gran Fondo, Hoekstra was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. Now that he’s training for the fifth annual MSU Gran Fondo, scheduled for June 24 in Grand Rapids, “the fundraising is more important than the ride,” he said. “I feel really good about it. My nature is to be more reserved, but I’ve really opened up about it. I’m not afraid to ask people for donations.” 
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ELPD chief announces he will retire in June
State News | May 4
East Lansing Police Chief Jeff Murphy announced he will retire on June 2, after more than 30 years of service. After retiring from ELPD, Murphy will become the director of security for MSU's College of Human Medicine.
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'The Biggest Loser' creator is making another weight-loss show
Self | May 3
Saleh Aldasouqi, chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Michigan State University, agrees that mindset is "very important" in the weight loss process. He cites an example of a patient with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease who repeatedly struggled to lose weight but failed until she read about fatty liver disease and its potential impact. "That was the click," he tells SELF. "Doctors should always look for what they think clicks and is important for the patient." And if you don't have a doctor or registered dietitian guiding you, it's about figuring out your own intrinsic motivation that won't just fade away when things get hard, then making changes from there. 
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Flint mayor to host radio town halls on water and health issues
MLive | May 2
Mayor Karen Weaver is taking to Flint's AM radio waves to host several health-focused "town halls" throughout the month of May. On May 16, expert guests will include Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) and partners. 
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A film on the Flint doctor who exposed the water crisis
Color Lines | May 1
Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Michigan State Univeristy College of Human Medicine doctor who helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, will soon be the subject of a book and movie. Anonymous Content bought the rights to a book the pediatrician has written. Though the manuscript is still being edited, the production company has already gathered the film’s writers and producers: Cherien Dabis (“Empire”) will write and direct the movie with Michael Sugar (“13 Reasons Why”) and Rosalie Swedlin (“Live From Baghdad”) producing. The story will follow Hanna-Attisha’s perspective in how the lead contamination crisis unfolded in the city of 100,000.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Public Now, Howard Hughes Medical Institute News

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.
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On-the-job deaths...by the numbers
MSUToday | May 2
The Michigan Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program is one of the work-related research projects conducted by MSU. The purpose of the program - administered by the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, part of the College of Human Medicine - is to investigate all work-related deaths in the state and identify ways to prevent them by educating employers and employees. 
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Get paid to get sick at MSU's College of Human Medicine
WZZM 13 | May 2
There is nothing typical about the doctor's office waiting room at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine -- not the doctors or the patients. They're first year medical students in Grand Rapids using simulated patients to diagnose medical conditions. "We're well prepared to handle whatever the students come up with," said Kathy Dekraker. She has been a simulated patient at MSU for about two years. "There were some weeks I was here every two and a half days for probably a couple of months.
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Gold medalists announcements top ARRS Annual Meeting festivities
ScienMag | April 28
This year's winners include Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. An influential scientist and national leader in the radiology community, Beauchamp has received numerous awards for his research and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. His research focuses on developing advanced MRI imaging techniques to extend the treatment window for acute ischemic stroke and to identify risk predictors for stroke and dementia. Beauchamp is chair of the International Outreach Committee of the American Roentgen Ray Society, sits on the board of directors of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments, and is past president of both of those organizations.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Upper Michigan Source, WNEM TV 5, NBC TV 25, Crain's Detroit Business,
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Crain's Detroit Business, Mlive, Upper Michigan Source

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Fox 47 News, WOOD TV and 20 other publications

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Neurology Today

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.
READ MORE | Related: Knowridge, US News & World Report, Science Daily, and 61 other publications

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Michigan Radio, WILX TV 10, Detroit Legal News, WILS Radio Capital City Recap

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.”
READ MORE | Related: WSYM TV, Macomb County Legal News

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.
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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.
READ MORE | Related: Midland Daily News Op-Ed

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.”
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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.
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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.”
READ MORE | Related: The Nonprofit Quarterly

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. 
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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.
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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. 
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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.
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