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News from 2018

New research building puts MSU, Grand Rapids at 'epicenter' of healthcare innovation, university says
MLive | December 17
On Friday, MSU’s board of trustees approved a request to negotiate a 75-year lease for roughly 2.5-acres on the research center site with Health Innovation Partners. The lease is expected to be finalized in February. Administrators declined to provide financial details, citing ongoing negotiations. There’s also tentative plans to build a third building on the site, just north of the research center on Monroe Avenue NW. Details on what that building would be used for, or when construction could start, have not been determined.
Read more - Epicenter of healthcare innovation

Second phase of MSU's Grand Rapids Research Center to help bring innovation to market
MiBiz | December 16
Dr. Norman Beauchamp hopes a new innovation center at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center downtown will help get clinical discoveries to patients faster. The second phase build out at the site will allow university researchers more easily to pair with private-sector companies, according to Beauchamp, who serves as dean of the College of Human Medicine.
Read more - Second phase of GRRC

MSU Board of Trustees authorizes Phase II development for Grand Rapids Research Center
MSUToday | December 14
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has authorized the university to enter into a Public Private Partnership, or P3, for the continued development of the Grand Rapids Research Center site. In July 2018, commercial real estate company JLL issued a P3 request for proposal on behalf of MSU for developer procurement. A lead developer candidate, Health Innovation Partners, a joint venture between MB Real Estate, Walsh Construction/Walsh Investors and Rockford Construction & Development, has been identified and the authorization allows MSU administration to proceed with negotiations on the ground lease and developer agreement.
Read more - Phase II development of Grand Rapids Research Center 

WOOD TV - MSU Oks expansion on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile 
MiBiz - MSU trustees approve phase two expansion of Grand Rapids Research Center 
MLive - Michigan State pursuing plans for two new Grand Rapids buildings
WZZM - MSU authorizes continued development of Grand Rapids Research Center
WOOD Radio - MSU Oks expansion on Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile
WGVU Radio - MSU Board of Trustees approves Phase II of GR Research Center project
Fox 17 - MSU to expand along Medical Mile in Grand Rapids

Collaborative $3.5M NIH grant helps continue work in minority aging and health
MSUToday | December 10
A $3.5 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging will extend a long-standing collaboration, known as the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. James Jackson, research professor at the Institute for Social Research, will lead the project, along with co-investigators Joan Ilardo of MSU and Peter Lichtenberg of Wayne State University.
Read more - Minority aging and health | Related: Detroit Business, US News

Fasting for lab tests isn't good for patients with diabetes
MSUToday | November 30
Fasting before getting your blood drawn for cholesterol tests is common practice, but new research from Saleh Aldasouqi, professor and chief of the endocrinology division in the College of Human Medicine, shows it is a contributing factor of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, in patients who take diabetes medications.
Read more - Fasting for lab tests | Related: WLNS, Public Now, Futurity

Providing for people in Cusco, Peru
MSUToday | November 20
Last March, I was able to travel with my medical service volunteer group, MEDLIFE, to Cusco, Peru. I knew we would be assisting doctors, dentists and other health care professionals to provide much needed care to rural families. What I did not know was what an eye-opening and life-changing experience this would be.
Read more - Peru medical service trip

MSU researcher working to learn how embryos interact with the maternal environment
WKAR | November 19
Ripla Arora is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology within the College of Human Medicine and is the Chief of the Division of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on embryo uterine interactions at the time of implantation and uterine development.
Read more - Embryo uterine interactions

Collaborative lecture series discusses Alzheimer's disease, dimentia
Grand Valley Lanthorn | November 19
The first in the series, the lecture centered around the latest research on Alzheimer's disease and the impact it has on patients, caregivers and the healthcare system. The hour-long event also featured presentations from GVSU’s Kirkhof College of Nursing Professor Rebecca Davis and MSU’s College of Human Medicine Professor David Morgan. The presentation was attended by current and past college students, as well members of the community both young and old, who wanted to learn more about new research findings and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease.
Read more - Collaborative lecture

MSU hires director to address wellness and vulnerable populations
MSUToday | November 9
Claudia Finkelstein, an internal medicine physician and medical educator, has been named to the newly created position of director of wellness, resiliency and support for the vulnerable. Finkelstein is helping MSU health care providers address care for vulnerable populations and is also developing a wellness and resilience program for the College of Human Medicine’s faculty and staff.
Read more - Finkelstein hired as director of wellness, resiliency and support

MSU HealthTeam joins Michigan State Medical Society
MSUToday | November 9
The physicians of MSU HealthTeam are now members of the Michigan State Medical Society, or MSMS, to help influence policies and procedures which affect physicians and the delivery of health care to citizens. MSU HealthTeam is the faculty group practice of Michigan State University’s colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine. The knowledge and effort university physicians put forth in their respective communities will be amplified across the state as an MSMS group member.
Read more - MSMS membership

Whitmer announces honorary co-chairs for transition
Office of Governor-Elect Gretchen Whitmer | November 7
Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer today announced key members of her transition team, including a diverse group of policy, business and philanthropic leaders serving as honorary co-chairs for the transition, which includes Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, associate professor of pediatrics and human development at MSU College of Human Medicine.
Read more - Transition team

Studying the ethics of invasive therapies for depression
MSUToday | November 6
Laura Cabrera, an assistant professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities, has received a $1.4 million National Institutes of Health-Brain Initiative grant to study the ethics around interventions that use electrical stimulation for treating depression. 
Read more - Ethics of invasive depression treatments

Fasting laboratory tests pose risk for hypoglycemia
Healio | October 31
“A conceivably overlooked cause of hypoglycemia is the procurement of fasting labs, of which the lipid panel is the most commonly ordered fasting lab test,” Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, ECNU, professor of medicine and chief of the endocrinology division at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “By ordering fasting labs, we may not only be inconveniencing patients, but we may also be inadvertently putting them at risk for hypoglycemia.”
Read more - Hypoglycemia

High-speed Internet could be key for medically underserved areas
MSUToday | October 30
In a recent position statement published by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Sabrina Ford and Kelly Hirko, in the College of Human Medicine, claim telemedicine, which requires high-speed internet access, would promote better communications between physicians and patients. It would also allow doctors in rural areas to share images with specialists elsewhere and help rural patients comply with prevention and treatment advice from their doctors.
Read more - Internet access in rural areas

Medical student receives fellowship for research in Liberia
MSUToday | October 26
MSU College of Human Medicine student Joseph Perosky has received a Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship that will support a pilot study in Liberia to develop a better system for compiling and analyzing newborn and maternal death information. 
Read more - Research fellowship

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on the lessons of the Flint water crisis
Minnesota Public Radio | October 25
Michigan pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha exposed the impact on children from the lead in Flint's water system. She says it's the biggest environmental and public health disaster in the country. She adds that it's also about money and power, and the role of government in protecting health and safety. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is associate professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and a pediatrician at Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint, Michigan.
Read more - Lessons of the water crisis

MSU receives $2.4M NIH grant to advance cannabis research
MSUToday | October 24
Norbert Kaminski, director of MSU's Center for Integrative Toxicology, who has studied the effects of cannabis since 1990, has received a five-year, $2.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to further his work on the role cannabis plays in decreasing brain inflammation in HIV patients. 
Read more - NIH grant advances cannabis research

Five inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
WLNS TV | October 18
To honor the trailblazing women in our state, Michigan Women Forward named five new inductees into the Women's Hall of Fame tonight. Among those inducted were Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, known for her advocacy for children during the Flint Water Crisis, Wayne County prosecutor Kim Worthy, and Michigan State chemist Dr. Angela Wilson.

Medical students selected for American Medical Association committee
MSUToday | October 17
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students Jordan Lippincott and Miriam Rienstra Bareman have been selected to serve on a national committee of the American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section.
Read more - AMA committee

It's the environment, stupid
Tomorrow Edition | October 16
Professor Honglei Chen is an environmental epidemiologist at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine where he studies how the environment impacts brain health with a focus on Parkinson’s disease. “I think we all agree that environmental factors play a part, but they are incredibly difficult to study. The environment includes many different factors that may change over time, it is far more than just pesticides or toxins.”
Read more - Environment

Toxic metal found in chain stores' jewelry
Associated Press | October 11
Michael Harbut, a practicing doctor who as a university professor has researched cadmium's cancer-causing properties, noted that contact can trigger skin rashes including psoriasis. "Cadmium is bad," said Harbut, who teaches at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. "Given a choice between wearing something with cadmium in it, or wearing something without cadmium in it, I would take the product without cadmium."
Read more - Toxic jewelry

MSU makes scores of changes after Nassar scandal
Detroit News | October 8
Across the country, the standard of care is to offer chaperones during exams involving a sensitive area of the body, said Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr., MSU associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs. The newly required chaperones typically will be medical assistants, Beauchamp said, and they have been trained on how to report issues of concern.
Read more | MSU makes changes

A hidden epidemic in the opioid crisis
MSUToday | October 5
“Within the opioid epidemic, there may be a hidden suicide epidemic,” she said. It is a crisis that Johnson, a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine, will study under a $1 million supplemental grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. 
Read more - Hidden epidemic

Healthcare forum addresses mental health stigma
WLNS | October 4
“It's not a personal weakness; it's an illness,” said Norman Beauchamp, the Dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine. Studies show that 43 million Americans suffer from mental health illnesses each year. Beauchamp says it's important for people who do have illnesses to know they're not alone. “What we have to do is help people know that lots of people struggle, one in five people struggle,” said Beauchamp.
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Local health care leaders turn focus on opioid crisis, other challenges
WLNS | October 4
"We didn't give the practitioners the skills to know how do you do those prescriptions correctly so you give the right amount, you don't give excess,” said Norman Beauchamp, dean of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Local doctor dedicated to helping Syrian refugees
WLNS TV | September 28
The Syrian American Medical Society, known as SAMS, is doing amazing things for Syrian refugees overseas in Jordan. SAMS hosts four medical missions every year to the Zaatari Refugee Camp, one of the largest in the world, helping men, women and children with all sorts of medical issues. As is turns out, a mid-Michigan doctor, Hend Azhary, organizes one every summer.
Read more - Helping refugees 

Mining gene expression data for drug discovery
Chemical & Engineering News | September 23
To be sure, big data approaches still face commercial hurdles, especially when it comes to repurposing drugs. To move forward in clinical trials, Bin Chen of Michigan State University and colleagues have spent the past year trying to license a patent-protected drug that their data mining system predicted could treat a disease other than the one for which it was originally intended. “It is not easy to convince a big company to license their compound to an academic lab or a start-up,” Chen says. For now, Chen’s team is trying artificial intelligence methods to work around the problem by redesigning the compound, making it different enough from the original to avoid patent infringement.
Read more - Bin Chen

New genetic syndrome identified in 3-year-old patient
MSUToday | September 21
Andre Bachmann, a professor of pediatrics in the College of Human Medicine, has co-authored a study that identifies a new genetic syndrome in a 3-year-old patient who, for more than two years, has gone undiagnosed.
Read more - New genetic syndrome | Related: Today ShowDetroit Free PressFuturity, Bioengineer, Scienmag, Medical Xpress, Medical Newser, Techsite, EurekAlert, News-Medical

New MSU Foundation professors announced
MSUToday | September 21
Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been named MSU Foundation Professor, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching.
Read more - Foundation professors

Expanding the primary care pipeline
AAFP News | September 10
When the family of family medicine organizations met Aug. 30-31 at AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kan., to discuss an ambitious workforce pipeline project, Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., was a featured speaker. It was an easy choice for the meeting's planners. Although one can't say that Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, literally "wrote the book" on medical student specialty choice, the research portion of her curriculum vitae reads like a table of contents on the subject. Ten years into her practice, Phillips has authored 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, including 29 on issues that affect student choice.
Read more - Primary care pipeline

Teddy Bear Picnic
WILX & WLNS TV | September 15
Families and children of all ages attended the annual Teddy Bear Picnic on September 15. Kids brought a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal for a check-up at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Teddy Bear Hospital. The mock clinic was staffed by physicians and students from Michigan State University’s health colleges and local hospitals.

What the eyes don't see, Dr. Mona did
Northern Express | September 15
Dr. Hanna-Attisha will appear at the National Writers Series in Traverse City on Sunday, Sept. 30, to discuss her book, “What The Eyes Don’t See” (Random House), which describes not only the medical side of the story but also the bureaucratic stonewalling, political disenfranchisement, and (she argues) racism that made the problem worse.
Read more - National Writers Series

Honor society inductees announced for UP campus
The Mining Journal | September 14
The Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, UP Campus is proud to announce its recent inductees into the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Election into the AOA is given to students who excel academically, demonstrate professionalism, exhibit leadership qualities and a show a commitment to research and community service. 
Read more - Honor Society

What is health, precisely?
MSN Health | September 11
Not everyone is convinced that these large-scale data-gathering efforts will pay off with big improvements in health. "The question I'd ask is, 'What hole is being filled? What are we attempting to solve here?' " says Nigel Paneth, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. 

Michigan needs 32,000 home health care workers by 2020
WKAR | September 10
Clare Luz is a Ph.D gerontologist in the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine department of Family and Community Medicine. In a recent PBS Newshour story, she painted a stark picture of the shortage of home health care workers in Michigan. “In Michigan alone,” Luz says, “we’re going to need 32,000 more direct care workers by 2020.”
Read more - Michigan's home health care shortage

MSMS position on federal support for vaccination efforts
Michigan State Medical Society | September 10
One of the authors of the resolution, MSMS member, Anne Drolet, a fourth-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, spoke recently on the importance of the program and what compelled the authors to bring the issue before the House of Delegates.
Read more - Vaccinations

Doctor who helped expose Flint water crisis to speak at UMich
MLive | September 10
The doctor whose research helped expose the Flint water crisis will speak at the University of Michigan in support of her recently-released book "What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City." Mona Hanna-Attisha will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Read more - Doctor to speak in Flint

The Kawasaki Kids Foundation puts on annual 5K run on campus
State News | September 10
Along with events held all around the country, the Kawasaki Kids Foundation puts on an event each year in East Lansing with the help of the MSU College of Human Medicine and other sponsors. “It started with the College of Medicine, Pediatrics and Human Development. One of their doctors was our doctor when our son was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease,” Geisel said.
Read more - 5K run for Kawasaki disease

Rich DeVos leaves a legacy of stewardship
Grand Rapids Business Journal | September 7
Thankful for DeVos’ help with the Millennium Park project and developing Medical Mile, Peter Secchia said DeVos had a practical rationale for putting his names on buildings and urged Secchia to consider it, too. “He said to me, ‘If people don’t know whether they should put their name on a project and donate, maybe they would consider if they saw your name. Put your name on a building, and others will join up.’ That was his logic,” Secchia said. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Secchia Center opened in 2010.

Hanna-Attisha to lead public book discussion in East Lansing
MSUToday | September 5
Michigan State University pediatrician and author Mona Hanna-Attisha will join U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on Sept. 13 for an inspiring conversation about her book, What the Eyes Don’t See, from 6-8 p.m. at the East Lansing Public Library.
Read more - Book Discussion

MSU restructures health care practice
MSUToday | August 31
Working to become a national model for quality and safety in health care is a top priority for Michigan State University. Today, the Board of Trustees took another step toward achieving this by approving the creation of a new multi-specialty group practice for MSU’s colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing. The new entity, Michigan State University Health Care, will replace the MSU HealthTeam.
Read more - Michigan State University Health Care | Related: WKAR Radio, WZZM TV 13, Crain's Detroit Business, Lansing State Journal

Rick Breon reflects on 18 years leading West Michigan's largest health care organization
MiBiz | August 31
Along the way, Spectrum Health created its own medical group that acquired several physician practices, including the former MMPC in Grand Rapids in 2010, and it forged research partnerships with Van Andel Institute and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Along with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Spectrum Health also partnered with MSU to relocate the College of Human Medicine to Grand Rapids from its prior home in East Lansing.
Read more - Breon reflects on career at Spectrum Health

Can cannabis compounds slow diseases like Alzheimer's?
Lansing State Journal | August 30
Aspects of Alzheimer's and similar diseases continue to confound researchers, said Marcia Gordon, a professor in the Department of Translation Science and Molecular Medicine at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. In the most basic sense, the older people get, the more likely they are to have misshapen proteins in the brain that clump together, causing damage to neurons that leads to dementia and other symptoms. 
Read more - Cannabis compounds

Drawn to Alpena in medical school, he's back to practice medicine
MidMichigan Health | August 28
Family Medicine Physician Nathan Gallagher, M.D., is happy to back in Alpena practicing medicine and doing the outdoor things he loves in a small and friendly town.

Pre-enrollment in Flint Registry continues, program launches next month
WNEM TV 5 | August 27
“It is important that people who have been exposed to the Flint water crisis have the opportunity to get connected, supported, and counted,” said Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, associated professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “We are also collecting information that will allow us to advocate for additional service and resources that are needed in the Flint community.”
Read more - Pre-enrollment continues

190 students start MSU medical school with white coat ceremony
WZZM 13 | August 26
On Sunday afternoon, 190 first-year medical students entered the MSU College of Human Medicine with a white coat ceremony. The students were welcomed by Dean Norman J. Beauchamp Jr. The white coat ceremony is a tradition at MSU's medical school, and it marks the beginning of the students four-year medical degree program.
Read more - White Coat

Presidential search committee announced
MSUToday | August 22
Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion has been selected by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to serve on its 19-member presidential search committee tasked with providing input and aiding in the efforts to hire the 21st president. The nine women, 10 men committee includes the student body president, trustees, distinguished faculty members and staff and alumni working in the private sector.
Read more - Presidential Search Committee

The US needs more doctors. Is free medical school the answer?
PBS News Hour | August 21
“Medical students do worry about their debt, but there’s also some evidence that without debt, people would [still] be influenced by the pay gap between primary care and specialists,” said Dr. Julie Phillips, a primary care physician and Michigan State University associate professor who researches the consequences of medical student debt.
Read more - Free medical school 

A conversation with Andrea Wendling
Rural Health Leadership Radio | August 21
In this episode, we’re having a conversation with Andrea Wendling, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Rural Medicine Curriculum at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. “Today’s medical students often say, “I want to care for a community. Teach me how to do that.” I think that’s really exciting.”
Read more - RHL podcast

Where you live can affect your health
MSUToday | August 21
A study by Rick Sadler, now published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, looked at neighborhood characteristics such as proximity to food stores, parks, industrial areas, bus stops and community gardens, in order to determine which had more influence on residents’ healthy behaviors.
Read more - Healthfulness Index | Related: Michigan Radio

UM-Flint alumni address food security issues throughout Michigan
UM-Flint News | August 13
Alumni Richard Sadler (’07), Mackenzie Thrower (’14, ’17), and Jeffery Martin (’13) have exercised multiple approaches to improve food security issues with two common goals: to help communities become aware of healthy eating choices and have access to healthy food. “If I am going to become a researcher who is trying to make things better, I want to work where there is a need for social change,” said Sadler. “I didn’t come back to Flint thinking I have all of the answers. I came back thinking I have some tools that can be a part of the food security fight.”
Read more - Food security

AAFP's Emerging Leader Institute is growing Family Medicine leaders in Michigan
Michigan Academy of Family Physicians | August 12
Diana Chen has chosen to focus her year-long project on the human trafficking fight, potentially on how physicians, residents, and medical students can do better to identify victims. A third-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Diana is excited about the opportunities that participating in the Emerging Leader Institute will provide for building her leadership skills, as well as doing "meaningful work that will impact my community, learning from others, and understanding the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to addressing needs of complex and vulnerable populations."
Read more - AAFP Emerging Leader Institute | Related: AAFP News

Flint Farmers' Market flourishes in former newspaper building
Crain's Detroit Business | August 12
In 2014, the Kahn building became a Michigan State University College of Human Medicine facility following a $22 million renovation. MSU has a 20-year-lease and pays $700,000 a year for 40,000 square feet.
Read more - Health and Wellness District

Hope Bauer: Medical Training in Ghana
MSUToday | August 11
Hope Bauer is a recent graduate in the College of Human Medicine. Earlier this year she traveled to Ghana, Africa on a four-week overseas placement. She writes about her medical training in Ghana.
Read more - Hope Bauer

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation awards $9K in scholarships to five local students
The Rapidian | August 7
MSU College of Human Medicine student Olives Nguyen received a $1,500 scholarship. Nguyen said, "Although medical school still has been a challenge (e.g. encountering problematic literature that pathologizes LGBT individuals, not having common language to acknowledge non-binary identities or practices that improve clinical trans health outcomes), being present in these spaces to educate the college administration and my peers is necessary."
Read more - Scholarships to local trans students

Revolutionizing health care by converging medicine, engineering to promote precision health
WKAR | August 7
MSU's Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) is a research collaboration among the colleges of Engineering, Human Medicine and Natural Science. The institute's director, Christopher Contag, discusses its mission, vision and impact.
Read more - IQ revolutionizing health care

College of Human Medicine student chosen to serve on national advisory committee
MSUToday | August 1
Fourth-year Michigan State University College of Human Medicine student, Freddie Hetzel, was chosen by the Association of American Medical Colleges to represent all medical students nationally on an advisory committee that helps students schedule residency interviews.
Read more - AAMC advisory committee

Two views of Flint's water troubles: One a close-up and one with a wide-angle lens
New York Times | July 31
If there is anyone well positioned to make this argument, it’s Hanna-Attisha, the director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Medical Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with Michigan State University. Hanna-Attisha’s analysis of Flint residents’ blood tests proved indisputably that they were being poisoned and exposed the official denials and obfuscation as a crime of tragic proportions. She is disarmingly modest about her role. “I was just the last piece,” she writes near the end of the book. “The state wouldn’t stop lying until somebody came along to prove that real harm was being done to kids. Then the house of cards fell.”
Read more - Two views of Flint water

College of Human Medicine professor named Family Medicine Educator of the Year
MSUToday | July 31
Henry Barry, MD, has been named Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year for 2018 by the Board of Directors of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Barry is a professor in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development.
Read more - Family Medicine Educator

ACL injury prevention should start at early age
Orthopedics This Week | July 26
Erich Petushek, Ph.D., CSCS, assistant professor, College of Human Medicine at the Marquette Campus at Michigan State University and colleagues found that interventions seem to be more effective in the middle school or high school aged athletes than it was with college or professional-aged athletes.
Read more - ACL injury

Prescriptions for nutrition: How culinary medicine is advancing health equity in Michigan
Second Wave | July 26
Gibson takes her son to the Hurley Children's Clinic, which is in a unique location — right inside the Flint Farmers Market, on the second floor. As patients at the clinic, she and her son are able to leave every visit with a prescription for $15 worth of fresh food, thanks to the MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. Saxe-Custack was brought on board at Hurley by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who in addition to her work as a pediatrician has been widely recognized for her research that exposed elevated blood levels in Flint children during the Flint water crisis. The food prescription program, funded by grants from the Rite Aid Foundation and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, started in early 2016.
Read more - Presciption for nutrition | Related: Rapid Growth

Neuroblastoma researcher investigates promising new treatment
MSUToday | July 25
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer researchgrants, has awarded a grant to support Michigan State University scientist Andre Bachmann, PhD, who is studying a promising new treatment for neuroblastoma, an often-fatal pediatric cancer.
Read more - St. Baldrick's grant

Two Alpena area students recieve MidMichigan Health scholarships
True North Radio | July 23
Snow received the Aliferis Medical scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  He is in the Doctoral Program at the MSU College of Human Medicine and plans on doing a large portion of his third and fourth years of clinical practice at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.
Read more - Alpena scholarship recipients

The doctor who exposed the Flint water crisis
KALW Radio's One Planet | July 23
On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha about her new book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. She tells the story of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and her role in uncovering the scandal of elevated lead blood levels in Flint’s children. What happened in Flint and why are citizens still relying on bottled water?
Read more - One Planet

Ebony Stith: Why the Flint Registry matters to us all
Flintside | July 21
Ebony Stith’s fight is personal. She is a daughter of Flint, a mother of Flint, and a resident of Flint. She is fueled by her love of family and passion for her city in the crusade to make sure everyone affected by the Flint water crisis is counted, provided services they need, and receives long-term support to determine other possibly not-yet-known impacts of increased lead levels. Stith serves as the communications manager for the Flint Registry.
Read more - Ebony Stith

Two professors inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
MSUToday | July 20
Mona Hanna-Attisha, an associate professor of pediatrics in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and Angela Wilson, the Hannah Professor of Computational Chemistry, are two of five women being inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame by Michigan Women Forward.
Read More - Women's Hall of Fame | Related: Crain's Detroit Business

Study links adverse childhood experiences with endometriosis
NBC News | July 17
Stacey Missmer discusses new research on endometriosis that suggests some women might be at a higher risk for the disease because of their childhood experiences. The study adds to the growing body of evidence linking adverse childhood experiences with poor health outcomes. But the exact mechanisms aren't fully understood.
Read more - Endometriosis | Related: Click Detroit

Study aims to learn more about Flint water concerns
NBC 25 | July 13
This is the 3rd survey Flint ReCAST has conducted. The previous one was last winter. This weekend they are hoping to reach 210 households. "We’re hoping to see improvements with people’s access to water," says Dr. Rodlescia Sneed, an associate professor with MSU who is leading the survey efforts. "We’re hoping that a lot of the behavioral health efforts that have been underway in the city have been effective and that people have been able to get resources. So we’re hoping from this survey to be able to see that and if not that people need resources that people can tell us that we can direct our efforts that way."
Read more - ReCAST | Related: WNEM, WCUM Radio

Elon Musk pledges to end Flint's water problems
Governing | July 12
"We're super excited. He reaffirmed the generosity of this nation and their support for Flint," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a Hurley Medical Center pediatrician who was among the first whistle-blowers to prove lead contaminated Flint's drinking water in 2015. She now is the director of the Michigan State University-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative. "We are really excited about his involvement in Flint's recovery," she said. "I think it would be amazing if he actually helped with jobs. That would be the best thing he could bring to Flint is jobs."
Read more - Elon Musk | Related: WZZM 13, USA Today, Mansfield News Journal, Detroit Free Press

Can Michigan State recover and chart a new path for higher education?
Inside Higher Ed | July 11
Eight deans outline three impertives for creating needed cultural change: First, even as we at MSU implement policy, procedural and structural changes to better detect a predator, we must avoid the temptation to put the Nassar crisis behind us. Rather, we need to keep what happened and the lessons we are learning from it in front of us. The injury inflicted on the vulnerable is a symptom of a deeper cultural problem within society related to power, voice and silence.
Read More - New path for higher ed | Related: WXYZ, WKAR

MSU breast cancer study turns into big lung cancer discovery
WLNS | July 6
More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. So, it was very exciting when Michigan State University researcher Eran Andrechek discovered a mutation that could be the key to helping thousands of people diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The discovery came while scientists were looking at breast cancer tumors.
Read more - Lung cancer discovery

Flint Registry gears up for September launch
East Village Magazine | July 3
“It’s an enormous project,” says Dr. Nicole Jones, project director for the Flint Registry. The Flint Registry is a four-year, federally-funded voluntary data collection effort designed to monitor the health of the Flint community, link residents to resources available to them now, and advocate for future resources that will be needed in decades to come.
Read more - Gearing up for launch

MSU pediatrician nationally recognized as a distinguished immigrant
MSUToday | June 28
Mona Hanna-Attisha, an associate professor of pediatrics in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, has been named a Great Immigrant by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Every year, the philanthropic organization celebrates distinguished individuals who enrich the fabric of American culture and strengthen democracy through their lives, work and example.
Read more - Carnegie's 'Great Immigrants, Great Americans' | Related: Detroit Legal News, American Academy of Pediatrics

Junk food around schools prevalent in poorer, urban areas
MSUToday | June 27
Schools in urban areas with high levels of socioeconomic distress are exposed to a disproportionate amount of junk food, according to a recent study co-authored by a Michigan State University public health researcher. The number of “junk food opportunities” – restaurants and convenience stores selling foods high in fat, salt and sugar and low in nutritional value – were found to be concentrated near elementary schools in low-income areas of London, Ont., and the results could have implications for cities in the United States.
Read more - Junk food | Related: Michigan Ag Connection, US Ag Net, Futurity

Author sees Flint at intersection of democracy, environmental injust
Societ of Environmental Journalists | June 27
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who was instrumental in exposing a lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water, spoke with our book editor about her just-released volume on the tragedy. 
Read more - SEJ interivew

Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program welcomes new residents
Fox UP TV 6 | June 27
The Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program is pleased to welcome our new incoming residents, beginning July 1, 2018. 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 - New family medicine residents

Moving skin cancer research forward
MSUToday | June 27
MSU researchers are racing to the finish line in the fight against skin cancer. The College of Human Medicine's annual Gran Fondo cycling event in Grand Rapids raises money for skin cancer awareness, prevent and research.
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Here comes to sun
MSUToday | June 27
This past weekend, MSU’s College of Human Medicine hosted an event in Grand Rapids created to raise money for skin cancer awareness and research. The annual Gran Fondo cycling event gives riders, including Sparty, a chance to race through the streets while raising needed research dollars. Since the event began, it has raised more than $810,000 and funded several promising skin cancer studies, including research on a new drug that stops the spread of melanoma by 90 percent.
Read more - MSUToday editorial

Professor awarded fellowship to advance public health
MSUToday | June 26
Richard Sadler, an assistant professor of public health at Michigan State University, has been awarded a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health fellowship. Sadler’s current research focus as an urban geographer is on issues including access to healthy food in Flint and the impact of the city’s water contamination on children. The fellowship will allow Sadler, who already holds a doctorate in geography, to earn a master’s degree in public health while continuing his regular responsibilities at the College of Human Medicine’s Flint campus.
Read more - Public health fellowship

College of Human Medicine Faculty honored at annual ceremony
MSUToday | June 26
Five faculty members at Michigan State University were honored for their dedication to research, teaching and patient care at the College of Human Medicine’s annual awards ceremony.
Read more - Faculty Awards

Pediatrician who exposed Flint Water Crisis shares her 'Story of resistance'
WBUR Radio's Fresh Air | June 25
Mona Hanna-Attisha refused to give up. Instead, she spearheaded efforts to publicize and address the water crisis in Flint. She writes about her experiences in the book What the Eyes Don't See. "This is a story of resistance, of activism, of citizen action, of waking up and opening your eyes and making a difference in our community," she says. "I wrote this book to share the terrible lessons that happened in Flint, but more importantly, I wrote this book to share the incredible work that we did, hand in hand with our community, to make our community care about our children."
Read more - Fresh Air

Whistle-blowing doctor comes to Stagecrafters to help Flint kids
Daily Tribune | June 25
As a first-generation Iraqi-American immigrant, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha knows the pain of discrimination. As a pediatrician, she knows children must be protected for the sake of our nation’s future. That’s why this crusading doctor brought the crisis in Flint to national attention when she learned that poor children there were being poisoned by lead in their city’s tap water.
Read more - Stagecrafters | Related: News-Herald, Oakland Press

Crusader for health of Flint kids keeps up fight to heal lead-poisoned city
Detroit Free Press | June 24
Dr. Mona's new book, "What The Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City," offers her account of what happened in Flint in 2015, as frustrated residents in a majority black, largely poor, community were rebuffed about concerns they had about the quality of their tap water. 
Read more - Crusader keeps up fight

Gran Fondo draws over 1,600 cyclists to downtown GR
WOOD TV | June 23
More than 1,600 cyclists filled the streets of downtown Grand Rapids Saturday morning to fight skin cancer. Michigan State University's nationally-ranked cycling event, Gran Fondo, took off from downtown. Participants from 20 states outside of Michigan, including one of world's most well-known cyclists, George Hincapie, took part.
Read more - Gran Fondo cyclists fill the streets | Related: WZZM 13, WOOD RadioWZZM 13 (Hand Cyclists) 

Rain holds out for 2018 MSU Gran Fondo start
MLive | June 23
Despite the foreboding skies early on Saturday morning, rain held out for the beginning of the 2018 MSU Gran Fondo cycling event as hundreds of attendees took off from the starting line beginning at 8:00 a.m. The ride, which varies in distance per the preference of each cyclist, can be completed in lengths of 12, 25, 40, or 80 miles. The 80-mile stretch goes from Grand Rapids all the way to the shores of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven and back.
Read more - Rain holds out

MSU Gran Fondo ride kicks off today
Fox 17 | June 23
It’s one of the top biking events in the nation, MSU Gran Fondo is getting ready to raise money for skin cancer research. The ride kicks off Saturday at 8 a.m. in downtown Grand Rapids. Michigan State’s mascot Sparty is also participating, he’s the first mascot to ever compete.
Read more - Ride kicks off

Gear up with the MSU Gran Fondo
Priority Health is always looking for ways to get the community involved in healthy events. They are a big part of the MSU Gran Fondo, taking place June 23. 
Read more - Priority Health gearing up for Gran Fondo

MSU dean: Nassar case driving anti-abuse efforts
WOOD TV | June 22
Beauchamp joined MSU as the dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine in 2016. In February, he also took on a new role as associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs amid fallout. Beauchamp spoke to 24 Hour News 8 about his new responsibility to highlight some of the positive change happening on campus.
WOOD TV - Critical changes at MSU

Exposing the Flint water crisis
CBS Sunday Morning | June 17
CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Martha Teichner talks with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the whistleblower who alerted Flint residents to the dangers posed by the very water they drank, and to activists who discuss the legacy of the Flint water crisis: A loss of trust.
Read more - Exposing Flint water crisis

MSU Gran Fondo hits the streets Saturday
Grand Rapids Magazine | June 17
Do you feel the buzz in the air? Soon, more than 1,600 participants will bike through West Michigan for the sixth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The timed, non-competitive cycling event on Saturday, June 23 benefits Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research.
Read more - Hitting the streets

Book excerpt: "What the Eyes Don't See," on the Flint water scandal
CBS News | June 14
After the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its public drinking water source to the Flint River in 2014, residents began to complain that their water was making them sick. The following year, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Flint's public hospital and a professor at Michigan State University's College of Medicine, announced that the number of Flint children with high levels of lead in their blood had doubled, and in some neighborhoods tripled.
Read more - Excerpt from Dr. Mona's book | Related: Crain's Detroit Business

CRISPR research tackles rare genetic disorder in children
MSUToday | June 13
CRISPR, or clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, is a gene-editing technology that is now playing a major role in drug discovery. With the help of a $48,000 starter grant from the Bow Foundation, Rick Neubig, chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, will test existing drugs and identify possible new treatment options to help the roughly 60-known cases in children worldwide that are affected by GNAO1 disorders.
Read more - CRISPR

MSU ramps up mental health services
WKAR | June 13
The Dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine, Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr., has begun serving as associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs. At the February announcement, Beauchamp said that in the wake of the Nassar scandal, MSU needs the restoration of hope perhaps more than any community in the country. "People came to us, young women and their families, and we dissappointed. We failed them," Dr. Beauchamp said at the time. "The need to restore hope could not be greater, and we will do that."
Read more - Mental health services

Hunt for Cure Foundation provides lead gift for Cystic Fibrosis Research
Spectrum Health | June 13
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital announced the creation of a research partnership between Spectrum Health, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Hunt for a Cure Foundation that will help find a cure for cystic fibrosis patients. Today, the Hunt for a Cure Foundation announced a $500,000 lead gift for Cystic Fibrosis research at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. This multidisciplinary approach launched earlier this year, and is made possible by Hunt for A Cure Foundation’s founder, Pete Odland.
Read more - Cystic fibrosis research | Related: Press Release Point

Pine Rest, MSU College of Human Medicine graduate first class of psychiatry residents
MLive | June 12
The Psychiatry Residency program overseen by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine celebrated its first-ever graduating class this month, honoring eight doctors who began their residency four years ago.
Read more - Psychiatry residency

MSU Gran Fondo raising money for skin cancer research on June 23
Fox17 Morning Mix | June 12
More than 1,800 cyclist plan on racing to raise awareness and money for skin cancer research in the sixth annual Michigan State University Gran Fondo on Saturday, June 23.
Watch video - Morning Mix

MSU Flint-based researcher and dietitian presents new study on fruit and vegetable prescriptions
MSU Hurley PPHI | June 12
The new study Dr. Amy Saxe-Custack will present at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting shows that a fruit and vegetable prescription program can improve access to healthy foods for underserved children.
Read more - Fruit and vegetable prescription | Related: Newsy, Medical Newser, Fresh Plaza, Medical Xpress, Healio 

Abouot 30 percent of new heroin users become dependent in the first year
MSUToday | June 6
It’s estimated that 300 to 520 people start using heroin each day in the United States. A new Michigan State University study now shows that about one-third of those users become dependent on the drug within one to 12 months, indicating that prior estimates of 20 to 25 percent have been too low. “Earlier studies counted heroin dependence cases from the time someone begins using throughout their many years of use,” said James Anthony, senior author and an epidemiologist who has been studying drug use for more than 40 years.
Read more - Studying heroin dependency

Oprah puts Dr. Mona's Fint water crisis book on summer reading list
MLive | June 6 included "What the Eyes Don't See" on its best-book list, saying it "lays bare the bureaucratic bunk and flat-out injustice at the heart of the environmental disgrace -- revealing with the gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller ..." Hanna-Attisha is the crusading Flint pediatrician whose research helped expose the consequences of high levels of lead in city water in 2015 -- a doubling of the percentage of infants and children with above average blood lead levels citywide.
Read more - Oprah's summer reading list

ArtPrize sculpture is permanently installed at the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center
WOOD TV | June 6
"The Door is Always Open" is now permanently installed at the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center, anchoring the Medical Mile. The sculpture was donated by Doug Meijer, in partnership with iUnderstand, to bring awareness the mental health issues.
Watch video - WOOD TV

Improving communication among surgeons
MSUToday | May 31
Michigan State University researcher Cheryl Anderson believes she’s found a better way for veteran surgeons to provide feedback to their aspiring surgeon counterparts during their residencies. In a new study, Anderson, director of quality improvement and surgical education in the College of Human Medicine, shows that formative feedback and the communication between teacher and student improved under a more-structured process using proven educational models. Formative feedback is input that helps students identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as focus on areas that need work.
Read more - Improving communication among surgeons

MSU Gran Fondo is coming up
EightWest | May 31

MSU medical student building book garden in Gratiot County
Morning Sun News | May 30
Third-year medical student Lauren Buhr is making a difference in the Gratiot County community. She is studying to be a family medicine doctor at Michigan State University. Buhr, who is from Fowler, she completed her undergraduate education at Alma College. She interned at the Gratiot County public health department while in college. “She decided to be a part of the rural community health program and re-adopt Gratiot County as her clinical training community,” said Julia Terhune, assistant director of Rural Community Health at MSU. “She has completed more than 50 percent of clinical and medical education. That includes rotations in specific work in community care.” The rural community health program brings in students that want to practice medicine in rural communities.
Read more - Book garden

Andrea Wendling named Professional of the Year
Petoskey News | May 24
Dr. Andrea Wendling of Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital was recognized by The Michigan Center for Rural Health with the Professional of the Year Award at its Michigan Rural Health Conference earlier this month. Wendling is a rural family physician at Boyne Area Health Center, a service of Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, and is director of the Rural Health Curriculum for Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Wendling has received numerous other awards, including the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award in 2015, MSU-CHM’s Outstanding Community Volunteer Faculty award in 2012, and the American Academy of Family Physician’s Pfizer Teacher Development Award in 2000.
Read more - Professional of the Year

Cyclists fight skin cancer at sixth annual MSU Gran Fondo
MSUToday | May 24
More than 1,600 participants will bike through scenic West Michigan on June 23 for the sixth annual MSU Gran Fondo. The timed, non-competitive cycling event benefits MSU College of Human Medicine’s skin cancer awareness, prevention and research. Italian for “big ride,” cyclists of all skill levels will ride 10, 25, 40 or 80 miles. Some participants are avid cyclists with a passion for these types of “mass-start” events, while others are riding to honor a loved one or their own battle with skin cancer.
Read more - Sixth annual MSU Gran Fondo | Related: Gran Fondo Guide

Eating fish twice a week reduces the risk of heart failure
NewsGram | May 17
The overall rate of survival that leads to hospital discharge for someone who experiences cardiac arrest is about 10.6 percent, the study authors note. But most participants in the study estimated it at more than 75 percent. “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.
Read more - Reduce heart failure | Related: KHQA TV 

Ohio woman moves to Flint to help with water crisis
NBC 25 | May 15
People from all over the country have opened their hearts to give what they can to help Flint’s recovery. Including Kadira Sahic who left her career she loved in Willoughby, Ohio and decided to move to Flint because she felt it was the right thing to do to help a community in crisis. Sahic joined Flint Recovery Corps through Americorps and started working alongside Michigan State University-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI) in January of 2018.
Read more - Americorps member moves to Flint

MSU students use spring break to care for patients
MSUToday | May 1
For many years, third- and fourth-year students in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine have used their spring break to go on medical mission trips all over the world. This year, dozens of first- and second-year students joined them on trips to Haiti and Cuba, as part of the new Shared Discovery Curriculum, which places students in clinical settings a few weeks into their first year.
Read more - Medical mission trips | Related: Press Release Point

MSU scientists improve health for children and seniors through better nutrition
MSUToday | May 8
MSU College of Human Medicine researchers Amy Saxe-Custack and Jean Kerver had two separate, but common, ideas that could improve the health of those they serve in their communities. Now, each have received a $500,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to further their work.
Read more - Nutrition grants | Related: MDLinx

Imaging expert from Harvard to lead MSU's Precision Health initative
MSUToday | May 1
Anna Moore has joined Michigan State University as the director of the Precision Health Program and assistant dean of the College of Human Medicine. Moore was previously professor of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Read more - Anna Moore | Related: Radiology Business, Health Imaging News

Corporal punishment lives on: Students nationwide are being paddled, restrained
Salon | April 29
Donald E. Greydanus, professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, further outlined the potential damage caused by corporal punishment at a congressional briefing. Typical after-effects, he testified, can include depression, low self-esteem, magnified feelings of guilt, drug and alcohol abuse, and anxiety disorders. 
Read more - Corporal punishment

On-the-job the numbers
MSUToday | April 25
While last year saw a spike in on-the-job deaths in Michigan primarily due to a higher number of construction fatalities, numbers have remained relatively consistent over the years, with preliminary numbers for 2017 actually getting back to earlier figures. That's according to an annual Michigan State University report that tracks work-related deaths in the state. Kenneth Rosenman, Department of Medicine, leads MSU's work to help the state of Michigan track, investigate and prevent work-related illnesses, injuries and deaths. 
Read more - Work-related deaths

Flint crisis, four years on: What little trust is left continues to wash away
The Guardian | April 25
Debra Furr-Holden, a researcher at Michigan State University who received a five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study how to deliver health resources to Flint residents, said even though federal agencies flung themselves at the city, “the impact of their presence is not known or real for the residents.”
Read more - Guardian

MSU team makes healthy food more accessible in new app
MSUToday | April 24
Rick Sadler, PhD, medical geographer, and others teamed up to build the Flint Eats app. The project is a part of a larger ongoing effort to address food access in Flint, and will also be useful for other food system efforts.
Read more - Food app | Related: ABC 12

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.
Read more - Cerebral Palsy conference | Related: PublicNow

Childhood education used to improve health
The Mining Journal | April 17
Healthy eating and exercise are important for all ages, but educating children on ways to eat healthy and exercise is particularly beneficial, as this education can provide the basis for lifelong good habits and health. Through the (S)Partners for Health program, researchers from Michigan State University and Northern Michigan University have partnered to educate 5th graders on healthy habits and researched how the educational program affects their health, and choices regarding physical activity and nutrition.
Read more - (S)Partners for Health

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.
Read more - Match results for UP students

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.
Read more - Lead screenings | Related: Mlive, Detroit Metro TimesDetroit News, ReutersRaw Story, Newsmax, NBC 25, WZZM TV 13, New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, Chicago Sun Times, Yahoo! News, Fox 66, AAPC, MEA, The Times Herald

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.
Read more - Rural doctor shortage

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.
Read more - Work-related hospitalizations

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.
Read more - Brain implant

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.
Read more - Postpartum depression program 

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.
Read more - Humanism in Medicine Conference

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.
Read more - Don't downplay lead problems

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.
Read more - Drug may stop cancer-causing genes

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.
Read more - Chilly, Blues & Brews | Related: WZZM Weekend Rundown

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.
Read more - Physician burn-out

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.
Read more - UP students match

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. 
Read more - Match Day | Related: WZZM 13, WOOD TV, NBC 25, WLNS

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.

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.
Read more - Discovery and Innovation grants

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.
Related: WOTV 

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. 
Read more - Postpartum depression study | Related: Fox 47, EurekAlert, Medical Xpress, Scienmag

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.
Read more - Access to healthy food in Flint | Related: Michigan Ag Connection, Fox 47, MLive, USAgNet, Big Ten Network

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.
Read more - Breast cancer rates

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.

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.

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].
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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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