Health

Juliana Powell and Kellie Dean at Alex's Great State Race in 2016.
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Alex Powell was a Lansing Catholic High School graduate who was about to fulfill his dream of attending Michigan State University when he was diagnosed with cancer. That diagnosis didn’t stop him from going to MSU, though it was for only a short time before he passed away. Powell is the namesake of Alex’s Great State Race.


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This week, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three American researchers for their work on internal clocks. The Nobel Foundation announcement praised the trio for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. MSU psychology professor Dr. Antonio Nuñez says that a single cell can be a circadian clock.


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Some places hit hard by the opioid epidemic are also seeing an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. The New York Times recently reported on the rise of syphilis in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where officials say the trading of sex for drugs has caused a spike in syphilis cases.

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The new Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center was dedicated today in a ceremony that included U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

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Michigan State University researchers are trying to understand the causes of infertility and why so many women lose their pregnancies.


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Early detection and treatment is the best path to reducing the severity of autism in children. The opening of the new MSU College of Human Medicine research facility in Grand Rapids this week will include an expansion of efforts to find markers that could result in earlier detection.


Author Vanessa Grigoriadis explores the causes and possible solutions to sexual assault at American colleges and universities in her new book “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent On Campus.”


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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been invited to speak at the opening of the new Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center later this month.


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Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer, claiming 10,000 lives every year in the United States. Research now underway at Michigan State University has focused on a potential new drug that could reduce the spread of melanoma cells by up to 90-percent.


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Next month, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will open a new research facility in Grand Rapids.


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There were warnings before Monday’s solar eclipse not to look at the sun without special protective glasses, because of the potential for damage to the eye. Since yesterday, local eye care professionals have received some calls from people worried that they may have hurt their eyes by looking at the sun.

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With school starting in many districts before Labor Day this year, parents are being reminded to update their kids’ vaccinations.


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The Ingham County Health Department recently launched a campaign to spread Lyme disease prevention awareness. They urge the use of insect repellant, proper clothing while hiking, and checking yourself for ticks. But what can happen if you contract Lyme disease?


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A mid-Michigan sheriff has moved deputies out of a substation amid concerns that something at the building may be making people sick.

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State officials say overdose deaths jumped by 18 percent last year with the majority of cases involving opioid abuse.

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