Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Inhalation of Contaminated Mine Waste Dusts as a Route for Systemic Metal Toxicity

A strong link exists between metals in airborne particulate matter and adverse cardiovascular and pulmonary outcomes, especially chronic inflammatory vascular disease. There are numerous sites in the Southwest US where mining waste has led to severe soil contamination of metals mixtures, leading to high levels of uranium, copper, vanadium, nickel, and arsenic, among others.   The […]

Reducing Particulate Matter-Associated Cardiovascular Health Effects for Seniors

Exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution is an established risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) morbidity.  This proposed study seeks to investigate the effectiveness of portable indoor air filtration units (AFUs) at mitigating personal exposures to airborne PM2.5 and reducing air pollution-related cardiometabolic health effects on elderly residents in a residential facility.  New insights […]

Reducing lead dust exposure and childhood blood lead levels in older housing in Michigan

The objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of portable air filtration for mitigating lead dust exposures and reducing childhood blood lead levels in older housing.  “Despite significant lead abatement efforts made by local, state and federal agencies, the number one source of lead exposure continues to be indoor dust from lead-based paint in […]

GREETS: Geriatric rural extension of expertise through tele – geriatric services

GREETS: Geriatric rural extension of expertise through tele–geriatric services. An initiative for enhancement of support for clinicians and Geriatrics workforce  Objectives:             Provide sustainable support to rural primary care physicians, assisted facilities, hospitals and nursing homes in delivery evidence based of high-quality care for older adults through consultative services To reduce […]

The Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease (R2D2)

Co-I: B. Arnetz , P.I. (W. Neighbors) The Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease (R2D2) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 1R25HL140319-01A1 7/1/18-6/30/23