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Personalizing the management of disease is the goal of National Institutes of Health and partners like Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health.

This week the All of Us Research Program is rolling out nationally with an aim to enroll one million or more volunteers who have been underrepresented in research.

WGVU spoke with Dave Chesla, Director of Research operations at Spectrum Health, explaining how the All of Us Research Program can impact health care in America.

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The Spectrum Health Cancer Center is once again offering free community skin cancer screenings throughout West Michigan.  It’s tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m.  The free screenings are being held in partnership with local dermatology providers. 

“If you have a spot that you want to have checked out by a dermatologist hopefully with a quick in and out and we’ll get an opinion on that.”

That’s Dr. Paul Wright, Surgical Oncologist with Spectrum Cancer Center.  He says no appointments or blood work are needed for the screening.

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Personalizing the management of disease is the goal of National Institutes of Health and partners like Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health. In its beta test year, NIH has enrolled more than 25,000 underrepresented individuals from across the country into its All of Us Research Program. It aims to enroll another one million in the coming years. The research aims to improve health outcomes.

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Kent County and Amazon negotiating a distribution site and Spectrum Health is in a naming rights battle over its MedNow service.

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St. Patrick’s Day is just over a week away and that means so is the Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5-K.  The annual race is in its 35th year. While it’s known as a fun, social event, organizers say it has an important message: it promotes colorectal cancer awareness. 

“It’s amazing. I know, one of the racers I talked to, in the running community people get really excited about the Irish Jig. It’s in a sense, the unofficial start to the running season.”

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February is Heart Month.  And during this month, there are messages everywhere about the importance of maintaining optimal heart health.  Experts say Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.  Doctors at Spectrum say there is still a lot of “MIS-information” about heart disease and they’d like to change that.

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Michigan State University officially opened its $88 million Grand Rapids Research with a ribbon cutting.

“One, two, three…”

Lead by Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon, a giant green ribbon was cut opening the Medical School’s six-story, nearly 163,000-square-foot Grand Rapids Research Center.

“Imagine people who are thinking about things that we can’t yet imagine. Ideas that may work, they may not. But they’re all about trying to improve the quality of life.”

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Spectrum Health Long Term Care is hosting its 11th annual car show for patients and residents this Saturday. We talk about this therapeutic event with Stacey Carter, director of quality of life; and Terri Morse, volunteer coordinator, at Spectrum Health Rehab and Nursing Center.

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Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is once again noted in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings.  The 2017 ranking includes a total of six specialty areas being recognized. 

This is the sixth year that Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and as you could imagine, Hospital President, Dr. Bob Connors is very pleased.

Every summer, approximately 2.7 million children in the US ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for accidental injuries. Injury prevention experts at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids say more children are accidentally injured during the summer months than any other time of year.

“Our kids are ready to explore, they’ve been stuck in school all season and now they’re reading to get outside and have a good time, and we don’t want to discourage that. But with more activity comes more risk of injury.”

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