Category Archives: Philanthropy

Two Studies Published By Oncotarget Challenge Traditional Medicine

The results of a study published by Oncotarget earlier this year have revealed that the use of a third arterial graft on patients instead of the more conventional two arterial grafts does not significantly increase the operative risks but, on the contrary, can be associated with superior survival over the long term irrespective of the diabetic status and sex of the patients. While conducting the research, the scientists used EMBASE, MEDLINE and Web of Science to identify past studies and relevant articles written on the subject.The primary endpoint of the research was the long term mortality within the propensity score matched (PSM) populations while it secondary end-points were long term mortality of the unmatched populations and 30-day mortality for the matched populations.

8 propensity score matched studies were collected in total during the course of the research and they included data from 10, 287 matched patients which was used for the final comparison.The final results showed that using three arterial grafts was, statistically, not associated with the early mortality of the patients irrespective of their diabetic status and sex. It was also statistically associated with a significantly lower danger of late death among the populations.In another study, also published by Oncotarget, scientists were able to successfully investigate the detrimental effects of electronic cigarettes at the molecular and cellular levels and they found that the e-cigarettes can cause just as much damage to the gums as can regular, traditional cigarettes.

This is the first study of its kind to ever be conducted and was done under the leadership of Dr. Irfan Rahman, a professor of Environmental Medicine at UR School of Medicine.Since they first burst into the market, electronic cigarettes have been favorites among both new and experienced smokers who viewed them as a safer and healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes. However the results of this study now show that both types of cigarettes are equally harmful to the body since it is not really the chemicals that they contain which harm the body but it is the body’s reaction to the presence of the fumes that are introduced into it when you smoke.

Longtime Michigan Business Couple Dick And Betsy DeVos Talk About $139 Million In Philanthropy

Dick DeVos has found ways to turn profits in every business he’s run thanks to his strong but kind personality. But most importantly he has taken his business leadership and applied it to causes that have been near and dear to his heart. He’s a political activist who’s been involved in the Michigan Republican Party for many years including donating to political candidates and running as one, but his generosity reaches far beyond that. Dick and his wife Betsy have donated a large part of their money to schools and universities as well as organizations like Hudson Institute and Heritage Foundation. But they’ve also included hospitals, churches, family counseling centers, art and museums and energy initiatives as part of their gifts. When Betsy was chosen to become US Secretary of Education, she and Dick revealed their lifetime philanthropy was about $139 million.


Much of Dick’s recent business activity has centered around The Windquest Group, an investment company based in Grand Rapids, MI whose portfolio includes Electratherm, Huron Ventures, The Stowe Company and a recent addition now of Coppercraft Distillery. Prior to and during the founding of this company, Dick was an executive at Amway Corporation, one of the world’s largest direct selling and international distribution companies. This company was founded by Dick’s father Richard DeVos Sr. and Dick served as a manager, vice president and eventually CEO for nearly 30 of his career. He was also on the executive board of the Orlando Magic for a few years when his father bought most of the team’s shares.


Dick and Betsy found their passion for education as parents when they noticed families struggling to send their children to private schools that they had no trouble sending their own children to. So they first decided to try reform by starting scholarships through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation and later being involved with Education Freedom Fund and Children First. They also worked with Michigan’s state government to try and get tax credits and vouchers for private schools but didn’t get the votes needed to do so. They did continue to work at finding ways to make schooling cheaper, and just 7 years ago started their own school with a special aviation curriculum called the West Michigan Aviation Academy.


Dick’s political career first hit the national spotlight when he decided to challenge then governor Jennifer Granholm for her governor’s seat. While Dick’s ideas on changing the state’s economic landscape resonated well with many voters prior to election day, his debate performance did not and he came up short at the ballot box. He did continue working with Republican activists in the coming years and 6 years later helped fight union leaders to pass a right-to-work law. One of Dick’s signature philanthropy acts was a donation to healthcare that helped him achieve the Spectrum Health Foundation’s Art of Giving award.