Health & behavior

MSU faculty and student researchers tackle some of the world’s most challenging human and animal health problems. Research draws on MSU expertise in public health, biomedical and comparative medical research, ecosystem and environmental management, and the multiple facets of a complex global food system.

Mar 18 2014

Managers who carefully monitor the fairness of workplace decisions make their employees happier and, ultimately, their companies more productive. But they may be wearing down their own emotional and mental resilience, according to new research by a Michigan State University business management professor.

Michigan State University’s Robert Abramovitch has genetically engineered a green-glowing protein to find latent tuberculosis, a tiny triumph that promises to have a big impact in the fight against one of the world’s deadliest diseases. 

Feb 19 2014

In an effort to spur new approaches to research in autism, intellectual and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, Michigan State University (MSU) has awarded funding for six new, multi-disciplinary projects.

The funding will support MSU-led teams of researchers from several universities and clinical settings who are studying a wide variety of related issues, from investigations of perinatal risk factors for cognitive disorders to evaluations of the effectiveness of employment preparation for those with high-functioning autism.

Nov 18 2013

Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), held two information and discussion sessions with Michigan State University faculty, staff, and students in November 2013.

Nov 13 2013

Suresh Mukherji clearly saw the future of medicine almost 30 years ago, when computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were still new – and much less sophisticated – technologies. “While I was still in medical school, I realized that if we could actually see images of diseases that would allow us to make more accurate diagnoses, rather than trying to essentially 'guess' a diagnosis.

MSU Today, Feb 21 2013

New research at Michigan State University suggests the growing number of workers who are single and without children have trouble finding the time or energy to participate in non-work interests, just like those with spouses and kids.

Workers struggling with work-life balance reported less satisfaction with their lives and jobs and more signs of anxiety and depression.

MSU Today, Feb 12 2013

Many pregnant women with sexually transmitted infections aren’t getting the treatment they need when they visit emergency rooms, according to a new Michigan State University study that highlights a wholly preventable risk to unborn children and raises questions about current medical guidelines.

MSU Today, Feb 12 2013

The increasing production and use of antibiotics, about half of which are used in animal production, is mirrored by the growing number of antibiotic resistance genes, or ARGs, effectively reducing antibiotics’ ability to fend off diseases - in animals and humans.

A study in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that China - the world’s largest producer and consumer of antibiotics - and many other countries don’t monitor the powerful medicine’s usage or impact on the environment.

MSU Today, Feb 12 2013

Want to stop cyberbullying on Facebook? Try using … Facebook.

A recently published study by a team of Michigan State University researchers found that one effective way of fighting cyberbullying is by using the medium where it tends to flourish. The key, said the researchers: Make your anti-cyberbullying messages positive in nature.

MSU Today, Feb 11 2013

Children who are bullied online or by mobile phone are just as likely to skip school or consider suicide as kids who are physically bullied, according to a study led by a Michigan State University criminologist.

The findings, published in the International Criminal Justice Review, suggest parents, school officials and policymakers should consider bullying experiences both on and offline when creating anti-bullying policies and procedures.