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Science-Backed Brain Game Eases Distraction, Anxiety

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Jason Moser and computer screen of game

Researchers have created a surprisingly simple yet targeted brain game that reduces anxiety by helping people focus in an increasingly distracting world. In a study led by Michigan…

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Michigan’s Roads Replace Schools on Fix-It List

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
broken pavement

For the first time, Michigan residents say the condition of the state’s roads is a bigger problem than its education system, according to Michigan State University’s latest State…

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Is Michigan’s Economy Back?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Marquette Park Michigan

Consumer confidence in Michigan is approaching record levels, begging the question: Has the state’s economy recovered? Yes … and no, said Charles Ballard, Michigan State University professor of…

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Childhood Stress Fuels Weight Gain in Women

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
woman on scale

Child Health Day, Oct. 5, 2015 When it comes to weight gain for women, childhood stress appears to be a bigger culprit than stress during adulthood, finds a…

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Justice System Chips Away at Women’s Rights

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Arrests of women increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars for defending themselves, a…

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‘Fracture Prints’ Solve Child Abuse Cases

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Child Health Day, Oct. 5, 2015 Much like a finger leaves its own unique print to help identify a person, researchers are now discovering that skull fractures leave…

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Detroit Solves Problem of Rape Kits

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A diverse team of scientists, prosecutors, police, victim advocates and others has solved the problem of untested rape kits in Detroit, creating a model that can be used…

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MSU Leads $4.7Mil. Project to Tackle Childhood Obesity

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Child Health Day, Oct. 5, 2015   Michigan State University researchers will lead a $4.7 million effort to tackle childhood obesity, one of the nation’s biggest health challenges,…

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Work-Family Conflict Linked to Verbal Abuse

Monday, March 9, 2015

People whose family life regularly interferes with their job are more likely to become emotionally exhausted and, in turn, verbally abusive to co-workers and loved ones, a new…

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Studying the Impact of Net Neutrality

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved new rules supporting net neutrality, the real work begins. In an effort to determine the far-reaching consequences of this decision,…

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