Terrorism works, but only when governments allow it to

Published: April 28, 2014   Contact(s): Jakana Thomas , Andy Henion   Terrorism can be a successful strategy for rebel groups during civil war, but only when governments allow it to work, finds a new study by a Michigan State University political scientist.     Responding to acts of terrorism with violence is more likely…

‘Hip-hop’ students unfairly targeted, study finds

Published: Jan. 10, 2014 Black and Latino “hip-hop” students are disproportionately punished in urban schools, finds a two-year study that sheds light on some of the unfair disciplinary practices newly targeted by the Obama administration. Muhammad Khalifa, a Michigan State University assistant professor of education, found that students who identified with hip-hop culture were often…

Neurotoxicity of chemotherapy drugs / triggers changes in ion channels on dorsal root ganglia and dorsal horn neurons

Contact: Meng Zhao eic@nrren.org 86-138-049-98773 Neural Regeneration Research Chemotherapy is one of the primary treatments for cancer. However, one of the most disturbing findings of recent studies of cancer survivors is the apparent prevalence of chemotherapy-associated adverse neurological effects, including vascular complications, seizures, mood disorders, cognitive dysfunctions, and peripheral neuropathies. In addition, chemotherapy triggers changes…

Honor among (credit card) thieves?

Published: April 22, 2013 Contact(s): Andy Henion Media Communications office: (517) 355-3294 cell: (517) 281-6949 Andy.Henion@cabs.msu.edu, Thomas Holt Criminal Justice office: (517) 353-9563 holtt@msu.edu A Michigan State University criminologist dug into the seamy underbelly of online credit card theft and uncovered a surprisingly sophisticated network of crooks that is unique in the cybercrime domain. The…

Building healthy bones takes guts : Lactobacillus reuteri, significant increase in bone density after four weeks

Building healthy bones takes guts Contact(s): Andy McGlashen Media Communications office: (517) 355-5158 cell: (517) 420-1908 andy.mcglashen@cabs.msu.edu, Laura McCabe Physiology and Radiology office: (517) 884-5152 mccabel@msu.edu In what could be an early step toward new treatments for people with osteoporosis, scientists at Michigan State University report that a natural probiotic supplement can help male mice…

Homicide spreads like infectious disease

Contact(s): Andy Henion Media Communications office: (517) 355-3294 cell: (517) 281-6949 Andy.Henion@cabs.msu.edu, April Zeoli Criminal Justice office: (517) 353-9554 zeoli@msu.edu Homicide moves through a city in a process similar to infectious disease, according to a new study that may give police a new tool in tracking and ultimately preventing murders. Using Newark, N.J., as a…

Exposure to insecticide may play role in obesity epidemic among some women: DDE, DDT

Contact: Jason Cody codyja@msu.edu 517-432-0924 Michigan State University Researchers study fish-eater cohort along Lake Michigan EAST LANSING, Mich. — Prenatal exposure to an insecticide commonly used up until the 1970s may play a role in the obesity epidemic in women, according to a new study involving several Michigan State University researchers. More than 250 mothers…

Study links breast cancer risk to early-life diet and metabolic syndrome: ” totally independent of the body’s production of the hormone estrogen”

Contact: Patricia Bailey pjbailey@ucdavis.edu 530-752-9843 University of California – Davis Striking new evidence suggesting that diet and related factors early in life can boost the risk for breast cancer — totally independent of the body’s production of the hormone estrogen — has been uncovered by a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.…

Witch hunts targeted by grassroots women’s groups: Yes, Actual Witch Hunts ( India )

Contact:   Andy Henion, Media Communications, Office: (517) 355-3294, Cell: (517) 281-6949, Andy.Henion@cabs.msu.edu; Soma Chaudhuri, Sociology, Office: (517) 353-0874, chaudh30@msu.edu Published: Sept. 04, 2012   EAST LANSING, Mich. — Witch hunts are common and sometimes deadly in the tea plantations of Jalpaiguri, India. But a surprising source – small groups of women who meet through…

Computer viruses could take a lesson from showy peacocks ” digital organisms evolve, just like living things”

Contact:   Layne Cameron, Media Communications, Office: (517) 353-8819, Cell: (765) 748-4827, Layne.Cameron@cabs.msu.edu; Ian Dworkin, Zoology, Office: 517-432-6733, idworkin@msu.edu Published: Aug. 29, 2012 E-mail Editor ShareThis MSU researchers explore what would happen if computer viruses had to find mates in order to reproduce. Photo illustration by G.L. Kohuth Click on an image to view a…

Common parasite may trigger suicide attempts – “seven times more likely to attempt suicide”

Contact:   Jason Cody, Media Communications, Office: (517) 432-0924, Cell: (734) 755-0210, Jason.Cody@cabs.msu.edu; Lena Brundin, College of Human Medicine, Office: (616) 234-0996, lena.brundin@hc.msu.edu EAST LANSING, Mich. — A parasite thought to be harmless and found in many people may actually be causing subtle changes in the brain, leading to suicide attempts. New research appearing in…