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A thankful heart

November 26, 2014 - 10:13am
Ahh...Thanksgiving. The day Americans have put aside to stuff ourselves silly, watch football and, oh yeah, give thanks for what we have. As you sit down at your feast tomorrow, you might give thanks for a turkey that's not dry or gravy that isn't lumpy. You might give thanks that you're not sitting next to your drunk uncle-or maybe that you are. Chances are likely that you'll also give thanks for the things that really matter-family, friends, love, freedom and health. This year, I'm especially grateful just to be here. After going through a serious cardiac event last January and having my life saved by my defibrillator, just being here is a very good thing. I'm thankful for my device, my MSU-trained doctor, the U-M hospital system, nurses, technology, research-the list goes on and on. Without any one of those things, my outcome would have been completely different.
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Randy Hillard: 100 Percent Preventable

November 26, 2014 - 9:34am
Stage 4 Metastatic Adenocarcinoma of the Gastric Antrum-my wife says that I cried when I heard the pathology report after my gastrectomy. I do not remember that but, I am a physician, so I knew what the diagnosis meant. I do remember, though, what I was thinking later when my gallows humor kicked in, "Great. Now I have a fatal cancer. It is not even one of the more popular cancers. And it was 100 percent preventable."
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Melissa Duimstra: An Eclectic Path

November 25, 2014 - 10:36pm
Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Melissa Duimstra had a long list of aspirations. She wanted to be a doctor and a veterinarian and an artist and a horse trainer. Through the years she's done many of those things-and more -and after taking a circuitous route to medical school, she's now on the path to becoming a doctor as a member of the MSUCOM Class of 2018.
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Triple play: Three MSU colleges join forces to push limits of research

November 25, 2014 - 4:08pm
When it comes to advancing scientific research, two, or in this case, three, heads are much better than one.
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Gift creates graduate fellowship in MSU College of Engineering

November 25, 2014 - 1:40pm
MSU's newest academic department has received a $500,000 gift to be used to attract some of the country's most talented graduate students in biomedical engineering.
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MSU High 5: Nov. 25, 2014

November 25, 2014 - 5:59am
Here's today's MSU High 5 - a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at MSU.
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New bird species confirmed 15 years after first observation

November 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
An international team of scientists has confirmed the discovery of a new bird species more than 15 years after the elusive animal was first seen on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
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Three MSU scientists named AAAS Fellows

November 24, 2014 - 11:00am
This year, three MSU scientists were named AAAS Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Global warming cynics unmoved by extreme weather

November 24, 2014 - 10:59am
Extreme weather does not appear to be convincing cynics that global warming is real, suggests a study in Nature Climate Change led by an MSU sociologist.
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No. 13 men's soccer advances past Oakland, 1-0, in NCAA Tournament

November 24, 2014 - 8:25am
The No. 13 MSU men's soccer team shut down Oakland, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
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No. 15 Michigan State defeats IUPUI 64-45

November 24, 2014 - 8:15am
Tori Jankoska scored 22 points and Aerial Powers added 17 and 13 rebounds, leading No. 15 MSU to a 64-45 win over IUPUI on Sunday.
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Women win NCAA Cross Country Championship

November 22, 2014 - 4:33pm
Top-ranked Michigan State won its first NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday, as four Spartans recorded top-25 finishes en route to the national title.
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China's 'not so great' wall

November 21, 2014 - 2:30pm
China's second great wall, a vast seawall covering more than half of the country's mainland coastline, is a foundation for financial gain - and also a dyke holding a swelling rush of ecological woes.
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Deck the halls with iPads and smartphones

November 21, 2014 - 10:27am
Whether it's buying online or using your smart phone to compare prices, technology is making it easier for holiday shoppers to find the perfect gift.
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Trouble with your boss? Own it.

November 21, 2014 - 9:14am
Workers are more motivated if they and their supervisors see eye-to-eye about a bad relationship than if they have different views about their association, an MSU study finds.
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MSU High 5: Nov. 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 - 6:06am
Here's today's MSU High 5 - a morning hello and the fastest way to get you up to speed with what's happening at Michigan State University.
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Bad marriage, broken heart?

November 19, 2014 - 6:00pm
Older couples in a bad marriage - particularly female spouses - have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds research led by an MSU sociologist.
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Spartan cross country teams set sights on NCAA Championships

November 19, 2014 - 1:21pm
The MSU men's and women's cross country teams will wrap up one of the most successful seasons in program history on Saturday afternoon at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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Not-so-sweet dreams

November 19, 2014 - 12:16pm
In the past week or so, I've shown up at my boss's fancy party in pajamas, been pushed down the stairs by a co-worker, had another co-worker put a huge snowball in the passenger seat of my car, had the words I was typing keep disappearing from my computer and captured a serial killer using a dull knife and my flip phone from 2005. Well, those things didn't actually happen-only in the bizarre dreams I've been having. I don't always remember my dreams, but I've certainly been on a run lately. What's that? Um, I guess you could say I've been a little stressed at work lately-what makes you ask? Yeah, yeah, I see it. It doesn't take a genius to analyze those dreams. Being unprepared, having obstacles put in my way, disappearing work, slaying a monster-I should probably take some vacation time soon. At least I haven't had my most common recurring dream lately. You know the one, where you have a final exam and realize you forgot to go to class all semester? For me, it's always math. Always. Sometimes college and sometimes high school but it's always some difficult math course.
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Alan Beretta: Leading Brain and Language Connectivity

November 19, 2014 - 11:15am
In my time at MSU my research has involved looking at various aspects of neurolinguistics, a very general term that encompasses any effort that seeks to determine the relation between language and brain. For instance, that could be brain damage leading to language deficits; a number of colleagues and I have looked at that in various languages.
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