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Manipulative and empathetic people both adept at reading emotions

October 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—People shouldn’t assume that someone who can easily read their feelings always has their best interests at heart. Although good emotion-recognition skills might seem like concern and empathy, some people might use these skills to manipulate others, new University…

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Young people who abuse prescription pain meds are more likely to use other drugs later on

October 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—High school seniors who misuse prescription pain medications risk abusing other controlled substances as young adults, a new University of Michigan study indicates. The study found that about a third of 18-year-olds who took prescription opioids, such as Vicodin…

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Confidence falls, consumers view government as impediment to growth

October 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence declined in October as consumers became convinced that the national government shutdown as well as other restrictions on federal spending would slow the overall pace of economic growth over the next several months, according to the Thomson…

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Revolution in brain science demands Higgs Boson-type collaboration

October 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Social and life scientists from the University of Michigan and other universities are calling for a new model of cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance understanding of the human brain.  Their paper, titled “Neuroscience meets population science: What is a representative…


Affordable Care Act unlikely to push employers to drop health insurance coverage

October 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—In the race for the best workers, small firms have always been at a bit of a competitive disadvantage when it comes to benefits they can offer. The Affordable Care Act is expected to change that, said Helen Levy,…

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Landmark U-M effort measures sustainability culture on campus

October 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Most University of Michigan faculty, students and staff say they are committed to sustainability, but new survey results indicate significant room for improvement in sustainability behaviors, awareness, engagement and accountability. The survey findings are part of a U-M report…

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Policy uncertainty dims consumer confidence in September

September 30th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Confidence fell in September as consumers were more likely to anticipate a slower pace of economic growth, fewer job opportunities and less favorable personal financial prospects, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the…

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Susan Murphy wins 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant

September 25th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—A University of Michigan statistician who is poised to make a significant impact on the field of personalized medicine, an area of great activity in biomedical research, has been chosen one of 24 “exceptionally creative individuals” by the John…

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Stepfamilies add to caregiver burden: U-M study

September 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Caregiving is always tough, but it’s that much tougher when caregivers have to rely on family ties that are ambiguous, strained or virtually nonexistent, suggests a University of Michigan study. Published online this month in the Journal of Marriage and Family,…


Scientific data repositories issue call for change on funding models for data archives

September 19th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Representatives of 25 organizations that archive scientific data have released a Call for Action urging the creation of sustainable funding streams for domain repositories—data archives with close ties to scientific communities. The document was developed after a June meeting…

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