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Teen smoking continues to decline in 2013

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Smoking among teens in grades 8, 10 and 12 continued to decline in 2013—a positive trend since most smokers begin their habit in adolescence— according to the latest survey results from the nationwide Monitoring the Future study. Based on…

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Teens more cautious about using synthetic drugs

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The use of synthetic marijuana by the nation’s teens dropped substantially this year, and a sharply increasing proportion of them see great risk in using so-called “bath salts.” Both of these drugs are synthetics sold over the counter in…


White paper urges new approaches to assure access to scientific data

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—A newly released white paper calls for new approaches for preserving scientific data and sustainable funding of domain repositories—data archives with ties to specific scientific communities. “Sustaining Domain Repositories for Digital Data: A White Paper” is the result of…


Many older Americans rely on people, devices, other strategies to get by

December 12th, 2013

ANN ARBOR— Only about a third of Americans ages 65 and older are fully able to take care of themselves and go about their daily lives completely independently, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of…

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U-M collaborative sparks integration of biological and social data

December 10th, 2013

The BioSocial Methods Collaborative, based at the U-M Institute for Social Research, is funded in part by the U-M Office of the Provost. Partners include the U-M Life Sciences Institute and the U-M Medical School. “We aim to be a…

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Energy drinks plus alcohol pose a public health threat

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Mixing energy drinks with alcohol is riskier than just drinking alcohol alone, according to a new study that examines the impact of a growing trend among young adults. Published in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health,…

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Good news on the Alzheimer’s epidemic: Risk for older adults on the decline

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  People are less likely to experience dementia and Alzheimer’s disease today than they were 20 years ago – and those who do may be developing it later in life – says a new perspective article in the New…

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Confidence rebounds: Stock gains offset concerns about economic policies

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR— Consumer confidence rebounded in late November, shaking off the last remnants of the federal shutdown. The November increase was due to an improved outlook for the economy, with the gains primarily among upper income households according to the…

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ISR Survey Research Center partners with Indian think tank

November 20th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s oldest and largest economic think tank, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). The five-year agreement…

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What preschoolers know about healthy eating

November 13th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—When you hand a preschooler a donut, does she know it’s junk food? The answer is yes, says University of Michigan researcher Kristen Harrison. Harrison, professor of communication studies and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research,…

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