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Vaping, hookah use by US teens declines for first time

December 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Teens are lighting up less often when it comes to e-cigarettes and hookahs. A new study finds that the percentage of U.S. teens who vape declined in 2016—the first significant reversal of a rapid rise in adolescent vaping. The…

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Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

December 5th, 2016

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) presents award-winning poet and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine on January 16 at 4 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rankine will…

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Dementia on the downslide, especially among people with more education, study finds

November 21st, 2016

Positive brain health trend may cushion blow on society, but doesn’t lessen impact on individual patients and caregivers, U-M researchers say ANN ARBOR, MI — In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American…

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What makes a patient more likely to end up back in the hospital? Study finds surprising role for social factors

November 17th, 2016

Social determinants of health and disability raise readmission risk differently for the three conditions Medicare focuses on for hospital payment   ANN ARBOR—No patient who just got out of the hospital wants to end up there again soon. Whoever’s paying…

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Consumer outlook for 2017: U-M Surveys of Consumers

November 17th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Will consumer confidence plunge or will it improve in the wake of Donald Trump’s election? An analysis of consumer sentiment data collected prior to the election provides mixed signals, according to economist Richard Curtin, director of the University of…

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PRBA celebrates 40th anniversary, announces new scholarship

November 16th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—This past June, the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) celebrated four productive decades with a reunion and the announcement of the James S. Jackson Emerging Scholars Fund, named after one of its founders. Established in 1976, PRBA…

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CivicLEADS: Millennial voters’ backgrounds provide insights into civic behaviors

November 7th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—For the first time in decades, the Baby Boomers and previous generations are predicted to pass the torch to a new generation of voters. The Pew Research Center reported in May that Census data show the number of voting-age…

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U-M researchers receive award from NSF for Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network

November 3rd, 2016

Three University of Michigan researchers will lead the Advanced Computational Neuroscience Network (ACNN) project as a “spoke” in the Midwest Big Data Hub program funded by the National Science Foundation. Richard Gonzalez, a psychologist and the director of the Research…

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Science: Public interest high, literacy stable

October 31st, 2016

ANN ARBOR—While public interest in science continues to grow, the level of U.S. scientific literacy remains largely unchanged, according to a survey by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Funded by NASA, the study found that 51 percent…

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Consumer expectations post slight decline in October

October 28th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers became a bit less optimistic about prospects for the economy in October but still maintained an optimistic outlook for their personal finances, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Importantly, consumers anticipated that the inflation…

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