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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…


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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ISR professor to lead research education at new Alzheimer’s center

October 20th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Kenneth Langa, an expert on chronic disease in older adults and professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, has been chosen to help guide research education at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center. The center is…

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Older adults gain weight when spouse is stressed out

October 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Stress isn’t good for your waist line. For older married couples, the added pounds may be caused by a spouse’s long-term stress levels. A new University of Michigan study looked at how the negative quality of marriage can be…

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Researchers Receive $4.9 Million to Examine Common Core

October 4th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—The Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation have awarded a team of researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University nearly $5 million for the first phase of a five-year analysis of the Common…

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