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Consumers more certain about positive prospects

November 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment was slightly below last month’s decade high, but has remained in the narrow positive range it has traveled since the start of the year, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. What has recently changed…

Sexual assault among college students is bad; for those who don’t attend college, it’s worse

November 21st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—One in four women in the United States will experience forced intercourse by the time they’re 44, and the risk is greater for women who have attended little or no college compared to those who attend four or more…

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Access to birth control through ACA drives down abortion rate

November 15th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—When young women were able to better access birth control as part of their parents’ insurance plans, a provision of the Affordable Care Act, the abortion rate in this age group fell by about 10 percent. That’s according to…

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Studies find contaminated Flint water likely impacted the health of adults, not just children

September 26th, 2017

ANN ARBOR — In late 2015 and 2016, a number of studies and media reports focused on the public health crisis in Flint, Mich. in which lead from aging pipes leached into the city’s water supply. The emphasis, for the…

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IRB Common Rule Presentation

September 18th, 2017

This past January, the Department of Health and Human Services updated the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Research Subjects, also known as the Common Rule. These regulatory changes go into effect on January 19, 2018. ISR will be…

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Antisocial children more likely to end up chronically unemployed and in poverty

August 9th, 2017

Ann Arbor—Live fast and die young—it’s a popular saying that could ring a little truer than is comfortable, according to a recent University of Michigan study. Jukka Savolainen of the U-M Institute for Social Research found that people who, as…

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Study raises doubts about safety of some forms of birth control pills

June 27th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—New research on how birth control pills affect the level of hormones in women’s blood serum has found much higher levels of hormones in women who take birth control pills compared to women who don’t. The University of Michigan…

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U-M receives grant to study how low-cost family planning can improve women’s lives

June 26th, 2017

Martha Bailey, a U-M ISR economist, will lead a grant of up to $5.9 million from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to study how reducing financial barriers to reproductive health care affects women’s lives. Continue reading

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Uninsured emergency department visits down after Medicaid expansion

June 20th, 2017

Adapted from a Vanderbilt University Medical Center news release. Fewer uninsured patients are walking through the doors of emergency departments in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, even though the total number of visits has increased…

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Rich get richer: U-M study shows changes in income, spending of America’s families

May 9th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Families with the highest incomes continue to experience increases in income at a higher rate than the average family, according to the University of Michigan’s Panel Study of Income Dynamics. The study, which tracks employment, income, wealth, health, childbearing…

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