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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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Recognizing food brands puts preschoolers at risk for obesity

May 3rd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Young children who recognize food name brands, such as Lucky Charms, M&M’s and Cheetos, often eat unhealthy items that lead to their high body mass index. The risk of this weight gain, according to a new University of Michigan…

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Adjusting psychiatric meds may reduce fall risk in older adults

May 1st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Simply adjusting the dose of an older adult’s psychiatric medication could reduce his or her risk of falling, a new University of Michigan study suggests. The study found that a moderate increase in depressive symptoms among people over 65 was…

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Survey finds health disparities in two Pacific Islander populations

April 12th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—A survey of two groups of Pacific Islanders draws comparisons between the health of two populations of Pacific Islanders residing in California, revealing they lag behind the state in several key areas of health. Led by Sela Panapasa, a…

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Teen vaping “one way bridge” to future smoking

February 7th, 2017

Teen vapers may become “desensitized” to cigarette smoking health risks Teen vaping acts as a “one way bridge” to future smoking among those who have never smoked before, and may not stop those who have smoked before from returning to…

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Youth key to researching terrorism

January 30th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Engaging with youth involved in or susceptible to violent extremism is key in helping the U.S. government understand—and combat—terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, according to a position paper published in the journal Science. The…

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