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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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Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting

January 25th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers will use Big Data from social media to gain new insights into economics and the way people communicate about parenting and politics under two recently funded research projects. The projects will assemble research teams with…

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Bad vibrations: Phantom phone alerts linked to cell phone dependency

January 24th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—You’ve probably felt or heard it before: a buzz in your pocket or a ding from your purse. You think a message has come to your phone, but when you look, the screen is blank. Researchers call these “phantom…

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Teen use of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low, same true for alcohol

December 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed. But University of Michigan researchers cautioned that while these developments are “trending in…

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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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