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African-American men who feel ‘in control’ are less likely to experience depressive symptoms

May 24th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new University of Michigan study found that African American men between the ages of 35 and 54 who experience discrimination also suffer from significant levels of depressive symptoms.

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Persuasive speech: The way we, um, talk sways our listeners

May 16th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Want to convince someone to do something? A new University of Michigan study has some intriguing insights drawn from how we speak.

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Air pollution near Michigan schools linked to poorer student health, academic performance

May 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Air pollution from industrial sources near Michigan public schools jeopardizes children’s health and academic success, according to a new study from University of Michigan researchers.

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Working a lot in high school can short-change students’ future

April 11th, 2011

High school students who work more than 15 hours a week during the school year may be short-changing their futures, risking long-term education and health. New research from the University of Michigan, tracking young adults through their 20s nationwide, suggests…

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Revealing the roots of a riot

April 1st, 2011

In July 1967, an early morning police raid of an unlicensed bar—or blind pig—on 12th Street in Detroit set off looting, fires, and shooting that soon escalated out of control. By the time the civil disturbance ended six days later,…

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Wake up, Mom!

March 31st, 2011

Working mothers are two-and-a-half times as likely as working fathers to interrupt their sleep to take care of others, according to an ISR study providing the first known nationally representative data documenting substantial gender differences in getting up at night,…

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Monitoring the Future Study identifies 2010 teen drug use and smoking trends

March 31st, 2011

Marijuana use is rising, ecstasy use is beginning to rise, and alcohol use is declining among U.S. teens, according to the 2010 Monitoring the Future Study of a nationally representative sample of American teens. The ISR survey also found that…

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Resolved to quit smoking? Brain scans reveal likely success

March 31st, 2011

Brain scans showing neural reactions to pro-health messages can predict if you’ll keep that resolution to quit smoking more accurately than you yourself can. That’s according to a study published recently in Health Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal.

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It’s all in a name: ‘Global warming’ versus ‘Climate change’

March 31st, 2011

More people believe in “climate change” than in “global warming,” according to a University of Michigan study published in Public Opinion Quarterly. “Wording matters,” says Jonathon Schuldt, a Ph.D. candidate in the U-M Department of Psychology who co-authored the study…

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Many U.S. women have children by more than one man

March 31st, 2011

The first national study of the prevalence of multiple partner fertility shows that 28 percent of all U.S. women with two or more children have children by more than one man. The study was presented April 1 in Washington, D.C.,…

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