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The Consumer Outlook for 2015

November 20th, 2014

ISR economist Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, presented his annual forecast of consumer spending on November 20 at the 62nd U-M Economic Outlook Conference. According to Curtin, the data indicate that consumers now hold the…

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Few Students Attend Schools Meeting Nutrition Standards

November 17th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Implementing the latest government standards for foods and beverages sold at schools would substantially improve school nutrition, according to a new University of Michigan study. The study, published online by JAMA Pediatrics, finds that from 2008 through 2012, only two…

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Community health centers curb costs and lower mortality among the elderly

November 13th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Federally funded community health centers that provide medical care to underserved communities sharply reduced mortality rates at low cost, according to a new study. “Mortality rates dropped 7-to-13 percent among individuals 50 and older after CHCs started operating,” said…

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The great digital divide in healthcare: Older Americans may be left behind

November 12th, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  When it comes to the benefits of electronic health records, older Americans may be left behind, says a new University of Michigan study. Less than a third of Americans age 65 and over use the Web for…

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Mothers’ education significant to children’s academic success

November 10th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A mother knows best—and the amount of education she attains can predict her children’s success in reading and math. In fact, that success is greater if she had her child later in life, according to a new University of…

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Project to promote mental health featuring former U-M athletes resonates with many students

November 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A video opens with a young couple sitting in a car. The woman turns to the man and in a gentle, reassuring voice says: “This doesn’t change who you are. And this is something a lot of people go…

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Consumer sentiment in October highest in seven years

November 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence posted its third consecutive monthly gain in October, rising to its highest level since July 2007, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since 1946,…

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New U-M institute to measure impact of university research

November 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Government, industry and foundations spend more than $65 billion each year on research at the nation’s universities. The University of Michigan has launched a new initiative at the U-M Institute for Social Research that will coordinate efforts from across…

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Bloomberg to release U-M Surveys of Consumers starting in 2015

October 9th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan has established a new long-term partnership with Bloomberg to release the U-M Surveys of Consumers starting in January 2015 on a non-exclusive basis. “I am very pleased with this new agreement, which provides for the…

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NIH grant supports U-M analysis of big data from mobile health sensors

October 9th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan is one of a dozen centers sharing a $10.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at developing innovative tools to gather, analyze and interpret health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors.…

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