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Consumer sentiment slips in June but still remains high

June 30th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence in June slipped to its lowest level since President Trump was elected, although the overall level still remains quite favorable, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The average level of the Sentiment Index…

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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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Survey researcher Eleanor Singer dies at 87

June 4th, 2017

ANN ARBOR – Eleanor Singer, academic survey researcher and research professor emerita of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), died on June 3, 2017. She was 87. “Eleanor was a major figure…

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May sentiment remains high amid partisanship

May 26th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has continued to move along the high plateau established following Donald Trump’s election. The May 2017 figure was virtually unchanged from the April reading, and nearly identical with the December to May average of 97.3, according to…

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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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U-M professor elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 2nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan professor Donald Kinder is among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates named to the National Academy of Sciences this year, the organization announced today. “It is most fitting that Don Kinder’s path-breaking contributions to the…

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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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