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E-cigarettes surpass tobacco cigarettes among teens

December 16th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—In 2014, more teens use e-cigarettes than traditional, tobacco cigarettes or any other tobacco product—the first time a U.S. national study shows that teen use of e-cigarettes surpasses use of tobacco cigarettes. These findings come from the University of…

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Use of alcohol, cigarettes, number of illicit drugs declines among U.S. teens

December 16th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use. Both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 are at their lowest points since the study began in 1975.…

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Consumer sentiment brightens holiday spending

November 26th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence posted its fourth consecutive monthly gain in November, 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 since 1946, the…

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Why do so many seniors with memory loss and dementia never get tested?

November 26th, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite clear signs that their memory and thinking abilities have gone downhill, more than half of seniors with these symptoms haven’t seen a doctor about them, a new study finds. University of Michigan researchers and their…

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Unmet needs of older Americans are common in many living settings

November 25th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Older adults who live in retirement or senior housing communities are more likely to have unmet needs for help than are older adults who live in traditional housing, according to a new study. About 2.5 million older adults live…

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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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