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Poor conditions early in life may lead to health problems for many elderly in the developing world

February 12th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Well-intended efforts to improve infant and child health in the developing world in the mid-20th century could be linked with increased risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease for people born during this period when they reach older age, a…

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How teen workers spend their money: U-M study shows trends

February 4th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—High school seniors spend most of their earnings on clothes, music, movies, eating out and other personal expenses.  Spending on cars and car expenses comes in second, especially for males. And way down the list come saving for college…

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Recent Gains Keep Confidence Warm in January

February 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR–Consumer confidence edged downward in January, although the overall falloff was minor, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since 1946, the Surveys monitor consumer attitudes and…

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How patients make medical decisions

January 28th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Sooner or later, everyone faces decisions about whether or not to have surgery, take a new medication, or have a cancer-screening test. A new study published in Health Expectations explores the costs and benefits patients say are important in…

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U-M Study: The War on Poverty lost the political battle

January 27th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan analysis challenges the conventional wisdom that Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty failed because it didn’t work.  In the decade after Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty,” poverty rates plummeted to reach their historic…

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Most U.S. students are exposed to food or beverage marketing at school

January 13th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Most public elementary, middle and high school students are exposed to some kind of commercial marketing efforts at their schools, designed to increase sales of food and beverages or develop brand recognition and loyalty in order to increase future…

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Confidence improves in December

December 23rd, 2013

ANN ARBOR–Consumer confidence rebounded among households with incomes less than $75,000 in December, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since 1946, the Surveys monitor consumer attitudes and…

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U-M study tracks changing values in the birthplace of the Arab Spring

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Public attitudes in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, show strong support for secular politics and religious moderation and tolerance, according to a University of Michigan survey conducted earlier this year. The findings help to explain the political…

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Teen smoking continues to decline in 2013

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Smoking among teens in grades 8, 10 and 12 continued to decline in 2013—a positive trend since most smokers begin their habit in adolescence— according to the latest survey results from the nationwide Monitoring the Future study. Based on…

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Teens more cautious about using synthetic drugs

December 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The use of synthetic marijuana by the nation’s teens dropped substantially this year, and a sharply increasing proportion of them see great risk in using so-called “bath salts.” Both of these drugs are synthetics sold over the counter in…

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