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U-M Health & Retirement Study adds genetic data to NIH database

March 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study, a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic, and social status of older Americans conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), has added genetic information from 12,500 consenting…

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U-M study: Parsing the pill’s impact on women’s wages

March 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Although women continue to lag behind men in pay, the gender wage gap has narrowed considerably since the 1960s. Now a new University of Michigan study is the first to quantify the impact of the pill on women’s…

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Teachers, parents trump peers in keeping teens engaged in school

March 20th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Teachers and parents matter more than peers in keeping adolescents engaged in school, according to a new study that counters the widespread belief that peers matter most in the lives of adolescents.

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U-M project seeks to relieve hunger in West Africa

March 14th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Last fall’s harvest in the Sahel region of West Africa was the worst in nearly 30 years, and now a University of Michigan anthropologist who has studied the region for decades is working to save the people from…

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U-M Study: Egyptians want democracy, but not U.S. efforts to promote it

March 1st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Egyptian trial of employees of four American groups that were promoting democracy was abruptly postponed earlier this week.  But the crisis in U.S.-Egyptian relations continues, for reasons, according to a University of Michigan researcher, that…

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Job growth maintains consumer confidence in February

February 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Confidence remained strong in February due to a record number of consumers who were aware of ongoing increases in jobs, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys…


Psychiatric diagnoses: Why no one is satisfied

February 15th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch.

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Consumer confidence improves in January due to job gains

January 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Consumer confidence continued to improve in January due to positive news about potential job gains, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by…

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Expensive Egos: Narcissism has a higher health cost for men

January 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE.

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The Generation X Report: How young adults deal with influenza

January 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Only about one in five young adults in their late 30’s received a flu shot during the 2009-2010 swine flu epidemic, according to a University of Michigan report that details the behavior and attitudes of Generation X.

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