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ISR News Releases

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Early origins of chronic mid-life diseases: Low birth weight and poverty have long-term effects

October 24th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The seeds of vulnerability to asthma, heart disease and other chronic adult health problems are planted early in life, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Advance directives related to use of palliative care, lower Medicare end-of-life spending in many U.S. regions

October 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Advance directives do have an impact on health care at the end of life,  especially in regions of the country with high spending on end-of-life care, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Growing up in bad neighborhoods has a “devastating” impact: U-M study

October 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Growing up in a poor neighborhood significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school, according to a study published in the current (October) issue of the American Sociological Review.  And the longer a child…

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David Harding: Interrogating the truth of the American Dream

September 29th, 2011

Part of the fun—and challenge—of field research is coping with the odd curve ball. For sociologist David Harding, one episode in particular stands out. It was the summer of 2003, and Harding, then pursuing his doctorate in sociology and social…

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The surprising truth about women smokers in China

September 20th, 2011

In the United States, more than one out of six women still smoke. And as in most Western countries, cigarette usage is concentrated among the young—those women aged 25 to 44. But according to a recent report by Albert Hermalin…

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George Alter: History from the bottom up

September 15th, 2011

George Alter doesn’t miss a beat when describing what he was like as a child. He clasps his hands, leans forward, and smiles slightly: “I was a nerdy kid before there were computers to be nerdy with,” he says.

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Bolcom and Morris Concert to Benefit ISR Douvan Junior Scholars Fund

September 12th, 2011

A benefit concert by Bill Bolcom and Joan Morris to support the Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan Junior Scholar Fund in Life Course Development will be held on Sunday, October 16 at 4:00pm at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Raising a child doesn’t take a village, U-M research shows

September 8th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—It doesn’t take a village to raise a child after all, according to University of Michigan research.

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Motives Matter: Why we volunteer has an impact on our health

September 6th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—People who give, live longer, studies have shown.  Now a new study shows that why people volunteer – not whether they volunteer — is what really counts.

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The waning of American apartheid? Residential segregation declines in U.S. metros

September 1st, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The ideal of equal housing opportunities is closer to becoming a reality in most major U.S. metro areas, according to a University of Michigan researcher.

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