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New trends in teen smoking, e-cigarettes in 2015

December 16th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—This year’s Monitoring the Future study, conducted by University of Michigan Institute for Social Research researchers, revealed three significant findings related to teen smoking and inhaling. They are: Teen cigarette use drops to historic lows in 2015 Cigarillo use…

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Use of ecstasy, heroin, synthetic marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes declined among US teens in 2015

December 16th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place. The use of both alcohol and cigarettes reached…

Study highlights economic value for PhDs in the private sector

Study highlights economic value for PhDs in the private sector

December 11th, 2015

Students who graduate with doctorate degrees disproportionately find employment in large, high-wage entities of the private sector, a new study indicates. In many cases, these jobs are clustered near universities where the doctoral recipients conducted their research and received training…

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Life expectancy not declining as rapidly as once thought but health inequality has worsened

December 8th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—While previous findings of dramatic decreases in life expectancy for some socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in the United States have been overstated, health inequalities persist and, in fact, have worsened, according to new research from the University of Michigan. “Although…

ISR Health and Retirement Study enhanced with significant new federal support

December 7th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study has received significant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to carry out three important new enhancements to this important resource for aging research. The study, which began…

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Consumer sentiment strong thanks to middle- and lower-income households; shopping for discounts dominates purchase plans

November 25th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The continued strength in consumer sentiment during the past two months has been due to gains among middle- and lower-income households, while confidence retreated among households with incomes in the upper third of the distribution, according to the University…

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Consumer outlook for 2016 is favorable: U-M Surveys of Consumers

November 23rd, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer spending will advance by nearly 3 percent during 2016, according to economist Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Curtin presented his annual forecast of consumer spending on November 19 at the annual U-M…

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Confidence rises in October on renewed personal financial optimism

October 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence rose in October with the entire rebound due to gains in confidence among lower income households. Confidence among households with incomes in the top third of the income distribution retreated a bit due to concerns about volatile…

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Low testosterone, men’s empathy can determine parenting skills

October 29th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—As they age, men often get concerned about their testosterone levels dropping. And rightfully so—it affects their sex drive and other health factors. But the hormone decline can also provide a window into men’s parenting. A new University of…

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Prescription pain relievers place teens at greater risk for future drug misuse

October 28th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—High school students who legitimately use an opioid prescription are one-third more likely to abuse the drug by age 23 than those with no history of the prescription, according to a new University of Michigan study. These teens abuse…

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