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Energy drinks plus alcohol pose a public health threat

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Mixing energy drinks with alcohol is riskier than just drinking alcohol alone, according to a new study that examines the impact of a growing trend among young adults. Published in the current issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health,…

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Good news on the Alzheimer’s epidemic: Risk for older adults on the decline

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  People are less likely to experience dementia and Alzheimer’s disease today than they were 20 years ago – and those who do may be developing it later in life – says a new perspective article in the New…

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Confidence rebounds: Stock gains offset concerns about economic policies

December 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR— Consumer confidence rebounded in late November, shaking off the last remnants of the federal shutdown. The November increase was due to an improved outlook for the economy, with the gains primarily among upper income households according to the…

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ISR Survey Research Center partners with Indian think tank

November 20th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s oldest and largest economic think tank, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). The five-year agreement…

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What preschoolers know about healthy eating

November 13th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—When you hand a preschooler a donut, does she know it’s junk food? The answer is yes, says University of Michigan researcher Kristen Harrison. Harrison, professor of communication studies and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research,…

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Bad Boys: Research helps predict whether boys will grow out of it—or not

November 7th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — Using the hi-tech tools of a new field called neurogenetics and a few simple questions for parents, a University of Michigan researcher is beginning to understand which boys are simply being boys and which may be headed…

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Manipulative and empathetic people both adept at reading emotions

October 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—People shouldn’t assume that someone who can easily read their feelings always has their best interests at heart. Although good emotion-recognition skills might seem like concern and empathy, some people might use these skills to manipulate others, new University…

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Young people who abuse prescription pain meds are more likely to use other drugs later on

October 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—High school seniors who misuse prescription pain medications risk abusing other controlled substances as young adults, a new University of Michigan study indicates. The study found that about a third of 18-year-olds who took prescription opioids, such as Vicodin…

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Confidence falls, consumers view government as impediment to growth

October 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence declined in October as consumers became convinced that the national government shutdown as well as other restrictions on federal spending would slow the overall pace of economic growth over the next several months, according to the Thomson…

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Revolution in brain science demands Higgs Boson-type collaboration

October 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Social and life scientists from the University of Michigan and other universities are calling for a new model of cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance understanding of the human brain.  Their paper, titled “Neuroscience meets population science: What is a representative…

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