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November 20, 2017


May 17, 2016

Tools show humans settled southeastern U.S. earlier than first thought

The discovery of stone tools found in a Florida river show that humans settled the southeastern United States far earlier than previously believed — perhaps by as much as 1,500 years, according to a team of scientists that includes a University of Michigan paleontologist.

May 10, 2016

U-M to work on ways to share rare-disease treatment evidence

A $900,000 funding award to the School of Public Health will allow researchers to develop methods to analyze treatment evidence that could make a difference in the lives of the 25 million to 30 million Americans living with rare diseases.

The funding comes from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

May 5, 2016

Incentive rewards some hospitals whose quality doesn't measure up

Changes to a federal program to add incentive payments to hospitals that controlled spending have resulted in some poor performers receiving bonuses through a plan originally designed to improve quality, University of Michigan researchers have found.

May 2, 2016

Climate-adaptation plans long on ideas, short on details, priorities

An analysis of more than 40 climate-adaptation plans from across the U.S. shows that local communities are good at developing strategies to combat the harmful effects of climate change, but often fail to prioritize their goals or to provide implementation details.

April 30, 2016

Study examines surgical skill and weight loss surgery success

Poor surgical skills during bariatric surgery have a quick impact on patients, landing some in emergency departments for bleeding and infection once the operation is over.

But down the road a surgeons’ operating skills did not affect patients’ wellness or weight loss, according to a study in the April 13 issue of JAMA Surgery.

April 30, 2016

Sugar shock: Insulin costs tripled in 10 years, study finds

People with diabetes who rely on insulin have seen the cost of that drug triple in just a decade — even as doctors have prescribed higher doses to drive down their blood sugar levels.

Meanwhile, the cost of other diabetes drugs has stayed about the same or even gone down.

April 29, 2016

One oil field a key culprit in global ethane gas increase

A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade's increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study led by the University of Michigan.

April 29, 2016

Simulation offers glimpse of how e-cigarettes could impact smoking

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes and calls to regulate them continue to grow, a University of Michigan study may help answer those who wonder what changes might be seen in smoking prevalence if e-cigarette use encourages smokers to quit, or if it becomes a first step toward smoking.

April 29, 2016

Abuse risk lower for teens prescribed stimulant meds early in life

Teens who take prescribed stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and methylphenidate within a medical context early in life are at lower risk for developing substance use problems in adolescence, according to a new University of Michigan study.

April 25, 2016

Climate change in Michigan poses emerging public health threat

Changing climate conditions — including warmer temperatures and an increased frequency of heavy rainstorms — represent "an emerging threat to public health in Michigan," according to a new report from university researchers and state health officials.


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