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February 20, 2019

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February 20, 2019

“President Trump declared a national emergency as a pretext to allow him to begin construction of a border wall. But the real national emergency is here, in Honduras. ... Honduran migration isn't new; what is new is that they are doing it publicly, in large groups, and asking, collectively, for protection,” wrote Amelia Frank-Vitale, doctoral student in anthropology.

The Washington Post

February 20, 2019

To reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration, eat lots of leafy greens, take multivitamins, don't smoke, wear sunglasses, maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure, and find out if you have a family history of the disease, says Julie Rosenthal, clinical instructor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the Kellogg Eye Center.

U.S. News & World Report

February 20, 2019

“Uber needs to show it can control costs and can make money, basically provide a strong argument that its business model is not broken and that it can achieve and sustain profitability despite issues with drivers, customers and politicians,” said David Brophy, professor of finance.

Reuters / The New York Times

February 19, 2019

Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy, says he’s optimistic about the U.S. economy, but is worried “that a small adverse shock could turn into something more calamitous with policy mistakes coming out of the White House.”

CNBC

February 19, 2019

“Many pro-Brexit Brits are taken with the idea that the U.K. doesn’t need to belong to a large bloc any more than its tiny former colony Singapore does. ... Those excited about the prospects for ‘Singapore-on-Thames,’ though, might want to take a closer look at how Singapore itself works. Or doesn’t,” wrote Linda Lim, professor emerita of corporate strategy and international business.

Bloomberg

February 19, 2019

The state of Michigan spent $90 million more to hire private contractors for engineering and design work than it would have if it had maintained that work in-house over just a three-year period, said Roland Zullo, associate research scientist at the U-M Economic Growth Institute and director of the Center for Labor and Community Studies at UM-Dearborn.

Detroit Free Press

February 18, 2019

“Until about the early 1990s, it was kind of laughable that you could develop a pill that would slow aging. It was sort of a science fiction trope. Recent research has shown that pessimism is wrong,” said Richard Miller, professor of pathology.

HuffPost

February 18, 2019

“It doesn’t commit or obligate these states to anything; they don’t force any formal decision or commitment, and so I think for a newly elected governor they are relatively easy steps to take that are symbolic,” said Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, environment and political science, on the pledge by a group of newly elected Democratic governors to meet the goals outlined in the Paris climate accord.

The Washington Post

February 18, 2019

About one in six children and teens younger than age 18 have at least one mental health disorder, but only half of them receive treatment from a mental health professional, according to a study by research fellow Daniel Whitney and associate professor Mark Peterson, both in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Inverse

February 15, 2019

Nicholson Price, assistant professor of law, was interviewed about the regulations and legal liabilities of “black box medicine,” in which doctors increasingly rely on sophisticated algorithms to make health care recommendations.

Forbes

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