December 14, 2019

In the News

  1. December 13, 2019
    • Headshot of Natalie Schellpfeffer

    Although most summer camps welcome kids with food allergies, less than half require campers with allergies to have individualized emergency action plans developed by a clinician as a condition of attendance, according to research by Natalie Schellpfeffer, assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics: “Preparedness is key — every child with a history of food allergy should have an emergency action plan.”

  2. December 13, 2019
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    “There has been a lot of skepticism, especially in economics, that health insurance has a mortality impact. It’s really important that this is a randomized controlled trial. It’s a really high standard of evidence that you can’t just dismiss,” said Sarah Miller, assistant professor of business economics and public policy, commenting on research that shows letters sent by the IRS suggesting ways to enroll in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act may have saved 700 lives among those who were fined for not previously carrying insurance.

    The New York Times
  3. December 13, 2019
    • Headshot of Joanne Motino Bailey

    Research by Joanne Motiño Bailey, director of the U-M Nurse-Midwifery Service, shows that both hospital births on land and in the water are safe for mom and baby: “Basically there was no difference between waterbirth and land birth, with the exception of a slight decrease in postpartum hemorrhage rates for births that occurred in the water and also fewer lacerations or tears that would require a repair.”

    WWJ Radio
  4. December 12, 2019
    • Headshot of Jamie Mitchell
    • Headshot of Jill Becker

    Jamie Mitchell, assistant professor of social work, and Jill Becker, professor of psychology, discussed the lack of diversity in the subjects of medical research studies and how diseases and treatment differ based on race and gender. “We don’t have a lot of confidence to be able to tell patients, yes we’ve actually tested this Alzheimer’s intervention, this depression intervention, with people who look like you, who may have a similar background and upbringing as you, who may have faced some of the same stressors — such as discrimination — as you,” Mitchell said.

    Michigan Radio
  5. December 12, 2019
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    “People will sometimes use the judgment of punctuation as a way to judge other people or win an argument,” said Anne Curzan, professor of education, linguistics, and English language and literature, and dean of LSA. The suggestion is that “somehow you’re not smart because you misplaced an apostrophe according to standard usage. It’s a total power move. If we’re all honest about it — every single one of us have messed up our ‘its’ and our ‘it’s.’ It’s confusing.”

    BBC News
  6. December 12, 2019
    • Headshot of Roland Graf

    “Currently, there is nothing else like iGYM, as most other accessible gaming technologies either limit it to small screens or are developed for people with cognitive disabilities. Our vision with the system is to make it as simple and affordable as possible,” said Roland Graf, associate professor of art and design, on the game system his research team developed to create a truly inclusive play environment for children — both disabled and able-bodied.

    The Associated Press
  7. December 11, 2019
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    Trish Koman, research investigator in environmental health sciences, discussed the Michigan Environmental Project, an online mapping tool designed to track the impact of climate change — both the environment and public health — on Michigan cities and residents.

    WEMU Radio
  8. December 11, 2019
    • Headshot of Tuija Pulkkinen
    • Headshot of Anthony Waas

    Tuija Pulkkinen, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and Anthony Waas, professor of aerospace engineering, co-wrote that to ensure that our species endures, we have a responsibility to develop our society to become a spacefaring one: “That’s why … we’ve recently launched the University of Michigan Space Institute. Its purpose is to bring together a strong multidisciplinary community and facilitate entirely new types of collaborations that might not have emerged organically solely within science and engineering communities.”

    Inside Higher Ed
  9. December 11, 2019
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    Pregnant women who live in a rural area of the United States are at higher risk of life-threatening complications or death during or after childbirth, according to research by Lindsay Admon, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and colleagues: “Policies and programs aiming to improve maternal health and reduce adverse events associated with delivery must address the unique health needs and challenges faced by rural women.”

    U.S. News & World Report
  10. December 10, 2019
    • Headshot of Margaret Hicken

    “Gun violence, segregation, these things have not traditionally been public health issues. But there’s been a growing call for people to understand that everyday life affects your health,” said Margaret Hicken, research assistant professor at the Institute for Social Research and Michigan Medicine, in a story about how police shootings may be causing black infants long-term harm.