Marianne Udow-Phillips, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, said she believes an Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan independent health care company could help provide critical information on hard-to-understand health care costs and potentially undercut the current market for high-priced drugs.
Research by Stephen Smith, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and colleagues found a distinct regional pattern in China's 30,000 flowering plant species, highlighting the need for more conservation efforts in densely populated eastern China, home to many threatened plant species.
"I don't see a silver bullet. It's going to take a long time before you see a change in the load, and in the two-year policy cycle this country works on, it's hard to get people to bite the bullet when they can't see the results," said Don Scavia, professor emeritus of environment and sustainability, regarding the lack of action in preventing the spread of low-oxygen "dead zones" along America's coastlines.
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Research by Andrew Schrepf, research investigator in anesthesiology, found that a 10-percent reduction in body weight helps patients with obesity reduce pain in places like the abdomen, arms, chest and jaw, in addition to the expected weight-bearing areas.
Laura Schram, director of professional and academic development at the Rackham Graduate School, discussed design principles for doctoral students' career exploration, and valuable ways of thinking about how to thrive once they graduate.
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Terry Wilfong, director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and professor of Egyptology, and Suzanne Davis, associate curator of conservation at the Kelsey Museum, were interviewed about the artifacts featured at the museum.
"I'm completely flummoxed. Idaho appears to be claiming they do not have to adhere to federal law," said Nicholas Bagley, professor of law, commenting on Idaho's plan to allow health insurers to ignore some ACA rules on health care plans not sold on the marketplace.
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Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, says Facebook's new messaging app aimed at kids is troubling because younger children haven't yet developed the cognitive skills that enable them to think about and regulate their thoughts and actions and "allow them to realize when persuasive technology design might be manipulating them."
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Fred Adams, professor of physics and astronomy, was quoted in an article about the possibility that alternate universes with different laws of physics could still host galaxies, stars and planets.
Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology and global public health, says the nation's state-of-the-art flu vaccines are doing a poor job of protecting Americans and that we may need to start over by developing an entirely new vaccine: "We now know the flu vaccine is just not as effective as it should be. It doesn't work particularly well for the kind (of influenza) we have now."
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