“Social deprivation is bad for brain structure and function. Sensory deprivation is bad for brain structure and function. Circadian dysregulation is bad. Loneliness in itself is extremely damaging,” said Huda Akil, professor of neurosciences and psychiatry, on the severe, long-lasting damage that solitary confinement can cause to the brain.
Jianzhi Zhang, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, said “the predictions of nearly neutral theory have been confirmed very well,” despite growing pushback by some scientists who say that genomes show much more evidence of evolved adaptation than the neutral theory of molecular evolution would dictate.
Comments by Karandeep Singh, assistant professor of information, learning health sciences and internal medicine, were featured in a story about the higher cost of cardiac devices, like pacemakers and stents, in the United States than in Europe.
“I think we’ve come a long way. We’re finally at a place in society where not only are black men talking more about their deepest, darkest, emotional thoughts and feelings but we as a society are more open to hearing what they have to say,” said Daphne Watkins, associate professor of social work, and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research.
Patients who are prescribed opioids for post-surgical pain only use a quarter of their prescriptions on average, but the larger the amount of pills prescribed, the more a patient was likely to use, according to research by Joceline Vu and Ryan Howard, residents in general surgery.
“Donald Trump won the 2016 (election) by a grand total of 107,000 votes in three key swing states — or about the same number of people who attend a home Michigan Wolverines football game. … From a statistical perspective, not all that much is required to determine the winner of an election, especially given the surprising power of computer hacking and malware,” co-wrote Nadiya Kostyuk, doctoral student in political science and public policy.
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“Kemp is doing this, but the state (and national) Republican parties are silent, as are his state’s leading public authorities. This is a democratic failure much bigger than one craven office seeker,” said Robert Mickey, associate professor of political science, regarding the actions of Brian Kemp, the Georgia governor candidate accused of using his current position as secretary of state to launch investigations into Democratic “hacking” of the election and placing a disproportionate number of black voters’ registrations on hold.
“STDs are everywhere. We have to figure out how to … prevent the spread of these infections. And it’s necessary to be able to treat multiple people at once,” said Cornelius Jamison, clinical lecturer of family medicine.
Nicholas Bagley, professor of law, was quoted in a story about a Texas judge who is suspected of delaying a ruling on whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional — for fear that it would hurt Republicans in the midterm elections.
“2016 was a wake-up call. We learned that threats of foreign interference and nation-state attacks were a real threat. But, unfortunately, the improvement has been largely about awareness of security and initial steps to improve security preparedness. There’s still a long way to go in terms of closing off vulnerabilities of registration systems and voting machines,” said J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
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