September 2016

M Research: News from the University of Michigan

Tipping the scales

Eat less. Exercise more. If only it was that easy. Obesity remains a serious public health problem that affects 1 in 6 children and adolescents in the U.S. As part of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we take a look at how U-M researchers from across campus are tackling this issue through an interdisciplinary approach.

Cost of dying

For African Americans and Hispanics, the cost of dying is far higher than it is for whites. Scientists continue to investigate this expensive mystery.

Paint check

Twenty-four million housing units in the U.S. have deteriorated lead paint. A new test could help homeowners better understand their level of risk.

Arms race

Researchers identify how pneumonia-causing bacteria invade the body, which could aid their search for drugs to fight the lung infection and other superbugs.

Flavor vapor

Whether their preference is Belgian waffle, kettle corn or sweet tea, it’s the flavor—not the nicotine—that entices many U.S. teens to vape.

Mercury rising

Mercury contamination is widespread across western North America, posing potential health risks for humans, fish and wildlife.

Dizzying spin

A discovery sheds light on how individual atoms assembled into stars, planets and galaxies like our own, and what the future holds for these galaxies.

In perspective

Talking cars
U-M Professor Huei Peng discusses the important role connectivity and automation play in the future of mobility.
"Deeper understanding of both technology and social science issues is the only way to ensure that connected self-driving cars become part of our sustainable future."
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