January 2016

M Research: News from the University of Michigan

Playing through pain

A young athlete suffers an injury, and then uses drugs to dull the pain. His friend drinks alcohol simply to cope with the stress of being a local star. Substance use is common practice among some young athletes, but a group of U-M researchers are studying the issue in an effort to curb this dangerous trend.

Take a bite

A unique lab housed at U-M looks more like a fast food restaurant, which allows a psychology researcher to study people's eating behaviors. 

Repair work

Technology developed by U-M scientists has the potential to help people with conditions like oral implants and tooth decay grow bone.

Internet of things

Will smart device companies respect your privacy and keep your data confidential, or will they treat your information however they please?

Advanced conversations

U-M will work with IBM to develop a new class of technologies to help people interact more naturally and effectively with computers.

Put the smoke out

Fewer teens are lighting up, as a U-M survey shows cigarette smoking among students in grades 8, 10 and 12 reached historic lows last year.

A case of Ringxiety

Was that my cell phone? U-M research finds that people with higher attachment anxiety are more likely to experience phantom rings and notifications.

In perspective

Cost confusion
U-M doctoral student Betsy Q. Cliff weighs in on the ongoing confusion behind the actual cost of medical care.

"Price transparency is undoubtedly hard to implement. But it doesn't have to be as hard as we are making it."
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