History saved lives in this pandemic. Will society listen next time?
Medical historian Howard Markel, MD/PhD, whose team’s research on the 1918 flu influenced efforts to “flatten the curve” reflects on what the past three years have taught us. ‘It’s not a matter of if we will have another pandemic, it’s a matter of when,’ he says.
$15 million for connected and automated transportation, renewing U-M-led Midwest hub
U-M will continue to lead regional efforts to transition the nation to connected and automated vehicles — bolstered by a $15-million, five-year grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The partnership brings together nine colleges and universities to explore emerging technologies that address safety and sustainability.
Researchers: Rethink e-cigarettes’ role in treating cigarette smokers’ nicotine addiction
U-M researchers have found considerable evidence suggesting e-cigarettes are an effective smoking-cessation tool for adults in the U.S., yet thousands of Americans die of smoking-related illnesses each year.
1 in 8 Americans over 50 show signs of food addiction
In a poll, much higher percentages of possible addiction to processed food were seen among older adults who were overweight or experiencing poor mental health or isolation.
Got questions about weight-loss drugs? These experts have answers
Michigan Medicine specialists weigh in on the latest news regarding medications for obesity — from drug shortages and medication misuse to rising costs and side effects.
Making music with only his eyes
ALS can’t keep Jordan Weston from his lifelong passion for producing music. Through a sensor bar on his tablet, the tobii dynavox I-16 tracks Weston’s eye movements, allowing him to control the music software and build out his songs.
U-M researchers aim to bring humans back into the loop, as AI use and misuse rises
We’re talking about AI the wrong way, says Ross professor Nigel Melville. ‘We’re moving away from the things we want, such as better medications, elder care and safety regulations, and toward the things we don’t, like harmful deepfakes, job losses, and biased decision making.”
Ann Arbor campus joins Bee Campus USA movement
U-M’s Ann Arbor campus recently joined UM-Dearborn as a certified Bee Campus, reflecting the University’s commitment to pollinator conservation. U-M has long followed pollinator-friendly landscaping practices.
Brain health, concussions and sports: Is there a long-term connection?
The Michigan Alumni Brain Health Study will compare cognitive, mood, sleep, pain, and functional outcomes to examine whether sport participation and concussions are associated with later-life brain health in former U-M athletes and nonathletes.