Born to Walk Barefoot

Wearing shoes when we walk changes how our feet interact with the ground below us, according to a novel new study in the journal Nature of shod and unshod walkers, the state of their feet and the extent of the forces they generate with every step. The study, which echoes some of the research that…

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Do Service Dogs Help Treat PTSD? V.A. Still Doesn’t Know

On a sunny October day in 2017, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, held a meeting in the West Wing to promote an initiative that would pair shelter dogs needing homes with veterans wanting to act on the increasingly widespread notion that well-trained dogs can improve the lives of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and…

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How to Make an Ancient Grain Taste Better Than Mac and Cheese

For the first decade of my career, I took cooking incredibly seriously. As a restaurant cook, not to mention a nerd, I loved steeping myself in the history of a dish and all its traditions. I obsessed over pasta shapes, flour types and varieties of tomatoes and their specific, appropriate uses. I wanted my food…

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Legalized recreational marijuana a substitute for alcohol, but not tobacco

New Marketing Science Study Key Takeaways: Research shows once recreational marijuana is legalized, the number of online searches for tobacco increase by 8%, while searches for alcohol drop by 11%. The findings could have an implication on sales for the alcohol and tobacco industries. The passing of recreational cannabis increases online searches for cannabis done…

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Health insurance idea born at U-M could help millions of Americans spend less

IMAGE: Mark Fendrick, a professor at the U-M Medical School and School of Public Health. view more  ANN ARBOR—Millions of Americans with chronic conditions could save money on the drugs and medical services they need the most, if their health insurance plans decide to take advantage of a new federal rule issued today. And the idea…

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About 44% of high school seniors who misuse prescription drugs have multiple drug sources

ANN ARBOR—Roughly 11% of high school seniors reported prescription drug misuse during the past year, and of those, 44% used multiple supply sources, according to a pair of University of Michigan studies. More than 70% of adolescents who obtained prescription drugs from multiple sources had a substance use disorder—involving prescription medications, other drugs and alcohol—within…

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