Category Archives: UMHS Press Release

Who gets hooked on drugs & who stays clean? Study in rats finds genetic markers that influence addiction

Differences in vulnerability to cocaine addiction and relapse linked to both inherited traits and epigenetics, U-M researchers find ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Why does one person who tries cocaine get addicted, while another might use it and then leave it alone? Why do some people who kick a drug habit manage to stay clean, while

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Fashion design meets U-M research in wearable human stem cell images

Dominic Pangborn designs scarves and ties that draw attention to Prechter bipolar disorder research teams’ advances ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Dominic Pangborn’s artwork is always changing. He’s fearless in his approach, which is never the same twice. Over his decades-long career, the designer has received many awards and recognitions, and his signature ties are ubiquitous

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When it comes to predicting depression, race may matter more than was thought, study suggests

Blacks’ answers to standard screening questions may not reveal risk as well  ANN ARBOR, Mich. —  Depression can strike anyone, taking a toll on mental and physical health, friendships, work and studies. But figuring out who’s at risk for it is still a murky task. A new University of Michigan study suggests that standard ways

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The dose makes the poison: Opioid overdose study supports call for caution in prescription levels

Careful study in veterans looks at accidental death by prescription painkillers ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in veterans. And the threshold for safe prescribing

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Childhood trauma associated with worse impulse control in adulthood, U-M study finds

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults’ brains for decades to come – including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research suggests. The lasting scars of childhood abuse include cognitive effects That kind of quick “go or don’t go” thinking is crucial

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Can a website keep suicidal thoughts away? Study in stressed young doctors suggests so

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If you think your life is stressful, try being a new doctor. The first year after medical school, called internship, means round-the-clock hours, low rank, constant demands from patients and superiors, learning complex new skills and constant fear of making a mistake that could harm a patient. The result: A year

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