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Rethinking Opioid Intervention

Rethinking Opioid Intervention By: Emilie Blair Lenardo, 53, holding a few of her prescription pill bottles   Yvette Lenardo, 56, looks down at her bright orange pill bottle, the frustration clear on her face. After struggling through addiction to Oxycontin for a year, her son finally convinced her to get help. Lenardo didn’t always struggle […]

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Unraveling The Growing Dilemma of Burnout among Physicians

During his third month of residency in obstetrics and gynecology, James Liu remembers reaching the end of an exhausting monthly rotation. Liu was doing what he loves best, delivering babies. However, Liu was in the delivery room alone, a newer experience for the young resident. “We were short staffed. We were also inexperienced” Liu said. […]

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“Not the only one”: Advocates seek to make deregulation everyone’s issue

Second only perhaps to its size, the feature of the Marathon Oil refinery most noticeable to anyone setting foot on the company’s 500-acre facility in Detroit is the smell.   Residents, however, have not gotten used to it. According to Wilhemina McLemore, supervisor of the Detroit field office in the Air Quality Division of the […]

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Using Nature as a Remedy for Eco-Anxiety

BY MATT ZHAO On a given sunny day in Salt Lake City, Utah, a group of people may gather at the International Peace Gardens, sitting in a circle on the grassy lawn, and hiding from scorching rays under the shade of a tree. These people have probably congregated for a weekly meeting of the Good […]

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Urban Farmers act as Cleaning Agents on Polluted Urban land in Detroit

Billy Hebron in front of his half snow-covered farm beds at Oakland Avenue Urban Farm As the snow begins to melt and exposes the farming ridges at Oakland Avenue Urban Farms (OAUF), the promise of spring bringing freshly grown produce to the North End of Detroit is becoming closer. Excitement buzzes around this farm as […]

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A look at how the University of Michigan profits from ‘hard sciences,’ neglects fundamental research

BY: ALEXA ST. JOHN Girish Kulkarni, a University of Michigan biomedical engineering faculty member, never thought he would be working on business strategies for a product when he graduated from his PhD program in electrical engineering. He graduated thinking he would be working on fundamental research, not on marketing a product of his own. But […]

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Shattering Glass Recycling Preconceptions: Challenges and Solutions to Recycling Glass

By: Taylor Lass Lucas Dean overlooks piles of crushed glass at SOCRRA Clad in a neon yellow vest and eyes obscured by dark sunglasses, Lucas Dean listens to the piercing noise of the glass breaker crushing glass into pieces the size of coins. Three piles of glass separated by grade stand before him. “I can […]

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Tackling the Opioid Epidemic From Behind the Counter

BY NEEL SWAMY For Susan DeVuyst-Miller, a clinical pharmacist at Cherry Health, Heart of the City Health Center and professor at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, treating patients across a wide spectrum of conditions—from cardiovascular disease to chronic pain to schizophrenia—involves more than simply dispensing and dosing out medications. […]

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As cognitive computer games grow in popularity, seniors, caretakers and researchers ask what’s really best for the aging brain

Jeanette Mollett, a 74-year-old resident of Sister Lakes, Michigan, has owned an iPad for about three years. Though Mollett eschews social media and claims she isn’t particularly good with technology, she plays computer games — mostly kids’ puzzle games, like Candy Crush and Cookie Jam — on a daily basis. Not only does Mollett enjoy […]

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Milk, Manure, & Methane: Farming in the 21st Century

  By: Lexie Waltz “I know it’s gross, but just stick your fingers right down in there and feel how warm that is,” says Tammy Jagyur as she digs her fingers a few inches deep into a pile of straw and espresso-bean-sized goat poop pellets. On a 20-degree day on her goat farm outside of Ann […]

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