Social Epidemiology


Multiple periods of loneliness may add up to higher mortality risk

New research from Xuexin Yu and Lindsay Kobayashi

Working from well-established research on the detrimental health effects of loneliness, University of Michigan researchers set out to study whether feeling lonely at multiple times through the years leads to more serious illness and higher mortality risk in mid to later life.

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Mistreatment of Michigan farmworkers: Researchers document abuses, push for change

Recent research, published in the Labor Studies Journal, documents a range of dehumanizing, stressful, unsafe, and unhealthy workplace and living conditions. In their qualitative research effort, University of Michigan social epidemiologists Lisbeth Iglesias-Rios and Alexis Handal specifically explore the effects of precarious employment and labor exploitation on how they affect the health of farmworkers and their families.