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Year in Review: Top Stories of 2022


5-15 mins
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Presented by Alumni Association

As 2022 comes to a close, join us in reflecting on some of the year’s top stories from the Alumni Education Gateway. From heart and brain health to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, these were the stories that resonated most with the U-M alumni community.

7 Common Afib Triggers That May Surprise You

An expert from Michigan Medicine shares seven common but surprising triggers of Atrial fibrillation, one of the most common heart rhythm conditions, and advice for preventing an episode.

A Different Diag

To think of the U-M campus in a different place seems unfathomable. Author James Tobin of The Heritage Project takes us through the history of the city of Ann Arbor and what decisions were made that led our campus to where it is today.

Does an Aspirin a Day Keep Heart Disease Away? It Depends

Many people take aspirin daily to reduce their heart disease or stroke risk, but new guidelines suggest it might be time to reconsider this practice. Abbas Bitar, a cardiologist at the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center, discusses new guidelines and recommendations.

What’s in a Name? 

Ever wonder how baby names and evolution might be related? Mitchell Newberry, a professor and evolutionary biologist at U-M explains how trends in the popularity of baby names and dog breeds can be a proxy for understanding ecological and evolutionary change.

Finding the Right Memory Strategy to Slow Cognitive Decline

What’s the best way to improve your memory as you age? A study by researchers from U-M and Penn State College of Medicine compared two approaches for people with an early form of memory loss.

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out

Michigan Online presents “Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teach-Out.” In this Teach-Out, you will learn from a diverse group of faculty experts about the history and origins of war in Ukraine, its immediate and long-term impacts, and what you can do to support people in this growing humanitarian crisis.

Brain Neurons Identified in Pre-sleep Routine

It has long been suggested that adopting a pre-sleep routine can help calm the brain and initiate sleep. A U-M expert discusses the findings of a new study on the topic and potential benefits for those that have difficulty falling asleep.

Mental Health & Cannabis: Does a Gummy a Day Keep Anxiety Away?

As marijuana legalization expands, so does our need for a greater understanding of the uses and effects of this psychoactive drug. Experts from the U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS), part of the U-M Addiction Center, joined the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for a timely discussion on cannabis and mental health.

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