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Learning the smell of fear: Mothers teach babies their own fears via odor, U-M research finds

Babies can learn what to fear in the first days of life just by smelling the odor of their distressed mothers, new U-M research suggests. And not just “natural” fears: If a mother experienced something before pregnancy that made her fear something specific, her baby will quickly learn to fear it too -- through the odor she gives off when she feels fear.

New bipartisan House bill draws on U-M health research

A new bill introduced in Congress with bipartisan support would allow Medicare to test a concept born from University of Michigan research, which could improve the health of patients with chronic illness while reducing what they spend on the medicines and tests they need most.

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