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UPI: Infants: Public insurance better, cheaper

The news wire service United Press International has covered the research of SMU economist Manan Roy, a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in the SMU Department of Economics.

Roy analyzed new federal data about insured infants to compare public health insurance with private health insurance. Her analysis found that among the insured, infants in low-income families are better off under the nation’s government-funded public health insurance than infants covered by private insurance. Continue reading

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Public health insurance provides insured infants better, less costly care than private plans

In the fierce national debate over a new federal law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, it’s widely assumed that private health insurance can do a better job than public insurance.

But a first-of-its-kind study of newly available government data found just the opposite for infants covered by insurance, says economist Manan Roy in SMU’s Department of Economics. Continue reading

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A mathematical model determines which nations are more stable and which are more likely to break up

Thanks to a new model created by an international research group that includes SMU economist Shlomo Weber, it is now possible to predict which European countries are more likely to become united or which are more likely to break up. It does so by not only considering demographic and economic criteria but, most ingeniously of all, culture and genetics. Continue reading

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Live Strong: How Can Overweight Children Lose Weight Fast?

School%20lunch%20kids1b.jpgThe link between the federal school lunch program and childhood obesity that was uncovered by the research of SMU economist Daniel L. Millimet has been covered by the health articles on the site Live Strong in “How Can Overweight Children Lose Weight Fast?.”

The article notes Millimet’s finding that a la carte options such as ice cream and sodas are readily available to children in the school lunch line.

The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that children who eat school lunches that are part of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program are more likely to become overweight.
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Study: Antibiotics, instead of emergency surgery, may better treat cases of nonperforating appendicitis

Emergency-sign-400x300.jpgAntibiotics rather than surgery may better treat cases of appendicitis when the appendix hasn’t burst, says a new study from SMU and UT Southwestern Medical School.

The study’s authors say the findings suggest that nonperforating appendicitis may be unrelated to perforating appendicitis, in which the appendix has burst.

Instead, the study found that nonperforating childhood appendicitis, which historically has been treated with emergency surgery, seems to be a disease similar to nonperforating adult diverticulitis, which is often treated with antibiotics.
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Scripps Howard News: SMU’s Millimet on school lunches linked to childhood obesity

School%20lunch%20kids1b.jpgThe link between the federal school lunch program and childhood obesity uncovered by the research of SMU economist Daniel L. Millimet has been reported in The San Angelo Standard-Times in “Study shows obesity has complex origins.”

Writing for the Scrips Howard News Service, reporter Trish Choate quotes Millimet on the research and the link in an article that published Sept. 3 in the Standard-Times. Continue reading

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New analysis weighs lost trade, costs to control invasive species against economic damages

Zmussels%20in%20Maryland%20coastal%20bays1.jpgBiological alien invaders often travel via international trade, prompting trade regulations to stop them. Pesky invaders like Zebra mussels, Asian Longhorned Beetles, Kudzu, Triffid weed and others have wreaked billions of dollars in economic damage, destroying agriculture, harming human health and threatening biodiversity.

Policymakers must balance concerns about the damage and cost of controlling invaders against the economic necessity of free trade, say economists Santanu Roy, Southern Methodist University, and Lars J. Olson, University of Maryland.

In their research, Roy and Olson examine the various conditions policymakers must evaluate to determine the best policies governing invasive species based on sound economics.
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Federal school lunches linked to childhood obesity, says SMU research

School%20lunch%20kids1b.jpgThe school lunch and breakfast programs sponsored by the federal government feed millions of school children annually in hopes of giving them a healthy start.

But new research has found that children who participate in the National School Lunch Program are more likely to become overweight, according to economist Daniel L. Millimet, a professor in SMU’s Department of Economics. Millimet’s school-lunch research was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sponsors the National School Lunch Program.

USDA officials, says Millimet, are concerned about a la carte offerings and other school add-ons to the government program because those foods aren’t required to meet USDA nutritional standards.

The USDA is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to fight what experts say is a childhood obesity epidemic among America’s school children. The First Lady on May 18 released the results and recommendations of The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity report.
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Africa’s cell phone boom can’t trump dire need for schools, roads, power, water

Well%2C%20Senegal%2C%20Africa%20cropped.jpgSMU economist Isaac M. Mbiti has seen in his native Kenya how cell phone use in Africa is booming. The fast-growing use of cell phones in Africa — where many people lack the basic human necessities — has made headlines worldwide the past few years.

The surprising boom has led to widespread speculation — and hope — that cell phones could potentially transform the impoverished continent. Cell phones are making a difference, says Mbiti, but his latest research also reveals, however, that cell phones alone can’t drive development. Continue reading

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