Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 9, 2013

U-M study to probe health-religion ties

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — ANN ARBOR — University of Michigan researchers will interview 3,000 American adults as part of an $8 million study of how religion and health are related, the school announced Tuesday.

The John Templeton Foundation is financing the study, which seeks to establish “solid explanations for why religion has both positive and negative effects on human physiology,” the Ann Arbor school said in a statement.

Public health professor Neal Krause and four colleagues from other schools will conduct the study.

Small sample sizes and other research method problems have plagued much of the research on the subject conducted so far, Krause said.