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Articles from Vol. 126, No. 2635, April

A Look Back at the 1997 Holiday Season
According to the American Express Retail Index holiday spending recap, 67% of retailers surveyed felt the 1997 holiday shopping season was a strong one compared with the year before, with one in five reporting sales were better by as much as five...
April Showers May Bring Pollen Spores
If you are clutching tissues and taking over-the-counter remedies, you may have more than a cold that won't go away. A chronic sinus infection that fails to clear up or continues to recur is often due to allergies. In the spring, pollen allergies...
Are Bankruptcy Laws Too Lenient?
The bankruptcy system in the U.S. functions as unlimited insurance for financially troubled consumers, with the rest of Americans paying the premiums, according to a joint study from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and the Credit Research...
Below-Average Hurricane Season Forecast
The 1997-98 record El Nino is expected to dissipate before the most active part of the 1998 hurricane season, but other global climate factors could produce slightly below-average hurricane activity, hurricane researcher William Gray, Colorado State...
Coping with Bites and Stings
It's springtime and there's a buzz in the air -- the buzz of bees, wasps, and mosquitoes. Along with the buzz often comes a painful sting or itch-producing bite. According to the Lanacane Itch Information Center, White Plains. N.Y., when a bee...
Count the Costs before You Split
Preparing for marriage is crucial, but Flora Williams, associate professor of family and consumer economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., suggests that the slogan "look before you leap" may be just as important when it comes to divorce....
Diets May Deprive Women of Calcium
Dieting can be unkind to bones when calorie-conscious individuals choose weight-loss plans with little or no dairy products. A nutritional analysis commissioned by The Dannon Co. showed that, of 10 popular published diet plans, including those on...
Dining Together Strengthens Ties
The dinner hour may be a little later than it once was and the meal may be take-out food or delivered pizza instead of homemade meatloaf. Nevertheless, the daily ritual of gathering together at the dinner table still is venerated as the most important...
Expert Witnesses Often Are Keys to Trial
Expert witnesses are seen on television dramas, read about in high-profile trials, and, more often than not, can make or break a case. Who are these expert witnesses, what are their qualifications, and where do they come from? According to foot and...
Freedom Triggers Changes in Habits
Why do some young adults alter their patterns of smoking, drinking, or illegal drug use after high school graduation? Their new freedoms and responsibilities explain a lot of these behavioral changes, according to a long-term nationwide study from...
Goodbye to the Wild Honeybee?
Have you seen any wild honeybees lately? The answer is probably not, and it may be a long time before you ever see one again. This insect, a buzzing harbinger of spring and supplier of honey since the settlers tackled the wilderness in the early 1600s,...
Help for Youngsters with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Approximately 1,000,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. This can mean three to five youngsters with OCD per average-sized elementary school and about 20 teenagers in a large high school. The most...
How to Choose a Summer Camp
How should parents choose a summer camp for their offspring? According to Rodger and Candy Popkin, owners and directors of Blue Star Camp, Hendersonville. N.C., the top 10 ways are: 1. Many camps run virtually unchecked and unregulated. Make sure...
How to Stay Up When the Market Is Down
If market volatility makes you wonder if you have the stomach for investing in anything more adventurous than certificates of deposit, here are some tips from the Institute of Certified Financial Planners, Denver. Colo., that might settle those nerves:...
Is Your House a Time Bomb?
Serious defects in various systems of a house, whether hidden or visible, are present in 40% of resale homes, according to Ken Austin, chairman of HouseMaster, a home inspection company headquartered in Bound Brook, N.J. It studied 1,000 resale homes...
Killing Microbes on Beef Carcasses
Amid nationwide consumer concerns about contaminated meat, a team of University of Missouri, Columbia, researchers has come up with a method that helps to kill microbes on beef carcasses. Spraying carcasses just after dressing with heated lactic acid...
Men's Gray Hair Has Negative Impact
Men with gray hair command lower salaries compared to their non-gray counterparts, a survey of 100 image consultants by Combe Inc., White Plains, N.Y., found. They earn an average of almost $10,000 less than those without gray hair ($61,157, compared...
New Fire Detector More Sensitive to Heat
Engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., have developed a new type of fire detector that senses temperature to detect flames and has several advantages over conventional smoke detectors. "One advantage of this device is that it doesn't...
Poverty Major Cause of Seniors' Poor Health
Older people living in poverty are more likely than their middle- or upper-class peers to experience declining health as they age. This more rapid decline in health not only threatens the quality of life of older persons, but increases significantly...
Should You Buy or Rent a Home?
Living in one's own home is a basic part of the American dream. Yet, many people hold misconceptions about the financial aspects of buying and owning a home. According to the Institute of Certified Financial Planners, Denver, Colo., here are a few...
Should You Overhaul Your Portfolio?
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 significantly lowered the capital gains tax rates on profits made from selling stocks, bonds, and other investments. Accordingly, making money from profits vs. receiving it as dividend or interest income has become...
Taxpayers Taking a Beating on New Stadiums
American taxpayers as well as sports fans will continue to pay through the nose for pro sports until they decide to outlaw the monopoly status of professional sports leagues, maintains Stanford (Calif.) University economist Roger Noll, co-author of...
When Is It Safe to Trash Tax Records?
Doing your taxes is aggravating. but isn't the real pain all that paperwork you have to file to do them? It just keeps piling up, year after year. What can you trash, and what should you hang on to? According to the Institute of Certified Financial...
Why Wives Complain More Than Husbands
Why are wives more likely than husbands to complain about their marriages and ask for changes in behavior? Researchers at Ohio State University, Columbus, say the reason has little to do with typical stereotypes, such as beliefs that women are more...
Will "Smart" Cars Reduce Emmissions?
"Check engine" lights on the dashboard are built-in computers that alert drivers when their cars' emissions are high and warn them of potential engine trouble. The computers, called on-board diagnostics, have been phased in gradually since 1978 and...
Women's Opportunities Still out of Reach
Research on women in management positions suggests that women are cracking, but still rarely breaking through. the corporate "glass ceiling." A study co-authored by Jodi S. Goodman, assistant professor of organizational behavior, Purdue University....
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