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Articles from Vol. 127, No. 2639, August

Bargaining for a Good Education
At a small midwestern liberal arts college, the parents of a prospective student dickered with the admissions director over a $50 difference in the financial aid packages between that school and a competing one. The school matched the competition....
Beliefs Can Help Deal with Crisis
If news media coverage is any indication, Americans' interest in religion never has been greater. Likewise, more social scientists, mental health professionals, and physicians are studying the role religion plays in daily life and individual well-being....
Boy Bullies Are Popular; Girls Aren't
Boys who are bullies not only are accepted, but may be among the more popular youngsters in school. "But woe to the girl who is overly aggressive," indicates Laura Hess, assistant professor of child development and family studies, Purdue University,...
Changes Forecast for 21st Century
By 2010, as baby boomers move into their golden years, the death rate in the U.S. will climb to epic proportions and death care hardly will resemble what we know today, according to industry experts. Predictions call for a major change in customs...
Choose a Puppy Based on Its Breeder
When selecting a puppy for a pet, choosing the breeder may be more important than choosing the breed, suggests Andrew Luescher, a veterinarian and head of the Purdue University Animal Behavior Clinic, West Lafayette, Ind. "Not all breeds of dogs may...
Depression Danger Zones for Women
Biological danger zones and environmental triggers play a complex and powerful role in the high rate of depression in women between the ages of 35 and 65. Women for Women, a panel of female physicians, sponsored by the American Medical Women's Association,...
Earliest Americans' Origins Traced
Research discoveries fueled by recent technological advancements strongly suggest that the earliest inhabitants of the North American continent not only arrived much earlier than once believed, but that they may have originated from different biological...
Here Comes Allergy Season Again
Allergy sufferers throughout the U.S. are or soon will be experiencing the itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny noses, headaches, drowsiness, sneezes, and over-all miserableness that accompany fall allergy season. In response, the American...
How to Foster Parental Involvement
According to a study by the National Council of Jewish Women, parent involvement in their children's schools needs to be improved. To help school/ home partnerships work, the organization's Center for the Child offers the following recommendations:...
How to Make Yourself Lawsuit Proof
If you are a businessman, doctor, landlord, investor, real estate developer, director, or officer of a corporation, "you're an easy target for a lawsuit," warns Michael Brette, chairman of Capital Asset Management, Riverside, Calif., and author of...
How to Reduce Loan Costs
Students who must borrow money for college should take steps now to reduce their repayment burden, suggests Tess Van Duvall. educational debt management consultant. Emory University, Atlanta. Ga. Her primary advice to those seeking educational loans...
Independent Counsel: Bills Bleeding Taxpayers Dry
While the public's eyes may glaze over at the daily headlines of Kenneth Starr's investigation of Pres. Clinton, the fact that taxpayers have shelled out more than $140,000,000 since the Independent Counsel statute was enacted should serve as a wake-up...
Is Cleanliness Really Next to Godliness?
According to the Soap and Detergent Association, representing about 135 North American manufacturers of cleaning products, their ingredients, and finished packaging, there are five distinct groups of women, based on their attitudes toward cleaning....
Mergers Benefit CEOs More Than Investors
National banks involved in the most recent wave of mega-mergers may be touting benefits to shareholders and depositors, but research by Richard J. Rosen, assistant professor of finance, Indiana University, Bloomington, indicates that financial returns...
Money Lack Threatens Nature Preserves
Ninety-four nature preserves in Russia that are thought to be the only virgin preserves in the world are in danger from economic pressures. Gene Rhodes, assistant professor of wildlife ecology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., explains that...
Outsourcing: Can Boost Profitability
The newest buzz word in business is outsourclng. Funds spent on it are expected to reach nearly $300,000,000.000 annually by the year 2000. When used properly, outsourcing can enable a company to reduce costs and create a competitive advantage. According...
Pre-Columbian North America Was No Eden
The popular image of pre-Columbian North America is of a pristine paradise. However, when Europeans first arrived in North America, they found anything but a primeval landscape. Instead, they encountered a land significantly altered by humans through...
Preparing for Long-Term Care
Shortly before pediatrician/author Benjamin Spock died, it became publicly known that he was in severe financial difficulty due to the high cost of caring for the ailing 94-year-old man. His home care bills were running $16,000 a month, little of...
Price Maintenance May Benefit Consumers
Contrary to popular belief, new research at Ohio State University, Columbus, suggests consumers sometimes may benefit if manufacturers are allowed to set minimum retail prices for their products. Consumer groups and Federal regulators have argued...
Schools Skimping on Sex Education
In 1961, singer Jewel Akins' hit single suggested, "Let me tell you `bout the birds and the bees." Today's parents and educators are heeding that advice, but when it comes to the topic of birth control, they're singing another song. According...
School Year's Stary Can Produce Anxiety
Each fall, anxious parents pack their youngsters' lunch boxes, escort their offspring to school, and hand them over to a new teacher. Then they wait with trepidation, worrying that their children are totally miserable. Whether kids are heading...
The Ins and Outs of E-Mail
Electronic mail has captivated people around the world, but experts say it often is abused, misused, or misunderstood. This medium, which almost was nonexistent 10 years ago, now pervades the home and office. The rules for intelligently using e-mail...
What to Do If You Are Audited
The odds are a mere one in 100 that your tax return will be audited. Actually, the odds are better than that if you don't fall into red-flag categories such as being self-employed or taking an unusually high percentage of deductions. Nevertheless,...
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