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Articles from Vol. 144, No. 2847, December

Best Not to Go It Alone
With the arrival of holiday get-togethers, many families may realize a loved one has problems with alcohol or drugs, and some may consider confronting the addict in an intervention. "During the holiday season, a lot of times things start to unravel...
Beware of Scams on Deliveries
Beware of phony package notifications: 'tis the season for phony emails that deliver nothing but trouble, warns the AARP Bulletin. Along with holiday decorations and lights, FedEx, UPS, and DHL trucks adorn American streets at this time of the year,...
Building Victims for Rollover Accidents
While rollover crashes account for about two percent of all automobile accidents, they constitute roughly one-third of all occupant fatalities--about 7,500 highway deaths each year in the U.S. Yet, there currently are no crash-test dummies specifically...
Compliance Officers under the Gun
Compliance officers are feeling particularly vulnerable, according to the Thomson Reuters Personal Liability Report, which finds the near-universal view that personal liability in financial services is increasing. Regulators more and more are targeting...
Creativity and Criticism Are Business Linchpins
In the 1960s and 1970s, few workplaces could boast of such brilliant engineers as Xerox's Palo Alto Research Company (PARC). Among their inventions were the first true personal computer and the world's first laser printer. Yet, few of their ideas ever...
Discover Your Inner "Elf"
"ELF The Musical"--based on the 2003 hit movie--is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he actually is human, Buddy's enormous size and poor...
Failing to Conceive Can Bring Holiday Heartache
The holiday season brings joy as families and friends gather together, but it also is a time loaded with high expectations and increased stress. It perhaps is the toughest time of year for those who are having difficulty starting a family on their...
Free Trade Agreements Remain a Puzzle
Some 70% of companies are not utilizing foreign trade agreements fully, which means they likely are paying more than necessary in tariffs and duties, according to a survey of trade specialists from multinational corporations. Survey respondents indicate...
Land "Grabbing" U.S. Buying Up Large Tracts
Since 2000, more than 36,000,000 hectares--an area about the size of Japan--have been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use, and mostly by the U.S. Today, nearly 15,000,000 hectares more is under negotiation, maintains...
Many Teens "Willing" to Ride with Drunks
One in four teens is willing to ride with a driver who has been drinking; one in three has been a passenger with a drinking driver in the past year; and 22% of the drinking drivers were friends under 21, according to a survey conducted by Mothers Against...
Millions Have Yet to Secure Health Coverage
Some 11.7% of the U.S. adult population still lacks health insurance coverage despite passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The personal finance website WalletHub conducted an analysis of 2015's States with the Highest & Lowest...
Mixed Age Groups Lead to a Halting Start
Most Head Start classrooms serve children of mixed ages and that hurts the academic growth of the older kids, a national study suggests. Researchers found that four-year-olds In Head Start classrooms that included higher concentrations of three-year-olds...
Mixed Messages from Post-Recession U.S
Access to opportunity has increased nearly nine percent nationally since 2011, reflecting an improved post-recession employment picture, higher high school graduation rates, and a drop in violent crime, among other factors, according to the fifth annual...
Most of Us Are Old-Not Young-At Heart
Your heart may be older than you are--and that is not good. According to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga., three out of four U.S. adults have a predicted heart age that is older than their actual...
Parents' Math Anxiety Undermines Children
Children of math-anxious parents learn less math over the school year and are more likely to be math-anxious themselves--but only when these parents provide frequent help on the child's math homework, according to researchers at the University of Chicago...
Prescription Stimulants Easy to Find on Campus
Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a survey conducted on eight U.S. campuses--six public and two private in five states. About 18% of undergraduates...
Racial Differences in Fetal Growth
Current standards for ultrasound evaluation of fetal growth may lead to misclassification of up to 15% of fetuses of minority mothers as being too small, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., and other...
Restoration Hampered by Limited Budget
The U.S. Forest Service has increased the pace and scale of forest restoration by nine percent since 2011, according to a report released by the Department of Agriculture. This progress comes in the face of mounting challenges to the agency, including...
Stay Grounded during Holiday Recovery
With family gatherings and parties with alcohol, the holidays can be a stressful time for people recovering from addiction. "We are finding a lot of people are coming out of treatment at this time of year," says 23-year-old Devin McCrossan, cofounder...
Step Up and Step in to Save a Friend
The holiday season is filled with tradition. However, one unfortunate holiday tradition in the U.S. is an increase in drunk driving. A national survey--by responsibility.org, a not-for-profit funded by a number of America's distillers--shows that 63%...
Students in Top High Schools Try to Cope
Over time, selective high schools have oriented themselves to address a context of increasingly competitive college admissions. School work, college applications, extracurricular activities, and parental expectations all contribute to teenagers' stress....
Survival Rates Increase for Preterm Infants
Extremely preterm infants, those born before the 28th week of pregnancy, are surviving in greater numbers and escaping serious illness, according to a comprehensive review of births. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association--the...
Tally 'Em Up: Annual Christmas Bird Count
Now in its 116th year, the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count will take place Dec. 14Jan. 5, 2016. More than 72,000 volunteers from 2,400-plus locations across the Western Hemisphere record sightings of bird species, with the data...
Tips to Prevent Holiday Stress
When stress is at its peak, it is hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past, advise mental health specialists at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester,...
'Tis the Season to Be Swindled
The holiday season Is one of the busiest times of year for scammers, warns AARP, Washington, D.C. Here are some things to watch out for: In a classic phishing scam, schemers will launch a copycat website of a well-known retailer--or create a website...
Untangling Effects of Bullying on Depression
In a study that examines bullying among African-American youth, researchers at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, identify risk and protective factors associated with symptoms of depression and point the way to further study. "By removing...
Vet Rate Lower Than National Average
Veterans of the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made tremendous strides over the last four years when it comes to employment. While they are doing better as a group than the overall population, an analysis of government data shows that...
Vets Are So Much More Than "Sir, Yes, Sir"
Justin Constantine, who served with the Marines in Iraq and now works as a liaison between the military and corporate communities, has put together some tips for hiring managers who are looking to recruit veterans. "It's great that so many businesses...
What Teen Drivers Do Not Know
The holiday season sees 100,000,000 or more U.S. drivers hitting the road to visit friends and family amplifying the risk of serious accidents, especially those involving inexperienced teenagers. In What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: Unwritten Rules...
Winning the Emotional War on Terror
In the aftermath of the shock and horror of the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. declared a "war on terror" by launching a military offensive and increasing security at home. In response to the carnage in Paris, French Pres....
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