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NEWSWEEK: Cover: Kids and the Growing Food Allergy Threat
Today about eleven million Americans suffer from food allergies, and manyscientists agree the numbers are climbing. As Senior Writer Claudia Kalbreports in the current issue of Newsweek, peanut allergies-among the mostdire-doubled between 1997 and 2002 in children under 5 years old. Allergistssay they're now seeing more children with multiple allergies than ever before,not just to 1950s staples such as milk and wheat -- but to global foods wehave adopted since, like sesame and kiwi. And allergies many kids outgrow --like those to eggs-seem to be lingering longer than they did in the past
Eagles Album 'Long Road Out of Eden' Arrives At Wal-Mart
One of the most awaited albums this year will hit shelves today (Tuesday)at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and Walmart.com as the Eagles release their 20 song,two-disc album "Long Road Out of Eden." The album is the first new music fromthis Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band since 1980.
"Long Road Out of Eden" reflects the band and Wal-Mart's shared commitmentto environmental sustainability. The album packaging features DomtarEarthChoice papers. To ensure paper is sourced from well-managed forests,EarthChoice papers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, publiclyendorsed by the Rainforest Alliance and supported by World Wildlife Fund andForest Ethics. The C-D package contains 30 percent post-consumer recycledfiber, and virgin fiber from F-S-C Certified forests or other controlledsources.
More Student Credit Education Needed
Increasingly men and women are seeking graduate and professional degreesas a way to advance their careers -- and the payoff for the additionaleducation is significant. Individuals with a master's degree earn on averageone-point-eight million dollars more over their lifetime than that of a highschool graduate. At the same time, a new study from Nellie Mae suggests thatgraduate and professional students also need an ongoing educational lesson onbudgeting and managing their money. Older graduate students carry nearly twiceas much credit card debt as their younger counterparts, with just 20 percentof all respondents paying off their monthly credit card bills in full eachmonth. http://www.salliemae.com/.
New Survey Reveals Connection Between Mental Health and Productivity inthe Workplace
Employers do not address mental health matters in the workplace and manyemployees don't even understand their current mental health benefits,according to a survey released today by Meritain Health and the Partnershipfor Workplace Mental Health.
The national study of 411 full-time employees with medical benefits foundthat employees are keenly aware that stress negatively affects them in theworkplace, with 94 percent of respondents reporting that their stress levelaffects job performance. However, in contrast, 52 percent of employees saidtheir employer does not address stress, work/life balance or mental/behavioralhealth with employees. Moreover, 40 percent of employees said they aren'taware of what mental/behavioral health benefits are offered by their employer.More than one-third of respondents would be more likely to use theirmental/behavioral health benefits if their employer did a better job ofpromoting them.
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