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Money talks when it comes to acceptability of 'sin' companies, study reveals
(University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management) Companies who make their money in the 'sin' industries such as the tobacco, alcohol and gaming industries typically receive less attention from institutional investors and financial analysts. But new research shows social norms and attitudes towards these types of businesses are subject to compromise when their share price looks to be on the rise.

Income is a major driver of avoidable hospitalizations across New Jersey
(Rutgers University) The household income of its residents is the most important factor in whether a community has high or low rates of avoidable hospital visits -- conditions that could be better managed in a doctor's office or other health care settings if treated at an early stage, according to a report released by the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy.

Fighting over proposed changes to food labels
(American Chemical Society) To help Americans make better decisions about what they eat, the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year proposed significant changes to the Nutrition Facts label found on nearly every food product in the US. An article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, explains the suggested updates -- and the fight that has ensued.

Across-the-board Impact Factor increases for Portland Press Limited
(Biochemical Society) Portland Press Limited today announced an across-the-board increase in Impact Factors for its molecular bioscience publications.

Dyscalculia: Burdened by blunders with numbers
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt Mnchen) Between 3 and 6 percent of schoolchildren suffer from an arithmetic-related learning disability. Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich now show that these children are also more likely to exhibit deficits in reading and spelling than had been previously suspected.

Peru's carbon quantified: Economic and conservation boon
(Carnegie Institution) Today scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of the carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Peru. The new and improved methodology used to make the map marks a sea change for future market-based carbon economies. The new carbon map also reveals Peru's extremely high ecological diversity and it provides the critical input to studies of deforestation and forest degradation for conservation, land use, and enforcement purposes.

Informal child care significantly impacts rural economies, MU study finds
(University of Missouri-Columbia) University of Missouri researchers have studied the child care sector in Kansas, particularly in rural areas, and have found that informal child care services create a large economic impact in the state.

Short sellers not to blame for 2008 financial crisis, study finds
(University at Buffalo) Contrary to widespread media reports, the collapse of several financial firms during the 2008 economic crisis was not triggered by unsettled stock trades, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

Caring for donors
(University of California - San Francisco) To make follow-up care more accessible, UC San Francisco and Walgreens are collaborating to launch the first program in the country that provides blood pressure testing at no charge to living kidney donors.

$15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul, says IOM
(National Academy of Sciences) The US should significantly reform the federal system for financing physician training and residency programs to ensure that the public's $15 billion annual investment is producing the doctors that the nation needs, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine.

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