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Most women report satisfaction with egg donation; some claim problems
Two-thirds of women who donated eggs to fertility clinics reported satisfaction with the process, but 16 percent complained of subsequent physical symptoms and 20 percent reported lasting psychological effects, according to the first study to examine the long-term effects of donation. (2008-12-17)

Traditional Dutch landscape under threat
Current government policy is failing to protect traditional Dutch landscapes says Dutch researcher Evelien van Rij. Green areas in the Randstad region with cultural historic value will disappear unless specific agricultural policy is developed for them. This will require both considerable investments and sufficient legislation from the Dutch government. (2008-12-17)

The more you take the more you lose
In everyday social exchanges, being mean to people has a lot more impact than being nice, research at the University of Chicago has shown. Feeling slighted can have a bigger difference on how a person responds than being the recipient of perceived generosity, even if the net value of the social transaction is the same, the research on reciprocity -- giving and taking -- shows. (2008-12-17)

Inaugural Back of the Envelope Awards fund creative health research
After inviting its public-health faculty to submit ideas -- literally on the back of a standard letter envelope -- the University of Alabama at Birmingham saw 19 researchers respond. Four winners were chosen for creativity, innovation and other factors. The awards include (2008-12-12)

Study finds link between political corruption and FEMA money
Where natural disasters strike, political corruption is soon to follow, say the authors of a new study in the Journal of Law and Economics. But it's not the wind and rain that turns good folks bad; it's the money that floods in afterwards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2008-12-11)

Financial incentives appear effective for short-term weight loss
A preliminary study suggests that economic incentives appear to be effective for achieving short-term weight loss, according to a report in the Dec. 10 issue of JAMA. (2008-12-09)

Monetary aggregates play little role in the conduct of monetary policy
The analysis finds that none of the arguments provides a compelling reason to assign a prominent role to monetary aggregates. (2008-12-03)

Underwater stock options drive top executives turnover
A new study in Personnel Psychology reveals that voluntary top executive turnover was more likely to occur as executives' stock option portfolios fell further out of the money. (2008-11-20)

Decisions, decisions: Feedback influences decision making
Numerous studies have shown that people will choose differently, depending on whether they are choosing based on experience or description. But, what is it that causes people to choose differently in the two situations? The results of a new study suggest that feedback plays a key role in decision making. The findings indicate that feedback after repeated choice may drive people towards rational decision making. (2008-11-12)

K-State research: Freshwater pollution costs US at least $4.3 billion a year
Kansas State University researchers found that freshwater pollution by phosphorous and nitrogen costs government agencies, drinking water facilities and individual Americans costs the US at least $4.3 billion annually. (2008-11-12)

New study finds obese women more impulsive than other females
A new study in the November issue of the journal Appetite finds that obese women display significantly weaker impulse control than normal weight women. (2008-11-10)

'Opt out' system could solve donor organ shortage, says researcher
A system of presumed consent for organ donation -- where people have to opt out of donating their organs when they die -- is the best way to tackle a growing waiting list for transplant, says Dr. John Troyer, an expert in organ donation and the illegal trade of body parts, who has recently joined the University of Bath's Center for Death and Society. (2008-10-31)

Credit crisis could mean bleak future for the NHS, warns expert
At best the NHS might expect no real growth in funding from 2011, warns John Appleby, chief economist at the King's Fund, on bmj.com today. (2008-10-28)

Cut and run: MSU research predicts risk avoidance in the face of chronic economic loss
Investors are liquidating their retirement investments in droves, rather than risk further loss of their nest eggs. Research conducted by Michigan State University scientists explains this effect, which contradicts widely accepted (2008-10-27)

St. Baldrick's Foundation announces $330,000 funding of scholar at Case Western Reserve
St. Baldrick's Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded $330,000 to fund Alex Huang, M.D., Ph.D., of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a St. Baldrick's Scholar for three years. St. Baldrick's began as a challenge between friends, and has exploded into the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. (2008-10-24)

Extra cash from government program linked to higher risk of adult obesity
Adults are not seeing the same benefits as children in a popular poverty-alleviation program that gives cash to impoverished families in exchange for participation in health-promoting activities, according to a new UC Berkeley study. The study found that the cash component of the program, launched by the Mexican government and modeled worldwide, is linked to a greater risk of obesity and higher blood pressure in adults. (2008-10-20)

Deal or no deal? The role of emotions in negotiating offers
Do skilled negotiators simply go with their gut instinct every time or are they just extremely calculating, figuring out all possible outcomes before making a choice? Columbia University researchers examined how emotions affect our negotiating skills by having participants play a negotiation game. Their results show that emotional players were more focused on the (2008-10-15)

People with autism make more rational decisions, study shows
People with autism-related disorders are less likely to make irrational decisions, and are less influenced by gut instincts, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study adds to the growing body of research implicating altered emotional processing in autism. (2008-10-15)

Expert: Flawed corporate watchdog methods helped fuel economic crisis
Archaic corporate governing systems that failed to ferret out risky business deals helped stoke the nation's deepest financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a University of Illinois business law expert says. (2008-10-09)

Financial risk-taking behavior is associated with higher testosterone levels
Two researchers from Harvard jointly led a recent study in which they showed that men with higher testosterone levels invest more money during a risky investment game. The study associates higher testosterone levels with financial risk-taking behavior. (2008-09-29)

Tobacco companies paid movie stars millions in celebrity endorsement deals
Tobacco companies paid the Hollywood A-listers of the 1930s and 1940s millions of dollars in today's money to endorse particular brands of cigarette, under contract, reveals research in Tobacco Control. (2008-09-24)

The fastest flights in nature: High-speed spore discharge mechanisms among fungi
Microscopic coprophilous (dung-loving fungi) make our planet habitable by degrading the billions of tons of feces produced by herbivores. But the fungi have a problem: survival depends upon the consumption of their spores by herbivores and few animals will graze on grass next to their own dung. Evolution has overcome this obstacle by producing mechanisms of spore discharge whose elegance transforms a cow pie into a circus of microscopic catapults, trampolines and squirt guns. (2008-09-16)

Help for shopaholics: New test determines who's at risk for compulsive buying
Compulsive shopping can lead to financial problems, family conflicts, stress, depression, and loss of self-esteem. According to a new study, there may be more people engaged in compulsive buying than previously thought. (2008-09-15)

How you spend affects how much you spend: Non-cash purchases found to be higher than cash buys
There is fresh evidence that people spend less when paying cash than using credit, cash-equivalent scrip or gift certificates. They also spend less when they have to estimate expenses in detail. (2008-09-07)

Addressing the inequalities of health: A new and vital mandate
The lead editorial in this week's Lancet is tied to the launch of of the final report by WHO's Commission on Social Determinants of Health, chaired by Michael Marmot from University College London, UK. (2008-08-28)

Trouble quitting?: A new Pitt-Carnegie Mellon smoking study may reveal why
A new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University sheds light on why smokers' intentions to quit (2008-08-26)

Tobacco control programs reduce health-care costs
Tobacco control programs not only reduce smoking, but reduce personal health care costs as well, says new research published in PLoS Medicine by Stanton Glantz and colleagues at the University of California San Francisco. (2008-08-25)

K-State research shows consumers can predict inflation as well as professional economists
Research by a Kansas State University professor shows that household surveys predict the inflation rate fairly accurately and as well as professional economists. The pros employ statistics like the unemployment rate, money supply growth and exchange rate changes. Consumers participating in surveys are more likely to think about how much they spent at the grocery store that week. (2008-08-25)

Charities take note: Personal relationships increase donations
People tend to be more sympathetic to people suffering from the same misfortune as a friend. But friendship with a victim does not make people generally more sympathetic, according to a new study. (2008-08-22)

When charities ask for time, people give more money
According to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research, simply asking people a question about whether they're willing to volunteer their time leads to increases in donations of both time and money. (2008-08-22)

Rice University study: Americans need to save paycheck to paycheck
Americans are better at saving money when they set goals in the near future -- such as next month -- rather than the more distant future, according to a new study by researchers at Rice University and Old Dominion University. The study was presented this month at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. (2008-08-21)

Philosopher wins -- and donates -- Eureka ethics prize
University of Adelaide philosopher Professor Garrett Cullity has won the 2008 Eureka Prize for Ethics Research -- and, in keeping with the message behind the book that earned him the award, he says he will donate the $10,000 prize money to aid agencies. (2008-08-19)

Americans spending, gambling, saving
For some, spending in today's tumultuous economy is not a problem, especially for those who don't care what everyone else has. But for others, casino splurges, not saving enough or buying the latest iPhone on impulse can lead to emotional turmoil or financial troubles, according to several new studies on consumer behavior. (2008-08-14)

Measuring the 'Colbert Bump'
Democratic politicians receive a 40 percent increase in contributions in the 30 days after appearing on the comedy cable show (2008-08-13)

A new light on the brains of people with borderline personality disorder
In a game of give and get, the brains of people with borderline personality disorder often don't get it. In fact, an interactive economic game played between two people in functional magnetic resonance imaging devices revealed a brain malfunction associated with the disorder, a serious but common mental illness that affects a person's perceptions of the world and other people, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Science. (2008-08-07)

Raw deal for foreign brides in Taiwan: study
More than a quarter of a million women have been sold as wives and baby-makers in South East Asia, but they are getting a raw deal in health care and social inclusion. (2008-07-16)

Bluffing could be common in prediction markets, study shows
A new mathematical model by researchers at the University of Michigan suggests that bluffing in prediction markets is a profitable strategy more often than previously thought. (2008-07-14)

Money makes the heart grow less fond... but more hardworking
Money is a necessity: it provides us with material objects that are important for survival and for entertainment, and it is often used as a reward. But recent studies have shown that money is not only a device for gaining wealth, but a factor in personal performance, interpersonal relations and helping behavior, as well. (2008-07-09)

Rice U study finds that consumers may fare better with peer-to-peer online lending Web sites
A new study conducted by Associate Professor of Management Paul Dholakia at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Management shows that online peer-to-peer lending Web sites may be more attractive to Americans than traditional financial institutions. (2008-06-19)

What's wrong with selling kidneys?
Doctor's in this week's BMJ debate the issue of selling kidneys. (2008-06-13)

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