As the U.S. and European economies destabilize under the pressure of debt, the global economy is leaning heavily on China.
“Consumers — historically and especially during times of economic decline — value price over quality,” says Karen Hogan, Ph.D., professor of finance. “China offers the U.S. and European economies cheap labor and affordable imports; we’re hooked on it.”
To cope with projected revenue loss due to increased FDA regulation and blockbuster drugs going off-patent, pharmaceutical companies have consolidated significantly over the past five years. Organizations like Pfizer/Wyeth, Merck/Schering Plough, and Schering Plough/Organon BioSciences have merged forces to improve efficiencies and increase the number of drugs brought to market.
Last month, as Russian tanks rolled into South Ossetia – a small, breakaway region of Georgia located in the Caucasus Mountains – people around the globe were jolted into troubling memories of Soviet-era aggression. The Russians were reacting to the actions of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who ordered his troops into South Ossetia, which had fought for its independence from Georgia in the early 1990s.
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most prevalent mental disorders among American adults, with 50 percent of childhood cases persisting into adulthood.
It's natural for first-year students to encounter challenges associated with the transition to college life. For many students the academic demands are great, dorm-life may be their first experience sharing a living space, and there is so much unstructured time to manage.
As director of Saint Joseph's University's Office for Student Success, Kim Allen-Stuck, Ph.D., has some advice to help students ease into the college experience.
1)Manage your expectations
For kids, the summer months are packed with vacations, camps, week-to-week schedule changes and lots of late nights. It’s no wonder that getting back to the school year routine can be difficult. Returning to regular sleep schedules can be even harder. According to sleep expert and Saint Joseph’s University Professor of Psychology Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., the end of the summer is the time to reset kids’ biological clocks.
As children of all ages head back to school, many will be burdened with the added challenge of math anxiety. “It’s a problem that usually starts at an early age, and if it isn’t addressed in grade school, math anxiety can hinder students throughout their education and beyond,” says Agnes Rash, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at Saint Joseph’s University.
October marks the beginning of flu season, and once again, health care professionals are exhorting people to get a flu shot. Microbiologist John Tudor, Ph.D., professor of biology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, agrees that it’s time to roll up our sleeves and offer up our arms for the vaccination.
The 2008 Olympics present both opportunity and challenge for hosting nation China, namely in the area of tourism, says Brent Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
“China, like much of East Asia, remains very foreign to most Westerners, especially from the United States,” he says. “Visitors to its larger cities, such as Beijing, are usually impressed by what they’d not expected to see.”
A Democratic convention during an unpopular war in the last months of an even more unpopular presidency: Chicago, 1968? Try Denver, 2008! But will denizens of the Rocky Mountain state be driven to sip from politically incorrect water bottles because of psychedelic substances lacing their pristine reservoirs? Not likely, says Katherine Sibley, Ph.D., chair and professor of history at Saint Joseph’s University.