Preparation is the key to making a great first impression, Anthony Tjan writes. Do a Web search on the company you're planning to approach, check out their website and read up on news reports. Also, try to find a photo of the person you'll be talking to. "When I have seen the person's face, I go into a meeting feeling like I have met the person before and am more at ease," Tjan writes.
A $45 million donation by an Indiana couple will allow the University of Maryland School of Medicine to expand its Center for Celiac Research and study other autoimmune disorders. Donors Ken and Sheila Cafferty deal with celiac disease daily because Sheila suffers from the autoimmune disorder.
Forest Laboratories and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals said linaclotide, an experimental treatment for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, met primary and secondary goals in a second Phase III study. The companies plan to file for FDA approval of the drug next year.
A small Canadian study found 58% of children with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease had been given antibiotics for middle-ear and other infections in their first year of life. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, support the idea that factors affecting the balance of "good" and "bad" intestinal bacteria early in life may contribute to inflammatory bowel disease.
Americans who are having a tough time finding a job may want to consider overseas markets. According to one recent survey, countries with the most favorable outlooks for hiring include China and India. The worst? Greece.