Low-calorie sugar alcohols are commonly used sweeteners in processed foods but registered dietitian Elaine Magee said consuming too much can lead to digestive problems such as bloating and gas. However, RD Joy Dubost said sugar alcohols can play a positive role in a diet to reduce sugar intake and can help to manage diabetes.
An increasing number of U.S. workers own shares of their employer through retirement and profit-sharing plans, this unbylined article says. Employee ownership plans can help make workers more productive, but also can make it harder to get rid of bad managers and lead to a sense of entitlement among workers, the article says.
Unemployment benefit applications grew by 78,000 to 439,000 at the end of last week, the biggest jump since April 2011, the Labor Department reports. Superstorm Sandy is blamed for the drop as it disrupted businesses and work schedules.
Business-to-business marketers undertaking content syndication should consider the pros and cons, writes Ravali Ravulapati. Although gating the content with a form can generate leads and target segmented prospects, a company can lose control of its intellectual property and keep hitting the same leads -- and then the syndication could end up costing more than it produces, she writes.
Health reform legislation could increase drug benefits and decrease the cost of medications, potentially improving the public's perception of the pharmaceutical industry, said Jane Horvath, Merck & Co.'s senior director of public policy. However, the bill could mean more contribution from the industry through "Medicaid-style rebates" and also compromise relationships with academic researchers, said Horvath, whose concerns were echoed by other drug executives at a biotech conference in Philadelphia.