Top-performing schools invest in early education, teacher quality, and career and technical education, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The study considers lessons from Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Ontario, Poland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan.
In 2013, sovereign wealth funds increased real estate investments in Europe by 30% for a total of $7.5 billion, according to Savills, which projects they will invest a similar amount this year. Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. are the markets of greatest interest to these funds.
Licorice root could help gastritis and peppermint may reduce irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, but folk remedies touted for digestive ailments need to be approached with caution and skepticism, says dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. Licorice probably will not help heal an ulcer and peppermint should not be taken by people who have trouble with heartburn, she says. Meanwhile, activated charcoal supplements reduce intestinal gas odor and aloe might help constipation short-term, but Freuman said all types of home remedies and natural products can have serious side effects and interactions.
Solution-driven psychotherapy was associated with reduced fatigue and better quality of life over the short term among patients in remission from inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research. Patients in the treatment and control groups all demonstrated less anxiety, but those getting psychotherapy reported greater reductions in depression at three months. The effect did not last to nine months.
Covidien said it is expecting to face a shortage in the supply of technetium-99m from Aug. 23 through Sept. 4. The company said the Maria reactor in Poland would continue to provide it with molybdenum-99 during this period.