Browsing All Posts filed under »Finances«

The Costs of Job Stress

July 9, 2013 by


I’m not saying that it isn’t a barrel of laughs to consistently discuss heavy, often depressing topics. We can all get our kicks out of mental illness,  complex medication mechanisms, ECT, failed drug trials–and insomnia, for a light day. But one of our followers, Julia Smith, offered to share with our readers the following charming blog on […]

No More Monkeys Jumping On This Bed: Few Psych Meds Coming Our Way

June 16, 2013 by


There’s nothing wrong with the size of the field. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly one in four adults in America suffers from a diagnosable mental order in any given year. And there’s not been much to complain about the profitability of the field in past years either. Take 2009: Next Generation […]

The Patent at Any Price: The Fight For Market Exclusivity in Psychiatric Medications

July 16, 2012 by


Hidden in a small blurb in the “Corporate Watch” section of this week’s Wall Street Journal was a piece on pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly and its blockbuster antidepressant medication Cymbalta. Lilly’s U.S. market exclusivity for the drug was set to expire in June of 2013, according to the patent. Once that exclusivity expires, generics can […]

It Pays to Be a Boy–and a Radiologist

July 5, 2012 by


I think my readers have guessed by now that I like my research down and dirty. From journals with high impact factors, with lots of statistics and graphs, and a whole lot of talk about confidence intervals and “p greater than 0.05.” But there’s something elegant about a survey where you ask people how much […]

Wondering Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? You Might Be Surpised Who Already Is

June 16, 2012 by


I may not be in the majority here, but I think teaching is a great job. My sister, my two daughters, and I all taught English at some point or other in our careers. Now, English may not be the best choice of subjects, given the obvious problem that the students should really write papers […]

How to Succeed In Business Without. . .Social Skills? Forget it!

May 6, 2012 by


“85% of your social and financial success in life is determined by your social and communication skills” ~ The Dale Carnegie Foundation Do you remember when psychologist Daniel Goleman made a big splash in 1995 by publishing his groundbreaking book, Emotional Intelligence, which would spend more than a year and a half on the New York Times bestseller […]

When College is A Means To No End: Financial Responsibility For a Murky Future

March 20, 2012 by


I fear that if I tell one more “in my day” story, readers will start to wonder if I’m in fact an ancient artifact, unearthed by some enterprising archeologist, dusted off, propped up in some Herman Miller chair, and taught to type (unlike any of today’s youth, who are expected to use computers without even a passing […]

Fixing “We’ll Just Fix It For You”: Letting Your Children Be Adults: The Two Principles

March 12, 2012 by


So let’s say, just for the sake of argument, you have the adult child who won’t leave, a child you support even though she doesn’t work, a child you’ve tried to help by finding different jobs for her in the family business, none of which particularly showed her in the greatest light. Perhaps you’re still living […]

Let’s Get Wonky: The Research on Mediation? Yup–It Really Works

February 16, 2012 by


There’s nothing I find more satisfying than believing in something–and then knowing that the research backs me up. When it happens the other way it’s a total bummer. But I happen to be in luck on the topic of mediation, for not only do I think it’s a better way to go through your divorce than an […]

When Two Become One–What You Should Know About Your Finances As a Unit

January 4, 2012 by


Still thinking about some of those questions posed on posts on couple finances? Wondering about the risks of becoming a financial unit with another person? If you are really ready to join financial forces with your partner, you should know the answers to the following questions–and have a plan if the answers are somewhat less […]

Money Matters in Couple Relationships: Avoid Financial Betrayal: Getting Taken to the Cleaners, the Poorhouse, or Worse–to Jail: Be Your Own Detective, REPRISE

January 2, 2012 by


In my series of posts on Money Matters in Couple Relationships, I wrote several entries regarding how to avoid financial betrayal, and gave some general pieces of advice, as you can see there. I warned in those posts against ignorance of financial matters in a relationship, much as a person might like to abdicate financial responsibility. […]

Getting Taken to the Cleaners, the Poorhouse, or Worse–to Jail

December 12, 2011 by


As much as your friends and family would love to protect you, it’s really your own job to avoid being betrayed financially, as you’re the one who has all the clues. Be your own detective regarding financially improper or criminal behavior. But how do you read those clues, and what should you be looking for? […]


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