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Article ID: 5727

Existing data may be overestimating the benefits of investing in emerging stock markets

Stanford Graduate School of Business

In the early 1990s, investors began pouring money into emerging stock markets such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Chile. Market watchers dubbed stocks in these burgeoning markets a "free lunch" because they offered both robust returns and a means to diversify and reduce risk in stock portfolios. These tiny emerging markets did not ride the waves of bourses in developed countries, thereby providing a hedge against drops in larger markets. But the recent dives in Asian stock markets beg the question: Is there ever really a free lunch? Finance professor Geert Bekaert thinks not"”at least not any more.

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12-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 5725

Symptoms Found That Identify Early-Stage HIV Infection

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Researchers from Johns Hopkins and India find that a simple set of symptoms including fever, joint pain, and night sweats can quickly identify people who recently have been infected with the AIDS virus, even before there is evidence from a blood test. Unprotected sex with a prostitute and a fresh genital ulcer also are tip-offs to recent HIV infection.

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Article ID: 5724

Is It the Baked Ham and Eggnog or Something More Serious? Christmas Holidays can Raise the Heartburn Meter

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

During the holidays, people often eat foods they know will trigger their heartburn. How can people prevent heartburn and what are the signs that they could have a more serious condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease?

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12-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 5723

New clinical trial aimed at improving treatment for knee injuries

Purdue University

While football players toss the pigskin on the field, physicians are using another part of the pig to tackle a knee injury often associated with sports. Clinical trials begin this month to test a new material derived from pigs' intestins that, when inserted in the human body, may help regenerate damaged tissues.

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Article ID: 5722

The Incredible Shrinking CD gets big squeeze at Uof Minnesota

University of Minnesota

A really compact disk, the size of a penny, that packs as much information as 30 current CDs could be on the horizon if technology developed by Stephen Chou becomes commercialized. The University of Minnesota electrical engineering professor has found a way to store 400 billion bits (or 400 gigabits) of information in a square inch of CD space; this is 800 times the storage capacity of current CDs, which carry only half a gigabit per square inch.

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Article ID: 5721

University of Georgia team compiling first complete map of south Florida's national parks and preserves

University of Georgia

Only one area of the continental U.S. has not been mapped --the Everglades. Now a team from the U.S. Park Service and the University of Georgia are in the final year of a mapping project.

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12-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 5720

American Heart Association urges caution on new diet drug

American Heart Association (AHA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Meridia (sibutramine), a new diet drug that has chemical properties similar, but not identical, to Redux and fen/phen (Pondimin).

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12-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 5719

Size Doesn't Matter When It Comes to a Notice of Admission

Dick Jones Communications

It used to be a rule that a thick envelope from a college was good news and a thin envelope was bad. That's no longer the case. Smaller schools are trying to keep the process as personal as possible.

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12-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 5718

A "Novel" Approach to College Preparation

Dick Jones Communications

Many high schools and colleges prepare lists of books and plays that they recommend students read in order to be better prepared for a college curriculum. Here are some suggestions for a literary hot sheet from colleges and universities around the nation.

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12-Dec-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 5699

Model Shows Certain Gasses Could Stimulate Global Cooling

University of Michigan

New computer modeling suggests that global warming might not be entirely a product of human activity. The research shows that carbon and sulfur emissions can have the reverse effect, serving to cool down the planet.

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