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A new study out of Australia suggests  binge watching TV could increase a person’s risk of dying from inflammatory diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes.  For every hour a person spends watching TV the risk of getting one of these diseases goes up 12%, and watching four hours a day puts you most at risk.  Those who watch between two and four hours of TV a day have a 54% higher risk of inflammatory-related death.

Source: New York Post

A new study by job site Monster reveals the industries and companies in which folks are the most satisfied in their jobs:

Top Ten Industries For Worker Satisfaction

  1. Tax Consulting/Auditing
  2. Human Resources/Staffing and Resources
  3. Consulting
  4. Information Technology and Services/Network Security
  5. Research and Development/Sciences
  6. Arts/Culture/Entertainment
  7. Internet/Media
  8. Purchasing
  9. Market Research
  10. Primary & Secondary Education/Higher Education/E-Learning

Top Ten Companies For Worker Satisfaction

  1. Omni Systems
  2. Berkshire Hathaway
  3. REI
  4. Progressive
  5. Kaiser Permanente Insurance Company
  6. United States Army
  7. TJX Companies
  8. In-N-Out Burger
  9. Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  10. Wawa, Inc.

Source: World News

No matter how much you may love your significant other, there’s really nothing like the relationship you have with your best friend, and a new study suggests that tight bond you have with your childhood BFF is actually good for your mental health. 

A study out of University of Virginia questioned 169 subjects at age 15, 16 and again at 25, looking at their overall mental health. At the younger ages, participants were asked to identify their best friend and then both were interviewed. By the last questioning at 25 they discovered that those with a more close relationship with that BFF when they were young showed fewer signs of depression, had lower anxiety and even increased self-worth. 

And the study also showed that being popular isn’t necessarily that important, as it’s more beneficial to have a few close friends than a lot of friends. Those more concerned about being popular showed higher rates of social anxiety in their youth. 

Source: New York Post 

Toys 'R' Us is the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to hit the skids. Late Monday, the toy store chain filed for bankruptcy protection after trying unsuccessfully to fend off competition from online stores and discount chains.

With 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees, Toys 'R' Us becomes one of the biggest specialty chains to file for Chapter 11 and it happened as the holiday shopping season is approaching, which is when the chain does most of its business.

Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said, "While [Monday's] decision does not necessarily mean it is game over for Toys 'R' Us, it brings to a close a turbulent chapter in the iconic company's history."

Source: Reuters

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