Policies that push cellphone carriers to alert customers when they’re about to exceed their plan limit are supposed to make things better for consumers.
But just the opposite may be happening, says a study from faculty at the University of Toronto’s and Boston College.
It shows that such warnings can be more costly, because cellphone companies adjust their plans and fees accordingly to maintain profits. While some consumers do benefit, others either decrease or stop usage, end up with more expensive plans or continue to underestimate their usage and choose the wrong plan.
Can the consumption of fatty foods change your behavior and your brain?
High-fat diets have long been known to increase the risk for medical problems, including heart disease and stroke, but there is growing concern that diets high in fat might also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders.
A new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry raises the possibility that a high-fat diet produces changes in health and behavior, in part, by changing the mix of bacteria in the gut, also known as the gut microbiome.