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Cell phone 'bill shock' warnings can leave consumers worse off says new study

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.

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High-fat diet alters behavior and produces signs of brain inflammation

Dieting ChallengeCan 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.

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High-Energy TV Commercials: Too Much Stress for Consumers?

Consumers are tuning out TV commercials, making advertisers run louder, higher-energy ads to force their attention. This may be backfiring critically when consumers are watching sad or relaxing shows, according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing.

Trust increases with age; benefits well-being

Trust tends to increase as people age, a development that can be beneficial for well-being, according to two new large-scale studies by researchers at Northwestern University and the University at Buffalo.