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July 26, 2013

Life Long Learning
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The time when Graduation Day meant the end of your education is long past. To survive and thrive in today’s world, you’ve got to be a life long learner. Then - you read and hear about miracle cures from alternative medical products. But do they work? We talk to an expert who says buyer beware.
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InfoTrak: Lifelong Learning

Jon D. Miller, PhD is Director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Smith’s research found that 48 percent of Generation X are enrolled in continuing education courses or other job training. He explained why technology and the changing job market have made it necessary for midcareer professionals to pursue lifelong learning opportunities. He believes this is the new norm, particularly in technical fields.
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InfoTrak: TThe Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

From visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths to the use of vitamins and supplements, half of the US population uses some form of alternative medicine. Dr. Paul Offit, author of Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine says he believes that alternative medicine can be dangerous because it is an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks.
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InfoTrak: Car Repair Ripoff

Meghan Busse, PhD, Associate Professor of Management and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University was the co-author of a study that found women frequently are quoted higher prices for car repairs than men. The research also found that consumers (of any gender) who do their homework about the cost of repairs usually pay less. She offered advice on how to avoid being ripped off.
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