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Every calendar quarter, public companies provide guidance to Wall Street to explain recent performance and project future results. In these quarterly telephone conference calls, investment analysts responsible for recommending stocks to their clients get to ask management questions to shed light on company strategy. While the “scripted” portions of these calls are interesting—where corporate executives read prepared remarks—the Q & A sessions that follow can reveal the most meaningful information. This was the case in the November 2012, fourth-quarter conference call hosted by Austin, TX-based Whole Foods Market.


Alexandria, Egypt--Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes one’s immune system to attack healthy tissue. Lupus patients on traditional therapies often take corticosteroids and anti-inflammation drugs to relieve symptoms, but the condition has no cure. A group of researchers from the University of Alexandria believe, however, that one’s vitamin D status may have something to do with the disease’s treatment.

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In an economic race that many see as the key to future global growth, North American businesses are decidedly not in the lead. Sustainable or green innovation, and the integration of these technologies into business practices, is an area where North American companies are currently behind the curve set by the rest of the world, according to a survey conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group.

Vitamin Angels’ Precious Cargo campaign, launched in December, raised over $250k during the month of December, exceeding their goal of raising $200k by the end of the year. The campaign’s mission was to raise money to help deliver micronutrients to 30 million children lacking the resources to receive proper nutrition.

Battle Creek, MI—Here’s a new reason why you shouldn’t pass on the avocados during your next meal. Data collected in the 2001–2008 National Health and National Examination Survey (NHANES) suggest that avocados improve diet quality among other positive factors.

Chicago, IL—Building on WholeFoods’ energy drinks coverage from last month, the American Medical Association has added its two cents about energy drink and caffeine consumption.

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