It's official: Americans are stressed out
With Wall Street reeling and job losses looming, if there was any doubt that the country is stressed out, the American Psychological Association ended it Tuesday.
Eight out of 10 Americans surveyed in September cited money and the economy as their top sources of stress, compared with 75 percent and 66 percent, respectively, in April, according to the association's newly released 2008 Stress in America survey.
Reflecting the deteriorating economic landscape, more than half of Americans reported greater stress last month over work (67 percent), providing for their families (64 percent), housing costs (62 percent) and job stability (56 percent) than they did in April.
The most stressed out Americans are women. The survey found women were more stressed than men over money (83 percent vs. 78 percent), the economy (84 percent vs. 75 percent), job stability (57 percent vs. 55 percent), housing costs (66 percent vs. 58 percent) and family health problems (70 percent vs. 63 percent). Chicago Tribune
A Harvard Business School alumnus has given the university its largest individual donation ever — $125million to start a bioengineering institute, the school said Tuesday. Hansjorg Wyss, an engineer and entrepreneur who earned an MBA in 1965, said he felt humbled to be able to contribute to an effort he believes will change the course of science and medicine. The Hansjorg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering will try to discover the engineering principles nature uses to build living things, then use them to create devices and technologies to meet medical needs. Associated Press
Tropical Storm Marco roared ashore on Mexico's Gulf coast with near hurricane-force winds Tuesday, prompting a shutdown of some oil platforms and forcing 3,000 people to flee. Once over land, Marco weakened to a tropical depression and was expected to dissipate as it moved over Mexico's mountainous terrain. Forecasters still warned that rains of up to 5 inches could unleash mudslides. Associated Press