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Stress test: Can you help them stress less? Nearly 56 percent of Americans feel "a lot of" or "moderate" stress, according to John P. Robinson, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland. For Americans with annual household incomes of $50,000 or more, the figure rises to 64 percent. And while knowledge may be power, it's also a predictor of higher stress levels for the well-educated than for their less scholarly counterparts.
Goin' to the chapel: Targeting newlyweds? Take note: The average first-time bride is 24-and-a-half when she says "I do," and her groom a mature 27, up from 21 for brides and 23 for grooms in the early 1970s, says The Kiplinger Washington Letter, a weekly economic forecast newsletter.
Under wing: Easing parental panic could be big business. A recent Mayo Clinic study revealed 72 percent of parents fear their children will be abducted, even though the Justice Department reports the number of child abductions is much smaller than was believed a decade ago--4,600 annually, compared to prior estimates of 50,000.