An Oxford Economics research study published by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) concluded that migrant workers had helped maintain an adequate labour supply to fuel the 2004–2008 economic boom. The availability of migrant labour seems to have made the difference between some businesses surviving, or in the case of food processing, not needing to relocate production abroad. (The authors quote a survey of 600 businesses where 31% said that migrants were important in the survival of their organisation and this rose to 50% in health and social care and agriculture.)
The fact that melatonin is only available as a prescription in other countries makes me a bit wary of using it regularly. But although it may help you catch some extra beauty sleep, it has an unfortunate beauty side effect. Melatonin activates your skin’s melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment. So if you’re fighting age spots, melatonin might be counteracting all your skin-care efforts. I recently saw a patient who, despite using skin-brightening products, saw visible skin darkening in a very short time when taking melatonin for a few weeks.
A strong dollar is good for some and relatively bad for others. With the dollar strengthening over the past year, American consumers have benefited from cheaper imports and less expensive foreign travel. At the same time, American companies that export or rely on global markets for the bulk of its sales have been hurt. Economic theory predicts that currency fluctuations will eventually revert to a mean due to the fact that cheap foreign goods should increase the demand for them, raising their prices. At the same time, expensive domestic exports will have to fall in price as demand for those items declines worldwide until, ultimately, some equilibrium exchange level is found.