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• Canada’s Financial Post reports that when Target starts opening the first of more than 100 stores in Canada in 2013, prices are expected to be a little higher, selection a little thinner and average size a little smaller than the company’s average stores in the US.

• The New York Times reports that a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that “the Mediterranean diet - heavy on vegetables, fish and olive oil, with moderate amounts of wine - may be associated with slower rates of mental decline in the elderly ... High scores for adherence to the diet were associated with slower rates of cognitive decline, even after controlling for smoking, education, obesity, hypertension and other factors.”

According to the story, “The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has significant strengths in its prospective design, large sample and use of a well-validated dietary questionnaire. But the authors acknowledged that they could not account for all possible variables, and cautioned that it was an observational study that draws no conclusions about cause and effect.”

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