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Family-Friendly Benefits For The Win

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Yale University is the only college to have been named one of the top 100 family-friendly companies by Working Mother magazine this year. Working Mother lauds Yale's five on-site child care centers and child care benefits, the free health insurance it offers employees who work at least 20 hours per week and earn less than $83,000 annually, and its program for staffers "who buy a home in designated areas of New Haven," which affords them "up to $30,000 in grants from the university during their first 10 years of ownership," among other benefits.

AgBio firm Monsanto offers its employees "the option of applying for a year of job-guaranteed time off after their 12-week birth or adoption leave," after which they can enroll in the company's Return to Work program to "consult with a work-life coach to get help transitioning back," according to the magazine.

Pharmalot notes that pharmaceutical firms Abbott Labs, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, and Sanofi-Aventis also made the Working Mother top 100 this year.

The Scan

Study Follows Consequences of Early Confirmatory Trials for Accelerated Approval Indications

Time to traditional approval or withdrawal was shorter when confirmatory trials started prior to accelerated approval, though overall regulatory outcomes remained similar, a JAMA study finds.

Sequencing Study Leads to Vaccine Target in Bacteria Behind Neonatal Meningitis

Researchers eBioMedicine track down potential vaccine targets with transposon sequencing on mutant bacteria causing neonatal meningitis in mouse models of the disease.

Multiple Myeloma Progression Influenced by Immune Microenvironment Expression

Researchers in NPJ Genomic Medicine compare RNA sequencing profiles of 102,207 individual cells in bone marrow samples from 18 individuals with rapid or non-progressing multiple myeloma.

Self-Reported Hearing Loss in Older Adults Begins Very Early in Life, Study Says

A JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery study says polygenic risk scores associated with hearing loss in older adults is also associated with hearing decline in younger groups.