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Study says many lung cancer tumors prove harmless
9 Dec 2013 at 2:18pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems.
Pa. students' robotic arm can make you stronger
9 Dec 2013 at 11:18pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds.
Health care debate has trust, politics themes, too
9 Dec 2013 at 2:16pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? For months, the talk was all about computer code. About response times. About glitches and bugs.
Police probe Novo Nordisk for late disclosure of drug setback
10 Dec 2013 at 12:25am
By Shida Chayesteh COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Novo Nordisk, the world's largest insulin maker, has been reported to the police by Denmark's financial watchdog for not disclosing at once that its big new product hope Tresiba had been refused U.S. approval. The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) said the company should have issued a statement about the U.S. decision not to approve its new long-acting insulin on the evening of Friday, February 8, and not wait until Sunday, February 10, as it did. The news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had declined to approve Tresiba and a related combination drug called Ryzodeg was a major blow to Novo and confounded expectations of investors, who had expected a green light. The drugmaker argues that even if the disclosure obligation applied from Friday evening - the time it received the bad news from the FDA - it was still entitled to delay an announcement until it had analyzed the implications.
Former Clinton aide Podesta joining White House to advise Obama: source
9 Dec 2013 at 10:17pm
John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, is returning to the White House to advise President Barack Obama as he struggles to regain his footing after the flawed healthcare law rollout, according to a source familiar with the issue. Podesta steered Obama's transition team in 2008 after he won the presidency. He is the chair of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning policy group that has close ties to the Obama administration.
Uruguay to become first country to legalize marijuana trade
9 Dec 2013 at 10:12pm
By Malena Castaldi MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay's Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world's first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana. The pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals. Uruguayans would also be allowed to grow up to six plants of marijuana in their homes a year, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces). Uruguay's attempt to undo drug trafficking is being followed closely in Latin America where the legalization of some narcotics is being increasingly seen by regional leaders as a possible way to end the violence spawned by the cocaine trade.
China's state media under fire for arguing benefits of smog
9 Dec 2013 at 8:05pm
Commentaries by two of China's most influential news outlets suggesting that an ongoing air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media. In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party's official People's Daily, both tried to put a positive spin on China's smog problem. The Global Times said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while CCTV listed five "unforeseen rewards" for smog, including helping Chinese people's sense of humor. While both pieces have since been deleted from their websites, Chinese newspapers lost little time in denouncing their point of view, in an unusual case of state media criticizing other state media, showing the scale of the anger.
2K get meningitis B vaccinations at Princeton
9 Dec 2013 at 7:27pm
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) ? Princeton University has begun vaccinating nearly 6,000 students to try to stop an outbreak of type B meningitis in an unusual federal government-endorsed administration of a drug not generally approved for use in the United States.
Customer Service? Simple, Just Be of Service
9 Dec 2013 at 7:22pm
It seems as though one doesn't need any qualifications to be in the customer service arena. I think you do need some qualifications. They are: a love of helping people, enjoying one-to-one communication, and deriving some joy/satisfaction from seeing a total stranger satisfied.
Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome: paper
9 Dec 2013 at 7:20pm
(Reuters) - Scottish singer Susan Boyle says she has a form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome, a diagnosis she says came as a relief after years of believing she had brain damage. Boyle, 52, told the Observer newspaper in an interview published Saturday she had sought help from a Scottish specialist a year ago believing her childhood diagnosis of brain damage was incorrect. "I was told I had brain damage.
The Best Holiday Lights
9 Dec 2013 at 7:14pm
We are in the midst of the season of light. Regardless of our faith, we are dazzled by the display. What is the take away from the glow? When January arrives and the the lights dim and disappear, what will we remember?
How to Allow Fear to Be the Powerful Tool That It Is
9 Dec 2013 at 7:06pm
Fear of having to learn equipment when you decide to start working out and getting in shape. Fear of having a child. Getting married. Switching careers or starting your own business. Instead of viewing it as a bad thing, start to see it as the powerful tool that it is.
The Weekly Rune -- Mannaz
9 Dec 2013 at 6:50pm
Mannaz -- human -- Again we have another reversed Rune presenting us with an opportunity to go deeper within. As Mannaz reminds us of the strength in human connection, the power of acting with All That Is, so it's merkstave position calls us to be aware of when we are not connected, when we don't feel part of the greater flow. Note that Mannaz is pictured upright, or bright-stave. Last week, Eihwaz encouraged us to change, and Mannaz may be asking us to sit with the effects of that change. It calls us to put down rational thinking and go with
What Do You Mean I Have to Give a Speech?
9 Dec 2013 at 6:44pm
The fear of public speaking is one that plagues many. However, more and more of us are expected, or even required, to do it on a regular basis. Here are some relatively simple tips that can make the process a little easier.
Move, Meditate, Write: The Yoga of Writing
9 Dec 2013 at 6:01pm
The practice of yoga asana, the practice of meditation, the practice of writing: In each of these, commitment and repetition coalesce into ritual, and ritual both holds and creates meaning. In our lives. About ourselves. In the world.