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5 Easy Steps To Kick Your Caffeine Habit
6 Jul 2015 at 7:09am
By Jennifer Still for Thrive MarketThere's nothing wrong with starting your day with a hot cup of coffee. But, if you absolutely can't get out of bed without some java, chances are you've got a caffeine addiction on your hands.While harboring a love for a beverage-based buzz might seem harmless, it gets a bit scary when you consider that, if...
Aetna CEO addresses antitrust concerns over Humana deal
6 Jul 2015 at 7:39am
Aetna Inc Chief Executive Mark Bertolini said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the company's proposed purchase of Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns over significant regulatory hurdles. Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with Humana's business in the largest-ever U.S. health insurance deal. Aetna has not discussed the deal directly with the U.S. Department of Justice, but has consulted with regulatory experts, Bertolini told cable channel CNBC.
Swiss right-to-die group gets green light for new suicide room
6 Jul 2015 at 6:34am
A Swiss organization that helps terminally ill people take their own lives and defends their right to refuse medical treatment said on Monday local authorities had allowed it to open another room for assisted suicides. Exit, which provides lethal drugs to help people die, said the Basel canton's local building council had dismissed objections to its plan to convert part of its office in Binning, Switzerland, into an assisted suicide room. The room would be Zurich-based Exit's second in Switzerland.
Gaza children 'emotionally shattered' one year after conflict
6 Jul 2015 at 5:59am
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The majority of children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year's conflict are showing signs of severe emotional distress and trauma, including frequent bed wetting and nightmares, a global children's charity said on Monday. A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel, in which health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians.
Fitness apps data reveals American workout habits, most active states
6 Jul 2015 at 5:27am
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Millions of Americans are recording their workout routines and activities on apps that are giving fitness experts new insights into the habits of a logged-in population. Data compiled by fitness and workout tracker apps, MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness, show that California, Colorado and Washington are the U.S. states with the most active residents based on the length, frequency and type of exercise they recorded. "Seven of our top 10 active states were western states," said Rebecca Silliman of MyFitnessPal, which analyzed information recorded by its 65 million users.
The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insurance Monopoly or a Single Payer
6 Jul 2015 at 5:03am
The Supreme Court's recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation's biggest health insurers to consolidate into two or three behemoths.The result will be good for their shareholders and executives, but bad for the rest of us -- who will pay through the nose for the health insurance we need.We have another choice, but...
Drug companies still supplying Greece after 'No' vote
6 Jul 2015 at 4:42am
Pharmaceutical companies said on Monday they would continue to supply medicines to Greece for now, despite increased financial uncertainty after Greeks rejected the terms of a rescue package from creditors in a referendum. The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (Efpia), representing 40 drug companies, said it stood by a commitment made last week to ensure supplies continued for the coming month. Efpia warned last week, however, that shortages could still emerge on the ground, given the fragmented nature of the Greek supply chain, adding this could be exacerbated if drugs were re-exported.
Philippines confirms second MERS case
6 Jul 2015 at 4:01am
A foreigner who flew to the Philippines from the Middle East has become the second confirmed case of MERS in the country, the health department said Monday, as a deadly outbreak in South Korea spreads alarm across Asia. The 36-year-old male patient, whose nationality was not disclosed, has been put in isolation at a government facility to contain the virus, Health Secretary Janette Garin said. "We can see he is getting better," Garin told a news conference, adding the man had a "low viral load" indicating his infection was not extremely serious.
After 44 years, halting progress on workplace disease
6 Jul 2015 at 2:00am
Hindered by court decisions, the White House and Congress, OSHA's war on health hazards has faltered.
Coming health insurance mergers will cost consumers
6 Jul 2015 at 2:00am
Commentary: consolidations will mean higher premiums, lost jobs
How government, business and labor can better protect workers
6 Jul 2015 at 2:00am
America's worker protections are weak but don't need to stay that way.
GM China auto sales flat in June despite broad price cuts
6 Jul 2015 at 1:38am
General Motors Co vehicle sales in China were roughly flat for June as broad price cuts introduced earlier in the year failed to boost demand. GM and its Chinese joint-venture partners sold 246,066 cars in June, virtually unchanged from the same month a year ago, the U.S. automaker said in a statement on Monday. GM has largely failed to counteract sluggish auto sales so far despite slashing prices on 40 models in May by up to 20 percent, as China's economy grows at its slowest rate in 25 years.
Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus
5 Jul 2015 at 11:18pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday.
Burt's Bees cofounder Burt Shavitz dead at 80
5 Jul 2015 at 7:40pm
Shavitz, a "a wild-bearded and free-spirited Maine man" and beekeeper, co-founded the company with artist Roxanne Quimby in 1984, the company said in a statement. "It is with broken hearts that we must convey the saddest news: Burt Shavitz, our co-founder and namesake, has left for greener fields and wilder woods," the company said in a statement on Facebook. A company spokeswoman told USA Today that Shavitz died of respiratory issues on Sunday surrounded by family and friends in Bangor, Maine.
Chipotle shares could plunge unless growth revives: Barron's
5 Jul 2015 at 1:01pm
Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc have lost some of their luster recently and unless growth revives at the company, the stock could see a 15 percent to 20 percent plunge, the July 6 edition of Barron's said. Chipotle's stock could drop below $500 a share after the burrito chain reported revenue slightly below expectations in April and said the removal of pork from one-third of its restaurants would hurt sales this year, Barron's said. Rising food costs, along with rising healthcare and other costs, are crimping Chipotle, it said.