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PillPack harnesses interest in healthcare firms to raise $50 million
3 Jun 2015 at 5:28am
Medications-by-mail company PillPack said it had raised $50 million in funding, underscoring the continuing appeal of healthcare companies to venture capital backers. PillPack is taking on established U.S. pharmacies such as CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens, betting its tweaks, such as delivering rolls of individual-dose packs labeled by time and date, will help it win convenience-focused customers. While technology has helped simplify other types of services and purchases, entrepreneurs have largely overlooked the pharmacy market, said George Zachary, a partner at Charles River Ventures, who led the funding round and will take a seat on PillPack's board.
Despite Obamacare, gap health insurance market explodes
3 Jun 2015 at 4:49am
By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite the promise of coverage through the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of people applying for non-compliant, short-term health insurance policies was up more than 100 percent in 2014, according to new data available from companies who broker these policies. This type of health insurance is exactly the kind that the ACA, known commonly as Obamacare, was supposed to upgrade. The government does not count these gap plans as qualifying health insurance, so people who have them are subject to penalties for being uninsured.
Communal bathrooms are hothouses for toothbrush bacteria: study
3 Jun 2015 at 3:42am
Toothbrushes in communal bathrooms could be playing a game of catch with the bacteria fecal coliforms, spreading it far and wide in a short time, according to a new study. If the name "fecal coliforms" gives you the willies, the bacteria originates in the intestines, just as the name suggests. "The main concern is not with the presence of your own fecal matter on your toothbrush, but rather when a toothbrush is contaminated with fecal matter from someone else, which contains bacteria, viruses or parasites that are not part of your normal flora," says Lauren Aber, a graduate student at Quinnipiac University in the US.
The Secret Of Happiness Revealed By Harvard Study
3 Jun 2015 at 3:06am
Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, strengthening your closest relationships and taking care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally.Thus revealed a recent survey of Harvard's class of 1980 - with data likely biased to those feeling good enough about their lives to respond to the survey. I compared...
Toting panels on donkeys, Maasai women lead a solar revolution
3 Jun 2015 at 12:37am
By Leopold Obi MAGADI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not long ago, dusk was a time of unease for the people of Magadi, a village in Kenya's Kajiado County. The women, trained in solar panel installation, use donkeys to haul their solar wares from home to home in the remote region, giving families their first access to clean and reliable power. "For us, the impact of solar technology is unparalleled,? said Jackline Naiputa, who heads the Osopuko-Edonyinap group, one of the five women's groups leading the alternative energy charge in the area.
South Korea says everything must be done to halt MERS
3 Jun 2015 at 12:03am
By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Wednesday everything must be done to stop Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as fear of the disease shut hundreds of schools and led to corporate giant Samsung calling off a staff conference. Five more cases were confirmed on Wednesday taking to 30 the number infected in South Korea since the outbreak began there two weeks ago. MERS was first identified in humans in 2012 and is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered SARS.
American Nobel chemistry laureate Irwin Rose dies at 88
2 Jun 2015 at 10:56pm
(Reuters) - American Nobel laureate Irwin Rose, a biochemist whose groundbreaking work helped in the development of treatments for cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, died on Tuesday, the University of California, Irvine said. Rose won the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with Israel Institute of Technology researchers Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, for research into how cells break down and dispose of old and damaged proteins in plants and animals. Errors in the degradation process can lead to diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said at the time it made the Nobel award.
India capital bans Nestle noodles in growing lead scare
2 Jun 2015 at 5:55pm
India's capital banned the sale of Nestle instant noodles Wednesday after officials said high lead levels were found in packets of the product in two states in a growing food safety scare. New Delhi's health minister announced the hugely popular snack was banned for 15 days to give Nestle India time to recall and replace tens of thousands of the packets sold in stores throughout the city. "We have banned the sale of Maggi noodles for 15 days.
U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon: official
2 Jun 2015 at 5:13pm
A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. The suspected shipment, first reported by CNN, came from a batch that was meant to have been inactivated at the Dugway Proving Ground, but which tested live during the ongoing investigation, the official said. The Pentagon said earlier on Tuesday that suspect anthrax samples had been sent to labs in 12 U.S. states, as well as Australia, South Korea and Canada, as far back as 2006.
South Korea reports five more cases of MERS illness
2 Jun 2015 at 4:50pm
South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early on Wednesday, bringing to 30 the total number of cases in the country of the often-deadly illness. On Tuesday, South Korea reported its first two deaths from MERS since the first confirmed case two weeks ago, fuelling growing worry about the spread of the illness in the country, which has reported the most cases of MERS outside the Middle East. South Korea has isolated about 750 people for possible MERS infection, which is caused by a coronavirus from the same family as the one that triggered the deadly 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
California Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21 from 18
2 Jun 2015 at 4:45pm
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Senate voted on Tuesday to raise the legal smoking age in the most populous U.S. state to 21 from 18, in a move that could make California one of the states with the highest smoking age. The measure was approved by the Senate 26-8 and must now be approved by the state Assembly. "We will not sit on the sidelines while big tobacco markets to our kids and gets another generation of young people hooked on a product that will ultimately kill them," Senator Ed Hernandez, a Democrat and the bill's author, said.
The High Cost of Entrepreneurship
2 Jun 2015 at 4:36pm
There's a line in an old Bruce Cockburn song, "Lovers in a Dangerous Time:""Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight."This is the story of my personal battle with darkness and entrepreneurship.source: pdpics.comThis is not a story you often hear discussed in entrepreneurship circles. You can wallpaper a house with articles like '25...
Chimps have mental skills to cook: study
2 Jun 2015 at 4:03pm
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - They're not likely to start barbecuing in the rainforest, but chimpanzees can understand the concept of cooking and are willing to postpone eating raw food, even carrying food some distance to cook it rather than eat immediately, scientists reported on Tuesday. Surprisingly, since chimps usually eat food immediately, they were often willing to walk across a room to cook.
U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been taken into Pentagon: CNN
2 Jun 2015 at 3:58pm
The U.S. Defense Department is investigating to determine if live anthrax was brought into the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out live batches of the potentially lethal bacteria, CNN reported on Tuesday. The Dugway Proving Ground had intended to send shipments of inert anthrax spores but may have inadvertently sent live batches to labs in 12 U.S. states, as well as three foreign countries, as far back as 2006. One of the shipments was for police at the Pentagon, where it was to have been used to calibrate security sensors that screen for chemical and biological weapons, two defense officials told CNN.
Teenage bullying linked to adult depression: UK study
2 Jun 2015 at 3:50pm
Nearly one in three cases of depression among young British adults may be traced to having been bullied as adolescents, a study said Tuesday. In one phase of the project, nearly 4,000 participants completed a questionnaire at the age of 13, and were assessed again five years later for symptoms of depressive illness. When other possible causes were added to the mix -- such as behavioural or mental problems or family difficulties -- the statistical link with adult depression weakened, but the rate was still twice as high as for non-bullied peers.