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Friday, September 21st, 2018

 

Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioid bill

Daily World News Top Stories business politics Consumer and health care groups say they’re trying to block the pharmaceutical industry from commandeering opioid legislation and using it to roll back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republican leaders are saying little about the behind-the-scenes discussions. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calls it a “Republican attempt to hijack a bipartisan effort on opioids funding to ram through a multibillion-dollar handout” to the pharmaceutical industry. Details of the Medicare proposal are in flux. But opponents say itRead More


The storm within: Protecting loved ones with dementia during Florence

Daily World News Top Stories business politics This story is from Kaiser Health News. As Hurricane Florence barreled toward her coastal community, Patty Younts grappled with a question: Where should a person with dementia go? Her husband, Howard, 66, suffers from a type of dementia called posterior cortical atrophy, which has robbed him of short-term memory and made him almost blind. Their home on Pawley Island in South Carolina, where they have lived for more than 30 years, lay in a mandatory evacuation zone. Staying could mean exposing themselves toRead More


Couple marries after meeting as kids undergoing cancer treatment

Daily World News Top Stories business politics A couple tied the knot this month at the Memphis hospital where they met as children undergoing cancer treatment. “It was a perfect moment where all of these things came together,” Lindsey Alsup told ABC Memphis affiliate WATN-TV. “We were able to see how life had led us down this path.” Joel and Lindsey Alsup met at St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 1991, after Joel was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and Lindsey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, WATN-TV reported. GoogleRead More


Brett Kavanaugh nomination: Trump challenges accuser

Daily World News Top Stories business politics Image copyright Researchgate.net/ Getty  Image caption Brett Kavanaugh denies the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford President Donald Trump has challenged the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, demanding she provide evidence. Mr Trump questioned why law enforcement was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was “as bad as she says”. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been held up while the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford are assessed. Both have agreedRead More


Instagram’s IGTV recommended ‘abusive’ videos

Daily World News Top Stories business politics Image copyright Chesnot Image caption Facebook hopes to compete with YouTube via the IGTV service Instagram has been criticised after sexually suggestive videos of children were recommended to its users. News site Business Insider found the videos during an investigation into Instagram’s IGTV app. A video featuring a graphic depiction of genital mutilation was also recommended to many users. Instagram apologised and said it had removed the videos from its service and shut down one account associated with one clip. Falling short IGTVRead More


Food researcher defends work after resigning from Cornell

Daily World News Top Stories business politics A prominent food researcher is defending his work a day after Cornell University said he engaged in academic misconduct and was removed from all teaching and research positions. Brian Wansink says he never committed fraud and that the issues identified by the university’s investigation were relatively minor. Among the issues Cornell cited Thursday were “misreporting of research data” and “problematic statistical techniques.” Wansink says in a statement Friday his work had some statistical mistakes and other issues, but that he never intentionally misreportedRead More


Former X Factor contestant Chico suffers stroke

Daily World News Top Stories business politics Image caption Chico Slimani performing at Proms in the Park in 2006 Former X Factor contestant Chico Slimani has suffered a stroke. The 47-year-old, who was a popular star on the second series of the show, fell ill on the way back from performing a gig at the weekend. A statement from his publicist said he was undergoing further tests and asked for privacy for his family. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 series and had a number one in 2006 withRead More


Tutu urges regulated euthanasia after campaigner’s arrest

Daily World News Top Stories business politics Terminally ill people should have the right to a “dignified assisted death,” former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu said Friday, following a murder charge against a local campaigner for the legalization of euthanasia. Lawmakers “should engage, enable and appropriately regulate” the choice of how and when to die for people who are close to death, the 86-year-old Nobel laureate said. He has previously said he would like the option of choosing an assisted death and does not want to be kept alive atRead More


UN: Excessive drinking killed over 3 million people in 2016

Daily World News Top Stories business politics The World Health Organization says that drinking too much alcohol killed more than 3 million people in 2016, mostly men. The U.N. health agency said in a report published Friday that about 237 million men and 46 million women had alcohol problems, with the highest prevalence in Europe and the Americas. Europe has the highest global per capita alcohol consumption, even though it has already dropped by 10 percent since 2010. About one in three deaths from alcohol were because of injuries, includingRead More


Teacher says she’s ‘extremely grateful’ after students surprise her on last day of chemo

Daily World News Top Stories business politics A teacher battling breast cancer didn’t know it, but she was in for a big surprise on the day she finished chemotherapy. When Katherine James of Santa Barbara, California, arrived home from her final treatment last week, she was met by a mob of kids who offered her hugs and applause. “My mother was driving and I remember saying, ‘Mom, I think those are kids from my class standing outside of my house,” said James, a fourth-grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary SchoolRead More