Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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Republicans Asked For Obamacare Horror Stories. It Didnt Go Well.

July 5, 2017

Indiana Republicans called for people to share Obamacare horror stories on social media, but the only horror many people expressed was at the idea of losing it if the GOP repeal plan passes Congress. Instead, they recounted how the Affordable Care Act had helped them, and urged Republicans to keep it in place. Obamacare means that my baby who fought leukemia and won cant be denied coverage for a pre-existing…

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Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 3, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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Cuts To Medicaid In GOP Health Bill Would Get Even Bigger Over Time, CBO Says

June 30, 2017

That big cut to Medicaid that Republicans swear isnt part of their health care legislationwould get even bigger in the future, a new government report predicts. In fact, by 2036, the federal government would be spending 35 percent less on Medicaid than it would if current laws remained in place, according to the projection. The report, which the nonpartisanCongressional Budget Office published Thursday afternoon, comes with the usual uncertainty that…

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GOP Senator Explains To His Colleagues How Babies Are Made

June 29, 2017

Some GOP lawmakers have insisted that men shouldnt have to foot the bill for such services since men dont get pregnant.But Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who is a gastroenterologist, has a different take. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is urging his colleagues to keep maternity benefits in all health care plans. You know, Im a doctor, and I know that might be med school. So, do you want a coverage that…

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Mother of boy with rare genetic disorder tweets hospital bill

June 27, 2017

(CNN)As lawmakers push to get a health care bill through the Senate, one New Jersey mom is speaking out. On Friday, she tweeted her son’s latest hospital bill and it went viral. “It seems fitting that, with the #TrumpCare debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan’s most recent open heart surgery,” she wrote Chandra also added up what their bill would have been without insurance:…

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 22, 2017

Norman, a 63-year-old real estate developer and former state lawmaker, replaces fellow Republican Mick Mulvaney, who left Congress to become President Donald Trumps budget director. Parnell, a 66-year-old tax attorney, mounted an unusually ambitious challenge in the district where the conservative Mulvaney cruised to re-election in 2016.His scrappy campaign, and the support it received from the national Democratic Party, excited local activists accustomed to being written off by party leaders….

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Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts – BBC News

June 20, 2017

They make people unduly anxious about taking medicines and could be the reason why fewer than 50% continue with drugs they have started taking. The likelihood of the side-effects occurring is also rarely explained – instead they are labelled “possible” or “serious”. And the benefits of the medicines are usually understated, taking up much less space on the leaflet than potential harms. Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption And…

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Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s – BBC News

June 14, 2017

‘Lifelong pills’ Doctors generally prescribe daily aspirin for life after a person has a stroke or heart attack to help prevent more attacks. But researchers have known for some time that aspirin can increase the risk of stomach bleeds. Until now, most research involved people under 75, showing that the risk of serious bleeds was low in this group. But with around half the people on lifelong aspirin in the…

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This chatbot was inspired by Spock and he wants to talk about your mental health

June 9, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable When you launch Woebot in Facebook Messenger, the chatbot’s cerulean blue eyes peer out from the screen. He looks concerned, a little quizzical. He invites you to chat. Within a few messages he explains his purpose: “So here’s how I work, I’m going to ask you about your mood and as I get to know you, I’ll teach you some good stuff.” SEE ALSO: How…

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The top 5 most over-the-top employee benefits from tech companies

June 9, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / Rawpixel.com Ive seen my fair share of company benefits after 10+ years recruiting for tech companies.Tech Startups in San Francisco are known for having extensive benefits from daily lunchesto paid gym memberships or free monthly massages. Before I share some of the coolest benefits Ive come across, I have a word of advice for new companies Before offering Ive learned from experience working withsmall startupsand fromfounding Bettsthat…

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Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare

June 7, 2017

Senators still lack an actual bill, and the compromises needed to pass the Senate could imperil the legislation in the House, which will also have to back it.But Tuesday was a pivotal day for discussions in the upper chamber and seemingly a positive one as Republicans try to build a 50-vote coalition to repeal Obamacare. McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error. He can afford to lose only…

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EY report: Scottish economy ‘stuck in slow lane’ – BBC News

June 6, 2017

However, manufacturing output is predicted to grow in line with the overall economy for the first time since 2013, as weaker sterling and a pick-up in global demand “ultimately provide a boost to exports”. Image copyright PA Image caption Many Scottish infrastructure projects, including the Queensferry Crossing, are nearing completion He added: “Consumer spending, which last year proved surprisingly resilient and helped buoy the economy, is fading. “A weak labour…

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6 Relaxation Hacks For People Who Hate Meditating

June 1, 2017

Despite that data, however, meditation isnt for everyone. And it may not serve some people who experience the most severe bouts of stress. In college, my therapist recommended I try meditation to curb my anxiety. At first, I was happy to oblige. I tried a variety of styles, from Zen meditation, which has you focus on breathing, to primordial sound mediation, which involves, well, making primordial sounds. That said, there…

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Brexit expat retirees ‘may cost NHS millions’ – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Brits abroad Around 190,000 British pensioners live abroad. Under the EU reciprocal “S1” scheme, British pensioners have the right to go to any other EU member state and receive the same health care rights as the local population. According to the Nuffield Trust, it may not be easy to continue with this agreement after Brexit. If all of these pensioners decided to return to the UK – a big if…

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Election blind dates: Georgia Toffolo and Jack Monroe – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Jack Monroe Describe yourself: I’m Jack Monroe, aged 29, and I’m a food writer and political commentator. Background: I used to be a 999 call-handler. I got pregnant with my son, and when I went back to work I couldn’t work the shift patterns any more. I ended up in a shoddy personal situation – I didn’t eat for three days in a row to feed my child. I started…

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What you should think about while considering a career change to healthcare

May 27, 2017

Image: PIXABAY Between now and 2024, the healthcare field is projected to experience the fastest employment growth, which is creating opportunities for people who are passionate about healthcare and considering a career in the industry. The healthcare field is broad and dynamic, said Doris Savron, executive dean at University of Phoenix College of Health Professions. A career path in healthcare can range from IT to nursing to administrative staff, and…

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