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Democrats Clash on Health Care, Immigration

June 27, 2019 |

The first of two 10-candidate Democratic debates kicked off in Miami at 9pm Eastern Wednesday—and Elizabeth Warren got off to a strong start. The Washington Post reports that the senator was able to go straight to her stump speech when she got the first question of the night, about…
Newser

Stocks Slip, Led by Health Care

June 24, 2019 |

Health care companies helped pull the broader market slightly lower in a day of listless trading as investors focused on upcoming trade talks between the US and China, the AP reports. Bristol-Myers Squibb fell 7.4% Monday. Caesar’s rose 14.5% after Eldorado Resorts said it would buy the casino…
Newser

U.N. health agency to remove controversial opioid guidelines

June 20, 2019 |

The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports.

The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine…


L.A. Times – Business

Obamacare still lives, but Trump’s rule on HRAs may remake health insurance in U.S.

June 16, 2019 |

President Trump’s attempt to transform American health insurance is almost complete.

Twenty months ago, frustrated after attempts to repeal Obamacare fell apart in the Republican-controlled Senate, Trump pledged to use executive power to do what Congress failed to legislate. An executive order…


L.A. Times – Business

Head of Health Research Agency: No More ‘Manels’

June 14, 2019 |

If a scientific panel doesn’t include women, it won’t include the director of the National Institutes of Health as a speaker. Francis Collins posted his decision online, NBC reports. “Too often, women and members of other groups underrepresented in science are conspicuously missing in the marquee speaking slots at scientific…
Newser

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers threaten to strike

June 7, 2019 |

About 4,000 mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente will go on strike next week at facilities throughout California if they and the healthcare giant fail to reach a new contract before then, the workers’ union said Thursday.

The main issue, the National Union of Healthcare Workers says, is that…


L.A. Times – Business

FoodShot Global is digging up innovation for soil health as part of its first prize competition

June 7, 2019 |

FoodShot Global, a prize platform devoted to transforming the world’s food and agriculture industries, has awarded the first round of prizes for its Innovating Soil 3.0 competition. 

Trace Genomics, a startup developing an analytics service for soil health to optimize the use of farmland, has received an undisclosed investment from FoodShot’s investment partner, S2G Ventures.

Additional awards of $ 250,000 were given to Keith Paustian to speed up the global adaptation of his COMET tool systems, which provide farmers with metrics and information on regenerative farming; and Gerlinde De Deyn, for her work studying biodiversity over time. 

A $ 35,000 award was given to Dorn Cox to support the development of his open-source data project that will look to catalog knowledge around agriculture techniques and distribute that information freely to a global community of farmers. 

“I founded FoodShot Global envisioning a new way to harness the power of innovation, capital, and the collaborative spirit of the world’s leading stakeholders to effect change,” said FoodShot Global founder and chairman Victor Friedberg. “We chose to start with soil because any future that imagines 10 billion people eating healthy and sustainably with equal access will require healthy soil. The three people we announced today are all groundbreakers whose inspired work lays the foundation for the next generation of solutions to the urgency we now face as a civilization. I couldn’t be more impressed and inspired by these inaugural FoodShot Global award winners and look forward to sharing what they’re doing with a larger audience.”

TechCrunch

Assange Misses Court Session Amid Health Concerns

May 30, 2019 |

The legal fight on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the US continues, but Assange himself is not present for it. His lawyer says he is too sick even for court appearances via video link, while WikiLeaks has expressed “grave concerns” about his health. “He’s in fact far from…
Newser

Ebola Health Worker Killed by Villagers

May 28, 2019 |

Health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to struggle to effectively combat the deadly virus that’s currently raging in an “out of control” outbreak : On Saturday, villagers killed a health worker, AFP reports, citing the daily health ministry bulletin dated Sunday. “Part of the population of Vusahiro village,…
Newser

TMZ

Harry, Meghan, William, Kate Join Forces To Launch Mental Health Hotline

May 9, 2019 |

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are joining forces with Prince William and Kate Middleton to cast their rumored differences aside in the name of helping others … namely, people dealing with mental health issues.  The British Royals just…

TMZ.com