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1 month ago

Record rise in incomes could boost Clinton - Politico

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is pictured. | AP Photo

The income hike isnt likely to impress Trump, who insists without citing any evidence, and contrary to virtually every independent expert that the federal governments economic statistics are rigged. | Getty

The income hike isnt likely to impress Trump, who insists that the federal governments economic st

4 months ago

Ryan does Trump damage control in Silicon Valley - Politico

Even in San Francisco, Paul Ryan cant escape the shadow of Donald Trump.

In between fundraisers during a West Coast swing this week including an event with Apples Tim Cook the House speaker made a lunch stop on the city's waterfront, where he tried to sell a crowd of tech executives including Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on his work with the Republican Congress. To one person there, though, it went without saying: Ryan was trying to draw a juxtaposition with Trump.

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But the reality is that Republicans' fundraising has already taken a hit after months of Trump's rhetorical shots from skewering tech's biggest playe

7 months ago

'We need to rethink our daily lives,' warns UN health chief, urging action to halt rising tide of diabetes - UN News Centre

6 April 2016 The number of people living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, most living in developing countries, a dramatic rise mainly driven by overweight and obesity, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has announced ahead of World Health Day.

To mark World Health Day (7 April), which celebrates WHOS founding in 1948, the agency is issuing a call for action on diabetes. In its first-ever Global report on diabetes, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

Measures needed to tackle the disease include expanding health-promoting environments to reduce diabetes risk factors, like physical inactivity and unhealthy diets, and strengthening national capacities to help people with diabetes receive the treatment and care they need to manage their conditions.

If we are to make any headway in halting the rise in diabetes, we need to rethink our daily lives: to eat healthily, be physically active, and avoid excessive weight gain, says Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, who adds that even in the poorest settings, governments must ensure that people are able to make these healthy choices and that health systems are able to diagnose and treat people with diabetes.

WHO notes that diabetes is a chronic, progressive noncommunicable disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). It occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough of the insulin hormone, which regulates blood sugar, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.

Key findings from WHOs Global report on diabetes

Among the key findings from the report are:

The number of people living with diabetes and its prevalence are growing in all regions of the world. In 2014, 422 million adults (or 8.5 per cent of the population) had diabetes, compared with 108 million (4.7 per cent) in 1980. The epidemic of diabetes has major health and socioeconomic impacts, especially in developing countries. In 2014, more than 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years were overweight and more than one in 10 were obese. The complications of diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. For example, rates of lower limb amputation are 10 to 20 times higher for people with diabetes. Diabetes caused 1.5 million deaths in 2012. Higher-than-optimal blood glucose caused an additional 2.2 million deaths by increasing the risks of cardiovascular and other diseases. Global commitments to reduce diabetes

Many cases of diabetes can be prevented, and measures exist to detect and manage the condition, improving the odds that people with diabetes live long and healthy lives, says Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHOs Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health. But change greatly depends on governments doing more, including by implementing global commitments to address diabetes and other [noncommunicable diseases].

Sip, a type 1 diabetes patient living on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, takes a sweet drink with him to school which his teacher gives to him if his blood sugar is low. Photo: WHO/P. Brown

These include meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 3.4, which calls for reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases, including diabetes, by 30 per cent by 2030. Governments have also committed to achieving four time-bound national commitments set out in the 2014 UN General Assembly Outcome Document on Noncommunicable Diseases, and attaining the nine global targets laid out in the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which include halting the rise in diabetes and obesity.

Around 100 years after the insulin hormone was discovered, the Global report on diabetes shows that essential diabetes medicines and technologies, including insulin, needed for treatment are generally available in only one in three of the worlds poorest countries, says Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHOs Department for the Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.

Access to insulin is a matter of life or death for many people with diabetes. Improving access to insulin and NCD medicines in general should be a priority.

9 months ago

Is Your Business Getting All It Can From Social Media? SEO Company Dallas

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11 months ago

Supreme Court blocks Native Hawaiian election vote count - Washington Post

HONOLULU The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked votes from being counted in a unique election thats considered a major step toward self-governance for Native Hawaiians.

The high court granted an injunction requested by a group of Native Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians challenging the election. They argue Hawaii residents who dont have Native Hawaiian ancestry are being excluded from the vote, in violation of their constitutional rights.

The order blocks the counting of votes until at least the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues its ruling. The group suing to stop the election appealed a district courts ruling allowing voting to proceed.

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11 months ago

Ted Cruz?s ?Donnie Jr.? Strategy - Daily Beast

By running as a more palatable version of Trump, Cruz is now in a good position to win the GOP nomination. If youre a liberal, this news should make you very excited.

Cue the scary-minor-key power chord: Ted Cruz is within the margin of error of Donald Trump in Iowa. Its Trump 25 and Cruz 23, but as we will see further down, other numbers from the poll suggest that Cruz is well positioned to win what might now be a two-man race in the Hawkeye State.

This is just awesome news. One can now begin to see how this may all be shaping up. I tweeted it out last Friday. Trump becomes the crazy, not-really-electable, neo-fascist candidatethe choice of a good chunk of the base, but one t

1 year ago

The Gloves Are Off: The Fiercest 2016 Rivalries

With the 2016 race for the White House heating up, the gloves are coming off.

With 15 Republican candidates and seven Democrats still in the running for their partys nomination, the crowded field has created fierce rivalries.

While the debates have offered the candidates an opportunity to confront each other face-to-face, many have been throwing punches on the campaign trail on everything from their opponents politics to personality.

Here is a look at the five most contentious rivalries so far this campaign season:

Bobby Jindal vs. Donald Trump

Hate is a strong word, but its safe to say Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal really, really, really (his words) doesnt l