Every day, trillions of dollars are exchanged by buyers and sellers on trading floors across the world. The places where that happens are colloquially known by the faceless moniker of “the markets" but every time somebody buys a barrel of oil, a shipment of potash, a Royal Bank share or a Japanese yen, there’s a real person behind that transaction. Historically, the system works because people have confidence in the rules and believe they are treated the same as anybody else. But it’s getting harder and harder to ignore the stories of powerful people cheating the system for their own gain. As the bad apples add up, it gets harder and harder to ignore a troubling realization — “everything is rigged.” And it’s not just financial markets that are at stake. The real economy, with factories, services, goods and jobs for real people, is under threat.
Men with mental disorders have a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease, a new study suggests.
Researchers have identified an increased risk of non-fatal or fatal heart disease across a spectrum of mental conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, neurotic disorders, substance-use disorders, and personality disorders.
Did you know that the FDA actually allows a certain amount of rodent hair and feces in some of your food? It is something an Austin woman is learning the hard way. So, what is acceptable and what's not? Take canned mushrooms for example. The FDA's limit is 20 or more maggots per can. As for chocolate, the FDA says there can be no more than three rodent hairs in a sample about the size of three average sized candy bars. The FDA stresses that no amount of defective food is considered "good." However, the agency says it is a part of life and something it tries to keep to a minimum.
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In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.
A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least six research groups have treated more than 120 patients with many types of blood and bone marrow cancers, with stunning results.
A high chair is not always the safest spot for baby, according to new research that finds a significant increase in injuries related to high chairs and booster seats.
The number of high chair-related injuries increased by more than 22 percent between 2003 and 2010, according to a nationwide study. The study, published Monday in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, found about 9,400 high chair-related injuries were treated annually in U.S. emergency rooms. Falling caused most of the injuries and head injuries, such as concussions, were the most common diagnosis.
Oh, who am I kidding? We've all flown sick. Airline change fees are way too expensive for the luxury of retooling an itinerary simply because of a cold. But as long as sick people fly, is there any way for the rest of us to stay healthy? Yes and no. There are things you need to worry about but also things you can do to protect yourself. And sometimes, you just have to kick back and hope for the best.
When you're stuck for a gift idea for someone who has everything, giving a gift card might seem just the thing. But consider this: Consumer Reports ShopSmart says many of those receiving gift cards never use them. Believe it or not, it's estimated that $1.8 billion worth of gift cards purchased last year are gathering dust and are likely to never be redeemed. Though recent federal legislation requires retailers to honor cards for five years, monthly inactivity fees can kick in after a year, draining the value of the card long before it expires. Lost cards are another headache! Another drawback with gift cards: They don't have the same fraud protections you get with traditional credit cards. So that's another reason Consumer Reports says use gift cards as soon as you get them. And if you're buying a gift card, Consumer Reports says avoid those with purchase fees and keep your receipts in case one gets lost.
Your brain runs your metabolism, which is critical for anybody trying to lose weight.There is something called “The Selfish Brain” and it happens quite often. In 1921, the first scientist showed that the brain will preserve itself at the expense of the body. Think of it almost like there's a competition sometimes between your brain and your body for glucose which is the fuel created from dietary carbohydrates. Glucose is the fuel that the brain and body needs to function. So, when there's a shortage of glucose, there's a war for fuel.I know it sounds odd, but this is why not eating enough carbs can actually elevate your blood sugar. You'd think it would lower your blood sugar, but it can do the opposite.
In honor of World Toilet Day last month, three students from Central St Martin’s College at the University of Arts London — Sam Sheard, Pierre Papet, and Victor Johansson — took part in a competition that was put on by the U.K.-based plumbing company Dyno-Rod Drains. The objective? To design "the toilet of the future" and help "raise awareness on how we can upgrade the current 130 year old flush toilet to one that benefits our health and the environment."
Their winning prototype, the "wellbeing toilet," introduces many high-tech innovations to the modern can — Johansson and Papet said that it could eventually be used to analyze a user's waste to monitor for health defects such as diabetes or kidney diseases, and could even provide information about nutritional deficiencies or pregnancy.
The new drugs promise to quickly cure a majority of patients with very few side effects. That marks a dramatic change from current treatment options. Nearly 3 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, which can cause potentially life-threatening liver diseases. One of the current main treatment options is an injection of interferon, which has side effects so severe that only half of patients can tolerate it.Patients take a pill just once a day. The treatment takes a matter of weeks instead of months.