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How U.S. Health Providers Are Expanding Their Ebola Precautions

Source: www.theblaze.com – Monday, October 06, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they’ve secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know if they have traveled recently to West Africa. FILE – This Oct. 3, 3014, file photo, shows an isolation room that could be used to quarantine an Ebola patient at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. The hospital has put together an action plan and staff will be going through training to deal with the possibility of an Ebola virus infected patient. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland, File) And one of the nation’s largest ambulance companies has written step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient. Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil — the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a variety of precautions. — Read more stories from TheBlaze Woman Interrupts Restaurant Patrons With Tears and Screams, ‘This Isn’t Food, It’s Violence!’ — Wait Until You See Why Here’s the Picture Involving Two Children That Atheists Are Demanding Officials Remove From a School — and the District’s Bold Response

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Americans Speak Out Against New FDA Regulations to Destroy Their Imported Medications


White Plains, NY (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

PharmacyChecker.com announced the publication on its website of almost 2000 comments by Americans who import medication for personal use that explain why they import medications and why they are concerned with new proposed FDA regulations for destroying prescription drug orders. The comments, such as the three examples below, are representative of the serious fears Americans have about the new regulations forcing them to go without needed medications (pharmacychecker.com/pdf/comments-by-americans-concerned-section-708-fdasia.pdf):

Morton Ross, Palm Harbor, FL 2014-04-03, “The Meds I take daily, are the difference between ‘Life and Death.’ I cannot afford the higher prices at local pharmacies.”

Darilyn Schlie, Fort Worth, TX 2014-04-03, “Without the ability to go outside the US, I will not be able to afford the medication I need.”

James Marshall, Nashville, TN 2014-04-03, “I have emphysema and could not afford my medications if not for being able to order some of them from outside the USA.”

Under Section 708 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), the FDA has new authority to destroy small packages of safe prescription drugs that are refused import. However, before implementing the new regulation the government must issue regulations – as a proposed rule – with a public comment period of 60 days. The regulations must allow consumers “appropriate due process” to “challenge the decision” of the FDA to destroy their imported prescription drugs. PharmacyChecker.com submitted public comments criticizing the proposed rule for not providing for appropriate due process and to offer recommendations for an improved final regulation. In the first paragraph of the public comments, Gabriel Levitt, vice president of PharmacyChecker.com, invoked the stories of real Americans who buy medication internationally:

“Prescription drug prices are often eight times more expensive in U.S. pharmacies than in foreign pharmacies [1]. About five million Americans import prescription drugs for personal use each year due to lower drug prices outside the U.S [2]. As part of a petition on Change.org launched in April of this year, almost 2000 self-identifying Americans left comments stating why they import prescription medication for their own use and their serious concerns about Section 708. The relevant FDA personnel should read them before drafting the final regulation to put Section 708 into effect.”

Mr. Levitt added: “The proposed rule neither provides appropriate due process as mandated by law, nor seeks to acknowledge the public health risks of seizing and destroying safe imported prescription drugs. Without proper and compassionate regulatory restraint, or even better, drug importation legal reform, Americans face serious potential adverse health effects if their medications are detained in the first place, not to mention refused import and destroyed because of Section 708.”

According to RxRights.org, a coalition of 80,000+ Americans, “Consumer and aging rights groups are expressing alarm that the rule will endanger the public health.” That group has launched a petition in the form of a letter to the new Secretary of Health and Human Services asking her to prevent regulations that could exacerbate obstacles to safe personal drug importation.

PharmacyChecker.com was founded by Tod Cooperman, M.D. in 2002 to help consumers safely save money on medication by identifying the lowest drug prices from reputable online pharmacies. PharmacyChecker.com independently checks the credentials of online pharmacies and pharmacy discount cards, and provides free and easy online comparisons of drug prices. It has no ownership in or from pharmacies or drug companies.

Contact: Gabriel Levitt, Vice President, PharmacyChecker.com: 718-387-4526 or gabriel.levitt(at)pharmacychecker(dot)com.

[1] See pharmacychecker. com/news/online_pharmacy_prescription_savings_obamacare_2013.asp [Last accessed 7/6/2014].

[2] Cohen RA, Kirzinger WK, Gindi RM, “Strategies used by adults to reduce their prescription drug costs,” NCHS data brief, no 119. April 2013. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013. NCHS data shows that approximately 2% of the adult U.S. population imports prescription medication for personal use on an annual basis.







Believe the hype: Smartwatches can deliver on their potential

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It’s been a month since Google announced Android Wear at it’s annual I/O developer conference and I’ve been wearing the Samsung Galaxy Gear Live ever since it was unveiled there. It is perhaps surprising, given to me that I haven’t ditched it – instead it has become an important part of my daily routine. I’ve worn a watch every day for as long as I can remember, so it’s not a shock to have something on my wrist unlike many young people who have never worn a watch. For years, the media has predicted the decline of the watch, but it seems…

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LG’s new KizON wristband is a wearable for kids that lets parents track their location

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LG is going all out to make its presence felt in the wearables space — after its Android Wear-based G Watch went on sale across the world yesterday, it has unveiled today a new wearable device for kids, the KizON wristband. KizON is designed primarily for parents to track the location of their pre-school and primary school children. By using GPS and Wi-Fi, the wristband is able to provide real-time location information on a smartphone or tablet, so parents can see where their kids are. The KizON wearable also features a ‘One Step Direct Call’ button, which lets parents contact…

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58% Of Seniors Worried Their Health Plan Could Be Cancelled – According To New Poll By The Senior Citizens League


Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 20, 2014

One of the most politically incendiary issues of last fall’s Obamacare launch may turn into a major issue with senior voters in 2014, says The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a nonpartisan seniors organization. According to a new poll released today by TSCL, 58 percent of seniors, including those over the age of 65, say that they are worried that their health plan could be cancelled to meet new Obamacare requirements, versus 42 percent who said they aren’t.

Most of TSCL’s members and supporters are seniors 65 and older with Medicare coverage. The poll, which was conducted late January to mid February, was designed to test seniors’ perceptions about the confusing new health law. It did not distinguish between seniors 65 and over who are covered by Medicare, and seniors under the age of 65 who are now required to have health insurance under the new healthcare law. The poll simply asked, “Are you worried that your health plan could be cancelled to meet new Obamacare requirements?”

“Clearly, older seniors with Medicare perceive themselves as affected by Obamacare,” states TSCL Chairman, Ed Cates. “That’s important for Members of Congress to understand, since public perception of issues decides elections,” he notes. “It would be a mistake to underestimate the concerns that Medicare – eligible seniors have about Obamacare, even though these individuals are not mandated by law to purchase a plan on the new federal health exchange,” he observes.

TSCL points out that older seniors have different Obamacare worries than those of seniors under the age of 65. “The 2015 rates for Medicare Advantage plans have yet to be announced, but seniors 65 and over are already worried that they could be affected by successive funding cuts made to plans under the new health law,” notes Cates.

The TSCL poll was conducted just prior to the Obama Administration’s recent announcement that healthcare consumers may be able to renew older insurance plans that don’t meet the health law’s benefit requirements for another two years — if their states allow it. “TSCL believes the new rule is important to protect individual policy holders from further disruption, but we remain concerned that the rule alone may not go far enough,” says Cates. “Another round of older plan cancellation notices would be due to go out just prior to election day, and that could be a determining factor for voters,” he adds.

What is your experience with Obamacare? TSCL is soliciting stories and comments from seniors. Visit TSCL at sLeague.org.

With about 1 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Located just outside Washington, D.C., its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. The Senior Citizens League is a proud affiliate of TREA The Enlisted Association. Please visit http://www.SeniorsLeague.org or call 1-800-333-8725 for more information.







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Google is testing a feature that lets Chrome users save, share and organize their favorite Web content

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Google is testing a new favoriting service for its Chrome browser. Called Google Stars (although the Google Collections name has also been used in the past), the new option appears to still in very early testing, but it does let users star “items” on the Web as well as add them to folders. Once saved, these “items” are called stars, and they can be searched for as well as shared with others. The new addition was first discovered by Google+ user Florian Kiersch. He found the following strings in “the source code of the Google Collections modules in web search”…

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MergePay Pulse lets businesses worldwide track and manage their finances

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MergePay, the beautifully simple business-focused financial tracking service that we wrote about back in 2012, has finally exited beta and made a number of significant changes, including a rebrand to MergePay Pulse and shift to a freemium model. Previously, users opting to use the service for free were limited to tracking a maximum of nine bills, but now you can track as many as you wish without paying a dime. To recap, MergePay Pulse is essentially a Mint-like service for businesses that tracks incomings and outgoings to ensure users are on top of their finances. But while Mint only covers…

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Crafters can monetize their how-to guides with Guidecentral’s new Maker Program

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DIY platform Guidecentral is now accepting applications for its newly launched Maker Program, the startup announced in a tweet. As its name suggests, this new initiative will help crafters by sharing their projects and tutorials with users.

The application form is available both through Guidecentral’s free iOS app and as a Google document. It’s worth noting that applications will be filtered, and the Maker Program’s FAQ points out that candidates must be at least 18 years old, be registered on the platform through Facebook or Twitter login, have a complete Guidecentral profile and at least three approved, high-quality how-to guides.

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While quality is somewhat subjective, the startup gives some guidelines, such as using great pictures without watermarks or frames and avoiding incomplete captions.

Selected participants are set to receive $ 7 for every new DIY project shared by them through the app after joining the program and approved for monetization. They will be able to cash out they earnings via PayPal once they have reached $ 50. Their profile will also display a “PRO” Maker badge.

According to CEO and former Google and YouTube employee Gaston Irigoyen, this makes Guidecentral the first app to allow makers, crafters and DIY enthusiasts earn money by sharing their know-how. He also notes that this plan has always been part of the startup’s roadmap:

“Allowing users to share and monetize their knowledge is at the core of Guidecentral’s long term vision. Today’s release of the Maker Program sees that vision become a reality.”

As you may remember, Guidecentral received backing from Google executives, Buenos Aires-based accelerator NXTP Labs and Dogpatch Labs‘ Dublin chapter (disclosure: NXTP Labs is an investor in my startup, MonoLibre).

The startup launched its iOS app in October 2012 (alongside an Android version that is not available anymore as we write). According to Irigoyen, its community has since then grown to 75,000 monthly active members, a number that is increasing by over 20% every month.

While it is difficult to predict when the Maker Program will result in significant earnings for its first approved members, it can definitely help get them more eyeballs for their creations.

Image credit: jchapiewsky on Flickr


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Democrats fear of Obamacare will spend their Senate

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The NSA Probably Gained Access To Google And Yahoo’s Data By Tapping Their Cable

Source: www.businessinsider.com – Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As part of its domestic spying program, the NSA may have gained access to Google and Yahoo's servers by "tapping" the fiber optic cables that connect the world's major data centers, reports the New York Times . These cables are owned by private companies that help facilitate the daily grind of making the Internet work. One such company is called Level 3 and counts both Google and Yahoo as customers. An anonymous source for the NYT said,  "The Internet companies’ data centers are locked down with full-time security and state-of-the-art surveillance, including heat sensors and iris scanners. But between the data centers — on Level 3’s fiber-optic cables that connected those massive computer farms — information was unencrypted and an easier target for government intercept efforts." When they realized that this may be the means the NSA was accessing their data, Google and Yahoo began encrypting the data then transmit over these cables. They point to their doing so as proof that they aren't cooperating with the NSA to spy on citizens. Join the conversation about this story »

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