Brainstorm Health: Aetna CEO on CVS Deal, Amazon Pharmacy, Halloween Candy

Yesterday’s report by the Wall Street Journal that CVS Health was “in talks” to buy health insurer Aetna sent ripples through much of the healthcare realm. The combination of CVS Health, the seventh-biggest company in the U.S. by revenue, with Aetna (No. 43 on the Fortune 500) would, if it were to go through, create a corporate behemoth with $240 billion in annual revenue across a wide swath of the healthcare continuum, from retail pharmacy and benefit management to insurance. As a rule, any creation of a new behemoth generates buzz. But this time, there has been equally…

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Batasha, the Sweet Candy That’s the Most Favourite Temple Food

“Religious foods”, as I call them, sweets and savouries that are part of fasting and feasting rituals, are interesting because they often show up histories of ingredients that we may have long forgotten. In a large part of the Indo-gangetic plain, autumn is the season for batashas – simple, aerated sugar confections often thought to resemble meringues, even though no egg white is used to make these. For many of us, these may be fairly commonplace. Temples, gurudwaras and even small altars at home always have them handy to be given out as blessed offerings,…

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