Brainstorm Health Daily: February 15, 2017

Merck is the latest company to weather bad news in the Alzheimer’s drug race, halting a late-stage trial yesterday in an experimental amyloid-targeting candidate called verubecestat after a data monitoring committee said there was “virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect,” Reuters reported. Merck shares got hammered in after-hours trading Tuesday evening and during the early morning rush, but had fully recovered by mid-morning. (The stock is actually at a 52-week high now.) Who knows? Maybe savvy traders expected the rotten news. After all, Merck simply joins a…

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Sedentary lifestyle and women: Do some exercise daily, else you’ll age faster

Elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years than those who are less sedentary, a new study has warned. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US found elderly women with less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day have shorter telomeres — tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age. As a cell ages, its…

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Snapdeal Cash at Home, Xiaomi Mi S Leaks, LG Launches 4 Mobiles, and More: Your 360 Daily

Snapdeal will deliver cash to your door, Google Maps will help you find you a toilet, and Uber has launched its first electric car fleet. Check out the 360 Daily tech round-up for these and other major tech stories of the day. Snapdeal will deliver Rs. 2,000 a day, starting in Gurugram and Bengaluru Snapdeal on Thursday announced that it will deliver Rs. 2,000 cash to users’ homes as part of its new [email protected] facility. The way it the [email protected] service works is simple – you need to install the Snapdeal…

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Super Mario Run Launch, Yahoo’s 1 Billion User Hack, and More: Your 360 Daily

A lot happened in the world of technology today, from Aircel offering unlimited voice calling packs in response to Reliance Jio, to Yahoo revealing that over 1 billion user accounts had been hacked back, the launch of Nintendo’s first mobile game – Super Mario Run, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick claiming that rival Ola was as foreign-owned as it. All this and more, in your 360 Daily. Super Mario Run launched on iOS – Nintendo’s first mobile game Nintendo on Thursday launched Super Mario Run for the iOS platform, the…

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Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual hunger report highlights growing need among adults

Adults are increasingly relying on Toronto food banks more than young people, a new report has found. The Daily Bread Food Bank released its annual Who’s Hungry report on Monday, breaking down the trends behind the 905,970 visits its clients made between April 2015 and March 2016. A further 2.6 million meals were given out through meal programs, the organization said. One of the key findings: clients 45 and older now make up 35 per cent of food bank users, up from 26 per cent in 2006. Some 39 per cent…

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