Americans more concerned about health care than taxes in 2018

A mom and her children visit their pediatrician. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP via Getty Almost half of Americans in a new Associated Press-NORC poll say health care is their top concern going into 2018. Health care outpaced other issues, like taxes, immigration and climate change, by more than 15 percentage points. Why it matters: Congress and President Trump rushed to pass an overhaul of the tax system after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Although Republicans may not spend more political capital on health care next year, the issue won’t go away as the public…

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Parents, keep in mind: Less than 20% urban kids in India eat fruits once a day

Only 18% of urban children in grade six to 10 in India eat fruits every day, show the results of a survey, revealing poor eating habits of a vast majority of kids in the country. At 14%, the proportion of children eating protein once a day is even lower, showed the survey by Podar Education Group which runs over 100 schools spread across the country. The survey involved responses from 1,350 parents of children studying in grade six to 10 in India’s metro cities. The results showed that only 35%…

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11 Guilt-Free Snacks That Have Less Than 100 Calories

It’s no news that evening hunger pangs and overeating are your weight’s worst enemies. They arrive without due notice and leave you feeling guilty and bloated. To help you win over this everyday battle we asked Dr. Shalini Singhal, a Delhi-based nutritionist to suggest some foods that are less than 100 calories, delicious and will keep you until you’re ready for your next meal. In fact, a lot of dietitians agree that snacking actually helps in keeping your metabolism up, preventing binging and thus, promoting weight loss. These are your…

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Extroverts quicker at picking up a new language than introverts

Researchers examined whether extrovert-introvert tendencies affected English language proficiency among Chinese students in India, and how these traits influenced language learning.(Shutterstock) Extroverts learning a new language may be better at speaking and reading, but introverts are better listeners, scientists have found. Researchers examined whether extrovert-introvert tendencies affected English language proficiency among Chinese students in India, and how these traits influenced language learning. In Chinese culture, students are expected to listen to their teachers attentively, as opposed to Western culture where class participation is encouraged. Some studies have suggested that such…

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You Can Get A Wendy’s Frosty For Less Than A Dollar All Summer

On humid, smoking-hot summer days, there’s nothing better than ice cream. And while freakshakes and unicorn cones are all the rage right now, sometimes you just want an OG treat that doesn’t require standing in line for half an hour in a sea of Instagrammers. Enter good ol’ Wendy’s Frosty’s. The fast food restaurant is making our summer even better by offering 50-cent small Frosty’s at participating locations, Brand Eating reports. Both chocolate and vanilla flavors are included. Though there’s no end specific date, the deal is said to run throughout the summer. A small Frosty usually costs $1,…

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Trump’s broken promise: More than 100 food and farm groups oppose labor secretary pick

On Monday, 105 food and agriculture organizations, representing more than 10 million people across the food system, sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging senators to oppose the confirmation of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor. This clarion call from the nation’s farmers, food-system workers and public health advocates, led by Corporate Accountability International, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and Real Food Media, comes on the heels of growing opposition and controversy surrounding Trump’s pick to head the Department of Labor. A recent Capital & Main investigation found…

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Putin: Those who leaked Trump dossier ‘worse than prostitutes’

In a speech that one-upped even some of the president-elect’s colorful Twitter commentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called Donald Trump’s political enemies “worse than prostitutes” for disseminating a dubiously-sourced dossier last week alleging a relationship between Trump and the Kremlin. Speaking during a news conference, Putin said last week’s leak of the 35-page report — written by a private investigator as a series of memos and eventually passed on to the intelligence community — was a last-ditch attempt on the part of President Obama’s outgoing administration to “undermine…

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Study shows more than 50% of Americans suffer from multiple health challenges

With the future of US healthcare likely to rest on the next presidency, a new study from Psychology, Health & Medicine highlights just how complex the medical needs of many Americans now are. As the authors of the study, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Benjamin G. Druss, observe: “The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions.” Given the medical and socio-economic difficulties often faced by people with mental illness, and the lack of research…

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Children’s UAE education could cost expats more than a million dirhams

Expatriate parents in the UAE will end up spending more than Dh1 million on their children’s education, financial experts claim. According to a study by asset management group Old ­Mutual International, the total cost of sending a child to school in the UAE and on to university overseas can add up to nearly Dh1.5m. The company, which sells investment products to savers, said parents can spend as much as Dh562,543 in fees alone by sending their children to a UK or US curriculum school from the age of five to…

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Education should be about more than just job prospects

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is correct that it’s time to take stock of policy on young people, university education and the jobs market (End drive to send more to university, say HR experts, 11 October), but we need a much wider remit than their narrow parameters. We need a fundamental rethink about the world of work and the purpose of education within it. We must ask the most basic question of all: what is education for? At a time when the adult skills budget has been cut…

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