Trump calls for mental health reform after shootings — but his policies threaten coverage

President Donald Trump on Monday called for reforms to the nation’s mental health laws after back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohioover the weekend killed at least 31 people. “We must reform our mental health laws to better identify mentally disturbed individuals who may commit acts of violence,” Trump said in an address to the nation from the White House on Monday. “Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.”   But Trump’s critics and health policy experts say moves out of the White House have made and will make it more…

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Zomato row: Food aggregator app is right to call out bigotry, but its own virtue-signalling raises problematic questions

There’s nothing like a good controversy to stir things up on a slow news day. On Wednesday, Zomato became a national talking point over its response to a customer who wanted the food aggregator app to change its delivery agent because he was a Muslim. Zomato refused to do so, following which the customer, one Jabalpur-based Amit Shukla, canceled the order and demanded a refund. Zomato refused to comply with Shukla’s demands — changing the “Muslim rider” or a refund — and requested the customer to pay cancellation charges because the…

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Enabling consumers to lead ‘nutty lives but with yogic food’

Pallavi Gupta set up Nutty Yogi after lifestyle changes improved her health. Photo: Diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease, about five years ago, Pallavi Gupta found herself making repeated visits to specialists for six months. “As part of the treatment, I was taking a lot of steroids and at some point I came to the realization that there’s no cure for my condition in modern medicine,” says Gupta, who decided to change her lifestyle following a friend’s advice. “I became vegan, went gluten-free and dairy-free. Within six months, I was…

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Clothing is back in fashion for the holidays. But not all retailers will benefit from the trend

David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images A customer lifts a shopping bag at an Old Navy Inc. store in San Francisco. One takeaway from this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganza is that there will be a lot more sweaters and coats under the tree this year. Shoppers are turning up at stores such as Lululemon, Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy and Urban Outfitters this holiday season to buy clothing for themselves and for others. It’s a stark contrast from the years that followed the Great…

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Health privacy advocates worry DeepMind will break its promise not to share health data with Google, but the company says nothing is changing

DeepMind, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on health and AI, announced in a company blog post on Tuesday that its health group will be absorbed by Google. That news comes just days after Google disclosed plans to form a new, centralized health unit at its Silicon Valley, California headquarters led by David Feinberg, a physician and former hospital executive. As part of the move, Google will now manage the Streams app that DeepMind created. Streams is a tool to help doctors and nurses figure out which of their patients are at…

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Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian researchers have found that although memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, it is those who are unaware of the problem that are more likely to go on to develop the condition. Carried out by researchers at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the new study is believed to be the largest of its kind on illness awareness, looking at data on 1,062 people. Earlier research said that menopause could trigger Alzheimer’s, but a diet rich in antioxidants could help. Participants were aged 55 to 90,…

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FuboTV Premier review: This service streams lots of sports channels, but not ESPN

FuboTV is a streaming bundle for fans of futbol, not football. For $35 per month—a promo rate that will eventually rise to $50 per month for new subscribers—FuboTV offers roughly 50 streaming channels, more than a dozen of which revolve around live sports. And with channels like BeIN Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, and Eleven Sports in the lineup, soccer always seems to be on TV. That focus helps FuboTV stand out from other streaming bundles such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu with Live TV, but it involves a trade-off: Without ESPN channels,…

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NordVPN review: A great choice for Netflix fans, but who’s running the show?

NordVPN in brief: P2P allowed: Yes. Dedicated servers. Business location: Panama [ Further reading: Your new PC needs these 15 free, excellent programs ] Number of servers: 956 Number of country locations: 57 Cost: $69 (billed annually) Panama-based NordVPN is a popular choice among VPN users and is also the recipient of much praise from experts. After spending some time with the service, it’s not hard to see why. First off, NordVPN lets you watch U.S. Netflix from anywhere in the world—a rare feat these days. NordVPN also manages to create an interface that’s simple…

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Samsung made an even better Galaxy S8+, but you can’t have it

In just a few weeks, Galaxy S8s will begin appearing in mailboxes, and people will be posting pictures and videos of their new phones to make all their Twitter followers and Facebook friends who don’t have one jealous. But even if you’re rocking the Galaxy S8+ with the upgraded Y50BT AKG headphones and packing a 256GB SD card, you still won’t have the best model money can buy. According to a report by ET News, Samsung will be selling a souped-up version of the Galaxy S8+ in China and Korea…

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Mark Zuckerberg is worried about sensationalism in news. But Facebook could do more to help.

Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg liked to think of Facebook as a basically innocuous social utility. But that view has taken a beating in recent months, as news shared on Facebook had a huge — and, critics say, pernicious — effect on the presidential election. In an open letter released on Thursday, Zuckerberg grapples with the implications of Facebook’s growing power. “For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” he writes. “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community.” Many of…

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