The President, the US private health giant, and top NHS officials – special relationships?

In the UK, we have a simple take on the US healthcare system as a for-profit, private system that fleeces its customers and fails the poor. But here’s the secret: the US has its own ‘mini NHS’. Smaller than the UK’s system, but still a government funded, (mostly) publicly-run system that serves people according to their need. It’s called the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). And Donald Trump wants to privatise it. What’s more, to set the reforms in motion, the firm that’s been appointed to create and expand new private networks within the…

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How One Company Is Contributing To The Solution Of Reducing Fashion Waste

Climate change and eliminating plastic and waste in the ocean have been hot topics leading up to the Presidential primary. Plastic straws alone have caused such a stir that States are beginning to require restaurants to serve non-plastic-based straws. What about the fashion industry? Do consumers ever wonder what happens to the seasonal styles that are never purchased? Sheri Turnbow, Bespoke Southerly Founder, holding a color card for the photographer during the … [+] WILLIAM HEUBERGER According to Rubicon, fashion is the third highest-polluting industry in the world and microfibers from fabrics wind…

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THE VERGE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019

As the end of 2019 approaches, it’s a good time to think back and reflect on the year that was and to think about the friends, family, and co-workers in our lives who we are grateful and thankful to have. While it can be difficult to find a way to express that sentiment with a gift — which is why they say it’s the thought that counts — you still want to make sure you give them something good and not, like, rock hard fruit cake. That’s why we convene the…

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H&M’s CEO talks about a ‘terrible’ threat to the fashion industry

The growing trend of sustainable shopping is spurring change in the fashion world, and the head of fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz AB, or H&M, called the shift a “social” threat. H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson, the third in his family to hold the helm of the fast-fashion company, told Bloomberg that he was concerned about protests that encourage consumers to “‘stop doing things, stop consuming, stop flying.’” “Yes, that may lead to a small environmental impact, but it will have terrible social consequences,” Persson said. Fashion has taken heat in recent years for…

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How Ag Innovation Supports The Global Food System

Consumers have a number of choices when it comes to what they eat. South American quinoa, Spanish olives, English cucumbers, French wines, North African couscous, California berries, Asian curries, and so much more. But we don’t often stop to think about how (or why) this is all possible. Our abundance of choice comes from a combination of factors — like climate, soil suitability, logistics, economics, modern agricultural practices, or digital technology — as well as the fact that parts of the world are simply better-suited to grow different crops. In…

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Wondering what is the secret to having a healthy lifestyle? A good night’s sleep is the answer

Wondering what is the secret to having a healthy lifestyle? A good night’s sleep is the answer.(Unsplash) India has emerged as the country with a highly sedentary lifestyle among 18 countries including the US, the UK, Japan, Ireland and others. Indians walk an average of 6,533 steps daily, according to a report by Fitbit. According to the report, Hong Kong is the most active. Indians also get the least amount of nightly sleep on an average after Japan at 7 hours 1 minute, 48 minutes lesser than the average nightly sleep of…

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Is a healthy lifestyle the prescription for osteoporosis?

It has been estimated that more than 200 million people are suffering from osteoporosis worldwide. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, worldwide, 1 in 3 women over 50 years and 1 in 5 men of the same age will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime. In India, around 36 million people are currently living with osteoporosis, majorly undiagnosed until the person has a fracture. Every fracture is a sign of another impending one. We’ve come a long way in the we treat osteoporosis. As recently as 1970, there were hardly any therapy options…

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Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee supporting the education of two less fortunate students since three years

Abhijit Banerjee who won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been supporting the educational expenses of two less fortunate children Vivekananda School in Jogiwala through a scholarship sponsored by him. The two students Aryan Thapa and Aman Dobryal from Vivekananda School, Dehradun has been receiving the Kabir Memorial Scholarship for the past three years which was set up by Nobel laureate Banerjee in memory of his son who had an untimely death. Both the children who were helped by the generosity of the Nobel winner were all praises for…

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How To Support Girls’ Education Around The World On International Day Of The Girl

Oct. 11 marks the International Day of the Girl (IDG), an annual global observance that celebrates girls’ accomplishments and promotes gender equality. On this day, which was declared by the United Nations, and always, you can support initiatives that help girls achieve their full potential — and education is such a crucial component of success. So, if you want to get involved, there are several different ways to support girls’ education around the world, through donations and beyond.   It goes without saying that it’s important to boost organizations that empower…

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How to Pull Off the 12 Biggest Fall Fashion Trends This Season

Dressing for fall doesn’t need to be complicated. You got some sweaters, some cords, a couple of jackets, maybe a tweed blazer? You’re pretty much good to go. But sometimes, choosing to make things complicated—shaking things up just because—is necessary. Even championship-winning teams sign new players in the offseason, right? Below, we’ve outlined a dozen unknown quantities worth introducing to your wardrobe (you might even call them “fall fashion trends”). Some are hot-off-the-press, advanced-level maneuvers; some are old standbys on the precipice of a comeback; all of ’em at least deserve a look.   If you’d rather skip…

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