Hilary Brueck, provided by Published 10:28 am PDT, Friday, September 7, 2018 Twitter/Larry Cohen The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating illnesses that sickened dozens of passengers on three separate international flights headed into the US this week. It looks like many of the sick passengers were traveling from Mecca, where the Hajj was recently underway, and massive crowds of millions of people gathered. Public health experts say this was a lucky break. The incident points to how we may not be prepared for a worst-case scenario with a different bug. There have been a lot of coughing, feverish, sickly passengers flying into the US this week. First, there was an Emirates flight from Dubai that landed at JFK airport Wednesday morning and had to be quarantined. Nearly a dozen passengers on board that flight were hospitalized and given anti-viral drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said "preliminary tests indicate that some … [Read more...] about A Harvard professor says the dozens of passengers sickened on international flights are a clear ‘warning shot’ of a worst-case scenario
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source Center for International Communication, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia On Sunday, women across Saudi Arabia were allowed to drive for the first time. It was a monumental shift, and just one of many in the last 18 months. The country has lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, began building a multi-billion dollar entertainment city 2.5 times the size of Disney World, and is considering developing its own hyper-loop system. Many of the changes have been pushed by Mohammed bin Salman who, since his promotion to crown prince in June 2017, has taken drastic steps to reform and modernize Saudi Arabia in an effort to shift the country’s economy away from oil and prepare the country for the future. Many of these changes have benefitted Saudi women and, despite how small some may seem, are proving crucial in their march towards equality. Here are the highlights: Women are taking to the streets after Saudi Arabia lifted its longstanding ban on women driving. … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabian women can now drive — here are the biggest changes they’ve seen in just over a year
Medical behemoth Partners HealthCare and insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care have been in talks for months about a potential merger, but the health care giants could face an uphill battle if they strike a deal.Gov. Charlie Baker, the former chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim, said any possible merger between the two should be treated with the same level of scrutiny as other recent hospital mergers. “It’s going to be incumbent on them to make the case for why this is a good idea,” Baker said yesterday. “The details around something like that matter a lot.”Partners said it is “exploring new partnerships” with organizations including Harvard Pilgrim.“As the health care environment changes and insurers and providers increasingly share financial risk, traditional relationships are shifting,” said Partners representative Rich Copp. “Partners HealthCare is constantly exploring new partnerships and relationships with other providers … [Read more...] about Slain Officer Sean Gannon named Big of the Year
One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His message pertained to some walls at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters where staffers are encouraged to scribble notes and signatures. On at least a couple of occasions, someone had crossed out the words “Black Lives Matter” and replaced them with “All Lives Matter.” Zuckerberg wanted whoever was responsible to cut it out. “ ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t,” he wrote. “We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls,” the memo went on. But “crossing out something means silencing speech, or that one person’s speech is more important than another’s.” The defacement, he said, was being investigated. All around the country at about this time, debates about race and politics were becoming … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s Two Years of Hell
This is part of our Road Trip 2017 summer series "The Smartest Stuff," about how innovators are thinking up new ways to make you — and the world around you — smarter. I lean back against the gray, microfiber-lined cushions inside an egg-shaped pod, and prop my feet on the matching footrest. Black headphones fit snugly over my ears as a spa concierge taps on a Samsung tablet mounted beside me."This meditation dome is your personal retreat," the screen reads. "It is a space to calm your senses, relieve stress and align your mind and body."Exactly what I need. The concierge lowers an illuminated white dome over my body, making me feel like I'm inside a cocoon. I can see my feet peeking out from under the pod, warding off any sense of claustrophobia. The dome is bathed in a soft light from the LEDs, which glow bright green (a color that "stimulates inner peace," according to the brochure).A woman's soothing voice tells me to close my eyes. "Take the brief pause … [Read more...] about Try this meditation tech to fight tech stress. Seriously.