Abhishek Bachchanarjun kapoorBunty Waliadirector Sujoy Ghosh First Published: May 20, 2019, 5:34 PM IST Badla director Sujoy Ghosh watched the film and called it a “nice tight thriller”. i saw INDIA’S MOST WANTED last night. nice tight thriller. mazaa aa gaya.. and @arjunk26 is so real in the film… well done sir…. to you, raj, bodha, amit, dudley… super fun.— sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) May 20, 2019The performances of Arjun and other cast members in the film was praised by Bunty Walia, who has produced films like Hello Brother, Ek Ajnabee and Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya.@arjunk26 @rajkumar_rkg #IndiasMostWanted ! KADAK! Pacy!to the point! Super performances by the cast! Arjun one of your best! Loved it!— Bunty S Walia (@bunty_walia) May 20, 2019The special screening was also attended by Arjun’s father Boney Kapoor, sister Anshula, cousin Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Khushi Kapoor, Mohit Marwah, Antara Motiwala, Myra Karn, Javed Akhtar, Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Kapoor, Maheep Kapoor, Malaika Arora and Malavika Mohanan.”It’s a really good film. Whatever I will say about the film, people will say that I am being partial, but the fact is that it’s a really different film and it has been made on a realistic level. It keeps you involved right till the end,” Boney was quoted by hindustantimes.com as saying.Actress Taapsee Pannu put up a tweet wishing the film’s team all the best.True stories are always so heartening to watch Good luck @rajkumar_rkg sir, @arjunk26 and the entire team of #IndiasMostWanted for a successful release ahead ! ❤️— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) May 20, 2019Follow @News18Movies for more India’s Most Wanted, the Arjun Kapoor starrer that is set to hit theatres this Friday, was screened to a special audience over the weekend. Among the celebrities who watched the movie, Abhishek Bachchan, director Sujoy Ghosh and producer Bunty Walia took to Twitter to shower words of praise on the film.The film, directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, is about an undercover operation to capture a deadly terrorist without the use of any weapons. Though the makers have kept the name of the terrorist under wraps, it is believed to be Yasin Bhatkal, who allegedly co-founded the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen. Calling the film “taut, edge-of-your-seat and very engaging,” Abhishek said that it was nice to see that films are being made on our unsung heroes. Really enjoyed watching #IndiasMostWanted. Taut, edge-of-your-seat and very engaging. Just as a thriller should be. @arjunk26 you were simmering. So nice to see films being made on our unsung heroes too. Well done Rajkumar and the entire cast and crew. Good luck at the movies.— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) May 20, 2019
Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar Mission MangalChandrayaan-2indian space research organisation First Published: July 14, 2019, 1:54 PM IST As Chandrayaan-2 is on the the countdown to make history, credit for the project goes to the team behind the mission. It is ISRO’s first mission to have two women leading a project. Not only that, 30 per cent of the members working on the Chandrayaan-2 mission are women.Muthayya Vanitha is the first woman project director of ISRO, who has the heavy burden of handling the mission. Ritu Karidhal, the mission director of Chandrayaan-2 was the Deputy Operations Director for the Mars mission. She is responsible for the spacecraft’s outward autonomy system. With the project director and the mission director of Chandrayaan-2 being women, actors Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, cast members of the upcoming film Mission Mangal, have sent their best wishes to the scientists for the launch. “India’s second space mission to the moon, Chandrayaan-2 is led by two women scientists of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a first in India’s history. Sending my best to the rocket women and ISRO team, more power to you,” Akshay tweeted on Sunday.India’s second space mission to the moon, #Chandrayaan2 is led by two women scientists of @isro , a first in India’s history! Sending my best to the rocket women and #ISRO team, more power to you! pic.twitter.com/AX6e8335YK— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 14, 2019Sonakshi, who stars in the film alongside powerhouse talents like Vidya Balan and Taapsee Pannu, also took to Twitter to highlight the fact that this is the first time a space mission in India is being led by women. One of India’s most important and prestigious space missions, #Chandrayaan2, is led by women, which also happens to be a first for @isro! Proud of our spacewomen.To the moon!!!#GirlPower #ISRO #MissionMangal pic.twitter.com/06D223AeI3— Baby Bedi (@sonakshisinha) July 14, 2019Chandrayaan-2 is India’s most ambitious second lunar mission. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) lunar mission comprises an orbiter and lander (Vikram) carrying a rover (Pragyan). It will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on-board the heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III (GSLV Mk III), nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, at 2.51 am on July 15. Mission Mangal, directed by Jagan Shakti, is based on the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), or the Mangalyaan project to put a space probe into Mars’ orbit, launched by ISRO min November 2013.Follow @News18Movies for more
O N Gopalakrishnan Nair, a booth-level leader of the Congress party in Poothadi panchayat in Wayanad district, is of the view that both Modi and the Congress chief may be political opponents.But there would be friendship among them beyond the barrier of politics and the development needs of Wayanad to be raised by Gandhi are expected to be attended to by the BJP-led government, according to him.Senior IUML leader Munavarali Shihab Thangal shared the concerns expressed by the people over the development issue, saying the rival government is unlikely to pay heed to development needs of Gandhi’s constituency. “There is a concern on how much Gandhi can do for the development of Wayanad,” he said.Thangal said Gandhi’s candidature in Wayanad has helped the Congress-led UDF to sweep a majority of LS seats in Kerala.”The people of Wayanad have given a historic margin for Gandhi. There was a Rahul wave across Kerala. We are very happy about it. At the same time, we are disappointed about the dismal show of the Congress-led UPA in other parts of the country,” he said.As per the latest trends, Rahul Gandhi is heading for a record-breaking margin over his nearest rival CPI’s P P Suneer in the Wayanad constituency, as roads in front of counting centres in this hill town wore a deserted look.As counting progressed, Gandhi established a lead of over four lakh votes, probably the biggest margin in the Lok Sabha elections in the State.Local leaders assembled at the DCC office bursting crackers in anticipation of the big win and shouted slogans congratulating the Congress chief.However, there was a palpable sense of disappointment with the Congress-led UPA’s poor show in other States with senior leaders trailing according to the latest trends.Gandhi is contesting a second seat from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency nestled in the Western Ghats, besides his traditional bastion of Amethi.Asked why there was no big celebrations on the streets in Gandhi’s big victory, a Congress leader said the party workers were disappointed over his defeat in Amethi and the UPAs poor show in other parts of the country.”There is nothing more to celebrate,” he said. As Gandhi crossed a record-breaking three lakhmargin, the biggest for any candidate in Lok Sabha polls in Kerala, Congress workers took out a procession from the DCC Office Rajiv Bhavan to SKMJ High School the counting Centre.A few of them marched to Kalpetta town holding Congress flag. A separate group of workers of Indian Union Muslim League were seen traveling on two-wheelers waving their green flags.A large number of Muslim League flags seen in a Rahul Gandhi roadshow after he filed his nomination from Wayanad seat had created a row with BJP president Amit Shah reportedly likening Wayanad to Pakistan.Congress workers said they were happy that they could ensure a resounding victory for Gandhi but expressed disappointment over the dismal show of the party in other parts of the country.”You are seeing a Rahul wave across Kerala,” AICC member and former Kerala minister P K Jayalakshmi said as the counting progressed.Congress-led UDF is leading in most of the 20 constituencies in the State.Expressing disappointment over the poor show of the Congress-led UPA in other states, former-MLA and Congress leader K C Rosakutty Teacher alleged that the BJP-led NDA gained by manipulating all institutions including the Election Commission of India.DCC general secretary G Vijayamma Teacher said party workers worked very hard in seven Assembly segments three each in Wayanad and Malappuram districts and one Kozhikode district, to ensure a record-breaking win for Gandhi. She said Wayanad is now a ‘VVIP constituency’ and the Congress chief will ensure its all round development.DCC President I C Balakrishnan said celebrations would be organised in other towns and villages of Wayanad on the “historic victory.” “Unfortunately, it is again a BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. I don’t think Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be so keen to address development issues of Rahul Gandhi’s constituency,” Kamaal said. First Published: May 23, 2019, 9:08 PM IST Kalpetta: Voters of Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency wondered if Rahul Gandhi as opposition MP would be able to develop it, as local Congress-led UDF workers burst crackers Thursday celebrating a ‘resounding win’ of the Congress chief with a record-breaking margin from the seat.People have started discussing if the Congress chief, as an Opposition MP, would be able to bring developments as promised, during his poll campaign, in the constituency nestled in the Western Ghats. Kamaal, a smalltime business man in Kalpetta town, the district headquarters of Wayanad, said people anticipated that a Congress-led UPA government headed by Rahul Gandhi would be constituted at the Centre post-election and development issues of the tribal-dominated constituency addressed.”The voters have given Gandhi a record-breaking victory margin of more than four lakh votes,” he said.
Kannada TV actress Shobha who was best known for her character in the popular TV series Magalu Janaki died on Wednesday in a road accident. According to media reports, the accident happened on the outskirts of Chitradurga when her car rammed into a truck on National Highway 4.Since the accident, five people have been declared dead, while three people, including two children have sustained severe injuries. Pavitra, 30, Shreshtha, 7, and Arthat, 2, are currently being treated at a government hospital in Chitadurga following the accident. According to the police, the accident occurred due to the driver’s negligence while Shobha and her family were on the way to Banashankari Temple in Badami taluk in Bagalkot District.Shobha who was currently working with filmmaker TN Seetharam’s TV soap Magalu Janakki was appreciated for her natural method of acting as Mangala. As reported by International Business Times, on hearing the news, TN Seetharam expressed the grief over the incident by saying “Ever smiling and highly talented actress Shobha, who was doing the role of Mangala, is no more. I am shocked over the tragedy and expressing my condolence to her family.”Besides Magalu Janaki, she was also a part of a show called Kanmani.Follow @News18Movies for more Banashankari templeKannada TV actress Shobha died in a car accidentMagalu JanakkiShobha First Published: July 19, 2019, 1:17 PM IST
When it comes to ebooks, most people still think of Amazon. The Internet company has long dominated the online publishing market, having been the driving force behind the rise of ereaders and digital books. Still, competitors remain and notable among them is Kobo, which has launched its own ereaders over the years. The company launched its own online ebook subscription service back in February, and now it is back with audiobooks. Kobo’s audiobooks arrive as an alternative to Audible, which is an Amazon company. The audiobooks are being offered alongside a monthly subscription which works in a way similar to Audible. Users receive ‘credits’ for their monthly fee, and those credits are then swapped for audiobooks. Kobo is also offering rewards called Super Points that can be applied toward audiobooks.The company is also tacking on some incentive via Price Match, and states that users get to keep their audiobooks no matter what, even if they cancel the subscription. A tree trial is available that gives listeners a single audiobook for free. Those who don’t sign up for the subscription can pay a flat rate for content, though the price will typically be higher.The subscription plan undercuts Amazon’s Audible with its $9.99/month rate (Audible is $14.95/month). Those who listen to many books a month will also soon have the option of signing up for a 2-credit/month plan. Each credit is good for one book, meaning audiobooks priced higher than $9.99 can be had at that lower rate by going with the plan.Users are able to listen to their audiobooks using the company’s Android or iOS apps. The audio isn’t available on the Kobo ereaders, tablets, or any of the other apps such as BlackBerry or desktop.
Cough up $3.99/month per camera, meanwhile, and Circle Safe Basic bumps the storage up to 14 days. The $9.99 Circle Safe Premium tier increases that to 31 days, allows the time-lapse duration to be customized, and adds niceties like AI-based person detection (that promises to be able to discriminate between people and pets), the ability to define up to five motion zones for alert purposes, and more in-depth notifications. Where the first Logi Circle was a battery-powered ball, the Circle 2 is conical, mounted on a twisting, tilting base. Out of the box it’s intended for indoor or outdoor use, just as long as it’s plugged into power 24/7 for your $179.99; however, Logitech also offers a Circle 2 Wire-Free model for $199.99 that has a rechargeable battery.Logitech has a couple of unusual accessories, too. A $39.99 Circle 2 Window Mount fixes the camera to a window pane, avoiding reflections in the process, while a $29.99 Plug Mount allows it to plug straight into an outlet. There’s also a spare battery for the Circle 2 Wire-Free, for $49.99. When it comes to connected home security cameras, Logitech hasn’t given up on weening you off your Nest addition. The Logi Camera 2 takes a more security-centric view than its predecessor, with the benefit of more capable software, smart home intentions that play nicely with HomeKit and Alexa, and a free monitoring plan that’s bordering on generous. It’s cheaper than Nest Aware, though Nest bundles activity zones and smarter alerts into their basic tier, unlike Logitech. The biggest difference is if you’re not intending to subscribe at all. Then, the Circle 2’s day-long video storage is far more generous than Nest’s three hour photo history. There’s no option to add a microSD card for local storage. The Circle 2’s other new trick is smart home integration. If you’ve got an Amazon Echo you can turn the camera on and off by voice, as well as manually trigger a recording; with an Echo Show, you can ask to see the Circle 2’s video on the touchscreen. Apple HomeKit support has been added in a firmware update, meaning the Circle 2 joins a small list of compatible cameras. If you’ve got Logitech’s POP smart buttons, you can assign things like privacy mode to them. I tested out the basic, wired Circle 2. Setup is straightforward, involving installing the Logi Circle app for iOS or Android and then using it to get the camera onto your home WiFi network. Then it’s a matter of positioning it and using the included wall bracket, screws, and anchors to fix it up, something which is made a little easier with the 1080p resolution and 180-degree lens. In comparison, the old Circle was 720p and 135-degrees. The extra pixels help with picking out details in the frame, though there’s no fancy lossless zoom like the Nest Cam IQ, only a digital one. You get a fair amount of curvature around the edges of the frame, too. Low-light conditions see 15 infrared LEDs light up a decent portion of the room – up to fifteen feet, Logitech says – though illumination is biased toward the center of the frame and less evenly spread than on Nest’s Cam IQ. You can view both live footage or recorded clips either through the apps or using Logitech’s browser-based interface. From there you can hear what’s within range of the Circle 2’s microphone, and talk back with its speaker. It’s a push-to-talk system, rather than full duplex. Logitech has two Circle Safe subscription packages and a free tier, dubbed – unsurprisingly – Circle Free. The latter gives 24 hours of video history, with the Circle 2 automatically serving up timestamped clips when it has spotted movement. You also get a 30-second “Smart Time-lapse Day Brief” which is basically a recap of the day condensed into half a minute. Logitech automatically speeds through the dull parts and allots more time to the interesting stuff. You can download or delete individual clips and the time-lapse. It’s worth noting that my generally positive experience has been with the wired version of the camera. Although I’ve not tried it myself, the general feedback around the battery-powered version appears to be less glowing. As you might expect, lackluster battery life is the primary complaint: Logitech suggests up to three months, but many owners report significantly less than that, i.e. a matter of a few days. There are also concerns about how quickly the camera can wake from its low-power standby mode and begin recording when motion is spotted. Wrap-UpLogitech gets credit for the flexibility of the Circle 2. Not only is it IP65 weather-resistant, it manages that in a significantly smaller, lighter form-factor than the Nest Cam Outdoor. Logitech’s free plan packs more storage than Nest’s, though it’s worth reading the fine-print of exactly what’s included when you start paying per month, because some features Nest bundles aren’t necessarily included in the Circle 2’s tiers. Ease of setup and use, a flexible array of mounting options, and decent video quality all add up to a solid showing. As with most connected home cameras, things get expensive if you start to add multiple units each with their own subscription, but the shortcomings of the free plan aren’t quite as arduous as with some rivals. For the moment, though, I’d suggest sticking to the wired Circle 2, since it sounds like the nirvana of battery-free home security still isn’t quite ready for prime-time.
Xiaomi and Microsoft announced today that they have each signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding. This MoU will leverage Microsoft’s experience in cloud platforms and AI along with Xiaomi’s expertise in smart device development to achieve a number of different goals. There are four of those goals listed in today’s announcement, with one of them being a Cortana smart speaker.This new initiative will merge Cortana with Xiaomi’s existing Mi AI Speaker. Details on what the two are planning are quite slim at the moment, with Microsoft saying that the two are simply “discussing opportunities” to combine the two platforms. “Senior executives from both parties are involved to drive deeper technology integration and collaboration for AI-powered speakers,” Microsoft says, noting that the market for smart speakers is projected to grow quickly over the next few years.For now, that’s all either company is saying as far as a Cortana speaker is concerned. Other initiatives this partnership will pursue include Xiaomi using tapping into Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform as it attempts to gain more of the global market share, as well as a joint development and marketing effort on Xiaomi’s laptops.AdChoices广告This new strategic partnership between the two will also focus on a wide range of AI services, with projects based on things like computer vision, natural language processiong, and conversational AI. These products will merge Microsoft’s AI efforts and Xiaomi’s hardware expertise to “generate even more synergy between hardware and software to enhance the end-user experiences on Xiaomi devices.”So, while there are a lot of facets to this partnership, for the moment the potential of a Cortana smart speaker is one of the most exciting parts. Development on such a product seems to be in the very early stages, so we may not hear more for some time yet. When Microsoft and Xiaomi have something to announce, however, we’ll have the details for you right here, so stay tuned for more. With smart speakers featuring Alexa, Google Assistant, and now even Siri on shelves, it’s certainly felt like it was only a matter of time before we’d see one featuring Cortana. Though Microsoft’s smart assistant is limited to the Cortana app on smartphones, she’s a rather central part of the Windows 10 experience for most people, so a speaker boasting her capabilities would make sense. A new partnership between Xiaomi and Microsoft might bring about such a speaker, with a larger focus on AI services in general for the two companies. Story TimelineCortana can’t recognize music any moreCortana on iPad gets native supportMicrosoft Cortana now features IFTTT integration
Since then, it has expanded to encompass other things you might typically find in your purse or wallet. Google Pay transit tickets were added in March, for example, offering public transit providers to sell digital tickets that could be stored in the virtual wallet. You don’t even need your smartphone to hand, either, with the Google Assistant adding voice control for the payments service. However, if you were an iPhone user as well as an Android user, or wanted to make payments online while you were at your desktop or laptop, until now Google Pay hasn’t been too convenient. That’s changing today, Google says, with the start of a roll out of Google Pay on the web. It’ll work in browsers like Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Once you’ve saved a credit or debit card to Google Pay on the desktop, you’ll then be able to use it on mobile device browsers too. That means, even if you’re an iPhone user, you’ll be able to use Google’s payment system. Of course, the likelihood is that you’re already signed up to Apple Pay if you’re part of that cohort.Still, we’ll not argue with more flexible ways to part with our cash. There are also numerous offers running, as Google tries to encourage more people to sign up to the service. You can get a $10 Google Play credit, for example, if you make multiple uses of Google Pay, or get credit for inviting friends who also sign up. The best Google Pay experience is undoubtedly going to remain on Android phones. After all, the app for Google’s OS supports in-app loyalty cards and rewards, points collection, and other niceties. Still, with Chrome at least, you’ll get auto-complete of shipping and payment details. Google says that Google Pay for browsers is rolling out from today. You’ll need to be signed up to the service and logged into Google in your browser of choice, of course, before you see it as an option. Google Pay is expanding, breaking out from Android and arriving in browsers both on the desktop and on iOS. The payment service was launched back in January 2018, bringing together Android Pay and Google Wallet into a single platform. Story TimelineGoogle Pay gives Android Pay a new walletGoogle Pay transit tickets makes Android a better walletGoogle Assistant adds Google Pay voice-control on iOS and Android
The EB-5 electric bicycle might be the best bicycle I’ve ever ridden – and I’ve been riding bikes my whole life. I’ve never lent much credence to the idea of using a bicycle with a motor. I always thought it was a bit counter-intuitive to put gas in something that’s otherwise the symbol of green living. But with the EB-5, it’s all the good parts about the motorized bike, and none of the bad. SWAGTRON pic.twitter.com/7nfwa3YXjS— ᶰᵒᵗ Stereo Type B (@t_chrisburns) September 8, 2018 Note on SafetyThis bike is absolutely not for tiny children. I wouldn’t allow any younger family member of mine on this bike without proper gear. Even then, I don’t know that I’d be comfortable with anyone under the age of 18 in control of this bike. That might be a bit extreme, but this vehicle can move at 15 miles per hour, which is PLENTY fast enough to lose control and fly into nearby traffic.Verdict / PricingThis electric folding bicycle changed my mind about motorized bicycles and finally, after many years of searching, gave me a stow-friendly means of transport worth its cost. This model EB-5 is not the newest model electric bike made by Swagtron, but it is clearly the best-balanced model in their electric bike collection for the elements I look for in an ideal bit of short-range transport. I look for a balance of comfort, range, compactibility (and/or stow-friendliness), power, and size. All of these elements need to balance with cost.The SWAGTRON SWAGCYCLE EB-5 – yes, there’s sometimes another “SWAG” in the title – is, at this review’s publishing time, available for approximately $500 from Swagtron‘s online store. This bike is usually available for around $600, and can be purchased with a payment plan for “as low as $44/month.” Also at the time this review is set to be published, Swagtron has the following message posted: “Due to high demand, the Swagtron EB-5 is temporarily out of stock. We are now accepting backorders, and the items will be shipped in September, 2018.”• UPDATE (Amazon listing): The bike is now on Amazon now as well. There it’ll run you around $500 with free shipping in either white or black.• UPDATE 2 (Answer to question): This bike was made in black with white accents and in white with black accents. We’ve reviewed the white version with black accents. • UPDATE 3: This bicycle comes fully assembled (folded up) with its tires fully pumped. You can literally take it out of the box and start riding right away. The battery might not be FULLY full, but we had a decent charge right out the box, so it was ready to blast off straight away.• ALSO: There is a bike bell on this bike that looks and sounds like what lies before you, in this Twitter video post: • BONUS: On the name of the bike’s brand: If you’ve not heart of SWAGTRON before, let’s have a quick talk about it. I wouldn’t normally, as most brand names are fairly innocuous in general. The only way I can explain the name SWAGTRON blasted across the side of this bike to the average citizen is to imagine that I’m Tom Haverford from Parks and Rec, riding to my job at Entertainment 720. That, or I can suggest a situation similar to that of Zach Galifinakis in the process of swagger training via Swag Coach Taavon. Either way, once I’m past the name, the bike is pretty gosh-darned decent.SlashGear uses Amazon affiliate links, and if you buy something we may get a small share of the sale. ComfortThe bike is surprisingly comfortable to ride. The bike seat is adjustable – “quite low” to “entirely too high for any reasonably sized person.” The handlebars are adjustable in a couple of ways – up and down as well as 360-degrees in a twist. This 360-degree adjustment matters because the handles have a unique shape that allows wrists to rest whilst riding. I’ve found the bike to be more than just sufficient for riding and traveling. Using this bike is downright enjoyable. This bike is meant to be a “campus commuter” and for that I recommend it highly. This bike is small enough to remain innocuous but powerful enough to get me from place to place with speed.I can hear the bike engage its motor, but the sound isn’t loud. This bike uses a 250-watt motor that can propel the bike up to 15.5 miles per hour. That’s near but not crossing over the point at which I’d exclaim “OH GOD, I’m going too fast to avoid this squirrel!”ControlThe handlebars also have a few different controls. There’s a pair of brakes – which work entirely sufficiently, front and back, regardless of the speeds I’ve gone down very steep hills. I’m sure there’s a limit for safety, but I have not yet found it.The handlebar controls also include an on-off button. It’s a rather sizable button thats RED, and impossible to miss. This button turns the electric part of the bike on. Once the electric motor is activated, there are two ways to engage. I could engage the motor with the throttle on the right-hand handlebar. This control is easy to use and not at all strenuous. The other way to engage the motor is to pedal (like you would a non-electric bike).Pedaling with this bike engages the “pedal-to-go” mode. This is similar to “pedal assist” but ever-so-slightly different. Once you begin to pedal, the motor is engaged, and once you stop pedaling, the motor stops just a little over a second later. This can take some getting used to, but in the short time it took for me to get used to said process, the brakes always worked to stop the bike with relative ease.Brakes up front and brakes around back. They engage the same way they’d engage on any other bike with handlebar-based brakes.CompactibilityIf I arrived at a location where I did not want to lock the bike up outside, I could fold it up and take it with me. The bike doesn’t fold down so much you can fit it in a backpack, but it DOES fold down to a smaller size than you might expect.• Fully folded: Approximately 26 by 23.6-inches (height, width) by around 15.6-inches (wide).This is what you’re seeing in the lead image of this review – a fully folded-up EB-5. This bike folds in across its middle, its handlebars fold back, and its pedals fold up. You can make additional adjustments to the seat (if you normally ride with the seat lifted) as well – but the end result is a fairly easy to carry and convenient-to-stow package.PowerThis bike came with a US-based wall charger / power converter that plugs into the bottom of the body of the bike. There’s a tiny sticker on the side of the bike pointing toward the very small port on the underside of the bike where the plug fits. There’s a plug to cover up the port when not in use, too – made of rubber, water resistant too.The charging process has the bike go from empty to full in just a few hours. It didn’t take longer than 5 hours to charge the bike up to what appeared to be a fully topped-off battery (36V Lithium Ion battery) at any time during our review process. Once fully charged, this bike is cited as lasting “up to 15.5 miles on a single charge or farther.” That’s specifically “based on transitions between power assist and pedaling,” according to SWAGTRON.I’ve gotten up to around 15 miles with this bike before the green lights up near the power button are low enough that I’ve started pedaling full-time. Obviously if I’m switching between pedaling with pedal-assistance and using the full-throttle power assist, I can get my distance up higher – but I’ve not needed to in casual riding thus far.SizeThis is a compact bike, but it’s not for tiny kids. It’s more like a BMX-style moped sort of bike than it is a traditional bike, but it’s certainly not made to do any super fancy riding tricks. And don’t you DARE go over any jumps – that’d be bad news.The handlebar and seat height adjust between barely-too-high for someone around the age of 7 (SEE: Safety section, below) and too-high for a person my height – I’m around 5-foot, 11-inches (give or take an inch). It’s a versatile range, to be sure.Swagtron suggests that this bike can handle riders up to 264 pounds. While people taller than myself could potentially ride this bike, I’m getting to be right around the sweet spot before there’s a bit too much human being to be officially “accommodated” by this vehicle. Story TimelineYamaha Japan about to roll out more electric bikesCarbon fiber electric bike uses frame instead of wires to conduct powerM55 EVO-001 electric bike is hand built and too expensive for youHarley Davidson hints at an electric bike in the works
For the sake of earning money or gathering data, ad makers, website owners, and hackers have employed more and more cunning strategies to deceive both users and browsers. Some ads, for example, have close buttons that do the exact opposite of what they should. Chrome’s latest releases have started to banish those and it’s now training its crosshair on the next most abused web browser control: the back button.You have probably come across websites that seemingly take you places you never actually visited. You click on a link to go to a page but clicking the back button takes you to pages filled with ads that you never saw in between. While you can click and hold on the back button to skip those seemingly magic pages, that’s not how the Web should work in the first place.Google calls it “history manipulation” and websites are abusing Web functionality to insert things into the browser history. That’s going to stop soon, at least on Chrome, but also not immediately. Like its war on misbehaving ads, there will be multiple steps and feature updates that will identify such websites, flag them, and, in the future, block them completely.The feature will be optionally available at first via a hidden flag but we can expect it to be standard after a few releases. Google has yet to make an announcement but, given its history, it will most likely make a big splash about it as well. As people become more and more dependent on the Web, web browsers have also increasingly become almost sacred spaces. Anything, even the smallest annoyance, could send users down a rabbit hole of frustration and despair. That’s especially true when websites, intentionally or otherwise, change how standard actions behave. As part of its crackdown on misbehaving websites and web pages, Google Chrome will soon be making sure that its Back button will really take you back to the last page you’ve been to, not the half dozen ads you never even saw.
Story TimelineHuawei P30, P30 Pro details leave little left to be announcedHuawei P30, P30 Pro renders offer a clearer lookHuawei P30 Pro sneaky videos leak, release dates in tow Not everyone is an Apple, Google, or Samsung fan. There are those that swear by other phone manufacturers, including one of the most controversial ones of late. The hype and excitement around Huawei’s upcoming new flagships are starting to rise and some retailers may have gotten swept up by the Huawei P30 fever. With a week left before its scheduled event, two European retailers have accidentally pushed the “Publish” button, revealing the last piece of the puzzle that we needed: the price. It’s not that unusual from some retailers to jump the gun though some did make such moves to generate site traffic with unverified and sometimes incorrect facts. But when Huawei’s own Amazon Italia account makes such a “blunder”, you can’t but assume some credibility. Presuming, of course, we’re not being trolled by XDA yet again.Amazon’s Italy site lists an “Amber Sunrise” colored Huawei P30 Pro with a price tag of 1,024.19 EUR. That price comes with a wireless charger and a Sonos One wireless speaker to help soften the blow.This price is more or less confirmed by Norwegian retailer Power, who promptly took down the premature post. But not before netizens were able to grab a screenshot that showed the 9990 NOK price for a Huawei P30 Pro.That means that the Huawei P30 Pro dances around the $1,170 mark, with the P30 model probably around $1,070. Not exactly surprising for a premium flagship but, compared to the Galaxy S10+’s $999 starting price, you will be left wondering whether the P30 Pro will have more to offer to justify that higher cost.
The Galaxy Fold has spent the last several weeks in limbo. After delaying the device back in April, Samsung has been hesitant to talk of a new release date. There have been some signs of life here and there, but everything we’ve heard falls short of hard confirmation that the phone will soon make a comeback. That might all be changing today, thanks to the words of one Samsung executive. According to Kim Seong-cheol, who serves as vice president of Samsung Display, the Galaxy Fold is “ready to hit the market” once more. He claims that many of the display’s issues have been ironed out, and if anyone should know, it’s probably him seeing as Samsung Display is the subsidiary tasked with creating the Galaxy Fold’s folding screen.This news comes from The Investor, which quoted a speech Kim gave at a conference held by The Korean Information Display Society on June 18th. The phone first started shipping out to some reviewers in April, and those early users quickly discovered that the display was easily damaged. iFixit discovered the same thing when it performed a fully-fledged teardown of the device, but unfortunately, that teardown was removed just days after being published at the request of Samsung.Kim doesn’t give us an idea of when the Galaxy Fold will actually launch, but this notion that it’ll be launching soon is at odds with what another Samsung executive said a few days ago. The executive claimed that the Galaxy Fold won’t be launching at any point in July, so it seems that even within Samsung, there’s some confusion about when the phone will finally be on shelves.It’s a little strange that Kim would say that the Galaxy Fold is “ready to hit the market,” without giving us an actual release date, so it seems that we’re left waiting once again. At least Samsung doesn’t have to worry about competition from Huawei while it tries to fix the Galaxy Fold’s numerous problems. Kim’s statements leave us hopeful that a final launch date will be coming down the line soon, so stay tuned. Story TimelineSamsung Galaxy Fold iFixit teardown exposes fragile phone’s big problemGalaxy Fold delayed yet again and it’s probably for the bestGalaxy Fold is still coming, new date to be announced really soon now
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Research Roundup: Who Do Patients Seek For Primary Care? Each week KHN reporter Ankita Rao compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.Archives of Internal Medicine: Visits For Primary Care Services To Primary Care And Specialty Physicians, 1999 and 2007 — In order to find out what kind of doctor patients were visiting for primary care service, researchers analyzed the frequency in which patients visited generalists and specialists in 1999 and 2007 by using a nationally representative sample of outpatient visits. They wrote in a research letter in the journal that “we found that fewer than two-thirds took place with primary care physicians in 1999, a proportion which remained essentially unchanged as of 2007. These findings inform our understanding of the current role primary care physicians are playing within the US health care system and raise concerns about the potential inefficiencies between primary care physician supply” (Kale, Federman and Ross, 8/20). Archives of General Psychiatry: National Trends In The Office-Based Treatment Of Children, Adolescents, And Adults With Antipsychotics — Researchers compared trends in the antipsychotic treatment of children, adolescents and adults between 1993 and 2009 as the numbers of people using antipsychotic drugs has increased. They found the increase “has been especially concentrated among children and adolescents, particularly among youths diagnosed with mood disorders and those treated by nonpsychiatrist physicians. A substantial majority of child antipsychotic visits are for young people diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders. In light of known safety concerns and uncertainty over long-term risks and benefits, these trends may signal a need to reevaluate clinical practice patterns and strengthen efforts to educate physicians, especially primary care physicians, concerning the known safety and efficacy of antipsychotic medications.” The safety concerns of the medication include possible weight gain and diabetes (Olfson, et al, August/2012).Related KHN Coverage: Off-Label Use Of Risky Antipsychotic Drugs Raises Concerns (Boodman, 3/12).The New England Journal Of Medicine: Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Among Fifth-Graders In Three Cities — Although health-related racial and ethnic disparities have been studied in teenagers, researchers for this study looked at more than 5,000 fifth graders in Birmingham, Ala., Houston and Los Angeles County. In their interviews they “examined differences among black, Latino, and white children on 16 measures, including witnessing of violence, peer victimization, perpetration of aggression, seat-belt use, bike-helmet use, substance use, discrimination, terrorism worries, vigorous exercise, obesity, and self-rated health status and psychological and physical quality of life. … We found that harmful health behaviors, experiences, and outcomes were more common among black children and Latino children than among white children.” although they note that when adjusting for for socioeconomic status and the child’s school those differences are substantially reduced. They write, “Interventions that address potentially detrimental consequences of low socioeconomic status and adverse school environments may help reduce racial and ethnic differences in child health” and add, “The fact that disparities are prevalent among preadolescents and, in many cases, mirror disparities found in older age groups suggests that intervention efforts may need to begin early” (Schuster, et al, 8/23). Kaiser Family Foundation: Overview Of Health Coverage For Individuals With Limited English Proficiency — There are about 21.1 million nonelderly individuals with Limited English Proficiency in the U.S. The group, which is mostly comprised of Spanish speakers, is significantly more likely to be uninsured than English speakers and face multiple barriers to getting health care. “The ACA coverage expansions will provide new coverage options for many individuals with LEP. However, to increase coverage and care for individuals with LEP, it will be important to provide adequate language assistance and address other barriers they face to enrolling in coverage and accessing needed care,” the authors write (8/17).Here is a selection of excerpts from news coverage of other recent research:Governing: GAO: States Spending More On Medicaid Supplemental Payments States reported a combined $32 billion in supplemental payments to Medicaid providers in 2010, a substantial increase from 2006, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountabilty Office (GAO), but incomplete reporting by states means the exact amount isn’t known. Medicaid supplemental payments … are divided into two categories. Disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments are intended to offset uncompensated care costs for hospitals that serve more low-income and Medicaid patients, and non-DSH payments go to other health-care providers based on criteria set by state officials, but aren’t required by federal law. Non-DSH payments increased by $8 billion from 2006 to 2010, GAO found, to a total of $14.4 billion. Most of those payments went to inpatient hospital services. The office noted that non-DSH payments as a share of a state’s Medicaid spending varied significantly, from less than 1 percent to 17 percent (Scott, 8/21). Medscape: Drug-Dispensing Physicians Charge More Than Pharmacies Physicians who dispense pain medications and other commonly used drugs to workers’ compensation (WC) patients charge up to 3 times more than pharmacies in some states, according to a recent study from the not-for-profit Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). That kind of mark-up could explain why physician dispensing for WC patients has grown at a rapid clip in recent years, and why some states now limit how much clinicians can charge. However, a desire for profit may not be the only reason why physicians charge more than pharmacies. Another factor may be wholesale prices that physicians pay to obtain the drugs that they sell. (Lowes, 8/21).MedPage Today: When Elmo Likes Apples, Kids Want Them Too Apples became substantially more popular at lunch time among grade school children when the fruits carried pictures of the Sesame Street puppet Elmo, researchers said. When the apples sported an Elmo sticker, the number of children, ages 8 to 11, taking apples with their lunches increased by about 65% compared with stickerless apples, reported Brian Wansink, PhD, of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and colleagues (Gever, 8/20).MedPage Today: PSA Gets Partial Credit for Survival Benefit Overall survival in metastatic prostate cancer improved significantly after the introduction of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening, particularly among black men, a retrospective comparison of three larger clinical trials showed. The mortality hazard decreased by 22% among men treated after PSA screening became widespread, versus those treated in trials conducted during the pre-PSA era. Median overall survival increased by about 50% in the later trial, and the traditional survival disparity between black and nonblack men disappeared (Bankhead, 8/23).
Opposing Views On Health Law’s Birthday; Krauthammer Calls For Compromise With Obama On Entitlements, Taxes USA Today: Happy Birthday ObamaCare! A year ago, the Affordable Care Act’s outlook appeared uncertain, with the Supreme Court decision on the law’s legality and a contentious election fight over its merits still on the horizon. Today, with both of those events unfolding in favor of the landmark law, ObamaCare continues to take effect, having already achieved so much, yet with so much more to come later this year (Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., 3/21). USA Today: Affordable Care Act Hasn’t Earned Its Name It was three years ago this weekend that President Obama signed a law that fundamentally changed our nation’s healthcare system. While reform was needed, change is only good if it brings with it real reforms that reduce costs and empower individuals and small-business owners in making healthcare choices for themselves, their employees and their families. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) does neither of those things. Three years later, the law is not living up to its moniker (Dan Danner, Bruce Josten and Mattew Shay, 3/21). The Washington Post: The 50 Percent Solution The proposition that entitlement curbs are the key to maintaining national solvency is widely accepted, though not by many congressional Democrats. President Obama, however, has endorsed it on various occasions. And he could make it happen. If he wants. I remain skeptical that he does. But national solvency is important enough to test this proposition at least once more (Charles Krauthammer, 3/21). Kansas City Star: Medicaid Expansion Is Still A Big Pill For Missouri GOPMissouri’s Republican legislative leaders used their last few hours before spring break to make it known they are not on board with raising the state’s miserly income qualifications for Medicaid. “We do not believe it’s prudent to double down on a broken system,” said Tom Dempsey, the Republican Senate president pro tem. Medicaid actually works very efficiently for a lot of people, but that’s their story and they’re sticking with it. This doesn’t necessarily mean Republicans won’t ultimately expand Medicaid eligibility. Virtually every business group in the state wants them to do so, and Democrats are already sharpening their knives for the campaign season two years hence (Barbara Shelly, 3/21). The New York Times Opinionator: Burgers, Fries And Lies So, Mike Ruffer (a Five Guys franchise owner) was brought in as the star witness at a Heritage forum designed to show just how egregious it is that businesses will have to provide health care for their employees, or pay a fine. Right wing media — Drudge, Breitbart, Fox — played their part, sounding alarms over a cheeseburger that may cost an additional quarter. But what the Heritage histrionics unintentionally showed was everything that is absurd, wrong and darkly humorous about the American approach to diet and health care economics (Timothy Egan, 3/21).The New York Times: North Carolina Overreaches Under the federal Medicaid statute, states must seek reimbursement for medical expenses if the beneficiary also receives money from an insurance company or another third party. This week, the Supreme Court correctly slapped down a North Carolina law that could squeeze far more from beneficiaries than they actually owe (3/21).Minneapolis Star Tribune: North Dakota Governor Should Veto Abortion Limits After losing badly at the polls in Mississippi and Colorado, proponents of life-begins-at-conception measures kept shopping for new states that might not only pass a sweeping abortion ban but also conscript taxpayer dollars to fund proponents’ grander ambition — a legal challenge to Roe vs. Wade. Unfortunately, they found an easy mark with money in oil-rich and socially conservative North Dakota (3/21).Baltimore Sun: Sickening Cuts To NIHAlbert Einstein was 26 when he published his Special Theory of Relativity; James Watson, at age 25, explained the structure of DNA. Here in Baltimore, many great medical achievements were developed by early-career researchers at Johns Hopkins. “The young do not know enough to be prudent,” said Pearl Buck. “They attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.” Today’s young American scientists are no less inspired but are discouraged by a perceived lack of opportunity after long, grueling years of training. Unfortunately, the federal budget sequester is turning that perception to reality. We appreciate the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges and recognize that overall spending must be cut. Precisely because of these pressures, not in spite of them, we should reallocate priorities to invest in America’s future (Michael Milken and Elias Zerhouni, 3/21). WBUR: CommonHealth: The Big Lesson From Brill’s ‘Bitter Pill’ Story, So Big It’s Hard To SeeI stopped in to get my car fixed yesterday and found the recent Time issue featuring Steve Brill’s mega-story — Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us — still lingering on the waiting-room table, well-thumbed and dog-eared. For a story about a problem that just about everyone already knew existed, the piece has clearly been having a major impact and sparked widespread discussion. Today, the Cambridge-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement posts a lively and provocative piece that concludes that the current payment system is broken and must be blown up (Carey Goldberg, 3/22). Journal of the American Medical Association: Pushing the Outpatient Quality EnvelopeThe rapidly changing payment and delivery system may introduce the risk of many unintended consequences if quality measurement is too myopic. Fortunately, the present era is characterized by more knowledge about quality and more tools to measure quality. Nevertheless, pushing quality measurement for the outpatient setting needs to be a priority for the medical community, and more work must be done to develop, test, and use new measures (Dr. Tara F. Bishop, 3/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Los Angeles Times: After Hospital Care, The Test Begins In 2011, my husband, Eric, a trial attorney, was felled by a brain stem stroke just before he was to board a flight at O’Hare in Chicago. He was just 53 years old with no prior health conditions or problems. From the outset, we knew his recovery and rehabilitation would be long and difficult. We didn’t know that his transition to post-hospital medical care would be just as challenging. I’m the dean and a professor at the Jefferson School of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and I’m a registered nurse. I thought my training and access to resources would aid in managing my husband’s care. Instead, our experience showed me the many flaws in the world of medical “care coordination” and “transition management” (Beth Ann Swan, 5/9). The Washington Post: A More Transparent Battle With Bird Flu This variant, known as H7N9, has not reached U.S. shores, but it is a reminder of the unpredictable nature of influenza. It might cause a pandemic, or settle into a slow burn for years, or simply die out. At this stage, no one knows. The uncertainty ought to remind us of past lessons about infectious disease and globalization, which remain as urgent as ever (5/8). Journal of the American Medical Association: ACA Implementation Starts To Get RealPresident Obama spoke extensively about implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during his recent press conference, particularly about what it means for people. …The President’s comments come amid reports that the American people remain confused about how the ACA (or “Obamacare”) will work. People will come to understand much more about the law as federal, state, and private outreach campaigns kick into high gear this summer, but now may be a good time to review how different segments of the public will (and will not) be affected by the ACA (Larry Levitt, 5/8).Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Get Covered Or Run For CoverI would have been more comfortable if the Obamacare debate had centered on two other issues. One is how do we bend the cost curve? No one has been able to show how this will get done. I suspect we will crash through the 20 percent of GDP ceiling soon. Keep it up and eventually half the population will be caring for the other half. The only question is which half will be paying taxes. The other question that has been ignored is — tell me again — how does the exchange create a competitive marketplace? (Francis M. Miller, 5/8).Des Moines Register: Healthy Iowa Plan Better For Low-Income Residents I have the privilege of guiding the legislation pertaining to the Healthy Iowa Plan, the alternative to Medicaid expansion, in the Iowa House. … The Healthy Iowa Plan is a better option than Medicaid expansion at keeping low-income Iowans healthy while sustaining a thriving economy. It incentivizes members to take an active role in their own health and health plans, using modern accountability techniques, regional structures, local primary care facilities and personal reward health incentive accounts. Medicaid needs an overhaul and we all know it (State Rep. Walt Rogers, 5/7). Reuters: Putting A Price On Illness Today, the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services released a trove of seemingly basic data to the public for the first time: the prices American hospitals charge Medicare for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. … This data might make the American healthcare market a bit more transparent, but it’s still far from rational. In March, Ezra Klein noted that there’s no semblance of coherence among the prices insurers themselves pay for common procedures, devices and pills; each insurer negotiates their own pricing deals for these things with healthcare providers. Sadly, the only constant is that Americans pay far more than other countries for the same basic, relatively routine medical care — with worse outcomes (Ryan McCarthy, 5/7). New England Journal Of Medicine: Saving Specimens After SandyOn a Friday 6 months ago, a hurricane and two storms were on course to converge over New York. In preparation at the laboratory that day, we made contingency plans in case of a power outage. Three of us would come in as soon as it was safe to check the freezers and incubators. Our laboratories were on the 18th floor of the Veterans Affairs (VA) New York Harbor Healthcare System, part of the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine complex on the banks of the East River in Manhattan. Here, our group was working on the development of HIV vaccines and new diagnostic tests for tuberculosis. The news Sunday was that the confluence of the storms, a full moon, and an unusually high tide were going to result in a tidal storm surge on Monday evening (Susan Zoller-Pazner, 5/8). New England Journal Of Medicine: Improving Obesity Prevention At The Local Level – Emerging OpportunitiesThanks to a coalescence of available scientific evidence and new regulatory possibilities, there is currently substantial opportunity for local innovation in addressing the public health problem of obesity. One promising example stems from a recent federal obesity-prevention initiative: the menu-labeling provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which require chain restaurants operating 20 or more locations to provide calorie information on their menus and menu boards, along with a statement addressing daily recommended caloric intake (Sara Bleich and Lainie Rutkow, 5/9). Viewpoints: A Nurse Finds Getting Coordinated Care For Her Husband Challenging; Iowa Legislator Outlines Problems With Medicaid; Researcher’s Quest To Save Experiments After Sandy
A Florida eye doctor facing corruption charges with New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was indicted Tuesday for health-care fraud, with prosecutors alleging he cheated the federal Medicare program while receiving payments of $105 million over six years. The payments to Salomon E. Melgen continued for much of that time despite scrutiny by federal officials, highlighting vulnerabilities in the federal program for the elderly and disabled. (Weaver and Stewart, 4/14) Medicare Fraud Charges Filed Against Florida Doctor Linked To Indicted Senator Ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen faces 76 counts of health-care fraud and related offenses, the Miami U.S. attorney announced. Campaign contributions and gifts from the Florida doctor are at the center of the federal corruption case against Sen. Robert Menendez. A Forida doctor accused of bribing U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has been indicted on suspicion of carrying out extensive Medicare fraud at his eye-care practice for a decade and for treating patients for disorders they didn’t have, officials said Tuesday. (Pearce, 4/14) Reuters: Florida Doctor Indicted On Medicare Fraud Florida doctor Salomon Melgen, who has been charged with corruption along with New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, was indicted on Tuesday on Medicare fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami said. Melgen, 61, an ophthalmologist in North Palm Beach, was charged with 46 counts of healthcare fraud, as well as 19 counts of fraudulent claims, and 11 counts of making false statements relating to health care, prosecutors said in a statement. (Adams, 4/14) Bloomberg: Florida Doctor Tied To Menendez Indicted For Medicare Fraud Salomon Melgen, the Florida eye doctor whose gifts and campaign contributions led to the indictment of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, was charged with 76 counts of health-care fraud and related offenses. Melgen submitted false claims, created fraudulent entries on patient medical charts and falsely diagnosed patients to bill for unnecessary tests and procedures, Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said Tuesday in a statement. (Nesmith and Zajac, 4/14) Politico: Menendez Donor Indicted On 76 Counts But now, Melgen is facing more legal troubles. Federal prosecutors in Florida say Melgen, 61, would falsely diagnose patients at his southern Florida practice for eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, submit false Medicare claims and create fake entries on his patients’ medical charts. Melgen would then use the false diagnoses to perform “medically unreasonable and unnecessary tests and procedures” such as laser surgery and eye injections, prosecutors said. (Kim, 4/14) Los Angeles Times: Florida Doctor In Sen. Menendez Bribery Case Charged With Medicare Fraud The Wall Street Journal: Florida Doctor Linked To Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted For Medicare Fraud This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
And what really are the health effects of children drinking lead-contaminated water — Los Angeles Times: As Measures Of Health, Fitness And Fatness Matter More Than Weight As Diane Crawford sat waiting for doctors to remove the cancer buried inside her, she decided her own surgery wasn’t going to be enough. Once this was over, she was going to see that others never got this far. (Kurtzman, 3/8) Quality over quantity. As people get older, their health care goals may shift away from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life. In key areas, however, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn’t reflect this change, according to a new study. The wide-ranging report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project uses Medicare claims data to examine aging Americans’ health care. Among other things, it identified five key areas where too many older people continue to receive treatments that don’t meet established guidelines or, often, their own goals and preferences. (Andrews, 3/8) Cancer researchers are on the verge of making significant advances that could reduce the mortality rate for people with the disease, National Cancer Institute Acting Director Douglas Lowy said Monday during a visit to Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. “What we’ve been able to do for HIV — to take a death sentence and turn it into a disease where people who have HIV can look forward to a normal life expectancy — I think with cancer, we’ll have the same opportunity,” Lowy told a group of doctors, scientists and patients gathered for a panel discussion on cancer research. (McGrory, 3/7) The Wall Street Journal: Seeking Elixir Of Life, A Scientist Studies Fruit Flies The Tampa Bay Times: Speakers At Moffitt Forum Say Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Will Require More Money A research lab at a University of California campus has a big ambition—to extend the number of years people live disease-free. The animal model it uses for its experiments is decidedly smaller: the tiny fruit fly. The Jafari Lab, located at UC Irvine, has run tests on substances as diverse as green tea, cinnamon and an Arctic plant called Rhodiola rosea, looking for an elixir of life. To pass muster, each experimental compound must help the fruit flies live longer and not have adverse effects. (Chen, 3/7) Researchers are nurturing a growing suspicion that body mass index, the height-weight calculation that distinguishes those with “normal healthy weight” from the overweight and obese, is not the whole picture when it comes to telling who is healthy and who is not. Two new studies drive that point home and underscore that BMI offers an incomplete picture of an individual’s health. Fitness matters, as does fatness. And the BMI is an imperfect measure of both. (Healy, 3/7) This Obscure Task Force Dictates Preventive Services In U.S. The group of physicians has recently come out with guidelines that have created a firestorm of debate over preventive care, and since the health law granted it the power to determine what screenings should be covered by insurers, it’s unlikely the task force will continue to fly under the radar. Meanwhile, a report finds that too many older people continue to receive treatments that don’t meet established guidelines. In other public health news, researchers say even with the “moonshot” initiative cancer remains underfunded, scientists are studying what effects cinnamon and other common substances have on lifespan using fruit flies and studies undercut the reliability of BMI to determine health — The Washington Post: You’ve Never Heard Of The Powerful Doctors Making Decisions About Your Health Meanwhile, advocates are frustrated that fewer kids are getting the HPV vaccine — The Columbus Dispatch: Few Kids Getting HPV Vaccine; Health Advocates Frustrated They are the most powerful group of doctors no one has ever heard of — 16 physicians who decide which checkups and tests Americans need to stay healthy. But increasingly, their work is more controversial than obscure. The doctors sit on the national task force that told most women to forget about yearly mammograms until they turn 50, raising an uproar that had barely quieted by the time the group then decided most men shouldn’t be screened for prostate cancer. (Sun, 3/7) The Tribune Newspapers: The Lowdown On Lead And Its Lingering Health Effects On Children Kaiser Health News: Report Details Senior Health Care That Misses The Mark Tens of thousands of people in Flint, Mich., may have guzzled down coffee, orange juice and pots of spaghetti laced with lead when the city began drawing inadequately treated water from a nearby river. No one has precise figures; the extent of lead exposure from corroded pipes remains unknown. (Graham, 3/7) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Nashville Tennessean: Tennesseans’ Health Is Below Average And It’s Costing Billions, Nonprofit Says Los Angeles Times: California Lawmakers Wrote 1,016 New Laws This Year. Here’s Some Of What Did And Didn’t Make It Boston Globe: Water At VA Boston In West Roxbury Tests Positive For Legionnaires’ The Atlanta VA Medical Center suffered another setback after inspectors discovered more than one ton of hazardous waste packed floor to ceiling in unsafe conditions, recently-released records show. A portable building was stuffed so full of the hazardous waste that there was no room for inspectors to enter, much less firefighters or emergency equipment, an inspection report said. (Mariano, 10/2) Georgia Health News: Kaiser Again Rated Top Health Plan In Georgia Health care worker Katelin Noffsinger told a potential employer that she took medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident, but when a drug test came back positive, the nursing home rescinded her job offer anyway. A federal judge last month ruled that the nursing home, which had cited federal laws against pot use, violated an anti-discrimination provision of the Connecticut’s medical marijuana law. (10/2) Two Twin Cities chiropractors will spend years in prison for separate multi-million dollar insurance fraud schemes. The Minnesota Commerce Department announced Tuesday that Adam John Burke, 34, of Minneapolis, received a 90-month prison term and Preston Ellard Forthun, 40, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 60 months. Both men were found guilty last year in separate federal trials — Burke of multiple counts of mail fraud and conspiracy and Forthun of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and conspiracy. The state commerce Fraud Bureau, the FBI, Minneapolis and St. Paul police, the state patrol and Homeland Security all worked on the investigation. (Magan, 10/2) KCUR: Doctor Who Complained About Staffing At Overland Park ER Gets $29 Million Jury Award A Jackson County jury has awarded nearly $29 million to a physician who claimed he was wrongfully terminated by the emergency room staffing companies that employed him. Raymond Brovont argued that he’d been fired after he raised concerns that a single physician was used at night to cover both the regular and pediatric ERs of Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The staffing decision was made by his employers, subsidiaries of the ER staffing company EmCare. (Margolies, 10/3) Water at a VA Boston Healthcare System hospital in West Roxbury tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease, officials announced Tuesday, more than a week after a patient was diagnosed with the disease. Low levels of Legionnaires’ were found at three locations in the facility. All fixtures at the hospital were removed for further testing, and the source of the disease was eliminated, the VA said in a statement. (Cote, 10/3) Kaiser Permanente has again been rated the top commercial health plan in Georgia by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It’s the 14th straight year for Kaiser to lead the NCQA commercial plan ratings. (Miller, 10/2) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cuyahoga County Jail Inmate Dies, Marking Sixth Inmate Death In Four Months The Associated Press: New Rulings On Medical Marijuana Use Go Against Employers State officials will vote either Thursday or next Tuesday on whether to issue final licenses to a marijuana store in Northampton run by New England Treatment Access (NETA) and to a marijuana cultivation, processing, and retail complex in Leicester owned by Cultivate Holdings, according to a meeting agenda published by the commission Tuesday. Both NETA and Cultivate Holdings already operate as medical marijuana dispensaries regulated by the Department of Public Health, or DPH. (Adams, 10/2) Pioneer Press: Fraud Scheme Lands Two Chiropractors In Prison For Years Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta VA Fined $13,600 After Hazardous Waste Storage Violations State Highlights: Tennessee Is Spending Billions On Health Care, So Why Are Its Outcomes So Poor?; Hazardous Waste Packed Floor To Ceiling At Atlanta VA Medical Center Media outlets report on news from Tennessee, Georgia, California, Kansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Minnesota, Ohio and Florida. A Cuyahoga County Jail inmate died while incarcerated in the jail marking the sixth inmate death in the county jails since late June. Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan confirmed the inmate died and that he was taken to MetroHealth, but said she had no other details surrounding the death. 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January 24, 20199:23 AM ESTLast UpdatedJanuary 24, 20199:40 AM EST Filed under News FP Street 0 Comments Great-West Lifeco selling U.S. life insurance and annuity business for $1.6 billion The selling price is below the unit’s value on GWL’s books Share this storyGreat-West Lifeco selling U.S. life insurance and annuity business for $1.6 billion Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Twitter advertisement WINNIPEG — Great-West Lifeco Inc. has signed a deal to sell its U.S. individual life insurance and annuity business to a subsidiary of Protective Life Corp. for $1.6 billion, which is below the unit’s value on GWL’s books.Great-West chief executive Paul Mahon says the deal will allow the company to focus on the retirement and asset management markets in the United States.The business that Protective Life is acquiring includes bank-owned and corporate-owned life insurance, single premium life insurance, individual annuities, and closed block life insurance and annuities.Great-West says the business contributed about $120 million to its net earnings for the first three quarters of 2018.But GWL expects to recognize a closing a book value loss of about $93 million and transaction costs of $76 million.The transaction is expected to close in the first half of this year, subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions. ← Previous Next → Facebook Recommended For YouBills targeting China’s Huawei introduced in U.S. CongressWalmart Chile reaches agreement with union workers to end six-day strikeWTO opens way for Chinese sanctions against U.S. tariffs in Obama-era disputeGermany’s Scholz sounds alarm on cryptocurrencies such as Facebook’s LibraEU braces for no-deal Brexit or another delay under Boris Johnson Join the conversation → Great-West chief executive Paul Mahon says the deal will allow the company to focus on the retirement and asset management markets in the United States.Canadian Press Comment The Canadian Press What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Featured Stories Reddit More Sponsored By: Email