Tue April 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:13 pm

The "My Life Check" calculator gives a personalized readout on heart-healthy behaviors.
via American Heart Association

Odds are your employer has a wellness program that prods you to exercise and eat healthy. But that program may not be doing all that much for your health, according to the American Heart Association, and attempts to measure the benefits of wellness programs often fail.

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Tue April 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:16 pm

Dr. Robert Wachter writes that computers have crowded out eye contact between the doctor and patient, in his latest book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age.
Courtesy of Susan Merrell/University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Robert Wachter has long been an advocate for patient safety and a keen observer of trends in medicine.

Years ago, Wachter coined the term "hospitalist" and predicted the rise of these doctors who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients.

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Tue April 14, 2015
It's All Politics

'Clintonomics' Ruled The 1990s; 'Hillarynomics' Would Be Different

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 2:47 pm

Hillary Clinton begins to speak as her husband, former President Bill Clinton, moves to take a seat after introducing her at the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 22, 2014, in New York.
Mark Lennihan AP

If you are under 30, this may be hard to imagine, but in the late 1990s, the economy was a job-generating machine.

In 2000, the final year of Bill Clinton's presidency, the unemployment rate fell as low as 3.8 percent. Then, within a decade of his White House departure, the rate was up to 10 percent.

Those two numbers explain why the name "Clinton" remains magic for many. People who got jobs, bought homes and invested money two decades ago associate "Clintonomics" with good times.

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Tue April 14, 2015

IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 6:02 pm

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Tue April 14, 2015
Shots - Health News

Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:13 pm

Anne Koller closes her eyes as an oncology nurse attaches a line for chemotherapy to a port in her chest. Koller typically spends three to six hours getting each treatment.
Sarah Jane Tribble WCPN

Anne Koller was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer in 2011 and has been fighting it since.

But it's not just the cancer she's fighting. It's the bills.

"Think of those old horror flicks," she says. "The swamp creature ... comes out and is kind of oozy, and it oozes over everything."

When she was able to work, Koller, who just turned 65, was in the corporate world and safely middle-class, with health insurance and plenty of savings.

At first, she was too sick to deal with the bills. They piled up.

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Mon April 13, 2015

New York Investigates Retailers For Unpredictable Work Schedules

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 2:26 pm

Gap is among 13 big retailers that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating for possible violations of "reporting time" laws. Gap says it is establishing "sustainable scheduling practices."
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The unpredictable schedules of retail and fast-food workers is a big issue in workers rights campaigns. Now, the New York attorney general is investigating the way some of the country's biggest retailers handle scheduling.

In New York, if a worker shows up for a shift that he doesn't end up being needed for, the law says he still is due four hours of pay. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says retailers, especially, rely heavily on systems that require workers to be ready to work a shift — regardless of whether they end up working. It's called on-call work.

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Mon April 13, 2015

In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 8:00 am

Students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology are learning a technique called "tripping pipe," moving a pipe from a stack into a horizontal position and lowering it down into a well. The students train on a practice drilling rig to learn how to be roustabouts.
Jeff Brady NPR

Lower oil and natural gas prices have the petroleum industry laying off tens of thousands of workers. It looks like a decade-long trend of job growth in the U.S. oil business may end.

But there are parts of the country where those job numbers are still rising. Pennsylvania is one of them.

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Sun April 12, 2015
All Tech Considered

Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 11:01 am

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus gives a presentation in 2011.
Jeff Chiu AP

Remember those days of tending rows of virtual soybeans and strawberries on your Facebook page with a game called Farmville? It was a moment, and Zynga, the company that makes the game, cashed in when it went public back in 2011.

Now, Zynga is losing money and its founder is back, to mixed reviews.

When Zynga launched Farmville in 2009, it surprised everyone with its success. It quickly became the most popular game on Facebook.

But people got bored with planting seeds on a desktop. The market had moved to mobile, and Zynga didn't keep up.

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Sat April 11, 2015

Students Push College Fossil Fuel Divestment To Stigmatize Industry

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 10:54 am

Alumnus Will Lawrence of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network came back to Swarthmore to help the students effectively communicate their protest to the school's administrators.
Emily Cohen NewsWorks

In the past few years, students at hundreds of colleges and universities have started pushing their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies as a way to slow climate change.

The campaign has had some notable wins in the past year. But at tiny Swarthmore College, outside of Philadelphia, where the movement was born, students have been staging a sit-in for nearly a month to try to make their voices heard.

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Fri April 10, 2015
All Tech Considered

Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:30 pm

Neiman Marcus is testing a digital "Memory Mirror" that lets shoppers see how an outfit looks in back as well as displaying items they've tried on side by side.
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Spring: the time of year many people find themselves twirling in front of mirrors, trying on prom dresses, tuxedos or wedding gowns. Wouldn't it be nice to know how an outfit really looks from the back, instead of craning your neck, hoping to see what others see?

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