Calls growing for national prescription drug program

Global News

OTTAWA – It’s a buzzword in the medical community, although one that hasn’t quite caught fire yet with Canadians at large: pharmacare, a national program that would see prescription drugs covered through a publicly funded system rather than out of pocket.

Many doctors are clamouring for it. Canadians dream of it when faced with sky-high drug costs as they fight cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Even private insurers aren’t entirely opposed.

And now politicians are starting to take up the cause. The federal NDP is calling for national pharmacare, while Ontario’s new health minister has emerged one of its most enthusiastic cheerleaders as he urges a federal strategy.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’d have to go into the sample drawer, because I knew if I gave a prescription to someone, they weren’t going to fill it because they couldn’t afford it,” Eric Hoskins, who’s also…

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Report: Hewlett-Packard To Split In 2 Companies

CBS Sacramento

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co., the iconic maker of personal computers and printers, reportedly plans to split itself into two separate companies by spinning off its technology services business.

The Wall Street Journal reported the pending split Sunday citing people familiar with the matter, who said an official announcement could come as soon as Monday. A spokeswoman for HP declined to comment on the report.

The breakup would create one company that sells HP’s computers and printers and a second that focuses on technology services, including data storage, servers and software.

The Palo Alto, California-based company has laid off tens of thousands of employees in recent years due to flagging sales as consumers turn to mobile devices to perform basic computing chores. The shift has curbed demand for HP’s desktop and laptop computers, as well as its printers.

In its most recent quarter, HP posted revenue of $27.6 billion, up…

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New Genes Found that Determine Your Height

TIME

How tall you are is strongly related to the genes you inherit, and previous studies suggested that as much as 80% of the variance in height among people is due to their DNA.

And in the largest genetic study of height-related genes to date, scientists involved in the appropriately titled GIANT consortium (Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits) identified 423 genetic regions connected to height — which could explain as much as 60% of that genetic component.

Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, leader of the GIANT consortium at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute of MIT says that for a trait like height, which isn’t determined by a single gene but likely the combined effects of multiple genes involved in multiple different processes from bone growth to cell growth, the new findings are like finding biggest nuggets of gold in a riverbed. The latest analysis, published in the journal

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Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

TechCrunch

Editor’s note: Christian Cantrell is a software developer and science fiction writer. He has written two novels and several short stories, and his third novel will be out early next year.

Around AD 150, the Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy compiled a model of the universe that accurately predicted the movements of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. It was a remarkable achievement, diminished only by the fact that it happened to be entirely wrong. Rather than a relatively simple heliocentric model where planets revolved around a stationary sun, Ptolemy appealed to convoluted constructs to design a celestial Rube Goldberg Machine that kept the earth at the center of the cosmos where everyone felt it belonged.

And yet, it worked. In fact, it worked so well that  it remained the predominant cosmological model for roughly 1,500 years. Even now, projectors in planetariums are essentially inverted mechanical implementations of the Ptolemaic…

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Catholic Church Changes Stance On Gays

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A host of topics are being discussed at a two week meeting at the Vatican and valuing gay people was one major talking point.

CLICK HERE To Watch Cynthia Demos’ Report

“Throughout parochial school and high school I always thought I’d join the seminary,” said Ivan Cano.

Cano even had a scholarship to the seminary, but when he realized he was gay he didn’t follow through with his calling.

He’s now the head of Miami Beach Gay Pride and took a look at a report that’s out a week into the Vatican’s synod.

The report said gay Catholics should be valued and they have “gifts and qualities” to offer parishes.

CBS4’s Cynthia Demos went to Archdiocese of Miami and spoke with Monsignor Chanel Jeanty about the report.

“The human person is valued and should be valued,” said Jeanty.

The report also said while there are moral problems…

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