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Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:45
New figures suggest 70% of those infected in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported.

DJ Travis guilty of indecent assault

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:41
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of two further charges.

To Make Interval Training Less Painful, Add Tunes

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:39

Alternating rest periods with bouts of really intense exercise may make you fitter, but it's not a breeze. Researchers say music can make intervals less wretched and also make you work harder.

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Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:28

Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste, and whether it's a good idea.

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Activists occupy coal-carrying train

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:16
Greenpeace activists take control of a train carrying 1,500 tonnes of coal to a power station, the campaign group says.

Nigeria MPs fury at 'cash arms deal'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:14
About 50 Nigerian MPs storm out of parliament after a motion to discuss an alleged $9.3m cash arms deal in South Africa was blocked.

Kidnapped reporter freed in Somalia

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:11
Journalist Michael Scott Moore, a dual US and German citizen, is released after nearly three years in captivity in Somalia, officials say.

Cameron in UN talks over IS action

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:47
David Cameron is holding talks at the UN to see "what more the UK can do" to help international efforts "to tackle the threat we all face" from Islamic State.

How would a mansion tax work?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:38
How would it work and who would be affected?

More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:36

The poll by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project also shows that three-quarters of survey participants believe religion's influence on American life is waning.

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At some Wal-Marts, health care in your shopping cart

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:34

Maybe you’ve picked up a prescription medication or been fitted for a pair of eyeglasses at Wal-Mart. But would you trust Wal-Mart with your larger medical care?

The retailer is trying to figure that out, opening up clinics in a handful of stores in South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. 

At a recently opened clinic in North Augusta, South Carolina, a steady stream of patients came through on a recent morning. The clinic is located near the front of the store, with opaque windows for privacy. It’s small, with just three exam rooms.

For $40 you can get a medical checkup with a nurse practitioner. For Wal-Mart employees on the company health plan, it’s only $4.

Roger Beahm, the executive director of Wake Forest University’s Center for Retail Innovation, says the move is a natural step for Wal-Mart. He says growing companies are always looking for the next big thing.

“So how do you that? How do you get more customers into the store? How do you increase the size of the shopping basket when they are in store?” Beahm says. “The answer to that lies in getting more products, more services that customers are willing to buy when they come into the store.”

Wal-Mart has done that before by offering in-store banking and food service.  Some locations already host walk-in clinics in space leased to local healthcare providers.  But now, Wal-Mart is opening its own on-site primary care clinics.

By owning the clinics, Wal-Mart can control costs and the services offered, says the company’s senior health and wellness director, Jennifer LaPerre. She says the company has a track record of pushing other retailers to provide health services at a lower cost.  She cites the $4 generic prescription drug program the company rolled out in 2006.

“That became branded in the community. It caused numerous other pharmacies to follow suit,” LaPerre says.  

The company is piloting the concept in areas with high rates of chronic disease and a shortage of healthcare providers.  So far, that means smaller cities in the South, in states that aren’t expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

It’s an obvious place to start, says Dr. Harris Berman, the dean of Tufts University School of Medicine. Berman says he would have been skeptical of the idea a decade ago. But he says technology is making it easier for nurse practitioners to stay in touch with doctors who will supervise them remotely and help ensure better care.  He says rural areas have an especially critical need for primary care providers.

“I don’t think patients in Boston would go for this concept, or in metropolitan areas,” he says. “But Wal-Mart is very much into rural areas. And I think there, there really is an acute shortage and this would be seen as better than no care.”

Australian 'terror suspect' killed

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:25
A teenager said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say.

Wiggins's form 'better than ever'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:19
Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins says his form is "better than ever" as he targets a first world time trial title.

Ofsted rejects claims of tip-offs

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:16
An Ofsted investigation rejects claims academies had unfair warnings of inspections, but says an email with a schedule had been mistakenly sent.

Four Mobo nominations for Sam Smith

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:12
Sam Smith and Krept & Konan lead the way with four nominations each for this year's Mobo Awards.

VIDEO: 'I met somebody called Elizabeth'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 07:03
Ed Miliband's speech is peppered with references to people he has met recently, including apprentice Elizabeth.

Doubt over RVH child heart surgery

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 06:57
The future of children's cardiac surgery at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital is in serious doubt, as outgoing Health Minister Edwin Poots reveals an expert review has recommended the service moves to Dublin.

Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-23 06:49

Maximus Thaler really puts his money (or at least, his morals) where his mouth is when it comes to food waste. He's a dumpster diver. And he's happy to share tips for foraging from trash bins safely.

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VIDEO: 'Mass murder': Survivors describe boat horror

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-23 06:49
Three Palestinian survivors of a refugee boat sinking have told the BBC they saw people smugglers deliberately ram the boat, and then chop the hands off those who clung to the sides of the vessel.

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