The Daily Populous

Sunday December 9th, 2018 night edition

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Usually, that means those with an idealistic vision of equity and justice must give it up in favor a more achievable program.

But in this case, the reality of what’s achievable exceeds the low expectations and compromises that have for decades limited the healthcare reform debate.

S 1804 eliminates administrative waste and inefficiencies—the claims denial, pre-authorizations, marketing costs, and profits of the insurance companies, and improves service delivery.

The study shows that as we cover everybody with decent benefits, costs will likely rise about 12 percent.

Our health is not a commodity to profit from, nor is it a welfare program to be minimized or privatized.

The alternative—as the PERI study shows so clearly—is a just, equitable financing system of guaranteed healthcare for all.

The biggest change that would come is not financial: we can end the anxiety over healthcare. »

Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods

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Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.

Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of the prize.

Arnold argued that genetically modified crops could make food production more environmentally sustainable and help feed the world’s growing population. »

Climate change: COP24 fails to adopt key scientific report

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Scientists and many delegates in Poland were shocked as the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait objected to this meeting "welcoming" the report.

The report, launched in Incheon in South Korea, had an immediate impact winning praise from politicians all over the world.

It appears that the Saudis and the US baulked at the political implications of the UN body putting the IPCC report at its heart. »

Global, U.S. Growth in Smartphone Growth Starts to Decline

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The days of double-digit smartphone growth are over — and the next decade may start to see smartphone sales decline.

From roughly 2007 until 2013, the smartphone market grew at an astonishing pace, posting double-digit growth year after year, even during a global recession.

One is the slowdown in smartphone innovation, which was once progressing at that same breakneck pace as smartphone sales. »

Childhood adversity linked to reduced inhibitory control and alterations in key brain networks

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New research suggests that exposure to childhood adversity is associated with reduced cognitive control and alterations in key brain networks.

The findings, which appear in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, could help explain the link between childhood adversity and depression.

“Cognitive control impairment is associated with depression and has been observed in the remitted phase of illness,” the researchers wrote. »