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Obama reassures Democrats on health care, immigration

President Obama sought Wednesday to reassure Democrats nervous about the impact of his health care law and the prospects for immigration legislation, telling them “You’re on the right side of history.” In the first of two closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill, Obama focused on financial gains as the economy emerges from the worst downturn since the Depression. He was warned about nominating former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve and faced questions about his health care law. Some lawmakers complained that three years after its passage, the law still baffles many Americans.

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Inside Boehner’s Strategy To Slow Walk Immigration To The Finish Line

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House Republicans head home for the August break having done little to pass immigration reform, falling well short of Speaker John Boehner’s goal of voting on legislation before next week’s monthlong recess begins. But far from a failure of leadership, top House Republicans are casting the inaction as a tactical play designed to boost reform’s chances.

Keeping immigration on the back-burner helps avoid a recess filled with angry town-hall meetings reminiscent of the heated August 2009 protests where the backlash against health care reform coalesced. Doing nothing also starves Democrats of a target, Republicans argue.

“August was a central part of our discussions. People don’t want to go home and get screamed at,” a House GOP leadership aide said.

Instead, they’ll go home and talk about the need to stop government overreach, trying to draw voters’ attention back to the now largely dormant IRS controversy and the dismantling of Obamacare, a message that plays well with the Republican base.

But more than that, Republicans say, the delay in dealing with immigration helps them internally.

Read More at National Journal . By Chris Frates.

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Alzheimer's disease linked to poor dental health

A study has found that people with poor oral hygiene or gum disease could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s compared with those who have healthy teeth. Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in the UK, discovered the presence of a bacterium called Porphyromonas gingivalis in the brains of patients who had dementia when they were alive… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today

4 Reasons Being Happily Married Could Make You A Better CEO

By Steve Cooper, Contributor

As the editor of a marriage publication I’m buried in research and statistics about the good, bad and ugly regarding our unions. One thing that has been consistent over the years, however, is how beneficial a happy marriage is to a person’s health—including mental, physical, financial and other ways. If you really want to excel in the boardroom, take care of your needs and responsibilities in your own living room first. Here are four reasons that being happily married could make you a better CEO. …read more

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Cholesterol connection to Rett Syndrome

Statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs found in millions of medicine cabinets, may hold the key to finding a treatment for Rett Syndrome, a severe autistic disorder that affects young girls. The Connecticut-based Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) has sponsored work to identify a number of targetable genes that act on the Rett gene, MECP2 (methyl-CpG-binding protein 2), in mice… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today

Court Ruling Could Delay Fiat's Buyout of Chrysler

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MILAN — A ruling by a U.S. judge risks delaying Fiat’s plan to buy up all of Chrysler unless it can reach an out-of-court settlement with a healthcare trust that is a minority shareholder in the U.S. group.

The Italian carmaker said Wednesday it “looked forward” to solving a dispute with an autoworkers’ health-care trust in court after winning a partial victory Tuesday in its path to buy the 41.5 percent of Chrysler it doesn’t already own.

Delaware Chancery Court Judge Donald Parsons on Tuesday accepted the carmaker’s legal positions in two pivotal disputes in its legal battle with VEBA, the United Autoworkers-affiliated health-care trust that owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler.

However, the judge stopped short of ordering VEBA to sell 54,154 Chrysler shares to Fiat for $139.7 million, as the latter had sought, saying certain questions still needed to be answered through testimony at a trial.

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“Fiat looks forward to resolving the few remaining issues in the litigation, through the discovery requested by the judge, and remains confident that those residual issues will also be resolved in its favor,” Fiat said in a statement Wednesday.

A trial is likely to take between a year and 18 months, said a person familiar with the matter. However, another person said the lengthy process makes it more likely that Fiat and VEBA will reach an out of court settlement on the dispute.

“We view the ruling as positive for Fiat and likely to help an out-of-court agreement,” said UBS analyst Philippo Houchois in a research note. “We still view end 2013 as a likely deadline for an agreement as VEBA.”

Fiat’s lawyers will now be forced to argue in court with representatives of the health-care trust about why Fiat should pay less than the trust is asking in a deal the latter needs to pay future benefits for retired Chrysler workers.

The UAW became Chrysler’s second-largest shareholder when Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in 2009 and the union swapped future health-care payments owed to it for a stake in the company. VEBA is a trust that manages those health-care benefits on behalf of the union.

Fiat already runs the two automakers as a single company, but wants to buy the rest of Chrysler to squeeze out more synergies, cut borrowing costs and access some of Chrysler’s cash flow.

Fiat shares were volatile in early trade, falling 0.8 percent to €5.98 at 0850 GMT (4:50 a.m. Eastern time).

“The ruling is a step forward and is good news,” said a Milan trader. “But it’s not decisive and the market is not discounting it as a done deal yet.”

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Three Simple Steps: Making Ends Meet

By Chuck Saletta

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Don’t spend more than you earn: It’s simple, fundamental, and one of the most important steps you can take to preserve your financial health. That holds true whether you’re just starting out, are in the midst of a successful career, or are adjusting to one of the many curve balls that life can throw your way.

It’s also understandable if you’re a little worried about how to make all the pieces fit together successfully. It’s incredibly easy to spend a little here and there without realizing it, only to wind up short on the cash you need to make the mortgage or rent payment. But with a little bit of planning and by making some careful choices, making ends meet can soon move from weekly worry to second nature.

3 Simple Steps for Success

Fundamentally, there are really only two key variables in the “making ends meet” equation: what you earn and what you spend. Making ends meet is simply the act of figuring out a way to make sure the money you have coming in from your earnings is larger than the money you’ve got going out from spending. With that in mind, here are three simple steps that can help you succeed:

1. Figure out where your money is going. Write it down with pencil and paper, track it in a spreadsheet, or use personal finance software like Mint.com or Quicken. Whatever you spend, whether it’s on a monthly bill like your rent or an impulse purchase from a vending machine, it needs to be included in your tracking. It’s critical that you know where every dime of your hard-earned money is going if you want a shot at being able to consistently make ends meet.

2. Prioritize and adjust your spending. Once you have that list that shows you where your money is going, look over each expense and mark it as a “have to have,” “like to have,” or “can live without.” The expenses you can live without become easy fodder for cutting — simply tell yourself that it’s something you’ll consider bringing back into your life once you’re reliably making ends meet.

For the remaining items on your list, look through them and ask whether you can figure out a way to spend less on them — either by downsizing, buying in bulk, or by shopping around for better deals. You may be able to cut your costs dramatically without giving up the things you feel you really need. By this point, your expenses may well be low enough so that you can cover them with your income. If not, start cutting down the “like to have” items until your income and expenses are balanced.

3. Figure out ways to bring in more cash. If you have stuff you no longer need, consider selling it for a one-time infusion of cash. One-time money can …read more

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Bone healing turbo boost offered by 'magic metal'

An unusual “nanowire” coating for medical implants may soon be helping broken bones and joint replacements to heal faster. Ohio State University reports that research engineers there have found that bone cells grow and reproduce almost twice as fast on a textured surface made of metal oxide wires, each tens of thousands of times thinner than a human hair… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Medical News Today

Want To Help Solve The Global Food Crisis? Eat More Crickets

By Ashoka, Contributor

Greg Sewitz and Gabi Lewis, two Brooklyn, NY-based entrepreneurs, are taking the consumption of insects to a whole new level. Their company, Exo, produces protein bars that pack a punch with dates, almonds, coconut and – you guessed it – crickets. Their mission is not only to change consumer mindsets but also to provide a new, sustainable food source that will slow the process of environmental degradation. Recently, the team took some time off from power bar production to chat with Addie Thompson (@adelinemt) about their company, the team’s vision for the future of food and why even vegetarians are on board. Exo produces protein bars made of crickets. Why? How did you come up with this idea? Gabi: There are two main reasons why. The first is nutrition; crickets are just really healthy. They are high in protein, iron and calcium and low in fat. The second is sustainability. Unlike traditional protein sources, crickets consume barely any resources and produce almost no greenhouse gases. So from the joint perspective of an individual and the environment, cricket protein is superior to the alternatives. Greg: Gabi was working on trying to develop a better protein bar (most either taste terrible or are simply candy bars disguised as health food) but was struggling to find the right protein source. I went to a conference around that time on the future food crisis and climate change and was reminded of an article I’d read a while back about how insects could be the protein of the future – if only we could just convince people to eat them. We’ve lived together for the past few years, so over dinner one night we put the two ideas together. …read more

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Against All Odds- Launching a Retail Organic Foods Business

By Candida Brush, Contributor

  The dramatic rise in sales of organic foods and beverages from $1 billion in 1990 to $26 billion in 2013 has encouraged many aspiring entrepreneurs to start organic or natural foods businesses.  http://www.ota.com/organic/mt/business.html.   The fact is it is relatively easy to start selling a natural foods product on line or from your own storefront-  all you need is a brand name, a website, source of supply from a local farm,  a location,  and a Paypal account. In other words, you can start your natural foods business with a relatively small up-front investment. http://org.enom.com/starting-online-organic-store-460.html But,  because the entry barriers are low, this means there is a high likelihood that the business will discontinue or fail within the first 5 years.  More than 47% of retail based businesses fail within the first 5 years, while on line retail businesses have an even higher rate of failure.  So how do natural foods businesses carve out a niche and overcome the odds that allows them to sustain over time?  One of the keys is a differentiation strategy that has a clear value proposition.  In other words, making sure that the benefits natural foods business provides is crystal clear to the consumer and differentiated from local competition. In many cases, the benefits and differentiation of successful ventures in this space have to do with a commitment to social purpose.  My colleagues and I identify a “social purpose business” as one that is for profit (economic mission) and makes a social impact on the marketplace (Neck, Brush & Allen, 2009, The Landscape of Social Entrepreneurship, Business Horizons).  I have observed that many of the new start- ups in the organic food retail sector are not only offering a new organic food alternative, but a founded on a principle of changing our life style to be healthier.  This commitment to a larger societal mission drives these businesses, differentiating the venture and attracting a loyal customer base. For instance, I had the pleasure of meeting Kiki Heinzer, a Stanford alumna and Jodi Remenap, a private chef, who launched KLEAN, a premium meal delivery service for the purpose of weight loss, weight management and nutrition, located in Hollywood, Calif.  https://www.kleanla.com/index.php?page=home. The business was inspired by Kiki and Jodi’s concern with the growing problem of obesity in our society, which, they believe is related to lifestyle, demand for convenience, and a rise in the use of GMOs, additives and preservatives in our food chain.  KLEAN delivers proportioned meals that are macronutrient balanced to subscribers six days a week.  They spend as much time assessing the proportion of ingredients and the food groups in the meals as they do sourcing, cooking and preparing.  Most important- they have not compromised flavors in any way.  Customers get fabulous meals delivered conveniently and they lose weight and improve their overall health.   Another example is NatureBox, co-founded by Gautam Gupta, a former venture capitalist and Babson alum, and Ken Chen, an internet marketing entrepreneur  http://naturebox.com/  The NatureBox team was also motivated to help change …read more

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