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Feds appear to ease ban on dementia advocate

The Department of Health and Human Services appears to have reversed the security restrictions that were imposed on Michael Ellenbogen, a well-known advocate who has dementia, because of provocative remarks he made while urging a more aggressive government fight against Alzheimer’s disease, he and his attorney said, citing a letter from the agency’s general counsel. […]

Thread, The U.K. Online Personal Styling Service For Men, Scores $8M Series A

Using a mixture of algorithms and human stylists, London-based Thread works on the premise that a lot of men hate clothes shopping, however much they like stylish attire. Read More

Slavery, Hitler and Planned Parenthood

Human beings have always had an extraordinary capacity for self-delusion. We justify horrible things by telling ourselves that we are acting in the service of a noble cause, or by dehumanizing the victims of our unjust actions.

Slain security guard remembered as 'incredible human being'

21 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

More than 200 mourners were told at a memorial service Thursday night for Idrissa Camara.

Facebook Rolls Out Personal Assistant, With Humans

Look out, Siri: Facebook is rolling out its very own personal assistant, and "M" uses a blend of artificial intelligence and real live people to complete users' requests, reports CNBC. "Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," Facebook exec David Marcus explains....

Another resource for in-situ eldercare

yesterdayHealth / Aging : O'Folks

I ran across this link from the state’s health and human services department. Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about it. The parent website isn’t helpful. It sounds like a health payment manager of some sort; sort of a personal Medicaid manager, maybe, authorized under contract to the state. It would certainly be a useful role […]

Amputees protest proposed Medicare changes for artificial limbs

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Jim Young stood on a crate on the broad plaza outside the Department of Health and Human Services, a red megaphone in his right hand and, beneath his khaki shorts, an artificial left leg.“Limbs, limbs are not a luxury!” he chanted, leading...Show More Summary

Facebook Is Testing Its Own Siri-Like Feature

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Facebook Inc is testing a personal digital assistant called "M" within its Messenger service that can answer questions with live human help and perform tasks such as buying gifts online and booking restaurants. Show More Summary

Facebook's new virtual assistant can do wonders, but it relies on 'a few dozen' human employees behind the curtain (FB)

Facebook made waves on Wednesday when it unveiled M, a new virtual assistant that can do everything from making restaurant reservations for you to sending flowers to your spouse. The service is currently in testing and only available to a few hundred people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Show More Summary

We Should All Be Outraged by the Bust

Because I view the legalization of sex work as a vital human rights issue, I was irritated to see on Tuesday that the federal government had raided and shut down, a male escort service. The Department of Homeland Security...Show More Summary

Horses With 3-Foot-Long Hooves Freed From 15-Year-Long Hell

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Early last Friday, three horses were found on a private farm by field service officers with the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC), a nonprofit organization that contracts with Washington County, Maryland to provide animal control services. Show More Summary

Yellowstone Visitors Ask The Park To Please Train Bears To Hang Out Where Humans Can See Them

Who needs Yelp for government parks and services when you can just leave a comment card? While it’s quite normal to be disappointed at not seeing any animals on a visit to Yellowstone National Park, the thing is, there’s no guarantee of seeing wild animals, being that they’re, well, wild, and they do as they please. But that didn’t stop … [More]

Is privatization behind NC Senate's cuts to mental health?

2 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

I wouldn't bet against it: Insko is also vice chairwoman of the House's appropriations committee for Health and Human Services. Her committee proposed allocating about $712 million for LMEs this year, a slight bump from the $705 million budgeted last year. Show More Summary

Researcher Employing New Technology to Study Public Health Data

Faculty in UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services have published a paper in the American Journal of Preventative medicine that outlines a novel approach to studying public health data.

AIDSinfo Releases New Edition of HIV/AIDS Glossary Featuring the Addition of Images

AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to many Federal HIV-related resources, including the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms, a guide to help people understand the complex terminology of HIV/AIDS. The glossary includes definitions in English and Spanish for more than 700 HIV/AIDS-related terms. The latest edition of...

Regulatory Incompetence (and King v. Burwell) Could Save the Nuns

Obamacare imposes a requirement that employers provide insurance that covers “preventive care” for women, but does not specify what that entails. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) determined that “preventive care” includes...Show More Summary

The lasting impact of Nelson Mandela’s words

July 18 is celebrated around the world as a day of service to honor the birthday and legacy of former South African leader Nelson Mandela. He became known as Madiba – a human rights icon for his work to fight apartheid and for winning his presidency in a 1994 democratic election after serving 27 years…

'Substantial' number of NHS hospital staff treat victims of human trafficking

A 'substantial' proportion of NHS hospital staff -- around one in eight, in some places -- treat the victims of people trafficking, with maternity services most likely to do so, finds new research.

Ballboy interrupts Nadal match to viciously murder giant bug

Jérémy Chardy faced Rafael Nadal on Wednesday night at Cincinnati Masters, and while Nadal was preparing to se- IT'S A BUG!!!!!! Chardy attempted to deal with it humanely, shuffling the bug across the service line with his racquet as if it were a lay caterpillar. Show More Summary

Obama Admin Defends Planned Parenthood: It Didn’t Break the Law Selling Aborted Babies

The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, reported that President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rose to defend Planned Parenthood in the wake of numerous videos exposing the abortion company’s organ harvesting business. In a letter to Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), HHS […]

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