Amazon Breaking Into Pharmacy Market: Truth Or Speculation?

Jun 23, 17 Amazon Breaking Into Pharmacy Market: Truth Or Speculation?

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As of 2015, there were 397,430 pharmacy technicians working in the United States, with that number expected to rise well into 2020. And a large number of those positions might be impacted by recent events. Amazon, the Internet, retail, and book giant, has recently started taking its business offline with its intent to purchase Whole Foods. Now, many people are wondering if the company plans to break into the pharmacy marketplace, too, a prospect that has already caused a stir among investors. The expected price for the Whole Foods transaction is $13.7 billion, and it looks like the deal has been all but finalized. While Whole Foods is known as a grocery store, pharmacy stocks took a massive hit after the announcement, with CVS seeing the largest swing. CVA, which owns both pharmacies and a pharmacy benefit manager, took a roughly 5% hit after the announcement of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal. The prescription drug industry has been anticipating Amazon entering their sphere of business for months, which explains why the Whole Foods sale sent jitters through the stock market. Even though rumors first spread in May that Amazon wanted to enter the pharmacy industry, Whole Foods doesn’t actually operate pharmacies. Instead, it offers vitamins and supplements, so the Internet retail titan might not have an immediate impact on the industry. As a result, some experts think the stock market is overreacting, and not everyone is convinced that this is a threat to the traditional pharmaceutical retail market. Mizuho analyst, Ann Hynes, is one of these individuals. “It is important to note, recent investor fears of AMZN entering the pharmacy market are driven by unsubstantiated and unconfirmed press reports that AMZN is deciding whether or not the company should enter the pharmacy market, not by AMZN itself,” Hynes said to Market Watch. Another analyst, UBS’s Michael Cherny, agreed with this sentiment, questioning whether purchasing Whole Foods could bolster an Amazon pharmacy entry at all. “Whole Foods sells vitamins and other wellness products, but it doesn’t...

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Study: Breastfeeding Can Alleviate Chronic C-Section Pain For New Moms

Jun 21, 17 Study: Breastfeeding Can Alleviate Chronic C-Section Pain For New Moms

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It’s common for new parents to embrace the adage that “breast is best.” Breast milk has long been linked to higher immunity levels and overall health and has even been lauded as a way to make children smarter. While some studies conducted in the last year have found no definitive long-term cognitive benefits to breastfeeding, the health benefits — like helping infants fight off infections and allowing premature babies to become stronger — are undoubtable. Now, results from one study show that the advantages of breastfeeding aren’t limited to children: it can help moms who gave birth via C-section to alleviate chronic pain. The World Health Organization states that infants should be fed exclusively breast milk for the first six months of their life to achieve “optimal growth, development, and health.” But according to a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 51.8% of new mothers in the U.S. meet these recommendations. And in 2015, approximately 26.8% of survey respondents said they expressed breast milk five to 15 times per week. That said, breastfeeding rates are reportedly rising. And the results of this new study, conducted by the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Senora de Valme in Spain, may encourage new mothers to opt for breastfeeding for both their own health and that of their children. Study co-author Dr. Carmen Alicia Vargas Berenjeno and her colleagues studied data from 185 mothers who underwent C-section births between January of 2015 and December of 2016. The mothers were questioned about their levels of chronic pain at the surgical site in the 24 hours following the procedure and their breastfeeding practices. They were interviewed again after 72 hours had passed and four months after the procedure. Nearly 11.4% of these mothers said they experienced chronic pain after their C-section. But the researchers found that chronic pain levels were higher among mothers who breastfed for shorter durations. Approximately 87% of these mothers breastfed their children, 58% of whom breastfed for at least two months. Only 8%...

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American Water Supply At Risk Of Legionnaires Disease

Jun 21, 17 American Water Supply At Risk Of Legionnaires Disease

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The main purpose of plumbing since it’s its first recorded usage in 2500 B.C has been to carry water and help prevent the spread of disease. Lately, however, that last fact has become a little less applicable. Recently there has been a growing outbreak of Legionnaires disease across the nation and concerns about contaminations via water supplies are amplifying, health officials report. Though it is very rare to contract the disease, there has been a 450% increase in cases in the past two decades, according to a CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report. The outbreaks are a growing concern for America’s water supply, as a report issued last month revealed that nearly 30 million people may have access to a contaminated water supply and tap water. This is especially true of nursing homes and hospitals, which need to do more to protect their water supply, health officials state. A recent analysis of the more than 2,800 cases of Legionnaires that occurred in 2015 found that 553 or more of them possibly occurred in a health care facility, according to the CDC. “It’s widespread, it’s deadly and it’s preventable,” said Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s acting director. The CDC says that these health facilities need to work harder to keep the bacteria out of places where patients might be exposed, like showers, sinks, bathtubs, and medical equipment that use water. Shuchat encourages the facilities to get an effective water-management system and to check their plumbing. “We know if those facilities have an effective water-management system they can prevent these infections. Nobody wants their loved one to go into a hospital or a long-term care facility and end up with Legionnaires’ disease,” she said. Schuchat states that she was surprised by the number of cases associated with health care facilities, and noted that they must be extra attentive to those areas, given that they are where the most vulnerable to disease are. Nurses and doctors state that they are working hard to make sure that their facilities...

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Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods Across Nation – No Injuries Reported

Jun 09, 17 Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods Across Nation – No Injuries Reported

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Heavy rains fell over the U.S. Sunday night and Monday morning, causing floods in several states. Several counties north of Nashville, TN and locations near Affton, MO were heavily affected. In Tennessee, emergency officials in Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties urged drivers to use caution while driving after water was reported over several roadways. That night, emergency crews conducted one water rescue after a person became trapped in a vehicle due to high water. No injuries were reported. Emergency Management Director R.L. Douglas reported that the flooding was over before they had time to react, stating that after several major highways were covered in water, it was gone in record time. “By the time TDOT gets up there to put out high water signs, it’s usually gone,” he said. “It’s a flash flood and a flash disappearance.” There had been a flash flood watch effect for several Middle Tennessee counties until 10 a.m. but it was allowed to expire early Monday. According to the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, a flood advisory was in effect for the county through 1 p.m. Monday. Justyn Jackson, with the National Weather Service in Nashville, said Middle Tennesse could see some widespread rain developing in some locations late Monday morning — especially into the afternoon hours. “We’ll still have a little bit of lingering rain toward Cookville and Crossville but we’re not expecting any severe weather,” Jackson said. “Some storms could have some gusty wind and small hail. We don’t think it’s going to be a major deal.” In Affton, MO, things were a little more impactful, reports state. While there were no major injuries reported, property damage had been cited in a few locations due to flooding. Three apartment buildings in the Cedar Creek Lodge Apartment Complex in Affton, MO had water covering the ground floor Sunday evening, leading to the flooding of about 24 apartments. Chief Nick Fahs of the Affton Fire Protection District reported that: “When the first company arrived they said it was raining...

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Apple Reportedly Keeping Lightning Port for Next iPhone Iteration

May 25, 17 Apple Reportedly Keeping Lightning Port for Next iPhone Iteration

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As with any product Apple releases, there have been plenty of rumors floating around about the much-anticipated iPhone 8. Specifically, the phone’s charging port has been a hot topic for conversation. Many people have speculated as to whether or not the next iteration of the iPhone will keep its Lighting port or make the switch to USB-C, but most experts believe that the Lightning port will remain for at least one more iPhone generation. USB-C technology is available and efficient, but the Lightning port still holds its own. Of course, the USB-C and lightning port debate will be irrelevant if or when Apple unveils wireless charging technology, but as of right now that technology is still in development. And as previously stated, Lightning can hold its own. In fact, Lightning is capable of USB 3 speeds under the right circumstances. Unlike USB 3 cables, which, while compatible with USB 2 devices, will only perform at USB 2 speeds when connected, Lighting consistently provides high speeds for users. That being said, the transition from Lighting to USB-C may be inevitable. The majority of devices now use this port for charging, and sticking with Lightning for too long could irritate customers. According to Apple Insider, Apple “antagonizes the crowd that wants to see universality.” But the publication also argues that the switch to USB-C could irritate peripheral owners. Not only that, but multiple devices have now surfaced to cater specifically to the Lighting port. Accessory company Kanex recently launched such a product: a charging/display port for the Apple watch with an additional port for iPhone charging. The dock can charge any other USB compatible device, but right now the technology is geared toward iPhone owners. A charging port switch on such short notice could not only ruffle customer feathers, it could disrupt adjacent companies’ products as well. Time is another factor weighing heavily on Apple’s decision not to move forward with USB-C. Delaying the iPhone 8 could further antagonize customers who have been waiting to make...

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