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South Dakota Investment Council Cuts Holdings in Fluor Co. (NEW) (NYSE:FLR)

South Dakota Investment Council Cuts Holdings in Fluor Co. (NEW) (NYSE:FLR)

South Dakota Investment Council decreased its position in Fluor Co. (NEW) (NYSE:FLR) by 5.0% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 675,401 shares of the... 
Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Is the Biggest Product Launch in Its History

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Is the Biggest Product Launch in Its History

It has only been a few months—maybe half a year—since Popeyes introduced a new chicken sandwich item to their menu. And it took only two weeks for the chicken franchise to completely sell out of their new sandwich inventory.  Actually,... 
Due to the coronavirus risk Amazon and Sony have canceled their presence at the Mobile World Congress 2020

Due to the coronavirus risk Amazon and Sony have canceled their presence at the Mobile World Congress 2020

Amazon and Sony have bowed out of participating entirely in the world’s largest yearly mobile technology trade show – the Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC 2020) – which is scheduled to be held from February 24 to 27 in... 
Salt coated masks created by biomedical engineer could neutralize viruses

Salt coated masks created by biomedical engineer could neutralize viruses

The general thinking that masks are a great safety measure to prevent one from getting or spreading a cold or virus is a misconception scientists tell us. The reason is because masks are usually impossible to keep on properly.... 
Genome Study Reveals Secrets at the Root of Cancer

Genome Study Reveals Secrets at the Root of Cancer

The best angle for cancer care may still be prevention through healthy lifestyle moderation but we continue to get closer to a cure.  The latest research, for example, reminds that the earliest signs of cancer can appear... 
China Cuts New US Tariffs On Coronavirus Escalation Concerns

China Cuts New US Tariffs On Coronavirus Escalation Concerns

Late in the week, China announced it will likely have to cut in half on the additional—new–tariffs on $75 billion worth of US imports as the two biggest economies on the planet continue to retreat from a years-long trade... 
A Peanut Allergy Drug Could Be Right Around the Corner

A Peanut Allergy Drug Could Be Right Around the Corner

Peanut allergy is more common than ever, these days, but unlike seasonal allergies, this one can be deadly. Indeed, food allergies (like shellfish) in general seem to be quite dangerous.  With afflictions on the rise,... 
FDA Warns Purell To Remove Disease-Fighting Claims From Website

FDA Warns Purell To Remove Disease-Fighting Claims From Website

Hand sanitizer is pretty commonplace, these days, and one brand seems to reign supreme over all the others:  Purell.  Whether this brand is necessarily better than any other the claims they make in their advertising... 
Apple Temporarily Stopping Operations in China Amid Coronavirus Fears

Apple Temporarily Stopping Operations in China Amid Coronavirus Fears

Apple has announced a temporary shutdown of its operations in mainland China, in light of the Wuhan virus (Coronavirus) outbreak.   In a statement about the outbreak, Apple said, “Our thoughts are with the people... 
Does Soybean Oil Causes Genetic Changes to Metabolism in the Human Brain

Does Soybean Oil Causes Genetic Changes to Metabolism in the Human Brain

Over the past several years, health experts have advised against using too much vegetable oil in your cooking. As such, many people have turned to alternatives when they prepare food for their families. Among these alternative... 
Can Fish Oil Boost Sperm Count?

Can Fish Oil Boost Sperm Count?

Fish oil supplements have been long recommended by doctors and nutritionists alike, and for good reason.  Omega-3 fatty acids—a primary component of fish oil supplements—can improve soft tissue integrity. That means... 
SGLT2 Inhibitor Could Reduce Gout Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

SGLT2 Inhibitor Could Reduce Gout Risk in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Type-2 diabetes is a somewhat common condition that is typically treatable or, rather, a disease that is mostly easy to moderate.  However, type-2 diabetes still carries some major health risks in the long run, particularly... 
Cancer-Related Death Risk Dropping At Astounding Rate

Cancer-Related Death Risk Dropping At Astounding Rate

The cancer death rate is down in the United States for the 26th consecutive year.  According to a new report from the American Cancer Society, the US saw its biggest single-year drop in overall cancer deaths—a... 
Small Gains In US Consumer Price Index Slow Underlying Inflation is Weak

Small Gains In US Consumer Price Index Slow Underlying Inflation is Weak

The United States Consumer Price Index rose a little in December, even as households scrambled to pay more for health care and underlying inflation slowed down a bit.  Economists are saying this shift more concretely... 
It’s official – bezel-free 8K TV by Samsung!

It’s official – bezel-free 8K TV by Samsung!

CES 2020, the massive consumer electronics trade show is about to start and Samsung has already unveiled its new bezel-free or ‘bezel-less’ TV, whichever way you want to refer to it, prior to its press event. According... 
Nutritionists say Mediterranean diet is best – third year in a row

Nutritionists say Mediterranean diet is best – third year in a row

With the new year 2020 just beginning people are once again deciding on which diet, exercise or lifestyle change to embark on as they become more health-conscious due to their desire to feel better and live longer. Diets play... 
Could a Common Cancer Drug Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

Could a Common Cancer Drug Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

Scientists are saying, this week, they believe they may have found a way to stabilize the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease with a  drug that is usually prescribed to cancer patients.   In... 
CDC Warns of Nearly 140 E. Coli Infections in 25 States Linked with Contaminated Romaine Lettuce

CDC Warns of Nearly 140 E. Coli Infections in 25 States Linked with Contaminated Romaine Lettuce

Federal US Health Officials have confirmed, this week, at least 130 illnesses reported across 25 states connected with an E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce.  Specifically, the United States Centers for Disease Control... 
Initial Job Claims Fall in US, Boasting Strong Labor Market

Initial Job Claims Fall in US, Boasting Strong Labor Market

Unemployment benefit applications in the United States fell last week, signaling continued strength in a labor market that has had a bit of a rough go the past few years.  According to the United States Department of... 
CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Linked with Packaged Hard-Boiled Eggs

CDC Warns of Listeria Outbreak Linked with Packaged Hard-Boiled Eggs

United States health officials, this week, issued a food-safety alert warning that hard-boiled eggs from a processor in Georgia could be tied to a multi-state outbreak that has sickened at least six people; and resulted in one... 
FDA Approves Fish-OIl-Based Drug To Cut Cardiovascular Risk

FDA Approves Fish-OIl-Based Drug To Cut Cardiovascular Risk

The stock for biotech Amarin surged in a late session on Friday after US regulators approved its fish-oil-based Vascepa as a means to reduce proficiency of cardiovascular events in patients who have high triglycerides.   Before... 
Narcissism Study Argues Boomers More Hypersensitive Than Millennials

Narcissism Study Argues Boomers More Hypersensitive Than Millennials

If social media is any indication, it would appear that the older members of our society tend to think that are youngest members are among the most personally-sensitive and self-obsessed generation of all time.  Fortunately,... 
US Consumer Prices Jump More Than Expected in November

US Consumer Prices Jump More Than Expected in November

Consumer prices in the United States rose by a higher margin than expected, last month, which might support the Federal Reserve’s decision not to cut interest rates again. So far, this year, the central bank has reduced... 
More Young People Are Prediabetic—and That’s a Big Problem

More Young People Are Prediabetic—and That’s a Big Problem

Between one-quarter and one-fifth of young adults and adolescents have prediabetes, according to a new study published this week.  This condition had been mostly ascribed to adults until very recently, as it is now estimated... 
New Study Says that A Single Blood Test Could Soon Predict Your Future Disease Risk

New Study Says that A Single Blood Test Could Soon Predict Your Future Disease Risk

Doctor visits can be annoying, especially if you have to take several blood samples to test for a handful of common ailments, not to mention to look for something that might be hard to diagnose.  But a new study advises... 
Halliburton Announces Closure of El Reno Facility; Lays Off 800 Workers

Halliburton Announces Closure of El Reno Facility; Lays Off 800 Workers

The last month of the year is off to a rough start for many people at Halliburton as the company announced the closure of its entire El Reno operation, on Monday.  As a matter of fact, the company made the announcement... 
WHO Report Warns Adolescents Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise

WHO Report Warns Adolescents Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise

A majority of children and teenagers are not getting enough physical exercise and that could pose major health risks later in life.  According to a new study from the World Health Organization, screen time continues... 
General Motors to Recall More than 550,000 Trucks Over Potential Seat-Belt-Related Fire Risk

General Motors to Recall More than 550,000 Trucks Over Potential Seat-Belt-Related Fire Risk

Recalls ordered by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration typically involve safety concerns that make a lot of sense.  These often include things like faulty airbags or roll-away risk or electrical... 
Scientists Say They Found the Brain Circuit That Controls Compulsive Drinking

Scientists Say They Found the Brain Circuit That Controls Compulsive Drinking

Alcoholism has always been a complicated concept.  Even now, it has received a new clinical name—Alcohol Use Disorder—which intends to identify how it can be something that many enjoy casually but others end up in... 
Some businesses like FedEx have had their tax bill cut to zero dollars

Some businesses like FedEx have had their tax bill cut to zero dollars

Businesses have been helped out in a major way with President Trump’s tax overhaul. For instance, before the tax cut, FedEx in its 2017 fiscal year, owed in taxes more than $1.5 billion and then did not owe anything... 
Thousands of browsers crash after Google’s silent Chrome experiment

Thousands of browsers crash after Google’s silent Chrome experiment

It was not pretty this week when thousands of businesses were left with empty white browser screens after Google did a silent experimental change on Chrome. Businesses that used virtual machine environments like Citrix to access... 
Restaurants close dining rooms, set up ‘dark kitchens’

Restaurants close dining rooms, set up ‘dark kitchens’

People are increasingly ordering food through apps like Uber Eats, Grub Hub, Inc. and Door Dash, that restaurants are closing their dining rooms and some are opening new shops with no tables or cash registers.  Restaurants... 
FDA Set To Approve Celgene’s New Genetic Blood Disorder Treatment

FDA Set To Approve Celgene’s New Genetic Blood Disorder Treatment

Beta thalassemia is a rare, inherited blood disorder caused by a single genetic defect in hemoglobin.  The disease is characterized by ineffective erythropoiesis, a condition which results in the body producing and less... 
OpenText To Buy Carbonite for $1.42 Billion

OpenText To Buy Carbonite for $1.42 Billion

Enterprise information management company OpenText is set to acquire cloud data backup and protection service company Carbonite, this week, in a deal worth a reported $1.42 billion.  This could be quite an excellent... 
A Plant-Based Diet is Better For You And the Environment

A Plant-Based Diet is Better For You And the Environment

Adapting a healthier diet makes a big difference, not just in your own life but in the lives of those around us.  A new study says that when we choose healthier options—effectively, more plant-based foods—it has... 
Johnson & Johnson Shares Recover As Report Says No Asbestos in Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson Shares Recover As Report Says No Asbestos in Baby Powder

You may recall that consumer goods company Johnson & Johnson recently recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder over the suspicion that they may be contaminated with asbestos.  The company pulled all of these bottles... 
Research peeks into dark heart of Uber riders when it comes to tipping

Research peeks into dark heart of Uber riders when it comes to tipping

Your ride is over, you’ve reached your destination. Its just you and your smartphone and the payment app. No ones looking. Do you tip or not? A study just published by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals... 
Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank to Step Down as CEO

Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank to Step Down as CEO

Athletics wear company Under Armour is shaking things up at the top of its leadership, hopefully shaking up competition with rivals in the process.  This week, CEO Kevin Plank announced his resignation as well as his... 
Nearly All Baby Food Contains Toxic Heavy Metals

Nearly All Baby Food Contains Toxic Heavy Metals

Toxic metals have been banned in pesticides (and many other products that come into contact with humans) but that doesn’t mean we can completely avoid them.  Actually, many of these now-banned chemicals still linger... 
Mack Trucks Union Workers Could Strike This Week Without A New Contract

Mack Trucks Union Workers Could Strike This Week Without A New Contract

With all this talk of the United Auto Workers union who are trying to get a better deal for their part in the success of the US auto industry, it might be easy to overlook another group of unified workers trying to get their own... 
Discovery: humans could regrow joint cartilage, even limbs someday

Discovery: humans could regrow joint cartilage, even limbs someday

Researchers there have discovered that the cartilage in joints of humans have the potential to repair itself in a similar way that salamanders and zebrafish can regenerate their limbs. This discovery was made at Duke Health (Duke... 
Even Your Washing Machine Can House Dangerous Bacteria

Even Your Washing Machine Can House Dangerous Bacteria

We don’t usually associated washing machines with bacteria; after all, things that are built for cleaning are supposed to help remove and kill harmful microorganisms.  Unfortunately, a new study warns that even... 
For the time being, the USA is free of measles, officially

For the time being, the USA is free of measles, officially

Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief in regards to measles. Federal and state officials are confident that the US’s measles-free status will remain in place in spite of two cases being reported last week in New... 
Combination Drug Treatment Could Vastly Improve Survival Rate for Skin Cancer Patients

Combination Drug Treatment Could Vastly Improve Survival Rate for Skin Cancer Patients

In the past ten years, medical science has made some incredible advancements, at least in terms of melanoma treatment.  Only one decade ago, the five year survival rate for melanoma patients was only about 1 in 20, with... 
FDA Approves New Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drug

FDA Approves New Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drug

At the end last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a new pill that lowers blood sugar for people who suffer form type 2 diabetes.  This new drug is semaglutide, which will be sold under the... 
Want better brain function? Engage in being physical fit

Want better brain function? Engage in being physical fit

A recent study published in Scientific Reports reveals that the theory of having a fit body goes with having a fit mind. It is the largest study of its kind. Some recent studies have concluded that physical fitness has its... 
A Daily Beer Might Help Keep Diabetes in Check, Study Says

A Daily Beer Might Help Keep Diabetes in Check, Study Says

There is no argument that drinking too much alcohol can have seriously bad implications on your health, but a new study warns that light drinking might actually provide a benefit, even for diabetics. Yes, it is typically recommended... 
US Producer Price Index Makes Unexpected Jump in August

US Producer Price Index Makes Unexpected Jump in August

The producer index in the United States has edged up, slightly, bringing up wholesale prices by about 0.1 percent in August.  This may have been in response to plummeting energy prices, all of which further signifying... 
Does Height Affect Diabetes Risk?

Does Height Affect Diabetes Risk?

A unique study out of Germany explores how your height may influence certain health risks. It has been long observed that shorter people seem to have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes while taller people tend to... 
AI is used to design a drug in 21 days by start-up

AI is used to design a drug in 21 days by start-up

AI has taken the development of drugs from the usual 8 years or so and millions of dollars in investment down to 21 days and approximately $150,000 in cost. This has been made possible by a young company called Insilico Medicine....