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NYT: How CVS Quit Smoking and Grew Into a Health Care Giant

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Michael Gaffney’s throat was scratchy for days, and lemon tea was not helping. So he dropped into a MinuteClinic above a CVS store in Midtown Manhattan on a lunch break. Within minutes, a nurse practitioner tested him for strep throat (negative), suggested lozenges and a regimen (ample fluids, no spicy …

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(NYT): Tehcnology: New, Simple ‘Buy’ Buttons Aim to Entice Mobile Shoppers

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork SAN FRANCISCO — Denise Chapman, a director at a San Diego advertising agency, is afraid to count how many hours of each day she spends on her mobile phone, browsing for clothes or gifts. But when it comes time to actually buy something, instead of using her iPhone, she fires …

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NYT: Bigger, Cheaper, Faster Data in the Cloud

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork The kind of data science that worked for President Obama is coming to cloud computing, and working at a speed faster than the president ever saw. A company called Civis Analytics, financed by a group of data wranglers who worked on Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign, is announcing on Wednesday a …

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(NYT Magazine): White Terrorism Is as Old as America

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork My grandmother used to speak of Klansmen riding through Louisiana at night, how she could see their white robes shimmering in the dark, how black people hid in bayous to escape them. Before her time, during Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan members believed they could scare superstitious black people out of …

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Call it terrorism in Charleston

Follow Us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork (CNN) The horrific attack at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, was allegedly carried out by a young white man who appeared to have deliberately targeted the church simply because it was serving African-Americans. Witnesses say the suspect said he was there “to shoot black people,” a law enforcement official …

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400 Million Lack Basic Health Services, WHO Report Finds

Follow Us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork At least 400 million people lack access to essential health services, the World Health Organization and World Bank said Friday in a new report that they described as a “wake-up call” about the challenges to achieving universal health coverage. The report also said that at least 6 percent of people in …

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Flow Health’s Debut Aim to unify the Personal Health Record for patients

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork After the disappointing lack of adoption suffered by Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault, many observers declared personal health records (PHRs) a non-starter, while others predicted that any progress toward personal control over health data would require a radically new approach. Several new stabs at a PHR are emerging, of which …

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A single test can determine every Virus a Person Has Had from a single Drop of Blood, Researchers Find

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Using less than a drop of blood, a new test can reveal nearly every virus a person has ever been exposed to, scientists reported on Thursday. The test, which is still experimental, can be performed for as little as $25 and could become an important research tool for tracking patterns …

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Could the “Singapore Experience” Have Happened in Trinidad?

Follow us On Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first Prime Minister, died on 23 March 2015; and on 29 March 2015, the Straits Times published an article titled “The Singapore That Lee Kuan Yew Built” which stated that he “…foretold the transformation of the country from a tiny slum-ridden trading post …” back in …

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Program Providing Legal Help to Immigrants Will Expand Beyond New York City

Follow us on Twitter: @GoAfricaNetwork New York City’s melting pot has been boiling over in the larger metropolitan area. Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey, home to thousands of recently arrived unaccompanied minors and older immigrants, have nearly as many people eligible for legal services as does the city. But outside …

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