Sam Shimomura

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Oprah's Most Important Piece of Advice for Achieving Extraordinary Success | Inc.com

Oprah recently Googled herself for the first time.<p>In an interview with British <i>Vogue</i> editor-in-chief Edward Enninful for the magazine's upcoming cover, she said she was impressed by what she learned about herself.<p>"I was the first African American self-made billionaire. Didn't know that. Donated more …

Motivation

10 things you should never say when making a presentation

Making a presentation at work can be scary. Some of us fear public speaking more than death. However, like many things in life, giving presentations …

Public Speaking

A philosopher asks: Is a longer life a happier one?

One of the biggest questions in ageing research is whether there is a ceiling on how long human beings can live.<p>A recent study, published in Science, suggests there isn't. The study measured the survival probabilities of 3,896 people in Italy aged 105 and older. It found that, while we are much …

Health Care

Take A Break: Save Your Job, Marriage, Life

It was Warren Buffett who said “the chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken.” The sentiment perfectly describes the creep in both the amount of time people work and the locations where work is done. It’s an insidious pattern that fools people into believing …

Customer Service

Pharmacy tech charged in case tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a pharmacy technician who worked at a hospital with making false statements during an investigation related to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.<p>Claudio Pontoriero, who worked …

Corruption

11 Seconds: How Long Your Doctor Listens Before Interrupting You

Apparently it takes mammals on average 21 seconds to pee regardless of their size, based on Georgia Tech researchers watching different animals urinate. Therefore, you may have much more uninterrupted time to empty your bladder than you do to tell your doctor why you are seeing him or her on a …

Health Care

How can you tell whether your doctor is any good?

On my last night of residency, a friend and I swapped our most memorable stories. We recalled the nights of panic and triumph caring for dozens of critically ill patients, about the day — okay, days — we fell asleep standing up, about the weeks subsisting on saltine crackers and ginger ale.<p>The …

Health Care

Here's What the Average Retiree Spends on Healthcare Each Year

Hint: It's not a small number.<p>It's natural to assume that our living costs will mostly go down in retirement, but if there's one expense that's …

Retirement

Scientists Find 'Unprecedented' Reversal of Wrinkles and Hair Loss

A new study found a way to undo wrinkles and hair loss from aging—at least in mice.<p>At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, scientists researched …

Seven Tips For Stronger Negotiating Skills In Business

Negotiating a good business deal is not about winning or playing hardball, but about creating opportunities to influence and to achieve outcomes that both sides are happy with.<p>While it’s crucial to have a strategy and to know your negotiation range and ‘walk away’ point, more often than not success …

Self-help

Here Are 16 Psychological Tricks to Immediately Make You More Likeable

How to use science to get more friends.<p>It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; …

Psychology

CVS fires pharmacist who denied hormone prescription to transgender woman

CVS has fired a pharmacist who refused to fill the prescription of a transgender woman seeking hormone medication and has apologized for the incident.<p>Hilde Hall, the transgender woman, detailed her encounter with the pharmacist at the Fountain Hills location in a blog post published on the ACLU of …

LGBTQI

Here’s What Foam Rolling Is Actually Doing When It Hurts So Good

Roll through the pain. We’ve all done it—in that it “hurts so bad I want to stop, but I know if I stop I’ll regret it” sort of way. Maybe before a …

Massage Therapy

The billion-dollar healthcare unicorns you should be watching in 2018

In the first half of 2018, healthcare startups raised $15 billion in funding, the most raised in the first half of the year in the last decade, according to Forbes.<p>By July, a new crop of unicorns — startups with valuations over $1 billion — were born, while others increased their already …

Digital Health

The health war against cheese may be completely misguided

Cheese lovers, rejoice. There's new evidence that the saturated fat found in cheese, milk, and other kinds of dairy is not tied to an increased risk of heart problems or death from any cause.<p>The study, published this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people who …

Nutrition

Meet the 29-year-old who founded a company that's using technology to find treatments for diseases thought to be incurable

The drug development process is laden with problems that make it lengthy and expensive. Right now, it takes 12 years and $2.6 billion to get a single drug to market, with the drug discovery and development process costing $1.4 billion.<p>Verge Genomics, run by 29-year-old Alice Zhang, is trying to …

Machine Learning

Cardiac arrest resuscitation drug has needlessly brain-damaged thousands

The main drug used to resuscitate cardiac arrest victims has needlessly left thousands of people with brain damage, according to a major new trial.<p>Adrenaline, which paramedics inject when CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and electric shocks are failing to work, barely improves the chances of …

Medicine

This Incredibly Popular Supplement Is Pretty Much Useless, Says Huge New Study

Here's why.<p>There's a growing body of evidence to suggest most vitamin supplements don't do all that much. In fact, a study earlier this year found …

Research

An Aspirin A Day? Not So Fast

I thought we’d put this one to bed. A large-scale study showed that low-dose aspirin (one quarter of a standard 325 mg pill, or about 81 mg) taken once a day can prevent heart attacks and some common types of cancer, including colon cancer.<p>I wrote about this topic just over a year ago, and I’ve …

Biomedicine

This startup created a $250 smartwatch that could save your life in an emergency — here's how it works

The idea for Ryan Howard's startup, iBeat, was born, like many are, out of something deeply personal.<p>On the evening before Thanksgiving three years ago, a childhood friend of Howard's died suddenly in his sleep.<p>For Howard, who is now 43, it was a wake-up call.<p>"That really pulled at me from the …

wakeup

Airline managers give their 9 top tips for stress-free flying

Getting from A to B by flying can be an exhilarating way to begin a trip, whether for business or for pleasure — but it can also cause a lot of stress if there are hiccups along the way that you aren't prepared for.<p>Airline managers naturally spend a lot of time in the air so it follows that they …

airplanes

The 24 Rules for Success Left Behind by a Legendary Wall Street Banker

14. "Have some fun—but not all the time!"<p>Richard Jenrette, who co-founded the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1959, spent four …

Wall Street

Stop Leaving Money on the Table--These 6 Negotiation Tips Can Help You Win Every Time

Do you feel lost when it comes to negotiations? You are not alone. Here are 6 concrete negotiating tips that top negotiators all do.<p>If you know your way around a negotiation table, there is no stopping you. You can negotiate for better prices with your vendors, new hire and existing salaries, …

Profit

A pharmacy startup that's raised $165 million in funding has found a new way to lower drug prices for patients paying with cash

For healthcare startup Blink Health, shaking up the prescription drug industry hasn't gone as planned.<p>Two of the largest pharmaceutical chains in the US stopped working with Blink in 2017, and its relationship with its biggest business partner soured shortly after.<p>New York-based Blink, which …

Pharma

How to shockproof your retirement healthcare costs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)<p>Financial planner David Haas’ client was traumatized in the dentist chair, but it was not the drill that scared her.<p>It was the dentist’s bad news: The woman needed thousands of dollars in dental work, …

Retirement

5 Facts About Medicare Every Retiree Should Know

Most seniors come to rely on Medicare. Here's some key information about this important health program.<p>Millions of seniors rely on Medicare to cover …

Retirement

Pressed For Time? An Expert's Solutions

<b>By Marci Alboher, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>I’ve been following time management and productivity guru Laura Vandkeram long before her viral 2016 TED talk, “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time.” Our first books came out in the same year; we refer to ourselves as the “class of 2007” (though in other …

Time Management

Why you might want to wrap your car key fob in foil

DETROIT – Given that the best way to store your car keys at night is by putting them in a coffee can, what's an ex-FBI agent's advice to protect cars from theft during the day?<p>Wrap car fobs in aluminum foil.<p>“Although it's not ideal, it is the most inexpensive way,” said Holly Hubert, a …

Los Angeles

How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent

Do you get to the end of the day and feel that you’ve met your most pressing deadlines but haven’t accomplished anything that’s fundamentally important? You’re hardly alone. In a series of studies recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people typically chose to complete tasks that …

Time Management

Learn to Get Better at Transitions

There is a small, disheveled baby robin making her very first steps in my garden today. She looks a bit dazed and exhausted, her lovely yellow down all awry. I know exactly what she feels like. She looks like a lot of people I know right now. At almost every age, everyone seems to be on the cusp of …

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