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(CNN)New White House communications czar Anthony Scaramucci wasn’t joking when he said he wanted Donald Trump to “be himself.”
Most women do not know how much they should be eating while pregnant, a survey has suggested.
The National Charity Partnership found only a third of the expectant mothers questioned got the correct answer.
Health watchdog NICE advises that in the first six months of pregnancy women do not need any extra calories.
But in the last trimester they require 200 extra calories a day – equivalent to two pieces of wholegrain toast with olive oil spread.
The National Charity Partnership (NCP), made up of Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation and Tesco, says information on what pregnant women can eat is not reaching them.
Its research of 2,100 UK women suggests more than one in three expectant mothers think they have to eat 300 or more extra calories every day.
Meanwhile, 61% of the 140 women who were pregnant when questioned believed they should start taking on extra calories in the first or second trimester.
The NCP is working with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to debunk the myth of “eating for two” and make dietary requirements for pregnant women easier to understand.
Eating for two is the idea that women need to eat for both them and their unborn child when they are pregnant.
Over a quarter of pregnant women admitted they used “eating for two” as an excuse to eat unhealthy food all the time.
Alex Davis, head of prevention for the NCP, said the myth was “very unhelpful” for getting the right information out to mums.
“Eating healthily and consuming healthy portion sizes are important before, during and after pregnancy to increase the chances of conceiving naturally, reduce the risk of pregnancy and birth-related complications and stave off health problems like type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease in the long-term.”
A woman normally needs to have 2,000 calories a day – this includes food and drink. But when you are in the last trimester of your pregnancy, you should eat 200 extra calories a day.
There is no need for any additional calories in the first six months.
Source: NHS Choices
Professor Janice Rymer, vice president of education for the RCOG, said eating too much while pregnant “can be detrimental” to mother and baby.
“Women who are overweight during pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a miscarriage and developing conditions such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia.
“They are also more likely to have a premature baby, require a Caesarean section, experience a haemorrhage after birth or develop a clot which can be life-threatening.
“In addition, overweight women have bigger babies who are themselves more likely to become obese and have significant health problems as a result.”
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Most people hate shopping for insurance, and they dont enjoy talking about it either. Thats probably why youre unlikely to hear about the industrys current transformation in conversation, even in startup circles.
But make no mistake, there are vast sums of venture dollars going into insurance deals. Investment has risen dramatically, with VCs betting that, in the coming years, well see major shifts in both how we buy insurance and what types of items we insure with it.
So far this year, insurance-focused startups (excluding the Asian continent*) have raised more than $700 million, almost as much as they raised in all of 2016, which was itself an especially busy year for the space. Much of the funding boom comes from big insurers themselves, who are backing and leading more rounds for insurance startups, as well as companies in related areas like financial services. In the chart below, we look at funding growth over the past four years:
Insurance investment totals are heavily driven by a few large rounds. Over the past year, the two biggest funding recipients are tech-enabled health insurer Bright Health and pay-by-the-mile auto insurerMetromile, which raised$160 millionand$153 million, respectively. In 2016, health insurance providerOscar Healthtook in$400 millionin growth funding, more than 40 percent of all insurance startup investment.
At first blush it may seem like insurance and venture capital make an odd couple.
There are plenty of smaller and mid-sized rounds getting done, too. Over the past year, at least 75 companies in the insurance space have raised rounds of $1 million or more, and about a quarter of those were for $20 million or more. They cover a big range of business models, as well, including new insurance categories, online platforms for comparing and purchasing coverage and tools for providers to better assess risk.
One might be inclined to call these startups industry disruptors except that their biggest supporters seem to be long-established players in the space.
As mentioned, a sizeable chunk of the financing comes from insurance companies themselves, many of whom have dedicated venture arms. The most active by round count looks to beAXA Strategic Ventures, the VC arm of French multinational insurer AXA. The two-year-old fund has invested intwo dozen companiesover the past two years, including a$6.5 millionround it led this month forQLoo, a celebrity-backed developer of AI-powered tools for mapping cultural tastes.MassMutual Ventures, the VC arm of insurance giant MassMutual, has also been keeping busy,backing 16 companiesover the past three years. In the chart below we look at a few:
Well-known venture firms are also leading significant rounds.New Enterprise Associates, for instance, backed both Metromile and Bright Health, along withIndio, a seed-stage commercial insurance startup.AccelandBessemerhave also each made three insurance-focused investments in the past couple of years. And over the years, most of the biggest Silicon Valley firms have at least one investment in the space.
But while it looks like large sums are going into insurance deals, the figures may underestimate the breadth of activity. One reason is that many fast-growing players in the insurance space operate in other industries too, such as financial services. A case in point isCredit Karma, the credit score unicorn that now offers auto insurance quotes alongside offers for credit cards and other financial products.
At first blush it may seem like insurance and venture capital make an odd couple. Venture capital is all about taking big risks for the potential of even bigger payouts down the road, while insurance is all about quantifying and mitigating risk.
In small allocations, however, venture can actually be a strategy for reducing risk, as it allows large, entrenched players to track and take stakes in the upstart ventures that could reshape their industries. Its worth noting that many of todays largest insurance companies have histories that date back a couple of centuries. They didnt last this long without some ability to adapt to changing times.
* Crunchbases tally of insurance investment totals excluded Asia, which sees fewer deals but some large ones. The biggest to date is Zhong An, a China-based online insurance company that raised more than $900 million two years ago.
(CNN)Eight former directors of the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to congressional leadership Friday to underscore the agency’s importance and respond to criticism from Republican lawmakers and the White House.
Unless you literally wear a mask all the time, it is almost impossible to completely avoid cameras and face recognition technology. Not only is this a privacy concern, but it also presents a potential liability for companies that need to protect personal data. D-ID, a startup currently taking part in Y Combinator, wants to solve the problem with tools that process images to make them unrecognizable to face recognition algorithms, but still look similar to the original picture.
D-ID (its name stands for de-identification) was founded last year by CEO Gil Perry, COO Sella Blondheim, and CTO Eliran Kuta. Perry and Blondheim met when both were in the Israeli Special Forces about a decade ago, while Kuta served in the Israeli Intelligence Corps. At that time, photo-sharing on social media was relatively new, but they already needed to be mindful of face recognition technology.
We couldnt share our photos and profiles over the web because of sensitive positions. Even after we finished our service, we couldnt share our photos when we traveled in South America, Perry says. We felt bad because we are very social and everyone was sharing photos, but we couldnt.
Perry and Blondheim realized that people in the security industry were also forbidden from sharing photos online. They started brainstorming ideas to protect pictures from face recognition tech and came up with a basic algorithm. After an interlude of a few years, during which each of them worked on separate startups, they regrouped, added Kuta to their team, and launched D-ID.
Finding a way to deal with face recognition technology has become even more imperative. ATMs that use face recognition technology have already been deployed in Macau and are being tested by border control agencies in several countries. In China, its even been used to identify jaywalkers.
We started thinking about it when only people who worked in security or the government were very aware of face recognition technology, says Perry. Now everyone needs to be aware of it. Streets today are covered by cameras, we all carry smartphones. We are being photographed all the time. When you combine all the cameras and face recognition technology, privacy is actually gone.
The growth of D-ID will also be driven by new data privacy regulations like the European Unions General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will become enforceable in May 2018 and require companies to guard personal data, including biometric data, more stringently or risk heavy fines. D-ID claims that its technology is designed to be difficult for artificial intelligence to overcome. Perry declined to go into detail about how the startups algorithms accomplish that, but said its goal is to be the standard of image protection, protecting every photo containing biometric data that is shared online.
D-ID serves three verticals: companies that need to protect images of their employees or customers, health management organizations, and government and security agencies that want to secure biometric data. It will launch a pilot program with cloud-based image management service Cloudinary to protect more than 14 billion media assets, Perry says.
Other companies that are developing ways to protect data from face recognition tech include ones that specialize in helping organizations comply with privacy regulations or offer data protection on a SaaS basis. Many of their tools work by making faces completely unrecognizable, but Perry says D-ID differentiates because their changes are much less detectable as possible, at least to the human eye. This element means that D-IDs tech can appeal to individuals who just want to protect photos they put online. Perry says a consumer app may be released if there is enough demand. D-IDs founders also say they welcome more competition because that means more companies are finding ways to help people protect their personal data.
Its an important point in time right now, with the progress of deep learning and every place being covered by cameras and regulators understand that, Perry says. More competitors are going to come and thats a good thing. we need to move fast in order to make an impact and we want to make as large an impact as possible in order to restore and protect privacy.
(CNN)Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator’s care told CNN exclusively. The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
When members of the Wildwood, N.J., community heard that Ethan Kranig, a sick 9-year-old who always wanted to be a police officer was planning on visiting their beach town, locals pulled out all the stops.
Kranig from Prescott, Wis., who was diagnosed with the rare disease ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, was officially sworn-in Monday as an honorary police officer with the Wildwood Police Department.
Police Chief Robert Regalbuto gave Kranig the oath of office and was touched by the emotional event.
Regalbuto said hes seen nothing like this before… and Ive been with the department for 28 years.
A Wildwood resident, Christine Six Brown, helped to coordinate Kranig’s trip, but it was John Lynch, a local who works with the citys tourism department and is known for giving back to the community, who spearheaded the event.
When he heard that Kranig, who would be in the area for follow-up treatments at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, wanted to be a police officer, he called up the Wildwood Police Department to see how they could help.
In addition to becoming a police officer, Kranigs one wish was to visit the ocean for the first time.
Nearby Middle Police Department also wanted to help, so they gave Kranig and his family a police escort straight to the beach, which made Kranig ecstatic, according to Lynch.
And when other local residents heard what was going on, they, too, wanted to help. A sightseeing helicopter business called up looking to give the Kranigs a free ride. The boardwalks iconic Sightseers Tramcars offered Kranigs family free tram rides.
When we as a community can do that, can do something so special, its incredible, Lynch said of the city coming together for Kranig. With so much discord going on this is what America is all about.
The Wildwood Police Department concluded the ceremony by including Kranig in the force’s yearly staff photograph.
Ethan Kranig is collecting police department patches. Departments interested in sending him a police patch to add to his collection can visit LunchWithLynch.com.
Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence was sent to the National Governors Association’s meeting in Rhode Island on Friday to convince skeptical Republican governors to back the Senate GOP’s health care bill.
Two pastors filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming the soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about health risks through its advertisements.
William Lamar and Delman Coates claimed Coca-Cola executives ran campaigns that intentionally confused consumers on the link between the soft drinks and obesity, The Washington Post reported. D.C. Superior Court filed the complaint on behalf of the pastors and the Praxis Project, a public health group.
“Its become really clear to me that were losing more people to the sweets than to the streets,” Coates, the pastor at Marylands Mount Ennon Baptist Church, told the newspaper.
Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, also echoed the same sentiment.
Coates added that he previously saw members of his congregation feeding infants Coca-Cola in baby bottles.
“Theres a great deal of misinformation in our communities, and I think thats largely a function of these deceptive marketing campaigns,” Coates said.
The lawsuit alleges that millions of dollars were spent on research, blog posts and advertising campaigns to disprove or confuse the link between consuming sugary soda drinks and obesity.
Coca-Cola, however, said in a statement to the Washington Post the allegations were “factually meritless,” adding that it will “vigorously defend against them.”
“The Coca-Cola Company understands that we have a role to play in helping people reduce their sugar consumption,” the statement read.
The American Beverage Association also disputed the claim that there is a link between soda consumption and obesity.
“Beverages are not driving obesity rates,” the organization said. “Obesity has been going up steadily for years while soda consumption has been going down steadily. Shouldnt obesity rates have gone down with the reduction in soda consumption if the two are connected?
The lawsuit comes after a similar suit was filed in California last January, but later withdrawn. That claim also said Coca-Cola and ABA were downplaying sugar’s role in the increase in obesity cases.
Gunnar Lovelace is the founder of Thrive Market.
Most of todays food is produced by industrial agriculture and thats a problem.
Industrialized agriculture essentially turns farms into a factories, requiring inputs like synthetic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, large amounts of irrigation water, and fossil fuels to produce outputs like genetically modified crops (corn, soy, wheat) and livestock (meat, poultry, pork) by mechanized production means.
All of this leads to a unsustainable and outdated system thats heavily dependent on fossil fuels and chemical pesticides, which has dangerous hidden costs. Industrialized agriculture is depleting our nations topsoil at such an extreme rate, experts warn we have fewer than 60 harvests left if we dont shift to more sustainable farming practices.
Plus, the continued use of pesticides on our farmlands is poisoning our soils, water systems and the air we breathe a recent study found that 93% of Americans test positive for glyphosate, the most heavily sprayed herbicide in the world and one the World Health Organization has categorized as a possible carcinogen.
But it doesnt have to be this way, a shift to technologically driven organic farming practices could save our topsoils, lessen our dependence on synthetics and even capture 100% of todays CO2 emissions.
How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used.
Here are three suggestions that will help us get back to basics, but better.
A primary driver of industrialized farming is to make farms more productive by growing more food per acre. To do this, in addition to reliance on synthetic inputs and mechanization, farmers use genetically modified (GM) seeds that are less prone to failure and can withstand heavy doses of chemical pesticides.
Theres a common misnomer that organic farming, without the aid of synthetic ingredients or GM seeds, simply cannot produce equal yields to their industrialized counterparts. This is untrue, a recent long-term study not only found that yields between industrial and organic farms were similar across a variety of crops, on average, organic crops returned nearly double the revenue of the conventional crops.
Additionally, genetically modified crops are designed to tolerate very high levels of toxic herbicides, specifically glyphosate which is the active ingredient in Monsantos Roundup. Over 2.6 billion pounds of glyphosate have been sprayed on US crops in the past 20 years. Since GM crops (94% of soybeans and 89% of corn grown in the US) are able to withstand high levels of glyphosate, the plants absorb this toxic chemical, introducing it into the food supply, water systems, air and eventually into our bodies.
A switch to modern organic techniques will not only boost farmer profitability, but will create superior nutrient dense produce that is not genetically modified a tremendous boon for our environment.
Efficient Energy and Water Usage
There are tremendous wins to be had when combining organic farming with 21st century tech. Innovative irrigation techniques, like using solar powered wireless tags, can water crops with extreme precision resulting in dramatic water savings with zero effect on yield. In sourcing organic tomatoes for our Thrive Market Collection products, we found a partner that saves 2,750,000 gallons of water per day and 4 million kilowatts of electricity annually by leveraging similar technology in the name of efficiency.
There are some farmers in California using dry farming techniques to nourish plants without water using existing water content and nutrient density in healthy soil to sustain crops.
By focusing on sustainable farming practices and a transition to more innovative uses of technology to increase water efficiencies, sustainable farms can not only survive but thrive in a future where water becomes more scarce.
Theres a climate component to this industrialization of our agricultural systems, its destroying our topsoil. Experts estimate that we have fewer than 60 harvests remaining if we dont move away from destructive industrialized farming practices marked by concentrated production of a single crops, reliant on fossil fuel fertilizers and chemical pesticides to more sustainable farming techniques.
And thats where modern organic comes in. When most people think organic organic theyre usually thinking about the virtues of the produce itself, it has more flavor and is generally more ethically produced. This is true, but organic farming is also good for the environment as it promotes healthy soil.
When soil is healthy, free from pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, its able to produce a series of vital functions nutrient cycling, water filtration and water retention. The nutrient cycling piece is primarily why organic produce tastes so much better than conventional produce its packed with nutrients. Plus, healthy soil retains significantly more water than soil laden with synthetics each 1 percent increase in soil organic matter helps soil hold 20,000 gallons more water per acre.
Healthy soil also has the ability to filter carbon from the atmosphere. Its so good in fact, that according to research published by the Rodale institute, if we shifted the worlds farms tomorrow to organic farming practices we could sequester all the carbon being emitted today.
If you consume food youre an active player in todays agricultural system, and hold the key for our farming future. By shifting your purchases from unsustainable products born of industrialized farming techniques, to organic products, we can drive resources into expanding sustainable farming infrastructures that will not only improve access and affordability, but will help create a more sustainable future for everyone.