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  • My ‘butterfly skin’ could kill me but I want to raise awareness for others
    Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare genetic condition where skin can tear at the slightest touch. ..... Read More.
    BBC NEWS – Health | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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  • Unprofessional TikTok medical videos ‘not the norm’
    TikTok videos made by doctors and nurses this week have been accused of spreading misinformation. ..... Read More.
    BBC NEWS – Health | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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  • Price hikes of MS drugs tripled costs over 7 years
    Most treatment options cost over $70,000 per year, researchers say By Christopher Maynard of ConsumerAffairs January 17, 2020 Though defined by many as a raredisease, multiple sclerosis (MS) is debilitating for the millions of people worldwide who have it. There is currently no cure for the condition, but certain treatments and therapies can help consumers manage their symptoms. However, a recent study has found that affording these treatment options is much more difficult. Researchers say that the cost of 15 MS drugs tripled from 2011 to 2017, rising from $453 million to 1.32 billion over that time period. And the cause? The meteoric rise in prescription drug prices. Increased spending was primarily driven by increases in prescription costs, which doubled [from 2011 to 2017,] said study author Danie Hartung. Most of these drugs cost more than $70,000 per year on average and costs for these drugs are among the highest… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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  • Southwest cancels all Boeing MAX 737 flights through June
    The need to train pilots after an FAA investigation will likely prolong the grounding By Christopher Maynard of ConsumerAffairs January 17, 2020 Boeings 737 MAX planes have received plenty of press lately for additional safety issues and revelations that its employees thought the plane was unsafe. So, its only natural that airline companies would respond by creating some more distance. Thats what Southwest Airlines did on Thursday. The carrier announced that it would be extending the removal of MAX flights from its schedule to June 6. It previously said it would ground these flights through April. Based on continued uncertainty around the timing of MAX return to service, as well as Boeing's recommendation for Pilot simulator training, the Company is proactively removing the MAX from its flight schedule through June 6, 2020, Southwest said in a press release. Doing it for travelers In its announcement, Southwest said that it decided… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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  • 2019: The Year of the Robocall
    Despite a couple of good months, 2019 turned out much worse than people thought when it came to robocalls By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs January 17, 2020 According to the YouMail Robocall Index, there were 58.5 billion robocalls in 2019, marking a 22 percent increase over 2018 and a troublesome 92 percent hike over 2017. Nearly half of those were scam-related come-ons. Its no wonder that (TRACED) an anti-robocall bill passed Congress overwhelmingly and was signed by the President on December 31, 2019, said Alex Qulici, YouMail CEO, when pointing to the two-year flood of calls. How do we robo thee? Let us count the ways Heres how 2019 went down by category: Type of Robocall Estimated 2019 Robocalls Percentage of all 2019 Robocalls Scams 25.9 billion 44 percent Alerts and Reminders 13.0 billion… ..... Read More.
    CONSUMER AFFAIRS – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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  • Minnesota School District Sued by Parents of Students Who Were Sexually Exploited
    The parents of two students are suing the Bemidji school district, alleging it was negligent in allowing a former assistant principal to sexually exploit their children. Brandon Bjerknes, who was arrested in 2017, is serving a federal prison sentence for … ..... Read More.
    INSURANCE JOURNAL – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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  • Brown & Brown Acquires Assets of Texas All Risk
    Brown & Brown Inc. through its subsidiary, Hull & Company LLC, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Dallas-based Texas All Risk, a managing general agent (MGA) placing a wide range of property/ casualty insurance for businesses and individuals … ..... Read More.
    INSURANCE JOURNAL – General | Consumers & ShoppingFri, January 17, 2020
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