5.31.2018

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5.31.2018
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Need To Know.
Trump Increases Access to Experimental Drugs. 
President Trump signed into law yesterday a measure that would increase access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients. The legislation, known as the Right to Try bill, would provide individuals with life-threatening conditions access to unproven drugs without FDA permission - assuming they had exhausted all other treatments. Pharmaceutical treatments in the US undergo three phases prior to FDA approval (see 101). Many drugs fail prior to Phase II, where a treatment needs to show it works on the targeted ailment without significant side effects. The new bill would let people request drugs that pass Phase I but have failed or are stuck in Phase II. 

The law only grants patients the right to request drugs from companies, but companies are not required to make the drugs available. 

Walmart to Subsidize College.
The retail giant Walmart announced yesterday that it would begin offering college subsidies for the vast majority of employees at its US-based Walmart and Sam's Club stores. The company, who is the nation's largest private employer and recently topped the Fortune 500 list, would cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees. Employees would pay $1 per day and choose to pursue a bachelor's or associate degree in business or supply chain management. Enrollment is limited to University of Florida, Brandman University, or Bellevue University. The company expects about 68,000 of its 1.4 million eligible workers to participate over the first five years. On top of being an added employee perk, the move should help retain workers - turnover in the retail sector is about 3% per month

Steel, Aluminum Tariffs to Kick In for Key Allies.
The Trump Administration is set to announce it will not extend an exemption for Canada, Mexico, and the European Union for steel and aluminum tariffs announced in March. The White House had provided 30-day exemptions for the key allies since the tariffs were announced. The decision means an effective 25% tax will be placed on steel and 10% tax on aluminum imports coming into the US from these countries. The White House has said the decline of US manufacturing of steel and aluminum are a national security issue - and can therefore act without legislation from Congress. About 80% of US steel and aluminum imports come from ten countries, and Canada and Mexico account for about 25% of the total - the biggest EU contributor is Germany, at 3%. 

 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Researchers develop new way of growing whole muscles, which can then be grafted onto hybrid robots for use (More)
Scientists switch on and off pleasure signals received by the brain from eating food by manipulating neurons in mice (More)
Study finds that the ability of cells to clean toxins and dead material - cellular "housekeeping" known as autophagy - is linked to about 10% longer lifespan in mammals (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Prominent anti-Kremlin critic, presumed killed by Russian agents, appears alive at press conference saying he faked his death to avoid assassination attempt (More)
Former Obama EPA director Gina McCarthy to lead new Harvard center focused on climate policy (More)
North Korea's former military intelligence chief, Kim Yong Chol, lands in US to discuss US-NK summit with Sec. of State Mike Pompeo; is highest ranking North Korean official to visit in 18 years (More)


Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Grand jury indicts Harvey Weinstein on multiple rape charges; faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty (More)
Washington Capitals defeat Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 to even Stanley Cup Final at 1-1 (More)
Kendrick Lamar accepts his 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music, announced in April; is first hip-hop artist to win (More) | Watch acceptance video here (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Famed analyst & Venture Capitalist Mary Meeker releases annual state of the internet report, one of the most highly anticipated reports in business and tech (More)
US regulators propose simplifying Volcker Rule, which bans banks from trading own assets (More) | Volcker Rule 101 (More)
Warren Buffett proposed to invest $3B in Uber in form of a convertible loan earlier this year, but talks failed to materialize (More)
In Depth.

The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo. 

The Ringer | Ben Detrick. Just ahead of the Finals, The Ringer breaks what is undoubtedly the strangest story of the NBA season - Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations, Bryan Colangelo, has been undermining his own players and team leadership using fake twitter accounts
 

Why Aren't We Spending More On Public Health?

The Upshot | Aaron E. Carroll, Austin Frakt. From a revolution in clean water accessibility to the clamping down of infectious disease, public health interventions have historically been both hugely successful and money-savers. So why don't we invest more
Etcetera.
It's National Smile Day - here's how the smile became a friendly gesture for humans

Half of urban and rural Americans think drug addiction is a pressing problem in their communities.

Grammy-nominated artist SZA says she may have permanent vocal cord damage.  

Check out the best of New York City's NYCxDesign celebration for 2018

Getting an entry-level job is getting much, much harder

Maker of Ambien says racism is "not a side effect" of the drug

Kim Kardashian meets with Trump to request amnesty for a 63-year-old great-grandmother serving life for a first-time drug offense

Lawsuit alleges car salesman passed gas in coworker's office to reinforce dominance.

Clickbait: The trend you didn't know about and probably don't need - it's cockroach milk.


Historybook: HBD Walt Whitman (1819); Big Ben ticks for the first time (1859); HBD Clint Eastwood (1930); HBD Brooke Shields (1965); Watergate secret source ‘Deep Throat’  is revealed (2005).
 
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- Walt Whitman

 
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