(Reuters Health) - National and international pediatric and health organizations should develop a uniform set of guidelines around infant formulas, says a group of pediatric experts.Several existing recommendations from top groups contradict one another, especially when it comes to the temperature of water used to mix formula and when to mix it, note the authors of a commentary in the journal Pediatrics."A majority of infants will have formula at some point during their first year of life, but conversations regarding formula mixing are not always standard before (or even after) formula is introduced," said lead author Dr. Tracey Wilkinson of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.Recommendations differ primarily around whether caregivers should add formula powder to boiling water or water that has been boiled and then cooled, or should never boil the water at all."Parents have a lot of options when it comes to where to get information these days, and they often … [Read more...] about Parents get conflicting advice about mixing infant formula
Decades after Isaac Asimov first wrote his laws for robots, their ever-expanding role in our lives requires a radical new set of rules, legal and AI expert Frank Pasquale warned on Thursday. The world has changed since sci-fi author Asimov in 1942 wrote his three rules for robots, including that they should never harm humans, and today's omnipresent computers and algorithms demand up-to-date measures. According to Pasquale, author of "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms Behind Money and Information", four new legally-inspired rules should be applied to robots and AI in our daily lives. "The first is that robots should complement rather than substitute for professionals" Pasquale told AFP on the sidelines of a robotics conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "Rather than having a robot doctor, you should hope that you have a doctor who really understands how AI works … [Read more...] about New laws of robotics needed to tackle AI: expert
By Ellie Advice Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Q: My fiancée and I are mid-50s and experienced nasty divorces (mine’s ongoing) from long-term first marriages. We grew up together since Grade 1, like sister and brother. After graduation, we stayed in-touch until 1987, when we each got married. We lost touch other than becoming Facebook friends in 2008. Last May, six weeks after my ex and I separated, I opened Facebook and the only friend online at that time was my now-fiancée. That day we talked on the phone for the first time in 31 years. Our relationship blossomed into the deepest, most soulful, loving relationship possible. We live in different parts of the country, so the distance/time apart is difficult, but we got engaged last October and plan on a life together once I’m divorced. Article Continued Below We have only one problem — I’ve never wanted a dog. My fiancé is a dog lover. Her three dogs are … [Read more...] about I’m afraid my fiancée will pick her dogs over me: Ask Ellie
By David Olive Business Columnist Sun., April 28, 2019 The Bank of Canada (BoC), which last week left its key lending rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent, is under fire for errant forecasts, causing some to wonder about its current projections for a Canadian economic rebound in the second half of this year. GDP was expected to grow at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in Q4 2018 and by 0.8 per cent in Q1 2019. But the actual numbers came in at 0.4 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively, which got some analysts worrying about a recession. The BoC was overly optimistic about growing strength in exports and business investment, neither of which picked up as expected. “We were trying to capture something that is quite ephemeral, business sentiment, which translates into investment decisions,” Stephen Poloz, the BoC governor, said last week. The second-half rebound the BoC now forecasts is based on an expected housing-market recovery, wage gains and a revival … [Read more...] about Bank of Canada continues to prove it can adapt to changing economic conditions
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?