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Bank of Canada decides against launching digital currency, but leaves door open – The Globe and Mail

Bank of Canada decides against launching digital currency, but leaves door open – The...

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We’re Getting Old, but We’re Not Doing Anything About It

We’re Getting Old, but We’re Not Doing Anything About It

One of the paradoxes of this presidential campaign is that while many of the candidates are in their eighth decade of life, fundamental issues associated with the aging of American society are still receiving relatively little attention from the public, the press and politicians themselves. In 2031, the oldest baby boomers will turn 85, entering…
Two New Drugs Help Relieve Sickle-Cell Disease. But Who Will Pay?

Two New Drugs Help Relieve Sickle-Cell Disease. But Who Will Pay?

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two transformative new treatments for sickle-cell disease, the first in 20 years. But the drugs are wildly expensive, renewing troubling questions about access to cutting-edge medicines. Adakveo, made by Novartis, can prevent episodes of nearly unbearable pain that occur when malformed blood cells get stuck in blood vessels.…
When Robots Provide the Care

When Robots Provide the Care

To the Editor:Re “Would You Let a Robot Take Care of Your Mom?,” by Maggie Jackson (Op-Ed, Dec. 14):Since I have loved C-3PO and R2-D2 for most of my adult life, I would welcome them as cyborg friends — or even caregivers — as I pass into my dotage. Those original “Star Wars” characters are…
At the End of Life, Most Americans Are Dying at Home

At the End of Life, Most Americans Are Dying at Home

For the first time over a half century, more people in the United States are dying at home than in hospitals, a remarkable turnabout in Americans’ view of a so-called “good death.”In 2017, 29.8 percent of deaths by natural causes occurred in hospitals, and 30.7 percent at home, researchers reported on Wednesday in the New…
Would You Let a Robot Take Care of Your Mother?

Would You Let a Robot Take Care of Your Mother?

After Constance Gemson moved her mother to an assisted living facility, the 92-year-old became more confused, lonely and inarticulate. Two full-time private aides, kind and attentive as they were, couldn’t possibly meet all their patient’s needs for connection. So on a visit one day, Ms. Gemson brought her mom a new helper: a purring, nuzzling…