The survival rates among extremely preterm infants increased from 30% in 2000 to 36% in 2011, and the rate of those who didn't develop neurological impairments at ages 18 to 22 months rose from 16% to 20% over the same period, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said that survival improvements may be tied to wider steroid use among mothers and lower infection rates.
US gasoline consumption dropped to its lowest level in 15 years during January, putting sales at odds with strong consumer demand in other areas. However, the drop in demand was likely due to higher prices at the pump and not lower budgets for consumers, says Ellen Zentner, a Morgan Stanley economist.
Campus technologists can improve their communication strategy and IT advocacy by studying the recent IPO filing from SnapChat, Joshua Kim writes. Transparency about risk and obstacles is the best way to demonstrate confidence in IT vision and generate support from skeptical stakeholders, according to Kim.
Statisticians are worried the Trump administration will change methodology for economic reports in the name of political expediency, according to a blog post by a newly retired government employee. The White House is considering changing calculation of the trade deficit to better reflect its position on trade, sources say.
Kroger has added between 25 and 40 new jobs at stores that offer its click-and-collect ClickList service, starting with a full-time manager, lead selector and lead attendant to get the service up and running, said Jeff Evans, e-commerce manager of Kroger's Delta Division. The retailer has the potential to add additional jobs at its stores with the eventual launch of a home-delivery service, Evans said.
Hackers are going after medical devices and smartphones connected to EHRs, and they may see small medical practices as easy targets, says security risk analyst Karen McMillen. She and KPMG partner Michael Ebert say physician practices should have strong cybersecurity policies, document security procedures, use software that limits access to EHRs and encrypts data and consider cloud-based EHRs.
Coca-Cola is revamping its loyalty program to move away from codes on caps and labeling to a digital-based rewards scheme focusing on experiences. Fans of My Coke Rewards are rushing to redeem their cap-based rewards while they still can, and consumers have been venting their frustrations on social media about the lack of clarity on what will come next.
Timberland is partnering with Thread International to launch a line of sneakers and boots made from trash collected in Haiti. The shoes made from the "Ground to Good" fabric will be released this spring.
Google has updated its Android Wear platform to work better with the Google Fit app, which provides fitness tracking and on-watch app downloads. Android Wear 2.0 is designed to work across platforms, while Google Fit remains an Android-based app.
Boehringer Ingelheim's Spiriva Respimat, or tiotropium bromide, has been approved by the FDA for use as a long-term, once-a-day treatment for asthma in patients at least 6 years old. The drug was initially approved for the same condition for patients 12 years and older.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has released an Innovation Agenda that promotes a free and open internet. The industry is praising the agenda, which seeks patent reform, protects cross-border data flows and preserves "the open, competitive nature of the internet against unnecessary government regulation while promoting continued development of innovative online services."
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration filed two whistleblower defense lawsuits against companies it says fired workers for reporting safety violations. The lawsuits seek reinstatement or front pay, compensation of costs and expungement of personnel files for those who filed the claims.
HP Inc. plans to eliminate 25% of its 2015 carbon emissions by 2025. The company will install clean energy technology on-site, purchase off-site renewables and look for ways to be more efficient in its energy use.