Jimmy Kimmel Shreds Trump For Doing Worse Than Nothing To Stop Gun Violence

Jimmy Kimmel pleaded with President Donald Trump to take action on gun control after Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

His voice cracking with emotion, Kimmel called out Trump on Thursday night for offering platitudes instead of solutions.

“You still haven’t done anything, nothing, you’ve literally done nothing,” Kimmel said. “Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing.”

Kimmel then defused Republicans’ standard reaction to mass shootings, which is to blame mental health issues rather than guns:

“You like to say this is a mental health issue but one of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was to actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. You did that. Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health. So, I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don’t agree we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.”

Kimmel also offered a warning to NRA-backed lawmakers who refuse to help stop gun violence.

“Somewhere along the line, these guys forgot they work for us, not the NRA. Us,” he said. “And this time, we’re not gonna allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks until you get an all-clear and we move on to the next thing.”

Then, he urged viewers to visit everytown.org, the website of a nonprofit group that advocates for gun control and helps voters contact lawmakers. 

See his full monologue in the clip above.  

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Frances Bean Cobain Celebrates Two Years Sober While Revealing Private Battle With Addiction

Posting a short video she captured while in Hawaii with her boyfriend Matthew Cook, the 25-year-old captioned it:

“I thought I would start this post by using a pure moment in Oahu amongst nature, with my love. This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday. It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum. The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing.”

And while she doesn’t go into detail about her addiction, she continued:

“I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different. It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bazaar, uncomfortable, tragic, fucked up things that have ever happened or will ever happen.”

As you’re probably aware, both Frances’ parents struggled with abusing drugs as Courtney was ordered into rehab in 2005, and her dad sadly passed away by suicide with high traces of heroin and Valium in his system.

She’s so strong for fighting this battle, and we hope she continues to stay on the path of recovery.

Read her full post (below):

I thought I would start this post by using a pure moment in Oahu amongst nature, with my love. This moment is a representation of who I am on February 13th, 2018. It feels significant here, now because it’s my 2nd sober birthday. It’s an interesting and kaleidoscopic decision to share my feelings about something so intimate in a public forum . The fact that I’m sober isn’t really public knowledge, decidedly and deliberately. But I think it’s more important to put aside my fear about being judged or misunderstood or typecast as one specific thing. I want to have the capacity to recognize & observe that my journey might be informative, even helpful to other people who are going through something similar or different. It is an everyday battle to be in attendance for all the painful, bazaar, uncomfortable, tragic, fucked up things that have ever happened or will ever happen. Self destruction and toxic consumption and deliverance from pain is a lot easier to adhere to. Undeniably, for myself and those around me becoming present is the best decision I have ever made. How we treat our bodies directly correlates to how we treat our souls. It’s all interconnected. It has to be. So I’m gonna take today to celebrate my vibrant health and the abundance of happiness, gratitude, awareness, compassion, empathy, strength, fear, loss, wisdom, peace and the myriad of other messy emotions I feel constantly. They inform who I am, what my intentions are, who i want to be and they force me to acknowledge my boundaries/limitations. I claim my mistakes as my own because I believe them to contribute to the dialogue of my higher education in life. I am constantly evolving. The moment I stop my evolution is the moment I disservice myself and ultimately those I love. As cheesy and cornball as it sounds life does get better, if you want it to. I’ll never claim I know something other people don’t. I only know what works for me and seeking to escape my life no longer works for me. Peace, love, empathy (I’m going to reclaim this phrase and define it as something that’s mine, filled with hope and goodness and health, because I want to ) Frances Bean CobainA post shared by Frances Bean Cobain (@space_witch666) on Feb 13, 2018 at 9:31am PST

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CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

(CNN)California’s insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.

“If the health insurer is making decisions to deny coverage without a physician actually ever reviewing medical records, that’s of significant concern to me as insurance commissioner in California — and potentially a violation of law,” he said.
Aetna, the nation’s third-largest insurance provider with 23.1 million customers, told CNN it looked forward to “explaining our clinical review process” to the commissioner.
    The California probe centers on a deposition by Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, who served as medical director for Aetna for Southern California from March 2012 to February 2015, according to the insurer.
    During the deposition, the doctor said he was following Aetna’s training, in which nurses reviewed records and made recommendations to him.
    Jones said his expectation would be “that physicians would be reviewing treatment authorization requests,” and that it’s troubling that “during the entire course of time he was employed at Aetna, he never once looked at patients’ medical records himself.”
    “It’s hard to imagine that in that entire course in time, there weren’t any cases in which a decision about the denial of coverage ought to have been made by someone trained as a physician, as opposed to some other licensed professional,” Jones told CNN.
    “That’s why we’ve contacted Aetna and asked that they provide us information about how they are making these claims decisions and why we’ve opened this investigation.”
    The insurance commissioner said Californians who believe they may have been adversely affected by Aetna’s decisions should contact his office.
    Members of the medical community expressed similar shock, saying Iinuma’s deposition leads to questions about Aetna’s practices across the country.
    “Oh my God. Are you serious? That is incredible,” said Dr. Anne-Marie Irani when told of the medical director’s testimony. Irani is a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and a former member of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology’s board of directors.
    “This is potentially a huge, huge story and quite frankly may reshape how insurance functions,” said Dr. Andrew Murphy, who, like Irani, is a renowned fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He recently served on the academy’s board of directors.

    The Gillen Washington case

    The deposition by Aetna’s former medical director came as part of a lawsuit filed against Aetna by a college student who suffers from a rare immune disorder. The case is expected to go to trial later this week in California Superior Court.
    Gillen Washington, 23, is suing Aetna for breach of contract and bad faith, saying he was denied coverage for an infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) when he was 19. His suit alleges Aetna’s “reckless withholding of benefits almost killed him.”
    Aetna has rejected the allegations, saying Washington failed to comply with their requests for blood work. Washington, who was diagnosed with common variable immunodeficiency, or CVID, in high school, became a new Aetna patient in January 2014 after being insured by Kaiser.
    Aetna initially paid for his treatments after each infusion, which can cost up to $20,000. But when Washington’s clinic asked Aetna to pre-authorize a November 2014 infusion, Aetna says it was obligated to review his medical record. That’s when it saw his last blood work had been done three years earlier for Kaiser.
    Despite being told by his own doctor’s office that he needed to come in for new blood work, Washington failed to do so for several months until he got so sick he ended up in the hospital with a collapsed lung.
    Once his blood was tested, Aetna resumed covering his infusions and pre-certified him for a year. Despite that, according to Aetna, Washington continued to miss infusions.
    Washington’s suit counters that Aetna ignored his treating physician, who appealed on his behalf months before his hospitalization that the treatment was medically necessary “to prevent acute and long-term problems.”
    “Aetna is blaming me for what happened,” Washington told CNN. “I’ll just be honest, it’s infuriating to me. I want Aetna to be made to change.”
    During his videotaped deposition in October 2016, Iinuma — who signed the pre-authorization denial — said he never read Washington’s medical records and knew next to nothing about his disorder.
    Questioned about Washington’s condition, Iinuma said he wasn’t sure what the drug of choice would be for people who suffer from his condition.
    Iinuma further says he’s not sure what the symptoms are for the disorder or what might happen if treatment is suddenly stopped for a patient.
    “Do I know what happens?” the doctor said. “Again, I’m not sure. … I don’t treat it.”
    Iinuma said he never looked at a patient’s medical records while at Aetna. He says that was Aetna protocol and that he based his decision off “pertinent information” provided to him by a nurse.
    “Did you ever look at medical records?” Scott Glovsky, Washington’s attorney, asked Iinuma in the deposition.
    “No, I did not,” the doctor says, shaking his head.
    “So as part of your custom and practice in making decisions, you would rely on what the nurse had prepared for you?” Glovsky asks.
    Iinuma said nearly all of his work was conducted online. Once in a while, he said, he might place a phone call to the nurse for more details.
    How many times might he call a nurse over the course of a month?
    “Zero to one,” he said.
    Glovsky told CNN he had “never heard such explosive testimony in two decades of deposing insurance company review doctors.”

    Aetna’s response

    Aetna defended Iinuma, who is no longer with the company, saying in its legal brief that he relied on his “years of experience” as a trained physician in making his decision about Washington’s treatment and that he was following Aetna’s Clinical Policy Bulletin appropriately.
    “Dr. Iinuma’s decision was correct,” Aetna said in court papers. “Plaintiff has asserted throughout this litigation that Dr. Iinuma had no medical basis for his decision that 2011 lab tests were outdated and that Dr. Iinuma’s decision was incorrect. Plaintiff is wrong on both counts.”
    In its trial brief, Aetna said: “Given that Aetna does not directly provide medical care to its members, Aetna needs to obtain medical records from members and their doctors to evaluate whether services are ‘medically necessary.’ Aetna employs nurses to gather the medical records and coordinate with the offices of treating physicians, and Aetna employs doctors to make the actual coverage-related determinations.
    “In addition to applying their clinical judgment, the Aetna doctors and nurses use Aetna’s Clinical Policy Bulletins (‘CPBs’) to determine what medical records to request, and whether those records satisfy medical necessity criteria to support coverage. These CPBs reflect the current standard of care in the medical community. They are frequently updated, and are publicly available for any treating physician to review.”
    Jones, the California insurance commissioner, said he couldn’t comment specifically on Washington’s case, but what drew his interest was the medical director’s admission of not looking at patients’ medical records.
    “What I’m responding to is the portion of his deposition transcript in which he said as the medical director, he wasn’t actually reviewing medical records,” Jones told CNN.
    He said his investigation will review every individual denial of coverage or pre-authorization during the medical director’s tenure to determine “whether it was appropriate or not for that decision to be made by someone other than a physician.”
    If the probe determines that violations occurred, he said, California insurance code sets monetary penalties for each individual violation.
    CNN has made numerous phone calls to Iinuma’s office for comment but has not heard back. Heather Richardson, an attorney representing Aetna, declined to answer any questions.
    Asked about the California investigation, Aetna gave this written statement to CNN:
    “We have yet to hear from Commissioner Jones but look forward to explaining our clinical review process.
    “Aetna medical directors are trained to review all available medical information — including medical records — to make an informed decision. As part of our review process, medical directors are provided all submitted medical records, and also receive a case synopsis and review performed by a nurse.
    “Medical directors — and all of our clinicians — take their duties and responsibilities as medical professionals incredibly seriously. Similar to most other clinical environments, our medical directors work collaboratively with our nurses who are involved in these cases and factor in their input as part of the decision-making process.”

    ‘A huge admission’

    Dr. Arthur Caplan, founding director of the division of medical ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, described Iinuma’s testimony as “a huge admission of fundamental immorality.”
    “People desperate for care expect at least a fair review by the payer. This reeks of indifference to patients,” Caplan said, adding the testimony shows there “needs to be more transparency and accountability” from private, for-profit insurers in making these decisions.
    Murphy, the former American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology board member, said he was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” by the medical director’s admission.
    “This is something that all of us have long suspected, but to actually have an Aetna medical director admit he hasn’t even looked at medical records, that’s not good,” said Murphy, who runs an allergy and immunology practice west of Philadelphia.
    “If he has not looked at medical records or engaged the prescribing physician in a conversation — and decisions were made without that input — then yeah, you’d have to question every single case he reviewed.”
    Murphy said when he and other doctors seek a much-needed treatment for a patient, they expect the medical director of an insurance company to have considered every possible factor when deciding on the best option for care.

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    “We run into the prior authorization issues when we are renewing therapy, when the patient’s insurance changes or when an insurance company changes requirements,” he said.
    “Dealing with these denials is very time consuming. A great deal of nursing time is spent filling and refilling out paperwork trying to get the patient treatment.
    “If that does not work, then physicians need to get involved and demand medical director involvement, which may or may not occur in a timely fashion — or sometimes not at all,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2018/02/11/health/aetna-california-investigation/index.html

    Democrats Take Florida District That Went Narrowly For Trump

    Democrats flipped a GOP-held Florida state House seat on Tuesday, handing the party its 36th state legislative pickup nationwide since Donald Trump won the presidency.

    Democrat Margaret Good, an attorney, defeated Republican James Buchanan, son of Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), 52 percent to 45 percent.Libertarian Alison Foxall received 3 percent of the vote.

    “Representative-elect Margaret Good’s campaign was dedicated to the people of Sarasota County who are tired of Florida Republicans peddling a Trump agenda counter to their values,” Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said in a statement. “Rep.-elect Good went door-to-door, talking with voters about affordable health care, fully funded public schools, safeguarding LGBTQ+ and reproductive rights, and protecting Florida’s beautiful environment.”

    The district voted for Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by about 5 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election.

    The special election was prompted by the August resignation of state Rep. Alex Miller, a Republican, midway through her first term. Miller won the Sarasota seat in November 2016 by about 16 percentage points

    Good ran on a platform of protecting the environment by preserving Florida’s public lands, opposing use of public funds for charter schools and using Affordable Care Act funds to expand Medicaid.

    She benefited from the support of grassroots Democratic groups that arose in response to the 2016 election, including Sister District, which encourages liberals across the country to donate to Democrats in tight state legislative races.

    Republicans continue to control both of Florida’s legislative chambers. The state’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, is term-limited after two four-year terms that will come to a close at the end of 2018.

    Democrats have been on a roll in state-level special elections. Last Tuesday, the party picked up a Missouri House seat in an exurban St. Louis district that Trump had won.

    And last month, Democrats flipped a state Senate seat in a rural stretch of Wisconsin that went heavily for Trump. Republican Gov. Scott Walker called the outcome a “wake-up call.”

    Democrats still have a long way to go to reverse the losses they have endured in state legislatures since 2009. The party lost about 1,000 state legislative seats from 2009 to 2016.

    But Democrats’ recent wins in longtime Republican districts bear the markings of a forthcoming wave in the midterm elections this November.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democrats-florida-state-house-win_us_5a838997e4b0cf06751f92f4

    ‘The Trump slump’: Remington files for bankruptcy as gun sales tumble

    With Trump in the White House, Americas gun manufacturers are in trouble after a golden era under Barack Obama

    ‘The Trump slump’: Remington files for bankruptcy as gun sales tumble

    With Trump in the White House, Americas gun manufacturers are in trouble after a golden era under Barack Obama

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/13/remington-bankruptcy-guns-trump-slump-sales

    The Quaker dwarf who fought slavery

    Image copyright National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
    Image caption Benjamin Lay was a pioneer of non-violent direct action

    He stood only about 4ft (1.2m) tall, yet what Benjamin Lay lacked in stature he made up for in moral courage and radical thinking. He was a militant vegetarian, a feminist, an abolitionist and opposed to the death penalty – a combination of values that put him centuries ahead of his contemporaries.

    For the hunchbacked Quaker was not a product of the 1960s counter-culture but of the Essex textile industry of the early 18th Century. The BBC charts the achievements of an extraordinary man, from his early life in eastern England, to the sugar plantations of Barbados and the British territory that would become the USA.

    In September 1738, six years after arriving in America, Lay went to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Quakers with a hollowed-out book inside of which was a tied-off animal bladder containing red berry juice.

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    Lay told the gathering, which included wealthy Quaker slave-owners: “Thus shall God shed the blood of those persons who enslave their fellow creatures.”

    He then plunged a sword into the book and the “blood” splattered on the heads and bodies of the horrified slave-keepers.

    Image copyright Getty Images
    Image caption The polymath and statesman Benjamin Franklin, depicted here conducting an experiment to prove lightning was electricity, befriended Lay and published his work

    As his biographer, University of Pittsburgh historian Marcus Rediker, says: “He did not care whether people liked it or not.

    “He wanted to draw people in; he was saying: ‘Are you for me or against me? Are you for slavery or against it?’

    “He lost the battle with the elders of the church but won it with the next generation.”

    Lay’s journey to become perhaps the most visionary radical in pre-Revolutionary America – he was one of the first people to boycott slave-produced products, in the same way campaigners today shun products made in sweat shops – began near Colchester in England.

    Born in 1682 in Copford, he trained as a glove-maker in Colchester which had a major local textile industry and was a hotbed of radical thought.

    “He was a third-generation Quaker from an area with a strong history of religious radicalism,” said Dr Rediker.

    He later became a sailor, and his experiences were to shape his views on slavery.

    Image copyright Courtesy: Winterthur Museum, 1958.672
    Image caption Lay found senior Quakers keeping slaves in 18th Century Philadelphia

    “Lay first learned about slavery through hearing stories from his sailor friends, some of whom may have been slaves themselves,” the historian said.

    “There was also a radical seafaring tradition, a sailor’s ethic of solidarity, which connects in Lay to the radical tradition.”

    After returning home to the Colchester area, Lay found himself in trouble with the Quaker community because he felt the need to speak out against those who fell short of his high moral standards.

    “He was a troublemaker at every moment of his life,” said Dr Rediker.

    “He had a powerful sense of his convictions and would speak truth unto power.”

    Image copyright Pennsylvania; Quaker collection
    Image caption Lay made his own clothes from flax to avoid the exploitation of animals

    From Colchester he went to Barbados with his wife Sarah Smith, also a Quaker and a dwarf, to open a general store, but his experience “was a nightmare”.

    “It was the leading slave society of the world,” said his biographer. “He saw slaves starved to death, he saw them beaten to death and tortured to death, and he was horrified,”

    The Quaker spoke out against the plantation owners and, angered, they told him to leave.

    Lay’s odyssey next took him to Philadelphia, where he befriended the polymath Benjamin Franklin, a future Founding Father of the USA, who would publish Lay’s book, All Slave-Keepers That Keep the Innocent in Bondage, Apostates.

    Image copyright Courtesy Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore
    Image caption The Friends’ Meeting House in Burlington, New Jersey, was one of the places where Benjamin Lay protested

    While in America, he continued to defy conventional wisdom.

    Lay crafted his own cottage in a cave, lining the entrance with stone creating a roof with “sprigs of evergreen”, said Dr Rediker.

    His home was apparently quite spacious, with room for a large library. Lay also planted an apple tree and cultivated potatoes, squash, radishes and melons.

    Lay’s favourite meal was “turnips boiled, and afterwards roasted”, while his drink of choice was “pure water”.

    The committed vegetarian made his own clothes from flax to avoid the exploitation of animals – he would not even use the wool of sheep.

    Image copyright Loretta E Fox
    Image caption Lay is thought to have made his home in this cave

    His moral certainty meant he could not allow the slavers in his midst to go unchallenged, and he would often attend Quaker meetings to denounce slavers.

    Dr Rediker said they “flew into rages” when Lay spoke out against slavery.

    “They ridiculed him, they heckled him… many dismissed him as mentally deficient and somehow deranged as he opposed the ‘common sense’ of the era,” he said.

    He was during his long life disowned by the Abington Quakers in Pennsylvania, as well as groups in Colchester and London.

    In November 2017, almost 300 years after his denunciation, the North London Quakers recognised the wrong they had done in their treatment of Lay, accepting the group had “not walked the path we would later understand to be the just one”.

    “It has righted an historical injustice,” London Quaker and writer Tim Gee said.

    In 1758, the year before Lay died aged 77, the Philadelphia Quakers ruled they must no longer take part in the slave trade.

    “Lay understood from this that it was the beginning of the end,” Dr Rediker said.

    The Quakers would go on to be at the forefront of the campaign against slavery, which would ultimately be abolished in the US in 1865.

    For Mr Gee, Lay’s lasting legacy is that he had “a vision for a better world”.

    “He could see basic injustices in society which were seen as normal and dragged the injustices into the light.”

    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-42640782

    50 Reminders For When Someone Toxic Is Stuck Inside Your World

    God & Man

    1. Never let anyone make you feel guilty about putting yourself first. 

    2. It is not your fault they failed to see your worth. 

    3. It takes to cut someone out of your life that you still love.

    4. It’s kind to give someone a second chance. It’s stupid to give them a third.

    5. You should only surround yourself with people who inspire you to reach your full potential. 

    6. If someone worsens your anxiety, they do not belong in your life. 

    7. You are allowed to say, “I deserve better.” 

    8. Walking away will be difficult at first, but worth it in the end. 

    9. You shouldn’t feel bad about hurting someone who hurt you more times than you can count. 

    10.Someone who was good for you in the past can be toxic for your future. 

    11. One day, you are going to learn to live without them. 

    12. One day, you are going to be even without them. 

    13. Your love for them will not convince them to change their behavior. 

    14. They are going to keep hurting you again and again if you stay. 

    15. You are allowed to cut out of your world at time for reason. Even family. Even friends you have known since kindergarten. 

    16. You gave them a million chances already. You did all that you could. 

    17. Love yourself the way you always wished they would have loved you. 

    18. Some people will claim you are overreacting when you walk away — but their opinions do not matter in the long run. 

    19. The only thing that matters is your own saftey and sanity. 

    20. You do not owe them . Especially not your time. 

    21. You shouldn’t be giving someone everything when they give you nothing in return. 

    22. You should have high standards for your friends and family members — not just your boyfriends and girlfriends. 

    23. Healthy relationships do not involve this many tears and late night arguments. 

    24. If they really cared about you, they never would have said such horrible things to you.  

    25. You do not have to accept their apologies. 

    26. You do not have to answer their texts. 

    27. You do not have to give them an explanation for leaving.

    28. You are allowed to walk away today and never even glance back.

    29. You can’t control other people. You can only control yourself.

    30. You deserve respect the time — not of the time. 

    31. Some people do not deserve your efforts.

    32. Some people do not deserve your kindness.

    33. Some people do not deserve your soft heart.

    34. When you try to cut them out of your world, they might try to wiggle their way back in.

    35. Do not let them wiggle their way back in. Stand your ground.

    36. Keep your standards high.

    37. Someone could be a good person, but bad for your mental health.

    38. Someone could love you, but make your life a living hell.

    39. You should start placing your own happiness above their happiness, because that’s what they’ve been doing all along.

    40. There are people out there who will never hurt you the way that have.

    41. Things are going to get better.

    42. Your tears are going to dry.

    43. You are allowed to say goodbye to someone, even if it hurts you both.

    44. Don’t keep delaying the inevitable.

    45. Get the hard part over with and leave them as soon as possible.

    46. The time for waiting is over.

    47. You don’t deserve what they put you through.

    48. You deserve to be treated with kindness, love, and respect.

    49. Just because you feel guilty about cutting them out of your world does not mean it was the wrong choice. 

    50. You are better off without them. 

    Read more: https://thoughtcatalog.com/holly-riordan/2018/02/50-reminders-for-when-someone-toxic-is-stuck-inside-your-world/

    Swiss pharma company Roche is buying Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion

    Roche, the global pharmaceutical company from Switzerland, today announced it will scoop up Flatiron Health, a startup analyzing real-time oncology data to help cancer patients and doctors, in a $1.9 billion deal.

    Flatiron has also confirmed the deal to TechCrunch.

    Two years ago, Roche led a $175 million deal in the startup at a $1.2 billion valuation. At the time of the deal, Roche agreed to buy several of Flatiron’s subscription-based software products, positioning the company for an eventual initial public offering.

    Flatiron CEO and co-founder Nat Turner said back then he planned to IPO in “two to three years,” according to The New York Times. The plan was to raise yet another round of funding before doing so. However, it seems Roche has other plans.

    “This is an important step in our personalised healthcare strategy for Roche, as we believe that regulatory-grade real-world evidence is a key ingredient to accelerate the development of, and access to, new cancer treatments,” Roche CEO Daniel O’Day said in a press release regarding the acquisition today. “As a leading technology company in oncology, Flatiron Health is best positioned to provide the technology and data analytics infrastructure needed not only for Roche, but for oncology research and development efforts across the entire industry.”

    O’Day mentioned in a company release the need to preserve Flatiron’s autonomy as a subsidiary. Turner also mentioned to CNBC that all employees, including the founding team, would stay on with the company.

    Founding members Turner and Zach Weinberg both hailed from Google before pitching into healthcare, and it’s important to note this is the first big return for GV’s healthcare bets. In total, Flatiron was able to raise more than $313 million before Roche offered to buy the startup.

    The $1.9 billion deal, which will be on a fully diluted basis and subject to certain conditions, is expected to close in the first half of this year, according to Flatiron.

    Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/15/swiss-pharma-company-roche-is-buying-flatiron-health-for-1-9-billion/

    Barber Tells This Shy Insurance Man To Grow A Beard, And It Ends Up Transforming His Life

    If our list of men before-and-after growing a beard didn’t convince you that males look way better with facial hair, this story definitely will. Gwilym Pugh was a 21-year-old businessman man who started a successful insurance company in his spare bedroom. However, working from home and injuries made him gain a lot of weight. 280 pounds, to be exact. But his life-damaging lifestyle changed after his barber urged Gwilym to grow a ginger beard!

    “At that time I was pretty overweight, working 12 hours a day, plagued with injuries which meant I couldn’t train at all,” the Welshman told Daily Mail. “The business was doing okay, but I decided I needed to get my life in order and wanted to get healthy again.”

    Gwilym and his friends formed a folk band several years ago. His barber advised him to grow some facial hair to look the part. In line with his new look, the freshly-baked musician decided to expand his transformation cleaning up his diet. The biggest change, however, was quitting his desk job.

    “It was the best thing for my health as I stopped sitting for nine to 10 hours a day,” the man who lost 90 pounds over five years explained. As he was shedding weight and growing his beard, Gwilym created an Instagram account. Eventually, Welsh tailor Nathan Palmer stumbled across it, and things began escalating really fast.

    Now, Gwilym is part of the London agency AMCK Models. He has worked on campaigns with Vans, Bud Light, Diesel, and other big names. His hard work even allowed him to become an ambassador for David Beckham’s new male grooming brand, House 99!

    Gwilym Pugh was a shy man, working 12 hours a day from his home

    Image credits: WalesOnline

    But his life was never the same after Gwilym’s barber urged him to grow a beard

    Image credits: gwilymcpugh

    This is how the man looks now

    Image credits: Adam Fussell / AMCK Models

    “A picture says a thousand words…. Coming from being 22 years old, overweight, plagued with injuries, and unhappy barely leaving the house”

    “I’m happier and healthier than I ever thought possible and doing things that didn’t even cross my mind to dream of”

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    Working as a model, Gwilym is even an ambassador of David Beckham’s new male grooming brand

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    Despite his success, Gwilym remains humble

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    “I think I’m lucky I got into this profession at the age that I did”

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    “I try not to get caught up in it all and my girlfriend helps a great deal wit that”

    “Having worked in finance for years, the opportunity to work with creative people and travel around the world is amazing”

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    “It was the best thing for my health”

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    In keeping with his new look, Gwilym’s constantly maintaining his body

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    “Regular osteo treatment and morning mobility and HIIT workouts are what’s in order”

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    If this won’t convince you to grow a beard, we don’t know what will

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    Image credits: Gwilym C Pugh

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    Image credits: Gwilym C Pugh

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