04 Sep

Superdrug, a U.K.-based retailer that recently introduced in-store piercings, has decided to offer more cosmetic services, namely in-store Botox and fillers treatments.

In doing so, the store has become the first Main Street-type retailer to employ nurses to offer these services in the stores themselves. These new services are currently available in  Superdrug's store location in The Strand. If things go well there, plans call for the services to be introduced in other store locations.

Customers 25 years of age and up can call in advance to schedule an appointment with a nurse. Once that's booked, the nurse will carry out a medical assessment before initiating any treatments, which begin at £99 each.

Caris Newson of Superdrug was quoted by Marie Claire U.K. as saying, “This is the first time that we’re launching our own service with our highly qualified Superdrug nurse practitioners”.

02 Sep

Fernando Abellanas, a resident of Spain who reportedly taught himself how to design, recently created a unique shelter under a traffic bridge in Valencia. While the specific location hasn't been divulged, the shelter includes a seating area, space for shelving, and an area for sleeping.

New Atlas reports that Abellanas came up with the shelter as a way of replicating the same kinds of feelings that children sometimes experience when they hide among kids-only kinds of spaces, such as under a table with "walls" of tablecloth. In this respect, the project more resembles a work of art instead of an actual place to live. Though it must be pointed out that people have taken to living in art exhibits, if only for brief periods of time.

31 Aug

Bind, a Minneapolis-based startup, recently began offering customers a subscriber-based health plan that allows them to pay for services only when they need and want them.

The so-called "on-demand" insurance policy serves as an alternative to creatively structured policies with high deductibles. Users do pay for a core policy that covers more common needs, but if they want additional coverage for, say, bariatric surgery or knee arthroscopy, they can pay an extra premium for three months at a time.

Subscribers still need to pay copays and premiums, but not coinsurance or deductibles.

Company founder Tony Miller told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Consumers don’t like doing fuzzy math with health benefits. And fuzzy math is deductibles and coinsurance, because you’re making them figure out a price that the market is not willing to expose.”

29 Aug

When you're part of a community of 150 million gamers -- 46 million of whom are active monthly users -- one challenge that arises is how to best communicate among people you've likely never met except while using the platform.

Online gamers are well known for connecting with other gamers to schedule contests or to ask for advice about this or that game feature or bug. Then there's the whole matter of resolving disputes that arise, largely when gamers don't agree on a contest's outcome or another gamer's behavior or tactics.

Fortunately for those millions of users in the Discord gaming community, there's now a bot that can be used to make communication easier.

25 Aug

Exercise has long been connected to good mental health, often recommended as treatment for a variety of conditions. But the good news is, you don’t have to work out every day to see benefits. Unlike previous recommendations, experts now say that working out three to five days per week could be all you need to see results.

The information comes from a recent study where researchers looked at data from a survey of more than 1.2 million U.S. adults. After noting the connection between exercise and improved mental health, researchers were intrigued to find that more wasn’t better when it came to mental health. Those who worked out for around 45 minutes at a time seemed to get better results than those who indulged in marathon workouts.

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