How to Make Small Talk With a Client Way Less Awkward

Even the most outgoing people struggle when it comes to making small talk with people they barely know. Especially when that small talk is just killing time before you ask for something—and mostly that something is money. Luckily, we at The Muse know a thing or two about chatting up clients in a way that makes them excited to pick up the phone and talk to you. Do Your Research Make sure you go into every new conversation with a few small talk options beyond the generic stuff. Think about…

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Voice Shopping Set to Skyrocket

The voice shopping market in the United States will rise from its current US$2 billion valuation to $40 billion by 2022, according to survey results OC&C Strategy Consultants released last week. The trend is being driven by a surge in the number of homes using smart speakers, from the current 13 percent to 55 percent by 2022. It’s likely that Amazon will continue to dominate this channel, the survey results suggest. Amazon Echo currently has 10 percent penetration of homes in the U.S., while Google Home has a 4 percent market share.…

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Most of us know that physical activity is good for us. But a new study shows that a chronic lack of physical activity can drastically increase the chance of developing cancer in the bladder and kidneys, and it suggests that engaging in more physical activity may reduce this risk. [man lounging on sofa] New research suggests that chronic sedentarism can increase the risk of bladder and kidney cancer by over 70 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that, every year, almost 57,000 adults have kidney and renal pelvis cancers in the United States. Additionally, almost 14,000 people per year die from these cancers. Bladder cancer is also widespread. According to the CDC, around 71,000 U.S. individuals developed bladder cancer in 2013, and almost 16,000 people died as a result. A team of researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, set out to examine the link between leading a sedentary lifestyle and the risk of developing kidney or bladder cancer. The findings were published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology. The researchers were led by Dr. Kirsten Moysich, distinguished professor of oncology in the Departments of Cancer Prevention and Control and Immunology at Roswell Park, and Rikki Cannioto, assistant professor of oncology also in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park. Drs. Moysich and Cannioto, along with their colleagues, analyzed 160 people with renal (kidney) cancer, 208 bladder cancer patients, and 766 healthy controls. Participants were asked to report on their levels of physical activity – namely, whether or not they took part in any regular or weekly recreational physical activity throughout the course of their lives. Those who said that they had never done so were classified as “physically inactive.” The researchers used unconditional multivariable logistic regression methods to calculate the odds of developing renal and bladder cancer. Inactivity increases kidney and bladder cancer risks by up to 77 percent Overall, the authors found “evidence of a positive association between renal and bladder cancer with lifetime recreational physical inactivity.” Specifically, they found that those who were physically inactive were 77 percent more likely to develop renal cancer and 73 percent more likely to develop cancer of the bladder. A similar risk was found among people with obesity and people with a normal body weight – that is, having a body mass index (BMI) of below 30. This suggests that leading a sedentary lifestyle is an independent factor that influences bladder and renal cancer risk independently of obesity. This study adds to previous data that have shown the same correlation. Former studies have also indicated a link between chronic physical inactivity and an increased risk of ovarian and cervical cancer. However, the authors concede that additional, larger-scale, prospective studies are needed to consolidate the findings. Dr. Moysich comments on the results and urges people to engage in a simple, moderate form of physical activity: “We hope that findings like ours will motivate inactive people to engage in some form of physical activity. You don’t have to run marathons to reduce your cancer risk, but you have to do something – even small adjustments like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking around the block a couple of times on your lunch hour, or parking the car far away from the store when you go to the supermarket.” Dr. Cannioto also weighs in on the results, saying that the “findings underscore how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including getting and staying active. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes each week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes each week of vigorous physical activity as a way to generate significant, lasting health benefits.” Learn how a type of bladder cancer bears molecular features of breast cancer.

Honey and sugar are two of the most commonly used sweeteners. Honey is often regarded as the more healthful option, but is this really the case? Both honey and sugar add sweetness to meals and snacks. However, they have different tastes, textures, and nutritional profiles. This article explores the benefits and disadvantages of both honey and sugar for health and diet. Similarities and differences Honey contains less fructose and glucose when compared to sugar, but contains more calories. Honey and sugar are both carbohydrates, consisting of the two types of sugar:…

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Low physical activity increases risk of bladder, kidney cancer

Most of us know that physical activity is good for us. But a new study shows that a chronic lack of physical activity can drastically increase the chance of developing cancer in the bladder and kidneys, and it suggests that engaging in more physical activity may reduce this risk. New research suggests that chronic sedentarism can increase the risk of bladder and kidney cancer by over 70 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that, every year, almost 57,000 adults have kidney and renal pelvis cancers in the United States. Additionally,…

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Five tips for healthy sight

Your eyes play a significant role in your health. Many steps can be taken to ensure that your eyes are protected and remain as healthy as possible. We have selected the best vision-boosting tips to help you protect your eyes into your golden years. Many steps can be taken to ensure that your eyes are protected from disease and damage. Millions of individuals experience eye problems each year. Some eye issues result in permanent vision loss or blindness, while others can be corrected with contact lenses or glasses. The National…

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Shopping in Essaouira: where to buy what

Laid-back Essaouira may have fewer shops than Marrakesh, but if you want to spend more time chilling than haggling, then the seaside city’s hassle-free souqs are for you. All of Morocco’s popular merchandise can be found in Essaouira’s compact, easily navigable medina, along with local specialities such as thuya wood, vibrant local art, raffia shoes and organic argan oil, the country’s liquid gold. Find handwoven bags and baskets for sale along Essaouira’s streets © Federica Gentile / Getty Images Best for arts and crafts Essaouira is renowned for its skilled artisans…

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