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'Virtual reality cured my fear of heights'

'Virtual reality cured my fear of heights'

Health
Fay Nugent developed a fear of heights in her 30s. "It began after I went on a girls' weekend away," she says."We had gone on an adventure activity called a tree-top walk. "I managed to climb up to do it - but then when it came to stepping out on to the high ropes, I just couldn't do it. "I felt physically ill and panicked, even though I knew I was perfectly safe."Her phobia got worse over the next few years, to the point that it stopped her doing everyday things. "I went to a concert at Wembley to see Take That," she says."It's a massive venue and our seats were at the back, high up. "I tried to go up there to take my seat - but all of a sudden I had this feeling of utter panic. "It was a bit like in the cartoons when the charac...
'They're at risk:' Congo's taxi drivers fear Ebola's spread

'They're at risk:' Congo's taxi drivers fear Ebola's spread

Health
Propped against his motorcycle taxi outside a hospital in the city affected by Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Jean Cedric waved a hand in the air, showing his fear about the risks of his job. "We're picking up everyone who's sick and we have no idea if they have Ebola or not. Why aren't we being vaccinated?" he said. Last month, he said, he gave a lift to a doctor who had treated someone who died of Ebola. It left Cedric worried that he might have contracted the virus, which spreads via bodily fluids of those infected and can take up to three weeks to develop symptoms. Despite his worries, the taxi driver in Mbandaka city never presented himself to health officials, who are vaccinating everyone who's had direct contact with a sick person and then contacts of those people, too. Nor...
Women are living longer than ever before. Some fear they'll run out of money

Women are living longer than ever before. Some fear they'll run out of money

Finance
Planning young: a retirement roadmapPeople say life is short. But for women, it's getting just a little bit longer. The average American woman's life expectancy hit an all-time high of 81.2 years old in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, the average man lives to be around 76 years old. But women retire earlier than men (on average, about two years earlier). Across their lifetimes, they make less income than their male counterparts (on average, female workers earn around 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, and the gap is even wider for women of color). So something's not adding up. Related: What 'wealth' means to women According to new research from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, all these factors combined put women at a serio...
Porn check critics fear data breach

Porn check critics fear data breach

Technology
The Open Rights Group says it fears a data breach is "inevitable" as the deadline approaches for a controversial change in the way people in the UK access online pornography. Details of an age verification tool developed by a major porn site owner were revealed at the weekend.From April 2018, porn site visitors in the UK will have to prove they are aged 18 or over to access adult material. The regulation is designed to protect children from explicit content. It is part of the UK government's Digital Economy Act.MindGeek, which runs sites including PornHub, YouPorn and RedTube, said its AgeID age verification tool had been in use in Germany since 2015.It said its software would use "third-party age-verification companies" to authenticate the age of those signing in.AgeID spokesman James Cl...
Why a dose of fear can be healthy for investors, bull market or no bull market

Why a dose of fear can be healthy for investors, bull market or no bull market

Finance
The year 2017 was a good year to be an investor. The Dow Jones Industrial Average just passed through the 24,000 level for the first time ever. The S&P 500, a broader measure of the market, finished higher in November, making it 13 months in a row of gains, also a record. Both indices are more than 20 percent higher than where they started the year.It seems that every day, the headline on CNBC reads "Markets Hit New Record High." In fact, we are in a bull market that is now eight-and-a-half years old, the second longest in history.More from Investor Toolkit:Advisors turn to life coaches and counselorsRetirees leave $ 100B in Social Security benefits on tableRing in 2018 with a new financial game planThat's good, right? As an investment manager, we think it's great for our clients to se...