Talking Points for Feb. 5: Sick baby boomers; Iran's space monkey; mobile phone privacy

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Why are baby boomers sicker than their parents were at the same age?

A new study has found that, though medicine helps boomers live longer, they're lifestyles generally leave them in poorer health than their parents were at the same age. Boomers, the generation born from 1946 through 1964, are more overweight and have higher rates of hypertension and high cholesterol, according to a study released today in JAMA Internal Medicine. They become sicker earlier in life than their parents, are more limited in what they can do at work and are more likely to need the use of a cane or walker, researchers found.

What happened to the monkey that Iran launched into space?

U.S. officials suspect the monkey either died or the launch was a fake. Iran recently claimed to have launched a monkey into space and safely returned it from orbit -- a widely publicized experiment aimed at advancing the nation's manned spaceflight program. A State Department spokesman said Monday, however, that the monkey pictured after the flight did not appear to be the same one.

Who is stepping efforts up to keep your mobile life private?

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest maker of mobile phones, has launched two venture funds with a total of $1.1 billion to invest, and one of the areas they will be pouring money into is mobile privacy. The funds, which aim to create new lines of business by spurring new technologies will also back basic research into Internet-connected devices, mobile health, computer-human interface and cloud-data centers.

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