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Sitting, sleeping and standing deemed health risks

Empires have been built upon the narrative that we should all be eating kale, buying watches that tell us how many steps to take per day, and sitting on balance ball chairs at our desks. If sitting on a giant beach ball at work isn't your thing, you can now buy an adjustable desk that will allow you to stand while doing paperwork - but don't stand for too long, because that's not healthy either.

Jane Phillips: Meet Maxwell Becton, entrepreneur

The first 50 Years of Becton-Dickerson brought conservative and steady growth.  It was a family-run business with the sons of both men working for the company. The enterprise entered the affluent postwar years with a solid market share in medical supplies and was well prepared for a major expansion.