Author: Apurva Nagare

Are you becoming victim of Snapchat dysmorphia? A new viewpoint article revealed the dangerous effects of smartphone photo filters on mental health conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and body image issues.

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder affecting approximately 1.7% to 2.4% of the population. The condition is categorized as part of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.

People living with BDD intensely obsess for many hours over minor or nonexistent flaws in their appearance, repeatedly checking the mirror, or grooming or seeking reassurance. This frequent behavior causes significant distress and impacts their ability to function in their daily life.

Some of the people with BDD have a story of unnecessary or repeated cosmetic surgeries. This kind of disorder has been linked with major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and suicidal tendencies.

Unfortunately, the actual reason behind BDD is not clear yet, though the researchers believe that factors including genetics and neurobiological issues like a faulty processing of the neurotransmitter serotonin are causes the condition.

Written by researchers at the Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts, a new article adds a new risk factor: selfies.

“The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one’s self-esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to BDD,”  wrote Susruthi Rajanala, first author of the viewpoint.

“A new phenomenon called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ has popped up where patients are seeking out surgery to help them appear like the filtered versions of themselves,” co-author Dr. Neelam Vash commented.

 

 

 

 

 

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Heatwave-related death rates will take high numbers by 2080, according to a new study released Tuesday. The number of people dying from severe heatwaves is likely to increase steadily in tropical and subtropical regions if we fail to adapt to future climate temperatures.

A global new Monash-led study is the first to project upcoming heatwave-related deaths. It aimed at helping policymakers in taking steps to adapt to and mitigate the negative effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions and plan strategies to handle climate change.

“Future heatwaves in particular will be more frequent, more intense and will last much longer,” said Associate Professor Guo.

Published today in PLOS Medicine, the study recommends reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a high level to decrease future deaths related to heatwaves.

The study analyzed data from 412 communities across 20 different countries and regions including North, South, and Central America to Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Researchers estimated potential death rates related to heatwaves for the period of 2031 to 2080.

Researchers found that under the extreme scenario with no adaptation to climate change, the expected heatwave-related deaths in the Philippines would 12 times increase in 2031 to 2080 compared to the period 1971 to 2020.

European countries and the United States could face a smaller increase in deaths from heatwaves, while Britain will see four times more excess deaths under the same scenario.

“If the Australia government cannot put effort into reducing the impacts of heatwaves, more people will die because of heatwaves in the future,” Associate Professor Guo warned.

 

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Study firmly concludes link between diabetes and cancer risk. Many studies have shown a correlation between diabetes and cancer, but the link has never been previously confirmed.

This new study firmly established a conclusion, stating that diabetes increases an individual’s risk of developing cancer. It claims that diabetes’ diagnosis places a person at a risk of various types of cancer.

A new review that confirmed the risk has used data collected by 47 studies from across the world including the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Japan, and China. The studies altogether included health-related data of almost 20 million people.

The authors also note that women were at higher risk of developing malign tumors than men. Study firmly concludes link between diabetes and cancer is published in the journal Diabetologia.

Researchers led by Dr. Toshiaki Ohkuma, from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia conducted the study.

They said that women with diabetes have 27 percent more risk of developing cancer than healthy women. While men with diabetes have a 19 percent higher risk of developing cancer compared with healthy men.

“We have also demonstrated for the first time that women with diabetes are more likely to develop any form of cancer, and have a significantly higher chance of developing kidney, oral, and stomach cancers and leukemia,” Dr. Toshiaki Ohkuma explains.

“The more we look into gender-specific research the more we are discovering that women are not only undertreated, they also have very different risk factors for a whole host of diseases, including stroke, heart disease, and now diabetes,” said Study co-author Dr. Sanne Peters.

 

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Chili pepper compound can help lose weight by burning your calories, according to a new study.  Researchers focused on the active compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn to develop an anti-obesity drug. They performed their experiments on mice that gave the successful result.

Capsaicin, the compound has pain-reducing properties and communicates with our nervous system’s outer part. The qualities of this molecule led researchers to see its effect as a novel drug on conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and various neuropathies.

Some innovative studies have even suggested that this compound can prevent the spread of breast cancer cells.

In a new study, metabocin, a drug that releases capsaicin slowly throughout the day was designed by a group of researchers led by Dr. Baskaran Thyagarajan, from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in Laramie. The team analyzed the effect of metabocin in mice.

They presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, conducted in Bonita Springs, FL.

The team administered metabocin orally to wild-type mice. After an analysis, Dr. Thyagarajan said, “We observed, marked improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, insulin response, and symptoms of fatty liver disease.”

In fact, they administered the drug for 8 months to mice and during that time the team noticed maintained level of weight loss.

“It proved safe and was well tolerated by the mice.  Developing metabocin as a potent anti-obesity treatment shows promise as part of a robust strategy for helping people struggling with obesity,” concluded.

The study was also published in the Biophysical Journal.

 

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Herpes medication plays vital role in Alzheimer’s treatment, new results show. The herpes simplex virus is involved in the condition and antiherpetic medication has a considerable effect on dementia risk.

Last month’s report based on a study discovered a “strong evidence” of an association between the viruses and Alzheimer’s disease.

People suffering from the condition had more herpesviruses 6 and 7 than people free from Alzheimer’s, according to the postmortem analyses of brain tissue.

Now a new a new study – combination of three studies – published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease have strengthened the link between herpes and dementia.

Two of the studies note that acute herpes zoster infection causes dementia risk and another one shows that antiherpetic medication minimizes the dementia risk.

The latter study analyzed 8,362 people aged 50 and above diagnosed with herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection and 25,086 age-matched healthy people.

The researchers followed both groups for almost ten years, between 2001 and 2010. They found that the risk of dementia was over 2.5 times higher in the herpes group than in the group of healthy people. The study concluded that antiviral treatment lowered the dementia risk by 10 times that means herpes medication plays vital role in Alzheimer’s treatment.

This article and two others provide the first population evidence for a causal link between herpes virus infection and Alzheimer’s disease, a hugely important finding,” said Prof. Itzhaki, researcher and who is a professor of neuroscience and experimental psychology at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.

“I believe we are the first to realize the implications of these striking data on this devastating condition which principally affects the elderly,” Itzhaki adds.

 

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Snapdragon 850 Features: More Performance,Battery Life And AI. This year Qualcomm is launching its second generation Always Connected PC platform, and the Snapdragon 850 SoC, to power the new wave of devices.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 850 comes almost a year after Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon 850 is built from the silicon as the Snapdragon 845, and uses the benefits that the flagship mobile chip introduces for this generation.

This time around however, rather than calling it the Snapdragon 845, similar to the chip inside popular smartphone flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, LG G7, HTC U12+, and OnePlus 6, Qualcomm is differentiating it by upping the number.

The Snapdragon 850 uses the same silicon floorplan as the Snapdragon 845. However the frequencies and firmware are tweaked for extra performance. Compared to the S845, the S850 has additional CPU frequency with a 2.95 GHz turbo frequency rather than 2.80 GHz.

Aside from the microarchitectural updates, the Snapdragon X20 modem can now reach speeds of 1.2 Gbps. Specifically, Qualcomm state that the platform can now move from ‘all-day’ battery life to ‘multi-day’ battery life.

On the modem the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem now supports licensed 10 MHz spectrum with LAA, which Qualcomm states should allow for Gigabit connectivity speeds in 90% of the worldwide LTE markets when combined with carrier aggregation technology.

The S850 also uses the upgraded audio and video codec features we saw in the S845. This includes support for H.264 and HEVC4K encode and decode for video playback services, and support for extended 4K video capture from integrated cameras.

 

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State Health officials warning regarding rabies infected bat rising in the Washington. Four bats were found to be infected in Snohomish and Chelan counties with the viral disease.

While state health records show no rabid bats have been detected in Yakima County in 10 years, Yakima Health District records show there have been 32 cases of people possibly being exposed to rabies, mostly through dog bites.

Rabies is 100 percent preventable disease. However it’s 100 percent deadly if it’s not caught,” said Liz Coleman, state Department of Health spokeswoman. Last year, 343 people in Washington suffered from treatment for possible rabies exposure.

Washington is home to 15 species of bats according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bats will eat their own weight in insects each night, and can be found throughout the state. Health officials say bats are the most common animal in the state to carry the rabies virus, representing nearly three-quarters of the animals found to have the disease.

The bats are tested when they appear sick after being found outside during the daytime, Coleman said. The test involves killing the bat and checking its brain for signs of the virus.

Statewide, Yakima was one of 15 counties that had no bats that tested positive for rabies from 2013 to 2017, while King County had the most in that time period.

Heath officials say people should keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations current, and to not touch a bat with bare hands, as rabies can be spread if the animal’s saliva comes in contact with a cut on the person’s hand.

 

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Increasing Carbon Dioxide lowers nutrient content of many plants. Plants require proteins in order to grow, in the course of sucking up those, greens also take in nutritious minerals like zinc and iron.

Agronomists have recorded a steady decline in some of those minerals, proteins and vitamins for half a century. USDA data shows that kale from 1999 had 23 percent less iron than 1950s greens did. But now the blame is shifting to include CO2 from industrialization.

In 2002, mathematician Irakli Loladze theorized that photosynthesis requires fewer proteins as CO2 climbs, which means plants acquire fewer incidental micronutrients while sucking them up. He recorded an 8 percent nutrient drop, on average, in certain kinds of crops, including rice and wheat.

The two studies drew upon more than a decade of data from agronomists, who had planted 41 varieties of six food crops include wheat, maize, sorghum, field peas, soybeans, and rice and surrounded part of each field with nozzles blasting enough CO2 to warm any greenhouse.

Analysis of the harvests showed maize and sorghum fared fine, but rice lost about 3 percent of its zinc. It could put hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deficiency, leaving them more vulnerable to respiratory diseases, diarrhea, and malaria.

Researchers estimate that mostly pregnant women and children living in poverty could end up short on essentials such as iron, protein, and zinc. Plus, there’s a chance these extra-sugary plants will contribute to an increase in diabetes.

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Finally Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Hunt Ends, as its search completed. The plane disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

US based Ocean Infinity had been using a deep sea vessel to survey a vast area of the southern Indian Ocean. Official search efforts ended last year and there are still fierce debates about what happened to the flight.

Experts still cannot come to a definitive conclusion as to whether MH370 remained under the pilot’s command, or crashed out of control into the sea. Technical failure remains another possibility but in the absence of an official explanation conspiracy theories have abounded.

On 8 March 2014 the plane loses contact less than an hour after takeoff, with no distress signal or message sent. On July 2015 a large piece of debris washes ashore on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.

The governments of Australia, Malaysia and China announce they are suspending the official search after failing to find anything in the area thought to be the plane’s final resting place on January 2017.

In between January 2018 pressure from relatives, Malaysia signs a deal with a private company to resume the hunt. Ocean Infinity agrees to work unpaid but would have received a reward of up to $70m if it had found the remainder.

Deteriorating weather troubles operating in the area, and brings the hunt to an end. Malaysia says it has no plans to restart it

 

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Artificial intelligence shows better results in detecting skin cancer than experienced dermatologists, researchers said Tuesday. A study published in the Annals of Oncology found that a form of artificial intelligence or machine learning known as deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) is better than human dermatologists at detecting skin cancer.

CNN is a class of deep artificial neural networks inspired by biological processes in that the neurons in the brain are connected to each other and respond to what the eye sees.

A team of researchers from Germany, the United States, and France trained an artificial intelligence system to discover dangerous skin cancer by showing it more than 100,000 images of malignant melanomas and benign nevi.

They compared CNN’s performance with the performance of 58 international dermatologists. They found that CNN missed fewer melanomas and misdiagnosed benign moles as malignant less often than the dermatologists.

The CNN has the ability to learn fast by seeing images and teaching itself in order to improve its performance considering what it has learned (a process is known as machine learning).

“When dermatologists received more clinical information and images at level II, their diagnostic performance improved. However, the CNN, which was still working solely from the dermoscopic images with no additional clinical information, continued to outperform the physicians’ diagnostic abilities,”  said professor Holger Haenssle, author of the study and senior managing physician of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

The results show that CNN surpassed the dermatologists as well as well-trained experts in detecting melanomas.

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AI powered technology helps wrist fracture detection, as it got FDA approval. The agency has give permission to go ahead with Imagen’s OsteoDetect, an AI-based diagnostic tool.

It can quickly detect distal radius wrist fractures. Its machine learning algorithm studies 2D X-rays for the revealing signs of fractures and marks them for closer study. It’s not a replacement for doctors or clinicians.

FDA stressed rather, it’s to improve their detection and get the right treatment that much sooner. The approval came relatively quickly by using the De Novo premarket review pathway, which streamlines the process for products with “low to moderate risk.”

You may have to wait a while before you see OsteoDetect in use at the family doctor’s office. However, you might see significantly more AI going forward. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently said his administration was collaborating with experts on a “new regulatory framework.”

“This software can help providers detect wrist fractures more quickly and aid in the diagnosis of fractures,” stated Robert Ochs, PhD, acting deputy director for radiological health, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

Studies showed that the readers’ ability to detect wrist fractures was improved by using the software as evident by greater sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values, compared with unaided standard clinical practice.

It could help the government body keep pace with technologies like AI. If that goes forward, algorithmic health care could quickly become ordinary.

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Antitumor Immune Function of liver affected by the bacteria in liver, as scientists have found a connection between bacteria in the gut and antitumor immune responses in the liver. The study published by researchers in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute.

The findings have indication for understanding the mechanisms that lead to liver cancer and for therapeutic approaches to treat them. NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

“What we found using different tumor models is that if you treat mice with antibiotics and thereby deplete certain bacteria, you can change the composition of immune cells of the liver, affecting tumor growth in the liver,” said Tim Greten, M.D., of NCL’s CCR.

The microbiome is the collection of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in or on the body. In humans, the greatest proportion of the body’s total microbiome is in the stomach.

Dr. Greten and his team carried out a series of experiments with mice. They used three mouse models of liver cancer. The investigators next studied the immune cells in the liver to understand how the reduction of gut bacteria suppressed tumor growth in the liver of the antibiotic-treated mice.

Antibiotic treatment increased the numbers of NKT cells in the livers of the mice. They found an increase in the expression of a protein called CXCL16 on cells. Finally, the investigators found that one bacterial species, Clostridium scindens which controls metabolism of bile acids in the mouse gut.

 

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Meet Luxurious Distillery and visitor center occupying 370 acre area. Nearly 200 years after The Macallan’s debut in 1824, the luxury single malt Scotch producer has unveiled this distillery in Craigellachie.

It is designed by Rogers Strik Harbour and partners. The new distillery took six years of planning and a price tag of approximately $186 million.

“People can now take a pilgrimage to Macallan,” says Ken Grier, The Macallan’s creative director. “It is an architectural marvel, and it gives us a fantastic, world class destination.”

The rooftop of the distillery has been designed as a series of rolling grass covered peaks, a geodesic structure touted as one of the most complex timber structures in the world, according to the news aired.

The building is actually buried into the grassy hillside, with Grier describing the project’s scope as akin to building a horizontal skyscraper. It’s all meant to fit into the surrounding environs of the estate, and 95% of its energy requirements will come via renewable sources.

The distillery inspired from a number of Scottish architectural and historical points of reference, as well as from Santiago Calatrava’s Bodegas Ysios in Spain.

“We’re not satisfied just being the leading Scotch whisky brand, but the ultimate luxury spirit in the world,” says Crawford Gillies, chairman of The Edrington Group, owners of The Macallan. “This is the facility that fits that image.”

The Macallan’s new distillery and visitor center officially opens to the public on June 2. Tours take approximately 90 minutes and should be booked in advance at themacallan.com.

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Airlines experiencing busiest summer in airline’s history. Air travel is estimating that 246.1 million passengers will fly with U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31 2018.

According to the summer forecast issued the average to about 2.68 million passengers per day during the period by the trade group Airlines for America.

The important points to be noted are a strong economy and “Historically low airfares.” “As the economy grows along with household net worth, passengers are taking advantage of persistently low airfares for their summer travel plans,” John Heimlich, A4A’s Chief Economist, said in a statement.

The summer passenger numbers forecast by A4A would be a 3.7% increase from last the total last year, when a then-record 237.3 million travelers flew on U.S. airlines during the same period. Collectively, A4A says U.S. airlines have added 116,000 extra seats to their summer schedules in anticipation of the 2018 spike in passengers.

A4A said average fares remained low heading into this summer. “Through 2017, inflation adjusted airfares continued to fall, averaging less than 2010 fares both with and without ancillary fees included,” the group claimed in its statement. “In constant 2017 dollars, a round-trip ‘all-in’ ticket averaged $363 in 2017, well below the 2010 average of $380.”

Looking just at the past few years, A4A said that if adjusted for annual inflation, the price of domestic air travel had fallen by 12.5% since 2014.

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Meet World’s first holographic media machine, it looks like a smartphone, it acts like a smartphone. However, news break out as once you see the screen on the RED Hydrogen One, you realize you’ve never seen anything like it.

It fits in your pocket,” the new smartphone from video camera-maker RED creates images that pop out of a camera. It’s like watching a big-screen 3D movie but with no glasses.

Starting this summer, the two largest U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T and Verizon will sell RED Hydrogen One.  Company officials said to expect the cost to be around 10% higher than the iPhone X, which starts at $999.

This one is a little larger and heftier than others, bigger than an iPhone 8 Plus. The value of placing this technology in a phone, as opposed to a high-end video camera is to deliver instant feedback on the image via the 5.7 inch LCD screen and make it easier to share.

It offers the 4View mode, which enable people to shoot their own photos and videos. RED is setting up the Hydrogen Network to watch other videos not made on the Hydrogen One say on sites like Netflix, YouTube and others,  This is a place for studios and filmmakers can have their 3D content converted to 4View.

RED threw some names out as potential partners at the event, including the Walt Disney Co. and Lionsgate. Whether consumers will be dazzled by technology touted bas “retina-riveting” is no guarantee.

Hydrogen One will have a 5.7-inch screen capable of displaying that 4-View content. The phone comes with 128 gigabytes of internal storage, and also has a micro-SD slot for extra room.

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Google rebranded online subscription program and also cuts the prices for storage. In comparison with Amazon, it still has the best deal for 1 terabyte of storage.

Its new price for 2 terabytes of storage is $9.99 monthly, which was $19.99 monthly before. Google also introduced several lower priced tiers, including 100 GB for $1.99 monthly or $2.99 for 200 GB.

However, consumers looking for just 1 TB of storage at the lowest price might want to shop with Amazon, which offers it for $59.99 yearly. Google said the new One subscription accounts now come with access to e-mail and phone customer help.

Users of Google Drive’s online backup program will still go to drive.google.com to access their files. If they use under 15 GB, Google Drive is still free. The subscription offering, for heavier users, will be called One.

Google is still offering 15 GB of free storage before moving people to a paid account.  According to the Google blog post, this new One name will offer bonuses to subscribers “like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search.

Online storage in the digital age has become a fact of life for mobile consumers, who are shooting more photos and videos, in higher resolution, than ever before, on devices that max out of room often.

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Amazon paid $250 million tax in Washington for 2017, a disclosure that comes as the retailer fights back against a Seattle City Council proposal that would tax big companies based on their number of employees.

It does include sales taxes paid on the company’s own acquisition of equipment and supplies, but not customer purchases of Amazon sold goods. Government agencies treat individual taxpayer information confidentially.

Companies rarely disclose specifics unless compelled by regulators. Washington has no personal or corporate income tax, primarily funds programs through a sales tax tacked on to the cost of goods and services.

Amazon raised its voice in opposition to the levy. The company shows biggest force in Seattle politics. Outside observers come forward to Amazon executives’ objection to the political climate that brought the minimizing taxes.

On U.S. federal income taxes, Amazon recorded a $137 million refund. Amazon’s securities filings show the company paid $957 million in cash in taxes in 2017 to governments worldwide, after accounting for tax refunds.

In 2021, the levy would convert to a 0.7 percent payroll tax, which would likely increase the cost to the company. If Amazon held to its prior expansion plans that gave it room for 55,000 employees, the company’s tax bill could grow to $43 million.

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Stephen Hawking announced $100 million project to find intelligent life among the stars. New technology lets astronomers scan the galaxy like never before.

The Breakthrough Listen project announced the launch of an expanded survey of stars in the Milky Way made possible by a “multi-beam” receiver installed on Australia’s Parkes Radio Telescope.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Russian investor Yuri Milner and Hawking launched Breakthrough Listen in 2015. It collects massive amounts of deep space data and makes it public to identify signals pointing to alien life.

The new receiver will rely on 13 beams to scan space, quickly pulling data researchers will analyze “for signals that have indications of artificial origin,” according to the project’s announcement.

“With these new capabilities, we are scanning our galaxy in unusual way,” Danny Price, Breakthrough’s Parkes Project Scientist at UC Berkeley, said in a statement.

According to the project Engineers from UC Berkeley installed the instrumentation, which will assist the telescope as it logs 1,500 hours of observations this year. Data compiled during those hours will later be archived and analyzed for signals stemming from extraterrestrial technology.

According to the project says the “vast majority” of signals picked up in such data come from earthlings. New receiver will also help sift through white noise to find relevant signals.

“We should be careful of answering back Aliens message,” the late Hawking said.  Breakthrough Listen began using the Parkes telescope, located in New South Wales. But the Parkes at that time mostly looked at relatively nearby stars within a sample.

 

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National Nurses Week gives huge discount for Nurses, which kicks off Sunday. Some restaurants across the country are showing a little love by offering freebies and discounts for Nurses.

The May 12 was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. According to the Gallup poll nursing is the most trusted profession in its ratings of honesty and ethical standards in professions.

 

Participation of restaurants can vary. There is offer of getting a buy one get one free on burritos, bowls, salads and orders of tacos. Starting Sunday through May 12, nurses get one free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll or a four count BonBites when they show their badge at participating locations.

There’s not a nationwide promotion. Offers will vary among locations and most will have a special on Sunday with a valid ID. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.

Only on Sunday, all nurses with a valid ID get a free burrito with the purchase of any adult-sized entree when they mention the May 6 deal at Freebirds World Burrito.

If Nurses show a valid employee ID will get a buy one get one free deal on the California based chain’s Original Ground Beef Tacos Sunday through May 12. However there is limit of three free tacos per nurse at participating locations.

Teachers and nurses get 50% off their total check Tuesday with valid ID at PDQ. On Monday, nurses get 50% off any drink when they show their nurse ID at Scooter’s Coffee. However there is limit of one per customer.

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Physicians distribute buprenorphine illegally for opioid addiction treatment. An opioid addiction treatment practice offices are in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Three Indian-American physicians Dr. Krishan Kumar Aggarwal, 73, Dr. Madhu Aggarwal, 68, and Dr. Parth Bharill, 69 are charged with health care fraud and illegal distribution of buprenorphine. Dr. Cherian John, 65, and Dr. Michael Bummer both contractors were charged for similar charges.

 

The charges alleged that the doctors, working as contractors at various locations. They created and distributed unlawful prescriptions for buprenorphine, known as Subutex and Suboxone. It is a drug that should be used to treat individuals with addiction.

The three have also been charged for submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare or Medicaid for payments to cover the costs of the unlawfully prescribed buprenorphine.

All of them face punishment of 10 years in prison and a fine of US $250,000 for each of the counts charging unlawfully dispensing Schedule III controlled substances.

The charges came as part of the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit created by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Today, we are facing the worst drug crisis in American history, with one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes,” Sessions said.

Sessions is focusing solely on the problem of opioid related health care fraud in Western Pennsylvania. “These cases cut off the supply of drugs and stop fraudsters from using ill-protected people.

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Hawaii banning sunscreen harmful to coral reefs. On Tuesday, State lawmakers approved a bill that bans skin-care companies from selling sunscreens that contain chemicals believed to harm coral reefs. The bill says the sunscreens containing harmful chemicals are contributing to the destruction of the coral reefs of the state and other ocean areas.

The ban, once signed by Gov. David Ige, will make Hawaii the first state in the country to pass such kind of law and would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Scientists have argued that the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate commonly used in more than 3,500 of the world’s most popular sunscreen products increases the coral’s susceptibility to bleaching and stops regeneration of reefs that make them less resilient to climate change.

“The chemical not only kills the coral, it causes DNA damage in adults and deforms the DNA in coral in the larval stage, making it unlikely they can develop properly,” explains the study of the chemical’s effect on reefs in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The report says sunscreen products including Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Hawaiian Tropic would be prohibited as they contain these chemicals. However, doctor’s prescription sunscreens containing the hazardous chemicals would still be allowed to purchase.

Doug Johnson, a dermatologist and spokesman for the Hawaii Dermatology Society, said, “A ban on these sunscreens in Hawaii — the state with the highest daily UV index warnings and very high rates of skin cancer and melanoma — would be a public health disaster.”

 

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Apple phones prices reaches sky and people demands phones . So it is not worth to expect that Apple will decrease prices anytime soon. While announcing financial results late Tuesday, Apple didn’t impress Wall Street with over the top iPhone sales.

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Apple said it had sold 52.2 million iPhones during the first three months of the year. It is not far from recent analyst expectations of 52.3 million. “The iPhone X is a beloved product,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a post-earnings conference call with analysts.

He noted that since Apple first split its iPhone lines with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.” This is the first cycle we’ve ever had where the top-of-the-line iPhone model is the most popular,” he said.

The news is likely to squash speculation Apple could temper ever swell out iPhone prices. It would kill off the iPhone X. Apple CFO Luca Maestri said the X was Apple’s top seller and rejected the idea that it was too expensive.

Overall, iPhone revenues rose 14%, to $38.03 billion. Total sales rose 16% to $61 billion. It announced $100 billion in stock buybacks. Shares jumped 4% in early trading.

Although Apple doesn’t break down its iPhone sales by model, it does seem to have sold fewer of the pricier iPhone Xs and more of lower-cost earlier models than Wall Street had expected.

The average selling prices for iPhones in the second quarter was $728, compared with Wall Street expectations that fell between $740 and $742.

One of the Apple’s phones is expected to be a top of the line model to replace the X and two lower-priced units taking over the slots from the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

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Russia launches floating power plant with “Nuclear Titanic” making its way towards Arctic region and hopefully the FNPP technology will also interest other South Asian countries in an attempt of building extra seawater desalination facilities.

Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom launched the world’s first “floating” nuclear power plant (FNPP) over the weekend. The advancement is another example of the Kremlin’s move in expanding its presence in the Arctic port.

The power plant called “Akademik Lomonosov” will be floating through the Baltic Sea before arriving at the Murmansk base where it will receive the nuclear fuel. Akademik Lomonosov was towed out of a shipyard in St. Petersburg on April 28, 2018, where it was built.

However, environmentalist groups are not motivated by the likelihood of a nuclear power plant being sent to the Arctic because it can cause a high damage if something went wrong. According to Greenpeace, which recently warned of a “Chernobyl on ice,” the plan is a big environmental risk.

Nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp said, “Nuclear reactors bobbing around the Arctic Ocean will pose a shockingly obvious threat to a fragile environment which is already under enormous pressure from climate change.” “This hazardous venture is not just a threat to the Arctic, but, potentially, to other densely populated or vulnerable natural regions too,” Haverkamp added.

Rosatom said that they believe the floating nuclear power plant occur sometime in 2019. It also said that FNPPs are designed with the great scope of safety and to keep uninterruptible power and huge desalinated water supply in different remote areas. 

 

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Exposure to light from street lamps and mobile phones can trigger risk of cancer, according to a new research. Modern street lamps are increasing the risk of prostate and breast cancer by alerting hormone levels.

The study discovered that the risk of developing prostate cancer among men who are exposed to blue light at night has become double while women exposed to the light have 1.5 times higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Scientists have found a “strong association” between the new generations of street lights risk and the disease. They have advised officials to think about limiting the roll-out of LED (light-emitting diode) lights.

The study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives claims that exposure to light from street lamps and mobile phones can increase the cancer risk. It looked at the medical and epidemiological data of more than 4,000 men and women aged between 20 and 85 in 11 different Spanish regions.

The research conducted by the research team at the University of Exeter and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) discovered that LED light, which emits mainly blue light, may disrupt the body’s internal clock and hormone levels to cause cancer. Their research may also show the involvement of using mobile phones and tablets at nighttime which emit blue light, in cancer development.

“Given the ubiquity of artificial light at night, determining whether or not it increases the risk of cancer is a public health issue.” said first author Dr. Ariadna Garcia, of ISGlobal.

“At this point, further studies should include more individual data using for instance light sensors that allow measuring indoor light levels,” “It would also be important to do this kind of research in young people that extensively use blue light emitting screens.”

 

 

 

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Ready to beat Malaria is the new theme for this year’s Malaria Day which aims to make the world malaria free. World Malaria Day is annually observed on April 25 which highlights the joint efforts and commitment of the global malaria community to control malaria also broaden awareness about the disease around the world.

Malaria is caused by the tiny Plasmodium parasites which are transported from person to person by an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Nearly half the world’s population still contracts it every year.

The Malaria Day was established in May 2007 at the 60th session of the World Health Assembly with an aim to deliver education and knowledge of the disease as well as to spread national-malaria-control strategies’ executing information.

However, after a remarkable success in the past years’ malaria controlling progression has slowed around the globe, the 2017 World Malaria Report claims. The report showed increases of cases in regions like Southern Africa. Released in November 2017 the World Malaria Report unveiled that there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016 while 211 million in 2015.

The symptoms of the disease include chills and a fever as well as some people experience sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, a headache and other body aches. In some severe cases, patients can even experience complications like hypoglycemia, brain swelling, fluid build-up in the lungs, and organ failure.

“In countries where cases of malaria are infrequent, these symptoms may be attributed to influenza, a cold, or other common infections, especially if malaria is not suspected,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.

 

 

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YouTube diminishes 8 million abusive videos using Artificial intelligence in the last three months of 2017, according to the company. Most of the videos deleted were spam or pornography and counted for “a fraction of a percent” of YouTube’s total views during this time period.

Of those 8 million videos deleted, 6.7 million were removed by machine-learning software, the company said. And more than three quarters of those flagged videos were removed by a human employee before even one public viewing, it said.

YouTube says it receives 400 hours of new video uploaded every minute. This volume and its largely automated platform’s failure to stop creators from posting extreme and abusive content have been an increasing source of criticism for the Google-owned unit.

The same videos also cause headaches for advertisers, which suspend advertising when they’ve discovered ads playing before videos that promote terrorism, hate space, pedophilia or other exploitive subject matter.

In turn, the company has promised more human attendant working with advanced computer systems will weed out the worst videos before they become widespread.

YouTube also had changed some of its rules last year in an attempt to crack down on extremist videos, taking away their ability to run ads and share revenue with YouTube.

YouTube is going to introduce a new feature called the “Reporting History dashboard.” It will show individual users the status of any videos they’ve flagged for review.

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Alcohol drinkers hold overabundance of oral bacteria linked to diseases than non-drinkers, new research has found. One or more alcoholic beverages each day can raise the risk of not only of cavities and gum disease but also of some cancer and heart disease as people who routinely drank the same amount of drink contained an overabundance of bad bacteria.

Researchers reported Monday that our mouth naturally contains about 700 types of bacteria, including both good and bad. But drinking alcohol each day may mess up the balance of good versus bad bacteria in your mouth.

The main findings published in the journal Microbiomeonline April 23 says, by contrast, drinkers had good microbes in their mouths to check the growth of harmful germs.

Led by NYU School of Medicine researchers, the study is a first of its kind that shows that alcohol drinkers hold overabundance of oral bacteria as well as the link between alcohol intake and oral microbiome- the medical term for the colony of bacteria in our mouths.

During the study, researchers found that alcohol drinkers had more Bacteroidales, Actinomyces and Neisseria species of bacteria, which can cause periodontal disease or a decrease in beneficial bacteria compared to nondrinkers.

“We did not find a specific threshold level,” said Jiyoung Ahn, the study’s senior investigator and an epidemiologist at the NYU School of Medicine. “Though heavier drinking led to more extensive changes in the oral microbiome. Heavy alcohol intake is a known risk factor for multiple chronic diseases, including cancers (head and neck, esophagus, colon and breast), liver disease and cardiovascular diseases,” she added.

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Social Security Planning is beneficial after retirement, as one of the biggest advantages of this program is its Flexibility. You can start claiming retirement benefits as early as age 62, or you can wait and receive fatter checks each month.

The amount you’ll receive in benefits that will depends on the age at which you file for Social Security. The full retirement age is between 65 and 67, depending on the year you were born.

If you wait until your full retirement age, you’ll receive 100% of the amount you’re entitled to. If you claim earlier than that, your benefits will be cut for every month you’re ahead of schedule, up to 30% at age 62.

However, for each month you delay benefits past your full retirement age, you’ll receive a bonus to make up for the time you spent forgoing benefits.

The most people start claiming benefits is 62. In 2013, 42% of men and 48% of women filed at that age, according to the Center for Retirement Research. Very few people wait until age 70 to file for social security.

In fact, only 4% of women and 2% of men hold out that long. That means the other 96% to 98% of Americans are missing out on this major Social Security perk.

Most of time you have to retire early because of health issues and you needed to claim benefits earlier. Wait until age 70, though, and you can receive up to 24% on top of your base benefit amount.

 

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Nubia’s Red Magic is gaming-focused smartphone. Nubia, a ZTE sub-brand in China has introduced its new phone, especially for passionate mobile gamers. It is practically attracting them through its aggressively red openings and details.

Specification on the Red Magic includes the 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a 2160 x 1080, 18:9 resolution. There are sharp, hexagonal cutouts for the camera and fingerprint sensor, a minimal forehead, and chin at the top and bottom of the black anodized aluminum frame. It runs on last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor instead of the newer Snapdragon 845.

Camera-wise, you will find a single 24-megapixel lens on the back of the phone and an 8-megapixel front-facing lens. The Red Magic phone is powered by an impressively large 3,800mAh battery that the company claims can last for up seven hours.

The device is packed with 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage (along with a cheaper 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage model), as well as dual-SIM support, but there is no support for MicroSD storage. Nubia claims that it will use its “GameBoost” software to provide better performance. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo.

The Red Magic Phone will be available worldwide with an Indiegogo campaign launching April 26. Preorders will be open on April 25th in China with the starting price at 2,499 yuan (roughly $397) for the base mode and 2,999 yuan (around $477) for the high-end version. Early buyers will be able to catch the device for a bird price of $399.

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Federal regulator charges Wells Fargo with penalty of $1 billion for abuses such as charging unwitting customers for auto insurance and bogus mortgage fees.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency plan to announce the penalty as part of a settlement on Friday, according to the New York Times.

It would be the highest fine ever imposed by the consumer bureau. It could reduce the banking giant’s first-quarter profit by about 20%, according to research firm Edward Jones.

The bank announced in July that it would give refunds to more than 570,000 auto loan customers who were charged for auto insurance without their knowledge and when they already had coverage.

Wells Fargo also has said that it improperly charged some customers to extend interest rate locks on mortgages because of delays that it caused, not the clients.

In October, the company said it would give refunds to customers who paid the fees between September 16, 2013 and February 28, 2017. The company agreed to the sanctions and said they could cut profits by as much as $400 million this year.

The $1 billion fine would be the latest setback for Wells Fargo. Last year, it created about 3.5 million bank and credit card accounts that were not authorized by customers and paid $185 million in penalties.

The company also faces a possible separate investigation into whether its wealth management division made improper referrals or recommendations to the company’s investment and fiduciary services businesses.

For the first quarter, Wells Fargo reported net income of $5.9 million, or $1.12 per share, on $21.9 billion in revenue. That topped analysts’ estimate of $1.11 per share.

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Facebook looking to build its own chips for which it has started to form a team of people who can work on chip designs. According to job listings and sources familiar with the matter, Facebook is joining other technology companies that have invested in building their own chips.

The company is looking to hire a manager to create an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization,” according to a job listing on its corporate website, suggesting the plan is coming together.

Apple has already started shipping its self-branded chips inside its iOS devices in 2010 and now uses them in within many of its product lineups. Alphabet Inc.’s Google produces custom artificial intelligence chip and added its first consumer-focused silicon in the Pixel 2 in 2017.

The Menlo Park, the California-based company would join other tech giants to reduce their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel Corp. and Qualcomm Inc.

Facebook could use such semiconductors to power artificial intelligence software, servers in its data centers, and hardware devices. Next month, it will also release the Oculus Go, a virtual-reality headset that runs on a Qualcomm processor.

On Wednesday, Yann LeCun, the company’s AI researcher tweeted about some of the job postings, asking candidates interested in building chips for AI. While Facebook looking to build its own chips, it declined to comment on the job postings.

The job descriptions are categorized based on two fields: chips for artificial intelligence also called machine learning, and chips for Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality headsets.

Other jobs are for the system-on-a-chip design popular in smartphones, energy-efficient devices, and for Oculus-related development of SOC processors.

 

 

 

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U.S. economic recoveries possess negative impact for potential home buyers. Its continued growth has had many positive effects on the nation and the population.

Along with incomes and low unemployment, the housing market continues to grow. The median sale price of a U.S. home is now close to a third of a million dollars, or over $100,000 more than it was just a decade ago.

Housing markets are different from one another. While some might still be relatively inexpensive, others are well out of range for most Americans.

To determine the county with the most expensive housing market in every state, 24/7 Wall Street reviewed median home values of 3,119 counties and county equivalents as of the second quarter of 2017 from the National Association of Realtors.

In the most expensive markets in states like New York, Massachusetts, California, and Virginia, the typical home is valued at well over $750,000.

In California, the most expensive market has a median value in excess of $1 million. In other states, the most expensive market barely tops $200,000.

Monthly payments for the median home price for the same time period are also from the NAR and assume a fixed 30-year mortgage with a 3.5% interest rate and a 10% down payment.

Median household incomes for each county come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Consumer Survey.

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Plastic-digesting enzyme accidentally created for the first time by scientists during a recent experiment. A mutant enzyme could help resolve the worldwide plastic pollution crisis.

Scientists accidentally created a mutated version when they were conducting an experiment on enzyme discovered in a couple of years ago in a waste recycling center in Japan, according to the Energy Department lab. This new discovery could reduce plastic waste in future, enabling the full recycling of bottles.

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory were examining to see how this enzyme works.

Researchers tweaked a plastic-munching enzyme’s physical structure, making it more effective at resolving polyethylene terephthalate – PET – the plastic found in water bottles. PETs have only existed since the 1940s and are not biodegradable.

Now, the researchers are working making the enzyme more successful at breaking down plastics in a fraction of its current rate.

Enzymes are non-toxic, biodegradable, and can be produced in large amounts by the microorganisms (bacteria and fungi). Although most people don’t know it, enzymes already help us out in many areas of everyday life such biological laundry detergents and in the food, leather, and textiles industries,” Oliver Jones, a chemist at RMIT University who was not involved in the study, said in a statement.

During the experiment, senior scientist Bryon Donohoe at the Energy Department lab and researcher Nic Rorrer found that enzyme, called PETase in plastic soda bottles degraded PET after just 96 hours through electron microscopy.

 

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