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Microsoft: Upcoming UUP technology will reduce the size of Windows 10 updates

UAE News - Sat, 11/05/2016 - 08:23

In a noteworthy announcement made this week, software biggie Microsoft has revealed that its forthcoming 'Unified Update Platform' (UUP) technology will help the company reduce the size of future Windows 10 updates by one- third.

The imminent use of the UUP technology by Microsoft marks the latest behind-the-scenes change being made by the company in its Windows 10 OS, underscoring a tweak of the Windows update process.

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Supermassive black hole screaming through space at speed of 2,000mph: research

Research Reports - Sat, 11/05/2016 - 07:36

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A supermassive black hole is screaming through space at a speed of 2,000 miles per second (mph) and it will likely never stop, a team of American astronomers estimated.

According to astronomers, including one from CU Boulder, millions of years ago, the black hole B3 1715+425 had been comfortably gulping down stars and deadly x-rays at the center of a distant galaxy.

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Additional hour of sleep can disrupt normal sleep patterns

Research Reports - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 10:35

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Americans will need to set back their clocks by one hour this Sunday as daylight saving time comes to an end, allowing people to have an additional hour of sleep.

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Sunshine is much linked to mental health

Health News - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 09:24
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Sunshine matters a lot, even when it comes to our mental and emotional health.

According to a recent BYU study, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most for our emotional and mental health.

Your day might be filled with irritatingly hot temperatures, thick air pollution and maybe even pockets of rainclouds, but that won't necessarily get you down. If you're able to soak up enough sun, your level of emotional distress should remain stable. Take away sun time, though, and your distress can spike. This applies to the clinical population at large, not just those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

"That's one of the surprising pieces of our research," said researcher Mark Beecher. "On a rainy day, or a more polluted day, people assume that they'd have more distress. But we didn't see that. We looked at solar irradiance, or the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground. We tried to take into account cloudy days, rainy days, pollution . . . but they washed out. The one thing that was really significant was the amount of time between sunrise and sunset."

Therapists should be aware that winter months will be a time of high demand for their services. With fewer sun time hours, clients will be particularly vulnerable to emotional distress. Preventative measures should be implemented on a case-by-case basis.

The study started with a casual conversation that piqued Beecher's professional curiosity.

"Mark and I have been friends and neighbors for years, and we often take the bus together," said researcher Lawrence Rees. "And of course you often talk about mundane things, like how are classes going? How has the semester been? How 'bout this weather? So one day it was kind of stormy, and I asked Mark if he sees more clients on these days. He said he's not sure, it's kind of an open question. It's hard to get accurate data."

A lightbulb went off in Rees' head. As a physics professor, Rees had access to weather data in the Provo area. As a psychologist, Beecher had access to emotional health data for clients living in Provo.

"We realized that we had access to a nice set of data that not a lot of people have access to," Beecher said." Rees said, 'Well, I've got weather data,' and I'm like, 'I've got clinical data. Let's combine the pair!' Wonder Twin powers activate, you know?"

The duo then brought in BYU statistics professor Dennis Eggett, who developed the plan for analyzing the data and performed all of the statistical analyses on the project.

The study has been published in Journal of Affective Disorders. (ANI)

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Google refutes EU’s allegations of abuse of control AdSense and comparison shopping results

UAE News - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 07:27

In a post published on Thursday, November 3, US tech giant Google has resolutely defended its practices, rebuffing the European Union (EU)'s antitrust claims against the company's advertising and Internet shopping services.

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Delhi 'Lung'uishing due to oxygen starved air

Health News - Fri, 11/04/2016 - 07:15

Diwali is no more a festival to allay darkness; rather it has turned into a festival for thickening darkness.

With one more bout of fire crackers, the killer pollution, engulfing life in its vice like grip, would only become more lethal.

It can be well understood that kids are in the forefront of bearing its brunt because pollution perked up is disrobing them of the shield of immunity, leaving them as sitting ducks for virus, bacteria and other disease agents prowling in the environment. Their immunity is imperiled, so are their lives.

"Alarming increase in air pollution attacks the respiratory system, and can alter the immune system. Moreover higher level of carbon monoxide directly hits the cardiovascular system, particularly among children. Immune health can help in tackling all these problems", says Dr. Avneet Kaur, Sr. Consultant Neonatology Dept, Apollo Cradle Hospital.

"There are several reasons for kids to be easy victims of the pollution and thereby a lower immune health. Their lungs are growing and they have higher cell division, so pollutants find much more space in them. Compared to adults, they have low immunities and therefore

more susceptible to diseases", said Dr. Vivek Jain, Additional Director and head of department Neonatology- Fortis Hospital- Shalimar Bagh.

According to a Report by Save the Children, every fourth child, living in urban India, fall sick every month on average, reason being lower immunity. What affects their immunity?

Essentially, ground water and air pollution damage immune system of children. Doctors associate high levels of suspended particulate matter and sulphur dioxide with increased mortality, morbidity and impaired pulmonary function.

According to a study conducted by National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on Nutrition and health status of school children in urban area, one out every three Indian kids miss school due to infections.

Several studies revealed the presence of harmful chemicals and heavy metals in groundwater resources. If this groundwater is consumed, according to the study, it can lead to serious health problems in the nervous system, kidneys and the digestive tract and affect the overall immune system.

"As per International Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, our daily intakes of vegetables contain 21 times higher metal content. So apart from air and ground water pollution, our eating pattern also impact immunity. Having exposed to such conditions, a kid is prone to catch respiratory, liver and kidney problems," added Dr. Jain.

According to studies conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), one in five adults and one in four children in the national capital suffered from upper respiratory diseases, and that these numbers were on an upward trend. Other metro and big cities with industrial clusters are facing the similar challenge.

Kid's health has become a major concern for all.

Experts state that kids should be given the recommended dose of key nutrients Vitamin A C Iron, as it has been found through studies that 80 percent of urban kids do not receive the recommended key nutrients.

It should be noted that mothers think that adequate intake of milk can enhance immune health of kids. However, FSSAI has concluded that 65-90 percent of the milk could be adulterated.

Studies reveal that more than 75 percent of urban Indian school children suffer from anemia. On the same note, India has the highest population of kids deficient in Vitamin A globally.

Water pollution is equally damaging. According to Dr. Kaur, "Polluted drinking water is also causing havoc on kids. Because of this they suffer from diseases like diarrhea, gastro problems, typhoid, sore throat and a general fall in immunity. Presences of higher level of

heavy metals even in vegetables are hazardous to health. Children are the main victims."

"Parents and schools can play critical role to save kids from immune related health problems. Proper monitoring of immune health can be done at school level as well and medical facilities for such monitoring should be made available at school level. Medical unit at

schools should be equipped with a Spiro meter and trained technicians," said Dr. Jain.

The experts warn that cities and concerned authorities/agencies need to be paid adequate attention and healthcare providers should also take responsibilities to sensitize people about pollution and its harmful effects on kid's immunity and health.

Preventive measures are needed to be taken on urgent basis; otherwise India would face a health emergency for kids. (ANI)

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Phil Schiller: New MacBook Pro is Apple’s fastest selling Pro laptop

UAE News - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 08:09

During the course of a recent interview with The Independent, Phil Schiller -- Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing -- said that the new MacBook Pro laptop, which was introduced by Apple at an event last week, is the fastest selling Pro laptop from Apple.

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World’s largest space telescope JWST is complete: NASA

Research Reports - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 07:47

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is complete and it will likely be launched within next couple of years, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) announced on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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Neurocognitive symptoms evident prior to onset of psychosis: Study

Health News - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 06:07

Along with episodes of psychosis, schizophrenia is also marked by chronic neurocognitive deficits, such as problems with memory and attention.

A multi-site cognition study led by psychologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found that these neurocognitive symptoms are evident prior to the onset of psychosis in a high-risk stage of the disorder called the prodromal phase.

The findings suggest that these impairments may serve as early warning signs of schizophrenia, as well as potential targets for intervention that could mitigate the onset of the psychotic disorder and significantly improve cognitive function.

"To our knowledge, this is the largest and most definitive study of cognition in the high-risk period before onset of for psychosis/schizophrenia," said corresponding author Larry J. Seidman. "This is part of a paradigm shift in the way we are focusing on the earlier, prodromal phase of the disorder in an effort to identify those most likely to develop psychosis."

Seidman and colleagues collected neurocognitive functioning data from participants at eight university-based, outpatient programs in the United States and Canada over the course of four years. The observational study compared 689 males and females deemed at clinical high risk (CHR) of developing psychosis to 264 male and female healthy controls (HC).

Using 19 standard tests of executive and visuospatial abilities, attention and working memory, verbal abilities and declarative memory, the researchers found that the high-risk group performed significantly worse than the control group on all 19 measures. Among the high-risk individuals only, those who later progressed to a psychotic disorder performed significantly worse than their high-risk peers who did not develop psychosis during the study.

"Currently, when mental health professionals assess people coming in for evaluation, we don't know who will eventually develop schizophrenia," said Seidman. "Our group's focus is on identifying early warning signs and then developing interventions to improve a person's chances for not getting it, making it milder or delaying it."

Impaired working memory (the ability to hold information like a phone number in mind for a short time while it's in use) and declarative memory (the ability to recall things learned in the last few minutes) turned out to be the key neurocognitive functions that are impaired in the high-risk, prodromal phase prior to the onset of full-blown psychosis. These findings, said Seidman, are in keeping with the experiences of many people with schizophrenia who report sudden difficulties reading, concentrating or remembering things in the earliest days of the disorder.

Schizophrenia "conjures up dread" in our culture, Seidman said, but he notes that it is likely these cognitive deficits - not the delusions and hallucinations people fear so much - that keep roughly 80 percent of people with schizophrenia out of work or school. Recent focus on the prodromal period and the growing promise of early intervention is giving patients and their families more realistic hope that better outcomes are possible, he added.

"People can hear voices and still function pretty well, but they basically cannot function at all when their cognition is impaired," he said. "We are also testing a number of cognitive remediation and enhancement treatments to determine their role in the evolution of the illness. There's more evidence suggesting that early intervention reduces the number of people who transition to schizophrenia."

This study represented the second phase of the North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study (NAPLS), the multi-site research consortium formed in 2003 to focus on early intervention and prevention of schizophrenia. By pooling their data, NAPLS researchers have been able to identify individuals at high risk for developing a psychotic disorder as well as the biological risk factors associated with converting to psychosis.

This summer, the collaborators, led by researchers at Yale, published a risk calculator that can help professionals predict patients' risk of developing psychosis.

In addition to BIDMC and Yale, the other NAPLS sites are based at Emory University, the University of Calgary, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California San Diego (UCSD), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of San Francisco, and Zucker Hillside Hospital.

"A significant number of people are able to remain in or go back to work and school," Seidman said. "This early intervention approach is giving people more hope, and that really matters."

The study has been published in JAMA Psychiatry.(ANI)

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Education specialists Venkateshwar group enters Healthcare vertical

Health News - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 06:06

With a sense of commitment to healthcare and an eye on achieving global excellence in the services sector, Venkateshwar Hospital is the new state-the-art healthcare

facility in Delhi.

Situated in Dwarka, set across 8000 square meter, it is the only super specialty hospital on this scale in the area.

The facility is equipped with 325 beds out of which 100 are critical care beds, 32 specialties, and 10 modular operation theatres. The most skilled and experienced talent from across Delhi has come together to forms teams of doctors and healthcare providers who are dedicated to the healing.

"We are delighted to diversify from education to healthcare. Both being services that are community-focused, we have been able to utilize our experience and best practices from setting up some of

Delhi's biggest schools, in establishing Venkateshwar Hospital. Our hospital is built on a strong foundation of ethical medical practice.

Our promise to the people is that we are service-oriented, not target-driven. We have already conducted free camps in the nearby villages to help the neighbourhood," said Dr Y. P. Bhatia, Chairman, Advisory Council, Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka.

Venkateshwar Hospital has the best-in-class technology, with three Tesla MRI machine, 256 PEP Gama camera, 256 slice CT a fully-functional cath lab with equipment like Intravascular ultrasound

and Rotablator, and a pathology lab that is completely automated and delivers resultswithin 24 hours even for complex tests. The Centres of Excellence include Medical Oncology, Radiation and Surgical Oncology makes it the only comprehensive oncology unit in the area. Cardiology,

Urology, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Joint Replacement, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine are other Centres of Excellence.

The Neurology department is unique, with a team of neurologists, neurosurgery specialists, and a pediatric neurologist. Venkateshwar Hospital has a set of 24X7 services: imaging, emergency, pharmacy, laboratory, blood bank.

"At Venkateshwar Hospital, our focus is on putting together the best team possible. As healthcare professionals, our aim is to ensure the best patient outcomes. Hence, we have developed systems which are not pyramid-like structures at all, but rather form a circle of shared responsibility and decision-making. This also ensures the patient is well taken care of by every single member of the team.

The hospital has begun operations in October, with the birth of a baby girl. It was

a shared proud moment for us at the hospital, and of course for the family of the little girl. We hope to continue serving people in the best possible way we can," said Dr Y. P. Bhatia, Chairman, Advisory Council, Venkateshwar Hospital, Dwarka. (ANI)

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Alcohol dependency in young adults may have long-lasting effects

Health News - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 08:34

A study says that young adults with symptoms of alcohol dependence may see health effects late in life, even decades after conquering their problem drinking.

Researchers found that, of 664 U.S. male veterans, those who had symptoms of alcohol dependence for at least five years in young adulthood generally had poorer physical and mental health by the time they were in their 60s.

And that was true even if they'd gotten control over their drinking problems by the age of 30.

The findings are surprising, said lead researcher Randy Haber.

It's clear that people's lives improve when alcohol dependence goes into remission, Haber pointed out, but it is not clear whether there are hidden consequences that remain after heavy drinking has ceased. For instance, evidence shows that both brain and body are affected by

excessive drinking, but we don't know how long these effects last.

The new findings suggest that years of alcohol dependence during young adulthood result in silent but "permanent" injuries that, in later life, appear to result in serious health problems, according to Haber.

The findings are based on men taking part in a larger study of Vietnam-era veterans. Haber's team focused on 368 men who did not report any symptoms of alcohol dependence at any point in adulthood, 221 who had at least three symptoms of dependence in young adulthood

and middle-age and 75 who had symptoms in early adulthood but not after the age of 30. Overall, the study found that men who had alcohol dependence symptoms for at least five years in early adulthood scored lower on standard measures of both physical and mental health once they'd reached their 60s.

For example, those with alcohol dependence in young adulthood had, on average, three medical conditions in later life whereas those without this history reported two.

In addition, their scores on a depression scale were about twice as high. Most important, these effects were seen even among men who'd been free of dependence symptoms for several decades.

The reasons are unclear.

But, Haber said, other studies have shown that chronic drinking may injure parts of the brain involved in emotional regulation, self-control and decision-making. It's possible, he noted, that years of alcohol exposure in early adulthood could have lasting effects on those brain areas.

Still, Haber stressed that this study is reporting "averages" and not what any one person is destined for.

He said that people who not only quit problem drinking but also turn their lifestyle around, eating well, not smoking and just generally "taking care of themselves," will likely see health benefits that last into late life.

Plus, he said, there is a "whole body of literature" showing that when people with alcohol dependence go into recovery, their lives improve in almost every area.

"If you have entered ( alcohol dependence) recovery, keep going," Haber said. "Live your life to its fullest."

The study has been published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs. (ANI)

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Instagram to test new shopping feature with select iOS users in US

UAE News - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 08:01

Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram will soon be testing a new shopping feature which will give users the ability to shop products directly from a photo posted on the network.

The testing of the new shopping feature will be started by Instagram next week, when the feature is rolled out to select iOS users in the US.

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Researchers create high resolution map of brine pool off coast of New Orleans

Research Reports - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 07:20

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A team of researchers has created a high resolution map of the area that is believed to be one of the oddest as well as deadliest places on Earth -- the bottomless 'jacuzzi of death or despair' in the Gulf of Mexico.

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6-months clinical trial data finds Indian thin strut fully dissolvable stent to be safe

Health News - Wed, 11/02/2016 - 05:46

Findings of the six month clinical trial on the first thin strut fully dissolvable stent in the world, developed in India, were unveiled at the prestigious main arena, Late Breaking Clinical Trials/First Report Investigations at the Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2016, Washington DC on October 31.

The TCT is the biggest and best regarded meeting of interventional cardiologists in the world. This was a proud moment for India, as the data was presented by the eminent interventional cardiologist Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, who was the principal investigator of the study.

The study titled MeRes-1 is the first-in-man study of the novel thin-strut PLLA-based sirolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular stent (MeRes100). It considered Six-Month Clinical, Angiographic, Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and Optical coherence tomography (OCT) results in patients with Coronary Artery Disease.

Presenting the findings of the study, Dr. Seth said, "This is a big day for India and the 'Make in India' program. It also reveals to the world that our Indian device industry has the ability to be innovative, creative and support high quality research. The innovative design of the MeRes100 scaffold developed in India addresses some of the limitations of currently available Bio Resorbable Stents (dissolvable stents) and may have higher success and lower complication rates in the long term. It would also cost much lesser than the currently available dissolvable stents and therefore give more benefit to higher number of patients. The MeRes-1, first-in-man study demonstrates that this new generation thinner strut sirolimus eluting BRS is both safe and effective at six months. These encouraging results provide the basis for further studies using wider range of length and sizes in more complex and larger patient population."

The MeRes100 is a low profile 100µm thin strut PLLA based BRS with a unique hybrid design featuring open cells at the center and closed cells at the edges resulting in improved track-ability and access to side branches. It also has enhanced visibility with three circumferential radio opaque markers at each end.

In this prospective, multicenter, single arm trial of MeRes100 BRS, a total of 108 patients (116 lesions) were enrolled at 16 Indian sites from May 2015 to April 2016.

The primary end-point was Major Adverse Cardiac Events (MACE), a composite of cardiac death, myocardial infarction, Ischaemia Driven Target Lesion Revascularization (ID-TLR), and Ischaemia Driven Target Vessel Revascularization (ID-TVR) at six months. The secondary end-point was scaffold thrombosis at six months.

The study found no MACE or stent thrombosis (ST) after the deployment of the scaffold up to six month follow-up.

Quantitative Coronary Analysis (QCA) data at six months demonstrated very favourable in scaffold late lumen loss of 0.15±0.26mm. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and Optical coherence tomography (OCT) analysis showed no scaffold recoil and near complete strut coverage (99.3percent) with neointima.

The TCT is the annual scientific symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) featuring a number of first report investigations on novel stents that could become the next generation of bioresorbable stents in patients.

"Bioresorbable stents (dissolvable stents) have the potential to be greatly impactful in the treatment of coronary artery disease, and it is exciting to see these first report investigations of several new and novel stents advancing the technology forward," said Ajay Kirtane, , a Co-Director of TCT.

"These results give us the first insights into their safety and efficacy, but larger randomized trials are necessary in order to establish their role in clinical practice," he added. (ANI)

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Washington boy hospitalized with mystery paralysis dies

Research Reports - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:17

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The Washington Department of Health has confirmed that the 6-year-old Bellingham boy with mystery paralysis who was recently admitted to Seattle Children's Hospital has died.

The kid, identified as Daniel Ramirez, was hospitalized on 15th of October after he developed symptoms like drooling, slurred speech, pain in one of his legs and incontinence.

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SpaceX hopes Falcon 9 launches to resume soon

Research Reports - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 08:08

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is expected to return to service soon as investigators probing the Sept. 1 explosion of the commercial booster have apparently identified the root cause of the upsetting explosion.

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Some of the best Clear Cases for Pixel and Pixel XL handsets in US

UAE News - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 08:00

The users of Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL flagship handsets in the US can opt for Clear Cases for their devices if they want to purchase a case which neither makes the handset look bulky nor obscures its color.

Clear cases are apparently a perfect choice for the owners of Google Pixel and Pixel XL handsets because they are slim and light cases which minimize extra bulkiness. Such cases are ideal for discreet protection of handsets, even though they provide a comparatively lesser level of protection than rugged cases.

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