Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/geriatrics-gerontology-international/sleeping-pill-use-linked-greater-need-blood-press Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019In a Geriatrics & Gerontology International study of 752 older adults with hypertension followed from 2008-2010 through 2012-2013, using sleeping pills on a regular basis was linked with use of an increasing number of blood pressure medications over time.The association was observed regardless of sleep duration and quality, body mass index, diet, physical activity, and hypertension control.Although additional research is needed to understand this link, the findings suggest that sleeping pill use may be an indicator of a future need for greater hypertension treatment and the need to investigate underlying sleep disorders or unhealthy lifestyles that may contribute to hypertension.”Previous reports on associations of sleep characteristics with blood pressure and hypertension were focused on middle-aged adults; however these associations were absent or inconsistent among older adults,” said senior author Dr. José Banegas, of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, in Spain.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 3 2019Nutrition knowledge is essential for today’s physicians, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine commentary published July 1. The commentary–authored by Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine–points out that overweight, diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer are driven by unhealthful diets, and that most doctors do not have the knowledge to turn this problem around. In a 2018 survey, 61 percent of internal medicine residents reported having little or no training in nutrition.In the commentary, Dr. Barnard recalls a patient who was hospitalized with a foot infection that was a complication of longstanding diabetes. Although Dr. Barnard notes that with sufficient change in the diet, insulin resistance and diabetes itself can improve and sometimes even disappear, the patient’s doctors recommended amputation.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyAre fruit fly ‘avatars’ the next step in personalized medicine?Diet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosa”Although the roots of type 2 diabetes are in the everyday food choices that lead to obesity and insulin resistance, we were ready to amputate, but never started a discussion about improving her diet,” writes Dr. Barnard. While 94 percent of resident physicians recognize the importance of diet and feel that nutrition counseling should be part of patient visits, only 14 percent feel trained to offer it.Research shows that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans, can help fight heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. But just 9.3 percent of U.S. adults meet the daily vegetable intake recommendation, while only 12.2 percent of adults get enough fruit.Dr. Barnard recommends five steps the medical community can take to address this lack of knowledge about nutrition: (1) Nutrition should be a required part of continuing medical education for physicians everywhere; (2) Doctors should work with registered dietitians; (3) Electronic medical record services should include customizable nutrition questions and handouts; (4) Doctors are role models and should embrace that fact by modeling healthy eating habits; (5) The medical community should support healthier food environments, including in hospitals and schools.Legislators throughout the U.S. are also calling for nutrition education for physicians. Last month, Washington, D.C., Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced a bill recommending continuing education on nutrition for physicians, nurses, and physician assistants. In New York, lawmakers have introduced similar legislation: A7695/S5887.Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in education and research. Source:Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
A lawsuit filed in the US capital could impose consequences on Facebook for the leak of personal data to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica Explore further Citation: Local official sues Facebook over data misuse (2018, December 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-local-sues-facebook-misuse.html © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook appeals its UK fine in Cambridge Analytica scandal The lawsuit by the District of Columbia attorney general is likely the first by an official US body that could impose consequences on the leading social network for the data misuse.”Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,” said Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement.”Facebook put users at risk of manipulation by allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica and other third-party applications to collect personal data without users’ permission. Today’s lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users’ privacy.”The lawsuit filed in the DC Superior Court seeks an injunction “to ensure Facebook puts in place protocols and safeguards to monitor users’ data and to make it easier for users to control their privacy settings,” and “restitution” for consumers.There was no immediate comment from Facebook.Facebook has admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, which shut down weeks after the news emerged on its handling of private user information.A “whistleblower” at the consultancy said it used Facebook data to develop profiles of users who were targeted with personalized messages that could have played on their fears.The scandal has triggered a series of investigations and broad review by Facebook on how it shares user data with third parties. The top legal officer in the US capital city has sued Facebook over privacy violations related to personal data leaked to the Cambridge Analytica consultancy working on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Your smart TV is watching you. And making money off you as well. Citation: Why are TVs so cheap now? Well, your smart TV is watching you and making extra money, too (2019, February 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-tvs-cheap-smart-tv-extra.html That’s why the prices of TVs have fallen so dramatically over the last five years.A mix of lower LCD prices, more intense competition and new ways to profit off the consumer once the set enters our homes have turned the boob tube into something more like a razor. And we, the viewers, are the razor blades.Bill Baxter, the Chief Technology Officer for TV set giant Vizio, referred to it as the “post-purchase monetization” of the TV on a recent podcast interview with the Verge.Translated, that means that more ads are coming at you via prominent branded movie and TV channels on smart TVs. These channels share ad revenues with set manufacturers like Vizio, Samsung, LG, an avenue that didn’t exist in the pre-streaming era. They also profit by selling data of your viewing histories to programmers and marketers.The manufacturers have been tracking viewers on smart TVs for several years, but it wasn’t until 2017 and beyond that more consumers started buying smart sets, which negate the need for a streaming device like a Roku or Fire Stick to bring in online entertainment from the likes of Netflix and Hulu.Today, virtually all TVs sold today are smart TVs, says Steve Koenig of the Consumer Technology Association.So what’s new, and helping manufacturers make money off us once the TV enters our home, is the rise of ad-supported streaming channels that share ad revenues with the likes of Vizio, Samsung and LG, and get prominent positions on the smart TV dial.—On Vizio TVs, the “Watch Free TV,” channel on its smart TV sets is actually the same Pluto TV channel seen on streaming players, computers and mobile devices.—Rival Xumo has a similar arrangement, called Channel Plus on LG sets.—Tubi is on Samsung TVs and Xumo on Panasonic, Sanyo and Sharp sets.—Streaming player maker Roku has its own arrangement with TCL, which sells Roku branded sets, where it offers the Roku Channel.The Roku channel is similar to Xumo, Tubi and Pluto in offering ad-supported older movies and TV shows, for free, as an alternative to all those internet streaming channels that charge a monthly subscription. Being on smart TVs is “great for us,” says Pluto CEO Tom Ryan. “The hardware companies, in their quest for higher margins, are looking to content and services to get more revenue. We’ve got it.”TVs have historically been a cutthroat, low-margin business, hence all those Black Friday deals of large-screen sets going out the door for $300 to $400. We found a 43-inch TCL Smart TV with 4K resolution at Target this month for $250.The wholesale price for an average 50-inch set has fallen to $335, from $589 in 2013, according to the CTA.Once “smart TVs” began to become popular, manufacturers saw a new opportunity in treating the set as a “glass window” to our viewing habits and reporting them to marketers for a fee, in a process called Automatic Content Recognition or ACR.In 2017, Vizio settled with the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey’s attorney general office for $2.2 million, when it was charged with collecting data without the consent of users.Now, Vizio, which continues to collect data, has users opt-in. “Unless you turn off ACR collection in the Settings menu, we may share viewing data with data partners, including analytics companies, media companies and advertisers,” Vizio tells viewers in the settings menu.The manufacturers say what they’re doing is no different from what Nielsen has done for years. They monitor your viewing to determine the hits and they say they do it anonymously. (Of course, with Nielsen, the process of signing up and participating is a great deal more obvious and visible.)As Inscape Data Services, the wholly-owned subsidiary of TV set manufacturer Vizio says on its website that it collects data without “personally identifiable information (PII),” to identify “what show is being watched and what IP address the device is connected to.”Justin Brookman, the director of privacy and tech policy for nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Consumer Reports, doesn’t buy it.”There’s no such thing as anonymous tracking,” he says. “They have ways…to tie them to your TV.”If “I Spy TV” sounds creepy, well, how about those other tech devices in your home?”This pales in comparison,” says Jodie McAfee, a senior vice-president of Inscape, which collects data from over 10 million Vizio smart TVs. “What a TV is generating on data is not nearly as granular. It just knows what shows I’m watching and whether the ad is being viewed.”Compare that to a smartphone, which tracks your every move in the house, both physically and on the device. It knows what websites you’ve been to, who you called and texted with, what products you purchased, and if you turned on Facebook or signed into Google, your age, demographic, salary and more.Unlike other devices, smart TVs haven’t been affected by the Trump administration’s trade war with China, where most of the sets are made, says Steve Koenig of the CTA.”Car audio has been hit, but smart home products haven’t been,” he says. “We believe tariffs are a tax on products, and don’t want to see them in any form.”Meanwhile, back in the living room, McAfee insists that ACR tracking can help consumers by finding better recommendations. “It improves the viewing experience,” he says.And if you don’t want your viewing tracked, viewers can go to the menu settings and turn off ACR (which is supposed to be off by default anyway.) Or, they can go a few steps further and turn the Wi-Fi off on the set altogether. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. How to see thousands of streaming movies and TV shows for free
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SHARE COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL national elections March 29, 2019 Published on COMMENT Nationalism featured prominently in BJP President Amit Shah’s speech as he promised to “throw-out infiltrators” from West Bengal by implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC).Shah, though, made it clear that Hindu refugees will not be affected or troubled.“If the BJP comes to power we will bring in the NRC here to throw out all infiltrators and illegal immigrants. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country,” Shah said while addressing a rally at Alipuduar, a North Bengal seat.The NRC became a hugely contentious issue in Assam after the complete draft, released last year, omitted the names of several people who have been residing there for several decades. This saw the Trinamool Congress brand the BJP as an “anti-Bengali party”.However, Shah’s comment on the NRC and protection of Hindu refugees gain significance in the Alipurduar and neighbouring Cooch Behar districts of the State. The districts have been grappling with immigrants and infiltrators (coming in from Bangladesh and via Assam) for quite some time now. Moreover, there is a rising acceptance of the BJP amongst the Scheduled Tribe communities and tea garden workers of the area.Shah also criticised the Opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, for questioning the Centre over air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot.According to him, only a strong leadership under Narendra Modi could give a befitting reply to China (on Doklam) and to Pakistan for its terror tactics. Moreover, the Modi government was “working towards securing the country”. “But the Opposition leaders are questioning the government (over the air strike). They want to hold talks with Pakistan. In this election, you have two ways — one leads you to Narendra Modi, the other to ‘Thugbandhan’ (a gang of thugs) of leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav,” he said. West Bengal
politics SHARE BJP workers prepare the stage for PM Narendra Modi’s mega rally at The Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata. Kolkata’s historic Brigade Parade Ground, a preferred venue for protests, is set to witness its first covered rally on April 3 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Covered hangars The sprawling Brigade Parade Ground will see at least nine covered hangars coming up for the first time. Each of these hangars can accommodate at least one lakh people. For BJP, the rally at Brigade assumes significance. Not just because it is a prestige issue or because the Prime Minister will address his first rally here since 2014 (when he was the PM aspirant), but primarily because this will be its first ever show of strength. “Filling up the Brigade is no mean feat and if the BJP does that, then the message to the Trinamool is clear. Moreover, a rally at Brigade is also a message on the saffron party’s seriousness about making inroads in Bengal,” a political analyst said on conditions of anonymity.Focus BengalFor BJP, West Bengal is one of its focus seats. Party President Amit Shah has been gunning for 22-23 seats from the State for quite some time now.Ground realities suggest that there is a BJP surge is some parts of the State. An aggressive Trinamool Congress and a shrinking space for opposition parties like the Left Front and Congress in Bengal has seen the rise of the BJP.A good show in the Panchayat polls in 2018 also bolstered the BJP’s prospects in Bengal.The surge has been most prominent in the north Bengal district, border areas (India-Bangladesh border constituencies) and in parts of Bengal tribal belts.iIt is likely that tThe BJP is expected to provide a tough fight or even spring a surprise in 4-6 of the 13 North Bengal constituencies that go to polls between April 11 and April 29.No wonder then that both Shah and Modi will focus on North Bengal districts as a part of their poll campaigns. In fact, Modi will hold a rally in Siliguri tomorrow morning before his rally at Brigade. COMMENTS April 02, 2019 Published on national politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT
Next Sharad Gautam MoradabadJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:50 IST Photo for representational purpose. (Photo: Reuters)The police and administration in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh are having a tough time as some Muslim barbers have refused to cut hair of Dailts from their village. In turn, the Dalits have approached police and the district magistrate alleging caste-based discrimination.Dalits in Peepalsana village under Bhojpur police station in Moradabad district have alleged that barbers in their village are refusing to entertain them at their shops. After receiving their complaints, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Moradabad, Amit Pathak formed a joint team comprising cops and local district officials to investigate the matter. The SSP said if the allegations are found true, action will be taken under relevant laws.THE CASEDalits in Peepalsana village have complained they are facing caste-based discrimination at the hands of barbers, who are Muslims. Following the complaint, all barbers have shut their shops in protest. They have been arguing that if they entertain Dalit customers at their shops, members of their own community will stop visiting them. Peepalsana is reportedly a Muslim majority village.WHAT DALITS SAYDalit elders in the village say they have suffered discrimination in their lives but they want the new generation to live freely. They say this caste-based discrimination must end. Dalits in the village said their children are discriminated when they visit saloons run by Muslims.They say their children are getting educated and in the changing world everyone must be allowed to live with dignity. Dalits said police and district administration have assured them that the matter will be resolved.Kallan, a Dalit elder, said, “They [Muslim barbers] hate us. This is why they have shut their shops. Our sons are not getting married because people look down upon us. They mock at us because we can’t take haircuts in the village saloons. No one wants to marry their daughters to our kids because of this.”Anil Kumar, a Dalit youth, said, “All our relatives humiliate us because we are refused haircuts in our own village. Police negotiated the matter and the barbers agreed that will allow us to avail services. But now they have shut their shops. We have to travel long distances to get haircuts. Our problem must be resolved.”WHAT MUSLIMS SAYSpeaking to India Today TV, Naushad, a local resident, said, “Dalits never used to visit barber shops here. They would take services from a barber shop run by a Dalit in Bhojpur. But now they want to get haircuts here. The barbers were clueless when cops took them to the police station. There they came to know that Dalits have complained against them. I am 45 years old and in my lifetime no Dalit ever took a haircut in our shops. They used to visit the shop in Bhojpur.”He said family members of the barbers are worried as these shops are their only source of income. “If Dalits take haircut and shave in these shops, the towels will become dirty. How will other Muslims take haircuts after that?” he said.Meanwhile, not just the barbers, even other Muslims are opposing the entry of Dalits in these barber shops. They said Dalits should visit the barber shop they have been using all these years.”This is Muslim-majority village with 95 per cent Muslim population. Today they [Dalits] are demanding entry in saloons, tomorrow they will start booking marriage halls. There are some people who want to create chaos here. The village has been peaceful for decades. This matter is being raised with ulterior motives,” said Ali Ahmed.Gulam Gaus, another local resident, said the village has always has been peaceful.”Hindus and Muslims here have never had any enmity. We want peace and won’t let anyone vitiate it. As far as saloon service for Dalits, people here don’t want them to visit the saloons in the village. If they [Dalits] want, they can start their own shop and avail services there,” he said, adding that this issue is being raised unnecessarily and that there are outsiders involved.ALSO READ | Dalits not allowed to touch water, tankers servicing upper caste villages in UP’s BundelkhandALSO READ | Dalit youths stripped, beaten on allegation of theft in UPALSO WATCH | BJP MLA’s daughter who married Dalit boy makes emotional appeal to dad on live TVFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Caste lines drawn, Muslim barbers in Moradabad refuse haircuts to DalitsDalits in Peepalsana village under Bhojpur police station in Moradabad district have alleged that barbers in their village are refusing to entertain them at their shops.advertisement