Tuesday, 2 January 2018

It is so cold even the SHARKS are freezing to death

Source: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Two thresher sharks were found washed up along Massachusetts's Cape Cod Bay after being stranded due to 'cold shock' amid plunging temperatures in the northern United States this week.

The arctic blast that is bringing negative temperatures to several other northern states is causing waterfalls to freeze, windows to crack and people to suffer life-threatening frostbite with just 30 minutes of exposure outside.

Forecasters are warning for those who are outside to bundle up with layers to protect against hypothermia and frostbite that could happen with exposure in the bitter arctic.

For more pictures on the deadly weather, please go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5219881/Sharks-dead-Cape-Cod-Bay-cold-shock.html

Technology: Apple offers to replace out of warranty iPhone batteries - updated


Apple will reduce the price of replacement batteries for the iPhone 6 and earlier to $29 (S$39) from $79 (S$105) starting in late January till end of 2018.

The offer comes after several consumers sought legal action against Apple accusing the company of deliberately slowing the performance of older iPhones to force consumers to upgrade their devices.

But Apple says the slowing of iPhones will make them last as long as possible.

You may want to read A $29 Battery Could Cost Apple Over $10 Billion

My 2 cents:
In my opinion, an electronic device will become obsolete after the warranty period. Who wants to use an obsolete device as long as possible, unless there is not much advancement. They (the users) are missing out on new technology, in hardware and software, if they keep using obsolete devices.

Alzheimer's treatment: Diabetes drug 'significantly reversing' memory loss


A drug developed for type 2 diabetes significantly reverses memory loss and could have potential as a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, scientists say.

The study, by UK and Chinese universities, is the first to look at a new combined diabetes drug and found improvements in several characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Independent academics said a reduction in nerve-cell-killing protein molecules was particularly interesting and this was likely to be another avenue in the search for an elusive drug to combat dementia.

He has previously reported optimistic findings from an older diabetes drug, liraglutide, and clinical trials in humans are currently under way.

The new triple action treatment combine three different drugs for type 2 diabetes are GLP-1, GIP and glucagon.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/alzheimer-apos-treatment-diabetes-drug-000024352.html

Leaving your house every day boosts lifespan


Leaving your house and going on a walk to the local shops every morning could help you live longer, new research suggests.

Scientists claim the benefits of putting your shoes on and heading out the door are similar to that of cholesterol-busting statins.

Analysing data from adults in their 70s, 80s and 90s, researchers discovered going outside more boosted their lifespan.

For 78 year olds who ventured out every day, they were 28% more likely to reach 85 than those who only went out once a week.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5215209/Leaving-house-everyday-boosts-lifespan.html

Older women should not take hormones to prevent chronic diseases


Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions, because the risk of significant side effects outweighs the unclear evidence of a benefit, according to a government-backed panel of experts.

Most chronic conditions - coronary heart disease, dementia, stroke, fractures, and breast cancer, for example - are more common with increasing age, but there is little evidence to link them with hormonal changes associated with menopause.

Still, hormone therapy was once commonly prescribed to prevent these conditions, until results from the large Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study revealed serious adverse health effects in postmenopausal women who received menopausal hormone therapy.

Instead of hormone therapy, the USPSTF has recommended, in other statements, a healthy diet and physical activity for the prevention of cardiovascular disease; daily low-dose aspirin to decrease the risk of colon cancer and cardiovascular disease in certain women; and medications like tamoxifen and raloxifene to decrease the risk of breast cancer in certain high-risk women.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/older-women-should-not-take-hormones-to-prevent-chronic-diseases-9493930