Higher education doesn’t prevent Alzheimer’s but it can offer a cognitive head start

In a new study, higher education does seem to give Alzheimer’s patients a cognitive head start allowing them to stay intellectually functional longer(Credit: SIphotography/Depositphotos) Scientists have long debated why there seems to be an association between higher levels of education and lower rates of Alzheimer’s disease in later life. New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine is suggesting neurodegenerative disease is just as prevalent in more-educated individuals but a greater cognitive reserve can temporarily mitigate the impact of Alzheimer’s pathology in one’s senior years. Prior studies have consistently uncovered a correlation between higher education…

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Facebook content moderation is an ugly business. Here’s who does it

Some of the workers saw video of a man being stabbed to death. Others viewed acts of bestiality. Suicides and beheadings popped up too. The reason for watching the gruesome content: to determine whether it should be pulled from Facebook before more members of the world’s largest social network could see it. Content moderators protect Facebook’s 2.3 billion users from exposure to humanity’s darkest impulses. Swarming through posts that’ve been flagged by other members of the social network or by the Silicon Valley giant’s artificial intelligence tools, they quickly decide what stays up…

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An inside view of India’s pencil business and the four families that control it

The humble pencil was the simple solution that Three Idiots’ Rancho gave for the complex riddle of how to write in zero gravity. For about six centuries, the pencil has left its indelible mark as an all-weather writing instrument, after the accidental discovery of hard graphite at a nondescript Lake District village in England led to the commercial production of what would become the least inexpensive — yet must-have — item on modern desktops. Perhaps the instrument’s continuity as a stationery item was never in doubt. But when the mobile…

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Huawei says it will hit $100 billion in revenue for 2018

  Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images People try using Huawei smartphones at an exhibition. Huawei’s revenues will in 2018 surpass $100 billion for the first time, a top boss at the Chinese tech giant said Thursday. Speaking to CNBC in Mandarin via a translator, Eric Xu, one of the rotating chairmen at Huawei said that business is growing “slightly better” than had been expected. “There is no problem that we can hit the $100 billion mark,” Xu said, in a translation that was verified by CNBC. Xu did…

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Perfectly preserved £230,000 art deco home goes back on the market for the first time since it was sold on the outbreak of WWII… and even comes with the original furniture

A unique art deco house that was sold in the year the Second World War broke out and is still brimming with original features has gone on the market for £230,000. The keys to this time capsule home called Heol Bryngwili in Cross Hands near Llanelli, in Wales, were handed to the first owners in the autumn of 1939 – and it has remained in the same family until now. Even most of the furniture is original and can come with the property, which is the most distinctive on the street, if wanted.…

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Mums, take it easy. Maternal depression may affect child’s immune system

Turns out, depression in mothers may have long-term effects on their children’s stress and physical well-being. In a new study, researchers followed 125 children from birth to 10 years. At 10 years, mother’s and children’s cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA)–markers of stress and the immune system–were measured, mother-child interaction was observed, mothers and children underwent psychiatric diagnoses, and children’s externalizing and internalizing symptoms were reported. Depressed mothers had higher CT and s-IgA levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. Children of depressed mothers…

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E-cigarettes are as dangerous as smoking. It can double the risk of heart attack

A new study has found that smoking an e-cigarette on a regular basis could double the risk of a heart attack. According to a new analysis of a survey of nearly 70,000 people, led by researchers at UC San Francisco, the dual use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes appears to be more dangerous than using either product alone. The study also found that the risks compound, so that daily use of both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes raises the heart attack risk five-fold in comparison to the people who don’t use…

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Cancer rarely affects elephants, here’s the real reason behind it

Researchers have identified a “zombie” gene that protects elephants from cancer, a finding that may pave the way for a new treatment for humans. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 human deaths occur due to cancer, whereas less than 5% of captive elephants — who also live for about 70 years, and have about 100 times as many potentially cancerous cells as humans — die of the disease. Humans and elephants have one copy of the master tumour suppressor gene p53, which recognises unrepaired DNA damage — a precursor of cancer and…

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Depression in children, treating it can help improve parent’s mental health

The bond between parent and child extends far beyond sharing similar looks or behaviours as a new study suggests that treating depression in teenagers may benefit their parents’ mental health too. The findings suggest that when a teenager’s depression improved through treatment, so did the depression experienced by his or her parents. “Depression is a massive public health concern that will take a variety of approaches to better manage. We believe our study is among the first to evaluate how the emotional health of a child can impact that of…

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Flaxseed oil can do wonders for your health, here are 6 benefits to it

Flaxseed oil is known for its benefit to heart health, but it is also good to boost your digestive system and brain health. It provides skin and hair benefits, helps weight loss, and reduces risk of cancer as well. There are several ways to derive this benefit from flaxseeds, but the easiest and fastest way is from the intake of flax oil capsules. Dolly Kumar, founder and director at Gaia, shares some health benefits of flax oil: * Regulates healthy cholesterol level: Rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, flax oil capsules regulate cholesterol levels in the body and are…

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