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Eye Drops Could Cure Macular Degeneration

April 5, 2013 at 2:33 am Comments are Disabled

Macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, could be cured by an eye drop developed by scientists. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine have discovered the decreasing cholesterol levels in the eye can stop the growth of blood vessel. This can cause age-related macular degeneration.

eye dropsIn the April Issue of Cell Metabolism, the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and in the US, report a key link between macular degeneration and cholesterol build up in white blood cells and cause inflammation.

Dr. Rajendra Apte, an ophthalmologist at Washington University School of Medicine who led the study said that the results have significant therapeutic implication. Dr. Apte added, “People with earlier stages of AMD could potentially be treated with the aim of delaying or preventing progression.”

It is with hope that this new health discovery would lead to AMD treatment. Learn more about this news though The Telegraph’s Richard Gray.

Study: States’ Support To Public Colleges Has Declined By 28% Since 2008

March 25, 2013 at 5:05 am Comments are Disabled

State administrations, which have been struggling with the sluggish economic growth, slash support to public colleges for five years. They presently spend 28 percent less for each student than they did five years ago. This is according to a study published Tuesday.

student in public collegePhil Oliff, the probe’s main proponent, noted that the cutdown in each state except North Dakota and Wyoming average $2,353 for the 75 percent of undergraduates who go to public tertiary educational institutions and indicate some signs of easing shortly. He also said that the decline rate has moderated somewhat, but there are no apparent signs that states are reinvesting in higher education systems.

According to the Rockefeller Institute of Government, The state governments’ revenues have increased for nearly three years. These, though, are not matching the rebound of previous recessions, with the increase rate sluggishly moving in the last year’s third quarter.

The reductions by the state administrations range from almost $4,800 yearly for every student in New Mexico to $561 in Alaska. These have also encouraged tuition increase at public colleges, larger classes, staff cuts and the elimination of departments and courses. Matriculation at four-year public colleges has increased on average by $1,850 per year, or 27 percent when it follows inflation.

Happy 7th Birthday To Twitter!

March 21, 2013 at 10:21 am Comments are Disabled

Twitter, a popular micro-blogging website with currently 200 million users, turns 7 years old on March 21, 2013 (Thursday). To celebrate this wonderful event, here are some interesting Twitter facts you might want to know:

1. Twitter almost never existed. Back in 2006, a company called Odeo helped people publish their audio files. The company, suffering from lack of growth and investors, decided to carry out a “hackathon” brainstorming competition one day. This led to the birth of Twitter.

2. Twitter was made on a playground. Dom Sagolla, the founding team member, said that the group went to a playground in South Park, a small area in San Francisco, and sat on top of a slide. Along with Jack Dorsey, they talked about an “idea so simple that you don’t even think about it—you just write.” This became the inspiration of the multibillion-dollar company.

3. According to Sagolla, when Twitter began, “everyone’s first tweet was automated.” Jack Dorsey published their first tweet on March 21, 2006, “Just setting up my twttr.” At present, it has more than 8,900 re-tweets.

4. At present, Justin Bieber, a pop musician, has 36 million followers, which makes him the user with the most number of followers. A social media management company, Hootsuite, is following more than 1.1 million accounts, which gives them the record of the user with the most number of “following” list. The user who has tweeted the most number of times is a girl from Japan, @Yougakduan_00. She had 36,402,262 tweets before Twitter suspended her account. YouTube is the most followed brand with almost 25 million followers.

Pope Francis’ First Call Thought To Be A Prank

March 21, 2013 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

Many people around him know that Pope Francis I has an informal style. This is why he has charmed the masses, but this apparently does not work effectively through phone.

According to a Daily Mail story, the pontiff called the Vatican receptionist directly, which no pope ever does. The man who answered the call thought it was a prank so he replied, “Oh, yes? And I’m Napoleon.” Pope Francis patiently convinced the person on the other line that it was really him.

The pope wanted to connect with the superior general of his old Jesuit order, Adolfo Nicolas. He said, “I really am Pope Francis. Do not worry, Andreas, just connect me with Father General, I would like to thank him for the charming letter.” The receptionist realized his mistake because of the pope’s tone.

According to a Vatican expert, the pope does not make his own calls because they have a secretary. Pope Francis is known to be a humble Argentina man who cooks what he eats, lives in his own apartment, and rides the bus to work. This explains why he is a bit unusual than the other popes.

After being appointed as a pope, he chose to ride the bus with the cardinals instead of using the papal limo. He also repeatedly went out of the car on his way to his papal inaugural mass to greet the crowd, kiss several babies, and to bless a disabled man.

During his first dinner after the election, he told the cardinals, “May God forgive you for choosing me.” That comment, according to Timothy Dolan, New York’s Archbishop Cardinal, “brought the house down.”

Disney Will No Longer Allow Unaccompanied Kids Under 14 To Enter Parks

March 21, 2013 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

‘The Happiest Place on Earth’, ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’, and their sister theme parks spread across the US will soon ban kids under 14 years old from entering without being accompanied by an adult, a spokesperson for Disney said Saturday.

The new policy, which takes effect March 23, will be implemented in all Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts and parks in the US.

“If a cast member who is working at the front gates sees a guest who appears to be younger than 14 without someone who appears to be older than that, they will engage in a conversation with the guest,” Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown told NBC.

Since children 14 years and below typically do not have any identification with them, the Disney employee will instead verbally determine if the guest is too young to be on their own. If the visitor is underage, the child’s parent or guardian will be contacted, asked to physically come and accompany their kid into the park premises.

After a survey of its guests and asking for help from child welfare organizations, Disney came up with the age restriction of 14 and was supported by the organizations and the visitors.

“That was the age they felt was appropriate,” said Brown. “That’s also the age the Red Cross recommends for babysitting.” She added that no particular incident triggered the policy change.

“We regularly review all of our policies, and we identified an opportunity to provide a consistent age of admission and address a question we occasionally get from parents. The question is just if we have a minimum age.”

Disneyland parks previously did not have an age restriction for single admission, and age limits at Walt Disney World Resorts differed among the parks, Brown added.

“This was a move to bring a consistent age policy across our domestic resorts.”