New feature allows users to send tweets through direct message

Twitter Inc is offering a new feature that would make it easier for users to share tweets privately with friends, the company said in a blog post.

The feature, “Message button”, updates an existing option that allows tweets to be sent privately through direct messages.

The feature is available on both iOS and Android mobile platforms.

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1 Cup of This Daily Will Melt Away Your Stomach Fat.

You’ve probably been thinking about your New Year’s resolutions now that 2015 is ending. It’s estimated that one in three people will resolve to exercise and lose weight. Unfortunately, a far smaller percentage of those people will actually follow through with their resolutions. Although approximately 75% of individuals will follow their health regimen for about a week, less than half of them (46%) will be on target at the six-month mark.

Losing belly fat is one of the hardest things you may ever do in your life. It takes dedication, determination and the ability to stop eating those scrumptious cookies your grandma baked for the holidays. Obtaining a flat stomach is easy when you look at it on paper; eat less food and burn more calories. Most people run into problems when it comes to burning more calories, even though it seems pretty cut and dry.

What you eat is supposed to fuel your body and keep your internal engine running on high throughout the day. For example, many types of foods help you burn more calories than others. These super foods help you stay healthy and shed unwanted pounds in conjunction with exercise. Cayenne pepper, for example, revs up your metabolism and helps you burn fat. Lemon, ginger, honey, cinnamon and horseradish are also considered to be highly effective when waging war against belly fat. Similar to red pepper, each have unique properties that work together to improve overall health and burn fat.

1 Cup of This Daily Will Melt Away Your Stomach Fat!

1 Cup of This Daily Will Melt Away Your Stomach Fat!

When combined, the above-mentioned ingredients work together to decrease your appetite and give you energy boost.

Horseradish stimulates digestion and boosts our metabolism.

Cinnamon helps burn abdominal fat and control insulin levels. Lemons have a calming effect that can reduce stress levels. It’s proven that stress overload is a prime reason for overeating.

Lemons are high in vitamin C and help to reduce stress. That helps your body turn excess fat into energy.

Ginger is highly effective in keeping your blood sugar in check so you don’t binge of carbohydrates.

Let’s Get Cooking:

You don’t have to slave away in the kitchen every night and that’s the best part of this recipe. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry:


  • 125 grams of horseradish
  • 3 lemons
  • 4 teaspoons of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • ginger (two-centimeter piece)



Blend the ginger and horseradish using a food processor. Cut the lemons into slices and remove the seeds. Blend the lemons with the peels and mix them together with the horseradish and ginger paste. Add the honey, cinnamon and blend again. Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight jar. One cup of this a day and you can say goodbye to belly fat!

Although it may seem daunting to keep your chin and enthusiasm up high after you’ve cleaned up the confetti, it’s still not impossible. In 2016, you can whittle your middle and flaunt a toned tummy in time for summer. Cheers to your health!

WhatsApp introduces encryption to keep your messages safe from spies, spooks and hackers

Communications app will scramble data so it is unreadable unless a secret key or password is entered

Instant messaging service WhatsApp has announced it has completed a move to fully encrypt all the content within its app, enhancing user privacy in the process.


The announcement follows Apple’s high-profile battle with the FBI over encrypted content on a terror suspect’s iPhone, and the technology giant’s refusal to co-operatein unlocking the device, citing user privacy and security.

Until the announcement, only text-based messages sent in one-to-one conversations were encrypted in WhatsApp. However, all content within WhatsApp, including voice calls, videos and group conversations across both iOS and Android are now covered by what is known as “end-to-end encryption”.

Encryption involves scrambling data so it is unreadable unless a secret key or password is entered. In general smartphone terms this is the passwords and keycodes used to lock devices and log-in to various accounts.


Both Apple and Google encrypt the data within their user’s smartphones by default in order to protect sensitive information from potential hackers, but governments have increased pressure on the firms in recent months to help make such data more accessible, claiming the current levels of protection are enabling terror cells to communicate without detection.

In the Apple case, the FBI used a third-party in order to gain access to the iPhone.

In a blog post announcing the full roll-out of encryption within the app, WhatsApp’s partners in the programme, Open Whisper, said: “As of today, the integration is fully complete. Users running the most recent versions of WhatsApp on any platform now get full end to end encryption for every message they send and every WhatsApp call they make when communicating with each other.

After a slew of celebrity confessions and shocking suicide cases, you need to know this about depression

While actresses Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma have spoken about it, a multi-layered approach is required to dealing with a sensitive medical condition like depression.

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Everybody has not-so-happy life stories to tell. And rightly so; it’s only natural to feel low when something terrible happens (from a heartbreak to failing an exam, for instance). However, if your low mood continues over a long period of time, it’s about time you paid attention. You may be experiencing clinical depression. Yes, it sounds like it would never happen to you but the fact is that depression can hit just about anybody.

After the sudden demise of TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, who ended up taking her own life due to an alleged state of stress and depression, the spotlight is once again back on the mental condition. Soon after the news broke, Karan Johar posted a message on social media about the incident being yet another wake-up call for families that don’t consider depression a medical condition.

The condition received much attention last year in January, with one of Bollywood’s most sought-after actors, Deepika Padukone, opening up about her battle with the condition.

 Even in this day and age of information, we talk about all kinds of ailments, but this–probably one of the deadliest mental disorders–is shunned away and is considered to be a stigma.

According to the World Health Organisation, depression will be the most widespread epidemic within the next few years.

Here are some of the symptoms you need to look out for, if you think a loved one could be in the ambit of this mental disorder:

” Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
” Sleeping much more or much less than usual
” Extreme restlessness or lack of movement noticed by others
” Frequent thoughts of death or suicide, suicide plan, attempted suicide
” Feeling hopeless
” Feeling really tired or lacking energy

While a psychologist and counselor would be your best bet, some of the most common methods of treatment used for dealing and managing depression are as follows:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat depression works on an assumption that a person’s mood is directly related to his or her patterns of thought. Clinical psychologists work accordingly, and over a few sessions are able to treat the patient.

Psychotherapy: Talk therapy works towards lifting one’s mood and helps patients with depression improve coping skills.

Depression Medicines: In severe cases, medicines come to rescue. Some antidepressants can fight the condition and calm the patient.

Also read: Deepika Padukone is doing her bit to promote mental well-being in the country

In addition to psychotherapy and medication, treatment can also be tailored to the prevalence of a few symptoms. However, you can help a depressed person by convincing them to indulge in activities that will help fight negative feelings. Below are some of the ways you can help out a person suffering from depression.

  1. Laugh a lot: Watch a funny movie or talk to someone who makes you laugh. Exposing yourself to things that make you happy is an important part of feeling better.
  2. Talk it out: Talking to people you can trust about your feelings and concerns, will make you feel better. Sharing your feelings with someone else can make you feel like a weight has been lifted off your chest.
  3. Start exercising: The feel-good chemicals that are released (endorphins) during a workout may also have a positive impact on people with depression.
  4. Relax: Take out some ‘me’ time. Practice meditation and breathing exercises to calm yourself.
  5. Try something new: When you’re depressed, you’re in a rut. So, pushing yourself to do something different is a good idea. You can go to a museum, purchase a book and read it or just enroll in a dance class.
  6. Sleep well: Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to just take a nap, but have a sound 8-9 hour sleep.
  7. Socialise more: Get out in the social circuit and mingle with people, it will help you feel much better.

Finally, biological supercomputers are there and these are amazing!

An international team of researchers led by Professor Dan Nicolau from Canada’s McGill University have created an energy efficient biological supercomputer that is capable of processing information very quickly and accurately. The bio-computer does it by using parallel networks just like the way normal electronic supercomputers do. This may lead to a new era of biological computers which will be smaller and more sustainable. This biological supercomputer uses much less energy and utilizes proteins present in all living cells to function.

Harmful Artery-Stiffening Seen in Healthy 40-Year-Olds

Even healthy, young adults may have hardening of the arteries that can harm their brain health, a new study suggests.

Brain changes that can lead to mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease later in life have been found in people in their 40s, the researchers reported.

The new study shows “that increasing arterial stiffness is detrimental to the brain, and that increasing stiffness and brain injury begin in early middle life, before we commonly think of prevalent diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease or stroke having an impact,” said study author Pauline Maillard. She is a researcher in the department of neurology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis.

“These results may be a new avenue of treatment to sustain brain health,” she added in a university news release.

The study included about 1,900 participants in the Framingham Heart Study who underwent MRI brain scans and an assessment of their arteries.

Among healthy young adults, higher levels of artery stiffness were associated with reduced amounts of white matter and decreased integrity of gray matter in the brain. White matter fibers carry nerve impulses and connect different brain regions to each other, while gray matter is the outer layer of the brain.

The study found these brain changes among people in their 40s, which is much younger than previously recorded, the researchers said.

The study authors also said that elevated arterial stiffness is the earliest symptom of systolic high blood pressure. Systolic is the top number in a blood pressure reading and refers to the amount of pressure in the arteries during contraction of the heart muscle.

However, the association seen in the study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. Further research is needed to learn more about the link between arterial stiffness and brain changes, the study authors said.

“Our results emphasize the need for primary and secondary prevention of vascular stiffness and remodeling as a way to protect brain health,” Maillard said, adding that this must start early in life.

Clostridium difficile Is More Common Than You Think

When Clostridium difficile was discovered in 1935, it was considered to be an occasional pathogen of humans. Yet, in 2005, that changed with a rampant outbreak in Canada that killed more than fifteen percent of its victims. The bacterium spread worldwide and in 2011, was responsible for more than a half a million infections and approximately 29,000 deaths in a single year.


Despite the numbers, for the most part, the occurrence of C. difficile infection has been isolated to one single environment – the hospital. Yet other areas, such as long-term care facilities, may also be burdened with this pathogen. But even in the community, people may become infected. According to models used to represent the United States, the rate of transmission is estimated to be about 0.1%.

Despite this low number of potential risk, the results show this bacterial species is out in the community and may be living, if not thriving in secret. Yet, determining the actual number of people with C. difficile can be difficult. After all, this pathogen is found in the most unpleasant of human samples, fecal matter. This means the majority of studies have focused on people already visiting healthcare facilities. Moreover, these cases are usually suffering from symptoms.

But now there may be an answer as to how common this potential pathogen is in the general community. Last week, a group of Chinese researchers published a study examining the prevalence of this bacterium in the healthy population. The results suggest the bacterium may be much more common than anyone realized. Moreover, the data suggest the most likely carriers are the ones we suspected the least.

The team focused on 3,699 healthy Chinese individuals over the course of a single year, September 2013 to September 2014. They collected fecal samples from only healthy individuals. If people were exhibiting symptoms of diarrhea or gastrointestinal infection, they were excluded. Anyone who might have been on an antibiotic was also excluded. This ensured the statistics focused solely on those who had no medical issues.

The team went one step further in their analysis to ensure they could gain even more insight. They collected information on the age of the individual. Samples were then separated based on the person’s age. While the team expected to see a difference in the rate of carriage, they expected to see a higher percentage in older individuals as they are the most common sufferers of illness.

Once the samples were collected, the team isolated the bacteria and then grew it in culture. This allowed them to be absolutely sure the data was based on the presence of living bacteria rather than simply the identification of bacterial genetic material. From an epidemiological standpoint, this step was a must as the isolation of DNA or RNA is simply not enough to confirm presence.

After confirming they had a C. difficile positive culture, the team then went on to examine the bacterium at the genetic level. This would give them the exact strain of the bacterium and provide some perspective on possible routes of transmission. They also looked for any signs of the toxins associated with illness. None of these individuals was considered to be ill, suggesting the person was a carrier with the potential to become infected upon use of an antibiotic or, worse, infect someone else inadvertently.

The final step in the testing was to identify antibiotic resistance. The phenomenon was long known to be a significant problem with this bacterium in healthcare. The researchers wanted to see if this was also the case in the community.

When the results came back, the data revealed the bacterium was quite prevalent, particularly in children. The highest rate was in infants with a quarter of those under one year of age carrying the bacterium. For children, the rate was on average 13.6%. As the age increased, the prevalence decreased. In healthy adults, only 5.5% on average carried the bacterium.

While the rate of carriage was unexpected, the presence of toxins made the data more worrisome. In infants, almost 20% of the isolates had the toxin-forming genes. In children and adults, that number skyrocketed to 65%. None of them were ill but all had the potential to fall victim to the infection or, worse, transfer it to someone more susceptible.

There was one bright side to the data. Most of the antibiotics were effective against the bacterium. However, almost all the isolates were resistant to ciprofloxacin, the one-time antibiotic of choice against infection. This suggested the rampant spread of antibiotic resistance was not limited to the healthcare facility and instead was running wild in the community.

The results of the study clearly show healthy individuals may be able to carryC. difficile without infection. This poses an increased risk to anyone who might be susceptible, such as the elderly and those on antibiotics. The data also reveals how the bacterium may be spreading in the community through poor hygiene.

But there is another more troubling concern. Despite the lack of any symptoms in these individuals, in the event an antibiotic prescription is warranted, those carrying the bacterium may be at a high risk for infection. The authors did not call for screening of patients prior to administration of antibiotic prescriptions. Yet, in light of the continuing rise of this bacterium, there may be a reason to investigate whether this protocol may be useful in the future, if only to reduce the likelihood of infection.

Chemotherapy: Toxic Poison or Cancer Cure?

Back in September 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) released a dangerous-drug alert with the title Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings. The alert warned that working with chemotherapy drugs and other common pharmaceuticals can be a serious danger to your health.

They were right because on July 10, 2010, the Seattle Times carried the story of Sue Crump, a veteran pharmacist of 20 years, who had spent much of her time dispensing chemotherapy drugs. Sue died in 2011 from pancreatic cancer and one of her dying wishes was that the truth be told about how her on-the-job exposure to toxic chemotherapy drugs caused her own cancer. The list of chemicals Crump worked with included cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, fluorouracil, and methotrexate.

Does Chemotherapy Cause Cancer?

I am not surprised by Sue’s story because one of the effects of chemotherapy is that it actually CAUSES cancer! (Yes, the very thing it is supposed to “cure” it literally causes. Insane, right?)

Interestingly, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not regulate exposure to these toxins in the workplace − despite multiple studies documenting ongoing contamination and exposures. Studies reaching back to the 1970s have linked increased rates of certain cancers to nurses and physicians.

Every oncologist knows that chemotherapy drugs cause genetic damage. Due to inadvertent spills, chemotherapy drugs have been found on floors, counter tops, knobs, keyboards, printers, computers, and garbage cans. Most chemo is genotoxic, meaning that it interacts with genes (DNA) and causes mutations. And yes, genetic mutations are a known risk factor for developing cancer, while secondary cancers are a known side effect (actually a “direct effect”) of chemo.

Danish epidemiologists used cancer data from the 1940s through the 1980s to report a significantly increased risk of leukemia among oncology nurses and doctors. In 2009, another Danish study of over 92,000 nurses determined that they had an increased risk for brain cancer, breast cancer, and thyroid cancer.

Playing Chemo “Roulette”

Dr. Glenn Warner (who died in 2000), was one of the most highly qualified cancer specialists in the United States. He used alternative treatments on his cancer patients with great success. On the treatment of cancer in this country he said, “We have a multi-billion dollar industry that is killing people, right and left, just for financial gain.

“Their idea of research is to see whether two doses of this poison is better than three doses of that poison.”

Dr. Alan C. Nixon, past president of the American Chemical Society writes, “As a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.”

And according to Dr. Charles Mathe, French cancer specialist, “If I contracted cancer, I would never go to a standard cancer treatment center. Only cancer victims who live far from such centers have a chance.”

Truth be told, if a person has one type of cancer and allowed themselves to be injected with chemotherapy, this person will later often develop a different type of cancer as a result. The oncologist will likely claim to have cured their initial cancer even though a second or third cancer developed which was directly caused by the chemo used to treat the original cancer.

The serious toxic effects of chemotherapy have long been ignored by virtually everyone in medicine and the federal government. Chemotherapy drugs have always been assumed to be safe just because they’re used to treat cancer.This is an outright lie!

The truth is that chemo is toxic, carcinogenic (causes cancer), destroys erythrocytes (red blood cells), devastates the immune system, and destroys vital organs.

Obvious Signs that Chemotherapy is Highly Toxic

Think about it… a person’s hair falls out, their immune system is destroyed, they are constantly nauseous and often vomit. Frequent dizziness is also the norm as are severe headaches. Are these signs that maybe, just maybe chemotherapy is poison and doesn’t belong in the human body? I’m not a doctor, but I think this is a very, very strange way to “heal” someone.

Chemotherapy is a derivative of the mustard gas used in World War I. As the Seattle Times reported, “A just-completed study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (10 years in the making and the largest to date) confirms that chemo continues to contaminate the work spaces where it’s used and in some cases is still being found in the urine of those who handle it…”

Yet drugs (like Tamoxifen) are routinely used to “treat” breast cancer even though the World Health Organization declared Tamoxifen to be a “known carcinogen” in 1996. The level of quackery in the cancer industry is amazing. Chemotherapy doesn’t work at anything other than causing cancer! If you have cancer and are considering chemotherapy, please ask yourself this vitally important question: If chemotherapy causes cancer, how can it also treat or cure cancer?


This Map Will Help You Track Every Space Mission In The Solar System

There is no doubt that exploration of space is quite fascinating. The ExoMars 2016 spacecraft that is meant to search for life signs on Mars was launched yesterday. NASA did share its plan of visiting Europa that is expected to support human life in the Solar System. No wonder the chief scientist of NASA believes that we might be able to spot alien life in up to 30 years from now, provided that the exploration continues.

The question is, how does one continue to track such missions to space? Folks from Pop Chart Lab designed a fascinating map that shows the exploration of space to this date. To be more precise, this ranges from all the way back from 1959 to 2015. The amenities on offer with this poster range from various landers to exploratory probes. If you pay close attention to the poster, you will notice that most of the machines do not get past the orbit of the Earth. Theboundaries of Earth are marked by crowded lines which pertain to some explorer or a space probe of some sort.

Though, upon getting further away from the Earth, viewers will notice lesser explorers and realize exactly how far humans have traveled in the Solar System. The poster also features hand illustrated versions of the spacecraft that are juxtaposed against the planets in the Solar System. To put it simply, this simply lends credence to the distance that humanity has covered in the Solar System. Pop Chart Lab cover comprehensive details and quotes about this on their own website.

Many folks have spent hours in an attempt to sort the paths of flight that their favourite spaceships have taken. It is quite interesting to note that so many of these managed to circle around Jupiter on their way. If this entices you, head over to the Pop Chart Lab website and preorder a poster to put up in your room.

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