Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is changing its news feed so it’s actually ‘good for people’


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  • Facebook plans to change how its news feed works, playing up status updates from friends and family.
  • On the flip side, it will deemphasize news articles and anything published by brands.
  • Facebook is trying to foster “meaningful interaction” and make Facebook more of a force for good, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.
  • Facebook is coming off of a tough year, where it had to battle fake news and reports that Russian-linked groups attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election via ads on its service.

In the wake of criticism about how its news feed can be manipulated and is having a negative effect on users, Facebook is making some big changes to its flagship feature.

The company plans to give more prominence to status updates and photos shared by users’ friends and family while at the same time playing down news articles or anything published by brands, company official said.

“We feel a responsibility to make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being,” Zuckerberg said in a post Thursday on his Facebook page.

The New York Times reported the changes earlier on Thursday. Facebook confirmed them in Zuckerberg’s post and in a blog post titled ” Bringing People Closer Together ” by Adam Mosseri, who heads the company’s news feed.

Facebook’s revamping of its news feed is intended to ensure more “meaningful interaction” on the social network, Zuckerberg said in his post. The company wants to encourage users to have more conversations with people they know, rather than passively consuming articles or videos.

The news comes a week after Zuckerberg announced that his New Years resolution for 2018 would be to focus on systemic issues with Facebook including abuse and hacking.

“The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do – whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent,” wrote Zuckerberg in a Facebook post announcing his resolution.

The social networking giant is coming off a rough 2017, amid revelations of fake news andads placed by Russian linked actors allegedly to influence the 2016 presidential election .

Cheesy Goodness No Higher Risk of Heart Disease for Cheese Lovers Study Finds


Contrary to what you’ve been taught, cheese is not the artery-clogging heart destroyer that it’s been set up to be, according to researchers at the University of Dublin, who studied 1,500 Irish who love their cheese. In fact, as reported by StudyFinds, researchers found that those who ate low-fat dairy products actually had higher cholesterol levels than those who didn’t.

If you’re confused about this study and cholesterol in general, it’s not your fault. Cholesterol has been a highly-publicized scapegoat for causing heart disease for decades, causing countless people not only to avoid healthy saturated fats, but to be talked into going on to cholesterol-lowering drugs — both of which are exactly opposite what you should be doing. The truth is, it’s a myth that cholesterol is bad for you.

Your body needs cholesterol. That’s why your liver makes it. In reality, cholesterol has many health benefits, including regulating protein pathways involved in cell signaling. It also plays an essential role in your brain, which contains about 25 percent of the cholesterol in your body. It is critical for synapse formation, i.e., the connections between your neurons, which allow you to think, learn new things and form memories.

If you’re looking for a non-drug way to boost your heart health, start by reducing or eliminating grains and sugars from your diet and learn to burn fat for fuel, instead. Make sure you’re getting plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil, which can improve your cholesterol levels.

Replace harmful vegetable oils and synthetic trans fats with healthy fats, such as olive oil, butter, avocado, pastured eggs and coconut oil. And, include fermented foods in your daily diet and optimize your vitamin D levels.

Source:http://blogs.mercola.com

The 16 countries with the world’s best healthcare systems


 The Legatum Institute, a London-based research institute released its 10th annual global Prosperity Index in November, a huge survey that ranks the most prosperous countries in the world.The organisation compares 104 variables to come up with its list, splitting those variables into nine subindexes. One of the big components of the ranking is how healthy a country’s people are.

Health is measured by three key components by the Legatum Institute: a country’s basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventative care.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the countries that have the best scores in the Prosperity Index, and therefore rank as the world’s healthiest, are generally big, developed economies with large amounts of resources.

Britain – whose NHS pioneered free at the point of use healthcare globally – misses out on this list, finishing 20th in the Legatum Institute’s health sub-index.

Watch the slideshow. URL:http://www.businessinsider.in/the-16-countries-with-the-worlds-best-healthcare-systems/articleshow/56514228.cms

3D Printing Opens a Window Into the Body (Slideshow)


3D printing has many uses in healthcare. You can create a perfect model of a patient’s heart, lung, liver or other organ with input from CT and MRI imaging. 3D models can replicate both the inside and outside of an organ. Transparent materials reveal the vasculature and other hidden structures.

Beware, these foods could be ageing you


It is natural to look your age as you grow older. However, your skin age also depends on the kind of food you are consuming and an overdose of these foods can make you look older than you already are. Have a look

Watch the slideshow. URL:http://www.speakingtree.in/slideshow/beware-these-foods-could-be-ageing-you?utm_source=special-email&utm_medium=emailer&utm_campaign=24may

From Health Risks To Diet Myths, 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Blood Type


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For something so intrinsically a part of us, it seems there’s plenty we’re in the dark about when it comes to our blood type. Indeed, according to various surveys, anywhere from 35 to 50 percent of people in the Western world just plain don’t know what their type even is.

That’s why we here at Medical Daily have decided to pull back the curtain and lay down some interesting factoids about blood types and their continuing, if sometimes overexaggerated, importance to our lasting health. Click on the slideshow above to check them out.

view the slideshow:http://www.medicaldaily.com/blood-type-misconceptions-health-risks-food-myths-387071

Are you socially stressed?


Today’s tech- savvy world offers limitless expansion of social network which compels even the introverts to convert to extroverts! Consequently, each individual strives to build his or her social status by engaging in chats, gossips and social gatherings. But do you know what is the disadvantage of living such a life? Have you experienced the bitter truth?

Watch the slideshow.URL:http://www.speakingtree.in/slideshow/are-you-socially-stressed?utm_source=mailer&utm_medium=eng-daily&utm_campaign=09May2016

 

13 public-speaking mistakes you never want to make


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Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking – is one of the most common phobias among Americans today.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a whopping 74% of people suffer from speech anxiety.

And, as most people know, when we’re nervous or anxious, our minds and bodies tend to do weird things that we can’t always control.

However, if you make a conscious effort, you may be able to avoid some of the common mistakes public speakers make.

Here are some habits you’ll want to avoid, along with their potential consequences and suggested remedies:

Watch the slideshow. URL:http://www.businessinsider.in/13-public-speaking-mistakes-you-never-want-to-make/articleshow/52167715.cms

What cocaine does to your body and brain


Whether it’s snorted, smoked, or injected, cocaine enters the bloodstream and starts affecting the brain in a matter of seconds.

But the high is short-lived, and in most cases lasts anywhere from five to 30 minutes. Regular, heavy use can have extremely negative consequences, from nose bleeds to permanent lung damage and even death.

coke line snort

Watch the slideshow. URL:http://www.businessinsider.in/What-cocaine-does-to-your-body-and-brain/Cocaine-starts-affecting-the-brain-in-seconds-and-the-high-can-last-anywhere-from-5-to-30-minutes-/slideshow/52134214.cms

10 Weird Side Effects of Stress


All the things going on in your life — work, family, trying to get (or stay!) fit, etc. — can all add up to stress, even if the stressor is a positive one. “Stress is a physiological and emotional response to a threat,” says John McGrail, Ph.D., a Los Angeles-based clinical hypnotherapist and author of “The Synthesis Effect: Your Direct Path to Personal Power and Transformation.” The problem is that modern society often creates long-term chronic stress, which can be devastating to both the mind and body. The effects of chronic stress can manifest in some surprising ways. Read on to discover 10 weird side effects of stress.

Watch the slideshow. URL:http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011149-10-weird-side-effects-stress/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0506_bt_curated_m

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