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first_imgHere are some health tips from recent science research.Organic really is better:  A new study reported by Nature agrees that organic produce tends to have more nutrients and less pesticide residues.  This represents a shift in opinion.  “Existing evidence suggests there are no real health benefits from eating organic food compared to conventionally grown produce,” the report says.  “Now a review of the scientific literature concludes that organic consumers may be getting their monies worth; it claims that organic food is more nutritious than conventionally grown fodder.”  As usual, there are skeptics of the report.  Tip: products need to be “certified organic,” though, because the term “organic” like “all natural” is subject to abuse by some unscrupulous sellers.Antioxidants may not be better:  Contradicting a long-standing truism comes news reported on Science Daily that antioxidants may be a false hope to prevent cancer and other health problems.  In fact, they might accelerate cancers, the article claims!  Antioxidants from supplements and food apparently do not accumulate in the parts of the cell where they can provide any benefit in stopping runaway tumor growth.  The researchers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory suspect that ingesting more antioxidants may actually do more harm than good.Probiotics can cure some diseases:  Live Science lists four conditions that probiotics have been shown to treat: antibiotic-associated diarrhea, infectious childhood diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, and pouchitis.  Another Live Science article addresses probiotics myths, and a third Live Science article provides safety tips for probiotics use.  But what happens when good gut bacteria get sick?  Medical Xpress talks about that.  For those able to handle the squeamishness of the idea, some serious gut problems like C. difficile infections have been completely cured by the relatively new concept of fecal transplants (Science Daily).Short intense workouts:  Science Daily added new information to the trend in short, intense workouts.  A new study from the Scripps Institution campus in Florida finds that the benefit apparently derives from a protein named CRTC2 that “integrates signals from two different pathways — the adrenaline pathway and the calcium pathway, to direct muscle adaptation and growth only in the contracting muscle.”Build exercise into your routine:  Health experts at Queensland University of Technology confirm what we all know: exercise is the best medicine.  Science Daily says that the researchers, dealing primarily with women, think that doctors should prescribe exercise just like the prescribe medicine.  “What we are saying is that high-intensity exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your brain health,” they say.  “Doctors should be developing exercise programs that are home-based and easy to incorporate as part of everyday activities.”Farms as healthy environs:  Want to reduce by half your kids’ chances of developing irritable bowel disease?  Have them grow up on a farm with livestock, Science Daily says.  Farm kids had far less incidence of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, researchers found.  One expert said, “It is extremely exciting that we can now see that not only allergic diseases, but also more classic inflammatory diseases appear to depend on the environment we are exposed to early in our lives.”Send the kids out the door:  Are your kids getting 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) each day?  That’s what the World Health Organization recommends, according to Science Daily.  New research published in the Journal of Pediatrics “confirmed that time spent outdoors after school was positively associated with MVPA.”  So it’s OK to tell the young ones, “Go play outside.”Avoid unnecessary antibiotics:  Despite the known risks, doctors continue prescribing antibiotics at an alarming level, Medical Xpress warns, much of them unwarranted.  These are leading to “superbugs,” antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.  Medical Xpress is concerned that we may be approaching the end of the antibiotic era.  Be very cautious about letting your doctor prescribe antibiotics for you unless absolutely necessary, if no other options exist.  They also take a big toll on your healthy gut flora.Straight talk on gluten:  Is the low-gluten craze for you?  New Scientist gives some advice about who needs the gluten-free diet, and how much is unsupported hype.Keeping healthy food fresh:  PhysOrg presents some natural ways to make produce last longer.Always take health tips with a grain of salt.  We say that metaphorically, because salt is an example of a substance that experts can never agree on.  One decade it’s bad, now it’s good again.  Expert opinion about salt, caffeine, gluten and other things seesaws back and forth over years.  Some found out recently that the government’s “food pyramid” taught to a generation of schoolkids did not have good science to support it.  None of the above reports should be considered the last word on the subject.When it comes to specific foods, supplements, or types of activity, what works for others may not work for you.  General principles, though, have stood the test of time: stay active, eat a variety of foods and nothing to excess, and keep your weight at an acceptable level for your body type.  Your body is a masterpiece that will likely serve you well on God’s green earth if you do your part. 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first_imgHoping to lure cloud developers to the iCloud platform, Apple on Monday unveiled CloudKit, which gives developers “effectively free, with limits” storage for server-based apps. “You’ve gotta pay somebody to host it all,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president for software engineering. Before CloudKit, that somebody was Amazon, Google, or Microsoft.At first glance, it sure sounds like it. CloudKit scales based on the number of users, and developers get up to a petabyte of assets an application relies on (such as images, user data, and other resources), one terabyte of database storage, and “all the bandwidth you could use,” Federighi said. Apple details what it gives developers free: How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts Sync, a serious problem for iCloud developers currently, is another issue Apple promises to tackle:The core idea behind iCloud is to eliminate explicit synchronization between devices. A user never needs to think about syncing and your app never interacts directly with iCloud servers. When you adopt iCloud storage APIs as described in this document, changes appear automatically on all the devices attached to an iCloud account. Your users get safe, consistent, and transparent access to their personal content everywhere.Developers are thrilled at the prospect of integrating their apps more tightly with iOS and iCloud.  “With extensibility in iOS 8, we’re excited to bring our users more options and the ability to seamlessly access all of their Box files right from within their favorite apps, eliminating the need to create additional copies,” Aaron Levie, Box founder and CEO said in a statement. “This is a major milestone for the Post-PC enterprise, and a bellwether moment for openness. “In yesterday’s keynote, when Federighi demonstrated saving a document to the cloud, the options for cloud storage included iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, and Box. Noticeably absent from this cloud storage integration? Dropbox.Could it be in part because of Apple’s history with Dropbox? Steve Jobs notoriously called it a “feature,” and integration with iCloud certainly makes it look that way. Or could it be because Samsung bundles Dropbox with its devices, and gives away free storage? I contacted Dropbox for comment; a spokeswoman said that “we don’t have anything to share at this time.”What’s The Security?Apple also talked up the security aspects of iCloud. Via iCloud authentication, customers can sign in with their iCloud Apple ID without sharing personal information.In typical Apple fashion, it glossed over details, such as the type of security CloudKit uses for user authentication. The iCloud Design Guide barely mentions authentication. However, an Apple  support knowledge base article divulges a little more:When you access iCloud services using Apple’s built-in apps (for example, Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps on iOS or OS X), authentication is handled using a secure token. Using secure tokens eliminates the need to store your iCloud password on devices and computers. Even if you choose to use a third-party application to access your iCloud data, your username and password are sent over an encrypted SSL connection.Developers are still waiting for the details, but initially, several developers commented that free storage is not enough in a cross-platform development world. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… jodi mardesich Cian Clark, a developer, blogged that CloudKit sounds great, but cautioned about one “glaringly obvious point” that developers shouldn’t ignore—the potential for vendor lock-in:Storing data with CloudKit comes with huge risks of Vendor Lock-In which should not be overlooked, and as the data storage needs of an application expand, it’s worth considering the use of an mBaaS rather than relying on Cloud Kit alone for storage needs. If the queue for the CloudKit presentation at WWDC is any indication, developers are anxious to learn more. This sounds pretty generous compared to Amazon’s free tier for its cloud services, or Google’s free tier. It’s not a direct comparison, however. Amazon limits its free services to a specific number of hours, which Apple doesn’t, and its free tier data storage for various services is measured in megabytes and gigabytes, while Apple is talking about offering up to a petabyte for assets and a terabyte for storage. Googles gives developers up to 5GB of storage. However, despite the virtually free cloud services, Apple isn’t really competing with Amazon or Google in the war for cloud developers. What Apple appears to be doing is keeping the iOS developer ecosystem vibrant, said Quinton Alsbury, co-founder and president of product innovation for Roambi.“I really think it’s an attempt to keep innovation iOS centric, and keep the new ideas and new developers doing their first versions on iOS,” he told me. Most developers, especially small shops, write their first apps for iOS. Not having to worry about server-side components, such as authentication, “makes it even easier,” Alsbury said.CloudKit “helps developers eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers,” Apple said in a press release. CloudKit gives developers a client-side programming model, and server side functions like app logic, iCloud authentication, asset storage, database storage, search, and notifications, Federighi said.In its iCloud Design Guide, Apple lays out its approach:A user never needs to think about syncing and your app never interacts directly with iCloud servers.Apple’s new appeal to cloud developers harkens back to its old, familiar mantra: “It just works.” That’s a great pitch for consumers, but will it appeal to developers, especially those who expect to tinker with server instances, virtual machines, and operating systems on cloud platforms like Amazon’s, Google’s, or Microsoft’s?A pre-release iCloud Design Guide for incorporating iCloud into your app explains the benefits of designing for iCloud:iCloud is a free service that lets users access their personal content on all their devices—wirelessly and automatically via Apple ID. iCloud does this by combining network-based storage with dedicated APIs, supported by full integration with the operating system. 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first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on the transit anticipatory bail plea of Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of jailed Dera Sacha Dauda chief Ram Rahim, saying the “easiest way out” for her would be to surrender.Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, after hearing arguments on behalf of Honeypreet and the police of Delhi and Haryana, said she would pass an order on it.The order is likely to be pronounced later on Tuesday.“The easiest way out for you would be to surrender,” the court observed.Honeypreet has been on the run since the conviction of Ram Rahim in two rape cases. She is facing a case of sedition for allegedly inciting violence in Haryana after the Dera chief’s conviction.Transit anticipatory bail plea is meant to seek protection against arrest during transit. In this case, Honeypreet is seeking bail for her transit from Delhi to Haryana to join the investigation in the sedition case.“A ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”During the hearing, the Haryana police opposed the filing of her plea in the Delhi High Court, saying it was “a ploy to do ‘forum shopping’.”The Delhi Police also alleged that Honeypreet should have approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court, rather moving the Delhi High Court.The police of Delhi and Haryana opposed her plea for anticipatory bail for three weeks on the ground that the court of competent jurisdiction would be in Haryana.Honeypreet’s lawyer contended that her life was in danger in Haryana and that is why she has moved Delhi High Court seeking protection from arrest till she moves a court in the neighbouring State. The lawyer said she would join the probe if she was protected.last_img read more