Girls’ camouflage skills may delay autism diagnosis

As girls with autism seem to struggle more than boys while performing routine tasks like getting dressed or making small talk, it may delay or prevent autism diagnosis among them, a study has revealed. The findings add to the growing evidence that girls with autism may show symptoms differently than boys and that some of the social difficulties experienced by females with autism may be masked during clinical assessments. “Based on our research criteria, parents report that the girls with autism seem to have a more difficult time with day-to-day…

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Poor dental health leads to frailty among elderly

  According to the researchers, frailty is a major healthcare challenge for older adults. Someone who is frail can be weak, have less endurance, and be less able to function well. It increases the risk for falls, disability or even death. Poor oral health issues such as tooth loss and gum disease increases the risk of frailty in older men, while curbing their ability to speak, eat and even smile on their own, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have warned. Frailty is the medical term for becoming more vulnerable…

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Women are more athletic than men: Study

  According to the results of a study, women are less likely to accumulate molecules linked with muscle fatigue, effort perception and poor athletic performance as compared to men. Challenging the popular notion that men are more fit for exercise of all sorts, a new study has shown that women have a natural capacity to process oxygen more quickly than men during aerobic exercises, making them more athletic. The findings showed that the faster processing of oxygen enabled the cells of a woman’s body to undergo less strain especially during…

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Millennials spend more on travel than seniors: Survey

  It suggested that as many as 22 per cent seniors, aged over 55, spent over Rs 6,000 per night for their most significant trip during the year whereas 34 per cent of the millennials, specifically in the age group of 25-30 years, spent this much or more. Millennials are on the move, and willing to spend on leisure trips as compared to people belonging to the older age group, reveals a survey. The survey was conducted by Phocuswright study, which is co-commissioned by ixigo, a travel marketplace. Over 2,700…

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WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve: 20 Billion Messages Sent in India, 75 Billion Worldwide

  WhatsApp users in India sent over 20 billion messages on December 31 as they ushered in 2018 with wishes to family and friends. In a release, WhatsApp revealed that of the 75 billion messages shared on New Year’s Eve, 20 billion were just from India. These figures the highest-ever number of messages shared on the platform, which has over 1 billion users worldwide and counts India as its biggest market with 200 million users. It is notable that WhatsApp suffered an outage lasting more than an hour late on December 31, 2017…

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WhatsApp Private Reply Feature for Groups Enabled by Mistake, Expected Soon: Report

  WhatsApp mistakenly rolled out the ‘Reply Privately’ feature in a beta update for Windows Phone that will allow users to privately send a message to a participant in a group without anyone else knowing about it. The hotly-anticipated WhatsApp feature is under development and could be rolled out with other features as well. The Private Reply feature appeared and was subsequently dropped from the beta version of WhatsApp, watcher of the popular chat app @WABetaInfo said, confirming that the developers wrongly enabled the feature. “In the new WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone…

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Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August: Report

  Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is said to leave Apple’s music streaming service in August, the Billboard magazine reported on Thursday, citing sources. Iovine is best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records, a rap music pioneer that branched out to include artists like Lady Gaga and U2. Iovine’s departure is likely timed to his Apple shares fully vesting, according to the report. “It is unclear whether Apple might replace Iovine, who never took a specific title at the company,” the report added. The former Interscope CEO joined Apple in 2014 after the iPhone maker bought Beats Electronics, the audio…

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Intel Says Performance Impact of Chip Flaw Security Updates Isn’t Significant

Intel Corp said fixes for security issues in its microchips would not slow down computers, rebuffing concerns that the flaws found in microprocessors would significantly reduce performance. The performance impact of the recent security updates should not be significant and will be mitigated over time, Intel said late on Thursday. Intel shares fell nearly 2 percent on Thursday as investors were worried about the potential financial liability and reputational damage from the recently disclosed security flaws. The largest chipmaker confirmed on Wednesday that the flaws reported by researchers in the company’s widely used…

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Microsoft Partners Adaptive Biotechnologies to Enhance Diagnosis

  Technology giant Microsoft has partnered with Adaptive Biotechnologies to map the genetics of the human immune system, to improve diagnoses of cancers and other diseases. Adaptive Biotechnologies is a genomics and technology company working to map the genetics of the immune system. As per the agreement, Microsoft will bring research and large-scale machine learning and cloud computing capabilities to translate genetics of the human immune system, or immunome into simple blood test that can be broadly accessible to people around the world. “We are very excited and inspired by our collaboration…

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