Skyrocketing memory prices may get worse before getting better

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The price of desktop RAM keeps on going up, and the disappointing trend is expect to continue for a good chunk of 2017.

Right now, the best price you’re going to find for 2 x 8GB desktop DDR4 RAM modules on Newegg is about $73. But if you want something from a larger brand like G.Skill or Corsair, expect to pay more—those 16GB kits are frequently selling for more than $100.

The price increases began around mid-2016, as Newegg Business noted in a blog post in August. PCPartPicker’s memory price trend page indeed shows the cost of all types of RAM surging upward since May or so. The reason at the time was that the big money was in producing DRAM for mobile devices, followed by servers, and then finally desktops.

Since then not much has changed, with mobile device production being so big the demand is outstripping supply. At least that’s the word from DigiTimes. The newspaper spoke with Pei-Ing Lee, president of Nanya Technology, a RAM manufacturer based in Taiwan. Lee told DigiTimes that global RAM supply is still falling just short of demand—a situation Lee doesn’t expect to see improve in the spring.

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By the third quarter (July through September) prices could stabilize, according to Lee. But all that really means is the price will stop going up.

Lee’s view is, of course, only one opinion, but it’s a well informed one, and corresponds to overall trends in RAM pricing. As PC Gamer points out, pricing is seriously rising. A 2 x 8GB kit of G.Skill DDR4-2400 RAM was priced around $75 at Newegg in late November (the cheapest vendor at the time), but that RAM is now hitting $92 at the same outlet, according to PC Part Picker’s pricing history. In mid-December you could’ve picked-up Patriot Viper Elite 2 x 8GB DDR4-2133 RAM for $80, but today that kit would set you back at least $100.

The impact on you at home: If you need to buy RAM for a new system, it appears there’s no real reason to wait as you’ll be paying extra now and possibily paying even more in the coming weeks. Anyone planning a rebuild later in 2017, however, might want to buy their RAM now, as reusing your DDR3 from an older PC may not work.

With the switch to Intel’s Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, modern systems require the newer DDR4 RAM or low-voltage DDR3L memory. On the AMD side, the DDR4-supporting Ryzen is rolling out in the coming weeks.

The price of desktop RAM keeps on going up, and the disappointing trend is expect to continue for a good chunk of 2017.

Right now, the best price you’re going to find for 2 x 8GB desktop DDR4 RAM modules on Newegg is about $73. But if you want something from a larger brand like G.Skill or Corsair, expect to pay more—those 16GB kits are frequently selling for more than $100.

The price increases began around mid-2016, as Newegg Business noted in a blog post in August. PCPartPicker’s memory price trend page indeed shows the cost of all types of RAM surging upward since May or so. The reason at the time was that the big money was in producing DRAM for mobile devices, followed by servers, and then finally desktops.

Since then not much has changed, with mobile device production being so big the demand is outstripping supply. At least that’s the word from DigiTimes. The newspaper spoke with Pei-Ing Lee, president of Nanya Technology, a RAM manufacturer based in Taiwan. Lee told DigiTimes that global RAM supply is still falling just short of demand—a situation Lee doesn’t expect to see improve in the spring.

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Gordon Mah Ung

By the third quarter (July through September) prices could stabilize, according to Lee. But all that really means is the price will stop going up.

Lee’s view is, of course, only one opinion, but it’s a well informed one, and corresponds to overall trends in RAM pricing. As PC Gamer points out, pricing is seriously rising. A 2 x 8GB kit of G.Skill DDR4-2400 RAM was priced around $75 at Newegg in late November (the cheapest vendor at the time), but that RAM is now hitting $92 at the same outlet, according to PC Part Picker’s pricing history. In mid-December you could’ve picked-up Patriot Viper Elite 2 x 8GB DDR4-2133 RAM for $80, but today that kit would set you back at least $100.

The impact on you at home: If you need to buy RAM for a new system, it appears there’s no real reason to wait as you’ll be paying extra now and possibily paying even more in the coming weeks. Anyone planning a rebuild later in 2017, however, might want to buy their RAM now, as reusing your DDR3 from an older PC may not work.

With the switch to Intel’s Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, modern systems require the newer DDR4 RAM or low-voltage DDR3L memory. On the AMD side, the DDR4-supporting Ryzen is rolling out in the coming weeks.

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Is China’s future-ready plan better?

Jayashree Nandi| TNN | Jan 26, 2017, 01.03 PM IST

Is China's future-ready plan better? (Getty Images)Is China’s future-ready plan better? (Getty Images)
Had the graded response action plan been in place in 2016, the city would have seen the odd-even scheme just five times over 19 days. Similarly , other “emergency” interventions, including a blanket ban on construction activities, would have scarcely been implemented.In contrast, if Beijing’s system were to be implemented in Delhi, the red alert (most severe) would have covered 78 days in the year. This is because the Chinese city’s system is far more stringent and mainly relies on smog forecasts, instead of actual recorded concentrations. This, according to some experts, helps Beijing prevent, or quickly tide over, very severe pollution episodes.

Greenpeace’s air quality campaigners recently analysed how Beijing and Delhi’s alert systems would play out in 2016 using R Studio -an open source data analytics software. They sourced daily average PM2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) and PM10 (coarse pollution particles) data from CPCB for 2016.Delhi would have had 67 “severe” and 110 “very poor” days, as specified in the graded response action plan.

While experts welcomed the graded response action plan, being enforced by the SC mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority in Delhi NCR, a lag of 48 hours in declaring “emergency” could reduce its impact and might allow the worst to pass before it came into force, they said.

Lauri Myllyvirta, senior air pollution campaigner, said: “A delay of 48 hours to initiate the response and, presumably at least 24 hours more before the measures start to have a significant impact, is an issue. As severe smog events take at least 48 hours to build up, the measures should be in effect at least two days before, not two days after the pollution levels peak.” On three out of five occasions, the response would only have been initiated after the worst peak had already passed, added Myllyvirta.

In fact, based on the analysis, he suggested that emergency response could be maintained over the winter months continuously when pollution levels were high. “If measures are relaxed as soon as PM levels fall from emergency to, say , severe, this can render the interventions ineffective.”

Unlike Delhi where the high pollution months are clearly identifiable, in Beijing the levels are variable through the year. Beijing revised its alert system recently based on its experience of previous winters.

Its system is entirely based on forecast or smog predictions now -for example, a red alert is issued as soon as air pollution forecasts show four continuous days of heavy pollution, of which two days may have severe pollution. The same method was followed last December when Beijing had a red alert for seven days. “Most of China’s city-level response plans use forecast or predicted pollution scenarios as criteria. To make a forecast reliable, China’s ministry of environment protection and bureau of meteorology have been advancing the technical mechanism, including an emission inventory ,” said Linsai Dong, climate and energy campaigner in Beijing.

Beijing issued two red alerts each in 2015 and 2016, which according to its environmental bureau’s analysis, reduced 30% of local emissions, added Linsai. “Red alerts in 2016 have been sent in a more organised way -when the ministry of environment protection predicted that the re will be an severe and longlasting smog episodes in December, it sent pre-warnings to the municipalities, including Beijing, notifying the predicted air pollution episodes and encouraging red alerts,” she said.

A CPCB official told TOI, “As of now, the plan is to introduce emergency response only when we have 48-hour emergency levels. People are worried about a November 2016-like smog episode when levels shoot through the roof. But we feel that was a one-off. We are also working on forecasts and have partnered IMD to make predictions robust.”

He also said that the graded response action plan meant to prevent an emergency episode altogether.

Delhi’s action plan for “severe” air days involves closing brick kilns and hot-mix plants, intensifying use of public transport, introducing differential rates during off-peak hours and mechanised cleaning of roads. In “very poor” days, it mandates a ban on the use of diesel generator sets and imposing a hike in parking fee by three to four times.

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Is China’s future-ready plan better?

Is China's future-ready plan better? (Getty Images)Is China’s future-ready plan better? (Getty Images)
Had the graded response action plan been in place in 2016, the city would have seen the odd-even scheme just five times over 19 days. Similarly , other “emergency” interventions, including a blanket ban on construction activities, would have scarcely been implemented.In contrast, if Beijing’s system were to be implemented in Delhi, the red alert (most severe) would have covered 78 days in the year. This is because the Chinese city’s system is far more stringent and mainly relies on smog forecasts, instead of actual recorded concentrations. This, according to some experts, helps Beijing prevent, or quickly tide over, very severe pollution episodes.

Greenpeace’s air quality campaigners recently analysed how Beijing and Delhi’s alert systems would play out in 2016 using R Studio -an open source data analytics software. They sourced daily average PM2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) and PM10 (coarse pollution particles) data from CPCB for 2016.Delhi would have had 67 “severe” and 110 “very poor” days, as specified in the graded response action plan.

While experts welcomed the graded response action plan, being enforced by the SC mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority in Delhi NCR, a lag of 48 hours in declaring “emergency” could reduce its impact and might allow the worst to pass before it came into force, they said.

Lauri Myllyvirta, senior air pollution campaigner, said: “A delay of 48 hours to initiate the response and, presumably at least 24 hours more before the measures start to have a significant impact, is an issue. As severe smog events take at least 48 hours to build up, the measures should be in effect at least two days before, not two days after the pollution levels peak.” On three out of five occasions, the response would only have been initiated after the worst peak had already passed, added Myllyvirta.

In fact, based on the analysis, he suggested that emergency response could be maintained over the winter months continuously when pollution levels were high. “If measures are relaxed as soon as PM levels fall from emergency to, say , severe, this can render the interventions ineffective.”

Unlike Delhi where the high pollution months are clearly identifiable, in Beijing the levels are variable through the year. Beijing revised its alert system recently based on its experience of previous winters.

Its system is entirely based on forecast or smog predictions now -for example, a red alert is issued as soon as air pollution forecasts show four continuous days of heavy pollution, of which two days may have severe pollution. The same method was followed last December when Beijing had a red alert for seven days. “Most of China’s city-level response plans use forecast or predicted pollution scenarios as criteria. To make a forecast reliable, China’s ministry of environment protection and bureau of meteorology have been advancing the technical mechanism, including an emission inventory ,” said Linsai Dong, climate and energy campaigner in Beijing.

Beijing issued two red alerts each in 2015 and 2016, which according to its environmental bureau’s analysis, reduced 30% of local emissions, added Linsai. “Red alerts in 2016 have been sent in a more organised way -when the ministry of environment protection predicted that the re will be an severe and longlasting smog episodes in December, it sent pre-warnings to the municipalities, including Beijing, notifying the predicted air pollution episodes and encouraging red alerts,” she said.

A CPCB official told TOI, “As of now, the plan is to introduce emergency response only when we have 48-hour emergency levels. People are worried about a November 2016-like smog episode when levels shoot through the roof. But we feel that was a one-off. We are also working on forecasts and have partnered IMD to make predictions robust.”

He also said that the graded response action plan meant to prevent an emergency episode altogether.

Delhi’s action plan for “severe” air days involves closing brick kilns and hot-mix plants, intensifying use of public transport, introducing differential rates during off-peak hours and mechanised cleaning of roads. In “very poor” days, it mandates a ban on the use of diesel generator sets and imposing a hike in parking fee by three to four times

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What’s better? Eating protein or drinking protein

Why you should have protein rich foods

1/8Why you should have protein rich foods
If you are into heavy workouts, you surely know how popular protein shakes are. The man sweating it out on the leg press machine or the girl breaking into hundred squats in a jiffy, both swear by protein shakes. But is that healthy? Celebrity fitness expert Shivoham says, “The biggest mistake most people make is of relying too much on supplements and ignoring real food.” Here are some protein-rich foods that you can include in your daily diet to have natural proteins
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EGGS

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Eggs are considered to be the best muscle food. They have high amounts of protein than probably any other item in your supermarket along with essential amino acids.
CHICKEN BREAST

3/8CHICKEN BREAST
After eggs, chicken is among the most popular high-protein foods. If consumed without skin, it has a good amount of healthy protein.
SALMON

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Salmon is believed to offer almost 25 per cent more protein than other seafoods. Not only that, it also packs omega-3 fatty acids.
COTTAGE CHEESE

5/8COTTAGE CHEESE
Take low-fat milk, bring it to boil and remove from heat. Now add some lemon juice and let it rest. The milk will coagulate and after a while strain it using a muslin cloth. Your home made healthy cottage cheese is ready
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Five things AI does better than humans, from the mundane to the magnificent

AIs are giving us a kicking in board games and video games, but what else are they good for?

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An AI developed by Facebook researchers can rival humans when it comes to predicting whether wooden blocks will stay stacked — and where they will fall if they don’t.

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For millennia, we surpassed the other intelligent species with which we share our planetdolphins, porpoises, orangutans, and the likein almost all skills, bar swimming and tree-climbing.

In recent years, though, our species has created new forms of intelligence, able to outperform us in other ways. One of the most famous of these artificial intelligences (AIs) is AlphaGo, developed by Deepmind. In just a few years, it has learned to play the 4,000-year-old strategy game, Go, beating two of the worlds strongest players.

Other software developed by Deepmind has learned to play classic eight-bit video games, notably Breakout, in which players must use a bat to hit a ball at a wall, knocking bricks out of it. CEO Demis Hassabis is fond of saying that the software figured out how to beat the game purely from the pixels on the screen, often glossing over the fact that the company first taught it how to count and how to read the on-screen score, and gave it the explicit goal of maximizing that score. Even the smartest AIs need a few hints about our social mores.

But what else are AIs good for? Here are five tasks in which they can equal, or surpass, humans.

Building wooden block towers

AIs dont just play video games, they play with traditional toys, too. Like us, they get some of their earliest physics lessons from playing with wooden blocks, piling them up then watching them fall. Researchers at Facebook have built an AI using convolutional neural networks that can attain human-level performance at predicting how towers of blocks will fall, simply by watching films and animations of block towers standing or falling.

Lip-reading

Lip-readingfiguring out what someone is saying from the movement of their lips alonecan be a useful skill if youre hard of hearing or working in a noisy environment, but its notoriously difficult. Much of the information contained in human speechthe position of the teeth and tongue, and whether sounds are voiced or notis invisible to a lip reader, whether human or AI. Nevertheless, researchers at the University of Oxford, England, have developed a system called LipNet that can lip-read short sentences with a word error rate of 6.6 percent. Three human lip-readers participating in the research had error rates between 35.5 percent and 57.3 percent.

Among the applications the researchers see for their work are silent dictation and speech recognition in noisy environments, where the visual component will add to accuracy. Since the AIs output is text, it could find work close-captioning TV shows for broadcast networksor transcribing surveillance video for security services.

Transcribing

AIs can be even more helpful when the audio quality is better, according to Microsoft, where researchers have been tweaking an AI-based automated speech recognition system so it performs as well as, or better than, people. Microsofts system now has an error rate of 5.9 percent on one test set from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the same as a service employing human transcribers that Microsoft hired, and 11.1 percent on another test, narrowly beating the humans, who scored 11.3 percent.

Thats one situation where being better than a human might not be sufficient: If you were thinking you could dictate your next memo, you might find it quicker to type and correct it yourself, even with just two fingers.

News reporting

This story was written by a human, but the next one you read might be written by an AI.

And that might not be a bad thing: MogIA, developed by the Indian company Genic, doesnt write stories, but when MogIA predicted Donald Trump would win the U.S. presidential election it did better than most political journalists.

When it comes to writing, AIs are particularly quick at turning structured data into words, as a Financial Times journalist found when pitted against an AI called Emma from Californian startup Stealth.

Emma filed a story on unemployment statistics just 12 minutes after the figures were released, three times faster than the FTs journalist. While the AIs copy was clear and accurate, it missed the news angle: the number of jobseekers had risen for the first time in a year. While readers want news fast, its not for nothing that journalists are exhorted to get it first, but first, get it right.

Putting those employment statistics in context would have required knowledge that Emma apparently didnt have, but thats not an insurmountable problem. By reading dictionaries, encyclopedias, novels, plays, and assorted reference materials, another AI, IBMs Watson, famously learned enough context to win the general knowledge quiz show Jeopardy.

Disease diagnosis

After that victory, Watson went to medical school, absorbing 15 million pages of medical textbooks and academic papers about oncology. According to some reports, that has allowed Watson to diagnose cancer cases that stumped human doctors, although IBM pitches the AI as an aid to human diagnosis, not a replacement for it.

More recently, IBM has put Watsons ability to absorb huge volumes of information to work helping diagnose rare illnesses, some of which most doctors might see only a few cases of in a lifetime.

Doctors in the Centre for Undiagnosed and Rare Diseases at University Hospital Marburg, in Germany, will use this instance of Watson to help them deal with the thousands of patients referred to them each year, some of them bringing thousands of pages of medical records to be analyzed.

Authors including Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil have postulated that AI technology will develop to a point, still many years off, that they call the singularity, when the combined problem-solving capacity of the human race will be overtaken by that of artificial intelligences.

If the singularity arrives in our lifetimes, some of us might be able to thank AIs like Watson for helping keep us alive long enough to see it.

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Scouting helps in better mental health in later life: Study

ANI | Nov 10, 2016, 04.31 PM IST

Scouting helps in better mental health in later life: StudyScouting helps in better mental health in later life: Study
Taking part in the scouts and guides not only help you in physical, mental and spiritual development, but also lower the risk of mental illness in later life.

A study by the University of Edinburgh suggests that children, who participate in the organizations, which aim to develop qualities such as self-reliance, resolve and a desire for self-learning, are likely to have better mental health in middle age.

Such activities, which frequently involve being outdoors, also seem to remove the relatively higher likelihood of mental illness in those from poorer backgrounds, the results showed.

The findings were drawn from a lifelong study of almost 10,000 people from across the UK who were born in November 1958, known as the National Child Development Study.

Scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, who analysed the data, found that those who had belonged to the scouts or guides tended to have better mental health at age 50.

Around one-quarter of study participants had been in the scouts or guides, and those were found to be around 15 percent less likely to suffer from anxiety or mood disorders, compared with others.

Researchers say their findings suggest programmes that help children develop skills such as self-reliance and teamwork, and encourage being active outdoors, may have lifelong benefits.

Attending the guides or scouts may help build resilience against common stresses in life, or it may increase a person’s chances of achieving more in life, so that they are less likely to experience such stresses, researchers suggest.

Lead researcher Chris Dibben said, “It is quite startling that this benefit is found in people so many years after they have attended guides or scouts. We expect the same principles would apply to the scouts and guides of today and so, given the high costs of mental ill health to individuals and society, a focus on voluntary youth programmes such as the guides and scouts might be very sensible.”

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Delhi is the most polluted, but other metros aren’t getting better

<p>Delhi is the most polluted, but other metros aren't getting better<br></p>Delhi is the most polluted, but other metros aren’t getting better

MUMBAI
Mumbai’s a coastal city isn’t always able to counter the pollutants in the air. On several days in the year, air quality drops into the poor category , and experts say more monitoring and data is needed to ensure it doesn’t go the Delhi way. Not all existing monitoring stations are able to give us the right picture because they don’t meet the required standards. Having access to data and using it to take precautionary measures is important,” says Neha Parkhi of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. Local governments claim to have recognized air pollution as a major problem. “Some of the major sources of pollution are smoke from bakeries and burning garbage,” says Vinayak Karnik, deputy chief engineer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation environment department. The corporation issues an environment status report every August. In its recent report (2015-2016), BMC said the total number of vehicles in the city rose from 25 lakh in 2015 to 27 lakh in 2016, he says. –Vinamrata Borwankar

CHENNAI
In humid Chennai’s `winter’ months of November and December, doctors’ clinics fill up with patients with respiratory illnesses.The numbers are far lower during in March to August, but those are the months when the PM10 count goes up to 200mcg per cubic metre. Winter may get people coughing, but it’s in summer that the air is dirtier. Vehicular emissions, road dust and construction activity (including eight years of work on the Chennai Metro Rail) are major air pollutants. The ratio of people to vehicles is almost 1:1 in Chennai, says Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board lab director Dr K Rangana than. TNPCB works with the corporation and transport de partment to keep pollution in check.

“Chennai’s air is clean. Improving green cover could further bring down pollution levels,” says Ranganathan. Air quality at Adyar, a busy residential and commercial locality within easy access of the beach, is the best in the city. It records PM10 count as low as 20mcg per cubic metre–but that could also be because the monitoring device is located at the green Periyar Science and Technology Centre, beside the lush IIT-M campus.

–Abdullah Nurullah

BENGALURU

An unusual combination of a long weekend a dispute over sharing water keeping out fireworks from Tamil Nadu, and activism meant Bengaluru had slightly cleaner air this Diwali compared to previous years. But that’s no indication of overall air quality in the city . The annual average increase in levels of respirable suspended particulate matter in the last five years is 5%, according to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board The increasing pollution is in step with the rising number of vehicles: 8% every year. While vehicle emissions are the main source, road and construction dust and burning of garbage also contribute “In fact, the air we breathe in Bengaluru is clean only during bandh days,” says Lakshman, chair man, KSPCB. The problem is the lack of coordinated efforts by various civic agencies.While KSPCB monitors air quality and churns out data, its power stops at issuing notices to various agencies. State governments have failed to set out an action plan to tackle air pollution. Transport department officials said they try to detect polluting vehicles. “We have random checks to fine those without pollution under control certificates. It isn’t easy as we are short staffed,” said an official.

–Rohith BR & Aditi Sequeira


KOLKATA

Last week, after Diwali the PM 10 count in Kolkata was 10 times the permissible limit, and though it dropped, it remained at 3.5 times above normal for the next four nights. Every year, pollution peaks after the festival, though the worst months are December and January . The administration has been taking sporadic steps to check pollution. For instance, use of adulterated fuel by autorickshaws, a major source of pollution, was banned. Automatic pollution recording stations have been set up, but monitoring and implementation of norms remain lax.Automatic recording stations often do not work. The three major causes of pollution are vehicle emission, construction dust and industrial emission. Over the last five years, a number of industrial units have been forced to move out of Kolkata or adopt less-polluting methods. Many have switched from coal to LPG. Pollution from construction dust remains a threat since Kolkata is expanding fast and construction activity is on the rise. –Prithvijit Mitra

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Glucose Tablets Likely Better For Easing Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

Glucose Tablets Likely Better For Easing Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

When people with diabetes experience a dangerous drop in blood sugar, glucose tablets might be a better option than a sugary food or drink, a study suggests.

People with diabetes can develop hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, if they skip a meal, exercise harder than usual or take too much insulin or other diabetes medications.

Low blood sugar can cause fatigue, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, sweating, mental confusion or even coma or seizures if not treated quickly.

For a new study, researchers pooled data from four papers in the medical literature that compared the effect of dietary sugars and glucose tablets on relieving low blood sugar symptoms, including three randomized trials, which are generally the most reliable kind of medical study.

As reported in the Emergency Medicine Journal, the adults and children in the studies had type 1 or type 2 diabetes. All of them were awake throughout their episodes of low blood sugar.

Altogether, 515 low blood sugar episodes were treated with dietary sugar and 232 were treated with glucose tablets.

Across the four studies, different forms of dietary sugars were used, including Skittles candies, orange juice, Mentos candies, jelly beans, cornstarch, milk and glucose gels.

In general, the individual substances were about as effective as the glucose tablets for getting blood sugar levels to rise.

When results from all four studies were combined, neither dietary sugars nor glucose tablets reliably returned blood sugar levels to normal within 10 to 15 minutes, according to the research team.

“Regardless of the oral (method) used to treat hypoglycemia, time is required for absorption before the measured blood returns to the normal range and the patient’s symptoms improve,” the authors wrote.

However, people who used glucose tablets seemed to feel better faster. Patients who used sugary foods were 11 percent less likely to feel relief from their symptoms within 15 minutes.

Glucose tablets are available in drugstores and online. Prices on Amazon.com range from about $5 for a pack of 10 tablets, to about $9 for a bottle of 50.

“Although the results lean toward glucose tablets, everybody reacts differently to low blood sugar,” said Susan Renda, a certified diabetes educator at Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center who was not involved with the study.

“We can’t say that this study controls for individual differences in low blood sugar, like measuring a patient’s glucose level or checking to see how they feel,” she told Reuters Health.

“We don’t want to discourage people from using dietary sugars,” said study co-author Dr Jestin Carlson, an emergency physician at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.

“Glucose tablets seem to work better, but if you’re using dietary sugar, that’s OK too,” he told Reuters Health by phone.

What’s most important is to treat low blood sugar right away, according to Renda. She said, “Whether it’s Skittles or glucose tablets, people should carry something with them at all times for whenever they feel a drop in blood sugar.”

As of 2014, approximately 29 million Americans – about 9 percent of the US population – had been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Better Immune System To Help Prevent Cancer, Says Study

Better Immune System To Help Prevent Cancer, Says StudyNEW YORK:  Greater emphasis on immune system-based prevention should be central to new efforts to prevent cancer, researchers say.

“The body’s immune system is capable of intercepting pre-malignancies and preventing cancer. It does so countless times every day in all of us. That natural ability is what we want to leverage,” said Elizabeth M Jaffee from the Johns Hopkins University in the US.

“Building upon our innate defenses against cancer is the foundation of new immunotherapies, which have shown great promise in a very short time,” Jaffee added.

New research tools and other developments now make it possible to decipher in detail how different cancers begin, how benign or precancerous tissues turn malignant and deadly, the researchers said.

However, “if we are ever to eradicate this scourge, we must work to prevent it from occurring altogether,” noted Scott M Lippman, Director of Moores Cancer Center at the University of California – San Diego.

Prevention research has made strides, but progress has been anecdotal and isolated.

“If the goal is eradication of cancer, we need a radically new focus, investment and approach to pre-malignant diseases and cancer prevention, one that is supported and sustained by broad, deep efforts like the Cancer Moonshot and Human Vaccines Project,” Lippman added.

Continued and new development of cancer vaccines like the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine which provides almost 100 per cent protection against strains linked to several types of cancer, will be critical he said, in the paper published in the journal PNAS.

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Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless headphones review: They sound better than the original

The B&W P7 Wireless headphones.

Bowers & Wilkins has earned its place as the BMW of high-end audio. The company’s loudspeakers are legendary: Its five-figure Nautilus speakers have been displayed in museums; Abbey Road Studios has used their monitors for more than 20 years; and the company’s new 800 Series Diamond (which I auditioned during last year’s NYC launch event) are receiving rave reviews.

The company’s headphone line, on the other hand, has been the black sheep in the family. The wired versions have been judged as pretty good, but not truly great; they’ve certainly never achieved the acclaim afforded the company’s best speakers. Just beforeApple’s iPhone 7 announcement, Bowers & Wilkins upgraded its P7 and P3 models to Bluetooth wireless versions. The question on just about every audiophile’s mind is whether these new models simply add wireless capability to the previous generation, or if they up the ante. I was among the first reviewers to get my hands on the B&W P7 Wireless, so I was anxious to find out.

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The new P7 Wireless are easily mistaken for the original. I placed the new model next to itswired forerunner, which I’ve owned for quite some time, and found the two virtually indistinguishable. Even their spec sheets look alike: two 40mm full-range drivers, impedance of 22 ohms, frequency response ranging from 10Hz to 20kHz, and sensitivity of 111dB/V at 1kHz. The P7 wireless are a hair heavier at 323g vs 290g.

The Bluetooth 4.1 P7 Wireless omits the chrome accent around the ear cups, and while I was sorry to see that feature cut, it has zero impact on performance. A three-button remote control has been added to the left ear cup, as well as a power switch and a micro-USB charging port on the bottom.

With all the controls now on the left side, the wired input has moved to the right ear cup. The ear cups are magnetic, as they were on the original. To switch to wired mode, emove the right-hand cup, insert the 2.5mm angled end into the articulating input, and you’re set. Plugging in the cable immediately disables Bluetooth, but removing the cable doesn’t re-enable Bluetooth. You must power the headphones back on again manually to do that.

The B&W P7 Wireless have magnetic, replacable ear cups

Theo Nicolakis

The B&W P7 Wireless have magnetic, replaceable ear cups. The right ear cup (shown above) also has an input for wired mode.

This lap of luxury needs some break-in time

There’s nothing cheap or flimsy with these headphones. The P7 Wireless simply spoil you with their luxurious fit and feel. There aren’t many headphones under $500 (or twice the price, for that matter) that can keep up with Bowers and Wilkins in this regard. In my book, the P7 Wireless are a gold-standard. The genuine sheep leather headband and ear cups are smooth, soft, and supple. The sleek-looking aluminum frame is sturdy and infinitely adjustable. The headband guides, conceals, and automatically expands and contracts the nylon-braided wire connecting each ear cup. The engineering is a thing of beauty.

The headphone design gets even better. Many over-the-ear headphones aren’t portable—they’re just too bulky and they can’t fold flat. B&W has solved this problem by inserting a rotating joint between the edge of the headband and the ear cup arm that allows you to fold the headphones to half their size. Brilliant.

The accessories have been pored over just as meticulously. The included carrying case is smooth, lined with velour, and snaps closed with a magnetic flap. That’s industrial design done right—down to the smallest detail.

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Remove the left magnetic ear cup to see the headphone’s serial number and Bluetooth reset button.

Like a pair of your favorite Jeans

You should treat the P7 Wireless like a new pair of designer jeans: They need to be broken in. As with every other B&W headphone I’ve owned (the P5 wireless and the original P7), the new P7 Wireless are stiff and overly-snug when you first put them on. Trust me, they’ll loosen up over time. Once you’ve broken them in, they’ll fit like a glove. Don’t be afraid to flex the metal frame a bit (within reason, of course) to loosen things up more quickly.

Once you get used to the P7s, you’ll notice that other headphones will seem far too loose and won’t stay on your head as precisely as the P7s do. You can jog with them without worrying that they will shift or slide off. Perhaps most importantly, they’re exceedingly comfortable ever during long listening sessions. I wore them for three, four, five hours at a time without a problem, and my ears were never trapped in a sweat chamber.

There’s one qualifier to that point, however; the ear cups are said to be made of memory foam; but unlike most memory foam ear cups, these remain stiff and keep their shape.

The P7 WIreless includes a soft carrying case, USB charging cable, and 3.5mm cable.

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The P7 WIreless includes a soft carrying case, USB charging cable, and 3.5mm cable.

That stiffness creates a stable pocket for your ears. The ear cup design may not be for everyone, but it creates a consistent environment for the audio drivers to work in. Pressure around your ears is also very even, though it’s shy of the almost perfect fit of the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones.

Can you be too isolated?

B&W’s P7 Wireless headphones are outstanding at sealing out ambient noise. My family was mad at me on more than one occasion for being completely oblivious to what was going on around me. Wearing the P7 Wireless literally puts you into your own world. The headphones also passed the ambient audio torture test. No, not an airline cabin. Starbucks. Slap on the P7 Wireless, turn on your tunes, and you won’t even notice who’s ordering a cappuccino or what’s playing on Starbucks radio.

B&W P7 Wireless headphones.

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B&W P7 Wireless headphones.

The only count on which I found the P7 to be sub par was when I made phone calls: People on the other side of the line had a hard time hearing me, and I had difficulty hearing them. In fact, I didn’t make a single call with an iPhone 6s where the person on the other end didn’t complain about the sound quality.

A secret menu

When it comes to documentation, B&W seems to have taken a page out of In-n-Out’s playbook. The California-based restaurant is known as much for its secret menu as its great burgers (order a “4×4” and you’ll get four beef patties and four slices of cheese). The P7 Wireless comes with a quick-start manual, which is fine for getting up to speed quickly, but you won’t know about several nuanced (and important) elements unless youdownload the full manual from here.

You turn on the P7 Wireless by sliding the power button on the left ear cup to the right (pull it back if the headphones are on your head). To pair with a Bluetooth device, press that same button down and hold it for a few seconds. Don’t get confused between the two. In my tests, pairing the P7 Wireless was always flawless—whether it was an iOS or Andriod device or an Astell&Kern media player. Take note that whichever device you pair first with the P7 becomes the primary device for Bluetooth auto-connection. B&W says the P7 Wireless can remember up to seven secondary devices.

The P7 Wireless is almost indistinguishable from the original P7

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The P7 Wireless (left) is almost indistinguishable from the original P7 (right).

Wireless and wired tradeoffs

Don’t worry too much about the music running out. The P7 Wireless are rated to rock up to an awesome 17 hours. A green, yellow, or red light on the left ear cup tells you the current battery life. A green light means that the battery is above 30-percent charged. Yellow means that the battery is between 10- and 30-percent charged. Red means the battery is less than 10-percent charged. If the indicator blinks red, then battery is too low. At that point, you must use the P7 in wired mode until you recharge.

If you do use the P7 Wireless in wired mode, here’s an important item to note: the included cable doesn’t have an inline remote, which leaves you no means to control your iOS or Android device remotely. The controls on the left ear cup don’t work. I don’t know why B&W thought this was a good idea; I was able to use the inline remote cable from the original P7 without a problem.

Very different sound from the original

As similar as the P7 look to the original P7 wired, they sound completely different. In fact, they sound so fantastic that they’re a worthy upgrade even if you never use them in Bluetooth mode. That’s because B&W came up with a whole new set of transducers. I immediately noticed the difference with the first track I listened to: Adele’s “He Won’t Go” from 21. The kick drum, which was quite reserved on the original P7s, literally gave me a visceral kick on the new P7s. Bass was punchy, dynamic, and thoroughly satisfying on just about every single source and track I played.

Put in any exceptional Chesky recording, like Alexis Cole’s Dazzling Blue or City of the Sun’s To the Sun and All the Cities in Between and the P7 Wireless just sparkle with a precise and deep sound stage. With the P7 Wireless, music was warm, engaging, and alive. This adjustment is a very welcome addition and addresses the sonic shortcomings of the original.

Improved bass response doesn’t mean B&W suddenly discovered hip-hop. You can take the P7s to the ball, too. The P7 Wireless handled the most intimate and delicate notes of Yo-Yo-Ma’s Cello from Yo-Yo-Ma Plays Ennio Morricone. The cellist’s work on “Gabriel’s Oboe” was warm and simply invited me into an oasis of pure bliss. The depth and breadth of piano notes on “Debora’s Theme from Once Upon a Time in America was enthralling. The hairs on my arms were still standing when the penultimate track, “Dinner” from Lady Caliph, came on. That’s the type of emotion the P7 Wireless elicits.

Better wired or wireless?

I view wireless as a convenience, not as a reference standard. My opinion hasn’t changed after testing out the P7 Wireless. I tested the P7’s aptX Bluetooth connection with an Astell&Kern AK70. It sounded good but lacked the finesse, detail, and air you get when you plug them in. There’s still no substitute for a wired connection.

The P7 Wireless charges via a micro USB port under the left ear cup.

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The P7 Wireless charges via a micro USB port under the left ear cup.

That being said, if you own a headphone amp, by all means use it with the P7 Wireless. You’ll notice even more refinement. Comparing the P7 Wireless with a NuForce uDAC5 (currently in for review) versus the internal headphone jack of a Macbook Air was night and day. With the NuForce uDAC5, bass was more controlled, much tighter, and not as forward. The midrange was more defined and three-dimensional. The top end too was more precise.

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B&W’s P7 Wireless headphones won’t be treated like second-class citizens in B&W’s lineup. These headphones are a major step forward for B&W—not simply because of the addition of Bluetooth, but also for the effort that B&W put into fine-tuning the voicing in the new model. These aren’t just good wireless headphones. B&W’s P7 Wireless are great headphones,

period.

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