Sam Johnson wants us to rethink the way we look at cancer

With sister Connie in the final stages of advanced cancer, actor Samuel Johnson has once again expressed his frustration that there is still no cure for the hideous disease.

And while his latest Instagram post could be considered offensive to some, we’re positive that was not his intention.

Johnson, 39, shared his thoughts on the Love Your Sister social media page today, starting by saying, “If cancer wore a burqa would we have cured it already?”


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What we think he meant by that comment is that if cancer were vilified the way those who wear burquas are WRONGLY targeted, if we focused all that energy wasted on mistakenly assuming all Muslims are terrorists, then cancer would probably have been eradicated by now.

His message seeming to be: Stop inventing fake problems and focus on targeting the real ones, like cancer.

The actor writes, “We want all the freedoms and we want them all now. We hate and kill other humans, for freedom from each other.

“For a freedom cancer doesn’t permit.

“75% of us live in real fear of a home-grown terrorist attack, while cancer will detonate and kill 50,000 of us this year. In our own backyard. Not in some province we can’t pronounce, let alone point to on a map.

“Rather than chanting for death, I choose to fight for life. Ideological rant over. xsam”

Followers of the cancer fundraising page have chosen to accept Johnson’s comments in the spirit in which they were intended, with @maso_chick who has experience with breast cancer saying, “Nope .. a burqa hides everything.”

The actor responded, “Cancer cares not of burquas or bikinis…”.

Connie before her final public appearance. Image: Instagram @loveyoursister

@amelie73 also chose to take his comments at face value, saying, “I know of no-one personally that has been killed by terrorism, but have lost two relatives, two colleagues, a dear neighbour, and one sweet young man to cancer.

“My father-in-law lost all his eight siblings to cancer.

“I live every day with the feeling that if I get it, it won’t be a huge shock. Governments please fund our defence against this actual menace, that’s killing thousands of Australian’s each year.

“Help us.”

Sam and Connie promote a fundraising drive. Image: TODAY

Samuel Johnsons’ sister Connie, 40, is dying from an aggressive form of cancer, her third experience with the disease since the age of 12.

Initially diagnosed with bone cancer, she recovered and lead a normal life until being diagnosed with uterine cancer at 22, and then breast and liver cancer at age 33.

Since her most recent cancer battle, brother Sam has dedicated his life to raising money for cancer research, establishing the charity Love Your Sister which has raised $5 million to date.

Last week the devastated actor wrote a love letter to his sister who is suffering through the final stages of the cruel disease, saying, “I wish I could soften your pain, or lessen your fear, or give you something tangible, but tangible clearly isn’t in season.

“I’m proud to walk you to the hardest part of the road. The end. The only part of the road in your life that must sadly be traveled alone.”


Cambridge curriculum in Maharashtra: Here’s a look at the selection criteria

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Maharashtra government and schools have been making concerted efforts to raise the quality of education in the state. From modifying the no-detention act to reducing the burden of school bags in the state, the authorities are trying to bring an innovative approach in education.

After continuous efforts of bringing parity in education, the state wants to uplift the standard of education in the global arena by partnering with the University of Cambridge. Therefore, the state school education department has invited application from the schools to participate in the programme.

The approach has profoundly influenced the schools across the state and indeed, they all want to reap the rewards. However, to maintain the competition, the state is running a pilot study on the same and will be short listing only about 100 schools on the basis of online survey by December 9.

Name of the programme: Secondary School Certificate International (SSC-I)

Here’s a look at the list of criteria:

  • This programme will be conceptualised on the lines of the CBSE-I, mentioned an HT report
  • Schools need to garner support of School Management Committees (SMCs), which includes parents and teacher as members, to get an affirmation for the adoption of international curriculum
  • Schools need to have a strength of 300 students from classes 1 to 5, and a minimum of 210 students in classes 6 to 8. In total, there should be at least 500 students in the school coming regularly
  • If schools do not qualify this norm, they can invite children within one kilometre radius of their neighbourhood with a prior permission from the local authorities
  • In order to fit in the bills for the same, schools have to assure that they take innovative steps to broaden the knowledge of the students. They have to corroborate these facts with evidence showing that they have taken innovative approaches in last three years.

Here’s what teachers and principals have to say:

Schools are ready to embrace the upcoming revolution in the system. “It’s a good decision as international standards will help us in developing 21st century skills among the students,” said Uday Nare, teacher from Hansraj Morarji Public School, Andheri.

“Such initiatives are part of the Maharashtra government’s objective to become one of the 20 best states in the world regarding school education, ” said Nand Kumar, principal secretary of the department.

Kumar further added: “Maharashtra will participate in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in the coming years and our students shouldn’t score below 60 per cent in these assessments.”

States like Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have already part


Kids Think Eyeglasses Make Other Kids Look Smart

Young children tend to think that other kids with glasses look smarter than kids who don’t wear glasses, according to a new study.

Children between the ages of 6 and 10 who were surveyed for the study also thought that kids wearing glasses looked more honest than children who don’t wear glasses.

Otherwise, the survey suggested that children don’t tend to judge the attractiveness of their peers who wear glasses when asked about their appearance, potential as a playmate or likely athletic abilities.

The findings might give children some comfort when they are fitted with their first pair of eyeglasses, said lead study author Jeffrey Walline, assistant professor of optometry at Ohio State University.

“If the impression of looking smarter will appeal to a child, I would use that information and tell the child it is based on research,” Walline said. “Most kids getting glasses for the first time are sensitive about how they’re going to look. Some kids simply refuse to wear glasses because they think they’ll look ugly.”

Walline surveyed children in this age range because they are more likely to be prescribed eyeglasses than contact lenses. Generally, children with nearsightedness are diagnosed with myopia and receive their first corrective lenses at around age 8. Teen-agers were not surveyed because they are routinely fitted with contact lenses if they want them.

For the study, Walline and colleagues assembled a series of 24 pairs of pictures of children for comparison. The children in each pair differed by gender and ethnicity, and each pair included one child with glasses and one child without glasses.

Eighty young children – 42 girls and 38 boys – were surveyed. Of those, 30 kids (38 percent) wore glasses, 34 had at least one sibling with glasses and almost two-thirds had at least one parent who wore glasses.

The questionnaire featured six questions, many based on similar studies in adults. When presented with each pair of photos, the participants were asked which of the two children pictured: would you rather play with; looks smarter; looks better at playing sports; do you think is better looking; looks more shy; and looks more honest?

On average, two thirds of the participating children said they thought that kids wearing glasses looked smarter than kids not wearing glasses. And 57 percent of the participants said they thought kids with glasses appeared to be more honest. Both kids with and without glasses thought other kids wearing glasses looked smarter.

Walline said the findings suggest that media portrayals associating spectacles with intelligence may be reinforcing a stereotype that even young children accept.

In the case of the other four questions in the survey, the answers were not consistent enough to suggest that glasses made a difference in how the kids felt about the pictures they were examining.

Other trends emerged, however, that had nothing to do with whether the kids in the pictures were wearing glasses and which supported conventional wisdom about kids’ opinions. Both boys and girls said they thought that boys appeared to be better at playing sports. Boys indicated they would rather play with boys, and girls said they would prefer playing with girls. Both boys and girls thought the opposite gender looked more shy. Girls also were more likely than boys to pick their own gender when asked which child looked more honest.

The fact that the question of attractiveness yielded no significantly different answers for children with or without glasses suggests that kids don’t automatically consider kids with glasses to be unattractive, Walline said.

“The concern about attractiveness with glasses seems to be more internal to a particular child rather than an indicator of how they’ll feel about other people who wear glasses,” Walline said.

Walline conducted the study with Loraine Sinnott, Anita Ticak, Sylvia Jones and Lisa Jones of Ohio State’s College of Optometry, and Erica Johnson of the Southern California College of Optometry.

The study is published in the May issue of the journal Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.
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Challenger to the throne

inside the hedge fund global, the wealthy are becoming richer — but just barely.

At a time when the $three trillion industry as an entire is suffering to keep assets, the arena‘s largestfund just handed the $100-billion mark. Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater friends leads the manner, consistent withthe contemporary scores from Institutional Investor’s Alpha.

however the information is far from all properly for the relaxation of the gap.

After a rough first zone, hedge price range eked out a 1 percent benefit in April and are up zero.threepercentage for the year as measured through HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index. budget noticedcollective outflows of $15.1 billion inside the first quarter.

The Alpha scores of the top 100 price range via assets showed that property for the group rose simply1.5 percent as 2016 started out. 3 corporations on the top 10 surely saw net outflows. The top 10:


Zika virus at once infects brain cells and evades immune system detection, look at suggests

Zika may be unfold via inflamed mosquitos or thru sexual sex. In adults, the signs are typically moderateand encompass fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. but, Zika virus can motive a critical start defectreferred to as microcephaly, and different excessive neurological consequences such as eye problems,hearing loss, and impaired growth in toddlers born to girls who shrunk the virus while pregnant.
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The mosquito-borne Zika virus related to microcephaly and different neurological issues in newborns of affected mothers without delay infects the brain progenitor cells destined to become neurons, UT Southwestern medical center researchers report in a take a look at published on line in cell reports.

The group of researchers used a pressure of Zika currently impacting the Americas, and found that the virus infects approximately 20 percentage of cells on average, evades immune device detection, and keepsto copy for weeks.

“The cell machine we studied mirrors what pathologists are locating in the mind tissue of affected toddlersand could be valuable for similarly expertise how Zika causes excessive mindrelated troubles. Thegadget may additionally serve as a platform for testing new therapies focused on the virus,” said Dr. John Schoggins, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at UT Southwestern and senior author of the observe.

Zika may be unfold through infected mosquitos or via sexual intercourse. In adults, the signs aregenerally slight and encompass fever, rash, joint ache, and crimson eyes. but, Zika virus can purpose aserious delivery disorder referred to as microcephaly, and other severe neurological results which include eye problems, hearing loss, and impaired increase in toddlers born to ladies who contracted the virus when pregnant, according to the centers for ailment control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC’s internet site lists a chain of unanswered questions about the virus that the sector fitnessorganisation (WHO) has declared a public health emergency of worldwide situation. The unanswered questions consist of whilst for the duration of pregnancy the infection may also harm the fetus and the way the virus affects individual pregnancies.

there was an offer that the detrimental outcomes of the virus is probably linked to its ability to infectmind cells, mainly the progenitor cells that supply upward thrust to neurons,” said Dr. Schoggins, a Nancy Cain and Jeffrey A. Marcus scholar in scientific studies, in Honor of Dr. invoice S. Vowell.

“We confirmed that neural progenitors can be infected via a stress of Zika virus that is currently infectinghumans within the Americas,” Dr. Schoggins stated. “We found that the virus kills some neural progenitor cells, however not all. other cells survive the contamination, and relatively, preserve to duplicate the virus for plenty weeks. in addition, it appears that Zika virus does no longer stimulate a great deal of an immune reaction.”



two-drug immunotherapy deemed secure for lung cancer sufferers, have a look at shows

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) represents approximately 14 percentage of all kinds of lung cancer. Manysufferers with SCLC respond to preliminary chemotherapy; however, they eventually relapse and broadeninnovative ailment that has no powerful treatment options. a brand new Moffitt most cancers centertake a look at being offered at the yank Society of scientific Oncology (ASCO) Annual assembly in Chicago and posted within the Lancet Oncology indicates that utilizing the immunotherapeutic agentsnivolumab and ipilimumab may want to result in extra powerful treatment alternatives for SCLC suffererswho fail initial remedy.

a brand new technology in cancer therapeutic techniques has recently emerged with the approval of new dealers that feature by stimulating the immune system to target most cancers cells.

Nivolumab blocks the pastime of a molecule PD-1 discovered on T cells, and is authorised for superiornon-small cell lung cancer, melanoma and renal cellular carcinoma sufferers. Ipilimumab objectives a molecule referred to as CTLA-four on T cells and is accepted for superior cancer sufferers.

studies have proven that nivolumab mixed with ipilimumab consequences in advanced antitumor hobbywhilst as compared to either agent by myself. The meals and Drug administration recently approved this-drug mixture for the remedy of advanced melanoma.

Given the promising pastime of the immunotherapy mixture in cancer, researchers desired to evaluate if this regimen may also be powerful in different sorts of tumors that have few to no therapeutic options.

Moffitt participated in a segment half of global examine (Checkmate 032) to assess the hobby and safetyof nivolumab and ipilimumab in 216 sufferers with SCLC who developed modern disease after earlierwidespread chemotherapy. patients received either nivolumab therapy as a unmarried agent, or differentaggregate regimens of nivolumab plus ipilimumab.

The researchers suggested that nivolumab and the aggregate routine were energetic in SCLC patientsand led to responses that lasted longer than many other investigational dealers. Ten percentage of patientstreated with unmarried-agent nivolumab answered to therapy, even as about 20 percentage of patientstreated with nivolumab blended with ipilimumab spoke back. moreover, sixteen patients maintained theirreaction for longer than 6 months.

preliminary consequences propose that the immunotherapeutic regimens are lively in patients who areparticularly tough to deal with, with responses observed in patients who have been immune to initialfashionable chemotherapy and in sufferers who had or greater earlier treatments.

SCLC patients tolerated the treatment properly, with 13 to 30 percent of sufferers treated with the nivolumab or the aggregate regimens having excessive-grade toxicities. The maximum common toxicitiesassociated with treatment have been altered pancreatic enzyme pastime, diarrhea, trouble breathing and lung tissue irritation.

that is the first trial showing activity of nivolumab and nivolumab plus ipilimumab in SCLC, in a tough-to-deal with populace of sufferers with confined treatment options,” stated Scott J. Antonia, M.D., Ph.D., first writer of the observe and chair of the Thoracic Oncology department at Moffitt.

On the premise of these encouraging outcomes, two phase three studies are ongoing to evaluate thetherapeutic effect of nivolumab and nivolumab plus ipilimumab in sufferers with SCLC.


9.7-inch iPad Pro first look: A worthy successor to the iPad Air 2

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Like the iPhone SE, which has the body of an iPhone 5s and the mind of an iPhone 6s (more or less), the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro looks very much like an iPad Air 2. Their dimensions are identical. Their screen sizes are identical. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is very much the follow-up to the iPad Air 2, but with a different name.

But beyond the basic similarities, there are some huge differences between the iPad Air 2 and the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $599 for the 32GB version. Let’s start with the screen: It has the widest color gamut of any iPad, including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. (It’s the same as the 2015 Retina iMacs.) It’s also the first Apple product to feature a “True Tone display,” though this isn’t technically a display technology.

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The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s True Tone feature help match your tablet display’s color temperature to environmental lighting. Warm room lighting leads to a warm display (left), and cool room lighting gives the display a blueish cast (right).

Here’s how True Tone works: For ages, iOS devices have had built-in light sensors that detect how bright the environment is, allowing software to automatically adjust the screen brightness. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s sensor goes one better, also detecting the color temperature of that ambient light. (Color temperature means that if you’re in a room with harsh fluorescent lighting, what your eye sees as white will be very different than in a room lit by warm incandescent bulbs, for instance.) The iPad’s onboard software can then adjust the color temperature of its display, so that it matches the ambient light in the room.

This is a very clever feature. (And yes, it’s one you can turn off with one switch in the Settings app if you don’t want to partake.) If you’ve ever sat in a dim, warmly lit room in the evening and flipped open your iPad, only to be taken aback with how glaring and bluethe white background of an app like Mail is, you’re a candidate for True Tone. If you used the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in that same room with True Tone turned on, Mail’s white backgrounds would be a warmer tone, and much less jarring.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test True Tone in an easy chair by a fireplace. Instead, I got to see it in the Piano Bar at 4 Infinite Loop, on a demonstration table after Apple’s media event on Monday. But still, the demonstration I saw was impressive: Setting the white point of the display to make it a little warmer really did make the iPad feel like it fit better into my field of view.

The other new features of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are ones that will seem familiar, because they were the highlight features of the iPad Pro when it launched last fall. First up is support for the Apple Pencil, and I think this is going to be an enormous hit. Yes, it’s amazing to draw on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen, but it’s also a very large object that can be hard to hold. The 9.7-inch model is six-tenths of a pound lighter and much more comfortable to hold in one hand. I was able to stand and doodle on an 9.7-inch iPad Pro easily, holding the iPad in my left hand while I drew on it with my right.

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The Apple Pencil is a perfect match for a 9.7-inch screen. Easy to hold the iPad up and draw at the same time!

There are plenty of reasons to love the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and its big, beautiful screen, but it’s no longer the only device that’s capable of using the Apple Pencil, and that’s a good thing. As Tim Cook said on Monday, the 9.7-inch iPad has always been the best-selling product in the line, and now the most mainstream of iPads works with the Apple Pencil. I hope Apple has gotten its Pencil manufacturing process up to speed, because artists and students alike will be rushing to buy a Pencil to go with this new iPad.

The other major iPad Pro feature coming to this smaller model is the Smart Connector and support for the new $149 Smart Keyboard designed just for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The size of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro means that its smart Keyboard sports full-sized keys, but that’s not possible with this new Smart Keyboard. Instead, Apple has shrunken down all the keycaps and especially squished the width of the Tab, Caps Lock, Shift, Return, and Delete keys.

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If you’ve used Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the larger iPad Pro, this one will feel familiar.

I found typing on the new Smart Keyboard to be perfectly pleasant—it’s very much the same typing experience as the larger Smart Keyboard. However, if you’ve internalized the location of keys on a standard keyboard, you will probably be vexed by the shrunken-down layout of this keyboard. (And every time you switch back to a standard-sized keyboard, you will notice, too.) For some people, the reduced layout will not be a problem, but you should try typing on it in an Apple Store before buying just in case you can’t adapt to it. On the positive side, because the iPad is smaller, the Smart Keyboard is similarly smaller and lighter, so it adds less bulk to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro than its larger counterpart does to its iPad Pro. Still, give me an external Bluetooth keyboard any day.

There are a few other things I noticed about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s exterior. The impressively updated camera appears to have more or less matched the iPhone 6s, meaning that this is the first iPad that can take pictures just as impressive as their iPhone counterparts. It’s been a long time coming. I know a lot of us think it’s ridiculous that people take photos with their iPads, but more of us are busy taking photos with our iPads! This new 12-megapixel camera (with support for 4K video) should make those pictures a whole lot better. (The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to a 5-megapixel model.) The wireless cut-out on the back of the cellular models has been redesigned, too. It’s more of a stripe now.

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Uh-oh. Camera bump.

Unfortunately, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has also inherited the iPhone 6 family’s “camera bump.” In other words, the camera actually sticks out a little bit from the back of the case. It’s subtle but undeniably there. I’m not sure if it’s a big deal, but I know a bunch of people who are scared that the entire iPad will rock when you place it on a flat surface and try to draw on it with the Apple Pencil. I didn’t get a chance to try this particular disaster scenario, so I can’t say whether the bump is a big problem or not.

Check out Jason Snell’s first look at the iPhone SE.

As someone who uses a 12.9-inch iPad Pro a lot, I have to mention that there are several features of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that have leapfrogged its larger cousin. The front and back cameras are two of them, and then there’s the True Tone feature, support for Retina Flash for selfies, and the expanded color gamut. Then again, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro still has a (slightly) faster version of the A9X processor, a full-sized keyboard, and 2.4 million more pixels.

I still love my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there’s no denying that as of March 31, there’s a new top iPad in terms of features and popularity with the masses. It might have an unfamiliar and unwieldy name, but when you hold the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in your hand, you’ll know it’s the next generation of iPad, a true and worthy successor to the iPad Air 2.
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