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A neck implant that could stop tinnitus

Share ! tweet For many of us, that constant, disturbing ringing in our ears is bad enough to make us think about a brain implant. MicroTransponder, a company that’s  been working on a similar device for some time, has proven an implant could train the brain to stop tinnitus. Placed not exactly inside the brain but on the nerves in the neck, the implant, apparently, does quite a good job stopping this ear infection. The invention sounds good enough and we bet many thought about trying on this implant, the only upsetting news is the fact that even if the device works properly, no one actually knows how it works, the team at MicroTransponder including. The implant is targeting the cranial nerve X, or the vagus nerve, which is the tenth major nerve that exits the brain. The vagus is actually a network of nerves that divide and reach to many regions inside the whole body, so the team didn’t know for sure which branch to target. Considering the nerve is often used to treat everything from depression to obesity, ear infections could also be treated using  to the nerve X, so the team begun testing the theory. One method MicroTranponder used was pairing auditory cues with electrical stimulation to identify the triggers of the tinnitus. Another method was pairing non-tinnitus tones with the stimulation, which can reduce the representation of the tinnitus activity in the brain. This way, the tinnitus ...  

'Youth,' 'Valley' and 'Higher' in Savage Cinema line-up

LLIVIA, Spain – Movies by key action sports production houses – such as “Days of My Youth,” “Valley Uprising” and “Higher” – will feature in the San Sebastian Festival’s 2nd Savage Cinema. A novel partnership between an “A” grade film festival and Red Bull Media House to forefront to ever-broader audiences the most relevant in a building production sector – narrative-driven action sports films – Savage Cinema has also inked a collaboration with the Bilbao Mendi Film Festival to showcase the best in mountaineering movies. Exhibit A: ”Valley Uprising,” produced by the Boulder Colorado-based Sender Films and Big Up Productions. Helmed by Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer, and charting Yosemite’s rock climbing revolution, “Uprising” portrays another version of the American Dream, the Yosemite National Park counter-culture heritage of three generations of climbers whose high-wall daring-do, dumpster diving and committed partying defied the laws of gravity and, in confrontation with the National Park Service, sometimes the laws of the land. Producing a six-part series, “First Ascent,” with National Geographic Intl., Sender Films won a Sports Emmy for 2007’s “King Lines,” recording Chris Sharma’s first ascent of deep-sea arch El Pontas, near Mallorca. Directed by Steve ...  

Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware

A slide from next week's Black Hat talk titled Android Fake ID vulnerability. The majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are susceptible to hacks that allow malicious apps to bypass a key security sandbox so they can steal user credentials, read e-mail, and access payment histories and other sensitive data, researchers have warned. The high-impact vulnerability has existed in Android since the release of version 2.1 in early 2010, researchers from Bluebox Security said. They dubbed the bug Fake ID because like a fraudulent driver's license an underage person might use to sneak into a bar, it grants malicious apps special access to Android resources that are typically off limits. Google developers have introduced changes that limit some of the damage that malicious apps can do in Android 4.4, but the underlying bug remains unpatched, even in the 5.0 preview. The Fake ID vulnerability stems from the failure of Android to verify the validity of cryptographic certificates that accompany each app installed on a device. The OS relies on the credentials when allocating special privileges that allow a handful of apps to bypass Android sandboxing. Under normal conditions, the sandbox prevents programs from accessing data belonging to other apps or to sensitive parts of the OS. Select apps, however, are permitted to break out of the sandbox. Adobe Flash in all but version 4.4, for instance, is permitted to act as a plugin for any other app installed o...  

Software Stocks to Watch : NQ Mobile, FireEye Inc, Adobe Systems

Sponsored Links In this Article, let us take a look at three very promising Stock Market scripts in the field of Software: NQ Mobile, FireEye Inc, Adobe Systems. Let’s take a close look at what might be in store for the three given stocks. NQ Mobile (NQ) recently responded to a Muddy Waters’ research report dated Jul 7, 2014. The company cited a report from an independent investigation to defend itself against the allegations of Muddy waters. Shares of NQ Mobile were up 6.8% (28 cents) following the investigation. This investigation was conducted by a Special Committee comprising four of its independent directors along with two renowned firms, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Deloitte & Touche Financial Advisory Services Limited. The aim of the investigation was to determine whether NQ Mobile had resorted to any unfair means or not. Software Stocks: FireEye Inc & Adobe Systems FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ FEYE), the leader in stopping advanced cyber-attacks, announced it will release financial results for the second quarter of 2014 on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 after the close of the U.S. markets. FireEye will host a conference call the same day at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT) to discuss the results. On Thursday shares of FireEye Inc. (NASDAQ FEYE) opened at $32.76 and closed at $33.27. This Year Company’s Earnings per Share (EPS) growth is 18.90% and next year’s estimated EPS growth is -1.79. Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ ADBE) has been up...  

Nikkei ends above 15600 on easier yen, higher Asian markets

Jiji Press The benchmark Nikkei average ended at a fresh six-month high above 15,600 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Tuesday, buoyed by purchases amid the yen’s weakness against other major currencies and robust performances of other Asian equities. The 225-issue Nikkei average rose 88.67 points, or 0.57 percent, to 15,618.07. It last closed above 15,600 on Jan. 23. On Monday, the key market gauge climbed 71.53 points. The TOPIX index of all First Section issues gained 4.34 points, or 0.34 percent, to end at 1,290.41 after rising 4.72 points the previous day. The key indexes extended their winning streak to a third session. Tokyo stocks opened on a firm note after the U.S. Dow Jones industrial average snapped its three-session losing streak overnight. The Nikkei average extended some gains to top 15,600 in midmorning trading, driven by index futures-led purchases, brokers said. Stock prices climbed further in the afternoon on the back of rosy performances of other Asian equities, including Shanghai, and the yen’s easing against other major currencies, brokers said. Market sentiment was brightened by strong earnings reports Monday from automaker Nissan and Keyence, a maker of sensor and measuring equipment for factory automation systems, brokers said. Rising issues outpaced falling ones 1,031 to 618 in the TSE’s First Section, while 161 issues were unchanged. Volume decreased to 1.68 billion shares from Monday’s 1.93 billion shares. In index futures tra...  

Quicky, easy and healthy

Our busy schedule is not an excuse to sacrifice our health and nutrition. For something light, healthy and easy to make, Gardenia offers nutritious and delicious sandwich recipes. They’re easy and simple to make, with tons of health benefits you wouldn’t believe possible with something so quick and delicious. Take Gardenia’s Spanish Milkfish Sandwich. It looks mouth-watering, tastes even better, and has a surprising mix of ingredients you find in gourmet-quality food. Yet, it’s oh so easy to make and is packed solid with flavor and nutrients. It’s a sandwich loaded with the vitamins and minerals present in milkfish, including vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus (which is essential in bone formation), selenium (an antioxidant) and niacin (which helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease). When prepared with Gardenia High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread, you get an even healthier meal because you get 20 percent of your daily fiber needs with just two slices. It is also trans-fat-free for heart-health and fortified with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C and minerals like calcium, iron and folate and combines the goodness of whole meal flour and the natural taste of real honey. In short, it gives you power and stamina to help you get through the day, while ensuring strong bones and teeth, a strong immune system, healthy blood, good vision, youthful skin, and, especially for growing kids, mental development. The High Fiber Whole Wheat Bread is just one in G...  

Signs and symptoms of Ebola

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa is the worst outbreak of the haemorrhagic disease since it was discovered in 1976. In total, 1 201 cases including 672 deaths (case fatality rate 56%) have been reported during the 2014 outbreak. Since Ebola was discovered in 1976, some 1 200 people have been killed by the virus from 3 147 cases - illustrating the virulence of the virus this time round.Stay up to date: All the latest news on the Ebola outbreakSigns and symptoms of EbolaSymptoms present themselves anywhere from 2 to 21 days after infection, but mostly between day 8 and 10. The symptoms are similar to the flu, cholera, typhoid and malaria. Signs and symptoms: Fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Bleeding can occur from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and anus.The WHO reports that laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes. People are infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory.Science writer David Quammen, who has investigated the origins and spread of the virus, writes that “RNA viruses (of which Ebola is one) produce acute infections, severe for a short time and then gone. E...  

Apple Expands AppleCare+ to Cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden

Tuesday July 29, 2014 3:06 am PDT by Richard Padilla Apple today expanded its AppleCare+ program to two new countries, bringing the program to cover iPhones and iPads in Mexico and Sweden. In Mexico, AppleCare+ coverage for the iPhone and iPad are priced at 1,599 pesos. Meanwhile, AppleCare+ for the iPhone and iPad in Sweden are priced at 799 kronor. Apple last expanded its AppleCare+ program in September 2013, raising service fees for accidental damage, adding iPods, and expanding avaliability to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. Thanks, Steve! ...  

Smalling reveals United's preparations for Inter

29/07/2014 10:47, Report by Ryan Grant The Reds have recorded back-to-back victories so far this summer in America, scoring ten goals in the process, and now face a tough test against Italian giants Inter Milan.Smalling insists that he and his teammates will approach the game in high spirits, saying that thorough preparation has been key to recent victories."First we do a lot of video work on the opposing team," Smalling told ManUtd.com. "Then, when we do our 11 versus 11 games in training, one team is set up like the opposition so they will copy their traits and their formation so that, come game day, we're much better prepared to cope with whatever they throw at us."You do have to stick to the role you have been asked to play so the whole team can benefit and get a full understanding of what they will face come game day."Preparation is key, but United have also been putting it to good use in matches with 3-2 and 7-0 wins against AS Roma and LA Galaxy respectively, in turn fuelling belief in the squad."Each performance is giving us more confidence and especially with a new formation as well. The wins are not the overriding point in pre-season but they're a big factor in getting our confidence up. We're getting that with each training session and each match. ...  

Prepping your oral health for summertime travel

Posted: July 28, 2014 Before departing for vacation, many of us like to tidy up around the house. You may empty the garbage cans, put the dishes in the dishwasher and make the bed, but do you have a similar routine for your teeth?Of course, vacation is a time to unwind, but neither your health nor oral health should be completely thrown on the back? burner. So, here are a few tips about how to get your mouth ready and what to do to maintain oral health for kids and adults during vacation.1. Visit the dentist before you depart. To ensure that toothaches or any other mouth pain doesn't disrupt the fun, stop by the dentist's office prior to leaving. It may be helpful to schedule a visit right after booking your plane tickets so you can secure a date months in advance and avoid worrying about last-minute planning. 2. Buy travel-sized gear. For those traveling to more remote destinations, simply having access to proper oral health products can be a lifesaver. Pick up a bristle cover for your toothbrush, swap the batteries if it's an electric toothbrush, grab some floss and throw on-the-go toothpaste and mouthwash into a travel bag. These little containers can come in handy and help prevent bad breath and cavities. Just make sure to put them in your checked bags for the airport if they don't fit the Transportation Security Administration's 3-1-1 liquid rule, which says that all carry-on l...  


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