Oct 21 2018

Canadian mouse study shows hormone associated with pregnancy may reverse MS

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Researchers with the University of Calgary in Canada have found that prolactin, a hormone produced during pregnancy, may reverse the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a paper published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience.

The study, led by Drs. Samuel Weiss and V. Wee Yong of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, compared virgin and pregnant mice with MS-like lesions introduced by lysolecithin, a chemical which destroys the myelin sheaths around neurons. They found the pregnant mice developed smaller lesions and fewer damaged neurons, and showed signs of repaired neurons. They also found the pregnant mice had higher levels of cells called oligodendrocytes, which create myelin and are able to repair some damaged neurons through remyelination. Because prolactin regulates the levels of precursors of oligodendrocytes, the scientists hypothesized that prolactin levels were responsible for the differences in damage. They also tested virgin mice given additional prolactin, and found results similar to pregnant mice.File:Monthly multiple sclerosis MRI.gif

Previous studies have shown that other hormones could reduce myelin damage, but this is the first study to show a mechanism to reverse myelin damage, and establish an empirical connection between that mechanism and pregnancy. Dr. Weiss says, “It is thought that during pregnancy, women’s immune systems no longer destroyed the myelin. However, no previous study has tested whether pregnancy actually results in the production of new myelin, which may lead to improvement of symptoms. “We’re excited about this result because it suggests to us that prolactin has the potential to be used to enhance the production of new myelin.”

Dr. William McIlroy, national medical advisor for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, explains the significance of this study: “The results of this study should be well received by people living with MS today. It represents a new insight of how we might be able to reverse some of the effects of the disease and improve the quality of life for those who live under its influence.”File:Prolactin.png

Dr. Luanne Metz, director of the Calgary MS Clinic in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary and Calgary Health Region, adds, “This discovery has the potential to take MS therapy a step further than current treatments that stabilize the disease in its early stages. By promoting repair, which is the goal of prolactin therapy, we have hope of actually improving symptoms in people with MS.”

Further animal studies need to be done to examine the possibility of side effects, such as lactation in men and non-pregnant women, as well as increased inflammation which could worsen the MS. Researchers believe human trials may begin within a few years.

Funding and support were provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Stem Cell Network.

MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system where the body attacks the fatty myelin which helps nerves carry electrical signals, causing muscle weakness and spasming which may lead to disability. MS affects approximately one of every 1000 people in North America, northern Europe and Australasia.

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Oct 21 2018

Malware from mass SQL injections confirmed by security experts

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Nearly 20,000 websites have been attacked by unknown malicious computer users using a technique known as an SQL injection. The attackers have inserted code to install malware onto visitors’ computers. The code exploits a newly-discovered weakness in Adobe Flash Player, a very common web-browser plugin. The attacks prompted an investigation by the Taiwanese information security industry into the source of these attacks.

An SQL injection is a common method employed by malicious users to attack and deface websites, arising from website mistakes in checking user input. Attackers take advantage of these weaknesses to inject information of their choosing into the website. For example, in June of 2007, Microsoft UK found its webpage changed to a picture of the Saudi Arabia flag, an attack which was carried out using an SQL injection.

According to SecurityFocus, this most recent series of attacks stems from a vulnerability in versions and of Flash Player. It allows attackers to load any code they wish onto a computer running these versions of Flash.

As the vulnerability in Flash is newly discovered, Adobe has not yet released a newer version which fixes the problem. For the time being, computer security experts recommend that internet users with one of the unprotected versions of Flash disable the plug-in on Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer to prevent malicious users from gaining control over their computers.

The most recent version of the Flash Player, version, does not appear to be vulnerable to this exploit.

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Oct 21 2018

Wikimania 2007 begins in Taipei, Taiwan

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Friday, August 3, 2007

This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The third annual conference for users of the Wikimedia Foundation projects, Wikimania, began today in Taipei, Taiwan. Over 1,100 people registered from 98 countries. Fifty-five percent of attendees were from Taiwan. There are over 100 presenters holding a total of 65 sessions.

Florence Devouard, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation, in the opening to the conference, reviewed what has been accomplished in the past year. Among the accomplishments are the creation of the Wikimedia Taiwan chapter, and the creation of Wikiversity. Florence also said that the Russian Wikipedia was the fastest growing Wikipedia, with the Chinese Wikipedia coming second. There still is huge disparity in language though, with projects such as the Afrikaans Wikipedia having 6 million native speakers, but less than 8,000 articles

An estimation of the current total assets of the foundation was stated to be around $3.5 million. Florence Devouard also discussed the need for scalable sources of revenue for the foundation. These sources, she stressed, must be consistent with the foundation’s non profit status, with the open/free content movement and with community wishes. Potential revenue sources include the continued sale of live datafeeds, a print on demand service, board games, puzzles and other merchandising. She stated that the foundation will not sell DVDs or paper versions due to legal risks.

Also, Jimmy Wales, in the press conference, mentioned that in mainland China, lots of media or information is still unfree or not to be unveiled, such as Baido.com, so that may restrict the development or providing of freely contents and correct information, and is surely not a good example. And then he’ll come to visit mainland China to solve those problems of freely contents developments.

Other speakers included Benjamin Mako Hill discussing the definition of free culture, Kat Walsh on Wikimedia foundation use of free content, Samuel Klein on the one laptop per child and addressing systemic bias, Jimmy Wales, Angela Beesley and Gil Penchina on Wikia.

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Oct 20 2018

Why There Is A Necessity Of Dedicated Insurance Broker Software For Exchange Administrators?

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Why there is a necessity of dedicated insurance broker Software for Exchange Administrators?



On March 12, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule on the state-based exchanges that are scheduled to launch on January 1, 2014. In this final rule, the Obama administration allows greater flexibility to states in their state exchange implementation & foresees increased participation of brokers & agents in the state exchanges. Health insurance brokers & agents are likely to actively participate and assist individuals and employers in purchasing health insurance through the state-based exchanges.

Health exchanges or the web-based marketplaces for purchasing insurance may serve as emissaries for insuring the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans. Insurance buyers would be able to search for various health plans, compare plans and enroll in a plan of their choice through online payment facility. Employers would be able to – define DCHPs, create customized or common health benefit portfolios, purchase insurance for employees through these web based portals. Most exchange consumers may have little or no information on the benefit plans that best fit their health profile. Brokers and agents may prove to be of valuable service in helping these little informed consumers purchase the best fit plans.

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While exchanges are likely to serve as a catalyst in helping uninsured Americans get insured; for a strong sustainability model, these exchanges would need to pull in insured Americans too for purchasing insurance through the exchange. There is a likelihood that small employers not eligible for any tax credits or subsidies, may turn to options outside the exchange for purchasing insurance. Broker and agents may help increase exchange enrollments as they enjoy strong relationships with small businesses or individuals and may be helpful in informing these prospects on the benefits of purchasing insurance through an exchange. Insurance brokers and agents may thus serve as information distribution channels for public exchanges.

States and insurers looking for an automated IT solution for setting up exchanges, stand to benefit from selecting a web solution that offers a dedicated portal for insurance agents & brokers. Brokers and agents interact with multiple clients in a single day and insurance broker software may prove to be an ideal companion for brokers. Through insurance agent software, brokers & agents would be able to update client data in real-time from client s location thus ensuring no loss in critical information. Insurance broker software thus needs to serve as a customer-relationship management (CRM) tool.

The insurance broker software is designed to help brokers search for plans, compare plans and enroll online into health plans on behalf of their clients. A dedicated insurance agent software application can help brokers and agents in tracking their pending commissions, sub-broker s activities and statuses of submitted applications. Some insurance broker portals also offer features such as setting reminders & alerts for upcoming deadlines for plan enrollments/cancellations or renewals.

A well-designed and intuitive broker portal not only helps brokers and agents manage data efficiently but also aids in delivering best service to their clients. With brokers & agents likely to play important role in exchanges both private and public states & insurers may find it beneficial to select insurance broker software that also caters to the administrative needs of agents & brokers.

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Oct 19 2018

News briefs:July 26, 2010

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Oct 19 2018

US unemployment rate reaches 9.8%

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Companies in the United States are shedding more jobs, pushing the country’s unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8%.

The US Labor Department said on Friday that employers cut 263,000 jobs in September, with companies in the service industries — including banks, restaurants and retailers — hit especially hard. This is the 21st consecutive month of job losses in the country.

The United States has now lost 7.2 million jobs since the recession officially began in December 2007. The new data has sparked fears that unemployment could threaten an economic recovery. Top US officials have warned that any recovery would be slow and uneven, and some have predicted the unemployment rate will top 10% before the situation improves.

“Continued household deleveraging and rising unemployment may weigh more on consumption than forecast, and accelerating corporate and commercial property defaults could slow the improvement in financial conditions,” read a report by the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, predicting that unemployment will average 10.1% by next year and not go back down to five percent until 2014.

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com, said that “it’s a very fragile and tentative recovery. Policy makers need to do more.”

“The number came in weaker than expected. We saw a lot of artificial involvement by the government to prop up the markets, and now that that is starting to end, the private sector isn’t yet showing signs of life,” said Kevin Caron, a market strategist for Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Also on Thursday, the US Commerce Department said factory orders fell for the first time in five months, dropping eight-tenths of a percent in August. Orders for durable goods — items intended to last several years (including everything from appliances to airliners) — fell 2.6%, the largest drop since January of this year.

The US government has been spending billions of dollars — part of a $787 billion stimulus package — to help spark economic growth. There have been some signs the economy is improving.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that spending on home construction jumped in August for its biggest increase in 16 years. A real estate trade group, the National Association of Realtors, said pending sales of previously owned homes rose more than 12 percent in August, compared to August 2008.

A separate Commerce Department report said that consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of US economic activity, rose at its fastest pace in nearly eight years, jumping 1.3 percent in August.

Other reports have provided cause for concern. A banking industry trade group said Thursday the number of US consumers making late payments, or failing to make payments, on loans and credit cards is on the rise. A survey by a business group, the Institute for Supply Management, Thursday showed US manufacturing grew in September, but at a slower pace than in August when manufacturing increased for the first time in a year and a half.

Stock markets reacted negatively to the reports. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 41 points in early trading, reaching a level of 9467. This follows a drop of 203 points on Thursday, its largest loss in a single day since July. The London FTSE index fell 55 points, or 1.1%, to reach 4993 points by 15.00 local time.

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Oct 19 2018

How To Work At Home And Make Money Online Today

How To Work At Home And Make Money Online Today


Adam S Harding

The ability to work at home and make money online is one of the most attractive ways of earning a living today. The appeal of having complete financial and time freedom to be able to do what you want to do when you want to do it, means that literally millions of people are looking for new ways to make money by working from home.

So in this article we will go over a number of proven methods for how to work at home and make money online, as well as reveal my top pick for how to fast-track your online money making ventures:

1. Affiliate Marketing – The appeal of making money with affiliate marketing is that it enables to you automate your work and earn a residual monthly income. When you have a winning affiliate marketing campaign up and running then you can make money whether you decide to do any work on a particular day or not.

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A good place to get started with affiliate marketing is to start promoting some programs on the Clickbank marketplace. This platform is suitable for newbies as they auto-approve all new affiliates and you can get started right away.

2. Work At Home Jobs – When many people first start looking to work from home they are less interested in building an online business, and are just happy to do the equivalent of their current 9 to 5 job but from the comfort of home.

So to find work at home jobs to make money with, look to work as a self-employed freelancer by applying for work on sites like ODesk and Elance. You can also directly email companies and web marketing firms that are likely to outsource telecommuting type work to others.

3. Paid Surveys – It is possible to make money online with paid surveys from home, but it is not going to replace your full-time income. These sort of money making activities are more for people who just want to earn a bit of extra cash at home, without needing to learn any new skills or put much effort in. A similar method to paid surveys would be to join Paid To Click (PTC) websites where you can click on ads for a bit of money.

4. Online Business Opportunities – This is a clever mix of affiliate marketing and home based business opportunities in the network marketing field.

The advantage of online business opportunities is that you get provided with a \”business in a box\” to help speed up your success. You are also part of a team and community to keep you inspired and motivated. In other words, you are not going at it alone. Also, the earnings potential with an online business opportunity can often be higher than if you were simply promoting ebooks as an individual affiliate marketer.

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Oct 18 2018

US charges homeless man after plane stolen and crashed in Maryland

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Police from Frederick in Maryland, US have charged a homeless man with three offenses after a light aircraft was stolen from Frederick Municipal Airport early yesterday morning. The single-engine aircraft crashed as its thief tried to take off.

51-year-old Calvin Cox was arrested near the scene in the nearby woods after officers arrived. He was discovered by dog handlers. The Piper Super Cub came off the runway and ran onto grass, sustaining damage to its fuselage and propeller as well as possibly its engine. The crash occured at 2:15 a.m.

Cox has been charged with felony theft, burglary, and trespassing. The plane was removed from an airport hangar and belonged to the Mid-Atlantic Soaring Association, who uses it to tow gliders. Michael H. Higgins, the association’s president, said it would be difficult for someone unfamiliar with the aircraft to start it, as several buttons and switches are required. He described the incident as “a very unusual situation.”

Police described Cox as familiar with aircraft. They say that while they have yet to determine any motive, they believe Cox’s “intention was to leave the Frederick area.” Nobody was injured in the crash.

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Oct 18 2018

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Oct 18 2018

Interview: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert balances community and company interests

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

In the year 2000, Dries Buytaert created Drupal, a freely licensed and open source tool to manage websites, as a bulletin board for his college dorm. Since Dries released the software and a community of thousands of volunteer developers have added and improved modules, Drupal has grown immensely popular. Drupal won the overall Open CMS Award in 2007, and some speakers in Drupal’s spacious developer’s room at FOSDEM 2008 were dreaming aloud of its world domination.

Buytaert (now 29) just finished his doctoral thesis and has founded the start-up Acquia. The new company wants to become Drupal’s best friend, with the help of an all-star team and US$7 million collected from venture capitalists. Wikinews reporter Michaël Laurent sat down with Dries in Brussels to discuss these recent exciting developments.


  • 1 The interview
    • 1.1 On FOSDEM
    • 1.2 On Drupal
    • 1.3 Acquia: company-community interaction
    • 1.4 The future, near and far
  • 2 Related news
  • 3 Sources
  • 4 External links

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