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Cocoa Clue to Reversing Memory Loss
   2014-10-27 21:41:13    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fu

Beijing News
"Beijing to issue guide on smartphone apps"

China's Internet watchdog plans to issue a guideline on smartphone applications.

Related authority said how to guarantee Internet development in a legal way is a major challenge.

In recent years, apps on smartphones, which have become easy to obtain and can provide convenient services for users, have boomed, but many lack security.

An associate professor specializing in communications law said some of the apps have loopholes. Their inventors or operators only care how to attract mobile phone users and rarely supervise the content of these products, which has brought negative effects to the public.

The scholar suggested limiting access to the apps, to bring order to the market.

Yanzhao Metropolis Daily
"Hebei offers allowance for seniors aging over 80"

Seniors in Hebei Province will get special treatment from December 1st this year.

According to a document issued by Hebei government, the province will offer allowance to seniors over 80 years old.

Allowance will be no less than 300 yuan for seniors who are over 100 years old.

In medical treatment, cities and counties in this province are encouraged to offer preferential facilities and services for the seniors, such as setting up geriatrics center.

In travelling, seniors over 70 years old are free to take public transport inside their cities.

Cultural Institutions like public libraries and museums should be open to the seniors without charging.

Sky News Australia
"Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss"

Scientists have reported bioactive ingredients found in cocoa sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers.

The compounds, called flavanols, were taken in a specially-prepared cocoa drink.

Over three months, 37 healthy volunteers aged 50-69 had a daily drink containing either a high dose of flavanols - 900 milligrams - or a low dose, 10 milligrams.

The found the high-flavanol group notched up major memory improvements.

A professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York said ''If a participant had the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, after three months that person on average had the memory of a typical 30- or 40-year-old.

The compounds exist in grapes, blueberries and other fruit as well as in some vegetables and teas.

CBS News( USA)
"Something in the air could raise a child's autism risk"

A new study has revealed that children exposed to two air toxins -- chromium and styrene -- while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health said prenatal and early exposure to the highest amounts of chromium, a heavy metal, increased the risk for autism by 65 percent.

Styrene, found in car exhaust and industrial emissions, doubled the risk for the neurodevelopmental disorder.

Autism spectrum disorders -- a range of conditions involving social deficits and communication difficulties -- affect one of every 68 children in the United States.



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