How Fast Food Affects Your Immune System


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Don’t get enough sleep? Drink too much booze? Stressing out? These everyday habits could all be ruining your immune system, but the worst culprit may be your fast food habit.

A recent study out of the University of Bonn suggests that a typical “Western diet” (a lot of red meat, sugar, and saturated fat and not much fiber—basically synonymous with fast food) can kick the immune system into overdrive, causing inflammation. The study, published in the journal, Cell, goes on to connect that inflammatory response to serious conditions like cardiovascular diseases (read: stroke or heart attack) and type 2 diabetes, which itself can lead to cardiovascular diseases, as reported by Science Daily.

Researchers, led by Eicke Latz, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Innate Immunity of the University of Bonn in Germany, placed mice on a Western diet and observed that after only one month, the mice had an inflammatory response akin to that triggered by a serious bacterial infection. “Fast food thus causes the body to quickly recruit a huge and powerful army,” noted the University of Bonn’s press release, as that process notably increases the immune cells in the mice’s blood.

Even worse? The immune response isn’t reversible, the scientists discovered. When they fed the mice a healthier diet for another month, the acute inflammation subsided, but genetic testing revealed permanent changes to the immune system. This is because “the innate immune system has a form of memory,” Dr. Latz explains. “After an infection [or in the case of the mice, exposure to fast food], the body’s defenses remain in a kind of alarm state, so that they can respond more quickly to a new attack.”

Although the precise mechanism behind this process remains to be determined, Dr. Latz sees the research results as a warning, especially for parents of young kids, and suggests nutrition play a more prominent role in early childhood education. “Children have a choice of what they eat every day,” he says. “We should enable them to make conscious decisions regarding their dietary habits.”

Make sure you avoid these other seemingly innocent habits that could be damaging your immune system.



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Jalin kerjasama dengan Celcom Axiata OlaBola The Musical janji persembahan luar biasa



KUALA LUMPUR: Celcom Axiata pada Selasa telah diumumkan sebagai rakan digital untuk OlaBola The Musical yang bakal dipentaskan di Istana Budaya, 8 Februari ini.

Kerjasama itu akan menyaksikan pementasan teater terbesar tahun ini akan dipersembahkan dengan teknologi tercanggih yang pernah disaksikan penonton di Malaysia.

Dalam satu pratonton khas, media dan tetamu jemputan telah dipertontonkan dengan demonstrasi mengagumkan teknologi yang digunakan dalam OlaBola The Musical, seperti paparan pemetaan #D, bunyi sekeliling 360 darjah, visual animasi dan teknologi pencahayaan paling terkini.

“Kami berbangga menjadi rakan digital rasmi untuk pementasan OlaBola The Musical yang dinanti-nantikan ini. Kisah dalam pementasan ini menggambarkan negara kita dan secara tepat menampilkan kesungguhan, keazaman dan kepelbagaian kita dalam usaha mencapai matlamat bersama.

“Ia adalah sesuatu yang luar biasa bagi syarikat hiburan terkemuka seperti Enfiniti yang tahu mengenai manfaat menggunakan teknologi canggih untuk memberikan pengalaman lebih emersif bagi audiens teater,” kata Azwan Khan Osman Khan, Timbalan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif, Operasi Perniagaan Celcom Axiata Berhad.

Bagi Presiden Kumpulan Enfiniti yang juga pengarah dan penerbit OlaBola The Musical, Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina, penyertaan Celcom Axiata dalam pementasan OlaBola The Musical merupakan satu perkara positif ke arah perkembangan landskap industri seni kreatif.

“Ini akan membawa teater ke tahap baru, bukan sahaja di Malaysia atau Asia Tenggara, tetapi ia berkemungkinan pertama kali dalam dunia untuk teater melalui pengalaman seumpamanya,” kata Tiara.

OlaBola The Musical diadaptasi dari filem pecah panggung 2016, akan menjadi acara pembuka tirai Istana Budaya selepas menjalani proses renovasi, dan akan dipentaskan selama 32 hari, dari 8 Februari hingga 11 Mac ini.

Tiket-tiket bagi OlaBola The Musical ditawarkan pada harga dari RM50 – RM350 dan boleh dibeli di laman web www.olabolamusical.com.

Pelanggan Celcom layak membeli semua kategori tiket pada harga diskaun 20 peratus untuk 500 pembeli tiket pertama.



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Nokia 8 price drops by RM311 for Chinese New Year


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MO,1/2/2018, Nokia Mobile has dropped the price of its flagship Nokia 8 model down to RM1,988, in time with the coming Chinese New Year celebration. On Nokia Malaysia’s Facebook,it announced that in addition to the RM311 discount, it would also be giving a free gift that’s worth RM200.

“Chinese New Year is an auspicious season for family and friends to celebrate together-ness. Whether it’s through shared stories, delicious food or heartfelt reunions, we at Nokia invite you to cherish these moments and #BeTheGift,” it said.  This promotion, available through local Nokia retailers runs past the New Year, until Feb 28.

The Nokia 8 which launched late last year was originally priced RM2,299.  The phone has a 5.3in QuadHD display and runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.  It operates on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo, and has dual 13-megapixel rear cameras with Zeiss optics and an 13-megapixel front shooter.

–TheStar



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Terima kasih Nissan tak lama lagi selipar dah boleh parkir sendiri



YOKOHAMA: Syarikat pengeluar kereta Jepun, Nissan Motor Co hari ini mula mempamerkan selipar ‘parkir sendiri’ yang mampu kembali ke posisi asalnya kepada umum di ibu pejabatnya di Yokohama.

Selipar terbabit sebelum ini muncul dalam satu petikan video promosi syarikat itu yang turut memaparkan rekaan bantal kusyen dan meja  ‘parkir sendiri’ di sebuah majlis di Hakone, Jepun.

Apabila selipar, kusyen dan meja ini tidak digunakan ia mampu kembali ke lokasi asalnya yang telah diprogramkan. Ini dibantu dengan sistem sensor kamera.

Idea untuk menghasilkan selipar ‘parkir sendiri’ dicetuskan dari sistem ProPilot yang dibangunkan Nissan yang sebelum ini dipasang di kenderaan model Leaf keluarannya.

Dua tahun lalu, Nissan turut melahirkan kerusi bilik mesyuarat yang boleh disusun secara automatik selepas digunakan dengan hanya gerakan tepukan tangan sahaja.



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Chinese police cars in Malaysia? It’s just a movie, folks – True or Not


KUALA LUMPUR: Police have rubbished allegations made via social media that Chinese police cars were spotted in Malaysia, saying that this was actually from a movie shoot.

Bukit Aman corporate communications chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Asmawati Ahmad said police had identified the posting that was uploaded on Facebook.

“The user used a profile picture and name of a former leader of Malaysia,” she said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 1).

The post was uploaded together with a picture of two Malaysian-made police cars bearing Chinese words and livery.

The post claimed that other countries were investing in China but their police cars were not spotted there.

It questioned the advantage given to China and the Home Ministry’s agenda.

SAC Asmawati said that the two China police cars were used by an entertainment company filming a movie entitled The Original Sin in Putrajaya.

She said the film is about the life of a policeman in a fictitious town known as Han City.

“We take allegations made on social media seriously because they show an intent to portray a negative perception toward a government agency,” she said.

She advised the public to be cautious when using social media, refrain from making slanderous statements, and to not upload statuses on social media before verifying the authenticity of the information.

“It is also not wise for any party to misuse pictures of famous people as their account profiles on social media to promote their own agendas,” she added.



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Tuduhan gagal ujian doping 28 atlet Rusia ditarik balik



Pihak Mahkamah Timbang Tara Sukan (CAS) menarik balik tuduhan gagal ujian doping terhadap 28 atlet rusia yang menyertai Olimpik musim sejuk 2014 di Sochi.

Setiausaha Agong Mahkamah Timbang Tara memberitahu, “bukti yang dikumpulkan terhadap 28 atlet berkenaan tidak mencukupi bagi mendakwa mereka melakukan kesalahan doping.”



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King confident government can help people face uncertain global economy


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MO,1/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, today expressed confidence that the government will be able to come up with new and innovative ways to help the people face the uncertain global economy. His Majesty said he was happy with the cooperation extended by the private sector and NGOs to the government to realise the development plans for the people. “As we all know, the global economy remains uncertain. This situation will surely have a direct impact on the people, especially those with low incomes,” he said at the investiture in conjunction with the 2018 Federal Territories Day at Istana Negara here.

The King also reminded the people of the importance of unity and expressed the hope that it would be strengthened. “For Malaysia, which aims to be among the top countries of the world in terms of the economy, the well-being of the people and social innovation through the National Transformation 2050, understanding and unity among the people of various races and religions should be well nurtured for the success of the nation,” he said. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor were also present at the event.

His Majesty reminded civil servants, as the backbone of the government administration, to prioritise integrity in carrying out their duties to ensure that all government plans and policies were implemented properly and effectively. He said it was hoped that the excellence of the Federal Territories administration could be continued as it set a model for Malaysia in general. The King also expressed gratitude to the many initiatives of the Federal Territories Ministry which had been and were being implemented for the well-being of the people in the federal territories.

He named some of the successful initiatives as the ‘Baiti Jannati’ programme to help repair houses and settle the housing loans taken by the hardcore poor, the ‘Kad Ceria’ discount card programme, use of biodegradable products, care for the homeless and management of water. “I congratulate the Federal Territories Ministry and all the people of the Federal Territories for outstanding achievement in 2017 both in terms of programmes for the people and governance of organisations.

“Insya-Allah (God willing), by continuing to use creative and comprehensive approaches, including people-centric ways and by going down to the ground for the benefit of society regardless of race, religion and ancestry, the Federal Territories retains excellence with the well-being of the people,” he said. A total of 370 people were conferred awards and medals in conjunction with the 2018 Federal Territories Day. Employees Provident Fund chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman was the sole recipient of the Seri Utama Mahkota Wilayah (SUMW) award which carries the title ‘Datuk Seri Utama’.

Twenty-two people received the Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW) award that carries the title ‘Datuk Seri’ while 69 received the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) award that carries the title ‘Datuk’.Thirty-nine people were awarded the Johan Mahkota Wilayah (JMW); 71, the Kesatria Mahkota Wilayah (KMW); 74, the Ahli Mahkota Wilayah (AMW) and 94, the Pingat Pangkuan Mahkota Wilayah (PPW). –Bernama



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Perkongsian Stories Dijangka Mengatasi Perkongsian Pada News Feed – Amanz


Hari ini, Facebook telah berkongsi penyata kewangan untuk suku tahun ke-4 2017 yang lepas, dimana ia menyaksikan angka pengguna terus meningkat, tetapi masa yang dihabiskan sedikit berkurangan berbanding sebelum-sebelum ini.

Selain daripada itu, Mark Zuckerberg turut menekankan kepada salah satu perkara yang berubah pada penggunaan Facebook, dimana mereka menyasarkan perkongsian Stories dijangka mengatasi perkongsian biasa di Feed.

Instagram Stories

Seperti ramai sedia maklum, sebelum ini ramai yang berkongsi melalui News Feed dalam bentuk teks, gambar, pautan, video dan sebagainya. Ia juga adalah kandungan yang dilihat ramai apabila log masuk ke Facebook sendiri.

Kini, dengan beberapa perubahan algoritma yang dilakukan oleh Facebook – mereka turut melihat lebih ramai berkongsi Stories berbanding pada News Feed seperti sebelumnya.

Stories

Sekiranya perkara ini berterusan, maka tidak mustahil untuk kita melihat Facebook memperkenalkan beberapa perubahan antaramuka dan bagaimana laman sosial berkenaan beroperasi – termasuk dari segi pengiklanan dan sebagainya.

Bagi anda sendiri, adakah anda mengemari perkongsian biasa di Facebook, atau perkongsian melalui Stories – seperti melalui Facebook Stories, Instagram Stories atau WhatsApp Status?



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