DPM: Azmin wants to contest elsewhere as he senses defeat


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MO,3/2/2018, HUTAN MELINTANG: Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has indicated his intention to contest elsewhere as he is expected to lose in his Gombak seat in the coming general election, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Zahid said Azmin sensed the imminent defeat as he was aware of the problems he was facing in his constituency. He said this was why Azmin had indicated his intention to contest in either Pekan or Bagan Datuk parliementary seats.

“Maybe, that person (Azmin) is expected to lose in his constituency and this is why he wants to try his luck elsewhere,” he told reporters after a simultaneous opening of three 1Malaysia Internet centres for Kampung Teluk Buluh, Kampung Selekoh and Pekan Bagan Datuk in Kampung Teluk Buluh here today. Najib and Zahid are members of paliament for Pekan and Bagan Datuk, respectively. Azmin had reportedly said he would consider contesting in Pekan or Bagan Datuk in the next election.

Zahid said Azmin should fully carry out his reponsibility to Gombak constituents before shifting to another seat. “Please make improvements in service especially on providing basic facilities to the voters before moving to another seat,” he said. Zahid said the Selangor Menteri Besar was not serious when making the statement on his intention to contest in either Pekan or Bagan Datuk. “I know he is being playful, but in politics (he) should not be petty,” he said.

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TM Tidak Dapat Mencapai Piawaian Jalur Lebar Talian-Tetap Sepenuhnya Pada 2017 – Amanz


Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) kini telah pun mengeluarkan laporan prestasi rangkaian untuk 2017 yang lepas, sekaligus memperlihatkan pelbagai statistik berkaitan dengan penyedia perkhidmatan jalur lebar tanpa wayar dan juga jalur lebar berwayar (talian-tetap).

Berikut merupakan komen kesimpulan yang dikeluarkan oleh pihak SKMM berkaitan dengan penawaran jalur lebar talian-tetap pada 2017 lepas:

Keseluruhan prestasi jalur lebar berwayar menunjukkan bahawa pemberi perkhidmatan mampu menyediakan kelajuan yang diperlukan berdasarkan pakej yang dilanggan oleh pengguna di semua wilayah. Tetapi prestasi kependaman rangkaian adalah kurang memuaskan, dengan hasil pengukuran menunjukkan TM tidak dapat mencapai piawaian di lima kawasan (Tengah, Selatan, Utara, Timur & Sabah) untuk DSL dan di tiga wilayah (Timur, Sabah & Sarawak) bagi gentian optik. Perkhidmatan Maxis yang menggunakan gentian optik yang disewa dari TM juga tidak memenuhi standard yang diperlukan di wilayah tengah. Berdasarkan hasil ujian jalur lebar berwayar pada tahun 2017, penalti boleh dikeluarkan kepada penyedia perkhidmatan yang berkaitan kerana ketidakpatuhan pada piawaian.

Laporan SKMM 2017

Daripada kajian yang dilakukan oleh SKMM, TM dilihat mampu menawarkan kelajuan muat-turun dan muat-naik yang baik, tetapi kadar kehilangan paket dan kadar RTT tidak mencapai piawaian yang ditetapkan oleh SKMM.

Laporan SKMM 2017

SKMM turut mengatakan yang mana pencapaian secara keseluruhan memperlihatkan TIME mempunyai kualiti penawaran yang lebih baik dan stabil berbanding yang lain. SKMM turut menekankan mengatakan yang mana TIME menawarkan pakej yang lebih berpatutan berbanding Telekom Malaysia dan juga Maxis.

Pada masa yang sama, SKMM menekankan yang mana masih ramai pengguna yang tidak mengetahui perbezaan penawaran internet melalui Wifi dan Ethernet – dan mengalakkan lebih pengajaran dan penerangan mengenainya. Usaha TM untuk menawarkan aplikasi WiFi Optimiser Tool untuk tujuan ini dipuji oleh SKMM, dan mereka berharap agar lebih banyak penyedia perkhidmatan menawarkan inisiatif baik dalam mendidik pengguna.

SKMM mengambil kira beberapa perkara dalam mengeluarkan laporan tahunan ini, termasuk memerlukan 70% kelajuan yang dilanggan untuk 90% masa penggunaan bagi DSL, dan 90% kelajuan langganan untuk pengguna fiber. Disamping itu, kadar kependaman perlu kurang 85ms untuk 95% masa penggunaan, dan kadar kehilangan paket adalah kurang 1%.

Bagi anda sendiri yang menggunakan rangkaian jalur lebar talian tetap, bagaimanakah penggunaan anda? Adakah anda berpuas hati dengan penawaran yang diterima anda?



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Hasselblad pushes resolution limits with their new 400MP multi-shot camera


Can you have too many megapixels?

Hasselblad’s latest multi-shot camera – the H6D-400c – produces 400MP images by using sensor-shift technology to combine six exposures to get a single image measuring 23200 x 17400 pixels. For reference, that gives you a print that measures over 77×58” (195.58 x 147.32 cm) at 300dpi!

As you can see from the image below, the 400MP multi-shoot mode works by first taking four captures, moving the sensor one pixel at a time to get real color data. Two more captures are then taken by moving the sensor 1/2 pixel horizontally and 1/2 pixel vertically, and the six captures are then combined to give the equivalent of a single 400MP capture. 

The final image you get from this process is a 2.3GB 16-bit TIFF, so you’ll certainly want a speedy computer for a smoother workflow. The camera takes both CFast and SD cards, uses USB 3.0 Type-C for tethered shooting and live view, and features a 3” high definition rear display with touch that boasts a 920K dot resolution. It’s also able to capture UHD 4K video in Hasselblad’s proprietary RAW video format if you’re so inclined.

The next set of images come from the Hasselblad site, and give you an idea of the amount of detail you can capture.

Full capture

Max crop.

Hasselblad says the camera is perfect for capturing fine cars, artworks, delicate fabrics or diamonds, and that it will be available to rent through local representatives at the following rates:

Day 1- 3: €399/day

Day 4- 6: €319/day

Day 7- 9: €269/day

Day 10 and up: €199/day

Dpreview also reports that the H6D-400c MS will begin shipping in March 2018 with a MSRP of € 39,999 / $ 47,995 / £ 36,250 / RMB 319,999 / JPY 5,391,380 excluding taxes.

Pre-orders start from January 16th, and you can find out more from the video below.

Sources: Dpreview, Hasselblad

Note: This article was first published on 17th January 2018.



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Cadangan pemantau luar hina kewibawaan SPR


KUALA LUMPUR – Cadangan pemantau antarabangsa menyaksikan proses Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU-14) satu penghinaan kepada kakitangan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR).

Ahli Parlimen Sungai Besar, Budiman Mohd. Zohdi menegaskan, cadangan itu cuba menafikan jasa dan profesionalisme petugas SPR.

“Jasa kakitangan SPR seolah-olah diperlekehkan hanya kerana mahu memenuhi nafsu dan agenda tersembunyi pakatan pembangkang.

“SPR sudah mempunyai pengalaman menjalankan pilihan raya umum sebanyak 13 kali. Kewibawaan SPR tidak wajar dipertikai sama sekali,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Beliau mengulas kenyataan Timbalan Presiden Pakatan Harapan (PH), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin semalam yang mendesak kerajaan mengundang pasukan pemantau pilihan raya bebas daripada Sekretariat Komanwel dan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu untuk memantau perjalanan PRU-14.

Budiman berkata, ketelusan proses pilihan raya di bawah kendalian SPR tidak wajar dipertikaikan kerana pakatan pembangkang itu berpeluang merampas beberapa negeri untuk membentuk kerajaan pada pilihan raya lalu.

“Jika tidak, adakah mungkin pihak pembangkang berjaya menguasai Kelantan, Pulau Pinang dan Selangor? Adakah desakan yang dibuat mereka ini secara tidak langsung menyatakan kemenangan mereka itu juga tidak sah?

“Sesungguhnya perjalanan pilihan raya di Malaysia dilaksanakan secara telus memandangkan kesemua calon bertanding dibenarkan melantik ejen mewakili mereka di setiap pusat dan saluran pengundian sepanjang tempoh mengundi dan kiraan undi,” katanya.-theRakyat



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Gerhana Super Blue Blood Moon sebab terusan Venice kering


DESAS-DESUS yang mengatakan Venice bakal tenggelam terbukti tidak akan terjadi dalam tempoh terdekat.

Air pasang surut yang disebabkan oleh fenomena gerhana penuh ‘supermoon’ mengakibatkan paras air menurun sehingga 58 sentimeter (sm) dalam beberapa situasi.

BACA: Gerhana #SuperBlueBloodMoon: Ramai kecewa cuaca mendung

Keadaaan cuaca luar biasa seperti cuaca sejuk, tekanan atmosfera yang tinggi dan taburan hujan yang sedikit turut menjadi penyebab paras air menurun di sebahagian terusan Venice.

Dasar berlumpur di terusan Venice - DailyMail

Menurut laporan DailyMail, ia adalah tahun ketiga berturut-turut fenomena aneh itu melanda kota romantik tersebut.

Paras air di terusan dilaporkan berada di bawah paras air normal iaitu 71sm yang menjejaskan perkhidmatan gondola dan teksi air.

Namun begitu, bandar timur laut Itali itu dilanda banjir beberapa kali dalam setahun.

Bahagian ruang bawah tanah dan aras bawah di Venice sering dilanda banjir apabila fenomena ‘acqua alta’  (aras air tinggi) berlaku.



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9 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Every Adult Should Know


Why early detection matters

 

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With grim prognoses and very limited treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, early detection isn’t particularly advantageous. (These 36 habits reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.) But that may be changing—fast. One of the hottest areas of Alzheimer’s research involves treating people in the very earliest stages of the disease with drugs that decrease the production of amyloid beta (proteins that bunch together to form damaging plaques in the brain). Experts believe that people begin to develop amyloid plaques in their brains at least 10 years before they develop any obvious symptoms of dementia. This is how memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients could soon be reversed.

Reisa Sperling, MD, director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is leading a new clinical trial, called the A4 study, which will evaluate patients with evidence of Alzheimer’s damage in the brain but who still have normal thinking and memory function. The trial will randomly assign groups to receive medication, and researchers will determine over three years whether the drugs affected the patients’ memory or levels of amyloid. “When a person already has a lot of memory trouble, they already have significant neuron loss,” says Dr. Sperling. “We need to find and treat people much earlier.” Here’s what to watch for.

Worrying about your memory

 

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A number of studies presented at an Alzheimer’s Association conference last year found that people who were concerned about their own memory and thinking were in fact more likely to have signs of Alzheimer’s plaques in their brain, and develop dementia symptoms later. “People should trust what they observe about themselves,” Rebecca Amariglio, PhD, a Harvard neuropsychologist, told USA Today. It’s common with a number of health conditions—such as arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease—for people to feel something isn’t right before others observe it, Frank Jessen, a researcher at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, told the New York Times. Learn more about how to tell if your memory loss is an early sign of Alzheimer’s.

Spotty recollection of recent important events

 

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Forgetting a key conversation with a family member or a big news story from earlier in the week (like a natural disaster such as a hurricane) is concerning—especially if people can’t remember they forgot it. “If you remember that you forgot something, like your keys, that means your brain is still trying to access that information,” says Dr. Sperling. Not being able to remember the name of an actor in a movie—but recalling it later that night or the next day—is probably not a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. (During later stages, use these 11 ways to maintain an emotional connection with someone with Alzheimer’s.)

Trouble managing finances

 

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Not being able to keep track of paying bills, having difficulty transferring money among accounts, or having problems maintaining an adequate balance to cover payments can all be early red flags for Alzheimer’s, several studies show. “When I talk to patients in my office, I always ask who pays the bills,” Dr. Sperling says. “If I hear that there’s been a change—say the wife did all the bill paying, but her husband has recently taken over, that’s a concerning find.” Accounting troubles can also set a person up for fraud–these are the signs of elder financial abuse to watch out for.

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Getting lost while driving

 

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This is especially relevant if someone gets confused or disoriented in a place where they’ve driven many times—like if they had to take a slightly different route home from a store, but had trouble getting back to a familiar destination. Find out the real difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Skipping social events

 

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“We’ve seen that difficulty following conversations, particularly in a group, can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Sperling. (These are the habits of people who look and act younger than their age.) She’ll hear patients with early signs of Alzheimer’s report that they don’t like to go out to lunch as much with their friends as they used to because they feel they’re not picking up the jokes or conversation.

Losing interest in favorite hobbies

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Another potential early signal of Alzheimer’s is when people start to skip their favorite pastimes—a golfer or a bridge player who foregoes his weekly game, for example. “Alzheimer’s-related brain changes can cause apathy, which makes people lose motivation,” says Dr. Sperling. These symptoms may mimic depression. “If a patient has never had depression before or has no obvious reason for being depressed, such as grief over the loss of a loved one, that’s concerning,” she adds. Find out what new research says could be the earliest sign of Alzheimer’s.

An inability to plan

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People in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease have changes in their ability to plan or multitask—a brain skill known as executive function. It could be someone who annually gets the holiday parties or family vacations together who begins to have trouble organizing, or even has trouble with day to day schedules.

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Trouble sleeping

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Nighttime tossing and turning that leaves you exhausted the next morning could be a sign of more than stress. A study in the journal Neurology asked adults considered at risk for Alzheimer’s—but who didn’t have symptoms—about their sleep habits. Those who reported worse sleep problems and trouble falling asleep, and more daytime tiredness had more markers for Alzheimer’s disease in their spinal fluid than those who said they slept fine. The scientists aren’t sure if poor sleep raises risk for Alzheimer’s or if sleep problems are a symptom brought on by the condition, but check with your doctor if your sleepless nights are paired with lapses in memory. On the flip side, this one sleeping habit could ward off Alzheimer’s.

Anxiety

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Studies have indicated that depression could be one of the early signs of Alzheimer’s, but researchers weren’t sure whether depression was a risk factor or a result of the condition. One five-year study in the American Journal of Psychiatry could shed some light, though. The researchers found more amyloid beta—the protein that builds the plaques found in brains of people with Alzheimer’s—in cognitively healthy adults who had increasing anxiety. In fact, anxiety was an even stronger predictor of plaques than other depression symptoms such as apathy or a decrease in life satisfaction. The researchers conclude that heightened anxiety could be one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s because it shows up even before memory loss. Still, learn why Alzheimer’s patients should avoid antidepressants.

What to do if that sounds like you

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“If someone is experiencing some of these signs, but is still living their daily life reasonably well, they would be a perfect candidate to come in and get screened for participation in the study,” says Dr. Sperling. Her team is seeking to screen as many as 10,000 people in order to find 1,000 participants to be part of the trial. (Some of those screened won’t have Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain; some might have memory problems that are already too advanced.) “Remember, the reason to participate in this study is not because we think you have advanced Alzheimer’s disease, it’s to prevent all memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease by stopping the disease in its earliest stage,” she continues. Visit A4study.org to learn more and find a testing center near you. Learn about the promising new treatment that could reverse memory loss.



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Jemput pemantau luar undang risiko – penganalisis


KUALA LUMPUR – Motif parti pembangkang yang mahu menjemput pasukan pemantau pilihan raya umum dilihat berisiko, kata Dekan Kolej Undang-Undang, Kerajaan dan Pengajian Antarabangsa, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Prof. Madya Dr. Ahmad Martadha Mohamed.

Menurutnya, tindakan itu dilihat berisiko mengakibatkan berlakunya manipulasi maklumat berdasarkan kepentingan pihak-pihak tertentu.

“Kita tidak mahu supaya ada pihak mempunyai kepentingan terutama memanipulasikan maklumat yang boleh digunapakai untuk tujuan tertentu,” katanya hari ini.

Beliau mengulas desakan Presiden Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia yang juga Timbalan Presiden Pakatan Harapan, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang mendesak kerajaan mengundang pasukan pemantau pilihan raya bebas daripada Sekretariat Komanwel dan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) untuk memantau perjalanan PRU-14.

Ahmad Martadha menambah, Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) telah lama mengiktiraf sistem pilihan raya dalam negara dalam tahap yang memuaskan hati ekoran ketelusan yang diamalkan.

“Sistem kita lebih terbuka dan PBB tidak ada masalah dengan pelaksanaan pilihan raya kita selama ini.

“Daripada segi kerajaan pun sentiasa menambah baik sistem pilihan raya umum dan kerajaan sentiasa terbuka apa juga input yg dibuat masyarakat terutama dari segi mempertingkatkan proses pilihan raya sebab,” ujar Ahmad Martadha.-theRakyat



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Sediakan RM388 juta untuk melancong ke angkasa lepas


RUSIA, buat kali pertamanya, merancang untuk menghantar pelancong ke Stesen Angkasa Lepas Antarabangsa (ISS).

Ketua Syarikat Angkasa Rusia (Energia) Vladimir Solntsev, mengatakan bahawa pihaknya sedang berbincang untuk memberi peluang kepada pelancong untuk berjalan (spacewalk) di angkasa.

“Penganalisis pasaran telah mengesahkan bahawa terdapat golongan berada dan kaya sedia membayar untuk pakej pelancongan ini,” kata Vladimir.

Walaupun bayaran mungkin dikurangkan bagi pelancong pertama, kos perjalanan yang dianggarkan AS$100 juta (RM388 juta) ternyata bukan satu jumlah yang kecil.

“Pelancong dapat berjalan di angkasa dan membuat filem mahupun klip video.

“Dalam setahun, hanya lima hingga enam penumpang boleh melawat ke angkasa lepas selama 10 hari,” tambah beliau.

Energia, syarikat angkasa yang merupakan sebahagian pasukan pelancaran manusia pertama di angkasa lepas, Yuri Gagarin pada 1961 sedang membina modul baharu, NEM-2 untuk membawa pelancong ke ISS.

Yuri Gagarin, manusia pertama di angkasa.

NEM-2 (nama masih belum disahkan) bakal dilancarkan pada 2019, mampu menampung sehingga enam penumpang dalam satu masa serta dilengkapi kabin yang selesa, dua tandas dan akses Internet.



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Surprising Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Your parents smothered you

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Helicopter parents tend to be overprotective (read: smothering), and this may increase vulnerability for OCD in their children, says Meredith E. Coles, PhD, professor of psychology at Binghamton University, State University of New York and director of the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic. Other potential risks for developing OCD or obsessive-compulsive personality disorder include having a lot of responsibly when you were young or having very rigid rules forced upon you. “If you go to a strict school where you don’t ever break the rules, it can predispose you to OCD.” It’s still too early to say anything definitive about these links, and genes also play a role in developing OCD which may help explain why not all children raised in these ways will develop the disorder. “We know a lot about treating OCD when you have it, but very little on how it develops and when it develops,” Dr. Coles says. Are you at risk? Here are eight signs that suggest you may have OCD.

Your sleeping habits and patterns

Yes, lack of sleep makes everything worse, and obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms are no exception, Dr. Coles says. “Your bedtime and the number of hours that you sleep predicts your ability to control or resist obsessive thoughts,” she explains. In one study, individuals with OCD who went to bed way past midnight had a harder time reining in obsessive thoughts. Another study found that and people who sleep less than the recommended eight hours a night may be more likely to suffer from intrusive, repetitive thoughts. Lightbox therapy may reset circadian rhythms and improve sleep quality and quantity, she says. “Research is ongoing, but sitting by a light box for 30 minutes a day can help pull the sleep cycle forward and decrease OCD symptoms.” Lightboxes are generally safe, but they should not be used by people with bipolar depression, certain eye problems, or sun sensitivity, Dr. Coles cautions. Find out what else happens to your body when you don’t get enough sleep.

Your inflamed brain

Scientists may have found the root of obsessive-compulsive disorder—inflammation. Brain scans of individuals with OCD showed that inflammation was 32 percent higher in six brain regions known to play a role in OCD than it was among their OCD-free counterparts. “This finding represents one of the biggest breakthroughs in understanding the biology of OCD and may lead to the development of new treatments,” said Jeffrey Meyer, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), senior author of the study and head of the neuroimaging program in mood and anxiety at the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute in Toronto, in a press release. Now researchers are looking for low-cost blood markers and symptom measures to identify which individuals with OCD have the greatest level of inflammation and could benefit the most from treatment targeting inflammation. If this research is validated, medications developed to target brain inflammation in other disorders could be useful in treating OCD. “Work needs to be done to uncover the specific factors that contribute to brain inflammation, but finding a way to reduce inflammation’s harmful effects and increase its helpful effects could enable us to develop a new treatment much more quickly,” Dr. Meyer said. Stay tuned.

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Your fear of losing control

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If you fear loss of control, you may be more likely to engage in the checking behaviors that are a hallmark of OCD, finds a new research. In the study, students were randomly told they were at low or high risk of losing control over their thoughts and actions based upon false results from electroencephalogram (EEG) tests measuring electrical activity in the brain. Next, they were asked to complete a computer task that involved controlling the flow of images on a screen by using a sequence of key commands. At any time, they could push the space bar to check or confirm the key sequence. Those who were led to believe that their risk of losing control was higher engaged in far more checking than those who were led to believe that the risk was low. People with OCD need to check and re-check things such as turning of the stove or locking the door. “We hypothesize that people’s fears and beliefs about losing control may put them at risk for a range of problems, including panic disorder, social phobia, OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and others,” says Adam Radomsky, Ph.D, a psychology researcher in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Concordia University Research Chair in Anxiety and Related Disorders in Montreal. “This work has the potential to vastly improve our ability to understand and treat the full range of anxiety-related problems.” Find out how to stop being a control freak.

Your recent strep throat infection

Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) is the name given to the sudden and dramatic appearance of OCD and/or tic disorders following a strep infection or the worsening of such after a strep infection. Most of the time PANDAS affects children aged 4 and 12. It occurs when the body’s immune system misfires in response to strep infection and targets the brain. Treating the strep with antibiotics is the best way to address PANDAS, according to the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. While they will disappear gradually after treatment, symptoms may return if strep comes back. Antibiotic overuse can lead to drug-resistant bacteria. Learn when you really need antibiotics, and when to skip them.

Your pent-up rage

No, anger doesn’t cause OCD, but when someone with OCD internalizes anger and rage, symptoms may worsen, says David Straker, DO, a staff psychiatrist at several New York Hospitals including New York Presbyterian-Columbia. “Internalized anger, if it is not expressed (i.e. communicating one’s feelings, exercise, or another outlet), has to go somewhere often leading to depression, anxiety, OCD,” he says. “Not uncommonly OCD flares occur during stressful periods and when one is angry.” Seeking treatment is important as researchers grapple to find the cause of OCD. “OCD can be terribly debilitating, but treatments are available,” Dr. Straker says. Cognitive behavior therapy (time-limited courses of therapy to change the way you respond to negative thoughts), talk therapy as well as medications can all make a big difference in OCD, he says. Are you an angry bird? Try these simple tricks to chill and think before you act.

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Your fear of guilt

Intense fear of guilt may drive OCD, according to research in the journal Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. The researchers report that people with OCD may perceive guilt to be more threatening than others, leading them to find it intolerable. Any thought or impulse that might inspire guilt may be met with extreme anxiety and compulsive behaviors. Importantly, it’s being super sensitive to guilt, rather than simply being guilt-prone, the study authors note. Here are 22 things you can do to stop feeling guilty all the time.

Your birth circumstances

If your mom smoked more than ten cigarettes a day while pregnant, you were delivered via C-section, born preterm or breech, or were unusually large or small as a baby, you may be at risk for developing OCD, research suggests. The more of these individual elements an infant experienced, the greater the odds of developing OCD, the study found. Researchers culled data on 2.4 million children born in Sweden between 1973 and 1996 and followed them through 2013. More than 17,000 developed OCD, and their average age at diagnosis was 23. While it is still too early to say how or even if any of these factors cause OCD, it makes sense to avoid smoking while pregnant. Not sure how to quit smoking cigarettes? Try one of these 20+ ways to stop smoking and start your path towards a healthier, smoke-free life.



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Bantu kaum India? Pembangkang kena cermin diri – Vell Paari


KUALA LUMPUR – Pembangkang perlu lihat rekod sendiri sebelum mendakwa kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) tidak memperjuangkan nasib kaum India.

Bendahari Agung MIC, Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari membidas Ahli Parlimen Sungai Siput, Dr. Michael Jeyakumar yang mendakwa BN tidak pernah membuat sebarang jasa kepada kaum India.

“Baru-baru Jeyakumar mengkritik usaha kerajaan BN kononnya AS1M tidak banyak memberi manfaat kepada golongan isi rumah berpendapatan 40 peratus terendah B40, kononnya mereka tiada kepentingan.

“Mungkin beliau telah tertinggal maklumat penting sebanyak RM500 juta peruntukkan pembiayaan khas dalam bentuk skim pinjaman tanpa faedah bagi 100,000 keluarga B40 yang telah diumumkan pada bajet lepas oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Jangan hanya keluarkan kenyataan hanya kerana mahu lantang membangkang, jangan sengaja tertinggal maklumat penting seolah-olah mahu kelirukan rakyat,” katanya hari ini.

“Adakah anda tahu tentang usaha yang telah dilakukan dan sedang dilaksanakan oleh kami?” soal Bendahari MIC itu.

Dalam pada itu, Vell Paari turut memaklumkan usaha yang kerajaan yang cuba menyelesaikan masalah dokumentasi yang dihadapi oleh komuniti India.

“Antara 2010 sehingga 2015 di bawah MyDaftar, kemudian di bawah kempen Mega MyDaftar sehingga 2017, kita telah menerima 12,726 permohonan.

“Daripada itu, kita telah selesaikan 7,049 kes. 4,974 pula dalam proses. Adakah Jeyakumar tidak tahu?

“Jadi mengapa masih bercakap dan mengelirukan masyarakat seolah-olah kita tidak lakukan apa-apa untuk masyarakat India? Cukuplah, sekadar mendapatkan undi, jangan terus menipu rakyat,” tegasnya.-theRakyat



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