Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Report: Messaging Apps Could Rival Home Screen

Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and now partner at venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, has delivered her annual report that offers critical stats and trends about how technology is evolving. TechCrunch has highlighted the takeaways from the report: 1) The global internet adoption rate was flat year-over-year at 9%, reaching 3 billion users or 42% of the world’s population. 2) Smartphone adoption’s growth is slowing, while Android increases marketshare despite a shrinking average selling price. 3) Video viewership is exploding, with Snapchat and Facebook Live showing the way, though video ads aren’t always effective. 4) Messaging is dominated by Facebook and WeChat, it’s growing rapidly, and evolving from simple text communication to become our new home screen with options for vivid self-expression and commerce. 5) US advertising is growing, with Google and Facebook controlling 76% of the market and rising, but advertisers still spend too much on legacy media rather than new media where the audience has shifted. 6) Meeker predicts the rise of voice interfaces because they’re fast, easy, personalized, hands-free, and cheap, with Google on Android now seeing 20% of searches from voice, and Amazon Echo sales growing as iPhone sales slow.



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Idiot Xing

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What are you possibly doing wrong while driving to screw up like that? I’ve passed cars as I’m texting while driving and speeding recklessly at the same time because I’m rushing home so I don’t poop my pants and I’ve still managed not to put my car up in the air.

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Gigabyte shows 19-port Thunderbolt 3 dock, PCI-e graphics card chassis

At this week’s Computex expo, hardware vendor Gigabyte has unveiled a pair of Thunderbolt 3 peripherals, one dock, and one graphics card enclosure. The Thunderbolt 3 dock, dubbed the GP-TBT3, encapsulates nearly every kind of modern wired connector possible, as well as a pair of M.2 SSD interfaces internally….
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The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

No matter how fast medicine moves us towards treatments, preventive medicine will always be the most effective and cheapest way to keep healthy. Yesterday, we went over the most common screenings for women. Today we’ll look at men’s health screenings, when you should get them, and what kind of experience you’re in for.

Not surprisingly, men and women can look forward to different screening tests throughout their lifetime. In today’s case we can solidly notch a point in the “better to be a man” column: There is only one recommended screening test for men of average risk (i.e. with no personal or family medical history).

That, of course, excludes routine things checked during your annual primary care visit (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, urinalysis, abdominal circumference, physical exam, etc) or behavior related screenings (STIs, lung cancer). Those tests are all absolutely critical to maintaining your health — don’t skimp on them just because you think heart disease doesn’t seem as scary as colon cancer. But in terms of recommended screening for cancer and other diseases, you only have a colonoscopy to look forward to. Sad, I know.

As always, final decisions about your personal care should be made after a conversation between you and your physician. Not after a quick perusal of the internet.


Colorectal Cancer Screening

What is it? Most people associate colorectal cancer screening with colonoscopies — a multipurpose test that can screen for colorectal cancer, ulcers, polyps, and bleeding. There are actually a few methods of testing for colorectal cancer, each with a different screening recommendation. The unique advantage of the colonoscopy is that it visualizes the entire colon and allows for tissue sampling and removal of polyps as appropriate.

There are also several screening tests that look for blood in the stool, a possible sign of colon cancer.

What does it feel like? I had to outsource this question. For the colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy prep, the almost universal responses were either “I don’t want to talk about it. There’s just so much poop.” For the colonoscopy itself, most people are sedated so you will have no memory of the experience. Because the sigmoidoscope does not travel as far up the digestive tract, patients are awake through the procedure. This was described “like someone is snaking a pipe…only it’s your rectum.”

For the fecal occult blood screening test (FOBT), your doctor will insert one lubricated, gloved finger into your rectum and test for blood (a digital rectal exam). This feels exactly as it sounds. For the fecal immunochemical test (FIT), you will collect samples of your own stool. This is painless, but kind of gross.

When Should I Get It? The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends four screening options for low risk men. In all cases, if a test is positive, further exam via colonoscopy is required. Doctors recommend screening beginning at age 50 or age 45 for African Americans. Patients can choose between a colonoscopy every 10 years, a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5-10 years, CT colonography every 5 years, or double contrast barium enema every 5 years. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) emphasizes that their preferred screening test for polyps and cancer is a colonoscopy.

For detection of cancer, ACS recommends either a Guaiac based fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test test every year or a stool DNA test every 3 years. They do not consider tests done based on in office digital rectal exams to be a sufficient means of screening for cancer. Based on research suggesting FIT to be a superior test, it was adopted as the preferred cancer detection test by the ACG.


Prostate Cancer Screening

What is it? Traditionally, men would regularly receive a digital rectal exam (DRE) and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to screen for prostate cancer in patients without symptoms. During the DRE, the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum to feel for growths or bumps. The PSA is a blood test that looks for a protein produced by the prostate that may be elevated in cases of cancer.

What does it feel like? The doctor will typically have you bend over the table (there are other possible positions if you are are unable to stand that way) and insert their gloved finger into your rectum, probing around for any masses or anything out of the ordinary. The test will usually last under a minute — you may feel some mild discomfort but there shouldn’t be any pain. Awkward small talk may be involved. While they’re up there, many doctors will follow the exam with a FOBT to look for blood in your stool (a possible signifier of other, non prostate cancer, problems)

The PSA is a blood test, so that feels like a finger prick.

When Should I Get It? Previously, PSAs were recommended yearly after 50 years of age, earlier for African American men and those with a family history of cancer. More recently, experts have recognized that the harms of this testing may outweigh the benefits. The PSA test may deliver falsely positive results (level elevated but no cancer)., leading to unnecessary anxiety and additional testing. A positive PSA test may also find small tumors that are not causing symptoms, but this may not reduce the chances of dying from prostate cancer. The resulting overtreatment, which may include surgery or radiation, can result in potential harmful side effects and complications.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and ACS oth recommend that physicians discuss the possible risks and benefits of testing with patients, before making any decisions on testing. The discussion should start at age 50 for men of average risk, age 45 for men of high risk, and age 40 for those of very high risk. Screening is repeated annually or every 2 years, depending on the results. Testing for men with a less than 10 year life expectancy is not recommended by ACS.

The USPTF recommends against PSA testing for prostate cancer (these guidelines are currently being updated). For men who continue to request screening, they recommend doctors fully relay the risks and benefits of the procedure.


Penile Cancer Prevention

This last one is prevention rather than screening, but many men don’t realize that they are eligible for the HPV vaccine so I want to mention it here. It also protects against other forms of cancer,including anus, mouth, and throat. “Penile cancer” just seemed like the most eye-catching header to go with here.

There are vaccinesGardasil and Cervarix — that protect against the cancer and genital wart causing strains of HPV. While earlier vaccination is ideal (it is recommended after age 11), the vaccine is recommended for women through the age of 26. This is a vaccine that prevents cancer. Man, woman, boy, girl — if you’re eligible and don’t have it, go get it.


Regular screening and early treatment of common medical conditions remains your best bet for reaching (or outliving!) the average American lifespan of 78.74 years (if you don’t live in the US, your average life expectancy can be found here). Insurance coverage in the US is higher than ever, but many still have limited or no access to this kind of preventative care. If you do not have a regular physician or are uninsured, there are programs that can help:

Beyond these, talk to your primary care physician or health care provider. There may be local or community programs that can help find affordable or free resources for these screenings as well.

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‘Nagging is caring’ for husbands with diabetes

‘Nagging is caring’ for husbands with diabetes


A strained marriage may actually improve the health of men with diabetes, new research shows.

Why? It may be because wives are constantly regulating their husband’s health behaviors, especially if he is in poor health or diabetic. And while this may improve the husband’s health, it can also annoy him and provoke hostility and emotional distress.

“The study challenges the traditional assumption that negative marital quality is always detrimental to health,” says Hui Liu, an associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University and lead investigator of the study. “It also encourages family scholars to distinguish different sources and types of marital quality. Sometimes, nagging is caring.”

Using data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, Liu and colleagues analyzed survey results from 1,228 married respondents over five years. At the onset of the study, the respondents were 57 to 85 years old; 389 had diabetes at the end of the study.

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. More than 29 million Americans had diabetes in 2012, or 9.3 percent of the population.

Liu investigated the role of marital quality in diabetes risk and management and found two major gender differences:

First, the most surprising finding was that, for men, an increase in negative marital quality lowered the risk of developing diabetes and increased the chances of managing the disease after its onset. Diabetes requires frequent monitoring that the wives could be prodding the husband to do, boosting his health but also increasing marital strain over time.

Second, for women, a good marriage was related to a lower risk of being diabetic five years later. Women may be more sensitive than men to the quality of a relationship and thus more likely to experience a health boost from a good-quality relationship, Liu says.

“Since diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in the United States, implementation of public policies and programs designed to promote marital quality should also reduce the risk of diabetes and promote health and longevity, especially for women at older ages,” the study says.

Coauthors from Michian State and the University of Chicago contributed to the study, which appears online in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Partial funding came from the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, which are all part of the National Institutes of Health.

Source: Michigan State University




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