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Papaya could help combat many diseases

A group of students from University of Karachi has explored health benefits of papaya and discovered some facts about the delicious tropical fruit, including its usage in lowering chances of heart attack and controlling diabetes.

During the research, final year students of BS, Agriculture and Agribusiness Department, KU - Mariam Naseem and Muhammad Kamran Nasir – also discovered numerous advantages of papaya seeds. Speaking to Pakistan Daily Times, Naseem explained that juice of papaya seeds is every essential to protect kidney from becoming dysfunctional because seeds contains flavonoids and phenotic, which provides prevention from germs of such diseases.

Besides this papaya seeds can also protect from number of infections and could also be used to clean intestines insects, she added.  She cited that in Nigeria, 76.7 percent children got rid from intestines insects by drinking juice of papaya seeds in seven days. People in Japan also believed that liver could be protected from diseases with usage of one teaspoon of papaya seeds, Naseem said.
 
Diabetic medication protects patients from heart failure

A class of medications commonly prescribed to diabetic patients for lowering blood sugar, also lowers their odds of suffering heart failure, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  "People with diabetes are at risk for developing heart failure," says Henry Ford researcher and cardiologist David Lanfear, M.D., lead author of the study. "Diabetic adults die of heart disease two to four times more than those without diabetes.

"Our study data suggest that diabetic patients taking a particular class of medications are less likely to develop heart failure," adds Dr. Lanfear.

The retrospective study looked at 4,427 diabetic patients who were taking blood-sugar-lowering medications at Henry Ford Hospital between January 1, 2000 and July 1, 2012. Of these patients, 1,488 were taking GLP-1 medications (glucagon-like peptide-1 analogs and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors) and 2,939 were not.

Over an observation time of 663 days, there were 281 hospitalizations, of which 184 were due to heart failure, and 158 deaths.

Google unveils 'talking shoe'

Developing Google Glass was not enough for the Internet firm, the tech giant has now unveiled a pair of talking shoes.

But that does not mean the search giant is planning to get into the sneaker or footwear business. The experiment was designed to highlight its new advertising platform called Art, Copy and Code.

Google took a few pairs of Adidas sneakers and crammed in a small computer, an accelerometer, a pressure sensor, a gyroscope, speaker and Bluetooth. The shoe can tell what you are or aren't doing and can then relay that information to your phone via Bluetooth or to you via the speaker in the top tongue of the shoe.

Aman Govil, lead of the advertising arts team, told ABC News that the 'Talking shoe' is an experiment in how one can use connected objects to tell stories on the Web.

If one puts what the shoe knows through an algorithmic logic engine, it can translate it into copy, Govil explained.

Now if that copy is given to an interesting copy writer, one could give the shoe personality. One shoe could be the trash-talking shoe, he added.

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