It’s In Your DNA !
Think breast cancer is the top health threat facing women? Statistics Canada says three out of every ten women die of heart disease, making it the leading cause of death. And your risk of developing it is doubled if you’ve got heart disease in your family history. Which is why the Heart and Stroke Foundation is making that genetic component a big part of its holiday awareness campaign.
Catchy statistics emphasize how important it is for Canadian women to find out if they have a family history of heart disease. The foundation also has true stories including a woman who paid little attention to her family history of heart attacks until she had a major one herself at the age of 40.
A new Heart and Stroke Foundation poll found that half of Canadians report that they know a family member with heart disease; despite that, a third have not visited a doctor and to discuss how that inherited risk could affect them. There’s also a powerful new video that shows a man having a heart attack on a subway. As paramedics try to save him, he ages in reverse like Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and turns into a child who is destined genetically to have heart disease. The public service ad has a happy ending: knowing his genetic risk averts a heart attack later in life.
Scientists have identified roughly 20 percent of all genes involved in heart disease and stroke, and hope to map out the remaining 80 per cent in the next five to 10 years. They believe that they’re on the cusp of treatments that can be targeted at people with a family history.
But you don’t have to wait for a genetic cure. Having a strong family history doubles your risk of a heart attack or stroke but you can reduce that risk substantially by doing things like exercising, watching your cholesterol and your blood sugar. The foundation has also developed a Heart and Stroke Risk Assessment, and is asking all Canadians to take the free of charge test – men and women alike.
The gap between what women know and what they need to know is pretty big. That’s according to a US surveyby the Women’s Heart Alliance and presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. In the US, as in Canada, heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women. Yet only 27 percent of women surveyed could name another woman they know with heart disease, and only 11 percent could name a woman who has died from heart disease.
There are several reasons why women aren’t as aware of their risk as they should be. First, women are protected early in life through,the female hormone estrogen – at least until they reach menopause. Men who don’t enjoy the same benefit begin having heart attacks in their 40s and 50s in much greater numbers.That fact alone reinforces the false notion that heart attacks don’t happen to women. Second, as the main care providers for kids and aging parents, some women don’t report the symptoms of a heart attack because they feel they can’t abandon their duties.
Doctors too play a role in the denial of heart disease risk among women. The US survey I talked about found that health care providers often focus on blood pressure and cholesterol in men; in women they focus mainly on weight leading some women to put off going to the doctor until they’ve dropped a few kilos.
There’s a lot at stake if women don’t take steps to reduce the risk. Over the past 25 years, rates of heart attack and stroke have dropped steadily in men; in women, rates have fallen at a much slower rate. Compared to men, the health system does fewer tests on women and offers them fewer options for treatment. Unless women make this a personal health issues, the discrepancy will continue.
And down the road, we’ll see more and more older women being diagnosed with chronic heart failure diagnosed at the end of life because women, their family members and their health care providers failed to connect the dots.
At a press conference held yesterday OnePlus presented their third phone – the OnePlus X. The OnePlus X is a significant departure from the Flagship Killer mantra that followed the past two models. This time, OnePlus focused more on delivering a compact device that still retained a good deal of features and specifications but wasn’t really a flagship device anymore.Don’t get us wrong, the OnePlus X is a capable device on its own just as well. It’s just that it’s targeted at another market segment. OnePlus has gone to great lengths to assure there is a premium feel about the phone and their attention to detail (and marketing too) is just as high as before.OnePlus will be launching the OnePlus X in two variants. The mass market version will be the more affordable Onyx Black variant with a glass back, but there is also the Ceramic variant, which will not only be available in limited markets but also in limited numbers. The Ceramic version will be made available a bit later than the standard issue black one (Nov 24) and for now it will be available only the EU and India.
Unlike the previous OnePlus devices where the focus was more or less solely on the specifications and performance, with the OnePlus X the company took a step back from creating a spec monster and focused more on the design. It’s clear with the OnePlus X that the design is the biggest feature of the device.
The frame of the device is made out of anodized aluminum with 17 micro cuts running along the edges. The cuts are fine and give the sides a serrated finish making them inherently grippy.
The front and back on the Onyx version are made out of glass with curved edges that flow gently into the metal sides.
On the Ceramic version, the back is made out of ceramic, which is cast out of a zirconia mold and takes 25 days to make, which is why OnePlus will only be making 10,000 of these. The Ceramic version has a high gloss near-perfect mirror-like finish and even more pronounced angled edges. While the process behind it is fascinating and the material is significantly tougher than the glass used on the Onyx material, in reality it is often hard to tell the two models apart, especially in dimly lit indoor environments. This does make it somewhat harder to justify the additional cost of the Ceramic version (it’s extra $110/€100/£69).
The front of the device has the 5.0-inch display in the center. Above the display is the earpiece, front facing camera, the sensors, and a tiny LED notification light at the top right.
Below the display are three practically invisible Home, Back, and Overview keys that aren’t even backlit.
On the right are the power and volume control buttons with a nice damped feel, tight tolerances, and no unnecessary play.
On the left is the wonderful slider from the OnePlus 2 with three positions for the silent, priority notifications only, and all alerts modes. The slider has a grippy pattern like the one on the OnePlus 2 and it works great.On the top is the headphone jack and on the bottom are the microUSB port, microphone, and a single loudspeaker. It would have been nice to see the USB Type-C connector from the OnePlus 2 on the OnePlus X as well.
On the back, you find the 13 megapixel camera with single LED flash sitting flush with the back giving it a perfectly flat appearance.
AMOLED displays quite frequently seem to have overdone color saturation and a certain tint but OnePlus has done a decent job of calibrating the 5-inch display that it doesn’t seem to suffer from those disadvantages.
The display also gets quite bright, although we couldn’t see how it looks under the sun. Viewing angles are decent and the 1080p resolution is more than adequate for a 5.0-inch display. Overall, nothing extraordinary, but for the price this is a pretty good screen.
The overall design of the OnePlus X is impressive and the phone looks and feels premium. But more importantly, for some people, it no longer feels ungainly to use and the compact dimensions make it perfectly usable with one hand while maintaining a decent display size. This is easily one of the most premium looking and feeling phone in its price range, and feels even better than some of the more expensive phones.
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