Author: John Spears

"Infuriatingly humble tv expert. Friendly student. Travel fanatic. Bacon fan. Unable to type with boxing gloves on."

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, tech enthusiasts got a sneak peek at the latest innovation from Samsung – the Samsung Ring. The prototypes showcased at the event hint at a future where smart rings could be the next big thing in wearable technology. But Samsung may not have the market all to themselves for long. Honor, a subsidiary of Huawei, made waves at the conference by announcing their plans to launch their own smart ring later this year. Honor CEO, George Zhao, confirmed that the Honor Ring will rival the Samsung Galaxy Ring with similar health and fitness tracking…

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Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown, a beloved establishment founded in 1984 by immigrants with only $30 to their name, has been recognized for its culinary excellence. The James Beard Foundation has named Vietnam Restaurant to its prestigious list of America’s Classics, a well-deserved honor for the Lai family who has worked tirelessly to make the restaurant a staple in the community. The Lai family’s journey is nothing short of remarkable, as they fled communist rule in China and Vietnam before finding a new home in the United States. Their hard work and entrepreneurship led to not only the opening of Vietnam…

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A recent study published in the journal Science has revealed that doctors are not prescribing oral rehydration salts (ORS) enough to treat childhood diarrhea, despite knowing their effectiveness. The study, which was conducted in two Indian states with varying literacy levels and socioeconomic statuses, utilized actors posing as caregivers of children with diarrhea symptoms to assess the doctors’ prescribing patterns. Results from the study showed that doctors often under-prescribed ORS, assuming that parents would not be satisfied with the treatment. Surprisingly, lack of supply only accounted for a 6% decrease in ORS prescriptions, while financial incentives for doctors played a…

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A recent study published in Pediatrics has found a significant increase in the number of antidepressants being prescribed to young people in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers analyzed data from 2016 to 2022, looking at a total of 221 million prescriptions for Americans aged 12 to 25. The study revealed that there was a 64% increase in the overall rate of antidepressant prescriptions during the pandemic. The increase was more prominent in young women and girls, with rates jumping by 130% for 12- to 17-year-old girls. On the other hand, the antidepressant dispensing rate actually decreased for…

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Prince William’s sudden withdrawal from a Thanksgiving service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor today has left many royal followers in shock. The Duke of Cambridge was expected to join Queen Camilla and other members of the royal family to honor the late King Constantine of the Hellenes, his godfather. However, Kensington Palace confirmed that William had to cancel his attendance due to a personal matter, and he even personally called King Constantine’s family to explain his absence. As speculation grows regarding Kate Middleton’s health and recovery, a Palace aide has reassured the public that she “continues to be doing…

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A recent study published in Pediatrics has found that young people turned to antidepressants in greater numbers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The study revealed that antidepressant dispensing rates to adolescents and young adults were increasing rapidly before the pandemic, but increased nearly 64% faster afterward. Interestingly, the increase in antidepressant prescriptions was driven by teen girls and young women, while rates for young males either decreased or remained stable despite worsening mental health issues. Mental health experts suggest that the rise in antidepressant use may be attributed to greater access to mental health care and destigmatization of treatment.…

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Cases of norovirus, commonly referred to as the stomach flu, have been increasing nationwide, raising concerns about the highly contagious nature of the illness. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the northeastern U.S. has seen a positivity rate of 13.4% for norovirus as of February 17. Norovirus is known to cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain, with transmission occurring through contaminated food or water, contact with infected individuals, and contaminated surfaces. The recent surge in norovirus cases has been particularly notable on cruise ships, with the CDC reporting…

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In a jaw-dropping twist, the latest season premiere of The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live has left fans stunned as Andrew Lincoln’s character, Rick Grimes, takes a drastic step to secure his freedom. For the first time in the TV adaptation of the popular series, Rick is shown chopping off his own hand to escape captivity. This shocking decision to have Rick lose his hand was actually pushed by Andrew Lincoln himself, who had campaigned for this moment for years. According to showrunner Scott M. Gimple, this pivotal scene was included to not only explain why Rick had never…

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The Milwaukee Bucks secure a dominant 119-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center, with former Sixers coach, Doc Rivers, leading the charge. Rivers expressed his nostalgia for his time in Philadelphia and the success he achieved with the team. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard shined for the Bucks with 30 and 24 points respectively, while Tyrese Maxey led the Sixers with 24 points and seven assists. Paul Reed made an unexpected impact early on for the Sixers but struggled with fouls later in the game. The Bucks took control of the first half with impressive shooting, particularly…

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At the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards, held last night, the biographical drama “Oppenheimer” took home the top prize for outstanding cast. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the blockbuster film continues its award season dominance, solidifying its status as a potential front-runner for the upcoming Oscars. The SAG Awards are known for serving as a predictor for the Oscars, adding even more momentum to “Oppenheimer’s” campaign. The ceremony this year made significant changes by streaming live on Netflix for the first time, breaking away from its traditional broadcast on TNT and TBS. Lily Gladstone made history as a potential Native American…

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