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Pete Frates: The Man who inspired Ice Bucket Challenge is Hospitalized Again

The inspiration behind the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates, has been hospitalised

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with Pete Frates. Twitter
  • Pete Frates, a former Boston College Baseball Player, inspired millions when he first started the Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Frates suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and was hospitalized again on Sunday
  • The ice bucket challenge is a challenge passed on to friends and family to further create awareness about the ALS disease 

Massachusetts, July 4, 2017: Pete Frates, born in Beverly Massachusetts, is a former professional Baseball player. He later moved to Hamburg, Germany to play and coach young baseball players there.

In March 2012, Frates was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more particularly known as the Lou Gehrig’s Disease. At the time, Frates was age 27. The disease breaks down the nervous system and at the time had no cure.

Pete Frates
Pete Frates, a former Boston College Baseball Player. Twitter

Since the revelation, Frates and his family have tried to raise funds and donations in order to cure his disease.

Frates inspired a social media mega-viral act called the Ice Bucket Challenge, involving a bucket of cold Ice being dumped on the person voluntarily in order to raise awareness for the disease as well as urge donations and funding. You either did the challenge or donated some money to the charity fighting the disease. Many people did both making the awareness a success.

Many celebrities took the ALS Challenge. Donald Trump’s video went viral, along with the likes of Justin Bieber, Kardashians, Beckhams and others.

Stephen Hawking nominated his children, while Barack Obama declined his nomination but donated $100 million to the campaign.

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Donald Trump accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Twitter

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised a grand total of more than $200 million. The money went into research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who successfully discovered a new gene called NEK1. This gene is linked to 3% of ALS patients and could be the potential help for discovering counter-acting drugs.

The ALS Association will now fund the research to be tested on mice for a better understanding of how the gene works out. A further funding of $3.5 million was utilized by researchers at Columbia University to carry out genetic sequencing of 1,500 ALS patients.

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To further support the ALS communities, $23 million has been funded to further support the patients. In Pensylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee the patients can now have more sessions with speech pathologists, stairs and lifts for handicapped, and more training for caregivers and counselors, mentioned a news portal.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has also motivated other communities to create awareness about their issues and gather public support.

Pete Frates
Pete Frates. Twitter

Pete Frates has been admitted to the hospital on Sunday Morning. His family stated that “he is resting comfortably” at the General Hospital in Massachusetts. They continued that Pete is “fighting the beast ALS-like a superhero.”

Pete Frate’s act of courage has been instrumental in the efforts of medical science to find out more about the ALS disease.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Apple’s ‘Families’ to help curb kids’ screen addiction

Not only Apple, Facebook, which has over two billion users, is also making drastic changes to its News Feed that will allow users to see more updates from family and friends

Apple logo. Pixabay
  • Apple has introduced new ‘Families’ page to this website
  • The aim is to curb children’s addiction to screens
  • The app will benefit the community

To help parents control their children’s screen addiction touted as a “growing public health crisis”, Apple has introduced a new page called “Families” on its website.

The page has features like “Ask To Buy” tool that lets parents approve or decline app purchases from their device. “Find My Friends” feature lets parents keep track of their kids’ locations, get alerts when they leave or arrive somewhere, and see distances and travel times to where they are.

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Parents can even track the activities of their children. Pixabay

Another app management feature lets users automatically block in-app purchases. It has the option to limit adult content on kids’ devices and restricts browsing to only pre-approved websites.

“We’ve also made it easy for parents to set privacy controls on their kids’ devices. We’re continually designing new features to help make sure kids use them in the ways you want,” Apple said on the new page.

Two key Apple shareholders had requested the Cupertino-based iPhone maker to take urgent steps to safeguard young users from the ill-effects of iPhone addiction.

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In a letter, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System told Apple to make its products safer for the younger users.

Not only Apple, Facebook, which has over two billion users, is also making drastic changes to its News Feed that will allow users to see more updates from family and friends than posts from businesses, brands, and media.

Facebook is also concentrating more towards friends and family of its users. VOA

According to its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has got a feedback from the community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other. IANS