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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
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  • 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.

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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.

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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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Twitter Gets Investigated By Ireland Over Data Collection

Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages

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 Twitter is reportedly facing an investigation by privacy regulators in Ireland over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.

Privacy regulators in Ireland have launched an investigation into exactly how much data Twitter collects from t.co, its URL-shortening system, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

The investigation stems from a request made by UK professor Michael Veale under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a comprehensive European privacy law under which EU citizens have a right to request any data collected on them from a given company.

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But when Veale made that request to Twitter, the company claimed it had no data from its link-shortening service. The professor was sceptical, and wrote to the relevant privacy regulator to see if Twitter was holding back some of his data.

Now, that investigation seems to be underway. The investigation, first reported by Fortune, is confirmed in a letter obtained by The Verge, sent to Veale by the office of the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner, the report said.

Initially designed as a way to save characters in the limited space of a tweet, link-shortening has also proved to be an effective tool at fighting malware and gathering rudimentary analytics.

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Those analytics services can also present a significant privacy risk when used in private messages.

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Both Facebook and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages, although no wrong-doing was conclusively established in either case. (IANS)