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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.

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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.

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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Comments on Social Media May Hinder Credibility of Health Professionals

The only factor that influenced viewers’ perception of the profile owner’s professionalism was a single work day frustration comment

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Mostly first-time smartphone users, from the smaller towns and rural areas with no prior digital experience -- are particularly vulnerable to sharing fake information on social media platforms. Pixabay

For health professionals, posting a single negative comment on their Facebook profiles may hinder their credibility with current or potential clients, according to a study.

The findings, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, show that Facebook posts that may affect people’s perceptions of professionalism.

Researchers found that only one subtle comment posted expressing workplace frustration was enough for people to view one as a less credible health professional.

“This study provides the first evidence of the impact a health professionals’ personal online disclosures can have on his/her credibility,” said Serge Desmarais, Professor at the University of Guelph in Canada.

“This finding is significant not only because health professionals use social media in their personal lives, but are also encouraged to use it to promote themselves and engage with the public,” Desmarais said.

For the study, the research team involved more than 350 participants who viewed a mock Facebook profile and rated the profile owner’s credibility and then rated their own willingness to become his client.

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Multiple apps are displayed on an iPhone in New York. VOA

The researchers tested factors, including the identified gender of the Facebook profile owner, whether they listed their profession as a veterinarian or medical physician and whether their profile included a posting of an ambiguous work day comment or a comment expressing frustration.

The only factor that influenced viewers’ perception of the profile owner’s professionalism was a single work day frustration comment.

On a scale from 0 to 100, the profile with the negative workday comment was rated 11 points lower (56.7) than the one with an ambiguous work day comment (67.9).

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“That’s a meaningful drop. This shows that it takes just one simple comment for people to view you as less professional and to decide they don’t want to become a client of yours,” said Desmarais.

“Depending on who sees your posts, you may really hurt your reputation just by being up late one night, feeling frustrated and posting your thoughts online,” Desmarais added. (IANS)