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Beer lovers have reason to Cheer! Hops in Beer may cut damaging effects of Alcohol

Drinking hard liquor is more strongly associated with death from liver disease than drinking beer, the researchers said

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New York, Oct 8, 2016: Beer lovers have reason to cheer as researchers have found that the hops content in beer may lessen the damaging effects of alcohol on the liver.

Hops, generally used to add flavour to beer, refers to the flowers of the hops plant, Humulus lupulus.

Using a binge-drinking mouse model, the researchers from Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany aimed to determine whether hops in beer is involved in the less damaging effects of acute beer consumption on the liver in comparison with ethanol.

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Over the short-term, “our data suggest that hops content in beer is at least in part responsible for the less damaging effects of beer on the liver,” Live Science quoted the researchers as saying.

The new findings may help explain why some earlier studies in people suggested that drinking hard liquor is more strongly associated with death from liver disease than drinking beer, the researchers said.

In the study, female mice were fed beer with hops, a special beer without hops, or plain ethanol (alcohol).

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Examination after 12 hours showed that the mice that consumed the beer with hops showed less build-up of fat in their livers than the mice that were given ethanol.

In contrast, the mice that ingested beer without hops had about the same level of fat build-up in their livers as the mice that were fed ethanol, the study, published online in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, showed.

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The new study also suggested that hops may lower the formation of compounds called reactive oxygen species, which are highly reactive and can cause damage to cells in the liver, Live Science reported.

Whether the same effects would be found in people, and if these effects would last for long periods can be explored in future studies, the researchers said. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?