Millions of Hearing Impaired Could Benefit From This Breakthrough Drug

 Written by Benjamin Roussey
A loss of hearing is categorized as a public health epidemic in the US. This seems apt given the fact that at least 15% of the adult population is suffering from hearing loss, which is almost as bad as the economic situation going on in New York and California as those states continue to make the wrong decisions.

There are plenty of reasons why people start losing their hearing. It could be prolonged exposure to loud noise, a one-time occurrence due to standing right next to the loudspeakers at a rock concert, or a result of aging.Irrespective of the cause, the remedies currently available are cochlear implants and hearing aids. These are known as limited solutions as they cannot set right the damage caused to the inner ear nor bring back regular hearing capabilities. However, quite a few biotechnology firms are in the race to come up with a drug that can actually mend damage to the inner ear.

Decibel Therapeutic, a start-up based in Boston, Frequency Therapeutics founded by a pair of biomedical engineers, Swiss biopharmaceutical company Auris Medical, and Otonomy of San Diego, are some of the names engaged in pursuit of this wonder drug.

  • Decibel is looking at developing medication that can heal the damage caused to hair cells and neurons inside the cochlea or the auditory nerve. The company is also getting financial backup from Regeneron as well as access to its sophisticated research tools.
  • Frequency is focused on the search for small molecule drugs that can re-energize progenitor cells which are dormant to mend cochlear hair cells. The company has completed Phase 1 of the human study successfully and is likely to start on Phase 2 later in 2018.
  • Auris Medical is targeting redressal of tinnitus and hearing loss in the inner ear. Tinnitus is when there is a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears. The research is at an advanced stage of clinical development.
  • Otonomy, meanwhile, is using a three-point approach to the drug development. It aims at curing hearing loss caused by chemotherapy and earlier-stage hearing impairment which is often not pronounced enough to be detected on a hearing test. The third program aims at developing drugs to restore loss of hair cells.

It might take many years before these drugs are available for widespread use, but the progress being made is a definite ray of hope to the 360 million affected people across the globe.



Veteran Files: PTSD and Entrepreneurship

Written by Antwan Hamilton

PTSD( post traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

Im going to give you a first hand account on my personal experiences and journey of being an entrepreneur with ptsd.

I’m a United States Navy veteran and spent eight years on active duty during the height of our last war in Iraq and Afghanistan. After my final enlistment I decided to go back to college to pursue my art career. During my sophomore year I started an art company entitled“Artificer. The company was an art design consulting company for private and commercial entities. I would eventually gain management and interns as well as a global list of clients within the first year the company was established in 2010.

During that initial year as I was trying to grow the business I was dealing with PTSD. I never told anyone. I tried my best to keep it under control and remain efficient in my studies. After returning home from deployment,“I never came off watch .”I would constantly remain on high alert scanning my surroundings and living like I was still overseas.

I would eventually stop attending my own art shows and other events the company was associated with. I would just hire someone to represent myself for the evening. I didn’t want to be around anyone. The only thing I wanted to do was grow the company, graduate, and cope with my problem however I saw fit to do so.

This next event that happened to me was not only almost fatal it was the final blow for me to realize that I needed help outside of my self.

It was January 2011 and I became involved in a shooting incident during my last semester before graduating. As a result, I had been shot twice. Thankfully the wounds were non-life threatening and I was released from the hospital the following morning. I was beyond thrilled that I was still alive, but personally knew my problem was just beginning.

A few months later after my incident, I was struggling just to keep my sanity and graduate. I had lost a majority of my interns and the company’s sells were declining fast. The prior three years I had poured all of my energy, time, and finances into this company only to see it dwindle away in less than six months. The only thing I had left was an over abundance of was final exams, bills and a ton of questions to answer from clients, friends, and family.

We know that entrepreneurs take risk, and for some of us battling PTSD that risk is doubled. Your’e not only responsible for yourself but for employees, as well as clients. You cannot deliver on your product or service and tell your client your’e battling ptsd.

I would love to end this article telling you how I ordered some magical french fries, ate one and brought the business back in a week with sales going through the roof! That never happened. I even debated on writing this article but after thinking more about it, I knew I had a duty to do so. According to The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD studies show that suicide risk is higher in persons with PTSD. Many veterans have very disturbing thoughts and extreme guilt about actions taken during times of war. These thoughts can often overwhelm the veteran and make it hard for him or her to deal with the intense feelings.

I’ve always had a competitive mindset and an exquisite taste for winning. I didn’t know how I would come back but I knew I would. I managed to graduate college and five years later I’m finally picking up the pieces and starting over again. I changed the business name to“Artifiseur”and re-established the entity in Atlanta, GA. I published a book in 2016 entitled“Artifiseur”about my experiences. That was a healing point for me because even though I had nothing tangible to show for the company I could at least record what happened. Someone else can now pick up the read and develop a zero tolerance attitude for quitting while they are on their business journey.

We all have hurdles to jump over dealing with life and some hurdles are bigger than others. You can fall down as many times as it takes to get back up and finish the race. You cant depend on doctors, information, or people. You have to take care of yourself and protect the only intellectual property you have which is your mind. Keep a plan (a few of them), activate, and move on it.

DJ Khaled has Some Words on Asahd’s Success

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Ever since DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd, was born, the music mogul has set up the young tot for success. And now, Khaled is attributing all that hard work and accomplishment to his son!

“I told my son the other day, ‘What you’ve accomplished in one year took me 42 years,’” Khaled told Ocean Drive magazine. “You’re a boss. You’re self-made. You’re the greatest that ever did it. You can be anything you want to be,” he continued.

Those kinds of words of wisdom are what helped launch the producer’s name into mainstream media a few years ago on Snapchat. Then after the birth of his son, Khaled wasted no time in sharing all of that success. His next album, Grateful, had Asahd not only on the cover but listed as one of the executive producers. Time and time again, Khaled gushes about how his son inspires him and how his family travels with him no matter where he goes. Talk about family goals!

Marriage Tips with Dave & Kimmie Topic: Sacrifices

There are times that we get feedback from unmarried individuals who have a desire to be in a marriage. Often, the questions or views that we hear from singles cause us to be brutally honest about the types of expectations that they are setting. There are times that standards being set are rather high, and then there are times that they are rather low. No one wants to envision his or her ideal mate as a loser, a square, broke, careless, lazy, or an unhappy person. On the other end, if your standard is tall, dark, handsome, rich, caring, outgoing, well spoken, educated, does yard work, loves to travel, and make up the bed, you might just be expecting a robot with artificial intelligence. LOL!!

The point of it all is that in marriage there must be a give and take. There has to be an allowance for grace to take its place. There are still many jobs that provide its employees with a grace period before the workers have to clock in. These companies sacrifice company time in order for its workers to be in position to perform their duties well. This is also a practice that can really help a marriage or those looking to choose a mate. While it is important to set standards, it is equally important to set them in a realistic place whereas you are willing to sacrifice yourself, to be their ideal mate also. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to desire a beach body babe, who loves to workout, eat healthy, and stay fit if you have a beer gut and donut diet!

The sacrifices that we are willing to make are the very sacrifices that will reward us in our marriages. Even after being married for almost 15 years, we still learn new ways to sacrifice for each other. Whether it is our work schedules, valuable time with our children, or just times when we step away and refresh ourselves in different environments, it is a very much-needed practice to give devoted time back into making a better marriage. Sometimes the smallest thing can go the longest way. It could be a $50 flower delivery that you order your wife that totally changes the rest of her week. Or it could be the dinner that you cook for a change, that sends your husband into a blissful existence at home.

Whatever it takes, make a sacrifice and Fight to Make it Work!

“You Create the Marriage of Your Dreams”

Dave & Kimmie

Turner Classic Movies will Honor Cicely Tyson with Ceremony

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Cicely Tyson has had an astounding career spanning her lifetime, but now she can add another accolade to her long list. The Tony and Emmy-winning actress will be honored by Turner Classic Movies with a hand and footprint ceremony in recognition of her film career. The upcoming TCM ceremony will run at the same time as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on April 27th.

Tyson is no stranger to awards. This newest recognition comes on top of her 2015 Kennedy Center Award and 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her decades-long work championing civil liberties causes. One of Tyson’s more recent roles is that of Annalise Keating’s mother in Shonda Rhimes’s acclaimed How to Get Away with Murder.

Magic Leaf: The Aloe Vera Plant and Its All Natural Healing Properties

Written by Antwan Hamilton

Aloe vera plant is often a stemless or sometimes very short-stemmed juicy plant that grows around 60–100 cm (24–39 inch) in height and the offsets spread out wide. The leaves of this plant are thick and fleshy and the color varies from green to gray-green. This medicinal plant offers an influx of healing properties that will keep you physically and mentally young. The aloe vera plant has compounds such as mannans, polysaccharides, lectins, and anthraquinones that are extremely beneficial for human health.This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, vitamins A, B, C and E.

I personally make aloe vera shakes at least three times a week for myself and my kids. You want to take the leaf and slice it on the side all the way down with a small knife. Scrape the gel with a spoon into a blender and mix it with water. Im going to warn you the taste is very bitter. I usually blend mine with some type of fruit or orange juice. People often ask me about my youthful appearance and I direct them immediately to the leaf. Here are some health benefits from using aloe vera:

Boosts Immunity– When the blood is oxygen-rich, it automatically provides nutrients within the cells more proficiently. These healthy cells ensure your body’s ability to ward off infections, thereby strengthening your immune system.

Skin Care – after you have scraped the gel from the inside of the leaf for blending keep the leaves. At night before you sleep take the leaves and put them on the soles of your feet. Put a pair of socks on and while your’e sleeping the remainder of the gel will extract toxins from the bottom of your feet. You also have the option of rubbing the leaves on your face and body.This method will prove to be far better and more effective than many expensive skin creams on the market The pure inner gel extracted from the aloe leaf helps diminish the symptoms of aging skin conditions.

Weight Loss-According to Britt Brandon, the author of The Everything Guide to Aloe Vera for Health, “Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximize your weight loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, aloe vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilization, improving overall health as well as weight loss success.”It’s also an excellent source of protein so it helps muscle development and gives you abundant amounts of energy. As a matter of fact as soon as your’e finished ingesting it you can feel it working instantly. I try to make sure I’m at home at least an hour after consuming because it works very well as a natural laxative. It would suck to drink it and then take off. Trust me.

Treats Constipation-The use of aloe latex as a laxative is well-researched; the anthraquinones present in the latex create a potent laxative that increases intestinal water content, stimulates mucus secretion and increases intestinal peristalsis, which are contractions that break down food and mix the chyme

Reduces Inflammation– Most of us are already aware that inflammation is the general and leading cause to all diseases. Many people experience this through arthritis and what is called carpal tunnel. Aloe vera can easily replace many different pharmaceutical drugs to eliminate pain and swelling. In some studies, it’s been shown that people who consume aloe vera regularly experience a significant improvement in inflammation issues.

​As you can see this magical leaf takes pride in healing the body both inside and out. The benefits are limitless.You can usually find this leaf in the grocery store, international market, or anywhere that sells plants. This ancient leaf has been around for hundreds of years and is becoming more popular around the world because of its extensive healing properties. If you do decide to buy a plant the upkeep is minimal. The plant can survive temperatures of 40 degrees F and can easily be grown in a container indoors all year long. Aloe prefers plenty of sunlight but survives in light shade as well. So start dumping the pills and start your aloe journey to better health and a better you!

Apple’s Inclusive Campaign Expands with New Disabilities Emojis

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Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Since the introduction of emojis into the Apple keyboard in 2011, the tech company has been expanding its selection, especially in ways to make the images more inclusive. This time, Apple submitted a request to Unicode Consortium, the organization that approves new emojis, thirteen emoji options that help represent people with disabilities. Some of the possible new emojis include a prosthetic arm, a person in a wheelchair, as well as a guide dog. Not since the 2015 update, when Apple introduced the ability to select different skin tones, has there been such an overhaul in the name of representation to the emoji keyboard.

Best Calorie Burners to Boost Your Fitness in 2018

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Like every year, 2018 is no exception to fitness fads. From cryotherapy to electric stimulators that measure your activity levels as you work out, there is no dearth of premium priced fitness trends that have surfaced. However, the areas that have seen significant growth are those that have been around for quite a while.

• Basic body weight training notched up the most growth at 20%. This kind of training involves no equipment and comprises of squats, push-ups, and pull-ups.

• Aerobics follows close behind with various subsections recording notable increase in popularity. According to a survey by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, cross-training was up by 14% while high intensity interval training grew by 10%. Figures were higher by 9% for good old stair climbing.

• Treadmills are recapturing their popularity base among millennials while aquatic resistance workouts are the newest routine on the block for this age group. It is thought that aging baby boomers find water workouts uncomplicated due to vulnerable bone joints, thus making them popular.

• The focus is gradually shifting to low intensity training with a healthy dose of mindfulness. This has been fueled by the view that it doesn’t hurt to spend a little more time exercising than quick fire sessions.

• As a result of the preference for low intensity workout, Pilates and yoga are continuing on their forward march.

• Body bands used for stretching and bodyweight exercises are also doing well with this return to basics.

In an attempt to draw more clients, boutique fitness companies are coming up with attractive deals and offers. These include reduced rates in smaller cities as well as discounts of other kinds. The fitness industry is now focusing on the experience as a whole rather than just facilitating your exercise regimen.

Fitness studios offer a range of amenities such as state-of-the-art lockers, steam rooms, and saunas and with lower taxes Americans can do more things with their lives. Quite a few big names in the industry have also expanded into apparel with offerings being updated on a monthly and even weekly basis to counter the competition. It is now all about selling the workout and not just staying fit!

Smart Strategies to Make You Richer in 2018

Written by Benjamin Roussey

Prudent financial planning can ensure that you are richer by the end of the year than you are now. Here are some strategies that can help you achieve this:

Track Your Credit Reports

Make it a habit to monitor your credit reports periodically. This can help you spot any mistakes or fraudulent transactions instantly. TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian are some leading credit reporting organizations that can provide you with free credit reports each year. And free means free here unlike so called free health care which is never free because taxes are higher in this case so free health care actually is an oxymoron.

Be Prompt With Bills

Your credit score stays healthy when you pay bills immediately without being penalized for late payments. Also, if you pay off all such dues immediately after payday, it’ll be easier to steer clear of unnecessary spending.

Create an Emergency Fund

We live in uncertain times and it helps to have a nest egg stashed away in case of an emergency. The cash that you save can come in handy if there is a medical emergency or if you are unemployed at any time. It is suggested that you should have enough saved to meet at least three to six months of living expenses. Gradually you can build this up to a year’s expenses or more.

Budget is Key

Drawing up a monthly budget can keep you on track as far as income and spending go. Begin with a list of recurring expenses like rent or EMIs, utility bills, etc. Make your list so that the important expenses figure at the top with the least important making it to the bottom. This way you can simply start making expenditure cuts from the bottom up if your spending exceeds monthly income.

Reduce Your Credit Card Debt

Set some targets for paying off part of your credit card debt this year. For instance, you could start with 15% of current debt and work towards it by paying off the ones that charge the highest interest.

Increase Your Income

Look for ways in which you can boost your monthly income (don’t eat out so much and don’t waste time with ridiculous Star Wars movies, Thor III, Neighbors 2, Inglorious Bastards, and so on). Securing a pay hike or a promotion might help you achieve this goal. Or you might want to seek a change of jobs and look for one that pays better even if it involves moving out of your comfort zone.

Marriage Tips with Dave & Kimmie Topic: Boundaries

As married couples, we’ve learned that we have a unique task to create our own paradise. There are many things that seek to influence us in our relationships whether blatant or subtly. Whether we realize it or not, there is a force that is opposed to your happiness in marriage. These forces can come in many forms like in-laws, fake friends, social media, the Joneses, and whatever else seeks to tell you how or what your marriage should be. There is really noting wrong with admiring other couples and looking to other couples as a template for mentorship etc. We want to lay out the more practical examples.

Your home is where you set the tone of what thoughts and views matter most in your relationship. The environment that you create is also the environment that you will replicate. We need boundaries because if we aren’t careful negative voices, opinions, and views can spoil the fun! It is so important to find ways to unplug from the distractions of our daily lives and simply enjoy each other.

With our media and social media driven lives, it becomes incredibly hard to put our phones down and smell the roses. Have you ever thought about what your marriage would be like if you were married 20 years ago? This would be the time when YouTube and social media didn’t really matter. There weren’t any reality television shows that made us act crazy or co-signed our ratchetness lol!
Now, we aren’t saying that any of these things are wrong. What we are truly implying is that there is a time and place for everything in your marriage. Don’t allow temporary things like phones, texts, or media to replace the irreplaceable space of your spouse. Set boundaries like times to post, (if you are an entrepreneur). Calendar your moves. And then make sure your spouse has that personal time and attention that they so desperately need. You owe that to them and to yourself. You create their paradise by actually being there presently with them! Until next time, we wish you the best of luck.

Dave & Kimmie