Monday, 20 May 2013

The Broken Heart Syndrome

Over the weekend, I was watching my favorite TV series of all time, House M.D., which is about medical mysteries and a diagnostic genius, who is also a narcotic pain killer addict. One very interesting patient had Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy or Stress-Induced Cardiomyopathy, commonly referred to as "Broken Heart Syndrome." This is a temporary and often sudden heart condition brought on a person by a stressful event. Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain — the reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event. It could be the death of a loved one or even a divorce, breakup or physical separation, betrayal or romantic rejection. It could even happen after a good shock (like winning a lottery), according to the American Heart Association.

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According to the University of Rochester's Christine Thompkins, "broken heart syndrome," or acute heart failure triggered by stress, is a real condition that can happen to healthy people with healthy hearts. Its symptoms include chest pain and life-threatening arrhythmias (an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart), but it can be treated and reversed. Broken heart

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Its official as it sounds, "Blackberry confirms plan to offer BBM app on rival platforms Android and Apple's iOS operating system" as reported by The Independent. Seriously? BBM on Android? Anyway, let me hold my nerves and delve into relevant issues.

Blackberry devices has been the toy most people prefer just because of the messaging app many reckon as the best on smart phones: The Blackberry Messanger (BBM). Those who know me very well know me as a hard core Android freak, and even though I may not be a programmer, I consider myself an advanced android user, but I have also used some Blackberry devices and BBM became an addiction for me at some point.

Lets face the fact: with the exception of the Blackberry Z10 which was released around March this year, Blackberry devices were always trailing the likes of Samsung and Apple when it comes to specs and functionalities. BB devices are known to be slow, freezes more than a freezer and tagged with "i take forever to boot". The Z10 was considered "The Messiah" of the Canadian company, and in my candid opinion, the device has exceeded expectations. Aside all the negativity and uncomfortable user experiences that the pre-Z10 presents, they are still loved for one and only one reason: The BBM!

BBM has even forced many to keep two devices (BB and Android/iOS/Windows). I asked myself "why will RIM want to release this exclusive app, which es them some competitive advantage over their rivals to their rivals?"