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Netflix Is Warning Subscribers Its Price Hike Takes Effect Next Month
For those that forgot it was coming, Netflix is planning to increase its subscriber rates soon. The streaming service sent an email to its American subscribers this week to remind them the price hike announced in January will start in the next billing cycle.
How much? Prices are going up between one to two dollars. That’ll make the cost between nine to 16 dollars per month, depending on level of service. The company said it has budgeted eight-billion dollars for new shows and movies.
As for why, it’s because competing costs money. Netflix will be facing new competition as Apple announced recently plans to offer its own streaming service. Disney, NBC Universal and Warner Media are also considering getting into the business.
Eliminating Debt Helps Brain Function
Here’s a no-brainer: getting rid of your debt alleviates stress. But now, researchers are says that eliminating your bills actually improves brain function! What gives? By taking that burden off your mind, you’re essentially clearing up your cognitive functioning and improving impulse control.
TheNational University of Singapore’s Social Service Research Centerrecently tested 200 people before and after their bills were unexpectedly paid down by a charity. Here’s what they found:
- Cognitive function errors were at 17% before the debt was eliminated, versus 4% afterwards.
- Anxiety plagued 78% of the participants who were in debt, versus only 53% once the debt was eliminated.
- Impulse control increased by 11% in all participants once their bills had been paid.
Basically, when you’re struggling – you’re in a constant state of survival – always tackling one emergency after another. Taxing your brain like that causes healthy brain functions to diminish. But bills are bills. So even if you’re not in a position to eliminate debt all together, think about consolidating it. Making one payment versus several will take away some of the stress you may be dealing with.
Source:New York Post
Snorting Sugar Could Help Fight Lung Disease, Study Says
A snootful of sugar may be the best medicine for respiratory diseases.
Biologists at Great Britain’s University of Manchester studied the effect of inhaled glucose in mice, and the ability of common sugar to help regulate the immune system during lung inflammation.
Their study, published Monday in the journal Nature Immunology, suggests that the lungs’ macrophages — specialized white blood cells that work like vacuums to clear debris and pathogenic organisms — had unexpected reactions to glucose.
Stimulating the cells with more sugar, scientists say, could help the immune system stave off the bronchial infections that cause coughing fits and pneumonia.
“Respiratory illnesses cause terrible suffering in both the developing and developed world,” says lead researcher Professor Andrew MacDonald. “It’s reasonable to suggest that short-term inhalation therapy might one day work as … a treatment.”
In which case, “nose candy” may take on an entirely new meaning.