Facebook’s Email Switch Draws Ire From Users — How To Change?

Facebook algorithms decide to hide messages that the site doesn’t believe is important. The fact that you’re not using that Facebook email address appears to have led to Facebook trying to figure out new ways to push you to the system.

So, they’ve taken action by forcibly changing your contact email address listed on your Facebook page from your actual address that you regularly check to [your.name.here]@facebook.com — or worse, [random number]@facebook.com.

There’s nothing opt-in about this change, and there was no notification about it either: Facebook just decided to swap out emails to try to get people to use their cobwebbed email system.

Thankfully, you take a few simple steps to restore your old, non-Facebook email address. Start by visiting your profile page and clicking on “About” to bring up, amongst other things, your contact info. Click the edit button on the “Contact Info” section, which should bring up a list of all the email addresses Facebook has on file for you, including your new facebook-domained email address. Left click on the open circle to the right of your.name.here@facebook.com and choose the “Hidden from Timeline” closed circle. Then pick which email address you’d prefer folks to contact you at, and change that closed “Hidden from Timeline” circle to an open “Shown on Timeline” circle. Simple as that!

Have you been “victimized” by Facebook’s unprecedented email switch? Tell us what you think of this email swap!

Source: Yahoo News

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Artificial Pancreas Makes Glucose Monitoring Easier for Diabetic Girl

Stefany Shaheen wished she didn’t have to rely on it her motherly intuition to know if something is wrong her diabetic daughter, Elle. She yearned for an automatic way of knowing when Elle was dipping into a dangerously high or low blood sugar — and not just at night, but at school, where the 12-year-old is largely responsible for monitoring her own blood sugar. Then last week, Shaheen got her wish.

Elle was selected to try out an experimental device called an artificial or “bionic” pancreas. During the three-day study, Elle didn’t have to poke her finger every few hours to find out her blood sugar level because the “bionic” pancreas recorded it automatically and adjusted her insulin accordingly. Shaheen didn’t have to set her alarm to wake up every three hours at night because the device was designed to catch a dangerously high or low blood sugar and treat it.

The device itself can be worn in a pocket or clipped to a belt. Two tiny pieces go under the skin, one to detect glucose levels in the blood and another to deliver insulin and glucagon, a drug used to raise very low blood sugar. Algorithms determine how much insulin and Glucagon the patient needs, and if necessary the patient can manually override the device.

Medical device companies are racing to be the first to market an artificial pancreas, which takes over the work of the diabetic’s malfunctioning organ. The device could potentially be used for Type 1 diabetics or Type 2 diabetics who use insulin.

JDRF is funding artificial pancreas trials at 13 sites worldwide, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Virginia and the University of Colorado. Device companies also are funding several other studies.

Source: CNN

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