Dark chocolate can save lives?
Scientists in Australia have announced that eating dark chocolate every day can be beneficial in fending off the chances of suffering heart attacks or strokes.
The study, which took place at the Monsah University in Melbourne used a mathematical model to analyse the likelihood of patients falling to such diseases following this dark chocolate addition to the diet.
2,013 people took part in the study, and they were all people who were considered high risk for the heart disease. This was either down to dangerously high blood pressure or a metabolic syndrome. However, officially diagnosed heart disease sufferers were not included as part of the study, and neither were people with diabetes who may find that continuous sugar intake from eating too much dark chocolate would be more detrimental to their health.
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Individuals who were already taking blood pressure – lowering medication were also omitted from the experiment as the existing treatment would interfere with the subsequent, direct effect of just the chocolate.
From the study, the scientists found that eating some dark chocolate daily could prevent 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal heart attacks or strokes out of every 10,000 people within a ten-year timeframe.
Admittedly this may not seem like a major amount, but as is the case with every new preventive measure, some individual’s bodies take to the chemical changes more effectively than others’.
The findings also assumed a 100 percent compliance rate, but even when this was dwindled to 80 percent, the results showed a 55 percent reduction in non fatal and 10 percent fatal heart attacks.
The cost of not eating healthily and letting your blood pressure reach dangerously high levels obviously goes far beyond monetary value, but the researchers have predicted that by eating a bit of dark chocolate every day, that people will be reducing the risk of heart disease for as little as £25 per year.
The findings will be published in the British Medical Journal, but a spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation remained cautious over the findings, with a concern that people may use it as an excuse to stop eating healthily across other food groups. She reminded people that fruit, vegetables and exercise were still more effective methods of staying healthy.
OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers
Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in.
Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists.
The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale.
This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI.
Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.
But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company.
AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation.
OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees.
This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace.
The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.
Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process.
As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer.