Tuesday December 12, 2017

Acupuncture can curb hot flashes in breast cancer patients: Study

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In a new study of breast cancer patients being treated with estrogen-targeting therapies, it  has been  proved that  Acupuncture is a viable remedy for hot flashes.

The researchers analysed how effectively an acupuncture technique known as electroacupuncture – in which embedded needles deliver weak electrical currents – reduces incidents of hot flashes as compared to the epilepsy drug gabapentin, which was previously shown to be effective in reducing hot flashes for these patients.

The study was carried out by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, involving 120 breast cancer survivors, who reported experiencing multiple hot flashes per day.

“Acupuncture is an exotic therapy, elicits the patient’s active participation, and involves a greater patient-provider interaction, compared with taking a pill,” said lead researcher Jun J. Mao, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health.

The Pensylvanian researchers surveyed the subjects sixteen weeks after treatment ended, and found that the electroacupuncture and sham electroacupuncture groups had enjoyed a sustained–and even slightly increased–abatement of hot flashes. The pill-placebo patients also reported a slight improvement in symptoms, whereas the gabapentin pill group reported a worsening.

Apart from reduction in hot flashes, participants receiving acupuncture also reported fewer side effects than those who took the pill.

 

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Pennsylvania College Condemns White Students’ online Blackface Video

Pennsylvania college is condemning an online video posted by two white students, including one in blackface who lampoons the “Black Lives Matter” movement

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А protester holds up a sign reading "Black Lives Matter," with the names of black men killed by police, during a rally, in Miami, Florida, Dec. 5, 2014. Albright College students in Pennsylvania have been criticized for lampooning the movement in a video. VOA

Albright College in eastern Pennsylvania is condemning an online video posted by two white students, including one in blackface who lampoons the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

College President Lex O. McMillan III issued a statement Thursday saying the school unequivocally condemns the video.

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McMillan’s statement says the students who posted the Snapchat video on Tuesday voluntarily came forward and have “expressed deep remorse.”

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In the video, the student in blackface refers to herself as “Carlisha,” insults “Black Lives Matter” then dances around with padding in her pants, meant to increase the size of her butt.

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McMillan’s statement didn’t say whether the students have been disciplined. Some students planned to demonstrate against the video on Friday, the beginning of the 160-year-old, private, liberal arts school’s homecoming weekend. (VOA)

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Young Indian innovators gear-up for Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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The 15th leg of the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) took place in New Delhi yesterday in which 30 students, selected from across India to take part at the highly-acclaimed Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), were felicitated.

The event is to be held from 10-15 May, 2015 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

Speaking at the forum, Y. S. Chowdary, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, said, “Today’s children have the advantage of getting any information that they want through search engines unlike people of earlier generations who had to make lot of effort.”

Thirty young innovators will participate at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) this year; 17 of them would compete against 1,700 finalists from over 70 countries, regions and territories, at the world’s largest pre-college science competition. 13 other students will participate as observers at the prestigious event. Seventeen of these young innovators from India will compete with teams from across the world at Intel ISEF 2015.

Team India will showcase 12 cutting edge ideas to compete for USD 4 million in awards, scholarships and honors, such as a chance to be present at the Nobel Laureate ceremony or to have a minor planet named after them (courtesy MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory).

The projects will span varied fields such as mathematics, computer science, plant sciences, molecular biology, nano sciences and medicine.

After Intel ISEF, as part of a joint initiative from Department of Science & Technology (DST), Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF) & Intel, Team India will spend an additional week in USA to gain more exposure and engage in scientific exchanges with the rich scientific community in USA. In the additional week, students will travel to Washington DC for site-visits to science museums, universities, science labs; meet and interact with scientists, professors in their related fields and get an exposure to hands-on activities in labs and museums.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition. Each year, more than 6 million young innovators from around the world vie to attend and 1,700 are selected as finalists to share ideas, showcase cutting edge ideas and compete for over USD 4 million in awards and scholarships. The winners are selected based on their creative ability and scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill, and clarity shown in their projects.

To judge the projects, more than 1,000 science, engineering, and industry professionals volunteer at the Intel ISEF.