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Air Quality ‘Dangerous’ in Most Haryana Cities: Report

The officer also pointed to the crop burning for bad air in the region

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. Wikimedia Commons

The air quality index of the millennium city of Gurugram entered the dangerous zone due to excessive use of crackers during Diwali and burning of crops in rural areas of Haryana.

Gurugram recorded 377 cubic meter percolate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), higher than normal days, which is same as Delhi.

“Gurugram has two monitoring stations — at Vikas Sadan in the Civil Lines and Gwal Pahari. The PM 2.5 level recorded was 374 and 380, respectively, at these places. Last year, the figure had entered the dark zone, which is above 400 cubic meters,” said Kuldeep Singh, regional officer (North zone) of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board.

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As per the forecast by Safar, air quality in Delhi was poor with a count of 93 in the PM 2.5 and moderate in the PM 10 calculation. Pixabay

As the temperature in the region had fallen by 2-3 degree Celsius, it’s not allowing the atmosphere to clear, he said. The haze, formed by toxic gasses emitted by crackers, would not clear until a shower or a sunny sky, he added.

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The pollution in neighbouring Faridabad was above 368 on Monday evening. It was 366 in Hisar, 395 in Sirsa, 326 in Kaithal, 326 in Karnal, 389 in Ambala, 374 in Jind, 389 in Kuruksheta, 365 in Panipat, 329 in Rohtak and 340 in Yamunanagar.

The officer also pointed to the crop burning for bad air in the region. (IANS)

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Loneliness as Dangerous as Smoking or Obesity: Researchers

To reach this conclusion, researchers conducted individual interviews of 30 adults of ages 67-92, part of an overall study evaluating the physical, mental and cognitive functions of 100 older adults living in the independent living sector of a senior housing community in San Diego

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Loneliness Can Worsen Mental Health And Can Double The Risk Of Dying
The research team also found that wisdom, including compassion, seemed to be a factor that prevented loneliness. Pixabay

Loneliness rivals smoking and obesity in its impact on shortening longevity and has become a public health concern, especially for older adults, say researchers.

With older adults increasingly moving into senior living or retirement communities, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine sought to identify the common characteristics of residents who feel lonely in these environments.

The new study, published in the journal ‘Aging and Mental Health’, found that people’s experience of living with loneliness is shaped by a number of personal and environmental factors.

Age-associated losses and inadequate social skills were considered primary risk factors for loneliness.

“Some residents talked about the loss of spouses, siblings and friends as the cause of their loneliness. Others mentioned how making new friends in a senior community cannot replace deceased friends they grew up with,” said Alejandra Paredes, a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

The feeling of loneliness was frequently associated with a lack of purpose in life.

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Two women converse in New York, June 26, 2012. The nation’s obesity epidemic continues to grow, led by an alarming increase among women. Obesity is one of the risk factors of heart failure. VOA

Others expressed a sense of “not being attached, not having very much meaning and not feeling very hopeful” or “being lost and not having control”.

The research team also found that wisdom, including compassion, seemed to be a factor that prevented loneliness.

Other protective factors were acceptance of aging and comfort with being alone.

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To reach this conclusion, researchers conducted individual interviews of 30 adults of ages 67-92, part of an overall study evaluating the physical, mental and cognitive functions of 100 older adults living in the independent living sector of a senior housing community in San Diego.

“It is important that we identify the underlying causes of loneliness from the seniors’ own perspectives so we can help resolve it and improve the overall health, well-being and longevity of our aging population,” suggested senior author Dilip V. Jeste, senior Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. (IANS)