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India And Germany Collaborate For Research in Biological Applications

"The topics of this research training group are highly relevant for developing the biotechnology industry in both countries," Michael J. Winckler, Programme Coordinator at Heidelberg, said in a statement. 

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The six institutes -- Indian Institutes of Technology at Guwahati, Kanpur and Madras, University of Allahabad, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University -- will partner with Germany's Heidelberg University, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Pixabay

In a bid to promote the use of big data methods in biological applications, six Indian institutes of higher education on Wednesday established the first joint Indo-German research training group (RTG).

The six institutes — Indian Institutes of Technology at Guwahati, Kanpur and Madras, University of Allahabad, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University — will partner with Germany’s Heidelberg University, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

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The first funding of the programme will be between 2019 and 2025 with an investment of three million euros each from Heidelberg and DBT, the statement said. Pixabay

The programme aims at setting up as many as 50 Ph.D. projects, on “Bio Big Data Science”, which will be supervised by research teams consisting of leading Indian and German scientists.

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“The topics of this research training group are highly relevant for developing the biotechnology industry in both countries,” Michael J. Winckler, Programme Coordinator at Heidelberg, said in a statement.

The first funding of the programme will be between 2019 and 2025 with an investment of three million euros each from Heidelberg and DBT, the statement said. (IANS)

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Here’s How Healthy Diet Reduces Risk Of Hearing Loss

Study has found that healthy diet can lower the risk of hearing loss

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Eating a healthy diet can lower the risk of hearing loss. Pixabay

Researchers have found that eating a healthy diet may reduce the risk of acquired hearing loss.

Using longitudinal data collected in the Nurses’ Health Study II Conservation of Hearing Study (CHEARS), researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in US, examined three-year changes in hearing sensitivities and found that women whose eating patterns adhered more closely to commonly recommended healthful dietary patterns have substantially lowered risk of decline in hearing sensitivity.

“A common perception is that hearing loss is an inevitable part of the aging process. However, our research focuses on identifying potentially modifiable risk factors – that is, things that we can change in our diet and lifestyle to prevent hearing loss or delay its progression,” said lead author Sharon Curhan.

“The benefits of adherence to healthful dietary patterns have been associated with numerous positive health outcomes and eating a healthy diet may also help reduce the risk of hearing loss,” Curhan added.

Previous studies have suggested that higher intake of specific nutrients and certain food, such as the carotenoids beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin (found in squash, carrots, oranges and other fruits and vegetables) were associated with lower risk of self-reported hearing loss.

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Hearing Loss is believed to be the part of the aging process but a healthy diet can lower the risk of hearing loss. Pixabay

For the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers established 19 geographically diverse testing sites across the US and trained teams of licensed audiologists to follow standardised CHEARS methods.

The audiologists measured changes in pure-tone hearing thresholds, the lowest volume that a pitch can be detected by the participant in a given ear, over the course of three years.

An audiologist presented tones of different frequencies (0.5, 1 and 2 kHz as low-frequencies; at 3 kHz and 4 kHz as mid-frequencies; and at 6 kHz and 8 kHz as higher frequencies) at variable “loudness” levels and participants were asked to indicate when they could just barely hear the tone.

Using over 20 years of dietary intake information that was collected every four years beginning in 1991, the researchers investigated how closely participants’ long-term diets resembled some well-established and currently recommended dietary patterns, such as the DASH diet, the Mediterranean diet, and Alternate Healthy Index-2010 (AHEI-2010).

Greater adherence to these dietary patterns has been associated with a number of important health outcomes, including lower risk of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and death as well as healthy aging.

The team found that the odds of a decline in mid-frequency hearing sensitivities were almost 30 per cent lower among those whose diets most closely resembled these healthful dietary patterns, compared with women whose diets least resembled the healthy diet. In the higher frequencies, the odds were up to 25 per cent lower.

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“The association between diet and hearing sensitivity decline encompassed frequencies that are critical for speech understanding,” said Curhan.

“We were surprised that so many women demonstrated hearing decline over such a relatively short period of time,” Curhan added. (IANS)