No Liberty Left on People’s Platform Like Twitter?The recently launched Transparency series highlighted many inside stories and the misconduct of the Aam Aadmi Party after India Against Corruption Movement (Popularly known as Anna Andolan). In a recent promotional tweet by Transparency’s official handle, a user mentioned the twitter handle of AAP’s Social Media head Ankit Lal in a comment. It is alleged that after this encounter twitter halted the promotional post on its platform. See Tweet Here:
It raises some very serious questions regarding the liberty users are left with on social media. How long will these so-called stakeholders of power continue to dominate those who unveil their actualities and the truth in front of mass audiences? Twitter as a platform is popular because it raises some serious debates, discussions, and issues regarding many sensitive topics. Moreover, it has always promoted advertisement campaigns for various issues and political campaigns as well, but they never get halted. Another question that should strike our mind is that what compelled Twitter India to take this step only for Transparency’s post? By the time when Twitter India received the revenue, they kept the promotion running, but then when it came in the eyes of AAP’s IT cell, the promotion was forcefully stopped! Isn’t it Twitter’s biased side?
Now @TwitterIndia Stops Transparency Documentary series promotion.— Transparency Web Series (@TransparencyWS) September 16, 2020
The moment it reaches AAP's Ankit Lal!
Twitter India has Political Inclinations.
The series documents untold truths of AAP & IAC#Bolredillibol #censored https://t.co/lEc7cnYTMM pic.twitter.com/PyCh98iNId
Twitter Allows Bully Clouts Like #TeamBaan but not the truthful “Transparency”?In the past couple of days, a hashtag – #TeamBaan – has appeared frequently on Twitter. It is also mentioned in the bio of some users, most prominently among them are AAP’s Social Media Head Ankit Lal and anonymous parody account ROFL Gandhi. It is a bully clout that manipulates polls on Twitter and gives dislikes on YouTube videos. It is strange that even the platform has allowed this trend but has stopped the promotion of the commercial Transparency web series because of the interference and domination by the Aam Aadmi Party’s IT Cell.
How Long Will The Truth Remain Concealed?This encounter raises serious questions and the credibility of Twitter as a platform that claims itself to be people’s voice. Moreover, it also highlights the denomination by a political party that can go to any extent to conceal the bitter truths that exist against it.
The Transparency web series has been a bold documentary that has brought in light all the hidden truths of the Aam Aadmi Party which are itself shared by AAP’s ex-members. We all should now be asking a question to ourselves that are we bold enough to accept that these stakeholders in power will continue to dominate our voices if we are against them but till how long?ALSO READ: Transparency Documentary Series Review: Unique and Talks About the Working of AAP What twitter did shall be considered as something desirable? or what the Aam Aadmi Party is trying to do in order to conceal the truths behind its existence is desirable? The truth shall not be suppressed, especially in a democracy like India and on a platform like Twitter that allows the free-flow of strong opinions.
“We were so happy to see how much Rupam’s story has resonated with Indian women around the world, and our team is overjoyed that Rupam found love on Bumble,”Joshi told IANSlife.
Excerpts from an IANSlife interview with Rupam Kaur:
As an Indian-American, the concept of marriage, specifically traditional matchmaking, must have been part of your childhood? Did it impact your worldview about marriage at all?Kaur: As an Indian child albeit Indian-American, marriage was always stressed as a life goal and given utmost importance. We weren’t allowed to talk to boys and definitely not date! Yet somehow we were supposed to be married by a certain age. I bought into this belief when I was younger and got married at a relatively young age for American standards, but after going through a divorce and becoming a single mother, I realised that matchmakers with traditional beliefs were limiting my options of finding a partner. I decided to shed these beliefs. I had hope that there was someone for me who was progressive minded and wouldn’t judge my past life. I just had to navigate myself through it. For me, downloading and using Bumble was a great decision, it gave me a chance to take control of my destiny and find someone on my own terms.
Do you think Indian communities, through the process of arranged matchmaking leave out a lot of people – women with children, divorced people, people marrying in their 30s or 40s?Kaur: Yes, unfortunately I’ve learned this is the case as the traditional concept of arranged matchmaking holds a lot of prejudiced and preconceived notions. For instance, in my case, when I was finally ready to start over again, I was constantly told by matchmakers that I had to ecompromise’ and settle in with the options I was provided with. The reason was simple, as a single mother, I would only have a chance at “being settled” if I checked all the esocially acceptable’ boxes. I am sure, there are many women out there who are not even provided with that one chance to take control of their own lives. I consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by supportive family and friends who have respected my decision of finding love in a non-traditional way.
What attitudes do you see across the Indian diaspora/communities about dating apps? Are they warming up to dating and dating apps?Kaur: Indian communities, especially the younger generations- Gen Z and Millennials – are more open to the concept of dating apps and finding love in a non-traditional way, although the pressures to marry remain. Currently, with the global pandemic, virtual dating too has gained momentum as individuals are looking to build meaningful relationships while staying indoors. I found Nitin, my fiance using Bumble filters like Education and Religion as I was looking for a meaningful long-term relationship and was keen to find a like-minded partner. This narrowed down my search and directed me to the profiles with similar interests. Just like me, people have warmed up to finding love and long-standing relationships on dating apps. While the option of arranged marriage is something that is preferred by the families, healthy conversations around dating apps is slowly and steadily changing this opinion. I also believe dating apps allow you to “self-arrange” relationships. We can take our family values and incorporate them into finding a like-minded partner using a larger database than matchmakers have.
In desi settings, women are often never given the sort of autonomy or authority to take control of their love lives and find suitors. Is it about time things changed?Kaur: Yes! Desi women have taken authority in their lives in so many realms whether at school, workplace, or home. We should give up the expectation that it is only on the woman to compromise or adjust with what they have, whether in life or relationships. I strongly believe that the foundation of a meaningful relationship lies in kindness, respect, and equality. Therefore, I decided to do it my way e ignored the naysayers, and the aunties from Denver to Delhi, downloaded Bumble on my phone, took charge of my dating journey and created my own love story. If I could do it, anyone can. Also Read: 10 Facts on How Mosquitoes are One of the Deadliest Animals in the World
What was your family’s reaction to you finding a match on Bumble?Kaur: I was introduced to Bumble by a friend two years ago when I was ready to give myself a chance to fall in love again. It took me quite some time and many first dates to find the right one, but this never demotivated me as I didn’t lose hope. When my family got to know that I found my “forever” on Bumble – my mom exclaimed, “divine happenings do happen on Bumble!” I think she’s right! My daughter’s reaction was pure excitement when she got to know about the proposal, and she started screaming, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” They and I couldn’t have been happier!
About your wedding and all that we didn’t see on screen..Kaur: There was a lot which went on off-screen! I was travelling to New York when I matched with Nitin. My first date with my fiance was an amazing 24-hour date – we spent the whole day together starting with brunch and hiking and finishing up with dinner at a steakhouse. It was one of the best dates I’ve ever had. As I was dating him, it was always important to me that my partner respected my past, accepted me as a mother and shared the same life values as me. He is the most caring, loving, and kindest person I’ve met, and I knew I wanted to spend my life with him. We got engaged during the pandemic and were married in a small, socially-distanced ceremony with a tight group of family and friends. They say love will find a way – and trust me it does. Falling in love is such a wonderful feeling and there is no reason for it to turn into a contest. (IANS)
Below are 10 ways that the mosquito — Spanish for “little fly” — has affected humans and methods to mitigate the risks:1. Many species of mosquito feed on the blood of various hosts and ingest pathogens, meaning their bites can transfer diseases directly into the blood of hosts. This has made mosquitoes one of the deadliest animals in the world. 2. Mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than one million people every year with the majority due to malaria, and the WHO warns nearly half of the world population is at risk. In 2017, malaria caused over 435,000 deaths. 3. About 90% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa. Currently in Burundi, more than half the population is infected with malaria. 4. Malaria cases continue to spread in countries including Uganda, where the Ministry of Health this week announced a 40% increase in instances of the disease this year to 1.4 million. 5. Dengue fever is a viral disease widely spread in tropical regions that 2.5 billion people are at risk of contracting. Up to 100 million new infections are estimated to occur annually in more than 100 countries. 6. Most mosquitoes only fly an average of 400 meters. It is often humans, not mosquitoes, that carry a disease across communities and countries. The mosquito blamed for transmitting the Zika virus breeds in car tires, tin cans, dog bowls and cemetery flower vases. 7. After Zika spread to the United States in 2016, experts warned that more life-threatening diseases could be carried from the tropics. 8. Up to one billion additional people, including those in the United States and Europe, could be exposed to mosquito-carried viruses by 2080 if the climate continues to warm, according to U.S. research released earlier this year. Also Read: South Africa Doctors See Unexpected Boom in Plastic Surgery Demand 9. If you have ever wondered why mosquitoes are more attracted to certain people, research published in the PNAS scientific journal demonstrated that some people are able to emit masking odors that can naturally repel mosquitoes. 10. Hitting mosquitoes where it hurts — their eggs — is one way of controlling pesticide-resistant insects. North and Central American scientists in 2016 came up with a trap to trap eggs using two pieces of an old tire. (VOA)
“It’s something that I really wanted to do for a very long time,” de Lange said. “And when the time came, yeah, I just thought I’d go ahead and do this regardless of the time we’re living in. We don’t know how long it’s going to last. We don’t know when it’s going to end.”Her procedure cost about $2,600. In the U.S., the average cost of the surgery is just under $4,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Laher said her continent often gets attention for other health crises, but that South Africa’s medical offerings are varied and world-class. Also Read: Scientists Find Oldest Specimen of Fossilized Giant Sperm “We still very much keep in touch with the latest and greatest of technologies and techniques,” she said. “There’s a lot of expertise out here, there’s a lot to see and a lot to learn. And we’ve always been involved as a medical fraternity in all of that. So I think there’s a lot that we can provide and contribute to. And I’d love everybody to come out and experience that with us, as well.” And who knows what you’ll leave with, she said. Maybe a new and improved you. (VOA)
Gases and particlesSmoke from wildfires is made up of gases and particles that can harm health in a number of ways. The ozone that fires generate irritates the eyes, nose and throat. It can trigger inflammatory responses leading to asthma attacks in sensitive people and impacts on other organs. But the more insidious effects come from tiny particles 1/30th the width of a human hair. They are known as PM2.5, shorthand for particulate matter that is 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller. “The reason [PM2.5 is] so damaging to our health is that it’s small enough that it can be inhaled, go all the way through to the base of the lungs and cross over into the bloodstream,” said Mary Prunicki, director of air pollution and health research at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University. “And from there, we know that the particulate matter can cause damage to multiple organ systems.” Air pollution accounts for one-quarter of all fatal heart attacks and strokes worldwide, 29% of all lung cancer deaths, more than two-fifths of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and one in six fatal lower respiratory infections, according to the World Health Organization. More recently, scientists have been finding links with neurological diseases, including accelerated dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “I don’t think that there’s an organ in the body that the air pollution is not affecting at this point,” Bein said.
Short termWhile these studies have looked at prolonged exposures over years, others have found serious health problems can happen much sooner. In one study, emergency room visits for heart disease, respiratory problems and strokes, and related conditions went up 15% to 20% on smoky days among adults 65 and older. Another study found increases within an hour of exposure. The most at risk are the elderly, children, pregnant women and people already dealing with medical problems. But not everyone is affected. Researchers are following groups of survivors of major California fires, studying how their symptoms from smoke exposure progress months later. Also Read: Smoking May Cause Bleeding in the Brain: Study “We have seen that these health symptoms are persisting in some populations far after” the fires, Bein said. “In other populations, they’re not.” Studies are under way that aim to answer some of the key questions about how wildfire smoke affects the body and who is most at risk. “We’ll learn a lot about the health effects, unfortunately, from what’s going on right now,” Stanford’s Prunicki said. (VOA)
“Our study provides evidence about the link between smoking and bleeding in the brain,”said study researcher Ilari Rautalin from the University of Helsinki in Finland. This study utilized health care data from the Finnish Twin Cohort, a national database of 32,564 individuals (16,282 same-sex, twin pairs in Finland) who were born before 1958 and alive in 1974, and followed for over 42 years between 1976 and 2018. The researchers sought to clarify the factors involved when only one twin suffered from fatal bleeding in the brain and hypothesised that smoking – the most important environmental risk factor – could play a significant role. Researchers identified 120 fatal bleeding stroke events among the twins, and the strongest link for a fatal brain bleed was found among smokers. Data collected from surveys included smoking; high blood pressure (diagnosis or use of antihypertensive medications), physical activity, body mass index, education, and alcohol use. Participants were separated into two groups: smokers (occasional or current) or non-smokers (never and former). Current smokers were classified according to the number of cigarettes smoked per day: light, less than 10; moderate, 10-19; heavy, 20 or more. The analysis of the 120 fatal bleeding events found four fatalities occurred among both twins in two pairs. In the remaining 116 fatalities, one twin died of bleeding in the brain, while the other died of another cause, migrated during the follow-up or was still alive at the end of the study follow-up. Heavy and moderate smokers had three times the risk of fatal bleeding in the brain, while light smokers had slightly less at 2.8 times the risk. Also Read: Wear Eyeglasses to be at a Lower Risk of Contracting Covid-19 According to the study, the median age at the fatal brain bleed was 61.4 years. Risk factors such as high blood pressure, lower physical activity rates and being female were not found to be significant influences in this investigation, unlike prior studies.
“Smoking was associated with fatal bleeding in the brain consistently in both men and women and with bleeding stroke deaths within twin pairs where only one of the twins died from a SAH,”the study authors wrote. (IANS)
A small yet significant study from China has found that people who wear eyeglasses may be at a lower risk of contracting Covid-19 as the virus may enter the body via eyes.The study involving 276 patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in Suizhou, China, found that the proportion of daily wearers of eyeglasses was lower than that of the local population (5.8 per cent vs 31.5 per cent). Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated. “We hypothesized that eyeglasses prevent or discourage wearers from touching their eyes, thus avoiding transferring the virus from the hands to the eyes,” the researchers wrote in a paper published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. Studies have shown that normal people will involuntarily touch their eyes about 10 times per hour. Eyes usually lack protection, and an abundance of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 has been found on the ocular surface, through which SARS-CoV-2 can enter the human body.
“SARS-CoV-2 may also be transported to the nasal and nasopharyngeal mucosa through continuous tear irrigation of the lacrimal duct, causing respiratory infection. According to available statistics, nearly 1 per cent to 12 per cent of patients with Covid-19 have ocular manifestations,”the researchers argued. The novel coronavirus was detected in tears or the conjunctival sacs of patients with Covid-19 and some ophthalmologists were reported to be infected during routine treatment. “Therefore, the eyes are considered an important channel for SARS-CoV-2 to enter the human body. For daily wearers of eyeglasses, who usually wear eyeglasses on social occasions, wearing eyeglasses may become a protective factor, reducing the risk of virus transfer to the eyes and leading to long-term daily wearers of eyeglasses being rarely infected with Covid-19,” said researchers. Presently, many Covid-19 guidelines state the need to pay attention to preventing infections through the eyes, but most people only focus on wearing masks and home isolation, ignoring recommendations such as washing hands frequently and avoiding touching the eyes with the hands. Want to read more in Hindi? Checkout: कश्मीरी पंडितों को जल्द न्याय मिलना चाहिए- जीकेपीडी The results of this study can be used as evidence of the importance of these two recommendations. The new study “is provocative and raises the possibility that use of eye protection by the general public might offer some degree of protection from COVID-19,” Dr Lisa Maragakis, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study, wrote in an editorial accompanying the study. Maragakis, however, cautioned that the study found only an association and cannot prove a “cause-effect” relationship between wearing glasses and being protected from Covid-19. Also Read: Indians Should be Thankful to Their Genes for Low Mortality Rate: Scientists The numbers of patients who wear eyeglasses and long-term wearers were also limited, which limits the extension of the results to a larger population. Still, the study found that the proportion of inpatients with Covid-19 who wear eyeglasses for extended daily periods was lower than that of the general population, suggesting that daily wear of eyeglasses is associated with less susceptibility to the coronavirus infection. “These findings suggest that the eye may be an important infection route for Covid-19, and more attention should be paid to preventive measures such as frequent hand washing and avoiding touching the eyes.” (IANS)
“The study was limited by the fact that all data were self-reported and taken at a single time point, so cause-and-effect cannot be determined,”the researchers wrote. The findings have practical implications for both policymakers and employers and suggest that generous and more effective active labour market programmes are needed in order to address perceived job insecurity and its associated mental health challenges. (IANS)
Children who take oral steroids to treat asthma or autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and blood clots, warn researchers.The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, examined the records of more than 933,000 US children from ages 1 to 18 with or without autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile arthritis or psoriasis. Follow NewsGram on Facebook to stay updated. Among those without an autoimmune disease, about two in three children who received prescriptions for steroids had evidence of asthma.
“The rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and blood clots from oral steroids have been studied in large populations of adults,”said study author Daniel Horton from the Rutgers University in the US. “However, there are reasons to think these findings might be different in children, who not only tend to take steroids differently than adults but also have much lower baseline risks of developing these same cardiovascular and metabolic conditions,” Horton added. This study allowed researchers to put numbers on the association between oral steroids and rare, but potentially serious, complications in children. The researchers found that children who were receiving high steroid doses experienced these complications at much higher rates than children taking low doses or who had taken steroids previously. Among the complications studied, high blood pressure occurred most commonly with steroid treatment. All of these complications were more common among children with autoimmune diseases, independent of the steroid effect. Also Read: Indians Should be Thankful to Their Genes for Low Mortality Rate: Scientists “While children receiving high-dose steroiids were at substantially higher risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure or blood clots relative to children not taking these medicines, the absolute risks of these complications were still small,” Horton said. The vast majority of children taking brief courses of steroids for conditions such as asthma, for instance, will not experience these complications,” the study author noted. (IANS)
A study conducted by top genetic experts has revealed that Indians should be thankful to their genes for tiding over the Covid pandemic with a relatively lesser mortality rate as compared to the US and European nations. A team comprising distinguished genetic experts from six institutions, led by Prof Gyaneshwer Chaubey of the Banaras Hindu University, analysed complete DNA data of the Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) gene of X chromosome from various continental populations and found that it is the Indian genes that have protected the population and helped battle the deadly virus.Follow NewsGram on LinkedIn to know what’s happening around the world. This explains why the mortality rate of Covid-19 has been much higher in European countries and in the US, as compared to India and Southeast Asian countries. The results of the team’s analysis have been published in the internationally renowned journal PLOS ONE, released on Thursday. The scientists have provided a possible molecular genetic explanation for why Iranians, Europeans and Americans of European ancestry are at more mortality risk to the novel Coronavirus than people in India and East Asia, as reflected in the current global distribution of reported Covid-19 cases per 1,00,000 inhabitants. The international team analysed complete DNA data of the ACE2 gene from various continental populations and found that certain mutations in this gene are helping South Asian and East Asian populations in successfully battling the virus and reducing mortality rate in comparison to the US and Europe.
“The ACE2 gene is the gateway point of the Coronavirus and certain genetic mutations of this gene are related to the disease severity,”said Chaubey. There have been a few initial studies on the ACE2 gene by other research groups, but all of them looked for the presence or absence of various mutations, whereas, this team used more powerful haplotype-based analysis (the method in which experts break the whole length of DNA into several pieces and make comparisons).
“The genetic ancestry of most South Asians can be traced to West Eurasian populations rather than with East Eurasians, whereas for this gene, the result is other way round,”said Prof. George van Driem of University of Bern, Switzerland, one of the experts on the team in the paper. In this type of analysis, several DNA fragments are compared rather than few mutations as populations that share more DNA chunks are considered to be closer, said Chaubey. Also Read: Hansal Mehta Feels the Need For More Films on LGBTQ Community “The match of DNA fragments of South Asians with East Asians suggests that the entry gate of Corona virus among South Asians will be more similar to that of East Asians rather than that of Europeans or Americans. This also explains the low mortality rate in South Asia,” he explained. The second important finding is about two major mutations which are responsible for strengthening the entry point of the Coronavirus among South Asians. “Thus, this paper adds important potential implications to understanding the transmission patterns of Coronavirus in various populations across the world,” said Anshika Srivastava, one of the authors of the paper. Rudra Pandey and Prajwal Singh from BHU, Avinash Rasalkar, Pankaj Srivastava from Sagar Central University, Rakesh Tamang from Calcutta University and Pramod Kumar from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were also involved in this research. (IANS)
Using data from NASA missions, an international team of astronomers has found what may be the first intact planet orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only 40 per cent larger than Earth.The Jupiter-size object, called WD 1856 b, is about seven times larger than the white dwarf, named WD 1856+534. It circles this stellar cinder every 34 hours, more than 60 times faster than Mercury orbits our Sun. “WD 1856 b somehow got very close to its white dwarf and managed to stay in one piece,” said lead researcher Andrew Vanderburg, Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.
“The white dwarf creation process destroys nearby planets, and anything that later gets too close is usually torn apart by the star’s immense gravity. We still have many questions about how WD 1856 b arrived at its current location without meeting one of those fates.”For the study that appeared in the journal Nature, the researchers used NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and retired Spitzer Space Telescope. TESS monitors large swathes of the sky, called sectors, for nearly a month at a time. Want to read more in Hindi? Checkout: प्रयागराज कुम्भ का फार्मूला उत्तराखंड कुम्भ में भी इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा This long gaze allows the satellite to find exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, by capturing changes in stellar brightness caused when a planet crosses in front of, or transits, its star. The satellite spotted WD 1856 b about 80 light-years away in the northern constellation Draco. It orbits a cool, quiet white dwarf that is roughly 18,000 kilometres across, may be up to 10 billion years old, and is a distant member of a triple star system. Also Read: Food for Paws: An Initiative to Provide Sustenance to Strays Across India When a Sun-like star runs out of fuel, it swells up to hundreds to thousands of times its original size, forming a cooler red giant star. Eventually, it ejects its outer layers of gas, losing up to 80 per cent of its mass. The remaining hot core becomes a white dwarf. Any nearby objects are typically engulfed and incinerated during this process, which in this system would have included WD 1856 b in its current orbit. The researchers estimate the possible planet must have originated at least 50 times farther away from its present location. The team observed the system in the infrared using Spitzer, just a few months before the telescope was decommissioned. (IANS)
“Depression is used as an expression to express something. But when you are diagnosed with depression, by a mental health practitioner or by a certified doctor, then that is an illness. It needs to be treated like any other illness like cancer or tuberculosis,”he added. Gulshan feels depression has to be treated, “some without medication and some with medication”. “There are many people who take heavy medication for depression or are undergoing treatment,” he said. Also Read: Food for Paws: An Initiative to Provide Sustenance to Strays Across India The actor continued: “First and foremost, you have to accept that it’s an illness, then your attitude will change. I’m telling you (because) I tried to pep talk about a friend of mine who was institutionalised depressed, and he was put in a mental institution, no amount of philosophy made any difference to him because it’s an illness.” “Everybody thinks it is a state of mind and a little bit of philosophy (might) work. It does work, but you have to accept it as an illness. First, we need to get that acceptance, the causes can vary,” said the actor, who has appeared in films like “Shaitan”, “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, “Hunterrr”, “A Death In The Gunj” and “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota”. (IANS)
“We can use this information to guide our patients by advising them to limit exposure to pollution. For example, we can notify those with atrial fibrillation to avoid being outside on days with unhealthy air quality, which may reduce their risk of stroke,”Magnani added. Using suitcase-sized air pollution monitors mounted on telephone poles, the team was able to measure the exact levels of fine particulate pollution. The researchers found that stroke risk steadily increased with higher daily exposure to air pollution. People with AFib are already at five times the risk of stroke, so the additional risk posed by fine particulate pollution is particularly concerning, the study noted. “Our results advance the understanding of how air pollution impacts public health and strengthens the argument for continued advocacy to curb pollution,” Magnani said.
“Fine particulate pollution is very small — it is able to get into our bodies through our lungs and into our bloodstream where it can trigger heart events,”he added. The team went on to examine the impact of pollution on different demographic and socioeconomic groups. They found that fine particulate exposure is 1.5-fold higher in blacks compared to whites, and 1.3-fold higher in those living below poverty line versus above. Also Read: Food for Paws: An Initiative to Provide Sustenance to Strays Across India “Our study indicates the importance of modifying pollution as a risk factor for adverse health outcomes,” the study authors wrote. The researchers noted that future research will explore how individual factors — such as physical activity, diet, health care access and medication — might interact with pollution levels to modify stroke risk for people with AFib. (IANS)
BEING ALERT:It is common to be easily distracted, one could walk right into a hazardous situation. First and foremost, it is important to limit the time we spend on our phones and be cognizant of our surroundings. Teach your kids to be alert of the people and situations around them; if they hear or see any unfamiliar sounds or occurrences to make note and inform a family member.
KNOWLEDGE OF FIRST AID KIT:Although some children may not be old enough to know how to use a First-Aid Kit, they can still be taught essential skills for when emergencies do happen. Show them where the First-Aid Kit is kept in your home. Give details of each item and purpose; have your children handle the items and use them in a demonstration, creating made-up scenarios that might warrant the used of the supplies stored in the kit
CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) TRAINING:It is never too late to learn lifesaving techniques such as CPR, and training your young ones could help save a loved one. Speak to them about how CPR can help someone and when to use it. You can use different props such as a balloon to make the training fun. Acting out potential emergency scenarios and challenging kids to problem-solve their way through them will make sure they can carry out the training when the time comes. Most of the studies suggests that children above 14 yrs can be taught effective CPR and generate enough force to do cardiac massage on an adult in an emergency situation. Also Read: Food for Paws: An Initiative to Provide Sustenance to Strays Across India
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS:While you hope your child never has to deal with an emergency medical situation, it’s important they know what to do in case they ever find themselves facing one. Talk to them about it and define what a medical emergency is. Explain to them that these are not things that happen on a daily basis and that they rarely happen at all, but that they need to know what to do in case something like one of the scenarios happens. Make them memorise a few emergency numbers/ write it down for them and teach them how to dial a phone. These are some measures which will go a long way to keep kids and adults safe in today’s chaotic world. Try not to over-prepare your child and always teach them to be hyper-vigilant. This way they will learn what they need to do if a real emergency arises and navigate it themselves, with little or no support from the adults. (IANS)
“These interim data from the BLAZE-1 trial suggest that LY-CoV555, an antibody specifically directed against SARS-CoV-2, has a direct antiviral effect and may reduce Covid-related hospitalisations,”Daniel Skovronsky, Lilly’s chief scientific officer and president of Lilly Research Laboratories, said in a statement.
“The results reinforce our conviction that neutralising antibodies can help in the fight against Covid-19.”The company said it intends to quickly publish the results of this interim analysis in a peer-reviewed journal and discuss appropriate next steps with global regulators. If proved to be effective in further analyses, this could be the first potential treament for Covid-19 patients with mild and moderate level of severity. Also Read: Food for Paws: An Initiative to Provide Sustenance to Strays Across India This is because the drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone have been found to be helpful in treatment of patients with serious illness. The BLAZE-1 clinical trial remains ongoing, testing LY-CoV555 in combination with a second Lilly antibody, LY-CoV016, which binds a different epitope in the SARS-CoV-2 spike region.A The trial is currently enrolling a larger, confirmatory cohort of higher risk patients, testing the ability of the antibody combination to reduce the number of patients with persistently high viral load and reduce Covid-related hospitalisations. (IANS)