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Kangaroo Mother Care gives Premature Babies a Better Chance of Thriving

Premature and low birth weight infants generally require extra care to avoid illness and death from hypothermia and infection

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Toronto, December 12, 2016: Kangaroo mother care, a method of caring for preterm infants that keeps the tiny babies warm and nourished through breastfeeding and continuous skin-to-skin contact, can leave lasting positive impact and make them healthier and wealthier later in life, new research has found.

In young adulthood, they are less prone to aggressive, impulsive and hyperactive behaviour compared to a control group of premature and low birth weight contemporaries who received “traditional” inpatient incubator care.

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They are more likely to have survived into their 20s and they have bigger brains, showed the findings published in the journal Pediatrics

“This study indicates that Kangaroo mother care has significant, long-lasting social and behavioural protective effects 20 years after the intervention,” said lead researcher Nathalie Charpak of the Kangaroo Foundation in Bogota, Colombia.

Kangaroo mother care involves continuous skin-to-skin contact between caregiver and infant, with the baby nestled in a “kangaroo” position on the caregiver’s chest as soon as possible after birth.

The technique is accompanied by exclusive breastfeeding.

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A premature infant is born somewhere in the world every two seconds, said Peter Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada, a programme funded by Government of Canada.

“This study shows that Kangaroo mother care gives premature and low birth weight babies a better chance of thriving. Kangaroo mother care saves brains and makes premature and low birth weight babies healthier and wealthier,” Singer said.

Premature and low birth weight infants generally require extra care to avoid illness and death from secondary, preventable complications such as hypothermia and infection.

This is a particular problem in developing countries, where incubators and similar technologies are often scarce, over-crowded or unreliable, as well as costly.

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A trained Kangaroo mother care parent or caregiver becomes a child’s incubator and its main source of food and stimulation.

The research compared 18 to 20 year olds who, as premature and low birth weight infants, had been randomised at birth to receive either Kangaroo mother care or traditional incubator care until they could maintain their own body temperature.

The researchers found that Kangaroo mother care can make all the difference in the world for premature and low birth weight infants and help them thrive. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?