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More than 6500 women danced their way to Guinness book of World Records by performing ‘Thiruvathirakkali’

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Kizhakkambalam, May 2, 2017: From 21 states in India, more than 6500 women have danced their way to the Guinness book of world records by performing Kerala’s popular dance form ‘Thiruvathirakkali’ in Kizhakkambalam.

Yesterday, with a total of 6582 girls and women in the age group of 10-75 participating in the 16-minute performance, it is said to be the largest Thiruvathira held in the world.

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Cladded in white and gold-bordered Kerala ‘Mundu’ and ‘Neriyathu’ (a traditional Kerala attire), the dancers moved in a circular pattern on a rhythmic clapping to the tune of traditional songs in the eastern suburb of Kochi here, mentioned PTI.

The event was organised by Twenty20, the CSR wing of the corporate house Kitex, along with Chavara Cultural Centre and the Parvanendu School of Thiruvathira.

While handing over the certificate to Sabu Jacob, Twenty20 president and chief coordinator; Rishi Nath, the adjudicator of Guinness World Record said “the record for the world’s largest Thiruvathira belongs to Twenty20 Kizhakkambalam.”

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The event, organised by Twenty20, the development arm of Kitex group in association with Chavara Cultural centre and Parvanendu school of Thiruvathira. The motif behind this event was to promote the communal harmony, empower women and give a much-needed boost to the non-profit performing arts, mentioned PTI report.

“More than setting the world record, we hope this mega event will serve to bring together the people of Kerala and give a much-needed fillip to the non-performing arts,” he added.

Apart from 2500 women and children from Kerala, women from 21 other states too took part in the event and made it grand in the true sense of the term.

“Thiruvathira, being a traditional art form, has deep roots in creating synergies among communities irrespective of the caste, creed and culture,” Fr Roby Kannanchira, director of Chavara Cultural centre further added.

– prepared by Staff writer of NewsGram 

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Diet Drinks Increase Stroke Chances in Postmenopausal Women

The results in post-menopausal women may not be generalisable to men or younger women. 

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The results in post-menopausal women may not be generalisable to men or younger women. Pixabay

Are diet drinks your choice? Beware, your heart could be at risk. A new study suggests that drinking diet drinks was associated with an increased risk of having a stroke among post-menopausal women, researchers say.

The stroke is was caused by a blocked artery, especially small arteries.

The study, published in the journal Stroke, showed that compared with women who consumed diet drinks less than once a week or not at all, women who consumed two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were 23 per cent more likely to have a stroke, 31 per cent more likely to have ischemic stroke, and 29 per cent were at risk of developing heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack).

In addition, there was a 16 per cent risk of deaths from any cause.

 

 

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A new study suggests that drinking diet drinks was associated with an increased risk of having a stroke among post-menopausal women, researchers say. Pixabay

Furthermore, stroke risks more than doubled in women without previous heart disease or diabetes and obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes, findings revealed.

“Many well-meaning people, especially those who are overweight or obese, drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to cut calories in their diet. Our research and other observational studies have shown that artificially-sweetened beverages may not be harmless and high consumption is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart disease,” said lead author Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the US.

For the study, researchers included 81,714 post-menopausal women aged 50-79 years.

The results in post-menopausal women may not be generalisable to men or younger women.

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Furthermore, stroke risks more than doubled in women without previous heart disease or diabetes and obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes. Pixabay

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“The American Heart Association suggests water as the best choice for a no-calorie beverage,” suggested Rachel K. Johnson, Professor at the University of Vermont in the US.

“Since long-term clinical trial data are not available on the effects of low-calorie sweetened drinks and cardiovascular health, given their lack of nutritional value, it may be prudent to limit their prolonged use,” Johnson added. (IANS)