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Seven percent of India’s youth suffer from varicose veins

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New Delhi: Seven percent of India’s youth suffer from varicose veins, a problem in which veins in the legs become widened, bulging and twisted, a study said.

The study also said women suffer from this disease four times more than men and the major reasons were a sedentary lifestyle including tight attire and high heels.

The reason why the problem was worrying was because if the varicose is not treated, it develops into non-healing ulcers, which happens near the ankles making it difficult to walk.

“Varicose ulcer can be found in both legs, which contain multiple valves that help the blood flow in the direction of the heart. When these valves are damaged, blood starts accumulating in the legs, which causes swelling, pain, fatigue, skin discolouration, itching and varicosities. And if not treated on time, it may develop a non-healing ulcer on the leg, which only happens near the ankle,” said the study.

According to the study, a decade ago only 0.5 to 1 percent of youngsters used to suffer from varicose veins.

“Among women, due to some hormones, the walls of these veins become enlarged and dilated. Besides, during pregnancy because of a lot of pressure on leg veins, these become weak and varicosed,” said Pradeep Muley, head interventional radiologist at Fortis Hospital.

“Till now, various treatment options available for varicose ulcer were elevating the legs while lying down or sitting, bending legs occasionally and sclerotherapy for short segment disease.

“Vein stripping surgery is a major surgery where the recurrence rate is too high, causes ugly scars on the legs and also has a long recovery time,” added Muley.

The study said Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) was the latest and most effective form of treating this disease using multi-polar RFA machine.

“Under colour-doppler ultrasound vision, a radio frequency catheter is inserted into the abnormal vein and the vessel is treated with radio-energy, resulting in closure of the involved vein,” said the study.

The interventional radiologist accesses the abnormal saphenous vein just above the ankle or below the knee through a small cannula in abnormal vein.

Unlike traditional surgical treatment, this procedure needs no general anaesthesia, no surgical scar on skin, no blood loss or risk of blood transfusion and makes for faster recovery as well. (IANS) (pic courtesy: health.harvard.edu)

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WhatsApp and NASSCOM To Come Up With Digital Literacy Training To Curb Fake News

"This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,"

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The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges. Pixabay

As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.

“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.

The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.

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As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
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The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.

“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.

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“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added. Pixabay

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“I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added.

Aspiring volunteers can register at www.mykartavya.nasscomfoundation.org

NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). (IANS)