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Thanks to paediatrician Govind Singh Chappola, who has opened the free study centre for children, atleast 10 of the children have joined a regular school.

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Jaipur : Dr. Govind Singh Chappola, a paediatrician, has recently opened a free study centre at Neem Ka Thana town in Sikar district for providing education to the poor children, all ragpickers, which operates between 3pm and 5pm every afternoon.

Chappola, who was motivated by his late father’s community work, began this centre in front of his house in Singhiwal Basti last year where he has appointed a teacher whom he pays from his pocket.

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“Keeping in mind suitable timing for these children, the study centre runs from 3 pm to 5 pm every day. I started this in October last year and till the time of summer vacation we enrolled over 100 students in just four months. Of them about 35-40 children are coming to study regularly. Some of them never went to any school,” Chappola told IANS.

“I am happy that at least 10 of these students have now joined a regular school. It was my dream that they should be motivated to join the school,” he said.

“Since the beginning of this new session about 50 days back, we have enrolled 70 such children as students,” he added.

“I am sure that in future the number will increase. My main aim is to motivate these children and their parents about education,” he said.

“I have been inspired by my father Sultan Singh Chappola who tried to help people in whatever way he could. He used to organise prize distribution ceremony at schools with an aim to motivate children to study,” he said.

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After his father’s death, Chappola opened the study centre. Thanks to his efforts, even the parents of these ragpickers have now started to realise the importance of education.

The doctor provides text books free of cost. To motivate these children so that they attend the classes, he offers them chocolates too. He also provides school uniform to these children.

Chappola, who works at the Kapil Hospital, offers free treatment to the children and provides medicines as well.

“I want to see these children happy, healthy and educated. It is a small effort for my own satisfaction and I am doing it without any help,” Chappola said. (IANS)

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    This is great.

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Frequency of Brain Tumours Increase in Children With Common Genetic Syndrome

Applying the new criteria to MRI scans will help physicians identify probable tumours.

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Brain tumours may occur in children with common genetic syndrome
Brain tumours may occur in children with common genetic syndrome, Pixabya

Parents, please take note. The frequency of brain tumours has been underestimated in children with the common genetic syndrome — neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a new study has found.

According to the researchers, this disorder is characterised by birthmarks on the skin and benign nerve tumours that develop in or on the skin. Brain tumours are also known to occur in children and adults with NF1.

They estimated that only 15-20 per cent of kids with NF1 develop brain tumours. But the study, published in the journal Neurology: Clinical Practice, found that the frequency of brain tumours in this population was more than three times higher.

brain tumours can be confused with harmless bright spots, it has never been clear whether finding these abnormalities via MRI should be a cause for concern
Brain tumours can be confused with harmless bright spots, it has never been clear whether finding these abnormalities via MRI should be a cause for concern. Wikimedia Commons

“I’m not delivering the message anymore that brain tumours are rare in NF1. This study has changed how I decide which children need more surveillance and when to let the neuro-oncologists know that we may have a problem,” said senior author David H. Gutmann from the Washington University School of Medicine.

Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans of children with NF1 characteristically show bright spots that are absent in the scans of unaffected children. Unlike tumours, they are generally thought to disappear in teenage years, the researchers said.

Since brain tumours can be confused with harmless bright spots, it has never been clear whether finding these abnormalities via MRI should be a cause for concern, they added.

Representation of a Brain Tumour. Flickr
Representation of a Brain Tumor. Flickr

For the study, the team developed a set of criteria to distinguish tumours from other bright spots. The researchers then analysed scans from 68 NF1 patients and 46 children without NF1 for comparison.

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All but four (94 per cent) of the children with NF1 had bright spots, and none of the children without NF1 did. Further, in 57 per cent of the children with bright spots, at least one of the spots was deemed likely to be a tumour, the research team found.

Applying the new criteria to MRI scans will help physicians identify probable tumours, but that does not mean that all children with NF1 should be scanned regularly, the researchers cautioned. (IANS)