Monday March 18, 2019

Women entrepreneurs bring medical aid to your home

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New Delhi: India’s fast growing healthcare sector with widening e-commerce space is witnessing a sprouting growth of women entrepreneurs, providing medical aid at your doorstep.

Aiming at making healthcare easily accessible at your doorstep, many app-based startups like Care24, ePsyclinic and Pluss are sprouting up. The common factor that binds them is that they are all founded and managed by women entrepreneurs.

“Healthcare is an area that has immense growth potential and it’s an immensely gratifying industry both from the growth perspective as well as from satiating an entrepreneur’s need to do good and serve,” CEO and founder of ePsyclinic Shipra Dawar told reporters on the reason behind starting a healthcare startup.

Madhulika Pandey, co-founder of Pluss, voices similar thoughts about profits with purpose.

“The health products market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15 percent and touch 10 lakh crore ($155 billion) by 2017. We believe that solving the problem of medicine procurement is an opportunity worth working on,” said Pandey.

These apps provide affordable healthcare assistance within the comforts of home. Care24 offers skilled and experienced nurses, attendants, caregivers, physiotherapists, maids, and ward boys.

ePsyClinic is an online emotional, relational & mental well-being start-up providing video/audio/chat functionality as well as a plethora of articles and real-time shareable self-help tools for well-being seekers.

Pluss offers delivery of medicines, baby care product, daily essentials, Ayurveda drugs, pet care requirements and healthcare devices.

These healthcare startups aim to change the way healthcare is delivered in India, making it affordable and accessible without competing with the traditional methods.

“Medical aid will always be provided in a traditional way. The doctor will need to interact with the patient to ascertain his condition but the point after which the patient leaves the doctor’s room, he can rely on startups like us to get his medicines, healthcare products and book diagnostic tests with just a touch of the button,” said Pandey.

Dawar says that startups support and complement traditional set ups. “Our aim is never to replace them but enable the larger healthcare infrastructure to function effectively and solve its last mile issues.”

Changing lifestyles and round-the-clock work patterns may also be the reason behind people opting for healthcare startups, say the entrepreneurs.

“We bring innovation, we are modern. We let clients and patients have control over many processes while also servicing superior health outcomes,” Dawar said. Further, timely delivery of medicines is being seen as a major advantage.

Was the road to a healthcare startup easy for these women entrepreneurs?

“People have opened their minds to the possibility of women entrepreneurs. The increasing list of women entrepreneurs is bringing confidence to aspiring women as well,” Garima Tripathi of Care24 says.

The challenges they faced were also the ones their male counterparts would face.

“The major hurdle that I faced was initially building up a credible healthcare team. Healthcare professionals are hard to be convinced to try something different. But with persuasion, right offering and approach, I was successful,” responded Dawar.(IANS)

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Amazing Fact! Your Genes Determine Your Quality of Sleep

"Our study suggests that many of the genes important for sleep in animal models may also influence sleep in humans and opens the door to better understanding of the function and regulation of sleep," Dashti added.

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This was comparable to other well-recognised factors that influenced sleep duration. Pixabay

Experiencing problems like insomnia or hypersomnia could be genetic, say researchers who identified 76 new gene regions associated with the time a person sleeps.

It is well known that regularly getting adequate sleep — 7 to 8 hours per night — is important for health, and both insufficient sleep — 6 or fewer hours — and excessive sleep — 9 hours or more — have been linked to significant health problems.

Family studies have suggested that 10 to 40 per cent of variation in sleep duration may be inherited, and previous genetic studies have associated variants in two gene regions with the sleep duration.

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“Our study suggests that many of the genes important for sleep in animal models may also influence sleep in humans and opens the door to better understanding of the function and regulation of sleep,” Dashti added. Pixabay

The study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, US, analysed genetic data from more than 446,000 participants, who self-reported the amount of sleep they typically received.

The study identified 78 gene regions — including the two previously identified — as associated with sleep duration.

While carrying a single gene variant influenced the average amount of sleep by only a minute, participants carrying the largest number of duration-increasing variants reported an average of 22 more minutes of sleep, compared with those with the fewest.

This was comparable to other well-recognised factors that influenced sleep duration.

 

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Family studies have suggested that 10 to 40 per cent of variation in sleep duration may be inherited, and previous genetic studies have associated variants in two gene regions with the sleep duration. Pixabay

“While we spend about a third of our life asleep, we have little knowledge of the specific genes and pathways that regulate the amount of sleep people get,” said Hassan Saeed Dashti from MGH.

“Our study suggests that many of the genes important for sleep in animal models may also influence sleep in humans and opens the door to better understanding of the function and regulation of sleep,” Dashti added.

The study, published in Nature Communications journal, also found shared genetic links between both short and long sleep duration.

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It also found factors such as higher levels of body fat, depression symptoms and fewer years of schooling, implying negative effects from both too little and too much sleep.

While short sleep duration was genetically linked with insomnia and smoking, long sleep duration was linked with ailments such as schizophrenia, Type-2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. (IANS)