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Women with any past episode of Kidney Damage likely to face Complications like Premature Delivery: Study

They were at a 2.4 times greater risk of any adverse foetal outcome and a 5.9 times greater risk of developing pre-eclampsia

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New York, December 23, 2016: Women with any past episode of kidney damage, despite recuperation before pregnancy, were likely to face complications like premature delivery and pre-eclampsia, a study has found.

Pre-eclampsia is a complication characterised by high blood pressure.

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“Our findings that women with prior acute kidney injury were at hightened risk including preeclampsia are important because all of them had recovered before conceiving,” said Jessica Sheehan Tangren from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

“They would not necessarily have been identified as high risk cases,” Tangren added, given the normal results on the standard test for kidney function.

The glomerular filtration rate for such women were normal and yet they developed pre-eclampsia and even showed higher chances of delivering with C-sections.

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In addition, to greater likelihood of being born early, their babies were more likely to be small for their gestational age and even required paediatric intensive care treatment.

They were at a 2.4 times greater risk of any adverse foetal outcome and a 5.9 times greater risk of developing pre-eclampsia.

While the reason behind this was unclear, it’s possible, the researchers said that changes known to take place in small blood vessels within the kidneys during recovery post-injury compromised the organ’s ability to cope with demands during pregnancy.

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“We know that kidneys undergo major changes during pregnancy, and that sort of ‘renal stress test’ may reveal previously undetected kidney disease in women with a history of acute kidney injury,” Tangren noted.

The findings were published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. (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”.

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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?