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Mumbai: Eighty-five per cent of diabetics see amputations in their lifetime due to lack of appropriate treatment, data released during a national conference on diabetics here has revealed.

Currently 15 per cent of of India's diabetic population suffers from ulcers in their lifetime, the conference attended by over 50 eminent surgeons here was told.

Pioneers in wound management such as Madhuri Gore and Dr Sitaram Prasad were among the delegates who attended the national conference held at Zen hospital on Sunday.

The doctors called for a better wound healing health care in the hospitals of the country.

"Around the globe, about 415 million people are diabetic. However, India has the world's second largest diabetic population at 69 million. Almost 15 per cent of diabetics develop an ulcer in their lifetime," said Roy Patankar, Director at Zen Hospital.

Stating that treatment of wounds is a challenge as the physicians or surgeons needs to assess wounds accurately, the doctors also urged hospitals for a better recognition of wound related problems and provide interventions such that morbidity reduces. 

"With advanced technology, newer wound care products are helping surgeons to provide optimal benefits to patients. The wound update conference included wound classification and evaluation, wound healing and scar formation. Chronic wounds, infections and wound closure or therapy along with case studies were a part of the panel discussion and conference," said a joint statement issued by the surgeons at the conference. 

As a part of the national faculty, Somprakash Basu and Sunil Kari discussed chronic wounds and wound therapy along with a few case studies. Seven other speakers were a part of the panel discussion.

 

 

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New Delhi:Google doodle today celebrates 132nd birth anniversary of the legendary trade union leader Anasuya Sarabhai. Born on November 11, 1885, Anasuya Sarabhai was a pioneer in labour movement in the country.

Anasuya Sarabhai belonged to a wealthy family of Ahmedabad-based industrialists. Anasuya Sarabhai's parents passed away when she was a nine. At the age of 13, Anasuya Sarabhai was married off but that did not work out.

 

 

With the help of her brother Anasuya Sarabhai went to England in 1912 to study medicine. But soon Anasuya Sarabhai switched to London School of Economics after she came to know of animal dissection involved in her studies which was against her Jain beliefs.

In England, Anasuya Sarabhai got involved in the Suffragette movement. Once back in India, Anasuya Sarabhai started working for the betterment of women and poor.

 

 

Mahatma Gandhi, a family friend of Anasuya Sarabhai, mentored her. Anasuya Sarabhai got involved in the textile mill movement after seeing women returning home after 36-hour shift. Anasuya Sarabhai helped organising strikes in Ahmedabad in 1914 and 1918 for increase in wages. Eventually, Gandhi began a hunger strike which led to hike of 35 per cent.

The Labour Movement leader died in 1972.

 

In a statement Google said that today's doodle was created by Maria Qamar, a Pakistani-Canadian artist and author of the book Trust No Aunty.

"Anasuya's dedication to justice and equality is something I can relate to," said Qamar. In drawing the activist, she took inspiration from the Indian textile industry. "I portrayed delicate fabrics and traditional patterns found in our homes and our closets," explained Qamar. "I am honored to have the opportunity to share Anasuya's legacy with the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pune: Insufficient levels of phosphate in the blood may pose risk to cardiovascular health, claims a new research, challenging previous findings which suggested that low volumes of the mineral was beneficial to the heart.

Phosphate is an important mineral in the body and helps to regulate blood biochemistry, which can impact on the working of the heart.

 

It plays a crucial role in enabling red blood cells to deliver oxygen to the body's tissues and can be found in protein rich foods such as meat, poultry and fish.

The new results showed that people with low levels (below 0.75 mmol/L) of phosphate in the blood were at a similar risk of developing heart disease as those with elevated levels (above 1.5 mmol/L).

"Our findings shed new light on the role of phosphate in the body and its relationship to cardiovascular health," said Andy McGovern from the University of Surrey.

For the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the team examined phosphate levels of more than 100,000 patients, over five- and nine-year intervals, and the impact on their cardiac health.

Risks associated with high levels of phosphate in the blood have previously been proven by the scientific community. This is the first time the dangers of low levels have been identified as potentially being just as dangerous.

The importance of phosphate in primary and secondary healthcare should be reviewed, the researchers suggested.

"In light of our findings we would suggest that clinicians consider people with low phosphate levels to be at higher cardiovascular risk and assess ways in which this can be reduced for each patient," McGovern added.

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: In a bid to help communities recover and rebuild faster in the aftermath of natural disasters in India, Facebook on Thursday introduced new measures, including its 'Disaster Maps' feature in the country.

As part of the effort, Facebook will make data from 'Disaster Maps' available to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), a non-profit organisation working on disaster resilience.

 

'Disaster Maps', which was introduced globally in June, uses aggregated, de-identified Facebook data to help organisations address the critical gap in information they often face when responding to natural disasters.

"In times of disaster, our platform is a valuable source of information -- whether it's letting your friends and family know you are safe with 'Safety Check' feature or using Facebook to raise donations for relief efforts," said Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes, India, South and Central Asia at Facebook.

"Through our work with the National Disaster Management Authority and the roll out of Disaster Maps in India and the disaster information volunteers initiative, we hope we can help communities get the information they need to prepare, respond and recover if disaster strikes," he added.

The measures were announced at Facebook's first annual 'Disaster Response Summit' here, attended by policy makers, think tanks and humanitarian organisations.

Facebook will provide multiple types of maps during disaster response efforts.

'Location Density Maps' show where people are located before, during and after a disaster.

"We can compare this information to historical records, like population estimates based on satellite images. Comparing these data sets can help response organizations understand areas impacted by a natural disaster," Facebook said in a statement.

'Movement Maps' illustrate patterns of movement between different neighbourhoods or cities over a period of several hours.

By understanding these patterns, response organisations can better predict where resources will be needed, gain insight into patterns of evacuation or predict where traffic will be most congested.

"Safety Check" maps are based on where Facebook community uses 'Safety Check' feature to notify their friends and family that they are safe during a disaster.

Facebook is also supporting the pilot of the ASK-DIV (Disaster Information Volunteers) scheme where a network of trained volunteers provide supplementary information to inform relief efforts through the Facebook 'Workplace' platform.

This programme with SEEDS will establish a network of volunteers to provide real-time, first-hand information on disasters in their local communities. The programme will be piloted in two disaster-prone states -- Assam and Uttarakhand.

"NDMA is proactively utilising social media for awareness generation. This is an important benchmark towards integrating social media with disaster response activities. I am sure this partnership will open new avenues for using mobile technology in disaster situation," said RK Jain, Member, NDMA.

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: Search engine Google on Wednesday dedicated its doodle to 'Nritya Samragini' Sitara Devi on her 97th birth anniversary.

In the doodle the Kathak legend is seen in a pink costume posing elegantly at the centre of the graphic, with the accompaniments of instruments -- ghungroo, tabla and sitar -- taking the place of the remaining alphabets in the word 'google' .

 

The eminent classical dancer was born in 1920 to a Brahmin family from Varanasi living in Kolkata (then Calcutta).

Her father Sukhadev Maharaj was a school teacher but practised and performed Kathak, as well.

Sitara Devi started with solo performances at the tender age of 10.

When her family shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai), she gave a Kathak performance in the Atiya Begum Palace before a select audience, which included Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu and Parsi philanthropist Sir Cowasji Jehangir.

At just 16, Sitara Devi enthralled her audience. So impressed was Tagore with her performance that he gave her the title "Nritya Samragini" (the empress of dance).

Sitara Devi presented Kathak at international venues like the Royal Albert Hall, London, and Carnegie Hall, New York.

She has also been part of many Bollywood movies like "Usha Haran", "Nagina", "Roti", "Vatan", "Anjali" and "Mother India".

She has been a mentor to many Bollywood actresses and taught them Kathak. Madhubala, Rekha, Mala Sinha and Kajol are some of them.

A recipient of Padma Shri, Kalidas Samman, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Nritya Nipuna, Sitara Devi was also an accomplished dancer in many other styles including Bharatanatyam, folk dances of India, Russian ballet and other western forms.

After a period of prolonged illness, the Kathak maestro breathed her last on November 25, 2014 at Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

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Love for chocolates and ice creams is evergreen. They never argue, fight or disappoint you like anyone else. In fact for most of us eating ice creams in winter is more refreshing. And you guys have had experienced this atleast once in your lifetime with your friends or sweet heart. If not yet, then here we are with an amazing place called Naturals to fulfill your desire of eating toothsome ice cream throughout the year with your special ones.

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Want to spend time by having those vibrant, frozen cones in hands and lots of "gup-shup" with bff or that special one? Then this place is for you, my friend.

 

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Toronto : Dark red onions, known as the richest source of dietary flavonoids, may help fight off cancer of the colon and breast, a researchers has suggested.

"We found that onions are excellent at killing cancer cells," said Abdulmonem Murayyan, doctoral student at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

"Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavourable environment for cancer cells and disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth," Murayyan added.

The findings, published recently in the journal Food Research International, revealed that red onions contain high levels of quercetin -- a plant polyphenol from the flavonoid group, found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grains -- and include benefits such as lowering inflammation and fighting allergies, among others.

Further, red onions were also found to have high amounts of anthocyanin, which enriches the scavenging properties of quercetin molecules.

"Anthocyanin is instrumental in providing colour to fruits and vegetables so it makes sense that the red onions, which are darkest in colour, would have the most cancer-fighting power," said Murayyan.

In the first study, to examine how effective onions are at killing cancer cells, researchers have found that not all onions are created equal.

The team tested five onion types grown in Ontario and discovered that the Ruby Ring onion variety -- that has hard, firm, tall globe-shaped bulbs with dark red colour features -- came out on top.

When cells of the colon and breast cancer were placed in direct contact with quercetin extracted from the five different onion varieties, the team found them effective at killing the cancerous cells.

"The next step will be to test the vegetable's cancer-fighting powers in human trials," said Murayyan.

While currently this superfood can be included in salads and on burgers as a preventative measure, researchers expect onion extract will eventually be added to food products such as juice or baked goods and be sold in pill form as a type of natural cancer treatment.

 

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New Delhi: Women with high blood pressure in their 40s are more likely to develop dementia years later, warns a new study.

The study, published online in the journal Neurolog, showed that women who developed high blood pressure in their 40s were 73 per cent more likely to develop dementia than women who had stable, normal blood pressure throughout their 30s and 40s.

 

"High blood pressure in midlife is a known risk factor for dementia, but these results may help us better understand when this association starts, how changes in blood pressure affect the risk of dementia and what the differences are between men and women," said Rachel Whitmer, PhD scholar at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California.

The study involved 7,238 people who were part of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health care system.

They all had blood pressure checks and other tests from 1964 to 1973 when they were an average age of 33, then again when they were an average age of 44.

About 22 per cent of the participants had high blood pressure in their 30s (31 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women). In their 40s, 22 per cent overall had high blood pressure, but the makeup was 25 per cent of men and 18 per cent of women.

Next the researchers identified the 5,646 participants who were still alive and part of the Kaiser Permanente system in 1996 and followed them for an average of 15 years to see who developed dementia. During that time, 532 people were diagnosed with dementia.

Women who developed high blood pressure in their 40s were 73 percent more likely to develop dementia than women who had stable, normal blood pressure throughout their 30s and 40s.

"Even though high blood pressure was more common in men, there was no evidence that having high blood pressure in one's 30s or 40s increased the risk of dementia for men," Whitmer said.

"More research is needed to identify the possible sex-specific pathways through which the elevated blood pressure accelerates brain aging," Whitmer added.

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: Known for his huge contribution towards the enrichment of Urdu language, Abdul Qavi Desnavi was honoured by search engine Google with a doodle on his 87th birth anniversary on Wednesday.

The doodle showed Desnavi sitting in the middle and writing. The letters of the search engine were also given a calligraphic touch.

Abdul Desnavi was an Indian Urdu language writer, critic, bibliographer and linguist who has contributed immensely towards the evolution of Urdu literature.

In his five decades of literary career, he has authored a vast body of works covering fiction, biographies, poetry and anthologies.

Some of his noted works are "Sat Tehriren", "Motala-E-Khotool", "Ghalib" along with his writings on Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Born in 1930 in Bihar's Desna village, Desnavi, belonged to an erudite family.

He had a strong academic background. His primary education was in Arrah. He completed his graduation and post graduation from St. Xavier's College Mumbai.

Later, he became a Professor in Saifia Post Graduate College in Bhopal. He was made the head of Urdu Department there.

He was a member of several literary and academic bodies.

Desnavi breathed his last on July 7, 2011 in Bhopal where he was living.

 

 

 

 

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NEW DELHI: Starting annual screening for breast cancer from age 40 may help reduce deaths due to the disease by nearly 40 per cent, researchers say.

If "women choose to start annual screening mammography starting at age 40, over the long term, this would be significant because fewer women would die from breast cancer", said lead author Elizabeth Kagan Arleo from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

 

In the study, published in the journal Cancer, the researchers compared the number of deaths that might be prevented as a result of three of the most widely discussed recommendations for screening mammography.

They used computer modelling to estimate the possible effects of three schemes: annual screening starting at 40 years, annual screening at ages 45 to 54 years and then biennial screening at ages 55 to 79 years, and biennial screening at ages 50 to 74 years.

The findings showed that recommendation of annual screening starting at age 40 would result in the greatest reduction in breast cancer-specific deaths with a nearly 40 per cent reduction in deaths, compared with 23 per cent to 31 per cent reductions with other recommendations at older ages.

The researchers also considered risks associated with screening, including callbacks for additional imaging and, in some cases, a needle biopsy, both of which may reveal the absence of breast cancer despite a suspicious mammography finding.

The findings may provide valuable guidance to women and their physicians about choosing a screening regimen.

 

 

--IANS

 

 

 

 

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