A white Ambassador and lal batti are to kill for: Why the civil services coaching bazaar survives

A white Ambassador and lal batti are to kill for: Why the civil services coaching bazaar survives

New Delhi: A two-lane road leads up to the Batra Complex in Mukherjee Nagar, and it is not the one less travelled. Thousands flock here from every nook and corner of India to prepare for various competitive exams, particularly the civil services, at many big and small coaching centres, making for a multi-crore-rupee industry. The years of prep and money spent will be put to test on Sunday, when over 11.36 lakh aspirants will take the civil services exam preliminary, the first step towards joining India’s elite bureaucracy. Coaching hubs…

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70 Per Cent of Home Blood Pressure Monitors are Inaccurate: Study

70 Per Cent of Home Blood Pressure Monitors are Inaccurate: Study

70 per cent of digital blood pressure monitors used at homes are “unacceptably inaccurate”, and could cause serious implications for people who rely on them, said researchers in a recent study. The study found that these digital devices weren’t accurate within five mmHg, when compared to the mercury reading of the sphygmomanometer (used by medical practitioners) leading to flaws in making informed health decisions. The devices were off the mark by 10 mmHg about 30 per cent of the time. The findings are extremely relevant given millions of patients are…

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Climate Change Ups Asthma Deaths, to Rise by 20% if Steps Are Not Taken

Climate Change Ups Asthma Deaths, to Rise by 20% if Steps Are Not Taken

In the recent years, much has been spoken about climate change and its devastating effect on the planet. On a day-to-day basis we may not notice the consequences of climate change, but various phenomenons are occurring in the natural environment in more ways than we can imagine. And these changes are also impacting our health, respiratory diseases being seen most commonly than ever before. India will see a 20 per cent rise in asthma-related deaths in the next 10 years if urgent steps to curb climate change and prepare for…

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Senate Republicans are now reliving the House’s health care nightmare

Senate Republicans are now reliving the House’s health care nightmare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellChip Somodevilla / Getty Images After the unruliness of the House health care debate, which dragged out for months and resulted in an awkward, unsatisfying final product, the Senate sought a better way to fulfill the Republican campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. But three weeks into their negotiations, senators still sound stuck on many of the same issues that fractured Republicans in the lower chamber. The raucous process in the House to pass the American Health Care Act put on full display the deep…

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These Three African Countries Are Chosen to Pilot the First Ever Malaria Vaccine

These Three African Countries Are Chosen to Pilot the First Ever Malaria Vaccine

The global fight against malaria has finally seen a momentous turn. In its first, three African countries will pilot the first ever vaccine for malaria. “Ghana, Kenya along with Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated pilot implementation programme that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018,” WHO Regional Office for Africa, website. Plasmodium falciparum is the deadliest form of malaria and to tackle the same in children an injectable vaccine, RTS,S, has been developed. The vaccine will be assessed in the programme…

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Emotions Are Not Inborn, They Depend on Your Environment

Emotions Are Not Inborn, They Depend on Your Environment

Emotions are a huge part of a person’s life. Emotion are essential because it provides information about what is relevant for us. It expresses needs and needs provide a direction towards action. They give meaning to our life story, to our narratives, thus they are fundamental in the construction of self. Neuroimaging studies show that emotion is generated in the subcortical areas of the brain and its “conscious” management is usually associated to pre-frontal cortex activity, which means that in order to use them purposefully, some executive functioning has to…

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Ebola Strikes Again: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Ebola Strikes Again: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Ebola virus or Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe illness in humans caused by a virus which is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit Bats of the Pteropodidae family are known to be natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola virus disease outbreaks were first discovered to be occurring in remote villages in Central Africa around the rain forests while a later outbreak in West Africa. It involved major urban as well as rural areas. An Ebola patient suffers severe fever, muscle…

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Food Fortification: Why Added Nutrients are Necessary in Staple Foods

Food Fortification: Why Added Nutrients are Necessary in Staple Foods

It is rightly said that you are what you eat. Nutrition plays such an important role for our well-being that it shouldn’t be neglected or taken for granted. We often fail to realise that how we live today will show effects when we grow older. However, while some of us have the luxury of altering our diet according to our likes and dislikes, there are several others who need to make the most of the handful of food ingredients that are available at hand. Thus came the concept of fortified…

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Are You Sleep Deprived? You May Find It Hard to Remember Things

Are You Sleep Deprived? You May Find It Hard to Remember Things

Every person spends one third of his or her life sleeping. Sleep, which is a daily function, is not simply a resting period for all systems of the body going into a passive state. This is the time when the body enters into an active renewal process. Now let’s see how the human body renews itself in sleep. Sleep is among the critical necessities of human life. Our body needs sleep as much as it needs water, oxygen and food. A refreshing sleep is of vital importance in order to…

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Defective Brain Cells Are Spreading Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Defective Brain Cells Are Spreading Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Brain is the most important organ of the human body yet most of its functioning is still unknown to doctors and scientists. We humans use merely five per cent of the brain’s total functioning throughout our life. The full potential of a human brain’s working has yet not been completely figured out. Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system which includes the brain and the spinal cord. Neurons normally don’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die they cannot be replaced by the body…

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