What’s Your Child’s IQ? Higher the Score, Longer May Be Their Life

What’s Your Child’s IQ? Higher the Score, Longer May Be Their Life

IQ or Intelligent Quotient is a test of series which usually determines what’s an individual’s thinking capacity, or how smart he or she is. In standard IQ tests, the system of scoring is such that the raw median score is defined as 100. Most people score between IQ 75 to IQ 125. About 5 per cent people score above IQ 125, who are considered to be very intelligent, and 5 per cent score below IQ 75, who are less than average. Einstein is said to have had an IQ score of 160-190….

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DU’s summer school helps poor students realise dreams of higher education

DU’s summer school helps poor students realise dreams of higher education

Delhi University’s pre-entrance summer school is a boon for poor students, who want to pursue higher education. The university provides free coaching to students belonging to the economically weaker sections, SC/ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), minorities and persons with disabilities (PwD) to prepare them for the postgraduate admissions tests. This year, the university is holding free classes in five disciplines – English, Law, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. The coaching, designed as a two-week course, started on June 7. The classes will end on June 19. The entrance exams for postgraduate courses…

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India, the global destination for higher education: IIT Kharagpur alumni to organise conclave on June 10

India, the global destination for higher education: IIT Kharagpur alumni to organise conclave on June 10

Every year, India has an outflow of $16 billion as about 2.5 lakh Indian students leave for foreign shores to pursue higher education. At the same time, Indian universities and colleges attract just 42,000 international students, as against the US with nearly 10.5 lakh students, UK with five lakh and China with about four lakh. Even France and Australia have about three lakh foreign students each. There’s an urgent need to reinvent India as a study destination for international students as it has the potential to bring in an estimated…

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‘10% higher level of burnout among docs since 2012 survey’

‘10% higher level of burnout among docs since 2012 survey’

Your seemingly disinterested doctor may be a part of a larger problem stalking the medical system: burnout among doctors. While medicine is seen as a coveted profession in India, a new study from a city medical college indicates that our doctors, like their western counterparts, suffer from burnout-associated symptoms such as emotional exhaustion, lack of feeling or dissatisfaction. Around 500 doctors responded to a 25-point questionnaire and came up with answers that spoke of lack of development (“My work doesn’t offer me opportunities to develop my abilities”), overload (“I overlook…

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Under-50 Smokers Face 8-Fold Higher Heart Attack Risk: Study

Under-50 Smokers Face 8-Fold Higher Heart Attack Risk: Study

Smokers under 50 are eight times more likely than non-smokers of the same age to have a major heart attack, scientists said Wednesday. The gap in risk between those who do and don’t consume tobacco diminishes with age, dropping to a five-fold difference among 50-to-65 year-olds, and a three-fold gap among over-65s, the team said. The findings are surprising because younger men and women typically do not have as many of the health problems — diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol — associated with an increased chance of heart failure….

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Higher Maternal Iron Levels May up Gestational Diabetes Risk

Higher Maternal Iron Levels May up Gestational Diabetes Risk

Pregnant women who are particularly vulnerable to iron deficiency, may also be at risk if iron is found in excess in their bodies. They are likely to develop gestational diabetes, a study has found. As a strong pro-oxidant, free iron can promote several cellular reactions that generate reactive oxygen species and increase the level of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress induced from excess iron accumulation can cause damage to and death of pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin, and consequently, contribute to impaired insulin synthesis and secretion. In the liver, high…

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Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Childhood Antibiotic Use Linked To Higher Food Allergy Risk

Antibiotic treatment within the first year of life is associated with an increase in food allergy diagnosis, suggests new research. The researchers found that children prescribed antibiotics within the first year of life were 1.21 times more likely to be diagnosed with food allergy than children who hadn’t received an antibiotic prescription. “Overusing antibiotics invites more opportunity for side effects, including the potential development of food allergies, and can encourage antibacterial resistance,” said lead researcher Bryan Love from South Carolina College of Pharmacy in the US. The study involved analysis…

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Food Allergies Linked to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids

Food Allergies Linked to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids

The higher the number of food allergies a child might have, the greater is his or her risk of developing asthma and allergic rhinitis during childhood, new research has found. “Of the major food allergens, allergy to peanut, milk and egg significantly predisposed children to asthma and allergic rhinitis,” said lead researcher David Hill from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in the US. The study is a retrospective analysis of the electronic health records of more than one million urban and suburban children in the CHOP Care Network from…

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Calcium Supplements Tied to Higher Dementia Risk for Some Women

Calcium Supplements Tied to Higher Dementia Risk for Some Women

Some older women who take calcium supplements commonly recommended to ward off age-related bone damage may face an increased risk of developing dementia, a small study suggests. The heightened dementia risk appears limited to women who have had a stroke or suffer from other disorders that affect blood flow to the brain, researchers report in the journal Neurology. “Our study is the first to show a relationship between calcium supplementation and increased risk for dementia in older women,” said lead author Dr. Silke Kern of the University of Gothenburg in…

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Hepatitis & HIV patients with infection at higher risk of suicide

Hepatitis & HIV patients with infection at higher risk of suicide

Hepatitis & HIV patients with infection at higher risk of suicide (MarioGuti/Getty Images) People diagnosed with Hepatitis and HIV or AIDS have high chances of committing suicide after being hospitalised with infections like viral, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry investigated associations between infectious diseases and the risk of death by suicide. Researchers studied those aged 15 and above and the infections were divided into categories like bacterial, viral, others and infection type such as sepsis, hepatitis, genital, central nervous system, HIV or…

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