Kidneys can be affected because of poor air quality, says study

Kidneys can be affected because of poor air quality, says study

Polluted air increases the risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) which occurs when a person’s kidneys are damaged, or cannot filter blood properly, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found. The study highlighted that people with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or heart disease are at an increased risk of developing CKD. Apart from PM2.5, air pollution also contains heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium -all of which are known to negatively affect the kidneys. Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US, warn high risk…

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‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

‘Panic attacks and crying’: how the new GCSEs affected pupils

One pupil said: ‘I will never forgive the government for compromising students’ health so seriously.’ Photograph: Alamy Pupils have delivered a damning verdict on the revamped GCSEs, saying they have caused mental exhaustion, panic attacks, crying, nosebleeds, sleepless nights, hair loss and outbreaks of acne. About half a million 16-year-olds sat the tougher exams, which were initiated by the former education secretary Michael Gove and tested for the first time this summer, with grades ranging from 9-1 rather than A*-G. As GCSEs drew to a close this week, many who sat them responded to a…

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WHO: Nearly 20 to 40% of the Adult Population in India are Affected by Obesity

WHO: Nearly 20 to 40% of the Adult Population in India are Affected by Obesity

  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 20 to 40% of the adult population and 10 to 20% of children in India are affected by obesity and as far Bariatric surgeries are concerned, only around 13000 are performed every year. This is just Medical records reveal that around 20% drop outs in Bariatric surgery cases happen because of financial problems. This simply means the EMI option for Bariatric surgery at interest-free rate will be a big help for those patients who are suffering from obesity and having issues…

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Women with PCOS More Likely to be Affected by Diabetes: AIIMS Study

Women with PCOS More Likely to be Affected by Diabetes: AIIMS Study

An AIIMS study has claimed that women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition of hormonal imbalance, are more likely to be affected by diabetes. Notably, the polycystic ovary syndrome has taken epidemic proportions in the country affecting around 23 per cent women. The study by Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ganie, Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, AIIMS, was published in American Society of Reproductive Medicine Journal (Fertility sterility) in July. During the study, 2,047 women from Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir, suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, were screened….

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Male Workers More Affected by Diabetes: Survey

Male Workers More Affected by Diabetes: Survey

Women in the corporate sector are less afflicted with diabetes than men, show results of a survey by a health insurance company. Further, the average claims for diabetes-related ailments made by men is almost 13 per cent higher than women, showing that women are managing their diabetes better than their male counterparts, said the study by Apollo Munich Health Insurance In order to understand the trend in diabetes, Apollo Munich conducted the study on 800,000 corporate health insurance customers across the country. The findings also revealed that incidence of diabetes…

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Discourse on Pollution Only When Delhi Got Affected

Discourse on Pollution Only When Delhi Got Affected

Though the problem of pollution in India has been endemic, it is only when the national capital has been affected that the problem has got media attention, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday. “Pollution has captured the media attention only when Delhi is affected. Otherwise, pollution has been an endemic problem in this country since decades,” Jairam Ramesh, a former Union Minister, said at an Indo-US workshop here on air pollution. The workshop, organised by US government’s National Institute of Environment and Health Sciences (NIEHS) and The Indo-US…

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New Dengue Vaccine May Up Infection In Low Affected Areas: Study

New Dengue Vaccine May Up Infection In Low Affected Areas: Study

The newly licensed dengue vaccine may actually increase the incidence of infections if used in low transmission areas, a team of international researchers has warned. Dengue — a viral infection that records nearly 400 million cases per year — is spread by mosquitoes, and causes fever, headache, muscle and joint pain. The virus typically causes a mild first infection but a far worse one if someone is infected with the disease a second time, researchers said. The study found that the dengue vaccine with the trade name Dengvaxia can reduce…

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New Stagefright Vulnerability Found, Millions of Android Devices Affected: Report

New Stagefright Vulnerability Found, Millions of Android Devices Affected: Report

New Stagefright Vulnerability Found, Millions of Android Devices Affected: Report Security researchers have once again discovered a flaw in Android’s Stagefright mediaserver component. In a demonstration, the researchers were able to remotely hack a phone with Stagefright-based exploit. Their finding underscores a vulnerability in millions of Android devices that could be triggered when they are made to visit a specially-crafted webpage. Israel-based research firm Northbit published a research paper this week in which it claims to have found a “proper” exploit dubbed Metaphor, using a new vulnerability in the Stagefright….

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500 Million Android Devices Affected by ‘Accessibility Clickjacking’ Malware: Report

500 Million Android Devices Affected by ‘Accessibility Clickjacking’ Malware: Report

Mobile security firm Skycure has claimed that a new Android malware can allow malicious apps to access all text-based data on a device without requiring permission from the user. The research firm has further claimed that the latest Android malware family dubbed “Accessibility Clickjacking” impacts almost all Android versions except the last two versions – Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It adds that Accessibility Clickjacking affects almost 65 percent of all Android devices “at this point” which turns out to be over 500 million Android devices. The research…

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