Xiaomi’s Hong Kong IPO raises $4.7 billion after pricing at low end

Xiaomi Corp. and some existing investors raised $4.7 billion after pricing a Hong Kong initial public offering at the low end of a marketed range, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The Beijing-based smartphone maker priced the sale of 2.18 billion shares at HK$17 each, the person said, asking not to be identified because the details are private. Xiaomi had offered the shares at HK$17 to HK$22 apiece. The pricing values Xiaomi at about $54 billion, roughly half the company’s initial goal. Billionaire George Soros and Chinese investment…

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Anxiety and aggression in young boys may increase due to low iron levels

Iron deficiency and low blood levels of Vitamin B12 in small boys may be associated with behaviour problems, such as anxiety and aggression, when they get in middle school, according to a new study. The findings showed that iron deficiency, anaemia and low plasma vitamin B12 levels in boys at around age 8 were associated with 10% higher mean scores on externalising behaviours such as aggression and breaking of rules. Iron deficiency was related to an adjusted 12% higher mean on internalising problem scores like anxiety and depression. “Some parts…

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Flow of Indian students to US grows at three-year low of 12.3%

A total of 186,267 Indian students were studying in US universities in 2016-17. In 2015-16, the number had grown by 24.9% and in 2014-15 it had jumped by 29.4%. Photo: New Delhi: Indian students’ flow to the US for higher education rose 12.3% in 2016-17, a three-year low, amid concerns over changes in US immigration policy. According to official data released on Monday, a total of 186,267 Indians were studying in the US universities in 2016-17. In 2015-16, the number had grown by 24.9% and in 2014-15 it had jumped by…

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Low Calcium Intake Could Trigger Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Study

According to a latest study, those with deficiency in calcium in their blood are on a higher risk of experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) than those with optimal levels. Calcium plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones and joints, strong teeth and healthy blood vessels. It also helps regulate blood pressure and prevent diabetes. The researchers revealed that Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is fatal for over 90 percent of patients, and more than half of men and close to 70 percent of women who die of SCA have shown to have…

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India Ranks Low on the Healthcare Index and Fails to Achieve Goals

According to the latest Global Burden of Disease study published in the renowned journal Lancet, India has shown poor performance in terms of quality, availability and access to healthcare facilities. It currently ranks at 154 out of 195 countries on the healthcare index that is way below countries like China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The study indicates that despite a boost in socio-economic development, India has failed to achieve its healthcare goals and the gap between the predicted and the actual score has only been widening over the last 25 years.…

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10 Best Low Calorie Recipes

If you’re trying to cut back, get in shape or simply eat healthy, you’re in the right place. Let’s get this straight, limiting your calories isn’t giving up but making more sensible choices. Low calorie doesn’t have to be low on flavour or taste. We’ll show you how to have all the fun without really overindulging. You should also know that going on a low calorie cannot be a long term solution. It can help you in reaching your goal but thereafter you will have to make a lifestyle switch…

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The Brain’s Need for Glucose: Low Levels Could Predict Alzheimer’s Risk

People often confuse sugar with calories but they are very different. Sugar is a glucose compound which is broken down by the process of metabolism, into simpler molecules with the release of energy. Sugar, a form of glucose is necessary for sustaining life in a living organism. Any living organism or tissue or even a cell eventually dies when the sugar level depreciates. This glucose compound helps in manufacturing energy to perform essential biological processes. Such biological processes taking place inside a living organization leads to the sustaining of respective…

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Low Protein Levels May Increase Kidney Function Decline in Elderly

Older adults with low blood levels of a circulating protein in the blood may be at an increased risk of experiencing decline in their kidney function, a study has found. The findings showed that higher blood levels of a protein called soluble klotho — with anti-ageing properties — may help preserve kidney function. “We found a strong association between low soluble klotho and decline in kidney function, independent of many known risk factors for kidney function decline,” said David Drew from Tufts University in Massachusetts, US. The kidney has the…

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Cat food recalled for low levels of essential nutrient

The J.M. Smucker Company has announced a limited voluntary recall on 20 canned cat food products from the brands 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty because the products may have harmfully low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1). Cats with low thiamine in their diets may be at risk of developing a deficiency, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Symptoms of vitamin B1 deficiency include gastrointestinal or neurological issues, as well as decreased appetite, salivation and weight loss. Neurological signs can occur in advanced cases and may include wobbling walking…

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Even low levels of manganese can cause manganism

Welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels set under federal safety standards can also develop neurological problems like Parkinson’s disease and the current safety standards may not adequately protect workers from the dangers of the job, a new research has found. According to a study published in the journal Neurology, the more welders are exposed to manganese-containing welding fumes, faster the workers’ signs and symptoms worsen. “We found that chronic exposure to manganese-containing welding fumes is associated with progressive neurological symptoms such as slow movement and difficulty in speaking,”…

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