Living Close To Major Roads Increases Dementia Risk

People living near major roads have a higher chance of developing dementia, according to a large-scale study published in British medical journal The Lancet on Thursday. The research looked at six million adults living in Ontario, Canada between 2001 and 2012, and found that those living less than 50 metres (yards) from a busy road had a seven percent higher incidence of dementia. The risk was four percent above normal for those living 50-100 metres from main roads and two percent higher among those 100-200 metres away. There was no…

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New App to Help Avoid Landslide-Blocked Roads in Sikkim, Darjeeling

Having faced roadblocks such as landslides and construction while traveling in the hilly areas of Sikkim, a team of engineering students from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) – Sikkim has designed a community-based app that helps people avoid such road obstructions. Launched on April 14 by Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil, the app named ‘Companion’ is a crowd-based navigation service, currently available for Sikkim and Darjeeling in West Bengal. “People can get stuck due to landslides etc. in the hills for three to four hours at a stretch. The app…

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