Higher education regulations still anchored to outdated norms

The draft National Education Policy (NEP) advises reforms, but these aren’t bold enough. And some recommendations steer higher education regulation into dangerous terrain. Modi 1.0 wasted the opportunity to reform higher education regulation in the country. To be sure, it did introduce the Higher Education Commission (HECI) Bill in June last year, which talked of ending the failed University Grants Commission (UGC)/All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) system and replace it with the HECI. But, it did precious little after. The draft National Education Policy (NEP) that has recently…

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Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

Older women are still underrepresented in medical trials evaluating treatments for breast cancer, according to a new study. Of three different types of trials evaluated by researchers, only one had an increase in enrollment of older women with breast cancer between 1985 and 2012. The other two had decreases. Seeing how older people react to cancer therapies “is crucial to inform decision-making and to optimally serve patients’ medical, emotional, and functional needs,” the authors of the study write in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, online December 19. “As physicians and…

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Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

Older women are still underrepresented in medical trials evaluating treatments for breast cancer, according to a new study. Of three different types of trials evaluated by researchers, only one had an increase in enrollment of older women with breast cancer between 1985 and 2012. The other two had decreases. Seeing how older people react to cancer therapies “is crucial to inform decision-making and to optimally serve patients’ medical, emotional, and functional needs,” the authors of the study write in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, online December 19. “As physicians and…

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US Smoking Hits Record Low, But Cancer Deaths Still High

The number of Americans who smoke has dropped to a record low, but 40 per cent of cancer cases in the country are still linked to tobacco use, a US government report has found. A report released this week by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that each year between 2009 and 2013, about 660,000 people in the US were diagnosed with, and about 343,000 people died from a cancer related to tobacco use, Xinhua news agency reported. The agency noted that smoking does not just…

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Still Fighting: Vietnam Vets Seek Help for Rare Cancer

Mike Baughman considered himself one of the lucky ones, returning from Vietnam without any major injuries or psychological scars. But after falling ill nearly a half-century later, he found out he did not escape the war after all. The 64-year-old is among hundreds of veterans who have been diagnosed with a rare bile duct cancer that may be linked to their time in the service and an unexpected source: parasites in raw or poorly cooked river fish. The worms infect an estimated 25 million people, mostly in Asia, but are…

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Airlines Still Offering Waivers For Travel To Brussels

Passengers whose flights on US airlines are cancelled can get a full refund. (Representational Image) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM:  Travelers who booked trips through Brussels have options while the airport in the Belgian capital remains closed after last month’s bombings. Passengers whose flights on US airlines are cancelled can get a full refund. The airlines are also allowing passengers to rebook without paying the usual ticket-change fee, but the terms differ by carrier. Customers who want to rebook or request a refund should call the airline rather than do it themselves online…

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Heart Disease is Different for Women, but it’s Still Deadly

Every year about 610,000 American men and women die from heart disease; that’s 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a leading cause of death for both genders. Where men and women differ is how they respond to heart disease and how they manifest symptoms. Roughly two-thirds of women who suddenly die of coronary heart disease never show any advance signs. And that grab-your-chest, crushing, fall-over kind of pain is not what most feel when they have a heart attack. “Women will…

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I Have Five Digital ‘Personal Assistants’ and Still Can’t Get Anything Done

There comes a point in every adult’s life when one stops and thinks: I could really use a personal assistant. I know I could. The Washington Post’s budget, however, doesn’t stretch to provide each reporter with a personal aide. But thanks to the magic of technology, I have regular access to five digital assistants: Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google Now and an email-based scheduling assistant called Amy. It should be a breeze for anyone trying to get themselves organized as part of a New Year’s resolution. It should be fantastic. But,…

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