Have we been ‘expiring’ perfectly good drugs?

Have we been ‘expiring’ perfectly good drugs? Would you spend a rupee if it saved you Rs 677? Eagerly, perhaps. The US Department of Defense has been saving billions of dollars for 30 years by continuing to use ‘expired’ medicines in its stock after testing them. Last year, the tests–part of its Shelf Life Extension Program–cost $3.1 million and saved $2.1 billion. Are drugs safe to use past their ‘expiry’ date? If they are, why do they come printed with expiry dates only 2-3 years from the date of manufacture? A recent article on ProPublica ‘That…

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Lifestyle audits of former top cop and co-accused should have been done by independent company‚ defence lawyer says

General Arno Lamoer. File photo. Image by: Times Media An independent auditing company should have conducted the lifestyle audits of the accused in the corruption trial involving former provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer. That is what defence lawyer Johnny Nortje‚ told state witness Wynand Wessels during his cross examination in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. Wessels had conducted lifestyle audits of Lamoer‚ three of his former brigadiers and of businessman Salim Dawjee – who is believed to have paid the former high ranking police officials over R1.6-million over…

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‘India has been the doyen of education’

KOLKATA: The western world loves to believe that all universities the world over are modelled on the European education system, but that doesn’t apply to Asia, and definitely not to India, which has always been the doyen of ancient education, said renowned historian Wang Gungwu. He was delivering a lecture on cultural transfers in history at the bicentenary celebrations of Presidency University on Friday.   According to Gungwu, the Bengal Renaissance and its resultant impact on education remain examples for the whole world even today. “Hindoo College had started in…

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FASCINATING CHARTS REVEAL WHAT FOODS AMERICANS HAVE BEEN GOOGLING

KALE HAS OFFICIALLY HAD its day. According to data from Google, search interest in the leafy green peaked the week of January 5, 2014, and has been declining ever since. Today, people are all about cauliflower. Searches for Moscow mule are up, too. America’s culinary search history says a lot about the country’s changing appetites, but there’s more to be gleaned from that data than what people are eating. Designer Moritz Stefaner and his team at Truth & Beauty worked with Google News Labs to produce a captivating data visualization project they call The Rhythm…

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We’ve been cooking food the wrong way. Here’s how to reduce heart problems

Thinking of ditching the salad bar in favour of pakoras from your favourite snack vendor? Think again. Preventing coronary heart disease (CHD) is not just about what you eat but is also linked to the cooking style you adopt, according to a team of international researchers who say urbanised South Asian’s susceptibility to the disease is partly due to high-heat cooking methods such as roasting or frying. High-heat food preparation is responsible for the increased risk of CHD in urbanised South Asians (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan populations in…

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Been Away From Nature? City Life Could Be Raising Mental Illness

            Mental illnesses and mood disorders are more common in urban areas partly due to reduced access to nature, say researchers at the University of Washington. “There’s an enormous amount of disease largely tied to our removal from the natural environment,” said Peter Kahn, Professor at the University. In a perspective piece published in the journal Science, the authors discussed the growing tension between an arguably necessary role urban areas play in society and the numbing, even debilitating, aspects of cities that disconnect humans from…

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