Pink eye picks pace early this season

With the onset of summer, conjunctivitis is on the prowl. Doctors said though the peak period for the eye disease is yet to come, the number of patients has already started picking up. Since the viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious, the infection can soon assume an alarming proportion if the affected and those who are in their close contact don’t take preventive and precautionary measures. “The infection itself is self limiting (an illness or condition which will resolve on its own), lasting between three days to two weeks. But, the…

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22 Prisoners Get Early Release – Food For The Poor Pays Fines For More Non-Violent Inmates

Twenty-two inmates of the island’s prisons are now back with their families, having secured early release through the generosity of donors of the international relief and development organisation, Food For The Poor. For more than 18 years, Food For The Poor has secured the release of non-violent offenders in Jamaica by paying their fines at Christmas and Easter. This act of kindness is also done for inmates in Guyana, Haiti, and Honduras. Every year, poor Jamaicans are imprisoned for minor, non-violent offences because of their inability to pay their court…

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Give peanut-based foods to babies early to prevent allergies, new guidelines say

Babies at increased risk for peanut allergy should have peanut-containing foods added to their diets as early as 4 months of age, new guidelines suggest. The recommendation comes from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other expert groups. And it advocates a tactic that might seem counterintuitive: To drastically cut the chances of peanut allergy in high-risk babies, parents should introduce “age-appropriate” forms of peanut products early in life. Peanut allergies can be reduced in high-risk children, study suggests Early introduction of peanuts may cut allergy risk in babies:…

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Give babies peanut-based foods early to prevent allergies, doctors suggest

Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthdays, according to new guidelines that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters from developing the dangerous food allergy. The guidelines from the US National Institutes of Health mark a shift in dietary advice, based on landmark research that found early exposure dramatically lowers a baby’s chances of becoming allergic. The recommendations released on Thursday spell out exactly how to introduce infants to peanut-based foods and when – for some, as early as four to six months of…

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Mexico: The Power of Early Education

In Mexico, 21 percent of children give up education before they are 14 years old. I was worried that traditional schooling would destroy my son’s passion for learning. When he got to school, he became bored and wasn’t happy. I think the school was teaching him too little, too late and too badly. Elisa Guerra, founder of Colegio Valle de Filadelfia According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Mexico is the country in the organisation with the third-largest number of young people who do not study nor work. Eight…

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Early Winter Session likely to help GST rollout

In a bid to roll out the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) from April 1 next year, the Modi government is considering advancing the winter session of Parliament to pass the Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) Bills, and pave the way for the implementation of the new tax regime. The session is generally convened in the third or fourth week of November. The government, however, is looking to start the session from the first fortnight of November, just after the festival season. [Source:-The Hindu]

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Supply factors pull oil prices lower early Friday

The prospects of growing supplies of oil on the market offset the latest OPEC chatter on rebalancing efforts to push oil prices lower in early Friday trading. Oil drifted around in volatile trading Thursday as key economic indicators bounced off underlying questions about the gap between oil supplies and global demand. Libya and Nigeria, two struggling members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, are showing signs of recovery at a time when there are indications that global economic growth is slowing down. The price for Brent crude oil was…

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Hillary Clinton Answers 10 Questions on Early Education

Hillary Clinton has been focused on the issue of early-childhood education since she was in law school, 40 years ago. Were she to become president, she’d be the first in the history of the office to come in with the protection and education of young children as her signature issue. To learn more about exactly how she hopes to change what the U.S. invests in young children, we contacted her campaign for an interview. While that wasn’t to be, the campaign did agree to answer our questions by email. Below,…

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