Children of Obese Mothers May Have Higher Risk of Fatty Liver During Teens

Maternal obesity does not only increase the risk of several pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or sleep apnea but it can also put the health of the child at risk. Obesity in pregnancy can have a negative impact on health later in life for the mother and the child. Children have a risk of future obesity and heart disease. According to a new study, published in the journal of Hepatology, children born to obese mothers are  twice as likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as adolescents….

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Motorola’s Z2 Play comes with a smaller battery, a higher price tag, and new Moto Mods

The surprise smartphone hit of 2016 wasn’t the Galaxy S7 or the Google Pixel. Rather, it was a mid-range phone from Motorola with a big gimmick: magnetic mods. LG’s modular phone concept spectacularly failed with the G5, but the $450 Moto Z Play hit the sweet spot, with a nice cross-section of add-ons and a much easier swappability than LG’s removable chin. Now Motorola is back with the Z2 Play, a thinner, lighter, faster, and more expensive sequel to the Z. The design is quite reminiscent of the original Z…

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The Broken Promise of Higher Education

May is always an important month in the college calendar. Many high-school seniors across the nation make the decision where to attend college; millions of college students graduate and enter the workforce. It is the circle of life for colleges and universities in the United States—young students deciding what courses to take and what to major in, accumulating credits and knowledge, and, upon graduation, taking that experience into the workforce. Having been a professor and dean for many years, I have looked across the sea of cap and gowns and…

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Lisa Tamati: The relevance of higher education in the new age

University may no longer be the best way to stand out from the crowd, Lisa Tamati says. OPINION: Most people go to university with the aspiration to better their career prospects and to be able to earn more money. Is this genuinely valid or just our ingrained perception? Are students stacking up debt chasing those perceptions instead of being encouraged to grow genuine skills and to work in a career that can bring them personal fulfillment as well as a solid paycheck? New Zealand universities offer good value for money when…

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Heart disease risk: Genetics vs lifestyle choices – Which is higher?

New Delhi: Heart disease is the single largest cause of death in India, with heart attack claiming one life every 33 seconds, making it responsible for one-third of all deaths caused by heart conditions. Currently the country is seeing nearly two million heart attacks a year and majority of the victims are youngsters, as per cardiologists. Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is also the number one killer in the Unites States. Most people have a family history for heart disease that increases an individual’s risk of developing the…

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Why higher levels of education don’t necessarily mean higher levels of tolerance

It’s often said that a person’s tolerance rises with their education level. So on this basis, the higher a person’s educational attainment is, the more likely they are to accept racial or ethnic minorities. Studies often show that young people are also more welcoming in their attitudes to outsiders. This is thought to be largely because they have higher levels of education than older age groups. So, you would expect that society as a whole becomes ever more tolerant and enlightened as new, better educated generations steadily replace older, less…

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Poor students urged to make use ofloan facility to pursue higher education

At a time when the country was taking strides towards becoming a super power, the younger generation, including students, have a greater role to play in its development, Chairman of the Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) S. Ravindran has said. He was speaking at a function organised here on Friday to extend financial help to poor meritorious students who have excelled in their recent examinations despite economic hurdles. Mr. Ravindran elaborated on how students could be part of the nation-building exercises. Referring to the three meritorious students to whom financial…

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HRD Ministry for cashless transaction in IITs, varsities,higher education

The HRD ministry is planning to encourage cashless transactions in higher educational institutions. Sources said that there is a thinking in the ministry that bodies like IITs and Central varsities should go cashless in their transactions. Earlier, in a bid to provide relief to people, ministry has advised educational institutions associated with it to not insist on draft and pay orders for payments but accept electronic transactions like RTGS, NEFT or cheques. According to sources, the ministry has also said that all educational institutions should prepare a roadmap for transition…

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Higher education in Latin America must think global and act local

Following a huge expansion in the past 40 years, universities in Latin America today face three major challenges. First, they must improve access, so that young people can participate in higher education regardless of their social background, ethnic origin or financial means; second, they must improve the quality of teaching, to meet the needs of both local and global changes; and third, universities must strengthen the role of research and their links to local populations. As an example, Brazil, with a population of 200 million, has 7.3 million higher education students…

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Why do Jains fare well in higher education while other communities lag?

For Martina George, 21, putting together Rs 20 lakh to pursue a degree in Medicine in Australia would have been impossible. “Coming from a middle-class background, my family couldn’t pay that amount,” George says. So, instead, her community stepped in. The Bombay Catholic Panchayat and a church from Kerala contributed with a loan and scholarship to meet those expenses. “My school and junior college education in India was almost free because I went to Christian institutions,” George adds. Now in her final year in Australia, her graduation will cap an…

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