International Women’s Day: A rise in number of women-only bikers in India

Vroom….and she is zigzagging through traffic and narrow streets. No, we are not talking about a 20-year-old girl from an affluent class, in fact,she is a middle-class woman, above 40, who is riding on a motorbike to enjoy the new-found feeling of happiness and peace. Source: http://www.thebetterindia.com Seeing a woman revving up her motorcycle, wearing a leather jacket and gloves before going off on a ride to a far-flung area might seem like a plot of Hindi film. But it is a reality now, as Indian women are breaking gender…

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Lifestyle diseases on the rise in Kerala kids

KOCHI: Rifts in the family, erratic diets and stress from schools and tuition classes are the main reasons for more than three percent of school students experiencing high blood pressure in Kerala, said Dr M Sulfikkar Ahmed, Head, department of Paediatric Cardiology in Trivandrum medical college. He was speaking after inaugurating the workshop on cardiac disorders in newborn babies and children conducted at Ernakulam Medical Centre as a prelude to the 45th Annual Conference of Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Kerala Chapter. Studies reveal that lifestyle diseases are spreading fast among…

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Lifestyle diseases on the rise: experts

Lifestyle diseases are on the rise in the country not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas during the past few years. About 30 per cent of population now live in urban areas and by the next decade it will rise to 50 per cent. And along with the migration, lifestyle diseases will increase and therefore it is the responsibility of the medical fraternity as well as the media to educate the public on healthy ways of living, said Greater Viskhapatnam Municipal Corporation Commissioner M. Harinarayanan. He was…

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How Silicon Valley gurus shaped Shenzhen’s rise

Outside Shenzhen’s bustling Huaqiangbei market, a mecca for bargain-hunters addicted to gizmos, video games and much more, crowds gather around toy vendors, haggling for the best price. Loud music blares in the background, forcing the buying and selling to a much higher decibel. But beyond the noise, a generational shift in market demand is equally eye-catching. Most of the toys are cheap plastic imitations of real drones— a signature industry of Shenzhen. Remotely controlled copies of flashy fighter jets are also a market favourite. It is evident that popular imagination…

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Modern lifestyle, fast food and pollution causing 40% child cancer rise

Doctors tackling rising cancer rates in children are ‘fighting a losing battle’ because of modern lifestyle factors like fast food and pollution, a Bristol professor fears. Growing numbers of young people are being diagnosed with cancer because of damage caused by environmental factors like junk food. The Children with Cancer UK charity studied official statistics to reveal 40 per cent more young people are being diagnosed with variations of the illness than 16 years ago, with 1,300 more cases every year than in 1998. A University of Bristol professor, Dr Denis…

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40% rise in children with cancer blamed on modern lifestyle

The number of cancer cases in children has leapt by 40% in less than two decades because of pollution, pesticides and gadgets, new analysis shows. There are 1,300 more diagnoses of the disease a year in people under the age of 25 compared to 1998 – costing the NHS £130m extra a year. Cases of colon cancer in children are up 200%, while thyroid cancer cases have more than doubled. Ovarian and cervical cancer cases have also seen stark rises – up by 70% and 50% respectively, analysis of ONS…

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