Marginalised child: Will Nirmal, the daughter of a woman who irons clothes, get a chance to study in Delhi University?

It is 1:30 am as I sit down to type this. It took me 15 minutes to fill out the Delhi University Admission Form, which is an achievement considering that it took other people almost an hour. There’s a simple reason for this: most people prefer to fill the form in the morning or the evening with their parents peering over their shoulders telling them to “apply ECA Indian Music” for a prize they won in Class 4. Not me, though. I started working on the DU Admission Form at…

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Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels Linked to Depression in Older Adults, Study

In a recent study, experts have found another cause of depression that may affect older adults. Health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes damage the microvascular system which may lead to risk of depression in adults ageing 40 years and above. Damage to small blood vessels can also affect the eyes, the nerves, the skin and the kidneys. “Be aware that both hypertension and diabetes are enemies to your microvascular circulation,” said senior author Miranda Schram of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands.   Small blood vessels and…

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Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study being released Thursday. The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with a GOP alternative whose details have yet to be worked out. With incoming President Donald Trump likely to sign such legislation, historic coverage gains under the 2010 health law are at stake. The…

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Pre-school education improves alphabet recognition skill, says study

According to education experts, a child’s pre-school years are important to their educational development and preparation for success in school. A new study from the University of Missouri College of Education has found that on average, children who completed pre-school make large improvements in their alphabet recognition skills compared to children have just begun preschool.The researcher says the results of the study help show the effectiveness of pre-school in preparing children to succeed throughout their academic careers and may prevent future academic failure. For his study, which is one of…

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Being a scout or guide shields you from anxiety and mood disorders: Study

As well as knowing how to tie knots, read a map, put up a tent and start a fire, a new study reveals that being in the scouts or guides during childhood also prepares your mind for the future.Researchers at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow led by Chris Dibben analyzed data from almost 10,000 people from the UK born in 1958. They discovered that those that had been in either the Boy Scouts or the Girl Guides as children (28% of the sample) were less likely (by as much…

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Mumbai: Management colleges take Tata-Mistry fallout as topic of case study

MANAGEMENT COLLEGES in the city have taken up the recent Tata-Mistry fallout as a case study to engage students taking courses such as organisational behaviour and strategic management. After the board of Tata Sons, the country’s largest conglomerate, removed former managing director Cyrus Mistry from his post, the move has become subject of classroom discussions in in B-schools.S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai has introduced a month-long case study on the episode as part of its organisational behaviour subject. According to the institute, these factors can have…

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New study provides food carbon footprint pecking order

The greenhouse gas emissions dataset by researchers at Lancaster University and RMIT University and will help consumers and catering firms calculate the environmental impact of the fresh food they eat and the menus they serve. The new research suggests altering our eating habits for the good of the environment. Dr Stephen Clune, of Lancaster University, and colleagues from RMIT, in Melbourne, have identified a clear greenhouse gas emissions hierarchy emerging across food categories. Grains, fruit and vegetables were found to have the lowest impact, followed by nuts and pulses. Chicken…

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Study shows more than 50% of Americans suffer from multiple health challenges

With the future of US healthcare likely to rest on the next presidency, a new study from Psychology, Health & Medicine highlights just how complex the medical needs of many Americans now are. As the authors of the study, Elizabeth Lee Reisinger Walker and Benjamin G. Druss, observe: “The health of individuals in the U.S.A. is increasingly being defined by complexity and multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of two or more chronic medical conditions.” Given the medical and socio-economic difficulties often faced by people with mental illness, and the lack of research…

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Feeding babies egg and peanut may prevent food allergy, study suggests

Feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce their risk of developing an allergy to the foods, finds a new study. In the research, which is the largest analysis of evidence on the effect of feeding allergenic foods to babies, scientists from Imperial College London analysed data from 146 studies. In total the studies involved more than 200,000 children. The results suggest feeding children egg between the ages of four and six months may reduce their risk of developing egg allergy. The study, which was commissioned by the UK Food Standards…

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Study links heavy cannabis use with bone disease

– People who frequently smoke large amounts of cannabis may face a higher risk of reduced bone density and fractures, researchers suggest. In a study examining the effects of cannabis on body mass index, researchers from the University of Edinburgh determined heavy cannabis users are more likely to experience osteoporosis later in life. The research was published in The American Journal of Medicine. “We have known for a while that the components of cannabis can affect bone cell function but we had no idea up until now of what this…

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