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As of 12 March, 190 symptomatic patients were admitted in the isolation ward in Kasturba Hospital.

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Isolation wards have also been set up in four other Municipal hospital across the city. 20 beds have been set up in the isolation wards of HBT Hospital in Jogeshwari and Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. Meanwhile, 10 beds have set up at the two Bhabha Hospitals in Bandra and Kurla.

The BMC could also consider roping in private hospitals to ensure adequate facilities are at hand if required. But these hospitals must meet certain requirements, says Director of Infectious Diseases at Jaslok Hospital, Dr Om Shrivastava.

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“Only those hospitals that have got a proper state of the art isolation facility (can host isolation wards). This requires a particular type of structure, which is, a different AHU (Air Handling Unit), the presence of a HEPA filter, presence of air conditioning factor changes. All of these things are required. There is a criteria for having an isolation facility and if they meet that, yes.”
Dr Om Shrivastava, Director of Infectious Diseases at Jaslok Hospital 
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Dr Shrivastava added that these wards that are described as a Bio Safety Level-3 (BSL-3), have very specific requirements. Thus, hospitals needed to follow the required protocol.

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Maharashtra has only three testing centres for Coronavirus as of now, with just one in Mumbai at Kasturba Hospital, another at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College in Nagpur and the Pune based NIV.

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Holi hai! More like chemical holi hai. Forget worrying about scrubbing off your top-skin layers this time around. Instead, if you are big on playing with colours, here’s a bit of a wet blanket for you.

As opposed to happier times when colours were made out of organic sources like tree barks, leaves, fruit skins, colours now are laced with harmful chemicals. From skin allergies, to eye problems to impacting your mental health, thanks to the chemicals, all of these ailments just got invited to the Holi party.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the organic and the chemical sources of colours, their ingredients and the potential health risks they hold.

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1. Black

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Lead oxide is used in making black colour now. It which can lead to renal failure and learning disabilities.

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2. Blue

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Prussian blue, which is now used for the blue colour, can cause contact dermatitis.

Earlier indigo, Indian berries, grapes, blue hibiscus were common ingredients for making the blue colour.

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3. Green

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Mehendi, pine needles and leaves from sources like gulmohar (dried), spring crops, spring herbs, spinach, rhododendron were used to make the green colour earlier.

Copper sulphate is now a key ingredient in making the green colour. It can cause eye allergies and temporary blindness.

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4. Purple

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Beetroot was an organic source of making purple colour.

Chromium iodide, which can lead to bronchial asthma and skin allergies, is now used as a key ingredient.

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5. Red

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Rose, red sandalwood powder, pomegranate, dried hibiscus flowers, radish were all organic sources of making the red colour.

They have now been replaced by mercury sulphide, which can lead to skin cancer, paralysis and impair cognition and or vision

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(Source: National Council of Science Museum)

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Delhi's prominent hospitals - Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, along with AIIMS - and hospitals across major cities have all set up isolation wards to quarantine suspected cases of coronavirus.

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Airports already have a public health emergency contingency plan in place. This kicks in once the World Health Organisation declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern or in cases where a global epidemic is likely. Some of the points are:

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The patients are transferred to isolation facilities in special ambulances that have also been quarantined.

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Isolation Wards At Hospitals

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Isolation wards have been set up at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

FIT Explains What It Means to be in Isolation

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First things first, isolation wards don't mean jails or solitary confinement. It's a space created within a hospital/airport to ensure that infection does not pass down to the other person or the health care worker assisting the patient.

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Checklist of an Isolation Ward

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According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, here's a brief checklist of what an isolation ward at a hospital is supposed to look like

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Thoroughly wash hands after touching the bodily fluids of the patient, even though gloves have been worn.

Wear a mask (three layered surgical mask / N 95respirator) and a gown to prevent the spreading of infection while doing patient care.

Limit the movement of the patient as much as possible, and make them wear a mask if they step out of the designated area.

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Have an alcohol-based disinfectant near the patient's room.

Post signs outside the room that clearly earmark it as an isolation facility.

Restrict equipment like stethoscopes, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to the infected patient.

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\"When we typically think of AI in sleep medicine, the obvious use case is for the scoring of sleep and associated events,\" said Cathy Goldstein, associate professor of sleep medicine and neurology at the University of Michigan.

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\"This would streamline the processes of sleep laboratories and free up sleep technologist time for direct patient care.\"

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Because of the vast amounts of data collected by sleep centres, AI and machine learning could advance sleep care, resulting in a more accurate diagnosis, prediction of disease and treatment prognosis.

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\"AI could allow us to derive more meaningful information from sleep studies, given that our current summary metrics, for example, the apnea-hypopnea index, aren't predictive of the health and quality of life outcomes that are important to patients,\" elaborated Goldstein.

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Important considerations for the integration of AI into the sleep medicine practice include transparency and disclosure, testing on novel data, and laboratory integration.

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AI tools hold great promise for medicine in general, but there has also been a great deal of hype, exaggerated claims and misinformation.

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\"We want to interface with industry in a way that will foster safe and efficacious use of AI software to benefit our patients. These tools can only benefit patients if used with careful oversight,\" the authors wrote.

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Cannabis treatments are here in India and how.

India's first cannabis clinic in Koramangala, Bengaluru, is already selling cannabis medicines which are made using cannabis extracts.

The oils and tablets are only available on medical prescription.

People suffering from neuropathic pain, depression and cancer are among the ones seeking cannabis treatments to get rid of pain.

But how effective is cannabis when it comes to medical issues?

Take the FIT quiz and find out!

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(Advertizing fairness creams and other 'magic cures' will invite a penalty of Rs 50 lakh and jail time of upto 5 years, according to the proposed amendments to the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.)

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The British may have left India almost a century ago, but they also left behind a massive colonial hangover in their wake that we refuse to shake off. One of the most glaring examples of it is our obsession with fair skin. If the commercials and hoardings for fairness creams were not enough evidence, some stats would bolster this assumption better. The women’s fairness cream market in India, an ever growing mammoth, is expected to reportedly gross revenues of over Rs 5,000 crore by 2023.

Having already been influenced by media, cinema and cultural conditioning that portray fair skin as the quintessential beauty attribute, consumers too easily give in to various gimmicks of cosmetic companies. However, in the frenzy to be the fairest of them all, the onslaught of these fairness products on the skin often gets overlooked.

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More Than Just Bleaching Agents? Maybe Not

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Dr Pooja Chopra, Consultant, Dermatology, Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka, New Delhi, further emphasises this obsession and its detrimental effects on the body.

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We are obsessed with fair skin and the cosmetic industry has taken advantage of this fact and introduced the concept of ‘fairness creams’. 
Dr Pooja Chopra
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But are they even effective? The simple answer is no. All that they mainly do is bleach your skin, and in some cases, shield it from the sun.

Dr Chopra explains it in the following manner:

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Nothing can change the colour of the skin we are born with. However, these so-called fairness creams contain bleaching agents like hydroquinone which reduce the production of melanin (skin pigment that determines your complexion). They also block the sun’s rays, in turn reducing tanning which gives the fairness’ effect.
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Dr Arvind Kaul, Consultant Dermatologist, Max Multi Speciality Centre, Panchsheel Park, differs a bit on this and says that it’s more appropriate to call them depigmentation creams.

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What they primarily do is work on tyrosinase, a key enzyme in the production of melanin.
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Ingredients of Fairness Creams: Bleach, Mercury, Steroids et al

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Forget fairness, you’re signing up for so much more when you bring a fairness product in contact with your skin. They might bleach your skin, but might also leave it prone to allergies, acne and other problems.

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Other than hydroquinone, some of these creams also contain harmful chemicals like lead, chromium, nickel and mercury which can damage the skin making it prone to acne, allergies, sun damage and so on.
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If this wasn’t enough, add steroids to the cocktail. Steroids is what gives you the ‘instant glow’ many of these creams promise.

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These steroids are responsible for the quick ‘glow’ one experiences on using the cream. However, prolonged use can cause thinning of skin, proneness to acne and premature ageing and dullness of skin instead of rejuvenation.
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In some fairness creams that are available over the counter, steroids are used for depigmentation, says Dr Kaul. Mercury too is present in many of these creams. The adverse effects of these are several.

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Adverse effects like redness, irritation, dryness and itching  are possible if these creams are used unsupervised. Steroid preparations can result in thinning of skin, stretch marks and acne. Mercury can cause  numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, along with irritability and tremors. Hydroquinone-based creams can lead to ochronosis (bluish, black discolouring of tissue), if used for prolonged periods.
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Though no molecule by itself can be universally harmful or beneficial, says Dr Kaul, individual sensitivities make some creams worse than others for some people. It is important to consult a dermatologist before to avoid such complications.

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Can Fairness Creams be Addictive?

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Using a fairness cream is like setting a vicious cycle in motion. Dr Chopra defines it as follows:

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Fairness creams are definitely addictive. The initial response to the bleaching effect of these creams makes the user buy it again and again, causing more harm than good in the long run.
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Dr Kaul adds that steroid containing creams, especially when used without medical advice, can be addictive.

While the results by the cream might be fast, they are not permanent or long lasting. Consequently, the consumers tends to return to them to maintain the ‘glow’ of the skin, damaging it further. The usage might sometimes also leave you with lifelong skin problems that might not be reversed even after the use has been discontinued.

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Can Fairness Creams be Carcinogenic?

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There are no conclusive studies that show a link between cancer and fairness creams. Yet long term usage of one can lead to a particular kind of cancer of skin tissue and cells in the body, affirms Dr Chopra.

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The carcinogenic effect of fairness creams is debatable, but harmful chemicals like lead and mercury may lead to carcinoma (cancer of tissue and cells that line various organs in the body, according to WebMD) over a long period of time.
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As such no creams have been proven to be carcinogenic although certain countries have banned hydroquinone based creams, says Dr Kaul.

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The Coronavirus which has thus far claimed over 300 lives in China is making headlines across the world. Undoubtedly, given the likelihood of rapid human-to-human transmission and potential disease severity, the widespread concern is justified. However, to put this number in perspective, there is another condition that claims over 4 times the number of lives in a single day in India alone. This much dreaded ailment is cancer which has now emerged as the second biggest killer in the country, after heart disease.

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The trouble with cancer is that it does not have a single cause or type of treatment. The disease, its manifestation, the nature of treatment and consequent side effects vary widely from one individual to another. Of course, there are some well-established risk factors such as a diet rich in animal protein, excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco use, a sedentary lifestyle as well as exposure to a variety of chemicals and pollutants in the environment. Certain types of cancers, for instance those of the breast and prostate, often have a strong genetic linkage as well.

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While there is not much we can do about our genes, we can definitely lower our risk of developing cancer by making the right lifestyle choices including the consumption of a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco altogether as well as exercising regularly.

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It is estimated that 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week can lower the risk of breast and colon cancers by 21–25%.
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In addition to consciously avoiding or mitigating the well-known disease risk factors, screening and early detection of cancer are also critical for ensuring a low death rate.

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The National Health Profile, 2018 released by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence highlighted that over 70 percent of cancer cases in India are diagnosed only at advanced stages, making treatment that much more difficult and costly as well as worsening the survival chances of patients considerably.
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Cancer in India: The Steps Ahead

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It is crucial therefore that we create widespread awareness about the importance of screening, especially for relatively slow growing tumours or those that are often discernible at early stages such as cancers of the cervix and prostrate.

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The 150,000 Health & Wellness Centres proposed to be set up under the Government’s Ayushman Bharat programme must prioritise screening for non-communicable diseases, including cancer. It is heartening to note that in the recent Union Budget speech, the Finance Minister emphasised the need for expanding access to hospitals in smaller cities, towns and rural areas in India as well as integrating Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with Ayushman Bharat. These technologies can go a long way in aiding quick and accurate diagnosis of cancer as well as predicting the likely outcomes of therapy in patients.

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The proverb ‘prevention is better than cure’ is particularly true in the case of cancer. However, given its multifactorial nature, it is almost impossible to say with certainty who will develop the disease. Thus, no matter how effective our prevention strategies are, some people will inevitably become ill with the disease. If one is lucky, a surgery could suffice for curing the condition, while in other cases, the treatment can last for months or even years. The treatment regimen commonly comprises of chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal medication or some combination thereof.

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Side effects too vary widely, ranging from mild and manageable to severely distressing and unpleasant. More often than not the side effects are not just physical but also psychological, with patients suffering from anxiety, panic and depression. In fact in many cases, the side effects of treatment are worse than the symptoms of the disease itself, making it difficult for patients to persist with their treatment, especially over long periods of time. Given this, providing a supportive environment is almost as important as the actual treatment itself in helping patients cope with and emerge successfully from perhaps one of the most difficult phases in their lives.

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Cancer and the Lack of Empathy in Society

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The social stigma associated with the disease also needs to be urgently addressed. Patients are often “blamed” for their condition due to certain lifestyle choices made by them. Post facto analysis by friends, family or society at large is definitely not helpful, least of all for patients who need all the motivation and empathy they can possibly get for overcoming the multi-layered challenges posed by this condition.

Cancer is a dreaded illness no doubt which can change the lives of not just individuals but entire families forever. All stakeholders - be it from the government, private sector or NGOs have an obligation to play their part in reducing the incidence of this disease and enhancing survival outcomes for patients. However, individual citizens too must do their bit in alleviating the social stigma and ensuring that patients can reach out freely for support without any feelings of shame or guilt.

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(Urvashi Prasad is a Public Policy Specialist with NITI Aayog. She can be reached at @urvashi01. The views expressed in the article are the author’s alone. FIT neither endorses nor is responsible for the same.)

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The novel coronavirus has spread to nearly 23 countries and infected over 10,000 people.

One of the concerns people have is, what happens if they are stuck in an aircraft with an infected person? How likely are they to get an infection?

Well, here's what science says:

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According to a study conducted by researchers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, an infectious passenger with influenza or any other droplet-transmitted respiratory infection (coronavirus is also a respiratory infection transmitted through droplets), is not likely to transmit the infection to people more than one row away.

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This graphic also tells us that the window seat is perhaps the safest of all.

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Here's what WHO says about catching infectious diseases in an aircraft.

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The quality of aircraft cabin air is carefully controlled. Ventilation rates provide a total change of air 20–30 times per hour. Most modern aircraft have recirculation systems, which recycle up to 50% of cabin air. The recirculated air is usually passed through HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters, of the type used in hospital operating theatres and intensive care units, which trap dust particles, bacteria, fungi and viruses.
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Some coronaviruses cause the common cold while others originating in bats, camels and other animals have evolved into more severe illnesses such as SARS — severe acute respiratory syndrome — or MERS — Middle East respiratory syndrome and even the newly identified Wuhan coronavirus.

Scientists have identified the Wuhan coronavirus as a novel coronavirus which has previously not been seen in humans before.

The name comes from the Latin word for crowns or halos, which coronaviruses resemble under a microscope. The coronavirus family has many types that affect people.

The first cases appeared last month in Wuhan, a city in central China's Hubei province. Many of the first people infected had visited or worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, which has since been closed for an investigation. Chinese health officials say they believe the illness first spread from animals to people. They now say it can spread between people.

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Common symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more dangerous kinds of coronavirus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In serious cases, the virus can cause pneumonia.

There is a test to identify the virus, but no vaccine to prevent an infection. Patients with the virus have been isolated in hospitals or homes to prevent spreading it. The symptoms are treated with pain and fever medication, and people are advised to drink plenty of liquids and rest while they recover.

Many coronaviruses can spread through coughing or sneezing, or by touching an infected person. Scientists believe the new virus can spread from person to person in close contact through the respiratory tract.

So far, the virus appears less dangerous and infectious than SARS, which also started in China in 2002-03 and killed about 800 people. However, viruses can mutate into more dangerous and contagious forms, and it's too early to say what will happen with this one.

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Nepalese media is reporting that eight Indian tourists, who were staying at a resort in Daman, a tourist attraction located in the Makawanpur area of Central Nepal, have allegedly died due to asphyxiation caused by using gas heaters in their room.

After being found unconscious in their hotel rooms, they were airlifted to a hospital in Kathmandu, where they were declared dead upon arrival, according to police sources that spoke to The Quint.

The eight deceased - two couples and four children - were part of a group of 15 people who had travelled from Kerala to Nepal for a holiday. They had allegedly turned on a gas heater in one of the rooms to keep themselves warm with all the doors and windows bolted inside.

All these Indians hailed from Chengottukonam in Thiruvananthapuram.

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While more details will be available as the story unfolds, here's what the medical community has always maintained about using gas heaters in rooms.

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What is a Gas Heater?

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A gas heater heats a room by burning LPG or other gases like propane and butane. Their non-dependence on electricity make them quite popular in tourist destinations.

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But the most important fact (which is usually ignored while installation) is that gas geysers should ONLY be set up in areas with proper ventilation and NEVER in a confined space.
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Reason?

Lack of proper ventilation in rooms causes the carbon dioxide gas released by the heater to convert into carbon monoxide (as the oxygen is consumed by the person).

The main issue with carbon monoxide is that it is a colourless and an odourless gas. So, mostly people do not even realise that they are inhaling it.

Some of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

While the symptoms depend on the quantity of the gas inhaled, it can lead to various health ailments including seizures, loss of consciousness, hypoxia (deficiency of oxygen reaching the tissues) and even death.

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Pointers for Safety

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When I first read that brown sugar was unhealthy, I was heartbroken, shocked... bewildered. As though I had just been cheated on.

And cheating it was, because before that, I had always assumed it to be a friend of my petite waistline. But turns out brown sugar had been betraying all this while.

That not even having the same calories, it actually had one kcal more than its dreaded cousin, white sugar, made it the ultimate betrayal.

But 'brown sugar is a healthier option' is not the only lie we've been told about sugar.

The even bigger lie that marketing and content imagery has had us believe is that sugar is only in 'sweet' tasting things. No, it is not.

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Here's just some of the places where you will find sugar:

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These are so well 'hidden', we can't even monitor how much sugar we are consuming in a day.

Making matters worse is that most food items and snacks don't simply put the amount of 'sugar' on their labels. They often use complex sounding names -

Not only that, even the research behind sugar is not always 100% clean.

The corporations that earn their billions from sugar, often also end up pumping in millions in research which is pro-sugar or against its alternatives, something that journalist Gary Taubes has mentioned about in much detail in his book, The Case Against Sugar.

And before we understand all these lies about sugar, we can't give it up (well at least not entirely!). 350 days left in this year... are you going to finally stand up against sugar? And mind you, removing extra sugar from our diet is not going to be sweet.

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Happy Lohri!

If you are a reader acquainted with this popular North Indian winter folk festival, you'd know that besides the comforting fact that Lohri marks the end of winter, even the bonfire and snacks are superfun!

But in case you don't know much about Lohri, don't worry.

It's a festival celebrated primarily by Hindus and Sikhs in the north of India, and is celebrated on January 13 every year.

What's on the menu, you ask? Well, traditionally people eat gajak, jaggery, til laddoos, chikki, sarson da saag, makki ki roti, and groundnuts. And wanna know the good news? Many of these are great for health too! Take the Fit Quiz to find out which ones!

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Got gas? How often have you reached out for a home cure or for an over-the-counter medicine?

But have you ever wondered why this happens?

Fart jokes apart, building of gas in your body is a simple process of the digestive system. And its coming out of the body is an equally normal bodily process. You may not realise it, but you pass gas some 20 times a day!

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How does Gas Build Up?

According to Dr Ashwini Setya, a gastroenterologist with Max Hospitals, “when food enters your body, the acids in your stomach start their work on them. The food then makes its way to the small intestine where they come in contact with bile and enzymes. The byproduct of this process is gas.\"

This gas is light and makes its way out from the mouth (burping).

\"The carbohydrates, sugars, starch and fibre that can’t be digested in the small intestine make their way to the large intestine. Here they come in contact with bacteria that further ferments the food. The byproduct of this process is hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane.”

This gas makes its way out of the anus (farting).

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Got Too Much Gas? Here’s Why:

The gas in the digestive system has to come out - either through farting or burping. The problem arises when it gets stuck, leading to pain, vomiting, bloating or more serious disorders.

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No, Gas Cannot Reach Your Head

It’s a myth that your headache is caused by gas, or it has entered your body or your bones. The intestine is nearly 32 feet long. Gas build up in the intestine can pop out of only two places.

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“The problem is that in India, probably under the cultural influences, virtually any symptom, be it a headache, chest discomfort or erectile dysfunction, is attributed to ‘gas’. It is a very common and prevalent myth.”
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So you end up popping antacids when you never needed them. The result? \"Because of lack of understanding or a myth that these medications are for ‘gas’ you end up inadvertently producing more gas in the digestive system as the partially digested or undigested food is fermented by the gut bacteria producing more gas, which leads to flatulence and other commonly occurring symptoms like bloating,\" adds Dr Setya.

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How Do You Deal With Gas?

You can take over-the-counter probiotics or eat curd, that is rich in probiotics.

Dr Setya warns against taking too many OTC antacids or self prescribing antacids.

According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, if you have gas issues, avoid foods that build up gas, reduce your intake of carbonated drinks and fried food and high fat and high sugar food items.

Maintain a food diary to map what is causing gas build up.

If the problem persists, visit a doctor.

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Cryogenic pods and Dorian Gray’s surreptitious deals over his soul, to name a few, might promise eternal youth and immortality, but unfortunately, until they become a reality for you and I, lesser mortals like us have to face the consequences of ageing. The inexorable passage of time leaves behind several travails in its wake which include - wrinkling, joint pain, fatigue and behold, the worst of them all - weight gain. In a nut-shell, one of the biggest factors of weight gain that comes with age is slow metabolism.

Metabolism is defined by Dr Anjana Bhan, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology, Max Mutli-Speaciality Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi, as the sum of all chemical reactions that keep the body alive and organs functioning properly.

In simple terms, metabolism is the process in which your body turns food into energy. Dr (Brig) Pankaj Puri, Director Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, New Delhi, puts it in the following manner:

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Metabolism is a complex process during which energy from the calories in the food we consume are used by the body for its normal functioning. Processes like breathing, blood circulation and cellular repair require energy even when the body is at rest. The rate at which calories are burnt for these functions is a body’s basal metabolic rate.
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Understanding Basal Metabolic Rate

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There are several factors that determine an individual's BMR, according to Mayo Clinic. They range from the body size (a bigger or more muscular person will burn more calories at rest than an otherwise smaller person), gender (since an average man is more muscular than an average woman, he would burn more calories) and age.

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With age comes a fall in muscle mass and increase in the proportion of fat in the body. Consequently, the latter accounts for more of the body weight, thereby slowing down caloric burning.
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In addition to this, there are three things that determine the speed of metabolism, that is the rate at which your body is burning its calories, according to Dr Bhan:

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But What is Slowing This Rate of Metabolism?

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While you may be a fit person and eating a clean diet, you may still notice that after a certain age, it takes an extra effort to achieve similar results as before. Why does it become harder to shed the same kilos which you could earlier drop in a wink, but now need to up your exercise and diet game regularly to get rid of them? Dr Bhan offers an answer.

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Metabolism slows after 30 years of age. Muscle mass also decreases by 3-8 percent each decade after 30. Research has shown that being less active and losing muscle mass has the greatest negative effect on metabolism.
Dr Anjana Bhan
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The BMR drops with age in a linear fashion, according to this report. It further points out that there is a fall in skeletal muscle of the body which further directly affects the rate of metabolism.

To list it down, this is all that is happening in your body with age that leads to weight gain and slow metabolism:

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● Fall in BMR

● Fall in skeletal muscle therefore fall in the number of calories burnt during exercise as well as when at rest. From this follows the next point.

● Fall in the number of calories burnt during the same exercise and physical movement done before. As a result energy being used by the body decreases.

● Consequently, more muscle is replaced by fat in the body, further making weight loss harder and a more intensive activity.

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The key is, to start building muscle as early in your adulthood as possible to fight the fat which starts accumulating with age.
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Dr Bhan explains these ways to fight slowing metabolism in more detail.

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Countering Metabolism That Slows Down With Age

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The fall in the rate of metabolism perhaps begins to show its most significant signs around the mid-thirties for most people. However, it can be countered at any age, by following these solutions offered by Dr Bhan.

Further, ageing is mostly accompanied by a sedentary lifestyle - due to jobs, familial responsibilities and general fatigue that could sometimes also be the result of medical conditions. As a result, age-related weight gain could be triggered by several factors and is often a two-way road. Medical conditions come with age while ageing might get amplified or paced up due to medical conditions. The best that can be done to combat this is to stay fit and eat a clean diet. This in turn would ensure a high metabolic rate, plus an overall protection from medical ailments, thereby aiding you stay in your best shape.

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(Rosheena Zehra is a published author and media professional. You can find out more about her work here.)

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Sexolve is equal rights activist Harish Iyer’s Q&A space on FIT.

If you have any queries regarding sex, sexuality or your relationship, and need some advice, answers or just someone to hear you out – write in to Harish Iyer, and he’ll try and ‘sexolve’ it for you. Drop in a mail to sexolve@thequint.com.

This week’s Q&As below:

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Three Month Relationship and Marriage Plans

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Dear RainbowMan,

I have been in a relationship with a woman for the past 3 months. We are planning to get married soon. Everyone tells us that this is soon to get married, but we are sure about us. How do we convince our parents? I think they are very limited by their idea of a relationship. They want me to marry only if we are still dating after 2 years. The problem is that that the girl has marriage pressure and she cannot wait any longer. She is already 30 and I am 31. Are my parents justified? How do I proceed?

Ready To Marry

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Dear Mister Ready To Marry,

Thank you for writing in and congratulations on finding someone you love so much. To find love is a beautiful feeling. You feel out of the world. I am glad that you are feeling like this now.

I should say, it is not true that relationships that have stayed on for a certain period will stay on like that forever. However, marriage is not only a commitment for life, but also a financial decision in many ways. It should be a well thought out decision. Your folks are not incorrect in being cautious and warning you.

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If you would ask me personally, I don’t think the length of the relationship really means compatibility forever. Just that the longer you live with the person, more are the chances of knowing more unknown facets about the person. The more you live with the person you would also understand if you are able to adjust to them.
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But it is also true that we discover more facets about a person every day. And it is a choice of heart that we make, where we invest our heart in the person despite the person not being perfect.

You are a full grown adult. You are responsible for the decisions you take. You have to live a life with your lover/partner. You have to take the decision. Your parents can guard you, they can guide you, but they can’t live your life for you. So be prudent, be thoughtful, be futuristic in your approach in this matter and take the decision with your own will.

You and your partner are responsible for your decisions. No one else.

Regards,

RainbowMan.

p.s. let your heart lead you, let your mind tell you.

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'I'm a Gay Man Facing Marriage Pressure'

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Dear RainbowMan,

I am a gay man in his late 20s. I am very disturbed now. My family does not accept that I am gay and they have planned to get me married with a girl from a similar family. The girl is very homely and nice. However, I am not sexually inclined. I am unable to see myself with a woman in matrimony. I want to see myself with a man. I didn’t want to lie, so I met her and told her that I am gay. To my utter surprise, she said that my past didn’t matter to her and she believes that I will change after marriage. I told her that it could be difficult to do so. She said it will not be. I told her I have a boyfriend. She said she will meet my boyfriend and I can keep him as my boyfriend after marriage also. On a parallel line, my boyfriend is turning out to be a real prick. He is leaving me because I didn’t stand by him or for my sexuality. I did but he is a jerk. But I have to marry as all my options have exhausted. I feel terrible. Please help me see clarity.

Caught-in-between

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Dear Mister Caught In Between,

Thank you for writing in. I understand the fact that to have unaccepting folks could mean a lot of emotional stress.

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There comes a moment in time, when we realise that the burden of living a lie, is far more than the struggle of accepting the truth. There comes a time in life, when we have to stand up for ourselves. The time is now.
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It is you who is living your life. No one else is going to live it for you. You will outlive your parents. You will live with your wife. Are you ready for it?

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You are not a yo-yo ball with your strings in the hands of your mother or your prospective bride. You have to stand up for yourself and your sexuality.
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You will get married against your will? then you will have sex against your will? you will then have children against your will? So, you will write your entire life off that way to a lie. The other option is standing up. It comes with a little bit of guts and lots of gumption and drama, however, the end result is not the product of a lie. So stand up. Stand up for yourself.

Coming to your prospective bride, I don’t know the reasons why she is willing to be a lab mouse. In fact, I don’t think lab mice should be in labs either. However, this is not just about her willingness, but your willingness with her. Your consent is not secondary to her consent. Her consent doesn’t mean, you have to consent to the same. Get that?

Regarding your boyfriend, he is his own person. Why do you think he would want to be tangled in this web and feel disposable in the end. He is human to feel neglected and cheated. His love life is sacrificed in this matrimonial compromise. He is justified in his anger.

In the end, please stand up for yourself. Stand up before it is too late. You cannot live an entire life on the foundation of a lie. To live this lie will be devastating for you, your future(hopefully not) wife, your family.

Seek counselling. Please speak to an LGBT group in your city. You may find support from locals. You could also write to Sweekar, a group of parents of LGBTIQ people https://www.facebook.com/SweekarTheRainbowParents/ you could check with them, if they would like to intervene and speak to your parents.

Things can get better. Just stand up.

Love,

RainbowMan

P.S. Get up. Stand up.

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I am Missing My Periods And My Boyfriend Doubts Me

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Dear RainbowMan,

My boyfriend and I regularly have sex. He doesn’t prefer using a condom. He loses his erection the moment he does. We use the withdraw technique when we f!@k so that no sperm falls inside my vagina. I have missed my periods this time and all he can say is that I am so horny all the time that I must have caught hold of someone and done something and now will blame him for it. I have never had sex outside our relationship. Please help. How do I convince him.

Ms Worried.

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Dear Ms Worried,

Thank you for writing in. A relationship between two people should be built on the bedrock principle of compassion, besides love. Perhaps it is a good time to ask yourself if there is compassion in your relationship.

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You have shared that he doesn’t prefer using the condom. However, the more important question is – WHAT DO YOU PREFER. WHAT DO YOU WANT? Do not put yourself and your needs last in this relationship.
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And this ‘withdraw at the orgasm’ method is quite a dangerous one. You know right… it takes only one sperm to fertilize an egg and a single drop of semen ideally has thousands of sperms. Do give this some deep thought.

Your boyfriend might suggest that you go on pills to stop any possibility of fertilisation. However, I have heard that’s not advisable always. Please do consult a gynecologist before taking pills and familiarise yourself with what happens in this case. Also get a pregnancy test done / visit a gynecologist

Now coming to your boyfriend’s doubts, how dare he? First tell me… do you really want to spend time finding ways to convince him? What is the guarantee that he will not behave like this in future. I think you should have a heart-to-heart conversation with him.

Do this. Compose yourself. Sit down across the table with him. Make no physical contact. Tell him that you do not appreciate him doubting your character. Tell him that if you want the relationship to proceed, you would want it to be based on love, understanding and most importantly, with no compromise on self-respect of either of you two. Lay down the terms of the relationship. Tell him what you are not okay with.

Whatever the consequence of the conversation, please make this a well thought out decision. You may need to engage the services of a mental health professional who would listen to you and also lay out the facts of the larger picture, that you may be oblivious to, as you are the one in the picture.

Please shut his nonsense. Please stand up for yourself. Others can guide you, no one can fight your battles for you. It is you, yourself. And the truth is, you are enough for yourself. You are strong enough for yourself.

Love

RainbowMan

P.S. visit a counsellor.

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The Claim

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According to a PTI report, BJP MP Ganesh Singh has claimed that speaking Sanskrit daily can boost the nervous system and keep diabetes and cholesterol at bay.

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True or False?

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Dr Anoop Misra, Chairman, National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC), says,

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“If instructions to do 45 minutes a day of exercise and restricted balanced diets are given in Sanskrit (or any other language), then yes diabetes could be prevented.”
Dr Anoop Misra
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The absurdity of the claim becomes clear when we understand what diabetes is.

Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar) level either due to inadequate insulin production or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. No language can prevent or cure a metabolic condition.

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There is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), “Currently, no one knows how to prevent type 1 diabetes. Some people have certain genes (traits passed on from parent to child) that make them more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, though many won’t go on to have type 1 diabetes even if they have the genes. Being exposed to a trigger in the environment, such as a virus, is also thought to play a part in developing type 1 diabetes. Diet and lifestyle habits don’t cause type 1 diabetes.”

For type 2 diabetes, however, prevention is possible by following a healthy lifestyle. And like Dr Misra said, the language in which this message is conveyed to all does not have any role to play.

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The Verdict

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BJP MP Ganesh Singh’s claim, therefore, does not have any basis. Simply speaking a particular language cannot prevent a chronic metabolic disease. Exercising, eating right and maintaining a healthy body weight is the key to prevent type 2 diabetes.

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India is the most depressed country in the world. Mental health is still greatly misunderstood, and the taboos surrounding it are as prevalent as ever before.

According to a study by WHO, at least 6.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder, with no major difference between rural and urban populations. WHO reports that 500 Child Care Institutions working towards rehabilitation of girls from trafficking background in India face challenges in getting access to counselling services mainly because there are only 3 psychiatrists and less than 1 psychologist for every million people in India.

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The severe lack of mental health professionals has made the available therapists an extremely expensive, often unaffordable treatment for general public. So much so, mental health counsellors are slowly being seen as a “rich people’s” perks.

The inaccessibility to mental health resources often means that people only approach mental health experts when the problem has escalated from treatable to merely controllable. Children are perhaps the most worse-off. India has one of the highest cases of child abuse in the world, and the Child Care centers in the world majorly focus on physical impact of abuse, and not the mental health aspect of it.

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The inaccessibility to mental health resources often means that people only approach mental health experts when the problem has escalated from treatable to merely controllable.
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Is Artifical Intelligence the Answer?

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EmancipAction, an NGO working in this field, has partnered with IBM to use their AI to tap “potential” lay-counsellors (people not formally trained in the field in university setting), but those who have the qualities required to help those in need with some basic-level counselling. This AI looks at identifying qualities like empathy and sympathy using a series of tests, including audio and MCQs. Infusing Watson Personality Insights API that can assess and objectively identify those with better emotional intelligence suited for the role of an adolescent counsellor. For the last 7 months, EmancipAction is using this model to identify and shortlist candidates to hire as lay counsellors from its pool of applicants.

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The AI Test for “Empathy”

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The evaluation process consists of collating basic information about the candidate, (Resume/LinkedIn Profile), followed by answering an MCQ and finally an audio interview. Apart from measuring emotional intelligence quotient, personality traits and gender bias are the two main things that the model tries to decipher. This evaluation process specifically identifies key qualities, namely – Counselling Awareness, Adolescence Concerns, Team work, facilitation/communication skills, curiosity and commitment to work. The test starts off with an “introduce” yourself plate:

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And moves on to an audio test that asks a number of open ended questions that you answer into a microphone:

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The test then moves on to the MCQ section, where you answer questions with choices ranging from

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I. The Tech-End: How Does It Work?

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How do you track something like empathy? Gargi Dasgupta, Director - IBM Research India tells us: “We are trying to identify personality traits from their speech and text and also emotional intelligence traits such as curiosity, self and social emotional awareness and management, biases and other skills. The candidates - Emotional Quotient (EQ) such as Emotional Awareness, Emotional management (self and social), relationship management, Awareness of Gender Responsibilities, past relationship with Parents are measured by asking the applicants to take the Standard emotional quotient assessment ( which is part of the MCQs).”

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What About Cultural Barriers?

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Gargi says, “The AI model is India specific as we have selected culturally appropriate MCQs in the Indian context to assess the social, emotional and relationship strengths. Right now, the technology piece currently works only on English, but for instances where the audio recordings were a mix of Hindi, English, Konkani or Marathi etc., these were transcribed/translated to English for the textual processing by Watson Personality Insights.”

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Apart From Hiring, What Can We Hope to Achieve With AI?

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“The scope of this work was limited to identifying emotional state and emotional capabilities of people with a hiring perspective. But parts of this work can be used to build systems detecting mental health illness such as depression and Post-traumatic stress disorder. We also aim to incorporate video analysis as studies have shown that body language, gestures, eye-gaze and facial expressions to be important cues to asses Emotional Intelligence.”

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II. What after the lay-counsellor is hired?

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We spoke to EmancipAction, the NGO working with IBM. When asked about what happens once these individuals are hired by the tech end, they said: “The shortlisted candidates undergo a two-week training program. We call our trainers ‘Facilitators’, as we believe the role is to facilitate growth in others and not to teach. The participants who are hired after the training is completed, are called ‘Mental Health Workers’.”

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The Training

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The training starts with sessions on ‘Personal Growth’, the foundation of the training. It is based on the belief that one must explore one’s own thoughts, feelings and values to develop an understanding and acceptance of self. By reflecting and analyzing their experiences in training, the participants not only develop important skills necessary for working with vulnerable populations, but facilitator can also assess the participants’ capabilities based on their participation, interactions with others, and their self-exploration and understanding.

The training also focuses on ‘person-centered counseling’, which is a way to provide support, help in exploration, help in finding solutions, rather than trying to “fix” someone. Once the participants understand their role, the focus is on introducing basic counselling skills such as active listening, empathy etc., that are the building blocks to be practiced in the training. Practice is crucial and hence the focus is on role plays to develop these fundamental skills. Finally, the concepts of vicarious trauma, stress and caring for oneself are introduced at the end of the training.

What is the future of mental health?

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What’s Not Working Out?

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1. Identification of severe problems:

The NGO speaks of its main concern: Can lay-counsellors identify children with extreme problems? “It is very important for our Mental Health Workers to be well versed in identifying children with more serious problems, and we do a tremendous amount of supervision and training for them to be equipped in this regard. We do not take on any individual counselling but we do refer those with severe symptoms to a mental health professional.”

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2. Of Taboos: It is well known that while more mental health experts will definitely be a boon to the rising problem of mental health within the country, how will AI actually drive people to take this help? EmancipAction representatives agree. “The taboo for a child to approach a counsellor is very high and the understanding of mental health and its impact is very low. Hence, most often, it is only the children who display outward behavioural issues are sent to counsellors by the caregivers in the CCIs.”

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As we approach the end of yet another year and the dawn of a new one, it is time to reflect on the year gone by and some of the things that left an indelible impression on our minds.

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While governance structures around the world continue to battle amongst themselves and across geographic boundaries on what issues, by their opinions, matter and require their attention, one cannot afford to miss the cry for action from a hitherto unseen quarter.

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The wave of movements by no less than our very own children from every continent in the world demanding a future that is secure, warrants a sense of urgency for action amongst the powers-that-be.
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In a never-before moment, 2019 witnessed a clarion call to governments around the world by children who recognize that the future for them and coming generations is rather bleak- one that is fraught with threatened natural resources (air, water and food).

Often polluted beyond permissible levels of human consumption, diminishing food and nutrition security, unhealthy cities with growing populations, diminishing green spaces and an unsustainable imbalance in utilities and access to healthcare services, coupled with a sustained onslaught on their very right to live, breath, eat and play – the characteristics of a healthy and happy childhood.

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A recent report released, uncannily, on Children’s Day in India brought to focus the deleterious effects of a changing climate on the health of our children.

Dr Stella Hartinger, co-author of The Lancet Countdown Report on Climate Change and Health from Cayateno Heredia University, Peru, said,

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“The path that the world chooses today will irreversibly mark our children’s futures.”
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Dioreahh, Heatwaves: More Trouble for India

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With its huge population and high rates of healthcare inequality, poverty and malnutrition, few countries are likely to suffer from the health effects of climate change as much as India.

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Diarrheal infections, a major persistent cause of child mortality, will spread into new areas, facilitated by favorable climatic suitability for the transmission of the pathogen vibrio cholera, rising by 3% a year since the early 1980s in India.

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Deadly heatwaves like the one in 2015 that killed thousands of people in India could soon become the norm. India saw an additional 45 million exposures to heatwaves amongst our vulnerable populations over the age of 65 years.

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Labor hours lost in the agriculture sector alone was close to 12 million hours according to data from 2018 raising concern on the economic impacts on individual, household and national budgets.

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Mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya are increasingly being detected in hitherto unknown parts of the country. Rising temperatures impact crop yield with substantial impacts on food availability and nutrient content of staples like maize, wheat, rice and soybean.
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In a nation where undernutrition continues to be of major concern, the augmentation of the vicious cycle of poor nutrition — increased vulnerability to infectious diseases, spells concern for our children.

The elephant in the room is doubtless the diminishing air quality in many parts of the country, with the current groundswell from all quarters- children, adults and activists in the Delhi-NCR region demanding a right to breathe, serving to increase the visibility for an issue that surfaces with familiar regularity every year, but failing so far to elicit the requisite collective response that alone can combat the problem.

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How Far Are We from The Global Climate Goals?

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In order to meet the UN climate goals and inch our way towards meeting the commitments of the Paris agreement of limiting our global emissions across sectors, and paving the way to set a roadmap for keeping the temperature rising well below 2°, there is an immediate need for a coherent and co-ordinated response from governments around the world to step up our efforts to address the low- hanging fruits for action.

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Nothing short of a 7.4% year-on –year cut in fossil fuel CO2 emissions from 2019 to 2050 will limit global warming to the more ambitious goal of 1.5 ° C.
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While India is joining the global shift towards renewable energy, it still overwhelmingly relies on coal for electricity, with an 11% increase in its energy from burning coal in 2016-2018, compared to less than a 1.5% rise in China.

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To dramatically reduce emissions by 2050, and to meet multiple Sustainable Development Goals, India must transition away from coal and towards renewable energy. It will also need to enhance public transport, increase use of cleaner fuels, and improve waste management and agricultural production practices.

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The target may seem formidable but with children and their health at the center of this discourse, individuals, institutions and governments have an obligation to set immediate, short-term, mid-term and long-term targets on the road to decarbonizing all our activities.

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A child born today is predicted to live in a world that is atleast four degrees warmer by the time she or he reaches their 70th birthday, signifying a lifetime of detrimental exposures to extreme climatic conditions and the consequent impact on their health and living conditions.

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As The Lancet Report signified, “it will take the collective work of 7.5 billion people currently alive to ensure that the health of a child born today isn’t defined by a changing climate.”
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One hopes that the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) deliberations at COP 25 will witness critical commitments and decisions at the highest level from all nations.

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The future we create is the one that we leave behind for our children and there is no better time to begin than now.

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(India, and the Capital especially, has been in an air pollution crisis. How has the hazardous air #pollution impacted you? Write down your #PollutionKaSolution and send it to us at FIT@thequint.com. )

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21-year-old Pratishtha Deveshwar moved to Delhi from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, two years ago for her studies. The decision to move to Delhi was not just because of quality of education offered here but also because colleges in Hoshairpur are not accessible to her.

8 years ago, a road accident changed Pratishtha’s life. 4 vertebrates of her spinal cord were crushed in the accident which left her paralysed below the chest. She had to befriend a wheelchair at the age of 13.

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I didn’t know what has happened with me, I was moved on a stretcher for several days. One day the doctor said he will take me out and I was so glad. Then he showed me the wheelchair. Honestly, in the initial days I hated it. Of course, now I embrace it.
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With her parent’s support, she moved to Delhi and is now studying Political Science at Lady Sri Ram College. Coming from a small town, initially living alone in Delhi felt very liberating. But despite being a national capital, the realisation dawned that Delhi remained inaccessible for persons with disabilities. Joy turned into frustration.

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I wanted to go grocery shopping but then couldn’t access the shops because of stairs, nearest parks did not have ramps on the entrance, sidewalks don’t have ramps, buses and cabs are inaccessible as well. More often than not, the cab driver denies and he cancels the ride abruptly. Because I do not have any accessible means of transport, I have to take my wheelchair on the road itself.
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Her wheelchair became her vehicle. Not just a travelling companion, but also a means to raise her voice. She needed to speak up for her community and the first step was to join the equal opportunity cell at the prestigious Lady Sriram College, which she now leads. Through petitions, awareness and sheer will to change things, Pratishtha got ramps built near the parks at her college, started raising awareness about the rights of people with disabilities on several platforms and quashing the stereotypes around disability.

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People have commented about my lipstick, the dress I am wearing as it doesn’t suit a person on wheelchair. What they don’t know is that I party, dance, eat out and do not miss out on life. We say person with disabilities, I am a ‘person’, a human being first.
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She is now an accessibility rights activist and recently travelled to Nairobi, Kenya as a UNFPA youth participant at the ICPD25 conference. The International Conference on Population and Development brought together political leaders, policy makers, activists, NGOs and youth leaders from over 160 countries on one platform to push for women's reproductive health and rights to take centre stage in national and global development efforts.

Pratishtha’s stirring speech in front of a global gathering made a huge impact.

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\"I wanted to go out there and spread awareness about road safety. So that more and more people are aware of their rights on the road and more and more people have access to safer roads,\" she adds.

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On National Pollution Control Day, here's a comparison of how Delhi is handling air pollution vs Beijing, and what we can learn from it.

There's many apocalyptic stories about Delhi's pollution. But this isn't one of them. Instead, it's about how fierce intent can drive any city to bring down its pollution levels. Case in point: Beijing.

In just 20 years, Beijing has turned around its pollution statistics, like no other city of the world has. What was once the world's number 1 most polluted city, has now come down to the 122nd most polluted city in the world, with an average PM 2.5 of below 50.

Here's how Beijing did it.

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1. By Cutting Coal

America may love the song Call Me Maybe, but Beijing operates more to the tune of Coal Me Maybe. Coal contributed 60% to the levels of PM 2.5. So Beijing cut down its coal consumption by 50% between 2013 and 2018.

2. Controlling The Number of New Cars

Cars can 'drive' pollution levels up, as though they were in the fifth gear. Beijing controls the number of new cars that people can buy. In 2018, for instance, the quota for new cars in Beijing was just 1 lac cars annually.

Delhi's show off culture might disapprove.

3. Setting Aggressive Targets

Not only did Beijing set really aggressive targets, it also strictly monitored them. In 2017, China fined 18000 companies for air pollution, with fines totalling (US$132.2 million). And unlike India, the cost of disobeying a law is hugeeeeee in China.

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To be sure, no one is saying that punitive action is the best, but a strong intent and decades worth of effort is something we can definitely learn from Beijing. Rather than implementing knee-jerk reactions, we need to implement things more holistically.

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With Delhi and other parts of the country reeling under pollution, many alternative methods have been touted as the perfect antidote to counter its ill effects. While ginger and amla have long been the top favourites, the latest such claim involves camphor (kapur), and has been made by Sadhavi Khosla on Twitter.

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Claim: Burning Camphor Can Counter Air Pollution

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In a tweet, Sadhavi Khosla, who has about 84000 followers and has written in many prominent media outlets, wrote that wearing a beaded mala (necklace) of camphor with cotton around the neck can help counter air pollution. She also said that by inhaling the aroma of camphor at home, we can help reduce pollution in our homes.

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Expert Take

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To verify this claim, FIT spoke to Dr. Arvind Kumar, lung surgeon and founder of Lung Care Foundation and here's what he had to say.

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Whatever has been stated has no scientific proof in literature. We always go by evidence which has been produced in the form of a scientific study. And having been very active in this field, I am not aware of any scientific study which has shown that wearing a mala of camphor can help pollution.
Dr. Arvind Kumar, Lung Surgeon
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We also reached out to Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, a homeopathic doctor who has won a Padma Shri for his contribution to medicine. He said that while natural camphor has benefits, its more commonly found synthetic counterparts harm us.

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Most of the camphor is artificial or synthetic, so that will cause more pollution. Natural camphor has good benefits, but the synthetic one, which is more common, should not be used. Camphor also neutralises or makes ineffective homeopathic medicine.
Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, Homeopathic Doctor
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Camphor is used in many Indian households, especially while offering prayers to the Gods. However, owing to its religious significance, its side effects are often overlooked. In fact, as is seen from the tweet above, its benefits are sometimes even exaggerated. However, as a scientist, Dr. Arvind Kumar says he just cannot subscribe to this theory.

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If you burn camphor at home, it releases a huge amount of particulate matter and there is no way that it can be called as protective, if at all, it will cause damage. As a scientist, I just cannot subscribe to this theory
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In an earlier video interview to Fit, Dr. Kumar had said that by stopping any source of smoke, we can reduce the level of indoor pollution in our homes.

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We have to look for all sources of smoke. Stop any source of smoke. If everyday you lit four agarbattis and stopped that, you would've reduced the PM 2.5 level in your house by at least 20%. I've seen that by using a monitor in my own house.
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(World COPD Day is observed on 21 November to raise awareness about airway diseases. FIT is reposting this story in that light.)

Over 34 years, as India’s economy expanded and flourished, Raj Iyer was on the move, travelling at least 14 days a month as a consultant with nonprofit and government agencies.

His itinerant, fulfilling life changed 11 years ago when he repeatedly felt short of breath and was eventually diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which had debilitated his lungs and his ability to breathe.

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Smoking 60 cigarettes a day for 40 years was probably the immediate cause, although worsening air pollution may have played a role. “I knew my symptoms were of a respiratory disease, but I didn’t know it was COPD,” said Iyer. “I certainly didn’t know how bad it gets or that it is incurable.”
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Today, Iyer is 69, and his once expansive life has shrunk to a room in his house in Bengaluru’s eastern Pai Layout, where he lives with his primary caregivers, his 34-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter-in-law, whose lives, as we explain later, are circumscribed by his illness.

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“When I first got married (in 2012), his COPD was not as bad, and he didn’t need continuous oxygen support,” said Antara Karthikeyan, Iyer’s daughter-in-law and a kindergarten teacher.
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As the COPD progressed, Iyer needed oxygen support, multiple hospitalisations because of breathlessness caused by high levels of carbon dioxide - which is toxic to the body and accumulates when COPD affects ability of the lungs to expel carbon dioxide - and fell frequently due to his weakening bones.

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Iyer’s room is taken over by the paraphernalia of his life-support system. A “BiPAP machine”, which is a respirator that steadies his breathing. A portable oxygen concentrator to take along while travelling. A larger oxygen concentrator, a machine that scrubs nitrogen from the air and give him a stream of pure oxygen through a 7-m-long plastic tube that allows him to move around the house. And to keep the life-giving gas flowing even when the electricity cuts out in India’s IT capital, notorious for its shaky power grid, the oxygen concentrator is connected to an inverter.

If Iyer’s professional and personal life followed India’s physical and economic transformation, so did the trajectory of the little-known, ill-managed disease that ravages his body - and is killing more Indians than ever before in a country with growing air pollution, more smoking among young people and an ageing, vulnerable population.

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An incurable and progressive disease, COPD moved up from eighth spot to second on the list of leading ways to die in India, over 26 years to 2016 (the year for which the latest data are available). COPD claimed more victims than either road accidents or suicides in 2016. It claimed more lives than diabetes, malaria, tuberculosis and breast cancer combined in 2016. It only trails heart disease in the number of Indians it kills.

COPD is responsible for nearly a million deaths every year, as IndiaSpend reported in March 2019, in the first part of this series. The second part explained the contribution of traditional stoves burning coal, wood and cow-dung to COPD in India. In this, the third part, we bring you the story of a nation’s toxic air, a dangerous habit and a man being slowly claimed by a disease killing more Indians than ever before.

The fourth part will explain how India is unprepared for its COPD crisis

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Air Pollution, Smoking and Ageing

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Tobacco smoking is the primary cause of COPD worldwide, and it is responsible for a fourth of all cases in India. But air pollution - including ambient and household pollution due to biomass burning - is the primary cause of COPD in India and is responsible for more than half (53 percent) of all cases.

The ambient particulate pollution in India rose 12.5 percent over 27 years to 2017, from 80 μg/m3 (microgram per cubic metre) in 1990 to 90 μg/m3 in 2017, whereas China reduced its ambient particulate pollution from 58 μg/m3 to 53 μg/m3 over the same period.

These are “population weighted annual means” measuring fine particles, either dust or smoke, that penetrate the innermost recesses of the lungs. Averaged across the country, these data give weight to areas in proportion to their population, so that greater weight is given to areas where more people live. But these averages mask local concentrations of toxic air that may be many times more than the average.

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In addition, more than 266 million Indians use tobacco, according to a 2018 World Health Organisation factsheet, and while the most common way to die of tobacco is from cardiovascular disease (48 percent), the next is chronic respiratory disease (23 percent), which includes COPD.

Although the proportion of any smoking among men aged 15 to 69 in India fell 27 percent over 12 years to 2010, cigarette smoking rose two fold in that age group and four fold in the 15-29 age group, according to a 2016 paper in BMJ Global Health, a journal.

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“Despite modest decreases in smoking prevalence, the absolute numbers of male smokers aged 15-69 years has increased substantially over the last 15 years,” said the paper. Iyer started smoking when he was 17 and did not quit until a year before he was diagnosed with COPD.
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A compounding factor in COPD’s rise in India is its ageing population, since there is growing evidence that susceptibility rises with age.

Over 21 years to 2011, the number of Indians above the age of 60 rose 93 percent from 53.7 million to 103.8 million. The decadal growth in elderly population between 2001 and 2011 was 35.5 percent, compared to 17.7 percent growth in the general population.

As the country ages and air pollution rises, COPD is likely to be increasingly common in India, experts told IndiaSpend.

India now accounts for a third (32 percent) of all disability adjusted life years (DALYs)--an indicator of overall disease burden - for COPD worldwide. Over 26 years to 2016, there was a 54 percent rise in the share of COPD in India’s total disease burden, as COPD moved up from being the eighth-leading cause of death to the second, according to the 2017 India: Health of the Nation’s States report by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a think tank, and the Indian Council for Medical Research, a government-run network of research laboratories.

Within this rise of COPD, there are medical nuances that explain why the disease is poorly understood, even by doctors, and poorly managed, claiming more Indian lives than it should.

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Why so Many Indians Die of COPD

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When Iyer felt the first shortness of breath, constant cough and tiredness in 2006, he went to a cardiologist who suspected it to be respiratory and cardiac related. The doctor prescribed medicines for both and despite symptoms getting worse, Iyer continued to work and travel.

Two years later, when he was alone, Iyer’s blood sugar levels dropped and he asked his driver to take him to a hospital. There, a number of tests later, his condition was correctly diagnosed as COPD.

It should not have taken two years for a diagnosis because Iyer has been a smoker since he was 17 and smoked, as we said, up to 60 cigarettes a day for 40 years.

As in Iyer’s case, a classic COPD symptom is shortness of breath, although other symptoms can include fatigue, cough and tightness of the chest. Patients feel short of breath because the tubes carrying oxygen to air sacs in the lungs are inflamed - chronic bronchitis - or because smoke damages these sacs, which is emphysema.

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Either way, the lungs do not expel carbon dioxide or absorb oxygen as they should, even as airways are inflamed, making breathing difficult. This is especially difficult for older patients.

“At the age of 25, our lungs are at their optimum efficiency (taking in) around four to six litres (of air with every breath); from then on, it gradually declines about 25-30 ml per year,” said HB Chandrashekar, director of the Jain Institute of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Bengaluru. “For smokers, this is two or three times faster, so about 80-90 ml decline each year,” said HB Chandrashekar.

So, by the time a smoker reaches the age of 45, the lung capacity is equivalent to a 75-year old’s, he said. Iyer, as we said, was 58 when diagnosed.

All his adult life, Iyer’s mother and friends told him to quit smoking. In 2007, he finally did. A year later, he was diagnosed with COPD. By then, he was in the second stage of the disease, meaning his COPD was moderate with symptoms worsening on exertion.

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“Usually patients come to COPD as an exacerbation of a bad lung infection,” said Rajani Bhat, consultant physician, pulmonologist and critical-care-medicine specialist, who treated Iyer for eight years. “They say that they were perfectly normal before, but the fact is that their lung function has been on a decline for sometime, but they felt it only later because of aging.”

If caught early, ideally in full body health checks that include lung-function tests, COPD can be treated and managed through inhalers, usually bronchodilators, that open airways and make breathing easier, even though there is no direct cure.

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There are several reasons why COPD is not diagnosed early by most Indian doctors:

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“In our own study, we found that 25 percent of patients admitted with myocardial infarction (heart attack) had an underlying lung disease which was not known,” said BV Murali Mohan, Consultant, Pulmonology and Internal Medicine, at Narayana Health, Bengaluru.

Unlike heightened general awareness of India’s number one killer - cardiovascular disease - COPD is seldom written about in the popular media.

“It (COPD) is not considered of reader or viewer interest,” said Srinath Reddy, PHFI president. Coupled with poor diagnosis in primary care, confusion with other respiratory diseases and “low self referrals” by patients, COPD is an ill-understood disease, said Reddy.

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Living with COPD

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Iyer has watched COPD gradually take over his life.

From stage two in 2008, the disease within him has progressed to stage four, which means it is now in very severe stage where hospitalisations are frequent and lung function is limited.

Over the last four years, he has been hospitalised 10 times, mostly with a lung infection or low oxygen saturation in the blood.

In 2019, Iyer has only been hospitalised in January.

“They say if you have not been hospitalised for more than six months, you are doing well,” said Iyer. He has become adept at managing his disease at home, adjusting his BiPAP machine, running his nebuliser, which deliver medication to open his airway in a fine mist, and has avoided going to the hospital.

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“Most patients, especially women, do not want to burden their children and family (and) hence wait till it is too late to see a doctor,” said Bhat, Iyer’s doctor. This is being penny wise, pound foolish, she said, since regular follow-ups ensure patients do not need to be hospitalised frequently.
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Since most COPD cases in India are detected late and in stage 2 and beyond, they need frequent hospitalisation, especially in winter.

Iyer spends between Rs 10,000-15,000 every month on managing COPD, but each hospitalisation that usually lasts a week can cost between Rs 60,000-100,000.

Apart from the medical paraphernalia that keeps him alive, opposite his bed is a blackboard, on which daughter-in-law Antara Karthikeyan has written a list of medicines he needs to take every day and in case of an emergency.

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Given his research background - he has a master of philosophy degree in social anthropology - Iyer has studied the disease’s mechanism extensively and answered questions on treatment and medicines with ease.

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“To treat COPD, doctors prescribed steroids, which in-turn bring on diabetes and osteoporosis,” said Iyer. “Because COPD makes you breathless, you are less active, which further weakens bones and muscles.”
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Inhalers do not cause these side-effects; only the oral steroids, said Bhat, his doctor. “Iyer has to take oral steroids for his exacerbations and he has had to take them over a long period of time” she added. “However he wouldn’t be alive, if not for those medications.”

Yet, COPD detected early can be managed, and patients can hope for better quality of life.

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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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An intervention that works as effectively, if not better, than medication for COPD is pulmonary rehabilitation, which includes a 12-week-programme of exercises for chronic lung patients under medical supervision, nutritional counselling and breathing techniques.

Exercise improves a patient’s breathing capacity by working muscles that become deconditioned due to disuse; it “empowers” patients and gives them confidence, so they can be independent, explained pulmonologist HB Chandrashekar of Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital  who set up Bengaluru’s first, and one of India’s earliest, pulmonary rehabilitation centres in 2012 in the hospital.

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“Exercise reduces chance of exacerbation, hospitalisation, improves symptoms and even may reduce mortality,” said Chadrashekar. Most patients are reluctant to go into rehab, as they consider it unnecessary, and most hospitals do not have such a centre, since it does not bring in as much revenue as hospital beds do, he said.
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Living in Bengaluru possibly took a greater toll on Iyer’s health. Pulmonologists explained how Bengaluru’s unique weather and geographical conditions make its residents especially prone to respiratory illness.

While air pollution is not as high as in New Delhi or in other northern cities - 15 of which rank among 20 of the world’s most-polluted cities - Bengaluru’s altitude of 3,020 ft or 920 m above sea level and equable climate ensure pollutants do not rise, as they would in warmer weather, but stay close to the ground.

“The treeline in the city, with trees on both sides of the road, are the city’s lungs (but) also trap the pollutants close to the breathing zone,” said Bhat. The city’s high pollen concentration makes residents prone to allergies, asthma and COPD.

When Iyer was first recommended pulmonary rehabilitation in 2008, he didn’t take it seriously. In 2015 when his condition worsened, he went to Mahaveer Jain Hospital and accepted the rehabilitation.

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He went to the hospital in a wheelchair with oxygen support; slowly he weaned himself off the wheelchair and constant oxygen support. In 2015, he felt better and was physically capable of doing more.

Iyer pointed out that insurance companies do not cover pulmonary rehabilitation. “They are willing to cover COPD and pay tonnes and tonnes of money, if you claim insurance,” he said. “But (they) will not pay for rehab that will prevent hospitalisation and save them money.”

The rehab costs Rs 1,000 a week, during which there are three one-hour sessions. Iyer paid for and continued rehab sessions for a year and was strong enough to achieve important milestones: his son’s wedding, buying property and travelling.

However, after a series of falls and injuries, he was not able to continue rehab after 2017. As his conditioned worsened, a greater burden is apparent on his family.

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How Families Cope With COPD

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COPD has altered the way Iyer’s family lives.

His son and daughter-in-law cannot, for instance, travel out of the city at the same time.

Daughter-in-law Antara Karthikeyan was once a retail manager with long working hours, but she was constantly worried about Iyer home alone.

“My number one concern was, what if he trips and falls,” said Antara Karthikeyan. “He cannot get up on his own. How will he call us?”

Her decision to become a kindergarten teacher, so she could return home by afternoon, was a personal choice, she said. She and her husband have hired help to look after their four-year-old daughter, Tanya, and be available in case Iyer needs assistance while Antara Karthikeyan is at work.

COPD does not affect only the lungs, but causes wider systemic damage because of inflammation. The disease has brought gastritis, diabetes, oedema, sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression to Iyer, who uses music, reading books, watching documentaries and meditation as a way of making peace with his body’s slow degeneration.

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(This is the third of a four-part series. You can read the first part here and the second part here.

Reporting for this article was supported by the REACH Lilly Media Fellowship Programme on Non Communicable Diseases.

This story was first published here on Healthcheck and then on IndiaSpend. It has been republished with permission.)

(Yadavar is a special correspondent with IndiaSpend.)

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If you’ve ever used public transport in India for long periods of time, you would know how close toilets come to hygiene rights violation. Now, you may be one of those individuals who have devised techniques like not drinking water for long hours or performing acrobatics to avoid contact with any surfaces in a public toilet.

However, in case you fail to go down these paths, the doom of a stinking, filthy toilet will be your fate. But wait, what if there was a solution to this problem of taking a piss when away from a clean toilet (and no, it does not include the shady highway bushes)?

Looks like your answer lies in toilet seat sanitisers. Before we try to figure out if they really work, here’s a look at what the product actually is.

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Understanding Toilet Seat Sanitisers

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Most toilet seat sanitisers are available in portable spray bottles that can be easily carried around.

They have to be sprayed at the toilet seat from a distance of 10-15 cms and are allowed to dry for 10 seconds. Most sanitisers start disinfecting the surface after the first five seconds.

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They are scented which can also have a great psychological effect once they mask the foul odours often encountered in public toilets. They can also be sprayed on door knobs and taps.

Other than sanitisers, some people opt for toilet seat covers which is basically a sheet of paper that is put on the seat. They act as a barrier and prevent your skin from coming in direct contact with the seat. However, if health experts are to be believed, these covers cause more harm than good.

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Infections to Worry About

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Flushing a toilet seat often carries bacteria upwards to the rim which might come in contact with the human body when the seat is used.

These water droplets may sometimes also contain bacteria and contaminants found in human waste. For instance E coli is a baterium which is found in faecal matter. It is capable of causing diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach ache.

Another bacterium called shigella can also be transferred through toilet seats and can cause dysentery and stomach ache.

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Sanitisers or Seat Covers?

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Dr Kshitij Anand, Consultant, Department of Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Noida, affirms that toilet seats are indeed breeding ground for several kinds of bacteria and contaminants. In such a case, sanitisers become the need of the hour.

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Shared toilet seats can become contaminated with bacteria that may cause infections. Toilet sanitisers and paper seat covers offer security from germs and dirt that may be present in the restrooms, it improves cleanliness.
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He further adds that sanitisers are more effective than seat covers.

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Toilet sanitisers are more effective as compared to toilet seat covers. It may sound weird, but you’re actually exposing your body to even more germs and bacteria when you line the seat with paper seat cover. A paper seat cover has a rougher texture and is designed to absorb stuff which makes it a perfect place where bacteria can stick.
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Gynaecologist at Max Hospital, Delhi, Dr Uma Vaidyanathan agrees and says:

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Sanitisers are better than seat covers due to their disinfectant effect.
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But Are These Products Really Worth the Time?

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Dr Anand reiterates that yes, toilet sanitisers do protect you from infections.

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These products help to improve hygiene confidence and considerably reduce the risk of contamination. Using a toilet seat sanitiser or even a paper seat cover, rather than attempting to clean the seat, could lower the risk of non-sexually transmitted infection because if your hands get dirty then there are changes of having Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
Dr Anand
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Dr Vaidyanathan comments on the stubbornness of a UTI and adds:

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It’s a known fact that unclean toilets can give rise to urine infections which may be quite resistant to treatment.
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If public toilets are your worst nightmare, you don’t need me to tell you that toilet seat sanitisers are your new best friend.

So, next time you embark on a journey where public toilets are an inevitable reality, just bring out that bottle and spray the bacteria away.

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Immunization is an important part of ensuring that certain diseases are at kept at bay throughout one’s life. Immunization protects children against certain specific and serious diseases, which could otherwise become life-threatening.

But there are a lot of misconceptions and doubts about the process of immunization and why it is important and when to get a child vaccinated etc.

So we got Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, to clear the air on immunization and answer all your questions.

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What is immunization?

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Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert between 2 and 3 million deaths each year.

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What are the benefits of immunization?
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Immunization protects children against certain specific and serious diseases, which otherwise would lead to stress, worry and expense of having a child become very ill and possibly die from a disease that could be prevented by administration of a vaccine.

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Which vaccines are currently provided under UIP? 
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Under UIP, immunization is provided free of cost against 12 vaccine preventable diseases:

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Where can we get our children vaccinated?
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You can visit any government health facility, including hospitals, medical colleges, urban dispensaries, Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), sub-centres and Anganwadi centres for getting your children vaccinated. Please contact the ASHA /or ANM of your area to get details of the immunization sessions being held near you and ensure you take your children to the nearest immunization session to get them vaccinated as per the recommended immunization schedule.

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Why is timely vaccination important for my child? How much does vaccination cost? 
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Vaccines ensure the best protection to children when they are given at the right ages, and in required number of doses. At certain period of life, there is a maximum incidence of a particular disease. Therefore, to prevent harm caused by the disease, vaccines are provided at that particular age. For example, the occurrence of Polio is maximum in children below 5 years of age; hence, vaccination against polio is given in routine immunization as well as in campaigns to children below 5 years of age.

Vaccines are costly and government spends a lot of money to make them available free of cost to every beneficiary.

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My child has received all doses of a vaccine through routine immunization. Will s/he still require additional doses during a campaign? Also, if my child is sick, can s/he be vaccinated?
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Yes. A campaign is organized to ensure that majority of children in vulnerable age group get immunized to control transmission of disease causing organism. Thus, even if a child has received the age-specific and recommended vaccines in routine immunization, s/he should get “additional” doses of the vaccine during campaigns. It also provides additional protection to the child against the disease.

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A sick child suffering from mild illness (like mild cough and cold, or mild fever) can be safely vaccinated with injectable or oral vaccines. However, a child who has some serious illness or is hospitalized (like in high grade fever, severe diarrhoea, etc.), should not be vaccinated until his or her condition improves.

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Why some vaccines are given in thigh, while others in arm, or orally? Can’t all vaccines be given from mouth, instead of injection?
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Route of each vaccine is decided after assessing maximum protection that it will generate in the body. Each vaccine leads to protection against target pathogen only when they are administered by its specific route. Therefore, different vaccines are given by different routes.

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Can vaccines cause allergy?
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Some children may be allergic to certain vaccines or component of a particular vaccine (like antibiotic or preservative), and administration of vaccine in such children may result in allergic reaction, like itching, or appearance of red spots on the body, soon after the vaccination. If there is any history or such kind of symptoms observed during previous vaccinations then inform the same to health worker or doctor before getting the next dose of the vaccine.

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(Ms. Preeti Sudan is currently serving as Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Prior to this posting, she was Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution)

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“I started losing my hair around 19. I clung to what little hair I had left for a while.”

“I was dying a little every day looking in the mirror.”

Why would anyone want to be with someone that can't even keep their hair?

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These are just some of the feelings expressed by men on Reddit who are struggling to cope with premature baldness.

Another Redditor mentions how his premature baldness has taken a toll on his mental health, because of being considered ‘unattractive,’ in a country with an already skewed gender ratio.

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Going bald young is psychologically exhausting. No amount of validation seems to do it for me. Sometimes I go read old threads on askwomen that I’ve already read 10 times and get reminded that the general opinion is that being bald is unattractive, especially for young women... All of this combined with cultural stigma in my country ... with a very skewed gender ratio means any prospect of relations or even platonic girlfriend seems hopeless to me.
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Premature balding has long affected men. But studies show Indian men are now being confronted by baldness as early as their 20s.

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For a problem that affects so many men, cinema has often refrained from tackling it. Seldom does one see a balding hero romancing an actress!
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All that may change, with Ayushman Khurana’s satirical black comedy Bala, which deals with the issue of premature balding.

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But what exactly is premature balding, and how does it happen? FIT explains.

Premature balding is technically called androgenic alopecia, and usually leaves one with a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp.

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Causes

  1. Having a family history of baldness is a major cause of premature balding. According to WebMD, up to 95% of men with thinning hair can blame it safely on their genes. Because how sensitive your hair is to a hormone called DHT - which causes the thinning - is dependent on genetics.
  2. Stress and pollution.
  3. Balding can also be the side effect of certain medications.
  4. Lack of nutrients like protein or excess of Vitamin A, both can contribute to premature balding.
  5. Steroids used for building muscle can also have hair loss as a side effect.
  6. A global study examining the genetic material of more than 20,000 men conducted by the University of Bonn, has found that men of shorter stature may also have an increased risk of becoming bald prematurely.
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Is there a Cure?

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Unfortunately, there’s no cure for male-pattern baldness. However, some medications like Minoxidil can help in slowing the hair fall. Some men also opt to go for hair transplants.

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Thinning Of Hope? No Way!

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Prince William doesn’t mind being the butt of the Royal ‘heir’ jokes and instead of getting a hair transplant, has rather embraced the Windsor family’s inclination for male pattern baldness.

Similarly, Ben Kingsley and Jason Alexander have made great careers in the glamour world, despite their baldness.

But the most dramatic story remains of Patrick Stewart. He started losing his hair at 19, but when a friend’s husband burned his toupee, he embraced his hair and became a cinema legend WITH his balding head!

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The air pollution's impact has been felt by Dilliwallahs for about ten days now. And no one is immune from it.

Actor Priyanka Chopra too found it difficult to shoot for her film, The White Tiger, amid hazardous levels of smog in the Indian national capital.

\"It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions,\" Priyanka Chopra wrote on Instagram. She added, \"We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone.\"

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It’s so hard to shoot here right now that I can’t even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollution😷 #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/priyankachopra/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px;" target="_blank"> Priyanka Chopra Jonas</a> (@priyankachopra) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2019-11-03T16:52:27+00:00">Nov 3, 2019 at 8:52am PST</time></p></div></blockquote>
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The air quality plunged to a new low, with AQI reaching levels of 900 in some parts of the Capital. Doctors say AQI between 401-500 counts as severe, and is essentially a health hazard, with *everyone* experiencing more serious health issues.

Cases of respiratory distress have risen by 20 percent in the last few days with almost all hospitals reporting similar rise in number of patients, says the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria.

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5,43,000 deaths of children under the age of five.

That was the horrifying cost of pollution (both indoor and outdoor) globally in 2016.

Three years later, things have not changed for the better - in fact, they have gotten worse.

Closer home though, the situation is really bad, with hazardous air in Delhi - which hovers between 500 to 800 these days - continuing to impact children the most.

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Delhi Kids Have it Worse Than Rural Kids (When it Comes to Air)

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The Yale Global Health Review points to a three-year-study by the Chittranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) along with WHO found that the respiratory health of children in Delhi aged between four and seventeen was far worse than that of children in other areas.
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The study, which involved conducting tests on 11,628 children from 36 Delhi schools and 15 rural schools in West Bengal and Uttaranchal had these shocking findings:

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43.5 % of Delhi school kids were living with “poor or restrictive lungs” as compared to 22% of the kids in rural schools.
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Here’s another shocker: According to the report, roughly 50% of the 4.4 million children of Delhi already have “irreversible lung damage.”
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Dr Rahul Chaudhary, a pediatrician at Delhi's Hindu Rao hospital has witnessed first hand how children of all ages - whether they are in the womb, or aged ten, experience the ill effects of air pollution.

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Unborn babies or those in the womb of pregnant ladies have more risk of pre-term delivery and IUGR (Intrauterine growth restriction). Once a baby is IUGR, they can get lifetime complications of diabetes, hypertension among others.
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Explaining how the effects are witnessed among kids of different ages, Dr Rahul explains:

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Once a child is below the age of one, they have more chance of respiratory problems - asthma, pneumonia and bronchiolitis. Older children between 4 -10 years get cognitive impairment along with asthma. Their IQ decreases, and they lack interest in studies.
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Here's what Dr. Chaudhary advises parents.

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Tips To Protect Your Kid From Air Pollution

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But even as we hand out the tips, let us remember that even among Delhi kids, the damage is not equal. The poorest of children are among the most vulnerable to the health impacts of the toxic air.

Globally too, for children aged five or less and born in the low and medium income countries of Africa, East Mediterranean, and South East Asia - pollution just hits them harder.

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According to WHO, while for Africa, the death rate per 100,000 children attributable to pollution is 184.1, for Eastern Mediterranean regions it is 98.6, and for South East Asian LMIC countries it is 75.

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Air quality plunged to emergency levels in the capital. The city's air quality slumped to the \"severe\" category and has not improved much in the last few days.

So as air pollution continues to haunt our health, air purifiers and pollution masks seem like the best friends we desperately need by our sides. But how effective are these air purifiers really, how many do you need in your house and do they really protect us from this toxic air?

To clear all doubts and answer all our questions, I decided to speak to an expert.

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How Effective is an Air Purifier?

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Anupam Mathur, Sales Director, Honeywell explains that there are a lot of myths in the market about what an air purifier actually does.

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A high quality air-purifier arrests larger particles, stops the PM 2.5, and gives fresh air immediately.
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How Can Air in Large Spaces Be Cleaned?

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Can something be inserted into air conditioners in offices that can clean the air?

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For big spaces like offices, I suggest ‘electronic air cleaning’ which can be installed into any of the air-handling units (AHU). It is more cost efficient than buying air-purifiers for every room. 
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He adds that adding filters to air-conditioners, however, can obstruct not just the air but the process of air-conditioning itself.

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How Effective Are N95 Masks?

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Mathur labels the N95 masks as the ‘gold standard on PM 2.5’. The particle filter built into them prevents basic pollutants and PM 2.5 to pass through, ensuring inhalation of cleaner air.

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What Steps Can Be Taken To Reduce Pollution?

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Air pollution caused by vehicles, construction, diwali firecrackers and crop-burning, needs to be attacked in a structured and singular manner. Even then, changes on the ground will only be seen in the next three or four years. In the short term, the pollution is not going away. 
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Will Installing Filters in ACs Help?

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Not many people own hot and cold air conditioners in India so installing a filter will work in summers but not in winters. And the moment you put anything that obstructs the flow of air, then the air conditioning also drops down. 
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Final Verdict?

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And as for air purifiers, my Air Quality Monitor questions their impact when they are kept at even a little distance away from the air purifiers. They lure you with a false sense of security.

But with the paucity of options available, they might be here to stay.

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It’s time to do away with the stigma of bowel conditions and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) tops the list here. Largely a taboo topic in society, this drives those affected into isolation, and is often a key driver of side effects like anxiety or depression. An IBD patient is no stranger to the pain and shame that come with this condition, and even though the numbers of those affected are huge, very little is understood about this disorder. This is what adds to the confusion and problems. So, information is clearly the key.

IBD is an autoimmune disease that causes severe damage to the digestive tract. There are two main forms of IBD: Crohn's Disease, which can cause inflammations of the entire digestive tract, and Ulcerative Colitis, where the inflammation is limited to the colon.

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Here it is also important to understand that Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are two separate conditions that are often mistaken for one another.
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IBS is not a disease, but is just a functional disorder of the digestive system that does not cause any damage to the colon (read more about it here).

People living with both face very similar challenges as some of the symptoms like diarrhea and intense stomach cramps overlap and this leads to the misconception that both are the same.

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What Causes it?

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The exact cause of IBD is unknown. Diet and stress were suspected earlier, but now we know that while these factors may aggravate it, they are not the cause. One possible cause could be an immune system malfunction wherein our immune system while trying to fight off an invading virus or bacterium ends up attacking the cells in the digestive tract too. Heredity also seems to plays a role, however, many people with IBD don't have a family history. So, things are not very clear.

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The Symptoms

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Anaemia, bleeding, excess weight loss, fatigue, severe B12 deficiency, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, fever, loose, irregular, bloody stools, inflamed colon, stomach cramps, swelling and ulcers are common symptoms. Plus, there is always that omnipresent anxiety of an unpredictable diarrhea attack, and a close link to food sensitivities; there are lots of things an IBD patient can’t eat.

IBD can be debilitating and sometimes leads to life-threatening complications, so should not be taken lightly. Treatment involves prescription of anti-inflammatory drugs, anxiety relievers, laxatives and antibiotics to kill bacteria that may trigger or aggravate IBD symptoms.

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Natural Cure

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Eat right. Always cook vegetables well as raw or partially cooked vegetables are difficult to digest completely. Cut food into small pieces and masticate (chew) thoroughly in the mouth before gulping. Eat smaller and more frequent meals. Eat a low fibre diet. Avoid very small food morsels, such as corn kernels and peas as swallowing these tiny bits without chewing them properly creates stomach trouble.

Have probiotics. Probiotics affect the amount of unhealthy bacteria in the gut, quell inflammation, and strengthen the stomach lining for people with IBD. Good sources include yogurt, fermented soy products, and nutritional supplements.

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Avoid These

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3 Things to Keep in Mind While Traveling With IBD

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Let people you are travelling with know what is going on, about your need to run to the bathroom and your dietary restrictions.

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(Kavita is a nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi. She is the author of Don’t Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People (Jaico) and Ultimate Grandmother Hacks: 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You (Rupa).)

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The conversation with Dr Saxena revealed that the symptoms of a stroke can be varied. They include weakness and numbness on one side of the body, difficulty in speaking and understanding words, drowsiness, loss of vision, severe headaches and sometimes even death. Symptoms depend on which part of the brain is affected. If not treated in time, the weakness and other neurological deficits may become permanent and extremely disabling.

According to a study done by researchers in 2006 in the USA, a patient with ischemic stroke loses 190,0000 brain cells every minute. The end result is the patient is paralysed for life and becomes dependent. There is about 1.2 million to 1.5 million strokes in India every year and with awareness, this number can be brought down by 80 percent, says Dr Saxena.

To get answers to more FAQs about stroke, take a look at our conversation with Dr Saxena and K Rajpal.

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Nope, not quinoa. Atta puri is what you are most likely gorging on this Diwali weekend.

Oh, and also matar paneer, jalebi, gulab jamun... you get the drift. But which of these comes with the MOST and LEAST calories of all? Find out here, as we go from the maximum to the minimum.

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10. Coconut Barfi

100 grams of coconut barfi is basically two pcs. And that tiny indulgence could likely add 468 calories to your calorie bank!

It's not the only heavy-weight item in this list though. There's others as well.

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9. Kaju Katli

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4 pcs of Kaju katli, which is most people's favourite sweet of all, too comes laden with calories. Yes, we are talking 391 Cals!

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8. Gulab Jamun

Who doesn't love gulab jamuns? After all, they are so sweet. But after finding out how many calories they come with, your relationship with it might just become bittersweet. Yes, we are talking 375 calories.

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7. Atta Puri

Puri and alloo/paneer is the default dinner on Diwali day. And here's the thing with puris: no one can eat just one. But eating two of those could give you 335 calories.

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6. Paneer Pakoda

It's not just our own houses. Going to a rishtedaar's house is also the time to munch on pakodas and chai. Talking about pakodas, having just four pieces of paneer pakoda comes with not much... just 274 Calories.

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5. Samosa

You will bite on that samosa anyway. But just one piece is a calorie bomb, with 268 calories.

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4. Jalebi

4-5 pcs of this sweetness overload can give you 263 Cal

3. Papri Chat

1/2 a plate, or 100 grams of this chatpata madness can give you 126 Cal.

2. Veg Biryani

Surprise surprise... 100 grams of this will only give you 101 calories. Before getting excited, remember that 100 grams roughly equals only 5 spoonfuls! Talk about small portions!

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1. Matar Paneer

Every curry household loves this. But if you only stick to 100 grams or 1/2 a katori, you can get out with just 92 calories.

With this we come to the end of our calorie kam contest. And the winner is matar paneer!

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“Every building, home or office, can have perfect air quality irrespective of the pollution outside,” claims Kamal Meattle, CEO of ‘one of the healthiest buildings’ in Delhi, Paharpur Business Centre, and an environmental activist with a TED talk and a book to his name, ‘How to Grow Fresh Air’.

So can anyone make their home “pollution-free”?

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FIT visited his building and Meattle told us ways in which we can “grow fresh air”.

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Here’s How You Can Grow Fresh Air

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Meattle explains that the steps they’ve taken to make this “green building” have all come at a low cost. “People tell us that you can only do this if you have a lot of money. But that’s not entirely true. As a result of this set up, a building’s energy consumption goes down so in fact, the money you invest in fresh air will bring down other costs for you.”

With help from technology and plants that remove pollutants from air and enrich it with oxygen, you can “grow your own fresh air”.

STEP 1: Declutter

Let's start with your bedroom.

The first step is to declutter the bedroom. Remove everything that you really don't need at night while you're going to sleep.

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So that the total VOCs, or the volatile compounds really come down in your room.

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STEP 2: Using the Right Plants

The second part is removing the PM 2.5 pollutants by using air purifiers or with plants.

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The pollution levels in Delhi are so high that perhaps, it’s better to use technology like hepa filters. But let the plants do what machines cannot do, namely, reduce the volatile chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene.
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There are three very common plants that will help you do that.

1. Areca Palm

This you should have in your living room not so much in your bedroom. You need about four shoulder-high areca palm plants per person.

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2. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Sansevieria

This is the second plant which you absolutely need. Six-eight pots with the adequate number of stems are needed to clean the air at night in your bedroom. The leaves have to be wiped each day to make sure that they're not coated with dust and their stomata are clear.

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3. Money Plant: This works very well to remove the volatile chemicals. And as far as money plants are concerned you need as many as you can get. If you had 50-100 stems in a pot of water, took the plants out and washed them under the tap, refilled the pot with fresh water regularly and kept these pots in each room, you'll find the volatile chemicals to be very low in your house.

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These plants must have either vermi manure which is sterile or you can have media like coco peat, perlite and charcoal for fertilisation because otherwise there would be bacteria and fungus, which you don't need in your bedroom.

So this is a very simple solution and you'll be able to grow the fresh air you need.

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How Much Will It Cost?

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So the solutions range right from a few hundred rupees to a lakh-and-a-half rupees, explains Meattle.

Here is an inexpensive, low-cost solution.

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You can get empty bottles and fill them with things like coco peat or charcoal and use money plants.

This solution will cost you a few hundred rupees and is very effective.

And the most expensive solution would be to get a top-end machine which clears and purifies the air.

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How Much Does It Benefit Us?

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“Through extensive studies, we found that over the past 25 years in this building, the health and productivity of the people here has improved drastically,” says Meattle.

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Harvard University has published a study to showcase that your cognitive abilities can go up by as much as 299%. And within 6 hours of being in this high quality or fresh air your cognitive abilities increase by 61%.

So, if you try this in your bedroom, you'll see that in the morning you're a smarter person than when you went to sleep!

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