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Can we avert T2D by just donning goggles?

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LONDON: Today technology is making life easier for human being. Gone are the days when people used to go to doctors to get themselves examined for all sorts of maladies!

Now we have electronic devices to diagnose and fix many illnesses. One such innovation is supposed to contain Type-2 diabetes (T2D) by means of goggles!

But can we really put off the deadly Type-2 diabetes (T2D) by just donning goggles? Well yes, that’s what the researchers claim! Unbelievable? Believe it.

According to the study, T2D could be averted by just putting on goggles that discharge bright lights into the eyes.

Savants have invented the goggles, labeled Re-Timer, which have four small lights in the frame and are designed to assist controlling the body clock.

The specific eyewear was actually developed at Flinders University in Australia as to cure sleep disorders.

As a matter of fact, light helps normalize one’s body clock that controls the diffusion of certain hormones.

The emission of such hormones, which also control blood sugar levels, is unbalanced among people suffering from pre-diabetes.

Considering this, an investigator from The London Endocrine Centre, Dr Paul Jenkins stated that light exposure can have intense effects on a few of the body’s hormones. However, it is remarkable to infer the impacts of this light therapy on insulin sensitivity.

It is to be noted that exposure to sunshine might be advantageous too when it comes to prevent T2D.

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Pakistan tops the list of most dangerous states for newborns, claims UNICEF!

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GENEVA: As per the latest report released by UNICEF, Pakistan is declared as the most dangerous country for newborns. According to the statistics, out of 1,000 babies born here, around 46 bite the dust following delivery.

  • What are some potential reasons behind newborns death?

Talking about this crucial concern, known obstetrician in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Dr. Ghazna Khalid maintained that the major reason behind newborns death is the practice of hiring unqualified midwives.

Naive and illiterate people tend to take help from unprofessional midwives, resulting into innumerable fatalities.

As a matter of fact, approx 80 percent of newborn mortalities here could be thwarted if parents take assistance of skilled birth attendants.

Khalid also held corruption, funding scarcity and inappropriate priorities of government accountable for triggering such fatalities.

On the contrary, children born in Japan, Iceland, and Singapore have been reported with higher odds of survival as compared to the kids in Central African Republic, Afghanistan and unfortunately Pakistan.

UNICEF claims that lives of some three millions babies can be rescued per annum by means of a proper investment in excellence care at the time of delivery.

It is pertinent to mention here that apart from hiring trained midwives, clean water, disinfectants, breastfeeding within the foremost hour of delivery, skin-to-skin exposure amid mum and little one and good nutrition are also required to boost babies chances of survival.

  • Top 10 most dangerous countries for newborns are as follows:
  1. Pakistan
  2. Central African Republic
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Somalia
  5. Lesotho
  6. Guinea-Bissau
  7. South Sudan
  8. Côte d’Ivoire, or Ivory Coast
  9. Mali
  10. Chad
  • Whereas, the safest states are:
  1. Japan
  2. Iceland
  3. Singapore
  4. Finland
  5. Slovenia
  6. Estonia
  7. Cyprus
  8. Republic of Korea, or South Korea
  9. Norway
  10. Luxembourg
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Can perfumes, cleaning products and paints contaminate the environment?

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GENEVA: Smoke of cars and other harmful gases have long been associated with rising pollution. But can perfumes, cleaning products, paints and printer ink make the milieu contaminated? Yes, that’s the claim of a latest research.

As a matter of fact, a huge amount of air pollution comes from chemical reactions occur as a result of using such stuff. The pollutants from these products mingles with the air as they evaporate rapidly and that is why we are able to smell the colognes emitting from perfumes, scented candles or air fresheners.

Keeping this in the view, experts connote that individuals should avoid their exposure to such products as much as possible. Also, always pick out fragrance-free cleaning products and endeavor to stay away from colognes, scented candles and room fresheners.

Also, they emphasize on growing more plants around the localities as this is the only way to keep our atmosphere fresh and clean. It is to be noted that air pollution is a severe concern that causes millions of premature deaths per annum. Academics have reported their ramifications in journal Science.

 

 

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Digital revolution: Can social media affect school grades?

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BERLIN: Social media penetration gets to everywhere. Due to its hype and craze, youngsters tend to adhere to their laptops and phones so as to be connected with the online world.

In such, investigators from Germany set out to know the impacts of using social networking sites such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram on the academic performance of teens.

So as to look into this, Professor Markus Appel from the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany and Timo Gnambs from the University of Bamberg have gone through some 59 studies harboring the link amid social media use and academic performance.

The studies comprised on approx 30,000 young people around the world.

Their findings suggest that those kids, who use social media so as to discuss apropos school related matters, have been reported performing slightly better.

On the contrary, those, who use Instagram while studying, log into others social networking sites post or send messages frequently, upload snaps and their activities, tend to perform somewhat worse as such practices trigger distraction when they do homework.

Maintaining that such sites could potentially impact its users non-constructively, academics further reiterate that parents should keep a watchful eye as to know in which activities their kids are involved when it comes to use social media.

Besides, they should inject variety in their activities (such as playing, social networking, studies, physical activities etc) as too much of anything is harmful.

 

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