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Canadian doctors demand annulment of their pay rise saying it is too much!

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OTTAWA: 213 general practitioners, 184 specialists, 149 resident medical doctors and 162 medical students have signed here an online petition floated on 25th of February by Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public (MQRP – that represents Quebec doctors and advocates for public health), maintaining since their pay raise is too much it should be curtailed.

According to the group it could not in good conscience accept pay raises when working  conditions remained difficult for others in their profession and while patients live with the lack of access to required services because of drastic cuts in recent years.

The petitioners maintained: “We, Quebec doctors who believe in a strong public system, oppose the recent salary increases negotiated by our medical federations”.

Pointing towards struggling patients they stated: “These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years and the centralization of power in the Ministry of Health. The only thing that seems to be immune to the cuts is our remuneration.

“We believe that there is a way to redistribute the resources of the Quebec health system to promote the health of the population and meet the needs of patients without pushing workers to the end.

“We, Quebec doctors, are asking that the salary increases granted to physicians be canceled and that the resources of the system be better distributed for the good of the health care workers and to provide health services worthy to the people of Quebec.”

It is pertinent to mention here that (according to government website) Canada has a public health system which provides universal coverage for medically necessary health care services provided on the basis of need, rather than the ability to pay. On average Ministry of Health pays a physician in Canada US $260,924 for clinical services per annum; a family physician is paid US $211,717 for clinical services and a surgical specialist is paid US $354,915.

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Eating dark chocolate cuts stress boosts memory

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ISLAMABAD: Consuming dark chocolate can reduce stress and inflammation, as well as improve memory, immunity, and mood, a new study said.

This is due to the high concentration of cacao a major source of flavonoids. The flavonoids found in cacao are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health, the researchers said, reported health news.

“For years, we have looked at the influence of dark chocolate on neurological functions from the standpoint of sugar content the more sugar, the happier we are,” said lead investigator Lee S. Berk, from Loma Linda University in California, US.

“This is the first time that we have looked at the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time, and are encouraged by the findings,” Berk added. Further, dark chocolate was also found to affect human gene expression.

It regulates cellular immune response, neural signaling, and sensory perception. Cacao consumption up-regulates multiple intracellular signaling pathways involved in T-cell activation, cellular immune response and genes involved in neural signaling and sensory perception – the latter potentially associated with the phenomena of brain hyperplasticity.

“These studies show us that higher the concentration of cacao, the more positive the impact on cognition, memory, mood, immunity and other beneficial effects,” Berk noted.

For the trial, the team for the first time examined the impact of large amounts of cacao in doses as small as a regular-sized chocolate bar in humans over short or long periods of time.

A relevant piece published earlier: Be it on ice creams or sweet dishes, dark chocolates are hard to resist. From kids to grown-ups, everyone can live on the chocolates no matter what. And now pundits give us another reason to imbibe those! Good news for chocolate buffs! Consuming dark chocolates could potentially shield our brains from age-related pressure and swelling, revealed a study. Oxidative stress and inflammation boost as we age. And both are the origins of mounting neurodegenerative disarray like Alzheimer’s disease. They located a flavanol known as epicatechin (Epi) in dark chocolate that has the potential to diminish detrimental oxidative stress and neuroinflammation. The research and outcomes: Scholars from the University of California San Diego in the US conducted this experiment on mouse model. They assessed male mice for two weeks. The samples of their heads have been assembled for the evaluation of pertinent endpoints. The review of the OS markers protein carbonyls and malondialdehyde levels demonstrate major boosts with aging that are restrained by Epi. Apart from reducing the levels of oxidative stress and neuro-inflammation among old mouse, Epi also perked-up reminiscence and anxiety levels. It is pertinent to point out here that one should always choose dark chocolate sans added sugars or flavors and consume it in moderate quantities. (Published on 25th April 2017) 

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Drinking water may boost mental skills in exercising elderly

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ISLAMABAD: Older people who indulge in physical activity should increase their amount of water intake, to reap the full cognitive benefits of exercise, a study said.

“Middle-aged and older adults often display a blunted thirst perception, which places them at risk for dehydration and subsequently may reduce the cognitive health-related benefits of exercise,” said researchers including Brandon Yates, of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, US, reported private news channel. The study, presented at the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego, explored the association between hydration status before exercising and exercise-enhanced cognition in older adults.

The team recruited recreational cyclists (average age 55) who participated in a large cycling event on a warm day (78-86 degrees F). The cyclists performed a “trail-making” executive function test quickly and accurately connecting numbered dots using paper and pencil before and after the event. The team tested the volunteers’ urine before they exercised and divided them into two groups normal hydration and dehydrated based on their hydration status.

The normal hydration group showed noticeable improvement in the completion time of the trail-making test after cycling when compared to their pre-cycling test. The dehydration group also completed their post-cycling test more quickly, but the time reduction was not significant. 

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China’s progress on HIV/AIDS prevention hailed!

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BEIJING: With its strong leadership, innovation, and partnership, China has made huge progress in fighting AIDS, UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibe said during his visit to China

As an advocate of the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths, Sidibe hailed China’s efforts in boosting the accessibility of anti-AIDS drugs and medical treatment in recent years at his meeting with China’s UNAIDS branch and partners Wednesday.

China recorded a total of 747,000 people with HIV by September 2017 and around 542,000 HIV-positive people had received medical treatment by the end of June, according to the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention. “China’s effort in fighting AIDS is exceptional, given its huge population base,” UNAIDS country director and representative to China Amakobe Sande said.

“What impresses me most is that when China commits, it delivers.” To build a “healthy China,” China has launched national AIDS campaigns in recent years. By the end of 2017, China had almost stopped HIV spread through blood transfusion and effectively controlled infection through hypodermic needles and from mother to child during pregnancy.

UNAIDS pledges to work toward the goal of ending the AIDS epidemics by 2030 as well as the widely-adopted 90-90-90 target – by 2020: 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of people who know their status receive treatment, and 90 percent of people on treatment have a suppressed viral load.

 

 

 

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