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Digital Revolution: Excessive Smartphone use may up suicidal thoughts among kids!

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FLORIDA: As soon as smart phones penetrate in our lives, all of us get dependent on it. From kids to oldies, everyone stays connected to the online world. Innumerable studies have earlier reported negative impacts of using technology excessively but a latest research from Florida State University has claimed that extreme Smartphone penetration looms over children.

According to the details, those kids, who stick to their smart phones, are more prone to become socially isolated and depressed. Moreover, they are highly likely to mount suicidal thoughts, which lead them to commit suicide sooner or later.

Technological advancement has changed the lifestyles of its savvy particularly young kids and teens. Before the invention of smart phones and tabs, kids used to spend more time with books and playing outdoors.

However, now they tend to adhere to those colorful screens, resulting into mounting obesity. Also, it affects their academics performances non-constructively. Then technological encroachment has given the rise to the occurrences of cyber bullying among teens.

As per the estimates, approx 92 percent teens have a cellphone currently. Also, the Centers for Disease Control revealed that the ratio of suicide and acute depression soared up to more than 30 percent among teens in between the ages of 13 to 18 years from 2010 to 2015.

It has further been learnt that more girls (around 60 percent) are more prone to get affected by the screen time, which is considered a 24/7 phenomenon.

The ramifications of the study demonstrated intense associations between suicidal thinking and cellphone use, particularly those, who use electronic devices for over five hours a day, have been reported with having at least one suicidal thought per day.

It has further been reported that those kids, who spend more time with new media, are more likely to go through mental health concerns. Whereas, those, who tend to indulge in sports and exercise, doing homework, reading books and attending religious services, are highly unlikely to escalate mental health troubles.

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been reported that France is likely to proscribe cellphones from lower and middle schools. As a matter of fact, this approach should be adopted by every other country in order to limit smart phones use.

It is pertinent to mention here that home is the first school and school is the second home. Therefore, parents and teachers should educate the kids apropos the right use of such technology and the potential advantages and disadvantages of smart phones and tabs.

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New blood test can spare cancer patients from chemotherapy

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SYDNEY: A simple new blood test in 40 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand could spare cancer patients from having to undergo unnecessary chemotherapy.
Developed by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne, the test is able to determine if fragments of tumor DNA are present in a patient’s blood after they’ve had tumors surgically removed.
At present, there is no clear way to tell if a tumor has been entirely removed or not, so patients after surgery are given chemotherapy treatment a precautionary measure.
“While chemotherapy is an essential, life-saving treatment, we don’t want patients receiving it if they don’t need it. We want to help these patients avoid serious and ongoing side-effects associated with chemotherapy,” trial lead Associate Professor Jeanne Tie, who is a clinician scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute said in a statement on Wednesday.
But as well as sparing patients from a wide range of harmful side effects which include pain, fatigue, nausea, digestive issues, bleeding problems, fertility issues, increased susceptibility to infection, heart, lung, nerve and memory problems, the test will may also be able to detect if a patient requires an increased dose of chemotherapy.
“We would like to be able to tell some patients that they can safely avoid chemotherapy because their cancer is unlikely to recur,” Tie said.
“But for patients who are at a high risk of recurrence, we want to be able to give them a more intensive dose of chemotherapy than those with a lower risk of recurrence.”
Initially focused on early stage bowel cancer patients in 2015, the success of the trial saw the test then extend to help women with ovarian cancer in 2017.
Around 400 patients have already taken part in the trial and there are no plans to expand the program to 2000 before it finishes up in 2021.

 

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People urged to vaccinate children Anti-Measles injection

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RAWALPINDI: Member Provincial Assembly Chaudhry Amjad Mehmood Friday said a healthy child was essential for a healthy society and this message should be conveyed to every nook and cranny of the district.
Speaking at a seminar as chief guest held in connection with upcoming Measles campaign starting from October 15, he urged the religious scholars, teachers and elected representatives to play their due role in the anti-measles campaign and motivate the people to ensure preventive measures for their children against diseases.
He also underlined the importance of holding such seminars in order to create community awareness about measles. The seminar was organized by B-Malka Welfare society here at Kotha Kalan to create awareness regarding the importance of Measles vaccination for children.
In his address, Assistant Commissioner Iftikhar Sherazi said that a large number of infants were feared left without measles vaccine coverage, whereas in the case of those already vaccinated, the efficacy rate was not up to the mark.
He informed that 884 teams would go door to door under the campaign being launched from October 15,
and administer an anti-measles injection to 874,384 children from six months to seven years of age in all tehsils and union councils of the district. He further said that 221 fixed centers,208 medical officers,1768 Mobilizers and 52 supervisors would be part of the drive in order to facilitate the citizens and serve them at their doorsteps.
Meanwhile, Deputy District Health Officer Dr. Zeeshan in his address said that staff deployed for the campaign has been issued special instructions and informed that no negligence in that regard would be tolerated. He said that all possible steps had been taken by the Health Department to make the campaign a success.
Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone will be left unturned in efforts to make the campaign the success.” He said continuous efforts were being made to control measles. Special teams had also been formed to cover areas from where the complaints about unattended children were registered, he said.  Among others, health officials religious scholars, traders, para-medical staff and a large number of citizens attended the seminar.

 

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Federal govt to construct cancer hospital in Balochistan: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that the federal government with the cooperation of Pakistan Army would construct a cancer hospital in Balochistan.
Talking to students of various educational institutions of Balochistan, who called on him here at the Prime Minister Office, he said, the provincial government would provide land to the federal government for the hospital and in this regard, a team of the federal government would visit the province very soon.
The Prime Minister said he had talked to Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the cancer hospital would be built with the cooperation of the army.
To various queries of the students, the Prime Minister said Balochistan was a spread out area and it was very difficult to handle it from a centralized system, adding that an effective local government system would be introduced in the province as it was the best option for resolution of various problems at the grass-root level.
The federal government, he said was going to start one of the biggest job provision programmes in the history of Pakistan by constructing five million houses in the entire country.
He said water was one of the biggest problems of Quetta and added that the federal government was also working on various water projects in the province.
He said the federal government would upgrade Mangi dam to meet water supply requirement of Quetta city and adjoining areas.
The Prime Minister said the dam would not only provide clean drinking water but also raise the water table in the area.
During the tenure of PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Prime Minister said, 70 sports grounds were constructed there.
He said the federal government was planning to locate places for sports grounds because it was right of the youth. The Prime Minister said Balochistan was rich of mineral resources and only four minerals in the province were considered to be worth of $460 billion.
Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the students to fully concentrate on studies, broaden their thinking and avoid selfishness.
He said why the Pakistani nation loved their Quaid because the founder of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah never struggled for his self but his entire efforts were for Muslims of the Sub-Continent.  He said Quaid-i-Azam was a great human being.

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