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Yoga should be included in school program to contain stress!

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LOS ANGELES: These days, depression, stress and anxiety are getting widespread among kids and teens. Experts go haywire wondering how to control this public health concern.

Considering that a study opined that having yoga and mindfulness activities in school curriculum could help kids tackle the stress while boosting their well-being and emotional health.

In order to prove this, savants from the Tulane University in the US chose third grade students from a public school.

They then divided them into two groups. A group comprising on 32 students received usual counseling sessions and other activities in school.

Whereas, the other group harboring 20 students took up yoga and mindfulness activities (such as breathing and relaxing exercises along with various  traditional yoga poses meant for children) for up to eight weeks.

While revealing the results, study investigator Alessandra Bazzano noted that those kids, who did yoga/mindfulness commotions, have been reported with better mental and emotional quality than those who did not.

Pundits further reiterate that younger children are more prone to mount stress and anxiety. Therefore, parents should stay alert if they notice any subtle change in the mood or the behavior of their kids.

Journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management has run the ramifications.

It is pertinent to mention here that schools in Pakistan do not even have the facility of clean drinking water and washrooms. Besides, there is no such thing like yoga and mindfulness activities in the curriculum here. Thus, parents should get their kids involved in healthy physical and mental activities as to keep them off from having stress etc.

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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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