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Ask your dentist if you suffer from sleep disorder
New York : Do you get irritated from your spouse snoring every night? According to a team of US researchers, dentists see more into patient's mouth than physicians and can tell sleep related disorder through tongue indentations and oversized tonsils.
 
The researchers called for an increased role of the dentists in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) through teeth imprints along the tongue that indicate if it is too large for the mouth and placed people at high risk for OSA.
 
"Dentists are in the unique position as health care professionals to pinpoint signs of obstructive sleep apnea -- a disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep due to blocked upper airways," said lead author Thikriat Al-Jewair from the University at Buffalo in the US.
 
"Dentists see into their patient's mouths more than physicians do and the signs are easy to identify," Al-Jewair added in the paper published in the Saudi Medical Journal.
 
Obese patients were almost 10 times more likely to report OSA symptoms than non-obese patients.
 
Researchers analysed 200 patients and tested them for OSA using the Berlin Questionnaire, a validated assessment used to screen people for OSA.
 
The participants were then screened for potential risk factors of OSA, such as weight, neck circumference, blood pressure and size of the tongue, tonsils and uvula - the tissue that hangs in the back of the throat.
 
The results found that 23 percent of participants were at risk for OSA, of which nearly 80 percent were male.
 
Sleep apnea affects many adults, but many cases go undiagnosed. Severe cases of the disorder are linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, memory loss and more.
 
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With 12 licences, Reliance Group eyeing $60 bn defence pie
Mumbai : With the acquisition of Pivavav Defende formally in its fold, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group is eyeing a sizeable share in the potential, $60-billion pie of the Indian and overseas defence-related market where it now has a presence, sources said.
 
Towards this, the government has already approved 12 industrial licenses for Reliance Defence, a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure for the manufacture of a wide range of equipment required by the armed forces in India and abroad.
 
Listing the potential, sources said in the aerospace segment, where Reliance Group has a nod for military aircraft and choppers, the potential is Rs.9,000 crore in amphibious aircraft for Indian Navy, light choppers worth Rs.20,000 crore and medium-to-heavy choppers worth Rs.50,000 crore.
 
In land systems, where the group is looking at missiles and all-terrain combat vehicles, the potential has been assessed at Rs.100,000 crore over 10-15 years. Similar projects are being eyed in underwater systems, weapons, radars, unmanned aerial systems and strategic electronics.
 
As regards Pipavav, Russia has selected its shipyard for the upcoming project for four frigates valued at over Rs.30,000 crore. Reliance Group is also looking at a second shipyard on India's eastern coastline, sources said.
 
Reliance Defence is also setting up the Dhirubhai Ambani Aerospace Park at Mihan near Nagpur in Maharashtra and an Aerospace centre of excellence in Bengaluru.
 
At the aerospace Park, spread over 400 acres at the multi-modal international cargo hub the idea is to create an ecosystem for the indigenous manufacture of aerospace components, with a cluster of manufacturers for components, spares and avionics.
 
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All eyes will be on India when virtual reality phenomenon gets real
New Delhi : Once the virtual reality (VR) phenomenon explodes, India, with its huge smartphone base, will be a key market -- but VR players will have to come up with low-cost options to entice the country's "digital" consumers.
 
According to experts, head-mounted devices (HMDs) that create an immersive virtual world for users is the future after the successful touchscreen era. 
 
Today, the market is flooded with VR devices: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR (co-developed with Oculus), LG 360 VR, Google Cardboard, Zeiss VR One and One GX and several other players soon going to join the VR fray.
 
But, with a huge smartphone base of 160 million plus users that is likely to surpass the US smartphone user base in a couple of years, what India needs are low-cost VR headsets compatible with low-cost smartphones. Only then will VR use truly explode in India.
 
"I feel that VR adoption is currently at a minuscule level in India. Many firms like Sony, Samsung, HTC, OnePlus have joined Facebook’s Oculus platform in the virtual reality space. But we are still far away from its widespread adoption here,” says Thomas George, senior vice president and head of CyberMedia Research(CMR), a market research and consulting firm.
 
"But going forward, thanks to India’s rich demographic dividend, we may witness VR finding its 'sweet spot' in the youth segment. The adoption of virtual reality could see traction in the edutainment arena. Applications like immersive learning and entertainment, especially games, could kick-start its adoption sooner,” George told IANS.
 
According to the global research firm MarketsandMarkets, the international VR technology market is expected to reach $15.89 billion by 2020.
 
With VR technology, the user is isolated from the real world while being immersed in a world that is not real, so VR, in a way, works better for video games and social networking in a virtual environment.
 
But for Rajiv Srivatsa, COO and co-founder of Urban Ladder, a curated online furniture seller, VR can help complex purchase categories like theirs engage more effectively with consumers and helps the consumers make better, informed choices about the products they purchase.
 
"If the products are built right, VR has the power to revolutionise user-interaction,” he told IANS.
 
Although these are early days for VR, companies the world over - including in China, from where low-cost VR headsets will soon flood the markets - are now investing heavily in VR technology.
 
Facebook is credited with taking an early bet on virtual reality by acquiring the start-up Oculus VR for $2 billion in early 2014. It is expected to start shipping Oculus headsets -- priced at $599 -- in March this year and has already started taking orders.
 
South Korean electronics giant Samsung has also launched Gear VR -- its flagship virtual reality headset -- for Indian consumers in January for as low a price as Rs. 8,200.
 
Apple has reportedly hired experts in virtual and also augmented reality (AR) to built prototypes of headsets that can one day rival Facebook’s Oculus Rift.
 
Technology adoption by vendors is rapid. What is launched in the US and other advanced markets also gets due attention in India and VR is no different.
 
"We may not be 100 percent ready but definitely India should be seeing some activity around VR this year, especially the introduction of devices with VR features. This small step could in time serve as a 'big leap' and the start of more serious adoption in the country,” notes Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst, telecoms practice, CMR.
 
Several smartphones were launched in 2015 with VR technology which, beyond gaming, has a potential to help young people choose their careers too.
 
"For example, a smartphone using VR goggles can help a student virtually get a glimpse of a surgeon’s career in medicine by showing an immersive video on a surgical procedure or helping him or her choose an alternate career video altogether,” says George.
 
It has implications in other sectors too. For example, VR technology can be used to determine how people perceive their bodies, to treat body image disturbances and to improve adherence to physical activity among obese individuals.
 
"Virtual reality offers promising new approaches to assessing and treating people with weight-related disorders and early applications are revealing valuable information about body image,” according to researchers at the University of Barcelona, Spain, who recently demonstrated how VR environments can produce responses similar to those seen in the real world.
 
While we discuss VR, the next big thing coming our way is augmented reality (AR) and it has better chances to thrive. Unlike with VR, AR users continue to be in touch with the real world while interacting with the virtual world (remember Google Glass!) and this makes experts feel that AR has a definite edge over VR. (Let us keep a discussion on AR for another day though.)
 
"Pretty soon we're going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you're right there'," said Mark Zuckerberg while speaking at the just-concluded 'Samsung Mobile World Congress 2016' in Barcelona.
 
And when VR finally comes out in the open, with a massive smartphone consumer base, India is going to be a key player in the global VR ecosystem, say experts.
 
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