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Cinema for a cause: Kannada film tickets to fund cancer drugs for girls
New Delhi : An innovative experiment of raising charity funds through screening feature films in cinema halls seems to have come as a big relief for nine cancer-afflicted girls in Karnataka who are now looking forward to regular fund flows for uninterrupted treatment.
 
Sreeraksha, Prajna, Amisha, Nafisathula Ifrath, Devapriya, Nidhi Kamat, Mariyam Saheera, Apeksha and Fathimath Misbha, undergoing treatment at the Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Mangalore, require monetary support - ranging from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.3 lakhs ($1,500-$4,500) - for cancer treatment.
 
NGO CanKids Kidscan has joined hands with producers of Kannada film "The Plan" to raise awareness and funds for its Girl Child Project that offers treatment and support to girls with cancer.
 
The funds collected by the NGO, along with the film's producers - Malgudi Talkies and Day Dream Creations - will support the nine girls in Mangalore by offering treatment, emotional and psychological support, transportation, nutrition, education, accommodation and social reintegration.
 
For a daily wage labourer who is the father of nine-year-old Fathimath Misbha, diagnosed with Acute Lymphblastic Leukemia, the funds would be a blessing for his child.
 
"We don't have money. If they don't help, we would stop the treatment," said Fathimath's father.
 
The NGO and the film's producers are aiming to collect Rs.12 lakh through crowd funding for the nine girls through advance sale of tickets of a special re-release of the movie in Mangalore, Udupi, Karkala and Kundapur on April 22.
 
The producers were about to release a free digital version of the movie on YouTube when a call for a donation from an acquaintance for the cancer treatment of a school girl threw up the idea of generating funds for charity through film screenings.
 
The Mumbai-based Malgudi Talkies' chief Ashok Shetty said: "My friends suggested that rather than releasing a free version of the film on YouTube, we could re-release it on select screens and collect charity funds through advance sale of tickets."
 
He said donors can contribute and save a girl's life and get free tickets of "The Plan" by visiting http://malguditalkies.in/shop/
 
The popular film, featuring Ananth Nag, Kousthubh Jayakumar, Hemanth, Sriram, Gauthami and Harish Roy, was first released in November.
 
"We are going to colleges and cities to highlight the cause linked to the re-release of the film. We are aiming to collect Rs 12 lakh for the nine cancer bravehearts," Shetty said.
 
"For every ticket that is sold, Rs.60 would be directed towards the treatment of the nine girls," said Shetty.
 
Film director Keerthi said if the experiment for the cause is successful, they may continue to re-release the movie in other parts of the state too.
 
All the nine girls undergoing treatment at KMC Hospital, Mangalore, are under the care of Dr. Harsha Prasad L, assistant professor in the department of paediatrics.
 
"A majority of childhood cancers are curable. It is a crime not to seek medical help for a girl child with cancer," Prasad maintained.
 
"The Girl Child Project campaign will help create awareness about the importance of treating girls similar to boys," he added.
 
CanKids KidsCan chairman Poonam Bagai said: "Such a crowd funding initiative has been attempted first time by us in partnership with Malgudi Talkies and Day Dream Creations."
 
"Gender discrimination in our country is prevalent at all levels. In a study in Haryana in 2013, we found that girls with cancer seem to be facing discrimination as compared to boys," she said.
 
"Some parents do not want to inform relatives or neighbors about this ailment as it could hamper the marriage prospect of their other children," she said.
 
The CanKids Girl Child project aims to strengthen and empower girl patients and survivors to become leaders and ambassador of childhood cancer, she said.
 
CanKids Kidscan is a non-profit organization for childhood Cancer in India. It works on all aspects to bring a change in childhood cancer from support services to awareness, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, quality care, research and impact.
 
Cancer kills as many as 264 children per week in the country. As many as 13,726 deaths due to childhood cancer occurred in India in 2010, of which is 0.7 percent of deaths were among those aged one month to 14 years.
 
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Beware! Loneliness can lead to stroke
New York : Many of us feel lonely at certain times but loneliness and social isolation for a longer period of time may lead to increased risk of stroke or heart disease, find researchers.
 
The findings showed that loneliness and social isolation was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of a heart or angina attack and a 32 percent heightened risk of having a stroke.
 
"It suggests that addressing loneliness and social isolation may have an important role in the prevention of two of the leading causes of morbidity in high-income countries," said researchers from York, Liverpool and Newcastle universities.
 
The study, involving more than 1,81,000 adults, included 4,628 coronary heart disease "events" -- heart attacks, angina and death -- and 3,002 strokes recorded during monitoring periods ranging from three to 21 years.
 
The results back public health concerns about the importance of social contacts for health and well-being. 
 
"But one of the greatest challenges will be how to design effective interventions to boost social connections, taking account of technology," the authors pointed out in a paper published online in the journal Heart.
 
"Further attention to social connections is needed in research and public health surveillance, prevention and intervention efforts," they noted.
 
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10 months ago


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Google launches new Chromecast, Chromecast Audio in India
New Delhi : Internet giant Google on Wednesday launched the newest version of Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio to make streaming faster and easier for the India consumers.
 
Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google. Designed as small dongles, the devices play audio or video content on a high-definition television or home audiosystem by directly streaming it via WiFi from the internet or a local network.
 
With a new design, a wealth of fresh content and an updated app, the new Chromecast is easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports and turn it into a smart TV.
 
"The new Chromecast brings your favourite entertainment from your mobile devices to the big screen with ease. Chromecast Audio, our newest addtition, lets you enjoy your favourite muaic, podcasts and radio from anywhere," Mickey Kim, head of APAC Chromecast Partnerships, told reporters here.
 
Available on Flipkart, Snapdeal and paytm and Reliance and Croma retail stores for Rs.3,399, the new device supports the latest WiFi standards and adapts to changing WiFi conditions in homes, ensuring higher video quality with less buffering.
 
Apart from movies, TV shows and music available through Netflix, Hooq, Eros Now and YouTube, Chromecast also offers a new range of single and multi-player games including "Angry Birds Go" and "Just Dance Now".
 
With Chromecast Audio, it is now possible to create a seamless home audio system with unmatched compatibility and affordability.
 
The small device plugs into existing speakers to stream music, radio and podcasts over wifi, similar to Chromecast.
 
It works with various apps like Saavn and Wynk Music. The multi-room feature makes it possible to connect multiple speakers througout a living space.
 
"The future of entertainment is streaming and Chromecast brings it all to you in a simple and affordable device," Kim added.
 
The updated Chromecast app now provides personalised suggestions as well as functionality for specific searches.
 
The new device works across Android device, Chromebooks, iPhones, iPads and Windows laptops.
 
Google has sold over 20 million devices since the launch of first device in 2014.
 
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