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Pot belly now common among Indians on low incomes too
Traditionally thought to be a mark of prosperity, obesity is no longer confined to the rich in India. A new research has found that more than one in four middle-aged Indians on low and middling incomes now have an unhealthy midriff bulge.
 
The study published in the online journal BMJ Open showed that women are more likely to carry a spare tyre.
 
Fuelled, in part, by India's rapid economic growth in recent years, obesity has trickled down to all levels of society, the researchers said.
 
"Population based promotion of appropriate lifestyles, with special emphasis on women, is required to counteract prosperity driven obesity before it becomes too entrenched and expensive to uproot," the study said.
 
The study was authored by Sudipta Samal and Ambarish Dutta from Asian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and Pinaki Panigrahi from the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, Omaha, Nebraska, US.
 
The findings are based on a nationally representative survey of more than 7,000 people in 2010 from six Indian states: Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.
 
The survey, which included measurements of height, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure, was part of the international Study on global Ageing and adult health , and involved only those aged 50 and above.
 
Most of the participants either had no paid job or lived on traditional subsistence or unskilled labour. 
 
Analysis of the data showed that in all, 14 percent of the sample were overweight, while more than one in three (35 percent) had a midriff bulge, defined as a waist circumference of more than 90 cm for men and more than 80 cm for women.
 
Women were particularly prone to central adiposity, with more than two thirds of those among the most affluent and almost half of those on low to middling incomes carrying an unhealthy spare tyre.
 
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Cipla infringing Roche's patent in lung cancer drug: HC
In a setback to Cipla, the Delhi High Court on Friday held that the Indian drug major was infringing Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche's patent in lung cancer drug erlotinib hydrochloride, sold under the name of Tarceva.
 
A division bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Mukta Gupta held that Cipla's lung cancer medicine, Erlocip, was one polymorphic form of the compound, which may exist in several forms.
 
"This (the patent) is a sufficiently broad claim that is clearly not limited to any polymorphic version of erlotinib hydrochloride, but to erlotinib hydrochloride itself. This compound may exist in several polymorphic forms, but any and all such forms will be subsumed within this patent. 
 
"Therefore as Cipla's Erlocip is admittedly one particular polymorphic form of the erlotinib hydrochloride compound (polymorph B), it will clearly infringe the IN 774 patent (of Roche)," said the court.
 
It added: "We thus conclude this issue by noting that the single judge's finding that 'Tarceva' and 'Erlocip' were based on the polymorph B version of erlotinib hydrochloride, though correct factually, is irrelevant to the subject matter of the present patent as Cipla has clearly infringed Claim 1 of Roche's IN 774 patent in arriving at the said polymorph." 
 
The court's order came on the pleas of Cipla and Roche, both of which had challenged the September 7, 2012 order of a single judge, who had held that Cipla was not infringing Roche's patent and refused to grant any injunction against the Indian company. 
 
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How jogging helps you stay sharp
Exercise can enhance the development of new brain cells that play an important role in learning and memory of adults, new research has found.
 
The process of developing new brain cells in the adult brain is called adult neurogenesis, the scientists explained.
 
The researchers found that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also showed an increased ability to distinguish new objects from familiar objects. 
 
"Our research indicates that exercise-induced increase in neurogenesis improves pattern separation by supporting unique and detailed long-term representations of similar but nevertheless different memory items,” explained lead investigator Josef Bischofberger, professor at University of Basel in Switzerland.
 
“Pattern separation is involved in many memory tasks of everyday life. For example, when learning the game of chess, it is critically important to remember the different shapes of pieces like the pawn and bishop,” Bischofberger explained.
 
For the study, the researchers tested two groups of mice that were housed either without (sedentary) or with running wheels (voluntarily running) using a novel object recognition task to assess learning and long-term memory. 
 
The researchers found that whereas distinct objects were remembered and recognized by both cohorts of mice, only the running mice could faithfully distinguish similar looking objects. 
 
Investigators determined therefore that the running mice had developed better pattern separation capabilities than sedentary mice.
 
To investigate further, the researchers looked for changes in the brains of the mice. By using markers that could identify newly-formed brain cells, they found that running mice developed about twice as many new cells.
 
The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.
 
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