Proper food, exercise can prevent youth from hypertension: Doctors
 With 30% of deaths in India attributed to hypertension and diseases triggered by it, health experts across the country on Monday cautioned youngsters to regulate their eating habits and improve fitness in order to prevent the health condition, which has risen 20% among the youth.
 
The experts also said that due to the unorganised medical health system in India, youth were becoming victims of hypertension and other major health complications triggered by it including brain haemorrhage.
 
"One in four individuals above 25 years in India has hypertension and it is increasing at an alarming pace. Reducing salt intake, stopping tobacco use, reducing stress by slowing down, yoga or meditation and increasing physical activity are some of the key strategies to reduce blood pressure," said A. Muruganathan, president, Hypertension Society of India.
 
Emphasising that one should always get checked up for the condition early, he said that ignorance can lead to a stage where hypertension cannot be reversed. 
 
"Reversing it may be more difficult if not impossible. Get your blood pressure checked every year as hypertension often has no symptoms and delayed diagnosis can cause harm to some key organs like kidney, eye, brain, heart etc. If diagnosed with hypertension, take drugs without fail and change your lifestyle," he said.
 
Currently the world has over 9.4 million people suffering from hypertension and the figure is on constant rise.
 
S.S. Das, head of critical care and cardiology at Kolkata-based Mercy Hospital, told IANS: "The current scenario is such that youngsters constantly are on working hours and hardly get time to exercise and proper diet. This leads them to get hypertension. Diabetes is found commonly among youths in the 20s and 30s age group. A sedentary lifestyle only exacerbates the situation."
 
Asked if other countries were also witnessing their youths suffering from hypertension, he said: "The scenario in the world is the same, but as the medical system in Western and South Asian countries such as China is very much organised and focused, they are easily able to tackle the problem."
 
The experts also said that many of people indulge in self-medication, which leads to other problems including thickening of blood vessels and kidney ailments.
 
Kenneth Thorpe, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, said: "To efficiently tackle modern lifestyle diseases like hypertension, we need to move from curative to preventive care. Regular health check-ups, reduction of salt, sugar intake, promoting physical activity, early detection and treatment are some of the possible ways to have a preventive approach towards such diseases."
 
According to him, over 20 crore people are on the verge of stepping into the dangerous zone of hypertension.
 
He said lifestyle modifications, including salt restriction, diet full of fruits and vegetables are more important in day-to-day life.
 
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Twitter to stop counting photos, links in 140-character limit
The micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly planning to stop counting photos and links against the 140-character limit.
 
This comes as a welcome news for Twitter fans as the change will allow them to compose longer tweets.
 
"Twitter is planning to incorporate changes in the coming two weeks," The Verge reported on Monday.
 
Attaching links and photos currently strikes out 23 and 24 characters respectively off a tweet's character count which often requires thinking in unconventional ways to convey what you mean in your tweet.
 
The change looks more tuned in comparison to earlier reports by Twitter to increase the 140-character limit to 10,000. 
 
Twitter is hoping that it will make the service more approachable to users.
 
According to Twitter, there is still time for you to tweet in 10,000 characters and its original 140-character limit is here to stay.
 
Appearing on a TV show recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the 140-character limit is "a beautiful constraint" and that Twitter "will never lose that feeling".
 
"It's (140-characters) staying. It's a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity... We're changing a lot. We're always going to make Twitter better," he was quoted as saying.
 
Earlier in January, media reports said that Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet longer than its traditional 140-character limit.
 
The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has been and has become part of the product's personality.
 
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'Most graduates in India have theoretical knowledge, need skills'
Most graduates coming out of colleges in India have only theoretical knowledge and ways have to be found to make them skilled in their areas of choice, the head of an institution tasked with doing just that has said.
 
"We have graduates who have theoretical knowledge but no practical experience. A person can explain his or her learning on paper, but may have never done it in actual work situations," Jayant Krishna, CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), told IANS in an interview, pointing to the deficiency of employable skills among graduates in India.
 
"We need to find ways and create avenues to make them skilled in the area of their choice and help them become an employable workforce as per local and global industry requirements", Krishna said.
 
He said that hundreds of thousands of jobs were created in India every year but most of them were in the unorganised sector.
 
"India has a labour market of 48 crore (480 million) people. Almost 1.2 crore (12 million) people are added every year. It includes all kinds of jobs - organised or unorganised. Job creation is happening, but the challenge is that a very large number of these jobs are created in the unorganised or informal sector. This is a challenge for our country because most of the people want to work in the formal sector", Krishna contended.
 
He said youth must understand the difference that skill development brings to their lives, something which a degree or certificate alone cannot do.
 
Formed in 2010, NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organisations that provide such training.
 
NSDC partners have skilled over eight million people and placed around four million people in jobs. It has a target of skilling or up-skilling 150 million people by 2022 by fostering private sector initiatives.
 
Krishna said that there is an agreement with training partners that after successful completion of a course, at least 70 percent of the students have to be employed, but he confessed that the actual number is a "little less".
 
"If you ask me whether 70 percent of students are actually being placed, I would say it's a little less than that. But the fact is that as many jobs are also to be created in the country", he added.
 
He said there was an urgent need to fill the gap between academia and industry to build a cohesive skill eco-system for youth.
 
"As part of initiating skill education at school level, we started a programme on vocationalisation of secondary education on a pilot basis in some schools in Haryana.
 
He said there is one optional vocational subject, such as information technology, hospitality or retail.
 
"We got very good response and implemented it in other schools across the country as well", he said.
 
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Param

9 months ago

unfortunately my interactions indicate that they lack theoretical knowledge as well.

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