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Medical developments from around the world

Foods that Promote Good Sleep

Almonds and walnuts contain a lot of tryptophan, magnesium, and melatonin—a powerful trio that promotes sleep. Oatmeal is generally considered a breakfast fare, but studies have shown that there are actually several benefits from eating oatmeal before going to bed. Cherries are another great food before bedtime. They contain melatonin, the sleep inducer in nature. Bananas are another good source of so many sleep-inducing ingredients. Milk is also good; but, as such, milk is not good for health, although it promotes sleep because of its antigenic properties.

Danger from Lipsticks

Lipsticks are found to contain large amounts of aluminium, cadmium and lead! In addition, they also contain some pro-oestrogens that might provoke breast growth which might lead to breast cancer!

New Findings on Papaya

University of Karachi researchers, Mariam Naseem and her colleagues, have found many new health benefits of the papaya fruit and its seeds. They have shown that papaya fruit is very good for liver and kidneys. In addition, the seeds, taken regularly, are supposed to keep the liver in good health.

Anger and Heart Attacks

According to research published online in The American Journal of Cardiology, outbursts of anger may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack in the following few hours. Researchers looked at data on nearly 3,900 patients who had participated in an earlier study. The investigators found that the more intense the outburst, the higher the risk.

Mushrooms for Health

The maitake, also known in English-speaking countries as the ‘hen-of-the-woods’, is a large, earthy-brown mushroom that grows at the base of trees, especially oaks. It is native to north-eastern Japan (and is a major culinary ingredient) and certain parts of North America. It is useful for health and prevents cancer, heart disease and even obesity. However, further studies are needed before it can be recommended.

Fitness in Middle Age May Reduce Risk of Later Heart Failure

According to American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013, fitness in middle age lowers risks of heart failure, based on a study of 9,050 men and women. “People who weren’t fit at the start of the study were at higher risk for heart failure after age 65,” said Ambarish Pandey, lead author and an internal medicine resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “However, those who improved their fitness reduced their heart failure risk, compared to those who continued to have a low fitness level eight years later.”

Angelina Jolie’s Senseless Preventive Mastectomy

The rich and the famous get media attention for every small event. Angelina Jolie’s preventive mastectomy is the best pointer to American medical business. In the first place, the role of genes in transmitting disease is almost negligible as the human genes in our meta-genome are not even 0.00001%. Whereas there are 25,000 human genes, there are three trillions of germ genes. In addition, cancers take decades to show up in adults. Everyday, we get rogue cells that might grow into cancer in a conducive environment. If Angelina Jolie had been living and sharing her mother’s environment the process might have already started and if the breasts are removed, it might have already penetrated another organ.

The surgeons must be laughing their way to their bank.

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Criminal case against bill collectors of MSEDCL

A complaint has been filed against two persons for allegedly duping Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd of Rs12.95 lakh

A magistrate’s court in Mumbai has asked the police to register a case of criminal offence against two employees of a private agency collecting payment for electricity bills. Smart Detective and Allied Service (India) Pvt Ltd filed a complaint against two of its employees for allegedly duping Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) of Rs12.95 lakh.

The agency, which is a sub-contractor for collecting payments from customers of MSEDCL, said its supervisors did not deposit the Rs12.95 lakh collected from 1,526 customers between 12th and 18th March in MSEDCL’s account.

MSEDCL awarded a contract for bill collection service through anytime payment machines (ATP) to ADD Technologies (India) Ltd, which further gave a sub-contract to Smart Detective and Allied Service for collection through cash and cheques. Smart Detective and Allied Service operate nine ATP machines in Pune city to collect bills from customers and depositing them in MSEDCL’s bank account.
 

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Mere smell of alcohol on breath does not mean intoxication

Forums rejected the claim of the insurer that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of accident.


The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), while upholding decisions of Bangalore District and Karnataka State Consumer Forums, dismissed the application for condoning the delay filed by Oriental Insurance Co Ltd.  Earlier, both the forums rejected the claim of the insurer that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of accident.

The doctor in his case report stated that Bangalore-based
M Suresh, who was driving his own car at the time of accident, was smelling of alcohol. However, no test was done to determine if he was under the influence of alcohol and was incapable of taking care of himself.

“Mere smelling alcohol itself is not sufficient to hold that the complainant was incapable of taking care of himself. It is only on the basis of this imaginary or unscientific method, Oriental Insurance has repudiated the claim which cannot be sustained,” the District Forum said.

The Karnataka State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, in its order said, “The appellant (Oriental Insurance) neither examined the doctor nor the hospital authority notice the presence of 30mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood taken from the body of the respondent. Therefore, we are of the opinion that repudiating made by the appellant for payment of compensation is deficiency of service. Therefore, in our view the impugned order passed by the District Forum does not call for any interference.”

Upholding the decision of the district and state consumer forums to pay Rs6 lakh to Mr Suresh as claim for insurance, NCDRC directed the insurer to pay Rs5,000 in the Consumer Welfare Fund.
 

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