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Smartphones to turn into pancreas, treat Type 1 diabetes
New York : US researchers have developed a system that treats Type 1 diabetes automatically and effortlessly -- with the help of a smartphone -- ditching constant finger pricks and manual insulin injections.
 
Combined with a tiny sensor and wearable insulin pump, a smartphone can stand in for a pancreas, automatically monitoring blood-sugar levels and delivering insulin as needed, Ars Technica published citing the researchers' report.
 
"We have been working on this specific artificial pancreas as it is called since 2006. We show that it is not only possible, but it can run on a smartphone," lead researcher Boris Kovatchev, director of the Centre for Diabetes Technology in the US University of Virginia, said.
 
The system works with a readily available pen drive-sized blood-glucose sensor that can be worn in a variety of places on the body, such as an arm, leg, or the abdomen.
 
The sensor reads blood-glucose levels every five minutes and wirelessly reports the results to a specially designed app on a nearby android smartphone.
 
The app's algorithm analyses the data and wirelessly controls a discreet, wearable insulin pump, which can be hooked to a belt or other piece of clothing. The pump has a very fine needle that delivers insulin into the blood stream.
 
"If it is working, you do not know that it is there," Francis Doyle III, dean of Harvard's Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who is collaborating with Kovatchev on the system, said.
 
Together, the "closed-loop" system should act much like a home thermostat, automatically sensing and adjusting the temperature to match preset targets.
 
The ultimate goal is to make managing Type 1 diabetes effortless and automatic, easing the daily lives of the 1.25 million people who suffer from the disease, Doyle said.
 
The system, backed by a $12.6 million grant from the US National Institutes of Health, will enter two final phases of international trials this year that will take place at various clinics in the US, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.
 
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Tame selfie craze, treat selfies as fun activity: Experts
New Delhi : If the disturbing news of two selfie deaths - one each in Mumbai and Jammu and Kashmir this weekend - shattered your Sunday morning, it is time to pause and see if your young ones are not trying a dangerous pose for a selfie to impress their peers.
 
A college girl who fell into the swirling Arabian Sea while clicking a selfie off a rocky part of the Mumbai beach and a youth who plunged into the water to save her on Saturday were both swept away, police said.
 
And in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district, an attempt to take a selfie atop a fort proved fatal for a youth as he fell backwards and died, police said.
 
“There have been cases where youngsters have put themselves at unnecessary risk to take that one good picture. It is crucial that you draw a line between habit and obsessive behaviour,” Dr Ashish Mittal, consultant psychiatry at Columbia Asia Hospital in Gurgaon, told IANS.
 
In November, a 14-year old schoolboy, who was trying to take a selfie on his cellphone atop a stationary train wagon, was electrocuted and died in Mumbai.
 
“Parents should intervene as it is no more a laughing matter. Their 'selfie crazy' children may require expert help. Else, they may put their lives at risk for a mere picture,” he added.
 
The craze for a perfect selfie shot has taken many young lives globally in the past year.
 
In neighbouring Pakistan, a 22-year-old man was killed while trying to take a selfie in front of a moving train in Rawalpindi city in December.
 
In the same month, two teenagers were killed in Turkey after they lay on the middle of a road to try for a selfie with a plane in the background.
 
In another tragic instance, a 17-year-old schoolboy fell from the roof of a nine-storey building while trying to click an “extreme selfie” in Russia in September last year.
 
“Not only in India but worldwide, people should be careful for taking selfies in dangerous situations. The habit needs to be discouraged,” added Dr (Brig) S. Sudarsanan, senior consultant (Psychiatrist), at BLK Super Specialty Hospital in the capital.
 
Ironically, clicking a selfie proved to be more lethal than getting mauled by a shark in 2015.
 
There were at least 12 selfie-related deaths globally while only eight people died in shark attacks in 2015, tech website Mashable reported.
 
Alarmed by the growing number of selfie deaths, Russian police recently started a campaign called “Safe Selfies” - to guide how to be responsible selfie-takers.
 
According to Dr Samir Parikh, director (mental health and behavioural science) at Fortis Hospitals in New Delhi, education and guidance are useful for any novel or upcoming phenomena like selfie and selfie sticks.
 
“Taking precautions while taking selfies can be beneficial in order to ensure more informed and responsible decisions associated with social learning,” Parikh told IANS.
 
“We all are familiar with the craze of selfies, especially among youngsters. But if someone is taking a selfie in a dangerous situation like on a mountain or in the middle of the road, it can lead to fatal accidents,” noted Dr Mittal.
 
“Also, if someone's selfie is not liked by friends on social media, it can lead to further stress and frustration. This can turn into obsessive behaviour if not taken seriously,” he emphasised.
 
According to experts, it is the right time to tame selfie obsession.
 
“Do not succumb to peer pressure. Be smart enough to draw the line as at the end of the day, it is just a picture,” Dr Mittal advised. Consult an expert if needed. “Treat selfies only as a fun activity," Dr Sudarsanan added.
 
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MG Warrier

1 year ago

We may not be able to retrieve the new generation from ‘selfie culture’. But, like many other ‘negative’ things we have come through, like alcohol, smoking, drugs etc(list is illustrative, not exhaustive) and at some stage wanted to create social awareness about the harm they can cause, time has come when we should be openly debating the social problems ‘mobile technology’ is creating. There are several dimensions. There was a time when photography was prohibited in several places. We may not be able to go back in time. But, definitely, there is a case to think of imposing some self-regulation in the use of mobiles and web cams. Most important concern is about the security of the user. Use of such gadgets while driving, walking on or across roads etc. should be discouraged.

Inner Healing Is the Future
Spirituality, which translates to sharing and caring in practical terms, is vital
 
Science is one of the many ways of understanding this enigma called the universe. One should not lose sight of the fact that there are other good methods of understanding the nature of this universe like, for example, spirituality. Although conventional science believed that “science is measurement and measurement is science,” as defined by Marie Curie, the reality is that science is as vulnerable to scrutiny as are other methods like spirituality. Energy, which runs this world, is now known to be the other face of matter itself. That being so, the world becomes a bundle of energy. Mankind becomes a part of that great energy cauldron—interdependent and inseparable part at that. If we are interdependent in this maya (illusion) called the world, spirituality—which translates as sharing and caring in practical terms—becomes a vital need.
 
All our development in terms of science and technology, thus far, has been an external development, with humans becoming more and more greedy, unmindful of the needs of their fellow humans. To make human beings human and humane, we must explore how spirituality—the internal development—could match the external development of science and spirituality. The reductionist science of medicine, which uses the inanimate sciences of physics and chemistry, needs to be replaced by the holistic science of non-linearity. This could be achieved by the new science of ‘Whole Person Healing’ (WPH), using source energy to set the deranged energy pattern of the healthy human being. In this new set-up, health is defined as “enthusiasm to work and enthusiasm to be compassionate.” Diseases lose their sheen in this setting. Health promotion is our goal. as was enunciated by Ayurveda thousands of years ago: swasthshya swastha rakshitham (keep the well healthy). 
 
For maintaining good health, each one of us will have to do a bit of introspection to develop our inner world. In the materialistic world, all development, so far, has been outer development: broad roads, tall buildings, huge highways, airplanes to fly like a bird, submarines to swim like a shark, spaceships to go the moon; but, because we did not develop internally, we have illnesses of all kinds—from the common cold to cancer—narrow minds full of greed, jealousy, hatred and anger, inability to go the neighbour’s house with a smile. Forget about going to the moon, one plays with people’s health in the name of reductionist medical non-science and what have you. This introspection is very simple and could be a huge success, if done on a regular basis, to maintain good health and avoid diseases to the extent possible.
 
Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Do not do anything to control your thoughts. But do not act on your thoughts on the spot. This stillness for 20 minutes makes one tranquil. That will make one go into and understand, oneself. That is the time to cleanse all bad thoughts and fill that space with positive thoughts. One can even use this after several days’ practice to heal illnesses, so-called quantum healing. Even without using that time and tranquillity to heal illnesses, the practice itself makes one very tranquil. Studies have now shown that this kind of regular inner cleansing will make the telomeres, the bands on the ends of human chromosomes, which get smaller with age, to stop that ageing process and get lengthened.
 
In the present-day world of medical corporate monstrosity, this method of preserving one’s health is sensible and economical. Health promotion using this method and, not disease prevention after a regular check-up, is the future of mankind. Let us spread this message of wellness so that people get to know this and live happily. Otherwise, advertisements, print and electronic media-based, of the ‘medical-scare’ system will push every one of us into the bottomless pit of ill health. 

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Bhupendra Madhiwalla

1 year ago

It is well accepted that mind and body are inter-related.Faith healing, christian science, reiki, meditation etc. are practiced by many since ages. It is OK to have bias towards alternative cures but to have prejudice against modern medicine is not OK. Alternatives may not be able to 'cure all' and so help of modern medicine may required. In fact, closed mind itself is a malady.
Bhupendra Madhiwalla

Bhupendra Madhiwalla

1 year ago

It is now accepted that mind and body are inter-related and hence inner healing is possible. Faith healing, Christian Science, Reiki, Meditation etc. have been practiced since ages. Though these may not be able to cure all diseases and hence help of modern medicine too may be necessary. Bias towards alternatives and no prejudice against modern medicine are required for better overall success.
Bhupendra Madhiwalla

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

In today's medical world 5% of diseases are curable like pneumonia/malaria/TB/Fever etc.

Balance 95 percent of illnesses are American Medical Associations Standards driven like Cardiac illness BP/Diabetis/Psychosomatic Illnesses like Insomnia/ Schizophrenia/ Depression.


There which require life long medicines required which Pharma cos mint money on.

Terminal incurable diseases Cancers /Alzeimer /Down's syndrome require long term undefined medications costs with no survival chances but only management of disease.

Then there are new bunch of Life style diseases/beauty/weight loss procedures which are risky & costly.

Hence Vedas say that if you manage the Inner Tranquil with techniques/exercises & moderation in life living ways than these could be eliminated/marginalised.View VALUES FOR WEALTH @ http://www.youtube.com/user/kirtidabhatt.

Happy Balanced Holistic Living

Mahesh

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