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Use of steroids for muscle growth causing joint problems in youths
New Delhi : The spurt in usage of steroids and muscle building supplements is leading to several types of joints related ailments in youngsters, including Gout and Avascular Necrosis, according to orthopedecians.
 
According to the doctors, the disorders, if not treated by competent surgeon in time, can lead to lifetime disabilities that are difficult to rectify at later age. 
 
"This is emerging a major health problem for the youngsters. Joint related issues caused due to steroids and muscles building supplements are on rise. In such issues if the surgeries are not performed properly then instead of relieving pain and disability, the situation worsens," said Manoj Sharma, head of orthopaedics at Jaipur Golden Hospital.
 
Doctors have said the excess use of steroids and muscle supplements causes osteonecrosis, loss of blood supply to the bones in the joints. With too little blood, the bone starts to die and may break down. The types of joint related problems it causes are Avascular necrosis, Aseptic necrosis and Ischemic necrosis.
 
Osteonecrosis is most often found in the hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles. You may have osteonecrosis in one or more bones.
 
Explaining Avascular Necrosis, the commonest type of joint problem among steroid using youths, Sharma said: "In this condition, the ball of the hip joint looses its blood supply, shrinks and thus looses it shape and smoothness. This causes immense pain, and the person may even find difficulty in walking."
 
"If diagnosed early with the help of MRI scan, then one may be able to save the hip and be able to treat it with medicines. But once the ball withers, the only possible treatment is surgery; in the form of either resurfacing it or replacement."
 
According to the doctors, 25 percent of the youngsters using steroids for musle growth are on the verge of suffering from Avascular Necrosis, because of its consumption without doctors' advice.
 
Agreed Nirad S. Vengsarkar, ]orthopaedic surgeon at Mumbai-based Lilavati Hospital. He said the problem starts with crippling bone pain, with it becoming severe with time. 
 
Talking about the treatment procedures, he said that though in many situations joint replacements are the only solution, other types of surgical procedures are also available to cure the problem completely.
 
"In a majority of cases, joint replacement is the only solution but, apart from it, other surgical procedures are also available -- such as bone graft, in which a healthy bone is taken from one part of the body and used it to replace the diseased bone. Osteotomy is also available, in which the bones are reshaped to reduce stress on the damaged joint," said Vengsarkar.
 
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Jio consortium announces 8,100-km, multi-nation cable system
Mumbai : A global consortium with Reliance Jio as a key member on Monday announced the launch of a 8,100-km, 100 GBPS fibre optic communications cable system, inking East Asia and West Asia, with a landing at Chennai. It can also connect with other systems for a global reach.
 
"Linking Malaysia and Singapore with Oman and the UAE, with branches to India and Sri Lanka, the cable provides ample diversity to South East Asia, India, Middle East and European routes," the consortium said in a statement.
 
The cost of the project was not divulged.
 
In addition to Reliance Jio, the partners in the Bay of Bengal Gateway, as the cable network is called, include: Dialog Axiata, Etisalat, Omantel, Telecom Malaysia, and Vodafone. The Indian company Reliance Jio has invested in the system as part of its broadband plans.
 
"This brings key global content hubs closer to our customers, delivering much richer experience as an important part of driving India's broadband adoption and enabling consumers to shift away from the current high-cost low value propositions," Jio president Mathew Oommen said.
 
The Indian company owns and operates the strategically important undersea cable landing facility in Chennai, providing high-speed, high-capacity, low latency route to connect the subcontinent with the rest of the world.
 
The Bay of Bengal Gateway has deployed the latest submarine cable transmission technology with an initial capacity of 9 terabits per second and a design capacity that can take it up to as much as 55 terabits per second, the consortium said.
 
The network can also be used to interconnect with existing land and undersea cables at Oman and the UAE for Europe, Middle East and Africa -- and similarly at Malaysia and Singapore for Far East Asia, all the way to the US. 
 
It also promises enhanced reliability as the marine route design is such that it avoids the busy and crowded Malacca Straits and other cable-cut prone areas with diverse terrestrial connection directly to two gateways in Singapore, the consortium said.
 
Among those who can benefit from the system are carriers seeking cost-effective ways for global connectivity, large corporates with high bandwidth requirements in the region such as financial institutions and IT providers, as also others seeking route-diversity for reliability.
 
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India's annual wholesale inflation moves up
New Delhi : India's annual wholesale inflation inched up to (-)0.85 percent for March, from (-)0.91 percent in February, official data showed on Monday.
 
The annual inflation rate, based on the official wholesale price index (WPI) data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, stood at 2.33 percent in March 2015.
 
The firmness in the annual rate of inflation was attributed to rising prices of food articles which rose by 3.73 percent for the month under review. Pulses were costlier by 34.45 percent over the past year.
 
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