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Yoga may reduce side effects of prostate cancer treatment
Practicing yoga can improve quality of life of men with prostate cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy, says a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher.
 
The researchers found that general quality of life and measurements of side effects often experienced by prostate cancer patients - including fatigue, sexual health and urinary incontinence - were stable throughout a course of outpatient radiation therapy among the men participating in an intensive yoga programme.
 
"Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions, so the stable scores seen with our yoga programme are really good news," said Neha Vapiwala, associate professor at Abramson Cancer Centre, University of Pennsylvania in the US.
 
The possible explanation for the benefits of yoga seen in the study stems from physiologic data demonstrating its ability to help reduce cancer-related fatigue and to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and increase blood flow. 
 
These latter aspects may in turn improve erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, Vapiwala said.
 
Between May 2013 and June 2014, the study participants attended twice-weekly yoga classes of 75 minutes each, taught by trained Eischens yoga instructors.
 
"Eischens yoga incorporates ideas from movement theory and kinesiology and is accessible to all body types and experience levels," said Tali Mazar Ben-Josef, certified Eischens yoga instructor and researcher at Abramson Cancer Centre.
 
Most yoga participants reported a sense of well-being at the end of each class, Ben-Josef said.
 
Severity of fatigue scores demonstrated significant variability over the time of treatment. Erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and general quality of life scores demonstrated steady trends.
 
The findings were presented at the Society of Integrative Oncology's 12th International Conference in Boston.
 
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S A Narayan

1 year ago

Maybe if yoga was initiated even before commencement of radiation, the progress of the cancer may have stalled. Wish a study was done on this, since prostrate cancers in any case progress very slowly.

Hydrocarbon blocks' auction policy likely by fiscal-end
The new policy for auction of oil and gas blocks is likely to be finalised during the ongoing financial year, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Tuesday.
 
"We have brought this consultation paper and suggestions will come in by November 30. We will make the policy after considering all the views and take it to the Cabinet. It will be our endeavour to make the policy during this financial year only," Pradhan told
reporters here. 
 
He was speaking on the sidelines of the industry chamber CII organised Bio-Energy Summit 2015.
 
"There were suggestions on the issue from institutions like CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General). To make new bidding round more progressive, transparent
and market friendly, we have brought in this consultation paper," he added.
 
Towards easing doing business in exploration, the government on Monday proposed to free domestic natural gas pricing and replace the existing production sharing contract by the revenue-sharing model for all future acreage auctions.
 
"It is proposed to provide pricing and marketing freedom for the natural gas to be produced from the areas to be awarded under the new contractual and fiscal regime to incentivise production from these areas," the petroleum ministry said on its website.
 
The ministry has also invited comments from stakeholders on a consultation paper on new fiscal and contractual regime for award of hydrocarbon acreages.
 
"In the recently announced marginal field policy, the government has provided pricing and marketing freedom for the natural gas," it added.
 
In September, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved a landmark change in India's hydrocarbons exploration regime, sanctioning the auction of 69 small and marginal oil fields of state-owned ONGC and Oil India to private and foreign firms.
 
"For the first time, a revenue-sharing model is being approved in place of production-sharing contract," Pradhan had told reporters here.
 
Under the proposed regime companies offering the maximum revenue share or percentage of oil and gas to the government, and committing to do more work, will win the field.
 
As per current practice, the companies get blocks by bidding the maximum work programme, and recover all their investment before sharing profits with the government, which had been criticised by the CAG.
 
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Remove Modi to improve India-Pakistan relations: Mani Shankar Aiyar
Talks between India and Pakistan can move forward only if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is removed from his post, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has told a Pakistani television channel.
 
"First, it is required to remove Modi, otherwise talks will not move forward. We'll have to wait for four years. These people are very optimistic about Modi, they think that talks will move forward with Modi's presence. But I don't think so," Aiyar told Dunya TV.
 
After last week's Paris terror attacks, Aiyar had said "anti-Islam phobia that is being carried out in the western countries should be stopped immediately".
 
On his remarks about prime minister, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla said: "Perhaps Mani Shankar Aiyar forgot that Modi ji was elected by the people. It is a reprehensible comment and we condemn it."
 
On Congress distancing from Aiyar, Heptulla said: "This is a good strategy of the Congress. First, you make them pass a statement, and then distance from it. How dare he make such statement on a Pakistani television? I know what goes on in Congress party. When they say they are distancing from the remark, I don't believe it."
 
BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said: "Some people are behaving and conducting themselves as propagandists for ISIS (Islamic State) and Taliban. We need to watch out for fringe elements in India."
 
Citing example of Samajwadi Party, which quickly distanced itself from its leader Azam Khan's controversial comments on the Paris attack, Lekhi asked why the Congress failed to condemn Aiyar's remarks?
 
"At a time when the entire world stood up to condemn the Paris attack, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Salman Khurshid were speaking ill of our prime minister on foreign land. When Azam Khan remarked on Paris attacks, the SP was sensible to criticise what he said. But the Congress has not condemned him yet," Lekhi said.
 
Khurshid, a former external affairs minister, praised Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently and criticized Prime Minister Modi during his invitation lecture at the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad last week. 
 
"Modi is not used to talking to people who disagree with him," Khurshid had said.
 
Speaking about Sharif attending Modi's swearing-in ceremony in India, Khurshid said, "If you look back at the first face-to-face between our PMs, your PM took a brave, farsighted decision. If there has been a leader of democratic Pakistan who wanted peace with India, it is (Sharif, who) was the first non-military (Pakistani) leader to try for peace."
 
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Jyoti Dua

1 year ago

Persons like Manishankar and Khurshid are best helping BJP and digging grave for congress by their such remarks.

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