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Kolkata: Plastic eggs have entered the market; Here’s how to identify fake eggs

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A shocking news has created fear and tension among the people who rely on eggs as their Protein source. A man named Md. Shamim Ansari was arrested on Friday morning from Park Circus Market for selling eggs made of plastic. “A shopkeeper named Md. Shamim Ansari was arrested on Friday morning from Park Circus Market for allegedly selling artificial plastic eggs to the complainant Anita Kumar,” Kolkata Police’s Enforcement Branch officer said.

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The complainant when brought the eggs said that she felt something of plastic when she brought the eggs. When the eggs were broken, the yolk got scattered instantly and mixes with the white liquid. Also the eggs while cooking, don’t have the familiar smell of eggs but they have an odour of plastic. Also the egg shell will catch fire as soon as it is exposed to fire.

Anita said, “When I brought these eggs, I was surprised to see the way the yolk was mixing with the white liquid and “One of my family members was complaining about uneasiness whenever she was having these eggs. We suspected something was wrong with the eggs because odour of plastic used to come out whenever we were cooking them.”

How to distinguish between Fake and Real Eggs-

  1. Fake eggs shell harder and rougher in comparison to real egg shell.
  2. A rubbery lining is present in the shells of fake eggs while the shells of real eggs are doesn’t have a spot or any lining.
  3. Yellow part and white part of the fake eggs will mix if let undisturbed while the yellow and white part remain clearly visible if if undisturbed.
  4. While cooking the fake eggs doesn’t smell but has a little odour of plastic.

So next time, do keep in mind the following points while buying and making an egg.

Bengaluru bans Ajinomoto, Its time for rest of the Country to follow same step to avoid Cancer

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Bengaluru has decided to take a step ahead to prevent health hazards in the state has decided to ban monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is popularly known as Ajinomoto. Ajinomoto is used in Chinese Cuisines, which is added to the food to enhance the flavor of the food. off late, various controversies against the use of Ajinomoto has emerged which shows a negative impact on health with the use of Ajinomoto. Seeing this serious hazards of Ajinomoto Bengaluru takes a step and bans MSG or Ajinomoto in its state.

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Stating the dangerous effects of Ajinomoto, Various research papers prove that MSG causes cancer. To this, Health Minister Ramesh Kumar said this is a ‘heinous crime’ by owners of restaurants and eateries who use MSG in their products. “I will discuss with experts the impact of using MSG, and it will be placed in the session. If findings of the report confirm the negative impact on the health, MSG will be banned,” he said. Citing failures on Government’s part, he stated that it is a failure on their part to check use of MSG in the food and their inability to control the use of MSG in the food.

Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955, which states: “MSG may be added to a food article, provided the total glutamate content of the ready-to-serve food does not exceed 1 percent. It shall not be included in any food meant for infants below 12 months.”

Lupin Pharmaceuticals have launched its new Contraceptive Pills with 180 days exclusivity

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Lupin, India third largest Pharmaceutical company has launched a generic version of Allergen Plc’s Minastrin 24 Fe tablets in the US. The pharma major who receives a nod from the US Food and Drug Association last month, Lupin Pharma contraceptive pills was launched with an exclusivity of 180 days period. This time of 180 days exclusivity means that the company will launch any other version of this allergen for the next 180 days.

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The emergency contraceptive pills contain 1 mg norethindrone acetate, 0.02 mg Ethinylestradiol, and 75 mg ferrous fumarate.The emergency pills which are high on demand in the US had sales of $360.5 million in the US in the calendar year 2016; Lupin said in a press release citing data from global healthcare information and service provider IMS Health.

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The contraceptive pills along with other 28 oral pills have been launched by the company in the US which is receiving great response from the consumers. “This product is likely to add $49 million to sales and $22 million to profit in FY18. Despite the challenging environment in the US and a high base, Lupin is expected to perform well due to a steady flow of product approvals and a good pipeline,” said Surya Patra, an analyst at PhillipCapital India.

Heavy alcohol drinking increases heart disease risk: study

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Heavy alcohol drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease, new research has warned.

alcohol drinking habbitsDrinking too much can affect the elasticity of the arterial walls (arterial stiffness) and prematurely age the arteries, interfering with blood flow, said researchers at University College London in the UK.

They found that male former drinkers were at risk for accelerated rates of arterial stiffness compared with moderate drinkers who were in early old age. This observation was not found in females, although the study of 3,869 participants was 73 per cent male.

The findings, which looked at alcohol drinking habits over a 25-year period, support previous research on moderate alcohol consumption and its association with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.

Participants ranged in age at the initial alcohol assessment from their 30s to their 50s, with statistical adjustment made for age (amongst other characteristics) in the study’s analyses, and anyone with a history of heart disease were excluded from the study.

Few of the participants were current smokers, however 68 per cent of the men and 74 per cent of women failed to meet recommended weekly exercise guidelines. Among both men and women, one in 10 had Type 2 diabetes.

Men were more likely to be heavy drinkers compared with women; however, there were twice as many stable nondrinkers and former drinkers among the women than the men.

Researchers compared data about participants’ alcohol consumption with carotid-femoral pulse wave artery velocity (PWV) measurements, or pulse waves between the main arteries found in the neck and thigh. The greater the velocity, the stiffer the artery, researchers said.

Consistent long-term, heavy drinking was defined in the study as more than 112 grammes of ethanol per week (roughly equivalent to one serving of alcoholic spirit, half a pint of beer, or half a glass of wine); consistent moderate drinking was 1-112 grammes of ethanol per week.

The American Heart Association defines moderate alcohol consumption as an average of one to two drinks per day for men, and one drink per day for women.

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, contributing to nearly one-third of deaths, researchers said.

How alcohol may impact arterial health is unclear, said Darragh O’Neill, researcher at University College London.

“It’s been suggested alcohol intake may increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels – the good cholesterol – or decrease platelet stickiness. Conversely, heavier alcohol intake may activate certain enzymes that would lead to collagen accumulation, which could, in turn exacerbate the rate of arterial stiffening,” said O’Neill.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

World’s heaviest Woman expresses her love for Salman Khan

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World heaviest woman Eman Abdulati has confessed being in love with Bollywood Superstar salman Khan and expressed her desire to meet the star. Eman Abdulati who weighs 500 Kg lives in Alexandria, Egypt was brought to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital for Bariatric surgery. She was brought to the hospital in a flight from Alexandria to Mumbai on her bed. She was carried inside the hospital with the help of a crane.

eman abdulatiEman told that she is a big fan of Bollywood and loves  watching movies of Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman but she has specific interest in Salman Khan. Eman has installed a television inside her room in which only Hindi songs will play and not Arabic.

As per the Doctor, Eman is suffering from Elephantiasis and was born with an abnormal weight of 5 Kgs. Her weight was increasing on abnormal rates. At the age of 11, She suffered from a brain stroke, which made her partially paralysed. Eman has not left her house since last twenty five years. Her weight reduction treatment was going in Alexandria but the Doctors were unable to find any permanent solution for her. So, they referred Eman to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital.

Initially Eman had to face a lot of difficulties for arriving in Mumbai. Eman’s Practitioner requested Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to grant her the visa. Now, Eman is in Mumbai and her treat has begun with Doctors undertaking her in observations for three months.

E-cigarettes becomes trend among youth, this is how it is affecting

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E-cigarettes – thought to be responsible for a decline in youth cigarette smoking – are actually attracting a new population of adolescents who might not otherwise have smoked tobacco products, a new US study has warned.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) did not find any evidence that e-cigarettes have caused youth smoking to decline in the US.

In fact, combined e-cigarette and cigarette use among adolescents in 2014 was higher than total cigarette use in 2009, according to the study.

The researchers concluded that the low-risk youth in the study, who went on to smoke regular cigarettes, may not have used nicotine at all if e-cigarettes did not exist.

“We did not find any evidence that e-cigarettes are causing youth smoking to decline,” said Lauren Dutra, a former postdoctoral fellow at the UCSF Centre for Tobacco Control Research and Education.

“While some of the kids using e-cigarettes were also smoking cigarettes, we found that kids who were at low risk of starting nicotine with cigarettes were using e-cigarettes,” Dutra said.

“Recent declines in youth smoking are likely due to tobacco control efforts, not to e-cigarettes,” said Dutra.

The analysis builds on several previous studies that have reported that adolescents who start with e-cigarettes are more likely to subsequently smoke traditional cigarettes.

In the new study, the researchers examined survey data from more than 140,000 middle and high school students who completed the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Youth Tobacco Survey between 2004 and 2014.

The researchers found that cigarette smoking among US adolescents declined during that decade, but did not decline faster after the advent of e-cigarettes in the US between 2007 and 2009.

The researchers also performed an in-depth analysis of the psychosocial characteristics of e-cigarette users.

Research has established that smokers tend to display certain characteristics that non-smokers are less likely to show, such as a tendency to live with a smoker or to wear clothing that displays a tobacco product logo.

The smokers in the national youth survey displayed these characteristics, but the adolescents who were only using e-cigarettes displayed few of these qualities.

“E-cigarettes are encouraging – not discouraging – youth to smoke and to consume nicotine, and are expanding the tobacco market,” said Stanton A Glantz, professor of medicine at UCSF.

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.

Virtual reality may help restore movement in damaged limbs

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Scientists have developed a novel training regime that combines virtual reality and traditional physical therapy to help rehabilitate damaged limbs by allowing the healthy ones to ‘lead by example.’

virtual reality to repair damaged limbsResearchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel said that the research might be applied to patients in physical therapy programs who have lost the strength or control of one hand.

“Patients suffering from hemiparesis – the weakness or paralysis of one of two paired limbs – undergo physical therapy, but this treatment is challenging, exhausting, and usually has a relatively limited effect,” said lead investigator Roy Mukamel of TAU.

“Our results suggest that training with a healthy hand through a virtual reality intervention provides a promising way to repair mobility and motor skills in an impaired limb,” said Mukamel.

As many as 53 healthy participants completed baseline tests to assess the motor skills of their hands, then strapped on virtual reality headsets that showed simulated versions of their hands.

The virtual reality technology presented the participants with a “mirror image” of their hands – when they moved their real right hand, their virtual left hand would move.

In the first experiment, participants completed a series of finger movements with their right hands, while the screen showed their “virtual” left hands moving instead.

In the next, participants placed motorized gloves on their left hands, which moved their fingers to match the motions of their right hands.

Again, the headsets presented the virtual left hands moving instead of their right hands.

The research team found that when subjects practiced finger movements with their right hands while watching their left hands on 3D virtual reality headsets, they could use their left hands more efficiently after the exercise.

However, the most notable improvements occurred when the virtual reality screen showed the left hand moving while in reality, the motorized glove moved the hand.

“We need to show a way to obtain high-performance gains relative to other, more traditional types of therapies,” said Mukamel.

“If we can train one hand without voluntarily moving it and still show significant improvements in the motor skills of that hand, we have achieved the ideal,” Mukamel added.

The researchers are currently examining the applicability of their novel VR training scheme to stroke patients. The research was published in the journal Cell Reports.

Indian-American sued by US govt for Medicare fraud

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An Indian-American owner of a diagnostic firm has been sued by the US government on charges of knowingly submitting false claims to a state-run insurance company for thousands of testing services he did not render.

indian-american sued by us governmentVijay Patel, 59, of New Jersey who owns and operates a Mobile Diagnostic Testing, pleaded guilty in 2014 to a criminal information charging him with health care fraud related to this conduct.

The civil complaint filed on Tuesday alleged Patel violated the False Claims Act, the Department of Justice said.

According to court documents, from August 2011 through December 2012, Patel and the cardiologist defrauded Medicare national social insurance program, administered by the US federal government by submitting claims for diagnostic testing services that the doctor had performed from December 2010 to September 2012. This enabled him to evade Medicare’s prepayment review.

Patel submitted the cardiologist’s claims through his company and his brother’s company Biosound Medical Services Inc. (Biosound), as if Mobile Diagnostic and Biosound had performed the services instead of the doctor.

Once Patel received the Medicare reimbursement money paid to the two companies for diagnostic testing services the cardiologist had performed, Patel transferred a portion of the payment to the doctor and kept a substantial portion for himself, federal prosecutors alleged.

What is the difference between ‘Heart Attack’ and ‘Cardiac Attack’?

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On Sunday night, it was reported that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa suffered ‘cardiac arrest, after which people started calling it “heart attack”, but there is a difference in ‘heart attack’ and ‘cardiac arrest’; and cardiac arrest can be more dangerous than heart attack. Let us understand what is the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest…?

difference between heart attack and cardiac attack

Heart attack or myocardial Infarction occurs, when the coronary artery (artery) in the body suddenly standstill. Through the artery blood reaches to heart muscle, when the blood stops and reaching there, it becomes inactive. Means, in case of heart attack, some muscles inside the heart stop working. In order to treat such type of blockage in arteries, there are many treatments which is given to patients, including angioplasty, stunting and surgery. In this, Doctors try to get blood to the heart become regular.

On the other hand, Cardiac arrest occurs, when ventricular fibrillation occurs inside the heart. If we put it simply, it means that, the exchange of information between different parts of the heart gets messed, which has an adverse impact on the heart beat. This situation can even lead to the stopping of heart beat and a person could die.

For the treatment of cardiac arrest, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is given to the patient, causing to regularize the heartbeat. Electric shock is given by ‘defibrillator’ to patient, which helps to regulate the heartbeat.

However, people who already have heart disease, they are more likely to be in cardiac arrest. Those who have already had a heart attack, they are vulnerable to cardiac arrest. If someone in the family has a history of heart disease, he also must be careful.

HIV/AIDS took over two lakh people lives in China this year

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Over two lakh people have died in China due to HIV/AIDS this year with 94 percent of them contracting the disease due to sexual transmission, according to official figures released here on Wednesday.

About 6.54 lakh people are fighting the disease which showed signs of increase among the youth, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, adding that more transmissions among young and senior males have been noted.

hiv aids death in chinaFrom January to September, 2,321 students, aged between 15 to 24 tested positive for HIV/AIDS, 4.1 times more than in 2010.

Also, 13,000 men aged above 60 discovered they were carrying the virus, 3.6 times that of 2010, it said.

About 96,000 new cases in total reported in the first nine months, state-run Xinhua news agency said.

In the same period, heterosexual sexual transmission accounted for 66.7 percent of all cases, and homosexual activities accounted for 27.5 percent of transfers, said the CDC, adding that mother-to-child and intravenous drug infection rates were low.

In 2015, more than 32,000 men were reported to be infected with the virus through gay activities. The number was 7,675 in 2010.

Also, the number of people having received AIDS/HIV treatment has increased almost seven times in the past six years in the volatile Xinjiang province caught in spiral violence in the last few years.

More than 20,000 people living with AIDS/HIV had received treatment in Xinjiang as of September this year, it said.

Xinjiang has 39,840 people living with HIV/AIDS, and the number of designated hospitals for antiretroviral treatment in the region rose from 48 in 2010 to 92 in 2016.

The central and the regional governments have spent over USD 38 million on medicines and subsidies for people living with HIV/AIDS in the region, Zhang Feng, deputy director of the regional AIDS prevention office said.

Yunnan in southwest China reported 9,723 new cases of HIV/AIDS in the first ten months of 2016. The figure was slightly less than that of the same period last year.

Among the new cases, 92.6 percent were related to unprotected sex, a rise of 1.2 per cent from an earlier year.

Sex, intravenous drug-taking, and mother-to-child transmission are the three primary modes of HIV/AIDS spread.

Yunnan, which borders the notorious Golden Triangle region, also faces bigger issues of drug use compared with other areas.

Drugs, a former key driver of HIV spread, accounted for 6.3 percent of the new cases from January to October in 2016.

The data also showed a rising number of foreigners living with HIV/AIDS along the provincial border, accounting for 9.5 percent of the new cases. Yunnan had 93,437 people living with HIV/AIDS as of October 31 this year. Across the country, the number was 575,000 by the end of October 2015.