Saturday, December 11, 2010

Exercises to Enhance Memory

Memory is a tricky thing, isn’t it? It has a way of bailing on us when we need it the most. And as we get older, it only gets worse! But did you know that exercise could change that? Here are some yoga asanas that will help stimulate your brain and nervous system and in turn improve your memory.MediationMeditation improves your concentration and helps you remember things better. “Sit quietly in a comfortable position and count backwards from 50,” says yoga instructor Payal Gidwani-Tiwari. You can start counting from 100 and even 200 with practice.Another form of meditation you can try is Dharana. “Dharana helps you de-clutter your mind,” Payal says. This form of meditation involves focusing your attention and not letting it wander. It can be done by either concentrating on your breathing or by concentrating on the centre of your head.“Pranayam also helps you think better and improves your ability to remember better as it increases the supply of oxygen to your brain,” says Bhavin Thakkar, an instructor of artistic yoga. Pranaym is a kind of breathing technique practised in yoga.You could also try yogamudra or padmasana for better memory. For this, place your hands on your knees with your palms facing upwards and join your index finger to your thumb. Just close your eyes and focus on your breathing.Upavitha konasana (wide legged forward bend)1) Stand with your feet three feet apart and your heels pointing outwards.
2) Now bend forward with a straight back to touch your palm to the ground. If it is your first time, go as far as you can and hold the position. 3) Now get your torso closer to yourself with your palms on your knees and your elbows jutting out. Hold for about five to 10 seconds and slowly return to your original position.SirshasanaTo get to sirshasana, you need to assume balasana or the child’s pose. Here’s how:
1) Sit in vajrasana or on your feet with your knees pointing forward.2) Part your legs slightly and bend your torso forward with your hands outstretched or on your sides, to touch the ground. This is balasana.3) Now hold your elbows with your hands. Place the top of your head on the ground with the back of your head resting against your arms.4) Slowly straighten your knees, raise your hips and your legs to form a ‘V’ in the air.5) Now slowly bend your knees close to your chest so that your feet are near your buttocks and balance yourself using your hips.6) Now raise your legs. When you are in the headstand position, try and relax.
“Make sure 90 per cent of your weight is supported by your arms and elbows and just 10 per cent by your head,” says Bhavin.Viparit karni asana
This is a variation of the sarvangasana. "In this asana, istead of raising your legs to form a 90-degree angle, you make a 60-degree angle with or without the support of a wall,” he explains.1) Lie down on your back.2) Slowly raise your legs and your hips off the ground to form a 60-degree angle with the ground. Support your hips with your hands as you do this.3) Hold for up to ten seconds and return to original position.
(The above yogic poses improve blood circulation to the brain and the heart and helps enhance memory.) Make sure you do all the above asanas under supervision of a yoga trainer.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


A 26-year-old doctor of a private hospital in Navi Mumbai was arrested for allegedly raping a woman admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, police said. The accused, Vishal Vanne, resident medical officer of Lotus Hospital in Vashi, has been accused of raping the 30-year-old married woman in ICU on Saturday night, police said.

The victim, a resident of Ghansoli in Navi Mumbai, was admitted to the hospital after she complained of giddiness and fatigue. She was initially kept in the general ward, but was later shifted to ICU when her condition turned critical.

"The lady was in a semi-conscious state and could comprehend that she was being raped but could not resist the accused or raise an alarm due to weakness," investigating officer Rajkumar Chapekar said.

The victim narrated the incident to her husband yesterday morning, after which a complaint was lodged. According to police, preliminary medical reports have confirmed rape.

Vanne, who has been employed with the hospital since last December, would be produced before a local court later on Monday.

Meanwhile, the victim's husband has demanded that a case should be registered against the owners of the hospital for security lapse inside the ICU.

"There were no security personnel or nurses inside the ICU. Two other patients inside the unit were fast asleep due to heavy medication. We would investigate into this," Chapekar said.


A day after a doctor allegedly raped a woman in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Navi Mumbai, a similar case surfaced in the Capital. A 28-year-old woman, suffering from brain tumour, accused a doctor of Aakash Hospital in Malviya Nagar of molesting her thrice on Sunday. The doctor (26)was arrested and terminated from service.

The victim was admitted in the emergency ward of the South Delhi hospital on Saturday night after she complained of high fever.

"The doctor came to conduct a medical check-up around 11 pm. He molested me in the presence of my husband first. We ignored it thinking it was not deliberate," she said.

"After my husband left, the doctor returned and sexually harassed me. On Sunday morning, he repeated the heinous act. No nurse or fellow doctor was accompanying him during the check-ups," the victim added.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Obesity can increase the risk in HIV patients

The study has shown that antiretroviral therapy may not be as effective on obese HIV patients as it is with people of normal weight. Researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, who conducted the study, insisted that the immune systems among obese people with HIV do not respond as well as it does among normal weight people with HIV. Nancy Crum-Cianflone, MD, who presented the study at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said: “Obese patients were found to regain fewer CD4-positive T cells after they start therapy than do people with normal weight,” said Dr. Crum-Cianflone. “These findings don’t align with some of the earlier studies done prior to the advent of modern highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), when patients who were obese did better than those of normal or below-normal weight.” Data collected by the USU’s Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) from participants in the U.S. Military Natural History Study, was assessed as part of the study. The data had details of 1,119 people, including documented dates of HIV seroconversion between 1986 and 2008. Captain (Dr.) Greg Martin, director of the IDCRP said: “The irony is that in the past we have been concerned that patients with HIV infection were losing too much weight. “Yet this research is showing that there needs to be more of a focus on maintaining a balanced weight without going to the other extreme.” Earlier studies had hinted that when HAART was unavailable, patients who were obese lost CD4 cells more slowly than people who had normal or below-normal weight. Crum-Cianflone mentioned that the introduction of HAART has resulted in immune system recovery, which is measured by an increase in the number of CD4 cells. She concluded that the study also "suggests that low CD4 counts may be another adverse consequence of obesity.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Child labour

Child labour, or child labor, refers to the employment of children at regular and sustained labour. This practice is considered exploitative by many international organizations and is illegal in many countries. Child labour was utilized to varying extents through most of history, but entered public dispute with the beginning of universal schooling, with changes in working conditions during industrialization, and with the emergence of the concepts of workers' and children's rights.
Child labour is common in some parts of the
world, and can be factory work, mining, prostitution, quarrying, agriculture, helping in the parents' business, having one's own small business (for example selling food), or doing odd jobs. Some children work as guides for tourists, sometimes combined with bringing in business for shops and restaurants (where they may also work as waiters). Other children are forced to do tedious and repetitive jobs such as: assembling boxes, polishing shoes, stocking a store's products, or cleaning. However, rather than in factories and sweatshops, most child labour occurs in the informal sector, "selling many things on the streets, at work in agriculture or hidden away in houses—far from the reach of official labour inspectors and from media scrutiny." And all the work that they did was done in all types of weather; and was also done for minimal pay. As long as there is family poverty there will be child labor.
According to
UNICEF, there are an estimated 158 million children aged 5 to 14 in child labour worldwide, excluding child domestic labour.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Night-time urination 'raises mortality risk'

Do you get up frequently to pee at night? Well, it's high time that you consult a doctor, for a new study has revealed that night-time
urination raises a person's mortality risk. Researchers have carried out the study and found that people suffering from nocturia, the need to urinate at least twice during the night, may have a significantly increased risk for mortality, the 'The Journal of Urology' reported. To reach the conclusion, the researchers conducted a comprehensive geriatric assessment of 788 residents 70 years old or older to determine incidence of nocturia. Using data from national health system, they assessed differences in survival stratified by presence or absence of nocturia over three years. They then adjusted the models to control for age, sex, BMI, diabetes, hypertension, history of coronary heart disease, nephropathy, alcohol consumption, and use of tranquilisers, hypnotics or diuretics. The study showed that there was a significantly increased mortality rate in elderly patients living in a Japanese assisted-living facility who suffered from nocturia relative to other residents. The findings are presented at the annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association. "Nighttime urination is not necessarily just a matter of getting older. Patients should talk to their doctor about what may be causing this. There may be a very serious yet treatable condition involved," Anthony Smith, the Spokesman for the American Urological Association, was quoted by the media as saying.

Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink

Currently, 1.1 billion people don't have access to clean drinking water -- that's one out of every six people on the planet. Today, to commemorate World Water Day, we're featuring three videos on the home page that highlight the urgency and importance of providing clean water and sanitation to every single global citizen.
This video, from YouTube nonprofit partner
charity:water, conveys the urgent need to build wells in the Central African Republic by juxtaposing powerful images with Beck's "Time Bomb": Like charity:water, GOOD Magazine is also leveraging pop culture to spur citizens to take action. They've created a three-video series, rooted in familiar water-oriented scenes from iconic films and television, to demonstrate that life without clean water can be a very frightening prospect: And if you're looking for straight facts without the fluff, this brief documentary from the International Red Cross provides specific information about how chronic water and sanitation challenges are affecting Zambia. You can help solve the global water crisis by contributing to these worthy organizations -- and by sharing their messages with your friends.

Monday, March 23, 2009