Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh), May 25 (IANS) Call it an innovation or a life hack but a young man from Lakhimpur Kheri has found a perfect 'antiseptic' mask that comes with a do-it-yourself technique.Mahendra Singh wears a mask that looks like a small basket, filled with neem leaves.He claims that the idea was given to him by a doctor in a government hospital."I fill up my mask with neem leaves in the morning and wear it all day. It not only gives me fresh air but also works as an antiseptic and keeps the virus away. Besides there is no issue of washing or sanitizing the mask," he said.Mahendra, who belongs to Bagrethi village, has put his photograph wearing the home-made mask on the social media and where it has gone viral.--IANSamita/in
<br>The tragedy occurred at the Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital run by the BJP-controlled Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC), which is among the biggest civic bodies, and in one of the worst Covid-19 hotspots in the state.President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and other senior Central and state leaders cutting across political lines expressed their grief over the tragedy that occurred on the day of Ram Navami.Visiting the tragedy-hit hospital this evening, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that according to NMC officials and experts, there were certain technical glitches while oxygen was being transferred from a tank which caused a sudden variation in the pressure of the oxygen being administered in the Covid-19 ward, and 24 patients on ventilator beds died gasping for breath within minutes."However, the NMC authorities handled the crisis very efficiently and helped prevent a bigger tragedy. They managed to save a part of the oxygen, which is stored at below minus 180 degrees Celsius," said Tope.People were left speechless as visuals of the tragedy were posted on social media with the invisible gas stored in the tank under extremely cold minus-temperatures suddenly gushing out in snow-white, hissing clouds, with workers and others running around in panic. Some technicians were seen struggling with the controls to curb the deadly outflow.At that time, around 150 patients were undergoing treatment on oxygen or ventilator beds but when the oxygen pressure plummeted without warning, the hospital staffers were seen running helter-skelter to save their lives by shifting them to other wards or nearby hospitals."It's a very serious incident... coming due to a drop in pressure of the oxygen being administered to the patients," Tope said of the tragedy, which happened as the state struggles to beef up its oxygen supplies.Shaken by the sudden loss of their near and dear ones, wailing relatives slammed the NMC authorities, demanding to know who would take responsibility for the tragedy.NMC Municipal Commissioner Kailash Jadhav termed it as "a very sad tragedy", ordered a probe into the incident and assured action against all found guilty of lapses.He said that owing to the leak, the oxygen supply was stopped for around half-an-hour, which culminated in the disaster that claimd 24 Covid patients.Nashik Collector Suraj Mandhare attributed the deaths to the pressure drop in the oxygen tank, which is managed and maintained by a private company.Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that he was stunned to learn of the tragedy, while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi appealed to the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government and his party workers to extend all assistance to the victims' families.CM Thackeray said that "the state is numbed" by the sheer calamity in the midst of the Corona war being waged by the state and announced a total compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of each deceased.Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar condoled the tragedy and assured a high-level investigation, with condolences also coming from Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray and other ministers. The Leader of Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis, described the incident as "terrible and disturbing".Hitting out at the BJP, Congress state spokesperson Sachin Sawant said: "The hospital is managed by the NMC which is under the BJP. The BJP must take responsibility. Where are the party's Mayor and 3 MLAs."Besides Tope, state ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Rajendra Shingane, Chhagan Bhujbal and other senior leaders rushed to Nashik for a spot assessment of the situation.BJP's Leader of Opposition in Council, Pravin Darekar, however, attacked the MVA government and demanded lodging of cases under culpable homicide against NMC Commissioner Jadhav, accusing him of being "solely responsible" for the incident.The Nashik incident has become the worst Covid-related tragedy in the past 13 months of the pandemic, days after a mega-fire killed 11 persons at a Mumbai hospital on March 26.(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org)--IANS<br>qn/vd
Lucknow, April 21 (IANS) The oxygen crisis in Lucknow is now leaving Covid patients gasping for breath, literally.Despite assurances from the state government, there is an acute shortage of oxygen cylinders in the state capital.People have been queuing up at the oxygen refilling plant in Nadarganj industrial area since more than 24 hours now but supply has dried up.Mahadev Kumar said, "I have been waiting since last night for a refill. My wife is admitted to a private hospital and they have told me to get oxygen myself."Almost every private medical facility in Lucknow is asking patients' relatives to arrange for oxygen or take their patient home.The district administration has now deployed police force at the oxygen refilling centres to prevent the situation from turning violent.A senior doctor in a private hospital, when contacted, said, "Since there is no oxygen available, we are forced to turn away patients. We are clearly asking the relatives that we will treat their patients only if they can arrange for oxygen. We do not want to be blamed for deaths later."Portable oxygen cans are no longer available in the market."There is panic buying and even those who are perfectly healthy, are buying up and storing oxygen cylinders at home. Since the panic situation is prevailing everywhere, the shortage is understandable," said a dealer of medical equipments in Lalbagh area in the state capital.A government spokesman said that oxygen was being brought to Lucknow by train as well as by road and the situation was likely to ease in the next 24 hours.--IANSamita/skp/
Srinagar, April 5 (IANS) In the aftermath of an upsurge in COVID-19 infections in Kashmir, the director health services on Monday cancelled all leaves granted to doctors and paramedics except maternity leave and the leave taken due to medical emergency.In an order issued on Monday, director health services Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmad Rather said because of the upsurge in COVID-19 spread in the Valley, all leaves granted to medical superintendents, district and block medical officers, other territorial officers and paramedics are cancelled forthwith.All those except staff on maternity and medical emergency leave have been asked to report at their places of posting immediately.It must be mentioned that during the last one week there has been an alarming surge in new COVID cases in the Valley.The situation has become worrisome for the authorities because almost after two years tourism related activities had started picking up in Kashmir this spring.Reports of more people reporting positive are feared to dampen the interest of people who are otherwise eager to come to Kashmir for holidays this summer and autumn.Authorities have closed schools from today to check the spread of the virus among children who are turning out to be vulnerable to the new wave of COVID-19 affecting the Valley.--IANSsq/skp/
Pudina (mint) is one of the oldest culinary herbs known to humans. It has remarkable medicinal properties and is a rich source of polyphenols. It has carminative and antispasmodic properties.
Benefits of Mint Leaves: Saurabh Arora, Inventor Pudhinaa, and Snec30, Director at Arbro say: "Pudina leaves or mint leaves are low on calories and contain very low amounts of proteins and fats. It has an enormous amount of Vitamin A, C, and B-complex that enhances skin and boosts immunity. Another nutritional benefit of pudina is that it is rich in iron, potassium, and manganese that increase hemoglobin, and improve brain function."
Arora Lists Down 10 Health Benefits Of Mint Leaves That One Must Know:
1. Helps in Digestion
Mint is rich in antioxidants, menthol, and phytonutrients that help the enzymes digest food. The essential oils in mint possess strong antibacterial and antiseptic effects that calm stomach cramps and help ease acidity and flatulence.
2. Treats Asthma
Regularly taking pudina can ease chest congestion. The methanol in mint acts as a decongestant, it helps loosen mucus collected in the lung and also shrinks swollen membranes in the nose to allow you to breathe easier. While using pudina, make sure that you don't overdose it, otherwise, your air passage will become irritated.
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3. Cures Headaches
Pudina contains menthol that can help relax muscles and ease the pain. Applying pudina juice on your forehead and temples can give you relief from headaches. Also, balms of pudina base or mint oil are effective in curing headaches.
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4. Eases Stress and Depression
One of the main advantages of mint is that it is the most widely used herb in aromatherapy. Pudina or mint has a strong, refreshing smell that can ease stress and refresh the body and mind. The apoptogenic activity of mint helps regulate the cortisol levels in the blood that triggers the body's natural response to ease the stress. Inhaling pudina essential oil can instantly release serotonin in the blood which is a neurotransmitter that is well known for easing symptoms of stress and depression.
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5. Makes Your Skin Healthy
Pudina has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help treat acne and pimple on the skin. Pudina leaves contain a high amount of salicylic acid which acts as anti-acne. It also acts as an effective skin cleanser. Pudina has antioxidant properties that help you get clean and youthful skin by removing free-radicals from the body. Another way pudina makes your skin healthy is that it retains the moisture in the skin, clears off dead skin cells, and dirt from the skin pores, and makes the skin look radiant and toned.
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6. Oral Care
Chewing pudina leaves is a great way to improve oral hygiene and dental health. The essential oils in pudina can help you get fresh breath. Also, using the mouthwash containing peppermint oil can help you kill bacteria in the mouth and provide you with healthy gums and teeth.
7. Improves Memory
According to research, mint can improve memory and retrieve the cognitive function of the brain. Consuming pudina regularly can increase brain power by improving alertness, and memory retention, and other cognitive functions.
8. Promotes Weight Loss
The aromatic herb pudina could help you with weight loss. The essential oils of pudina stimulate digestive enzymes to increase the bile flow and promote digestion. It also helps in improved nutrient absorption from the food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb nutrients properly, your metabolism increases. The increase in metabolism promotes weight loss.
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9. Treats Common Cold
If you are struggling with a cold and finding it difficult to breathe, pudina is the best remedy for it. Most of the vapor rubs and inhalers contain mint. Mint naturally clears nose throat, bronchi, and lung congestion. Apart from respiratory channels, mint also eases irritation caused by chronic coughing.
10. Eases Symptoms of Nausea
Pudina is an effective treatment for nausea that often occurs in morning sickness. Eating a few pudina leaves or smelling it every morning can help pregnant women prevent the nauseous feeling or cope with it better. (Puja Gupta)
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New York - Parents, please take note. Make sure your child is not neglected as childhood emotional neglect has inter-generational effects on brain structure and function, a new study suggests.
The study indicates that the infant children of mothers who had experienced childhood emotional neglect displayed altered brain circuitry involved in fear responses and anxiety.
"These results show that our brain development is not only shaped by what happens in our own life, but is also impacted by things that happened to our parents before we were even conceived," said lead author of the study, Cassandra Hendrix at New York University Langone Health in the US.
For the study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, the team studied 48 mother-infant pairs starting in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Mothers were given a questionnaire to assess childhood trauma (experiences of early abuse or neglect). The mothers were also evaluated for current, prenatal stress levels, and for anxiety and depression.
One month after birth, infants underwent a brain scan using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging, a non-invasive technology that could be used while the babies slept naturally.
The researchers focused on brain connections between the amygdala, which is central to processing fearful emotions, and two other brain regions: the prefrontal cortex and the anterior cingulate cortex.
Both areas play a key role in regulating emotions. Babies whose mothers experienced childhood emotional neglect had stronger functional connections between the amygdala and the cortical regions.
After controlling for mothers' current stress levels, the researchers found that the more emotional neglect a mother had experienced during her own childhood, the more strongly her baby's amygdala was connected to the frontal cortical regions. (Agency)