New York, June 19 (IANS) Older adults who struggle to fall asleep and experience frequent night awakenings are at high risk for developing dementia or dying early from any cause, a new study suggests.The findings, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, indicated that people who reported routinely experiencing difficulty falling asleep had a 49 per cent increased risk of dementia.And those who often woke in the night and had difficulty falling back asleep had a 39 per cent increased risk of dementia, reports CNN."We found a strong association between frequent difficulty falling asleep and nighttime awakenings and dementia and early death from any cause, even after we controlled for things like depression, sex, income, education and chronic conditions," said researcher Rebecca Robbins from Harvard Medical School.For the study, the team analysed data collected by the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), which conducts annual in-person interviews with a nationally representative sample of 6,376 Medicare beneficiaries.Data from between 2011 and 2018 were examined for the new study, with a focus on people in the highest risk category -- those who said they had sleep issues "most nights or almost every night".Self-reported sleep difficulties by participants in the study were then compared to each participant's medical records.The study found that people who had trouble falling asleep most nights had about a 44 per cent increased risk of early death from any cause.Those who said they often woke in the night and struggled to return to sleep had a somewhat higher risk -- a 56 per cent increased risk of early death from any cause."These results contribute to existing knowledge that sleep plays a very important role, every night, for reducing our long term risk for neural cognitive decline and all-cause mortality," said Robbins.--IANSvc/sdr/
The year 2020 has been an eye opener in many ways. Not only did it lead to introspection in general, it also changed quite eating habits, fitness and cooking styles.
Cooking food is no longer a scheduled task just about cooking and eating, there is awareness, conscience awakening and science attached to it today. Right from raw vegetables, meat and even the oils that are used, consumers today have questions about what they are consuming, the source of raw materials, the formulation and production.
Oil is an essential ingredient used in Indian cooking be it for frying, stir frying, shallow frying, pan frying, grilling, barbequing, baking, kneadinge there isn't a component of cooking where oil doesn't feature, even if it means a slight drizzle. It's where it all starts and ends.
For generations, the traditional mindset in using a particular kind and brand of oil has had a very ehand me down' approach, something has been followed ritualistically until recently. Sunflower and Groundnut oil have constituted as majority in the cooking oil segment followed closely by Mustard oil.
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Today, there are a variety of cooking oils available in the Indian market and thanks to exposure to international standards and a whole new category of olive oils. Indian consumers are spoilt for choice but are they making the right one? How does one know the oil they've been using isn't doing more harm than benefitting? While there have been a few constants that have proven to be ideal choices for the palate and health, there are others whose properties are second to none but haven't gained wide spread popularity. One such variant is Olive Pomace oil.
Olive oil actually comes in a number of forms, colour, taste, and acidity level along with three variants: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Refined Olive Oil and Olive Pomace Oil.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is a cold pressed olive oil with acidity below 0.3 percent. Owing to its aroma and flavour, it is suitable for making salads, dressings, flavourings or condiments for salads, pastas, rice, vegetables, meat and fish. It is also rich in anti-oxidants when eaten in raw / cold form. However, it may not the right choice for typical Indian e high temperature - cooking.
Olive Pomace oil is, however, the right olive oil for Indian cooking. Because of its extraction process, Olive Pomace oil is stable at high temperatures and contains higher Tocopherol and Squalene than even extra virgin olive oil. Tocopherol and Squalene are forms of Vitamin E which have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties for the body and is great for skin. Other properties such as its fatty acid profile (eg. mono-unsaturated fatty acid) are the same as that jar of extra virgin olive oil that graces the aisle at the supermarket. In fact, it has the same composition as extra virgin olive oil. What's more, it is completely neutral in taste, therefore, making Olive Pomace oil liquid gold for healthy Indian Cooking.
Olive Pomace Oil is the perfect companion for desi food. It is a light oil with a neutral taste and flavour. Indian food encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines and they all vary significantly from each other. Olive Pomace Oil can be used for all Indian cooking and the taste is quite incredible.
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While we face the second wave of the pandemic, it's prudent to stay fit, eat right and follow a healthy lifestyle. The choice of cooking oil plays a major part in this. Choosing an oil that has necessary fats and zero cholesterol that are helpful for weight loss and maintaining a low-calorie diet is what one needs today. Olive Pomace oil is 80 percent monosaturated that can lower the cholesterol level. Monosaturated fats are healthy fats with fatty acid profile (high MUFA) like other Olive Oils found in olive oil, avocados and certain nuts. Olive Pomace oil also brings the additional benefit of Vitamin E for better immunity and tissue repair with Vitamin K for better bone density and health.
It is a light, neutral in taste and healthier option than other edible oils, and is stable at high temperatures. This helps beat the myth that Olive oil is not good for Indian cooking. What's more, the great thing about Olive Pomace oil is that since it is absorbed less by food, it is great for healthy cooking and affordable at the same time, as it will be consumed less.
Apart from uses in kitchen, Olive Pomace oil can be used to treat skin problems and hair problems by using a little bit of it on the damaged scalp to treat dryness. Similarly, one can also use it in the bath to rejuvenate dry skin.
Olive Pomace oil is cost effective in comparison to the other grades of olive oil but when compared to the cost of regular soya bean, sunflower or the peanut oil, it is priced at premium.
So, the next time you go for grocery shopping, take a leap of faith and grab that can of Olive Pomace oileit's a health decision that's much overdue!
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New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Coronavirus pandemic which started last year has taken a heavy toll on the working mothers in India with significant reduction in their average sleep time and more than two-fold jump in time taken to care for elderly in the family, a nationwide survey showed on Friday.
Working mothers in the country are now sleeping for only 5.50 hours per day as compared to 6.50 hours every day on average in pre-Covid era (before 2020), a reduction of about 17 per cent.
They are now spending 01.50 hours more taking care of the elderly/others in the family than in pre-Covid times, according to a survey carried out by market research agency Market Xcel Data Matrix covering 1,200 working mothers across the country.
The pandemic has also altered working mothers' routine and lifestyle -- their time of exercise and entertainment has also been reduced significantly.
Juggling between various responsibilities, they are struggling hard to finish their office work and are spending 08.55 hours to finish office work as compared to 06.50 hours earlier. Their household work has also gone up with the absence of housemaids in many cases.
Moreover, the working mothers are spending more time on their children's education now, with the absence of proper guidance in schools. Around 30 per cent women reported more household chores since the pandemic started and about 26 per cent said there were more childcare responsibilities.
As many as 30 per cent women also reported mental health issues since 2020 while another 26 per cent said they were having some kind of physical health issues.
"The present pandemic situation has had a ripple effect on everybody's life. The working mothers have especially been impacted who are burdened and stressed working round the clock fulfilling professional responsibilities and household duties," said Ashwani Arora, Senior Vice President, Market Xcel Data Matrix, in a statement on the Friday.
"Multitasking and playing many roles simultaneously is gradually becoming hectic. Working mothers have to compromise with their exercise and sleep. Managing office and home school (of kids) at the same time at the same pace is definitely not easy and we need to give some extra care for the caregivers," Arora added.
For the survey, 1,200 working mothers, aged between 25-45 were surveyed in 17 states across the country.
<br>The state government started the vaccination process in the state from January 16 but vaccination among the senior citizens particularly among the people who are above 60 years old started from March 1 onwards. If we take close look at the data chart provided by the state government, we will find that when on March 1 the fatality rate among the citizens between the age bracket of 61 to 75 was 4.9 per cent on March 1 it came down to 3.9 per cent on May 1 and on May 15 it reduced further to 3.4 per cent.Not only that, the vaccination process is showing marked improvement in the health system of the people who are above 75 years of age, convincingly more vulnerable to the disease. The data sheet shows that when on March 1 the fatality rate of the people above 75 years was as high as 11.3 per cent, it came down to 9.2 per cent on May 1 and reduced further to 7.9 per cent on May 15. "This is marked improvement and we are hopeful that if we carry out the vaccination process in this way, we will be able to immunize the senior citizens of the state within the next short period. What I would like to mention is that we have an improved treatment which is reducing the fatality rate in general. What we need is an adequate supply of vaccines to carry on our mission to safeguard the life of the senior people of our state," Director of Health Services Ajay Chakraborty said.However, though the vaccination showed a direct effect on the senior citizens, it didn't not have that much of an effect on the fatality rate of people between the age group of 45 years to 60 years. When in March the fatality rate of the people between this age group stood at 1.6 per cent it remained the same on April 1 and reduced marginally on May 1 coming down to 1.3 per cent and on May 15 it came down further to 1.1 per cent. When asked about it, Chakraborty said: "We had the primary target of saving the lives of the senior citizens who are more vulnerable to the disease and that we have done effectively. In the first wave the middle-aged people were not that much affected but this age group is getting affected and so the fatality rate is also increasing".The state health department officials are, however, afraid that the recent lockdown announced by the state government might have an effect on the vaccination drive going along in the state. "With the imposition of lockdown and the suspension of the transport system it will be difficult for the senior citizens to come to the vaccination centres and this might hamper the process of vaccination," another senior official said.--IANS<br>sbg/pgh
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) At a time when the nation is grappling with a relentless second wave of Covid-19, leading to a huge spike in the number of cases and posing challenges to the healthcare system and the administration, some good samaritans have gone out of their way to reduce the burden of pain and hopelessness among society at large.Priyanka Negi, 24-year-old Greater Noida resident, is busy nowadays sending home-cooked meals to the Covid-positive patients undergoing treatment at home. Priyanka has lost her grandmother and maternal uncle to the lethal virus this year in April. The deaths in her family affected her so much that she decided to help others by sending them home-cooked food. To boost the morale of the infected people, she also sends a note to them on piece of paper along with the meals."I started this initiative from April 28. Initially, I sent food to 2 patients at home. But in the last 12 days, more than 40 patients have received home-cooked everyday," she told IANS."Through different online delivery platforms, we pack and send our homemade food to the Covid positive patients. They require nutritious meals."Priyanka works in Mumbai but due to the lockdown, she is currently working from home in Greater Noida.Besdies, some NGOs these days are distributing PPE kits to the families of patients standing outside hospitals so that can take a shield against the dreaded virus.Masks and PPE kits were distributed by the Tycia Foundation to people standing outside the LNJP Hospital in Delhi. Sanju, who is associated with the foundation, told IANS: "Free masks and PPET weights are being distributed to the people. We have been doing this for the last one month. Besides, we are helping the people to get oxygen cylinders."On behalf of this foundation, an autorickshaw equipped with an oxygen cylinder is parked outside the hospital so that a patient in a serious condition can be transported from one place to another without any delay.According to Sanju, nearly 1,000 have been helped by his organization so far. He said apart from Delhi, those who ask for help from the surrounding areas are also provided assistance.The much needed assistance amid the pandemic is also being extended to slum dwellers, 'Kinnar Samaj' and HIV positive people in Delhi.Anchal Sharma, a cancer survior who runs Meals of Happiness, an NGO, has been helping people in these difficlt times.According to Aanchal, ration comprising daily essentials that can last upto 15 days is being sent to these people. "We have been helping the Corona affected people since last year by sending food. We have launched an awareness campaign as well for the people living in the slum this time. Also, through our volunteers, we are providing medicines to the people living in slums," she told IANS."If someone with coronavirus symptoms is detected in the in slums, we connect them to doctors online and get them treated. We have kept the oximeter so that the doctors can get the correct information.""If a person feels that he/she has to be isolated at home, we will deliver food and medicine to his/her doorstep. We have chosen volunteers for that," she said."Apart from this, we are also helping the 'Kinnar' community, HIV positive people. We have prepared a list which includes the names of all these people. We are working to help them reach their homes," she added.--IANSmsk/pgh/in
<br>From temple trusts to gurdwaras and NGOs, all have been doing commendable service in the last fortnight to ease the tensions and fill in the gaps in services.On Tuesday, shoe exporters association AFMEC opened its 250-bed hospital with adequate medi-infrastructure. Pooran Dawar, the chief inspiration behind the ambitious project, said: "We have managed to put together a full package of facilities backed up by trained staff of doctors and nurses, at our facility in village Seenghna, on the national highway. If there is need, we will add more beds. No one should go without medical help."A few days ago, the 130-year-old Kshetra Bajaaj Samiti, that runs the Taj Ganj electric and the conventional crematoriums, opened a facility for Covid-19 patients at the Nemi Chand Homeopathy Hospital on the Agra-Firozabad road. Ashok Goyal, the Samiti's chief functionary, also organised a day-long Yagna at the Shamshan Ghat to appease Lord Shiva. The Samiti has a fleet of vehicles to transport dead bodies to the crematoriums. Arrangement for Ganga water is also made for thebodies, along with provision of wood at fair cost. Due to the pressure, the electric crematorium run by the organisation had recently to add one more furnace.The Help Agra pharmacy near the SN Medical College has been providing all kinds of medicines at fixed rates. Pharmacy's Gautam Seth said: "It is our constant endeavour to provide medicines and other related material at reasonable rates, much lower than the market rates. The Covid-19 kit of medicines is available for a very reasonable cost. Since alternatives are available, there is no shortage of medicines and people are taking advantage of the services."Several groups are running ambulances at government's fixed rates, while more than dozen societies and individuals are offering free food. Some people are providing home delivery of food to Covid-19 patients under home isolation.A number of WhatsApp groups have come up to keep tab on oxygen supply and arrange for cylinders, said social activist Naresh Paras. "Anybody who can do anything, according to his capacity, is coming forward and doing his bit. Of course, there is a lot of negativity all around, but we should not forget the commendable work being done by voluntary groups in the city," said another social activist Ranjan Sharma.Meanwhile, Pandit Jugal Kishore of the River Connect Campaign has appealed to the Agra Municipal Corporation to make arrangements for feeding monkeys, stray dogs, cows and birds. Due to the lockdown, people were not coming forward to feed birds and animals who are dying of starvation and also turning violent and aggressive.--IANS<br>bk/vd