भारतीय चिकित्सा प्रणाली के लिए राष्ट्रीय आयोग (एनसीआईएसएम) और केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेदीय विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद (सीसीआरएएस), जो क्रमशः चिकित्सा शिक्षा का नियमन करने और वैज्ञानिक अनुसंधान करने के लिए भारत सरकार के आयुष मंत्रालय के अधीनस्थ दो प्रमुख संस्थान हैं, ने आयुर्वेद कॉलेजों और अस्पतालों के माध्यम से प्राथमिकता वाले स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान क्षेत्रों में वैज्ञानिक अनुसंधान को बढ़ावा देने के उद्देश्य से ‘स्मार्ट (स्कोप फॉर मेनस्ट्रीमिंग आयुर्वेद रिसर्च इन टीचिंग प्रोफेशनल्स)’ कार्यक्रम शुरू किया है।
एनसीआईएसएम के अध्यक्ष वैद्य जयंत देवपुजारी और सीसीआरएएस के महानिदेशक प्रो. रबिनारायण आचार्य ने आज एनसीआईएसएम के आयुर्वेद बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष प्रोफेसर बी.एस. प्रसाद और अन्य वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों की उपस्थिति में इस कार्यक्रम का शुभारंभ किया।
एनसीआईएसएम के अध्यक्ष वैद्य जयंत देवपुजारी ने इस पहल की सराहना की और कहा, ‘मुझे विश्वास है कि इस कार्यक्रम में आयुर्वेद में चिकित्सीय शोध या नैदानिक अनुसंधान में व्यापक बदलाव लाने की विशिष्ट क्षमता है। यह पाया गया कि आयुर्वेद शिक्षकों के विशाल समुदाय की अनुसंधान क्षमता का आम तौर पर उपयोग नहीं हो पाता है। अत: ‘स्मार्ट’ कार्यक्रम का आयुर्वेद के क्षेत्र में अनुसंधान पर गहरा दीर्घकालिक कायाकल्प प्रभाव पड़ेगा, और यह राष्ट्र के लिए एक महान सेवा होगी, मैं इस पहल के लिए सीसीआरएएस को बधाई देता हूं और एनसीआईएसएम की ओर से हरसंभव सहयोग सुनिश्चित करता हूं।’
सीसीआरएएस के महानिदेशक प्रो. वैद्य रबिनारायण आचार्य ने 'स्मार्ट' के प्रमुख बिंदुओं पर प्रकाश डालते हुए कहा, ‘प्रस्तावित पहल ऑस्टियोआर्थराइटिस, आयरन की कमी से होने वाले एनीमिया, क्रोनिक ब्रोंकाइटिस, डिस्लिपिडेमिया, रूमेटाइड अर्थराइटिस , मोटापा, मधुमेह मेलेटस, सोरायसिस, सामान्य चिंता विकार, गैर-अल्कोहल फैटी लिवर रोग (एनएएफएलडी) सहित स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान क्षेत्रों में अभिनव अनुसंधान विचारों की पहचान करने, आवश्यक सहायता करने और बढ़ावा देने के उद्देश्य से की गई है।’
उन्होंने यह भी कहा, ‘पात्र आयुर्वेद शैक्षणिक संस्थान 10 जनवरी, 2023 तक आवेदन कर सकते हैं। संपर्क जानकारी, योग्यता मानदंड और आवेदन प्रक्रिया के बारे में सभी विवरण एनसीआईएसएम के माध्यम से सभी मान्यता प्राप्त शैक्षणिक संस्थानों और अस्पतालों में साझा किए गए हैं।’
एनसीआईएसएम के आयुर्वेद बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष प्रोफेसर बी.एस. प्रसाद ने कहा, ‘‘देश भर में आयुर्वेद कॉलेजों और अस्पतालों का विशाल नेटवर्क देश की स्वास्थ्य सेवा संबंधी जरूरतों के लिहाज से एक अहम संपत्ति है। यह नेटवर्क न केवल संकट काल में स्वास्थ्य सेवाएं प्रदान करता रहा है, बल्कि इसने देश में स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान के संदर्भ में भी व्यापक योगदान दिया है। ‘स्मार्ट’ कार्यक्रम निश्चित रूप से शिक्षकों को स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान के निर्दिष्ट क्षेत्रों में परियोजनाओं को अपने हाथ में लेने और एक बड़ा डेटाबेस तैयार करने के लिए प्रेरित करेगा।’’
यह अंग्रेजी में भी पढ़े► ‘SMART’ Program for Ayurveda Professionals to Boost R&D in Ayurveda in The Country
The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the two prominent institutions under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India for regulating medical education and conducting scientific research respectively, have launched ‘SMART’ (Scope for Main streaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals) program aimed to boost scientific research in priority healthcare research areas through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals.
The program was launched today by Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, NCISM and Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS in the presence of Prof. B. S. Prasad, President of Board of Ayurveda, NCISM and other senior officials.
Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, NCISM, lauded the initiative and said, “I am confident that this program has the potential to transform clinical research in Ayurveda. It was observed that the research potential of the large community of Ayurveda teachers remains under utilised mostly. Therefore, the ‘SMART’ program will have a deep long term rejuvenating impact on research in the field of Ayurveda and it will be a great service to the nation, I congratulate CCRAS for this initiative and ensure all support on behalf of NCISM.”
While highlighting key points of ‘SMART’, Prof. Vaidya Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS said, “The proposed initiative is conceptualised with an objective to identify, support and promote innovative research ideas in healthcare research areas including Osteoarthritis, Iron Deficiency Anaemia, Chronic Bronchitis, Dyslipidemia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Psoriasis, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)”.
He also added, “The eligible Ayurveda academic institutions may apply by 10 January, 2023. All details regarding contact information, eligibility criteria and application process has been shared to all recognized academic institutions and hospitals through NCISM”.
Prof. B. S. Prasad, President of Board of Ayurveda, NCISM, mentioned, “The large network of Ayurveda colleges and hospitals across the country is an asset for the country in terms of its healthcare needs. This network has not only been offering healthcare services in hardest times, but it also has contributed significantly in terms of healthcare research in the country. The ‘SMART’ program will certainly motivate teachers for taking up projects in designated areas of healthcare research and create a large database.”
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A dry, itchy scalp is the most common cause of dandruff in the winter. A number of variables contribute to this, including dry, chilly air and a high prevalence of the Malassezia fungus. If you want to reduce and treat dandruff, you'll need to utilise the correct hair care products for the job. Dandruff is by far the most inconvenient and humiliating hair issue.
Dandruff can be caused by stress, a change in climate (severe heat or cold), an overabundance of fatty foods, a change in shampoo, excessive sweat, and even pollution. Dandruff flares up when Malassezia, a naturally occurring microorganism on the scalp, is worsened by any of these circumstances.
Dr Amrendra Kumar, Consultant Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon, Director of DermaClinix shares 10 tricks to drive away dandruff this winter are as follows-
Avoid Direct Heat: One of the most common causes of a flaky scalp is excessive heat. Wet hair can cause headaches and colds, which is why hair dryers are so popular in the winter. However, direct heat exposure, such as from ironing boards and hair dryers, dries the scalp. Instead, towel-dry your hair before allowing it to air dries.
Cut Down on Sugar: Sugar is bad for both your skin and your hair. It turns out that it's also bad for your hair! Excessive oily flakes are caused by high blood sugar levels, which increase dandruff in the winter. Reduce your sugar intake and replace it with honey or jaggery.
Drink More Water: We often forget to drink water during the winter, which dehydrates the skin and hair, causing more dandruff. The average daily water consumption limit is set at 5 litres, but if it's getting too cold, 4 litres will suffice!
Use Biotin and Zinc Supplements: Biotin is a hair vitamin that can be found in a variety of foods and is also available as a supplement in pharmacies and supermarkets. Biotin has been found to be "likely effective" in the treatment of biotin deficiency and to be safe when used in the recommended amounts. Deficiency can lead to dandruff. Rule out fungal infection, psoriasis if it is not responding to medicines.
Change Your Diet: Vitamin B, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids are all good for the hair and scalp. Fruits and raw salads should be part of your daily diet. These nutrients are abundant in eggs, fish, bananas, and spinach.
Brush Your Hair Often: It may aid in scalp stimulation and blood circulation. This will aid in the production of oils that keep the hair and scalp healthy.
Use a Cotton Towel: After you've washed your hair, wipe it dry with a cotton towel. Towels with a rough texture should be avoided because they can cause more frizz.
Visit a dermatologist: If your dandruff problem becomes out of hand; seek the advice of a reputable dermatologist. In these situations, an expert will be able to provide you with the best solution, so don't hesitate to seek advice.
Use shampoo containing zinc pyrithione, selenium sulphide or 2% ketoconazole: Many anti-dandruff shampoos contains zinc pyrithione shampoo. It is antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial, which means it, can kill fungus, bacteria, and microorganisms that cause itchy, flaky scalp.
If you've tried these shampoos and other home remedies and still don't feel better, then consult a dermatologist. The contact period of shampoo should be a minimum of 5 minutes. These shampoos make the hair dry, so use conditioner as well.
Always Keep Your Hair and Scalp Clean: When going out in the sun, cover your head with a scarf, hat, or cap. Keeping your hair free of pollutants will aid in its growth. Sweating is normal, but excessive sweat can cause hair buildup. After you've exercised or had a particularly sweaty day, always dry your hair.
In females, oily scalps and severe dandruff may be signs of hormonal imbalance, so rule out that as well. Usually, dandruff does not happen in children, but if it happens, rule out lice infection or fungal infection.
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New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) To help fight Covid-19 with better equipment and resources, Samsung India on Friday announced new Smart Healthcare centres at government hospitals across the country as part of its citizenship initiative.Samsung Smart Healthcare centres are equipped with modern Digital X-ray and Digital Ultrasound machines made by Samsung."Samsung Smart Healthcare programme supports the government's efforts to benefit communities with limited access to quality healthcare," Partha Ghosh, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, Samsung India, said in a statement."With these new centres, we now have our healthcare equipment in 142 government hospitals across India. We salute the Covid warriors who have been working tirelessly over the last year to help people," he added.The new hospitals where the centres are located are in cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Indore, Keylong, Akola, Jamnagar, Shimla and Palakkad, among others. This addition takes the number of hospitals in the country covered under this citizenship programme to 142.In the last year alone, Samsung ramped up the programme to add 56 new Samsung Smart Healthcare centres in hospitals across 19 states, contributing to Covid-19 management. This included 15 Smart Healthcare centres in the last two months.The company's innovative Digital X-ray machines are being utilised for faster Covid-19 diagnosis at these government hospitals, the company said. Feedback from hospitals indicate that these Digital X-ray machines, which are portable, are extensively being used for in-room diagnosis of patients, it added.The Digital X-ray machines have also helped government hospitals improve efficiency and increase diagnostic capacities, as the output from these machines can be monitored by doctors directly on a computer screen, doing away with physical X-ray films. --IANSvc/na
New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Smart Power India (SPI), a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Foundation, has partnered with GiveIndia Foundation, Swasth Foundation, and Eka Care to provide Covid relief, in the rural community, primarily to their mini grid customers and ESCO employees.The relief would be in terms of meeting oxygen supply through oxygen cylinders and concentrators for Covid patients, and facilitating in-person and telemedicine consultations for those with chronic conditions, said a statement.Smart Power India and the NGOs would also help in procuring and distributing PPE kits to health professionals, essential workers and others.The mini grid villages in India have observed an intense health crisis in 2021 as compared to 2020. As per the recent surveys conducted by SPI across mini-grid villages, 77 per cent participants expressed Covid care facilities are inaccessible in case of emergency.Last year, the main concern for rural households was livelihood. This year it is about access to healthcare.Lack of awareness, along with that of Covid-appropriate behaviour, still exists in the rural community with half the participants surveyed believing that their communities aren't taking preventive measures like masking and sanitising.Smart Power India CEO Jaideep Mukherji said: "This year, we see an urgent need to address the issue of lack of access to quality medical services. Health and safety of our mini grid customers and ESCO employees are some of our immediate priorities. These partnerships aim to support our ailing health infrastructure."In 2020, SPI had launched a Customer Voucher Scheme (CVS) for mini-grid customers.--IANSrrb/sn/vd
New York, May 22 (IANS) Researchers are developing a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can be added to the standard toilet to help analyse patients' stool and give gastroenterologists the information they need to provide appropriate treatment.The new technology could assist in managing chronic gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indicates the study selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2021."Patients often can't remember what their stool looks like or how often they have a bowel movement, which is part of the standard monitoring process," said researcher Deborah Fisher from Duke University in the US."The Smart Toilet technology will allow us to gather the long-term information needed to make a more accurate and timely diagnosis of chronic gastrointestinal problems," Fisher added.The technology can be retrofitted within the pipes of an existing toilet. Once a person has a bowel movement and flushes, the toilet will take an image of the stool within the pipes. The data collected over time will provide a gastroenterologist a better understanding of a patient's stool form (i.e., loose, normal or constipated) and the presence of blood, allowing them to diagnose the patient and provide the right treatment for their condition.To develop the artificial intelligence image analysis tool for the Smart Toilet, researchers analysed 3,328 unique stool images found online or provided by research participants. All images were reviewed and annotated by gastroenterologists according to the Bristol Stool Scale, a common clinical tool for classifying stool. Using a computationally efficient approach to convolutional neural networks, which is a type of deep learning algorithm that can analyse images, researchers found that the algorithm accurately classified the stool from 85.1 per cent of the time; gross blood detection had an accuracy of 76.3 per cent.--IANSvc/na
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