Alert! Solar eclipse can leave you blind: Dr Nisar ul Hassan

With solar eclipse nearing, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today advised that looking directly at the sun during eclipse with bare eyes could cause permanent damage to your eyes. President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that watching solar eclipse without protective gear could lead to permanent reduction in vision and even blindness. On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will be witnessed for the first time in 99 years. “Under no circumstances should people stare into the sun without eye-protection as that can leave them blind.”

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Smelly bomb to douse protests in Kashmir doesn’t raise a stink

Bombs that smell like sewage didn’t meet the CRPF standards. Officials say the liquid used in the bomb is harmless and the protesters would manage to tolerate the smell without much difficulty. A bomb that smells like sewage and was intended to be used on protesters in Kashmir and elsewhere has been found to be a dud. Reason: the “high threshold of Indians to tolerate stench”. Israeli security forces have been using the bomb on Palestinian protesters through water cannons since 2008, but it didn’t meet the standards of the…

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Home remedies for acne treatment

There are several home remedies for acne treatments which are very effective with no side effect. However, Dermatologists may recommend topical ointment and/or oral medicine to treat acne. Usually, people tend to press these pimples to make them vanish, yet regularly this makes the condition exacerbate bringing about scarring. Before describing natural home remedies for acne we should know what acne is and why it comes. Acne is the most common problem in teenagers, but anybody can be a sufferer from acne, even babies too. It generally leaves after youth.…

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“Principles of Losing Weight”

Dr Qayum Hamid Changal Most of the health related issues are related to being overweight or obese. During the past couple of decades if our life style has taken a couple of steps forward, the unhealthy part of it makes us literally sick, physically as well as mentally. Today, I would like to share my own principles and rules that helped me reduce the weight by almost 15 kilograms in less than four months. Ofcourse it is incredible. But, it takes a lot of patience, energy, resolve and sacrificing a…

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Eating Momos causes migraine, cancer: Ramesh Arora BJP MLC

Ramesh Arora, a BJP MLC from Jammu today said that ‘consumption of momos (dumpling) and use of ajinomoto salt is root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including migraine and cancer’. “Momos contain the carcinogenic monosodium glutamate or ajinomoto, which is harmful to health. It has been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including cancer of the intestines. These dumplings are much more dangerous than nicotine or alcohol,” said advocate and member legislative council Ramesh Arora. He added that seven samples of momos were collected by the…

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All 31 Blood banks in state without valid licences

While people will observe World Blood Donor Day tomorrow, all 31 blood banks in the state are without valid licences, which are under the scrutiny of the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO), J&K. As per the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, all blood banks in the state should get their licences renewed within six months of its expiry. None of the 31 blood banks have, however, got their licences renewed for the last six or seven years. A DFCO official said as the norms of the Central Drugs Standard…

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Heavy School Bags: Pvt schools to retain notebooks, additional books in classes

Following directions from government to reduce burden on students due to heavy school bags, private schools have decided to modify academic schedule for the lower primary and junior class students. The school administration in Biscoe and Mallinson Higher Secondary school has worked out a plan wherein the students of lower primary classes will keep their notebooks in the school. “We have worked out a plan and the lower primary students will keep their copies in school. There is no need to carry them daily. When the need arises we will…

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Once a month diabetes treatment may replace daily insulin jabs

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a technology that may provide weeks of glucose control for diabetes with a single injection, which would be a dramatic improvement over current therapies. In primates, the treatment has been shown to last for weeks, rather than days, researchers at Duke University in the US said. By creating a controlled-release mechanism for a drug and optimising its circulation time in the body, the new biopolymer injection has the potential to replace daily or weekly insulin shots with a once-a-month or twice-a-month treatments…

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Heavy school bags take toll on children

In absence of regulation by authorities, school going kids in Kashmir are forced to carry heavy school bags— taking toll on their health. The heavy baggage, experts believe can cause joint deformity in school going children who are in tender age. “There are chances of deformity of spine in students who carry heavy bags to their school and later take their burden back to home,” said Dr. Mir Mushtaq, a senior orthopedician. He said heavy bags being carried by small children whose bones are soft can lead to joint deformity…

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No check on sale of non-permissible ripening agents

Be careful while consuming fresh fruits or lush vegetables next time as they may contain chemical agents used for artificial ripening as the health authorities do not have a proper monitoring system and manpower to inspect thousands of cartons of farm produce being imported in Jammu and Kashmir. A few days back, a team of the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) had raided Narwal Mandi, one of the biggest markets in the state and found traces of calcium carbide in the papaya consignment. Though it was destroyed on the…

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