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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Health dept begins disease profile of Achan residents

Children suffer from various infections, worm infestation State Health Department Friday began the disease profile of people living around infamous Achan garbage dumping site on the City outskirts. According to officials, over 1000 people have been screened by a team of doctors from district Srinagar, under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) unit of Srinagar. “The initial investigations have revealed that many children are suffering from diseases including intestinal and skin infections and worm infestation,” Chief…

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Cinnamon for weight loss: Does it really work?

Cinnamon seems to be having its fifteen-minute fame as the most popular superfood for losing weight. Everyone from overweight aunties to fit friends are recommending it to tone the body. But is there any truth in their claims? Does this food too, like many others, won’t last with its glory? Here we decode how good actually cinnamon is for weight loss. What is Cinnamon? Cinnamon is a spice used to flavour food and as a medicinal ingredient in several ancient natural medicine practices. We get it from the bark of…

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Pollen-induced allergy hits Kashmir valley

Even as freaky weather conditions continue, the Kashmir region is grappling with pollen-induced allergy, which is now turning into a seasonal phenomenon. The common symptoms of pollen-induced allergy include nasal irritation, running nose and red and watery eyes, which may further exacerbate if proper medical advice is not sought by the affected persons. Being the spring season, most of the tree varieties, including apple trees in the hinterland across Kashmir, are currently in the pollination phase and are also roving a health hazard by inducing seasonal pollen allergies. Though pollen…

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41 Juice Cures you should know about

Ages ago, juice cures were very common as people relied more on home remedies than medicines. If we refer back to them, we can find juice cures for almost all health issues. Wondering how they work? Let’s have a look. The treatment of diseases through an exclusive diet of fruits and vegetables is known as raw juice therapy. It is also called juice fasting or juice cure. During the therapy, the eliminative and cleansing capacity of organs (lungs, kidneys, liver and skin) increases. As a result of this, all the…

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