Beware : 300 schools missing!

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Bhopal : The BRC Officers of the School Education Department are telling the District Education Department that around 300 private schools that were running in the city are missing now. The BRC Officers had a hard time searching for these schools, during their inspection round for recognition. The addresses that were found in the records of the department seemed outdated, as these addresses had no school running, and had shops or tenants instead.

A majority of these schools are from the old Bhopal. The Department is planning to form a blacklist of such schools and paste the list outside the DEO’s office. All these schools will be questioned as to why they did not resubmit the new address with the School Education Department.


Dietary Questions: YOU ASKED…

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I’ve been on a diet and exercise program for the past four months. I am 5′ 6″ and when I start the program I weighed 104 Kgs. Now I’m down to 90 Kgs but still have a long way to go. In case it matters, I am 54 years old and have had type 1 diabetes for 30 years. I work out 2-1/2 hours a day, three days a week. I have also been following a strict diet regimen (1,000-1,200 calories per day). At first I was losing weight slowly but steadily, but for the past three weeks have not lost a single ounce. In order to jump start the weight loss, I was thinking of following the Atkins diet for two weeks. In the past I’ve lost weight on this diet but came off of it due to boredom (plus the fact I really don’t like meat all that much). I’m determined to stay on it for two weeks but would really like to get your thoughts on the Atkins diet. Any info you can give me would be very greatly appreciated. – Sonal
There’s a lot to be said for the Atkins diet, which recently has been revamped to make it better balanced and less boring. But it’s not meant to be a two-week program. In fact, doing anything for two weeks is not likely to solve your weight-loss problem. I would recommend that, especially given the fact that you have diabetes, you get some professional guidance in establishing a safe and effective diet and exercise routine. You could check with the facility at which you exercise to see if they offer such help, or find a registered dietitian to work with you.
(Answers By An reputed registered Doctor).

People with real names uses Google Plus+

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Mothers have always told their kids to be themselves. But should that be true online?
That’s the question at the heart of the ‘nym’ rhetoric wars taking place across the Web right now, asking if pseudonyms have a valuable place in online — and other — discourse.
A small rebellion against Google’s “real names” policy has been brewing on its burgeoning social network, Google+, over the right to anonymity and pseudonymity, and this weekend Google chairman Eric Schmidt reportedly weighed in on the matter.
Google requires users to use their real names for its Google Profiles and on its social network, which has prompted some backlash from those who say that requiring real names can put political dissidents, domestic violence victims and others in danger.
According to a report from NPR’s Andy Carvin at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Schmidt said that Google+ was built primarily as an identity service and that those worried about using their real names shouldn’t use the service.
Carvin, who paraphrased the chairman’s remarks on his own Google+ account, wrote that Schmidt also said that the service “depends on people using their real names if [Google is] going to build future products that leverage that information.”
Schmidt also reportedly said that the Internet would be better if people were identified by their true identities.

Strength training for pregnant women appears okay, despite a dearth of research

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It’s no longer news that working out during pregnancy is not just harmless but helpful for most healthy women. Countless moms-to-be are running, doing yoga and Pilates or taking exercise classes designed specifically for them. British marathoner Paula Radcliffe ran at a level many of us would envy until the day before she delivered a healthy daughter in 2007.
Women who are in shape have fewer problems during delivery, and their children tend to start life healthier than the newborns of obese women.
So I was surprised, and somewhat skeptical, when I received a news release about a “first of its kind” study that had determined that resistance training — strength training in its various forms — can be beneficial to mother and child and shows no correlation to complications during pregnancy.
Didn’t we know that already? It’s 2011. A lot of pregnant women lift weights.
It turns out we really didn’t. “There isn’t a ton of medical research” on resistance training during pregnancy, said Doctor. Neither do government recommendations on exercise during pregnancy.
“Forgive the pun, but we’re at baby steps” on this subject, said a professor of exercise physiology at AIMS who supervised the new study, which is the ongoing doctoral dissertation of a student. The bottom line, said, is that although many women keep strength training well into their pregnancies, there really are no good, specific recommendations for them on how much to lift, how often, at what intensity and when to slow down, he said.
“We haven’t been studying it,” said.
Usually such decisions are made individually between patient and doctor, and physicians may have little or no experience with strength training, he said. “That’s a medical school issue,” he said.
Students worked with the Major Fitness chain to study 214 women, 57 of whom used free weights, weight machines or other strength training methods about three times a week for 30 minutes during their pregnancies.
The strength training group showed no difference from those who did no resistance work in maternal weight gain, gestational age at delivery, length of infant at birth and birth weight (which confirmed previous controlled studies by other researchers on similar issues). And they may have achieved small benefits in weight control and reducing the risk of gestational diabetes and hypertension, the research found. The study is continuing.
It’s not as if pregnant women have been flying blind on weight training. The Internet is full of articles on the subject, and if it’s not always clear whether the advice is trustworthy, there is always the guidance of a trainer, nurse practitioner or obstetrician. Health professionals may have to speak more generally than trainers on the topic of exercise, but they have good firsthand knowledge of their patients’ needs.
“In general, doing some resistance training is okay,” trainer said. Most programs emphasize low-weight, high-repetition regimens, students said. As the pregnancy progresses, it’s a good idea to scale back, but many women do this on their own as their fatigue increases.
Sonal, 39, said she sought out a trainer at a Major Fitness in Mumbai who could continue helping her with resistance training if she became pregnant. When she did, the routine helped “keep my strength up and keep fit for before, during and after” the pregnancy.
“It’s like preparing for a marathon,” said, who is nine months pregnant and plans to deliver her second child at home.
“Strengthening your core muscles is not easy when you’re pregnant,” she added. “You can’t breathe. Your whole body is changing.” But her trainer designed workouts with exercise balls and resistance bands and others for the pool that has been able to do throughout her pregnancy, she said.
At an major Fitness chain, working with, has developed the FITT — frequency, intensity, time and type — principle for expectant mothers, which calls for three days a week of lifting small amounts of weight 12 to 15 times for 20 to 30 minutes. The chain considers free weights, weight machines, resistance bands and kettle bells acceptable methods.
Almost everyone advises certain precautions, however. Pregnant women should always consult their physicians about their exercise regimens and generally avoid lifting weights on their backs. Some experts rule out squats and lunges. Joint laxity and balance difficulties may become hindrances as the pregnancy continues. And no pregnant woman should do the Valsalva maneuver — vigorous exhaling without actually letting out breath — which can constrict blood flow to the heart and uterine arteries, said.
One old recommendation does seem to be dying slowly, he added. Contrary to earlier recommendations, pregnant women should not worry about raising their heart rates above 140. Most kept hers below 160. Of course, when she is racing, her heart rate is often above 180 for more than two hours.
Warning signs to stop exercise when you’re pregnant
Amniotic fluid leakage
Decreased fetal movement
Preterm labor
Calf pain or swelling
Muscle weakness
Chest pain
Shortness of breath before exertion
Vaginal bleeding
SOURCE: Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Twitter hits 100 million active users

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Twitter has 100 million active users, the company said, and about 50 million log in every day. An active user is defined as an account holder who logs in at least once a month.
But not all of those people are actively sending messages, the company said. About 40 percent of Twitter’s active users are signing in just to observe.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo broke the numbers down even further in a press briefing, reported. The service has 200 million registered accounts, and the 100 million figure marks an 82 percent increase from the beginning of 2011. Mobile use is also on the rise, Costolo said. About 55 million users hit Twitter from their mobile phone or tablet, while now sees 400 million visitors a month.
The post from Twitter also held a couple of fun facts about just who makes up the active user base. Each of the 50 top-rated Nielsen TV shows has a Twitter account, as do 87 percent of top Billboard-rated artists. Two-thirds of the NBA are active on Twitter, and every team in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS has an account. American non-profit groups are also very well-represented on Twitter, with almost all of the top 200 groups tweeting, the company said.
For politics junkies, Twitter also boasts active accounts from thirty-five global heads, every Cabinet agency and 84 percent of the national workforce.

A cure for the medical profession?

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The Society for Functional Medicine urges a complete overhaul in established approaches to treating illness.
Doctors in Finland are too focused on treating individual symptoms, observing consultation times and dispensing medicines rather than investigating long-term patients’ genetics, nutrition, environments or backgrounds, according to Funktionaalisen Medisiinan Seura (the Society for Functional Medicine), whose members are professionals in the field from doctors to nutrition coaches.
“Acute care works brilliantly in Finland. If you have a heart attack, you’ll receive first-rate care. The problem is that all symptoms are treated as separate sicknesses,” says nutrition and health educator Paula Heinonen.
Short consultation times lead to patients being prescribed different medication for each symptom. At no point do they necessarily find out what really lies behind the symptoms. Medical statistics provide an idea of just how much medicine is being used. The year before last, for instance, 1.7 million antibiotic treatments were prescribed, and over half a million patients used proton-pump inhibitors.
“A patient is generally prescribed between one and four kinds of medication for each illness. If there are many illnesses, the amount of medication multiplies. This can lead to uncontrollable synergisms and side effects,” says doctor Erkki Antila, chair of the society.
A ticking time bomb
According to the organisation, illnesses and the health of patients should be viewed better as a whole. This is particularly so when dealing with chronic illnesses, such as heart and vascular diseases, cancer and type 2 diabetes. These illnesses in particular could be treated preventatively much better than they are being treated now. An ageing population also places a bigger burden on healthcare.
Alongside traditional medicine and the surgeon’s scalpel, functional medicine makes use of other treatment methods, such as nutrition, exercise, supplements, acupuncture and manipulation treatment – even stress-management counselling.
“The effectiveness of nutritional supplements in migraine treatment, for instance, has been documented,” Antila says.
Both Antila and Heinonen hope that educating doctors will lead to an increase in the management of nutritional matters. Doctors also need more time to meet with patients. According to Antila, this is not possible for most health-centre doctors nowadays, even if they are willing.

Indians among 90 people charged in healthcare fraud in US

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At least 9 Indian medical professionals are among 90 people charged in the US in a massive healthcare fraud under which false claims to the tune of USD 295 million were submitted to public insurance provider.

A nationwide takedown by ‘Medicare Fraud Strike Force’ operations in eight cities resulted in charges against 91 defendants for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes, the US Justice Department said today.

“The defendants charged in this takedown are accused of stealing precious taxpayer resources and defrauding Medicare – jeopardising the integrity of our healthcare system and our nation’s most critical healthcare programme for personal gain,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

In Chicago, owner of a clinic that provided chiropractic, medical and physical therapy services, Neelesh Patel was charged with 15 counts of healthcare fraud.

In Detroit, among those charged include Rehan Khan, Javed Rehman, Tausif Rahman, Janaki Chettiar, Jigar Patel, Hetal Barot and Srinivas Reddy.

Ram Chand Ramrup, owner of an assisted living facility was charged in Florida.

The 91 defendants charged are accused of various healthcare fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy to defraud the Medicare programme and money laundering.

The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various medical treatments and services such as home healthcare, physical and occupational therapy, mental health services, psychotherapy and durable medical equipment.

Collectively, the doctors, nurses, medical professionals, healthcare company owners are accused of conspiring to submit a total of approximately USD 295 million in fraudulent billing.

According to court documents, the defendants allegedly participated in schemes to submit claims to Medicare for treatments that were medically unnecessary and often never provided.

In several cases, patient recruiters and other co-conspirators were paid cash kickbacks in return for supplying information to providers, who then submitted fraudulent billing to Medicare for services that were unnecessary or never provided.

From Brooklyn to Miami to Los Angeles, the defendants allegedly treated the Medicare programme like a “personal piggy bank”, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said.

In Miami, 45 defendants including a doctor and a nurse have been charged for their participation in various fraud schemes involving a total of USD 159 million in false billings for home healthcare, mental health services, occupational and physical therapy.

In Houston, two individuals were charged with fraud schemes involving USD 62 million.

Ten people were charged in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for participating in schemes involving more than USD 24 million related to false claims.

Six defendants, including two doctors, were charged in Los Angeles for their roles in schemes to defraud Medicare of more than USD 10.7 million.

In Brooklyn, three defendants, including two doctors, were charged for their role in the fraud scheme involving more than USD 3.4 million in false claims for medically unnecessary physical therapy.