Temp below 30 not conducive for dengue

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Over 200 school teachers trained on Health and Hygiene

New Delhi: Thursday, 8 November 2012: A workshop was conducted by Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India on Health and Hygiene which was coordinated by Birla Vidya Niketan. Over 200 school teachers participated and were trained in the workshop.

Women’s conference on Impact of Climate Change on Family Health

A women’s conference on’ Impact of Climate Change on Family Health’ was organised at the Mela venue. The speakers included Dr. Sunila Garg, Prof. PSM MAMC and Dr. SN Yadav (Naturopathy and Ayurveda) and Mrs Minakshi Kushwaha Principal Birla Vidya Niketan.

Facts about dengue and climate change

1.     At around 30–32oC, vectorial capacity can increase substantially owing to a reduction in the extrinsic incubation period, despite a reduction in the vector’s survival rate.

2.     Warming above 34o C generally has a negative impact on the survival of vectors and parasites.

3.         Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that the incubation period of dengue 2 virus in Aedes aegypti could be reduced from 12 days at 30oC to 7 days at 32–35oC.

Over 2000 school children participate in Inter-Eco Club Competitions

Over 2000 school children participated in Inter-Eco-Club Competitions which included cartoon making, paper bag painting, creating the best out of waste, yoga and aerobics. The competitions were coordinated by Birla Vidya Niketan.

Facts about noise pollution released

  • Everyday noise exposure, compounded over time, has an impact upon our ability to hear.
  • Excessive noise can ultimately affect the degree of the presbycusis that develops.
  • Constant exposure to loud noises can cause high frequency sensorineural hearing loss.
  • As per Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all employees who are exposed to a greater than 85 dB time-weighted average must be enrolled in a hearing conservation program and provided hearing protection.
  • Furthermore, OSHA’s standards limit employees’ exposure to noise as follows: if the time-weighted average is 90 dB (which is equivalent to the noise made by a power lawn mower), they may be exposed to that noise for 8 hours; at 95 dB only 4 hours of exposure is allowed; at 100 dB only 2 hours are allowed, and so on.
  • A short blast of loud noise also can cause severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, pain, or hyperacusis (pain associated with loud noise). This usually involves exposure to noise greater than 120 to 155 dB. Thus, hearing protection in the form of muffs or plugs is highly recommended anytime a person is exposed to loud noise.

Facts about smog released

  • Smog is a serious problem and is harmful to human health.
  • Ground-level ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide are especially harmful for senior citizens, children, and people with heart and lung conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma.
  • It can inflame breathing passages, decrease working capacity of the lungs, cause shortness of breath, pain when inhaling deeply, wheezing and coughing.
  • Smog can irritate the eyes and nose. It dries out the protective membranes of the nose and throat and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infection, increasing susceptibility to illness.
  • Hospital admissions and respiratory deaths often increase during periods when ozone levels are high.

Seminar on ‘Looking within: Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence’ organised at the Mela

A seminar on consciousness and artificial intelligence was organised and convened by Er Anuj Sinha, Former Director Vigyan Prasar, DST.

Kavi Sammelan organised in Perfect Health Mela

Hindi Academy organised a Kavi Sammelan in the evening. The poets who participated included Sh. Mahendra Ajnabi, Sh. Mahendra Sharma, Shri Anand Karivardhan, Shri Deepak Gupta and Shri Ved Prakash.

Vitamin D and fractures

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A meta-analysis of five trials comparing vitamin D (400 to 1370 units/day) with placebo in over 14,500 elderly men and women showed that vitamin D supplementation alone did not reduce fracture risk.

However, a meta-analysis of 11 trials comparing combined supplementation with calcium (500 to 1200 mg/d) plus vitamin D (300 to 1100 units/day) with placebo showed a reduction in fracture risk.

Supplementation with both calcium and vitamin D is required to reduce the risk of fracture.  [Ann Intern Med 2011;155:827]