NEET optional

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The Supreme Court has lifted the ban on declaring results for MBBS and postgraduate courses for which exams were conducted this academic year. The detailed judgment regarding the validity of NEET exam will be declared only on July 2nd when the Supreme Court vacations are over.

Some of the colleges had conducted the entrance examination but the Supreme Court had stayed the results till the court took a decision on the issue of admissions by NEET.

The NEET examination was hailed by the medical fraternity as it would help in reducing corruption in medical entrance fee. But allowing the private medical colleges to have their own exams (i.e. to allow them to charge capitation fee) will allow corruption to prevail and continue in medical education.

SC clears decks for admission to medical colleges

The Supreme Court has lifted the stay on declaration of results of individual entrance/admission test conducted by private medical colleges for filling up the PG seats.

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Restricting salt in diet can lower heart disease risk

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Restricting salt in the diet can lower the risk of developing heart disease by 25 percent and the risk of dying from heart disease by 20 percent.

Dietary intake of sodium among Indians is excessively high. A Harvard Medical School study, published in British Medical Journal said that among hypertensive individuals, lowering sodium is quite well established to lower blood pressure, but now it has been shown that reducing salt also has an effect on cardiovascular disease.

When people with pre hypertension (blood pressure more than 120/80 and lower than 140/90), reduced their salt intake by about 25 to 35%, they were 25% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease 10 to 15 years after the trial ended. There was also a 20 percent lower death rate from cardiovascular disease among those who cut their salt consumption.

Salt restriction is best achieved by avoiding salted, salt cured and salt smoked foods such as lunch meat, hot dogs, ham, olives, pickles and regular salted canned foods, and other prepared foods, which often use more salt than homemade equivalents. Foods we would never think of as salty, such as breakfast cereals, cookies, and even some soft drinks, often contain copious additions of sodium.