First ECA quota merit list out at Delhi University

The second day of admissions under the fourth cutoff list at Delhi University colleges also saw the colleges releasing their admission lists for seats under the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quota. Colleges of Delhi University, which have reserved supernumerary seats for the ECA quota, released their first ECA admission list on Friday. Students who have made it to the list can confirm their admission on Saturday and Monday. DU has around 56,000 seats in its 60-odd colleges with approximately 50,000 seats for merit-based courses. Admissions to almost 42,000 of these…

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Pet Owners At Greater Risk Of Finding Tick On Household Members

People get more tick bites between the months of May and July than any other time of the year. New research now shows that pet owners are more at risk of encountering ticks in their homes. Tick Encounters Tick control especially during tick season is an important part of keeping the household clean. Apart from keeping the home free from pests, it also lessens the chances of contracting tick-borne diseases. Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative called TickNET, a team of researchers examined whether pet…

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Norms not followed in teacher appointments at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: Scheduled Caste Commission

Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here. The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by BBAU vice chancellor RC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT). In its report, the commission said the vice chancellor could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process…

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Man of steel: An iron-rich diet may help keep heart diseases at bay

A new study has found a link between low levels of iron and a higher risk of heart disease. After analysing genetic data, a team of researchers from Imperial College London and University College London have found that iron-rich foods could have a protective effect against coronary artery disease (CAD), a type of cardiovascular disease (CVD) where clogged arteries reduce the amount of blood reaching the heart. The team looked at the impact of genetic variants on people’s iron status by gathering genomic data from 48,000 people in a public database. They focused on…

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Attention, men. Being tall and obese puts you at a higher risk of prostate cancer

Men who are tall and obese are at an increased risk of high grade prostate cancer and prostate cancer death, according to a recent study. The team led by the University of Oxford, UK found that while height was not associated with overall prostate cancer risk, risk of high grade disease and death from prostate cancer increased by 21% and 17% respectively with every additional ten centimetres (3.9 inches) of height. Higher BMI was also found to be associated with increased risk of high grade tumours, as well as increased risk of…

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Avoid the smokey look. Too much make-up may put your vision at risk

Meibomian gland dysfunction — also known as dry eye syndrome — is on the rise among women due to excess make-up of the eyes. Though not taken seriously, the condition leads to blepharitis, extreme blurred vision, said doctors. Latest medical cases revealed that though MGD until now was seen due to ageing, now the trend has changed and it is occurring among young women as well. “The changing trend of make-ups causing MGD is dangerous. Eyeliner and other make-up usually clog the meibomian glands leading to formation of painless lumps in the eyelids…

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Diabetes patients, take note: You may be at greater risk of tooth loss

Good dental care is extremely important for diabetics. According to a recent study, the disease can even risk a patient’s oral health. The University of Pennsylvania researchers found that the oral microbiome is affected by diabetes, causing a shift to increase its pathogenicity. The research not only showed that the oral microbiome of mice with diabetes shifted but that the change was associated with increased inflammation and bone loss. It is of significance in India where diabetes is on the rise among the population, and alarmingly, a lot of people remain undiagnosed. “Up…

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Disabled students won’t get free hostel facilities at rehab university if they fail in exams

Divyang (specially abled) students who fail in their exams at Dr Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University will not be eligible for the university’s free hostel and mess facilities. Vice chancellor prof Nishith Rai chaired an important meeting on Wednesday to deliberate on this and other new rules governing hostel allotment and occupancy. The new hostel regulations were approved in the meeting after the discussion, said Prof AP Tiwari, academic advisor to vice chancellor and spokesperson for the university. Only those specially abled students, who clear their exams and have at…

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Medical college quota: Decision on management seats at Punjab institute deferred

The state government has deferred a decision on whether it will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government-quota MBBS seats into management quota. Punjab’s director public instructions (DPI) Colleges Harjit Singh chaired the six-hour meeting at his office in Sector 17, Chandigarh. At the meeting, representatives from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)-run institute presented detailed rules and regulations that it will follow if given the status of a medical university, a mandatory requirement before the quota of seats can be changed. SGRD…

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep? Experts Point at the Importance of Regular Sleep

A latest study published in the journal sleep reports that people who sleep less during the weekdays and try to make up for it by sleeping more on the weekends are more susceptible to heart ailments and diabetes. Sleep deprivation has severe repercussions ranging from mood swings, lethargy to even depression. Another research studied the effects of irregular sleep patterns in college students and concluded that “week-long irregular sleep schedules are significantly associated with lower self-reported morning and evening happiness, healthiness, and calmness during the week even after controlling for…

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