SC to see if IIT can withhold result of student accused of sexual harassment

The Supreme Court has said it will examine whether an IIT can withhold the results of a final-year student, who was terminated after being held guilty in a sexual harassment case. A bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notice to the Centre and IIT Kanpur on the plea of the student, who challenged the Allahabad High Court order dismissing his plea. Advocate Manu Shanker Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, said the results of the final semester should be given to the student as the delay is…

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Having a purpose in life can help you sleep better : Research

Older adults who live with a purpose in life are more likely to have a good night sleep and less sleep apnoea as well as restless leg syndrome, a study has showed. Individuals have more sleep disturbances and insomnia as they get older. But, the findings demonstrated that people who felt their lives had meaning were 63 per cent less likely to have sleep apnoea — shallow breathing or pauses in breathing during sleep, several times per hour. Further, they were 52 per cent less likely to have restless leg…

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How India’s ed-tech sector can grow and the challenges it must overcome

The Indian education system is often the subject of debate over outdated curriculum, rote learning, rising cost, poor quality of teachers and lack of infrastructure. On the positive side, our country boasts of world-class institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University. We are also one of the largest and oldest education systems in the world. Formal education in India is still based on a traditional model or brick-and-mortar classes. Students have to attend schools and…

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Dear moms-to-be, don’t fear Zika virus. A new vaccine can protect your unborn child

The Zika virus has got a lot of people worried. Many efforts are being made by researchers tominimise the transmission and effects of the virus. Pregnant women need to be especially careful as their healths and habits affect the child. Now, researchers have found that immunising women with a Zika vaccine during pregnancy can protect the transmission of virus from mother to her baby in utero. Researchers from the University of Texas’s medical branch at Galveston in the US found that the Zika vaccine can protect unborn child against infection and birth…

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Taking Too Much of This Vitamin Can Cause Serious Health Issues

Within the past two decades, there has been an increase in research pointing to the health benefits of vitamin D, and as a result more people than ever are taking supplements. However, a study published in the June 2017 issue of JAMA says that some people are taking way more than they need too. Researchers found that 18.2 percent of Americans ingest more than 1000 IU – which is 400 IU more than the recommended daily amount (RDA) for people under 70 – than they need. Additionally, 3.2 percent take the drug at levels…

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This Everyday Drink Can Help You Lose Weight

Coffee fans don’t need another reason to keep drinking java on the regular (guilty as charged), but those who tend to stay away from it because of health scares do—and the reason to switch might finally be here. A new book, The Coffee Lover’s Diet: Change Your Coffee, Change Your Life written by Bob Arnot, MD, says that drinking a cup of joe (or three) a day doesn’t only carry eye-opening benefits in the morning, but it can also aid in your diet and weight-loss goals, too. On a recent Good Morning America (GMA) segment, Dr. Arnot…

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Beware, smoking in pregnancy can lead to antisocial behaviour in child

Smoking during pregnancy is a no-no. Previous research has shown that it can harm the baby’s brain, change foetal DNA, and lead to childhood obesity. Earlier studies also found a link between smoking during pregnancy and antisocial behavior in children. However, whether this is a causal relationship remains unclear. In order to gain a better understanding, a team of researchers from Brown University and the University of Maryland looked at 3,443 children of women who took part in the Boston and Providence centers of the Collaborative Perinatal Project (CPP) between 1959 and 1966.…

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Workplace Stress May Make You Eat Unhealthy, Proper Sleep Can Help Undo the Damage

Undeniably, stress and junk food consumption have long been linked. Experts believe that stress can alter body’s response and processes in a way that makes us take dietary decisions accordingly. A recent study conducted by the experts at the Michigan State University, US notes that stress at workplace may lead to making unhealthy food choices and may trigger a host of lifestyle issues including obesity. However, proper sleep schedule can help in patching up the damage done. “We found that employees who have a stressful workday tend to bring their…

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Been working out too hard? Here’s how you can soothe sore muscles

Whether you prefer a cardio workout or strength training, exercise can leave your muscles sore and tight in the days after, and make your next session even harder. To help ease the discomfort, as well as help boost your sports performance, here we found up some tips and techniques from the University of Kentucky and recent studies to ease muscles and lead to a quicker and more effective recovery. 1) Stretching: Stretching is a key step in aiding recovery, reducing muscle soreness and preventing injuries. Muscles can’t react to changes in…

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Learning with music is good for you. It can change brain structure, say researchers

Listening to music comes with benefits. Using musical cues to learn a physical task positively impacts parts of the brain that process sound and control movement, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Brain & Cognition, may have implications for future research into rehabilitation for patients who have lost some degree of movement control. “The study suggests that music makes a key difference. We have long known that music encourages people to move. This study provides the first experimental evidence that adding musical cues to learning…

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