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18th November, 2017
Exposure to air pollution in early pregnancy linked to miscarriage
The adverse effects of air pollution on the lungs and heart are well-known and often spoken about. Exposure to the toxic pollutants in the air can affect even the reproduction system.
A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has suggested that exposure to common air pollutants, such as ozone and fine particles, may increase the risk of early pregnancy loss.
The study published online November 16, 2017 in the journal Fertility and Sterility examined the effect of the exposure to ozone in 501 couples based on pollution levels in their residential communities. Ozone is a highly reactive form of oxygen that is a primary constituent of urban smog.
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Treatment gap and social stigma, the biggest barriers for those with epilepsy
Need to remove misconceptions and myths associated with the condition
New Delhi, 17th November 2017: About 80% of those with epilepsy live in low and middle-income countries, as per reports by a global health body(WHO). Over 50 million people around the world suffer from this condition and about three-fourth of these live in low- and middle-income countries. The ‘treatment gap’ and the social stigma associated with the disorder in India further exacerbate conditions for people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of brain characterized by recurrent ‘seizures’ or ‘fits’. The seizures are caused due to sudden, excessive electrical discharges in the neurons (brain cells). The condition can affect people at any age and each age group has unique concerns and problems.
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