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28th March 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Four major lifestyle factors that endanger health​
Four major lifestyle factors that endanger health are smoking, being overweight, inactivity and avoiding exposure to sun.
Non-smokers, who stay out of the sun, have a life expectancy similar to smokers according to a study of 30,000 Swedish women conducted over a period of 20 years. The life expectancy for those who avoided sun dropped by 0.6 to 2.1 years vs those with the highest sun exposure.
Avoiding the sun "is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking," write the authors of the article by Pelle Lindqvist, MD, of Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, published March 21 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Women who seek out the sun are generally at lower risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and noncancer/non-CVD diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and pulmonary diseases, than those who avoided sun exposure.
In the study results were dose-specific, sunshine benefits went up with amount of exposure. While it is true that women should not overexpose themselves to sun, underexposure may be even more dangerous than people think.
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Heart Care Foundation of India organizes a hands-only CPR 10 camp in Munirka Enclave
Trains over 100 adults and children in the essential life-saving technique which can help revive a clinically dead person for up to 10 minutes after they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest
New Delhi, March 27, 2015: Heart Care Foundation of India, a leading National non-profit organization working towards spreading health awareness in the country and making it a healthier one successfully organized a CPR training camp at the Munirka Enclave Hall today. The key purpose behind the initiative was to spread awareness about the increasing incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in the country and how a simple to learn yet effective method such as hands-only CPR 10 can help revive a person till 10 minutes after their death. Over 100 adults and children attended the camp, 
Speaking about the initiative, Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India & Honorary Secretary General IMA said, “Around 240,000 people die every year due to heart attacks and we believe that 50% of them can be saved if 20% of the population learns hands only CPR. The technique is easy to learn, can be performed by anyone and is extremely effective. What people need to remember is two things, one CPR must not be practiced on a person who is breathing, has a pulse rate and is clinically alive. It must be administered within ten minutes of someone's death and continued till the ambulance arrives or the person is revived. A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and a simple formula can help save a loved one's life. We have successfully trained over 1.2 lakh people in this life-saving technique in the past 1 year. We also hold three world records in the Limca Book for the maximum number of people trained in this technique in one place, in one hour and at the same time”.
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