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HEALTH RISKS AT HOME
BY A STAFF REPORTER
Did you know that your home is one of the places that poses the maximum amount of health risk to your family? It is very essential to keep your home clean and germ-free. But it is also equally important to clean your home in the right manner. That's is exactly what the discussion on 'Health risks in our homes,' organised by the Ladies' Wing of the Indian Merchants' Chamber recently, dealt with. The discussion was presided over by Dr. Rohini Kelkar, Professor and Head of Microbiology, Tata Memorial Hospital and Dr. Jehangir Sorabjee, consultant physician and specialist in infectious diseases at the Bombay Hospital. Taking the indulgent audience through the daily chores of the day, Dr. Kelkar gave them the scientific and the right way to go about household chores. Here are some tips:
Cleaning the house:
Refrigeration and food:
Discover your DNA
By A Staff Reporter
In 1953, scientists Francis Crick and James Watson, made an extraordinary discovery: the structure of DNA. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of this remarkable achievement, Discovery Channel examines how this single finding has revolutionised the world we live in - and where the cutting research of today will take us next.
DNA: The Promise and The Price premieres on Discovery Channel around the world on Sunday April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring emotional true-life stories of how the latest genetic developments are saving lives and opinion from the leading figures in the field, DNA: The Promise and The Price examines how far we have come and poses some challenging questions for our genetic future.
DNA: The Promise and The Price assesses the benefits and the risks of the genetic revolution. The film attempts to balance the tremendous developments currently being achieved with the vast potential of what lies ahead.
There are currently 72,000 DNA experiments taking us to the frontiers of genetic research. Gene therapy - manipulating genes - seems like the ultimate promise for diseases caused by single gene defects.
DNA: The Promise and The Price takes an in-depth look at these and many other developments and also examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding them. The film reminds us that almost everybody watching will die of a genetic disease. But while genetic science is being used to combat devastating hereditary illnesses, and potentially bring an end to many cancers and diseases, these procedures and others raise many questions - in manipulating the very essence of our biology, are we playing God?
The special features interviews and debate from many of the key players in genetics, including comment and insight from Nobel Prize winner Sir John Sulston of the Human Genome Project; J. Craig Venter, whose company Celera went head to head with the Human Genome Project and introduced a commercial aspect to gene sequencing; Stephen Jones, one of the UK's leading geneticists, educators and commentators in the field, specialising in the study of population genetics of humans and animals; and author Jeremy Rifkin, Presidential Advisor on Genetics and an influential advocate for responsible government policies on a variety of environmental, scientific and technology issues.
DNA: The Promise and The Price presents case studies like: Tackling cancer at the University of York, England; Growing new organs at The Tokyo University, Japan; Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD); The world's first cancer gene test; Adult stem cell research - Regenerating damaged organs; Human Cloning - How close are we?
Key DNA milestones
Homoeopathic cures for impotency
BY A STAFF REPORTER
Impotency is a sexual problem affecting a significant section of the human population which may disastrously affect the sex life of an individual and his partner.
Dr. Mahesh Kalra, eminent homoeopath, says that impotency, although curable, is often not treated as disclosure is thought to affect the "macho" masculine mind rather adversely. The most prominent example is that of King Pandu in the 'Mahabharata', who is said to have lost all interest in ruling his kingdom after being cursed to suffer from impotency!
Hence care should be taken, while treating impotency, to rule out major diseases like the above-mentioned causes. Another likely cause of impotency is -- impotency due to certain group of drugs used to treat hypertension. Drugs like Atenolol and Propanolol, known as beta blockers in medical parlance, are known causes of decreased erectile capacity known as symptomatic impotency.
Alcohol abuse and excessive cigarette smoking are also significant causes of impotency. Other causes include advanced age (decreased blood flow to the organ due to hardening of the penile arteries), partner incompatibility, etc.
Lastly, psychic impotency caused due to mental stress, anxiety, or hectic lifestyle common to our metropolitan cities. This cause is said to contribute to a large number of cases which then may get complicated by alcohol, tobacco and hypertension.
The patient's habits like cigarette smoking, alcohol intake or past history of sexual abuse, or sexually-transmitted diseases are taken into account. The patient is counselled to learn relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation etc.
Also, the patient is taught `Kegel's exercises' to enhance the tone of his pelvic muscles, which aid in increasing the strength of his erections. In Kegel's exercises the patient is told to tighten those muscles that could be used to prevent defaecation or urination. These exercises can be performed even while travelling in a local bus or train without others knowing about it! Some commonly used homoeopathic drugs and their indications are given below. However these are best taken under the able guidance of a trained homoeopath.