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BJP’s core committee to shortlist names for RS poll – Times of India

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm
BJP's core committee to shortlist names for RS poll
Times of India
PATNA: With a large number of state BJP leaders trying to get party nomination from Bihar for the Rajya Sabha poll, the party's State Election Committee (SEC) on Sunday virtually abdicated its role and passed over the responsibility to shortlist the ...
BJP suffering from 'Congress patch' in UP:
Cong leaders don't want 'outsider' Rajeev Shukla for Rajya Sabha pollIndian Express
Poll schedule for five Rajya Sabha seats announcedDaily Bhaskar
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Dow will sponsor London Olympics: British PM –

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Dow will sponsor London Olympics: British PM
London: British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would be "very sad" if India boycotted the London Olympics following the row over sponsorship of the event by Dow Chemicals, linked to the Bhopal Gas tragedy of 1984. "It would be a very sad day," he ...
Cameron: Sad if India boycotted Olympics, won't drop Dow as sponsorFirstpost
'Very sad if India boycotted London Olympics'Hindustan Times
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Harvard Medical School: No-surgery option of aortic stenosis not for everyone

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

QUESTION: My cardiologist says I have aortic stenosis and need a new aortic valve. Apparently the FDA has approved a new procedure that replaces the aortic valve without open-heart surgery. This option sounds safer to me, but my doctor says it is not for everyone. Can you walk me through the pros and cons of these two approaches?

ANSWER: Ask your doctors. This is a complicated decision that requires an individualized answer depending on your health, your preferences and -- above all -- the experience and skill of your cardiac care team. With that said, let's discuss some general considerations.

The aortic valve is a three-flapped structure that ensures the one-way flow of blood from the heart's main pumping chamber to the rest of the body. In some people, the aortic valve becomes encrusted with calcium deposits that stiffen and narrow it, restricting blood flow.

When people with aortic stenosis start feeling symptoms such as light-headedness or fainting, breathlessness, fatigue and loss of appetite, quality of life goes downhill quickly until the valve is replaced.

Until recently, replacing the aortic valve required open-heart surgery. Now that the FDA has approved a no-surgery technique for replacing a failed aortic valve, many people with aortic stenosis are asking, "Can I get this procedure?"

The answer is "Maybe." That's because the FDA has currently restricted its use to people who are not good candidates for open-heart surgery.

As you point out, it's easy to see why people might prefer the new approach, called transcatheter aortic valve implantation, or TAVI. The new valve is placed using a wire, or catheter, that is maneuvered into the heart from a blood vessel in the groin. Both the hospital stay and recovery are shorter and less painful than with open-heart surgery.

The FDA based its approval on a clinical trial dubbed PARTNER. In this trial, 69% of the patients undergoing TAVI were alive after a year, compared with 50% of a group that received standard therapy, which included balloon valvuloplasty, an attempt to increase the valve opening with a balloon-tipped catheter.

PARTNER data presented at a scientific meeting in late 2011 showed that more than two-thirds of the people in the standard-care group had died after two years, compared with 43% in the TAVI group. Another analysis found that quality-of-life scores after one year among the TAVI group improved by 32 points on a 100-point scale, while scores among the standard-care group improved by only 4 points.

But although it prolongs life and is less invasive than open-heart surgery, TAVI has its drawbacks. TAVI recipients in the trial had more than twice the number of strokes and many more serious bleeding complications than patients in the other group.

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Holistic ageing for the times

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

A four-day congress on healthy ageing in Kuala Lumpur next week will see a broad interdisciplinary discussion on ageing.

ORGANISED by the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) and co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the 1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing 2012 (WCHA 2012) will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from March 19-22.

According to Associate Professor Dr Nathan Vytialingam, president of MHAS and WCHA 2012 organising chairman, healthy ageing is one of the major challenges for the world, and hence the need for experts and policymakers to work together to come up with an all-encompassing policy and approach towards tackling the impending scenario.

Malaysia is on its way to becoming an ageing society, though the percentage of the elderly is not as high as Japan or Singapore, said Assoc Prof Nathan in a recent interview.

WHO projections show that the proportion of the worlds population who are over 60 years old will double from less than 11% to 22% from 2000 to 2050, and the total number of people aged 60 years and above is expected to increase from 605 million to almost two billion.

On how WCHA 2012 is different from other meetings on ageing, Assoc Prof Nathan said that other gatherings had tended to focus on the various bits and pieces related to mainstream (medical) approaches, such as on loss of vision, bone loss and so on. WCHA intends to be holistic in its approach, and we will bring together experts from various fields, including those from the complementary medicine and alternative therapies.

With the theme Evolution: Holistic Ageing in an Age of Change, this international congress will have presentations from WHO (Dr John Beard, Director of Ageing & Life Course), Tony Buzan (inventor of Mind Mapping, United Kingdom), Prof Makoto Suzuki (Director of Okinawa Research Centre for Longevity Science, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Department of Community Medicine, University of the Ryukus Hospital, Japan), Prof Suresh Rattan (Professor of Biogerontology, Aarhus University, Denmark), just to name a few.

The scientific programme will be robust, with Dr Wong Teck Wee, consultant cardiologist and senior lecturer at Hospital Serdang, Selangor, acting as scientific chairman to oversee around 400 paper presenters from all over the world.

When we talk about living longer and healthier, its about creating the best environment, and that has a lot to do with keeping the environment safe and clean, said Assoc Prof Nathan, who is intrigued with the factors that lead to longevity and health of the elderly in the worlds blue zones, a term popularised by Dan Buettners book titled The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From The People Whove Lived The Longest.

A blue zone is concept used to identify a demographic groups and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives (like in Okinawa, Japan, or Sardinia, Italy).

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LONGEVITY ForceCut 50D 50 AMP Pilot Arc Plasma Cutter 110/220v Setup Review and Cutting $599.99 – Video

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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Immortality beckoning for Big Buck's

Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

As our Olympians may well appreciate later in the year, the only thing better than winning a gold medal is winning a gold medal with a bit of history attached to it. The biggest stage is the best place to rewrite the record books so, at this week's annual jump-racing championshipfest in Gloucestershire, step forward Big Buck's.

The nine-year-old gelding is odds-on to set a unique mark at the Cheltenham Festival and equal a record winning streak that has lasted for 59 years. Yet this is a horse with none of the popular acclaim of his Paul Nicholls stablemate Kauto Star, a Desert Orchid or a Red Rum; he has not yet leapt the fence that divides his sport from a wider public.

He is one of the best and classiest jumpers ever to have leapt an obstacle, and is peerless in his own specialist sphere. But there's the rub. Big Buck's is not a steeplechaser,with all that job's implied boldness and glamour. He's a hurdler, plying his trade over three-foot-six of flattenable, gorse-packed timber panels rather than four-foot-six of close-packed, unyielding birch. And even among hurdlers he's not one of the perceived elite, those who skim over the minimum distance of two miles. Big Buck's operates over the long distances that are jump racing's least fashionable division.

But he has made being a marathon man sexy. On ratings, which can be used to assess horses of different talents and eras, he is currently the best hurdler in training, better even than the two-mile king Hurricane Fly, due to defend his Champion Hurdle crown on Tuesday and himself judged the best of his ilk since the magnificent Istabraq.

On Thursday Big Buck's, unbeaten in his past 15 races, will go for an unprecedented fourth Ladbrokes World Hurdle, the Grade One stayer's crown. Victory would also enable him to equal the record sequence for a jumper set by Sir Ken, the last of whose 16 serial successes came with the second of his three Champion Hurdles, at the 1953 Festival.

The first step of Big Buck's road to immortality was almost accidental; he reverted to hurdles as a confidence-booster after a clumsy series of efforts over fences. And since he started his winning run in January 2009 he has galloped relentlessly into the hearts of those closest to him and of regular racegoers alike.

At Nicholls' Somerset base Big Buck's is regarded with the same awe and respect accorded to Kauto Star. "He perhaps doesn't get the credit outside the sport that he deserves," said the trainer, "but we're very privileged to have a horse like him, and we know it. Every season I've kept thinking something will come out of the woodwork and give him a real fright, but he just keeps beating them all. What he has done already is quite remarkable; four World Hurdles and equalling that record would be phenomenal."

For his trainer, Big Buck's is a challenge. His ability is beyond doubt, but his personality would keep a convention of psychiatrists happy. He hates being alone, he paces incessantly round his stable, has a tantrum if he is not first of the Manor Farm inmates to be fed in the morning and, as he does not always put it all in on the training gallops, is tricky to bring to peak fitness. "Whatever it takes," added Nicholls, "we'll indulge him."

In his races, Big Buck's is no longer the recidivist he once appeared to be, but can still toy with his supporters' faith with an indolent style and the finishing burst that has to be delivered as late as possible. But for rider Ruby Walsh, whose velvet-fisted horseman's style suits the quirky gelding perfectly, what we see is not what he gets. "Stayers are not supposed to be able to quicken and win on the bridle like he does," he said, "that's why they have to be stayers. But this one has got such an engine, just pricks his ears and goes. He doesn't do flashy, but he'll keep running for you."

For the owner, Andy Stewart, and his family, particularly son Paul during his recovery from a serious spinal injury, Big Buck's has become an inspiration. "Going back over hurdles with the horse after he's been chasing was a bit of a bonkers idea hatched by a mad genius [Nicholls]," said Stewart, "but it doesn't look so bonkers now. It is all a bit of a nervous responsibility and he's bound to be beaten sometime. But win, lose or draw on Thursday, he'll always be special."

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