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New Delhi, Aug 11 For those who can’t resist coming to office drunk, be prepared for a breath analyser test as the employee attendance punching machine would now ask you to blow into it, and an app would immediately send a notification to the HR executive if you are found under the influence.

Chennai-based Ramco Systems has designed a facial recognition-based time and attendance system for workplaces that comes with a breath analyser.

According to the company, the system — intended to enable enterprises avert any mishap owing to alcohol intake — works real-time and in an automated fashion with zero human intervention.

“Apart from alcohol detection, we are also working on detecting drug abuse. Quite a few companies, off late, have been raising concerns around drugged employees at work. Hence, we are bringing in the capability to study substance abuse as well,” Virender Aggarwal, CEO, Ramco Systems told IANS.

The solution comes at a time when a recent report by Germany-based public research university TU Dresden claimed that between 2010 and 2017, alcohol consumption in India increased by 38 per cent — from 4.3 to 5.9 litres per adult per year.

In January, in response to an right to information (RTI) query, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) under the Civil Aviation Ministry revealed that since 2015, 171 Indian pilots had been caught drunk before taking off, even for international flights.

In June, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) suspended four of its officials after a video showing them consuming alcohol and playing cards inside a DJB office.

Many industrial set ups and employees carrying out jobs that put the individual, his colleagues or general public at risk (like truck drivers; people at the shopfloor and so on.) are expected to be alcohol-free when at work.

By enabling this unique feature as part of the time and attendance application, enterprises are able to avert any major mishap from occurring due to alcohol intake.

Ramco Systems claims that internal trials carried on the breath analyzer of the attendance system showed an accuracy of close to 100 per cent.

“Usually, everyone in the office knows who is under the influence but there are no clinching evidence in order to punish those. Even though such a system would not go well with all workers, it is a great way to monitor the decorum and sanctity of the workplace,” said Aparna Singh, a Noida-based HR professional.

Ramco Systems foresees challenges like additional hardware and maintenance cost that the company would have consider while installing the punching system.

“While countries like Australia and China have been widely adopting latest technologies, India has just started embracing the same. This system is intended to benefit a lot of other industries as well — like aviation, logistics, manufacturing and mining. We are sure that this feature will see increased adoption in the near future,” Aggarwal added.

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Is watching porn linked to erectile dysfunction in men?

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If you are not enjoying a good bedroom life, blame pornography. According to a sexual health expert in UK, single or divorced men are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (impotence) because they have become too used to porn or having ‘unsatisfactory’ sex lives.

A report by London-based clinic Numan found that 80 per cent of men living in the UK have experienced erectile dysfunction.

Speaking on the report to FEMAIL, women’s column in the Daily Mail, Chartered Psychologist Felix Economakisto blamed pornography and drinking too much for causing problems in the bedroom of single, divorced men.

“The first reason is that they often tend to have either negligent, absent or unsatisfactory sex lives. That means they feel rather ‘de-skilled’ and not confident when it comes to the bedroom,” Economakisto, was quoted as saying.

Millions of men have been affected by erectile dysfunction.

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The study, which was conducted by the Market Research Society, asked 1,000 divorced men in the UK if they had experienced a sexual performance problem, reported Daily Mail.

According to the research, four-fifths of those men questioned admitted they had struggled with erectile dysfunction.

“If men become ‘wound up’ about goals and work, it could also impact their performance during sex,” Economakisto said.

“Sometimes men can also be so wound up about performance goals and reviews at work that they tend to start perceiving performance in the bedroom as yet another ‘customer’ to keep happy, complete with fear of unsatisfactory reviews,” he said.

“Watching pornography could cause erectile dysfunction,” he added.

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Keto diet may help you fight the flu

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New York,  A ketogenic diet, which includes meat, fish, poultry and non-starchy vegetables, may help combat the flu virus, suggests new research.

This diet regimen activates a subset of T cells in the lungs not previously associated with the immune system’s response to influenza, enhancing mucus production from airway cells that can effectively trap the virus, said the study published in the journal Science Immunology.

“This was a totally unexpected finding,” said co-senior author Akiko Iwasaki, Professor at Yale University in the US.The researchers found that mice fed a ketogenic diet were better able to combat the flu virus than mice fed food high in carbohydrates.

Specifically, the researchers found that the ketogenic diet triggered the release of gamma delta T cells, immune system cells that produce mucus in the cell linings of the lung — while the high-carbohydrate diet did not.

When mice were bred without the gene that codes for gamma delta T cells, the ketogenic diet provided no protection against the influenza virus.

“This study shows that the way the body burns fat to produce ketone bodies from the food we eat can fuel the immune system to fight flu infection,” said co-senior author Visha Deep Dixit, Professor at Yale University.

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Diabetes-related stress more harmful for young adults

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New York, Nov 16 (IANS) Young people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes experience high psychological distress, resulting in worse health outcomes and poor blood sugar control, find researchers from Carnegie Mellon University.

Age plays a critical role in the well-being of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.”We found we can evaluate a patient’s initial stress and predict how they will be doing six months later,” said Vicki Helgeson, professor of psychology at the university.

“If you can identify people who are facing diabetes distress earlier, you can intervene and prevent their health from declining,” said the findings published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

In the study, the team evaluated 207 patients who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the past two years.

They found younger patients (42 years and younger) experienced higher diabetes-related and psychological distress.

In addition, patients with higher education and income expressed more stress. Conversely, older patients (older than 64 years) had less psychological stress and greater consistency in self-care, blood sugar control and medication adherence.

Patients in long-term relationships also reported less diabetes stress.Patients identified diet as the greatest stressor (38 per cent).

Other significant stressors include checking blood sugar (8 per cent) and experiencing high or low blood sugar events (7 per cent).

Patients who self-reported greater stress also reported greater depressed mood, less adherence to medication and higher anxiety.

“Diabetes care is difficult, because it requires a lifestyle change that you have to do forever,” Helgeson said. “Life gets in the way of sticking to a diabetes regimen.”

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