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Lifestyle changes may cut future stroke risk in women

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New York, April 9 (IANS) Women in their 50s, kindly take note. Middle age may not be too late for you to reduce stroke risk by quitting smoking, daily exercising, maintaining weight and making healthy food choices, according to a new study.

In general, women are more likely than men to have a stroke, die from stroke and have poorer health and physical function after a stroke, said the study published in the American Stroke Association.

The average age of first stroke in women is 75 years. Based on this information, researchers theorised that making mid-life lifestyle changes might help reduce stroke’s burden among women.

“We found that changing to a healthy lifestyle, even in your 50s, still has the potential to prevent strokes. Women who made lifestyle modifications in middle-age reduced their long-term risk of total stroke by nearly a quarter and ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, by more than one-third,” said lead author Goodarz Danaei from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, US.

For the findings, researchers analysed the Nurses’ Health Study, which includes health information on nearly 60,000 women who enrolled at an average age of 52 and continued in the study for an average of 26 years.

Researchers studied the impact on stroke risk from smoking cessation, exercising 30 minutes or more daily and gradual weight loss if women were overweight.

They also studied the impact of making recommended dietary modifications that emphasize eating more fish, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and less red meat, no processed meat and less alcohol.

During the 26-year follow-up, the research team found that 4.7 per cent of women with no lifestyle interventions had a stroke of any type; 2.4 per cent had an ischemic stroke, and 0.7 per cent had a hemorrhagic stroke.

Engaging in the three non-dietary interventions — smoking cessation, daily exercise and weight loss — was estimated to reduce the risk of total stroke by 25 per cent and ischemic stroke by 36 per cent.

Sustained dietary modifications were estimated to reduce the risk of total stroke by 23 per cent.

Researchers also found that increasing fish and nut consumption and reducing unprocessed red meat consumption appeared to have positive impacts on reducing stroke risk.

While this was an observational study that included mostly white, middle-aged women, Danaei said: “We also estimate that exercising 30 minutes or more daily may reduce the risk of stroke by 20 per cent.”


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Youth’s diet at quarantine centre: 40 chapatis, 10 plates of rice!

Many say some time back when ‘litti’ (a part of Bihari meal) was cooked and distributed among the inmates, Ojha had stunned all by consuming 83 of them.

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Buxar (Bihar), May 28 : A quarantine centre in Bihars border with eastern UP in Buxar has become a talking point due to gargantuan appetite of an inmate. The youth consumes around 40 chapatis and ten plates of steamed rice in a day, putting district officials in a bit of unease as the cook threw up his hands in frustration.

Anup Ojha (23) is admitted to the quarantine ward built in a government school compound at Manjhwari village. Those who have been quarantined or have been discharged say 23-year-old Anup Ojha has a breakfast of 40 chapatis and lunches with ten plates of steamed rice.

Many say some time back when ‘litti’ (a part of Bihari meal) was cooked and distributed among the inmates, Ojha had stunned all by consuming 83 of them.

The enormous appetite of Ojha was revealed to officials when they tried to find out why food in excess was being used in that quarantine centre. Finding the reason unbelievable, they reached the Centre at lunch hour and saw for themselves Ojha’s incredible feat.

Block Development Officer (BDO) of Simri Ajay Kumar Singh told IANS that the harried cook of the quarantine centre has refused to prepare so many chapatis for Ojha. So, now Ojha has to depend on steamed rice only, with the instruction of the BDO that Ojha’s diet should not be pared down.

Singh said Ojha was brought to the centre about 10 days back and that he had been to Rajasthan in search of job. “Lockdown-4 broke his morale and he headed to his home in Bihar. But before being sent home, he was quarantined for 14 days,” said the BDO.

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‘Good work Sonu’, says Punjab CM on actor’s charity

Last week, Chef Vikas Khanna prepared a special dish and named it ‘Moga’ after the town in Punjab where actor Sonu Sood was born.

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Chandigarh, May 28 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday praised Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who was born and brought up in the state, for his charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It fills me with immense pride whenever I read about my fellow Punjabis going beyond their call of duty to help those in need and this time it is our Moga boy Sonu Sood who has been actively helping migrant workers by arranging for their food and transportation,” the Chief Minister said in a tweet.

“Good work Sonu!” he added.

Last week, Chef Vikas Khanna prepared a special dish and named it ‘Moga’ after the town in Punjab where actor Sonu Sood was born.

This is because Khanna is impressed with Sonu’s charity work amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Khanna shared a photo of the special dish with a tweet message: “Dear @SonuSood everyday you are inspiring us. Can’t cook for you right now in appreciation of your work. So sending you a dish. Im going to name “MOGA” after your birthplace. #Respect #RealHero.”

Sonu was overjoyed naturally, and he called Khanna the “world’s best chef”.

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Sing ‘Vande Utkal Janani’ on May 30, CM appeals Odias

“Vande Utkal Janani” was the opening song of Utkal Sammilani during the fight for the formation of a separate province. “In the time of Covid-19 crisis, the song will be of great help in strengthening our determination,” Patnaik said.

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Bhubaneswar, May 28 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, here on Thursday, appealed Odias spread across the globe to sing “Bande Utkal Janani” at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday to encourage and show respect to the covid warriors.

“I request our 4.5 crore Odia brothers and sisters, irrespective of where you are staying, to sing ‘Vande Utkal Janani’ at 5.30 p.m. on May 30 by maintaining social distance,” Patnaik said in a video message.

He said the objective behind it was to encourage and respect covid warriors’ dedication and sacrifices.

“Vande Utkal Janani” was the opening song of Utkal Sammilani during the fight for the formation of a separate province. “In the time of Covid-19 crisis, the song will be of great help in strengthening our determination,” Patnaik said.

He said Odisha had set an example not only in India but all over the world in saving lives from coronavirus. “The state’s death rate is lowest in the world. Around 50 per cent of patients have recovered and returned to their homes,” he said. It was an unprecedented achievement for Odias, he added.

Earlier, the Chief Minister spoke over phone to sarpanch, Asha and Anganwadi workers who turned Covid-19 positive while serving people. He praised their courage and dedication in providing outstanding service to society and wished their speedy recovery.

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