Obese adolecents at higher risk of hearing loss

News4u-features Desk- A new study revealed by US researchers that obese adolescents are more likely than their normal-weight peers to suffer hearing loss.

According to the study, obese teenagers suffered increased hearing loss across all frequencies and were almost twice, to have unilateral (one-sided) low-frequency hearing loss than their counterparts.

“Obesity is associated with hearing loss in adolescents,” stated by Anil k Lalwani, the first author, professor and vice chair for research, Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center.

The study found that obesity in adolescents is associated with sensorineural hearing loss across all frequencies (the frequency range that can be heard by humans); sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner-ear hair cells.

The highest rates were 15.16 per cent for low-frequency hearing loss of obese adolescents compared with 7.89 per cent of non-obese adolescents.

Often they can still understand human speech well, but may face difficulty hearing in groups or in noisy places. Although the overall hearing loss among obese adolescents was relatively mild, the almost two-fold increase in the odds of unilateral low-frequency hearing loss is particularly worrisome, the study said.

The study analysed data from nearly 1,500 adolescents from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - a large, nationally representative sample of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, conducted from 2005 to 2006 by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Participants were interviewed at home, taking into account family medical history, current medical conditions, medication use, household smokers, socioeconomic and demographic factors, and noise-exposure history.

Lalwani and his colleagues speculate that obesity may directly or indirectly lead to hearing loss. Although additional research is needed to determine the mechanisms involved, they theorize that obesity-induced inflammation may contribute to hearing loss.

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Chandipur beach, where the sea disappears

News4u-Travel Desk- Have you seen the sea disappear in front of your eyes? A unique phenomenon rarely seen anywhere else, the sea recedes by as much as five kilometres every day on the Chandipur beach in eastern India, not just enthralling the onlooker but also offering an opportunity to literally walk into the sea.

One of nature’s many wonders, the sea recedes massively from the beach during ebb and returns to fill the emptiness during high tide. This hide-and-seek of the sea comes to play twice a day and seeing the sea disappear and then return is an unforgettable experience.

Chandipur lies around 200 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. From here, one can either take the train to Balasore, the closest town at a distance of 10 km, and then travel by road, or take the entire journey by road on National Highway 5. One can be assured of a good journey thanks to the green scenery that follows you throughout and good roads.

Adding to the peaceful ambience are the swaying casuarina trees and the solitary sand dunes, with the constant hum of the waves as they rise and fall gently.

Considering its uniqueness, the beach supports a varied range of biodiversity. It’s not rare to thus find a horseshoe crab or red crab crawling beside you.

While it’s still not very well known among tourists who flock to its cousin beaches of Puri, or the temple destination of Konark, local tourists often visit Chandipur.

“My wife and I saw the sea disappear in front of our eyes, and we walked in the sea bed, almost for four kilometres, and then returned with the gentle water when the high tide came,” Anirban Mukherjee, a tourist from the nearby state of West Bengal, told IANS.

“It was like returning with the sea. The massive void left behind by the waters, the path we took, was soon filled up and it was as if we had walked into the sea. This beach is nothing like the other beaches,” said his wife Arpita.

For some, it’s not just walking but also riding a bike into the sea.

When asked if it was dangerous for people to ride a bike into the sea bed with the impending high tide, Dasarath Dash, a coconut seller by the beachside, said no.

“The tide has its timings. Depending on the moon, the timings keep changing. It’s mostly the locals, familiar with the tide’s time, who take their bikes into the sea bed. The others are thrilled just to even walk that distance,” Dash said.

“In any case, the sea is not rough here. The waves are gentle,” he said.

Food is another plus point here. For those who love sea food, here’s a place which can offer you plenty, especially fresh prawns.

The Chandipur beach is also well known for its proximity to the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Integrated Test Range. A number of missiles have been launched from here, including Akash, Agni, Shaurya and Prithvi ballistic missiles.

There is a handful of small hotels - with a tariff range of Rs.500 to Rs.2,500 per day - and a government guesthouse in Chandipur. There are no 5-Star hotels in the area. One can also opt to stay in Balasore.

“The best time to visit Chandipur is winter, between November and March, and most tourists come during this time,” Dash said.

The tourism department has also been trying to promote Chandipur and other spots nearby as potential tourist destinations. An elaborate beach festival, showcasing the dance forms, art and culture of the state, has become an annual affair here and takes place every February.

“I really hope proper infrastructure can be put in place so that the Chandipur beach attracts more tourists and the locals around can benefit. Right now we mostly have local tourists and those from the neighbouring states. The number of foreign tourists is still very low compared to Puri,” said Ubachan Mohanty, a local.IANS

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Having more sex than their peers makes people happy: study

News4u-features Desk- When it comes to sex, people say they are happier if they believe they are having it more often than their peers, a new study finds.

In findings announced April 15, researchers say that “sex apparently is like income: people are generally happy when they keep pace with the Joneses and they’re even happier if they get a bit more.”

Sociology professor and lead author Tim Wadsworth, of the University of Colorado Boulder in the US, found that people reported steadily higher levels of happiness as they reported steadily higher sexual frequency.

But he also found that even after controlling for their own sexual frequency, people who believed they were having less sex than their peers were unhappier than those who believed they were having as much as or more than their peers.

“There’s an overall increase in sense of well-being that comes with engaging in sex more frequently, but there’s also this relative aspect to it,” he said. “Having more sex makes us happy, but thinking that we are having more sex than other people makes us even happier.”

Wadsworth analyzed data from the General Social Survey, a sample that included 15,385 people living in the US surveyed between 1993 and 2006.

After controlling for other factors, including income, education, marital status, health, age, race and other characteristics, subjects who reported having sex at least two to three times a month were 33 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness than those who reported having had no sex during the previous 12 months.

Compared to those who had had no sex in the previous year, those reporting having sex once a week were 44 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness. Those who said they had sex two to three times a week were 55 percent more likely to report a higher level of happiness.

How do people know how much sex their peers are having? Wadsworth said that people can pick up plenty of clues from mass media, television, film, or talking in their friendship networks. As a result, if members of a peer group are having sex two to three times a month but believe their peers are on a once-weekly schedule, their probability of reporting a higher level of happiness falls by about 14 percent, he said.AFP

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Anti-Naxal operation : CRPF officer killed

News4u-News Desk- A CRPF officer was on Friday killed during an anti-Naxal operation in Jharkhand’s Giridih district.

The incident happened early on Friday when a joint squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police was out for an operation in Lakheri area of Giridih district.

Officials said a heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides and CRPF’s second-in-command H K Jha was seriously injured in the encounter.

“The officer later succumbed to his injuries.No other injuries have been inflicted on the forces side,” a senior officer said.

During the operation, two Naxalites have been held with some arms and ammunition and a search operation has been launched in the area, the official said.


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Four BJP MPs, 1 MLA detained for defying ban on mahapanchayat in Morabdabad

News4u-News Desk- The issue of holding of a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Kanth area on Friday turned into a violent protest, during which BJP leaders including four MPs, and an MLA who was accused in the Muzaffarnagar riots were detained.

The ‘mahapanchayat’ or gathering was called by the state BJP in defiance of the state order, after a recent dispute in Kanth, over removal of a loudspeaker from a temple, which led to communal tension in the area.

Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som, Amroha MP Kunwar Singh Tanwar, Sambhal MP Satyapal Saini and Rampur MP Nepal Singh were detained and sent to police lines, Moradabad Commissioner, Shiv Shankar Singh said. .

Meanwhile, in Lucknow, Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), Amrendra Singh Sengar told reporters that 210 people, including Moradabad MP Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh and former MLA Rajesh, were also detained. .

Supporters and workers led by partymen and members of RSS and Hindu Maha Sabha blocked train lines and resorted to stone-pelting, following which police used tear gas shells to dispel the crowd. .

Sengar said that when efforts were made to remove the blockade the mob indulged into stone-pelting in which Moradabad District Magistrate Chandra Kant sustained serious injury in his eye and has been referred to Delhi. .

He said that around 2 pm around 400 people blocked the railway track. Rail traffic route were disturbed due to the agitation. .

Train services in both the lines were also affected, ADRM Moradabad Division, Hitendra Mehrotra said. While train lines were later cleared of the crowd, few trains were also diverted through other lines. .

Section 144 was imposed in the area. All roads were sealed. .

Meanwhile, the BJP party said the action of the UP government was the result of the “frustration” of the Samajwadi Party that lost in the Lok Sabha elections and warned that today’s incident will further “flare up” the already charged atmosphere. .


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Lekar Hum Deewana Dil

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Buddies Dinoo and Karishma elope. En route, they discover love. However, their adventure comes unstuck when their lives are not in apple-pie order.

Debutant director Arif Ali’s Lekar Hum Deewana Dil is a sweet film that borrows the elopement theory from evergreen 70s’-80s’ romances like Bobby, Love Story and Betaab. It even has shades of Arif’s older brother Imtiaz’s Jab We Met and Highway. But this has a mint-crisp feel with its .com lingo. The lack of melodrama, for most part of the movie, is also refreshing.

Dinoo (Armaan) and Karishma (Deeksha) are collegians who haven’t scratched the surface of their feelings for each other. They’re happy sipping strawberry milkshakes with buddies. But when the Shetty girl’s obstinate businessman dad wants her to marry a groom of his choice from within their community, she flips. On cue, good friend Dinoo and she fly the coup, also remembering to adopt a stray along the way.

Taking their deewana dil along and as is suggested in the Yaadon Ki Baaraat ditty, they go manzil manzil.

On the journey from Mumbai to Goa, over bottles of beer and zany nocturnal adventures, they swear undying love. As relatives attempt to hunt them down, the couple also safeguards itself with a chat mangni-pat shaadi without band, baaja and baaraat. The start of their idyllic life together is blissful because the girl’s every wish is the young boy’s command.

But when they run short on budgets, land in Naxalite territory (a strange detour with a raunchy item song - Mawaali Qawaali - thrown in), the screenplay takes an interesting twist.

AR Rahman lifts spirits with the club number Khalifa Khalifa and draws sighs with the poignant Alaahada. Armaan is endearing and energetic, getting you to warm up to him. Deeksha is confident and likeable. Bangalore boy Mahesh (Akhil) excels. And if you’re looking to cuddle up this monsoon just like the slightly mismatched young couple in the movie, attempt doing it the LHDD way. Courtesy toi…


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VVIP helicopter deal: CBI records statement of Goa Governor

News4u-News Desk- Carrying on with its probe into allegations of over Rs 360 crore bribe paid in the purchase of VVIP helicopters, the CBI on Friday recorded statement of Goa Governor B V Wanchoo as a “witness”.

His questioning comes a week after former West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan was quizzed by the CBI after which he demitted his office.

CBI team quizzed Wanchoo in Panaji and recorded his statement for its probe into allegations of bribery in the Rs 3600-crore VVIP chopper deal with AgustaWestland firm.

The sources said the need to record statements of Wanchoo and Narayanan was felt as both had participated in the meeting in 2005 that allowed key changes in the technical specifications of the chopper.

CBI had registered a case against former IAF Chief S P Tyagi along with 13 others including his cousins and European middlemen in the case.

The allegation against the former Air Chief was that he had reduced flying ceiling of the helicopter so that Agusta Westland was included in the bids.

Tyagi has refuted the allegation against him.

CBI has alleged reduction of the service ceiling-maximum height at which a helicopter can perform normally-allowed the UK-based firm to get into the fray as, otherwise, its helicopters were not even qualified for submission of bids.

CBI claims the parameters regarding the height at which the helicopter can fly as well as the flight evaluation were changed in a manner that enabled AgustaWestland to clinch the deal vis-a-vis its competitor Sikorsky.


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FM radio to broadcast news

News4u-News Desk- Private FM radio channels may soon be able to broadcast news, with the government keenly inclined in this favour and promising to take a decision soon.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said he has given “in principle” approval for broadcast of news on private FM Radio and a decision in this regard would be taken soon.

He said representatives of FM Radio stations had met him and he had told them that he had no objection to allowing them to broadcast news.

According to the proposal, the FM channels can broadcast news, sourcing from All India Radio.

However, the Minister said they can have an option of sourcing it from PTI as well.

“There is an option. We can give you an option. If you are taking it from PTI, it’s an option,” Javadekar said as having told the FM channel heads.

“So that’s how we are discussing. We will arrive at a decision soon. But, my heart goes that news should be there also,” he told PTI.

The previous UPA government, while approving ‘Policy Guidelines for Phase-III expansion of FM radio, had approved carriage of news bulletins on private radio but said the source should be only All India Radio.


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FIFA World Cup: Brazil hold on to beat Colombia 2-1

News4u-Sports Desk- Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years by beating Colombia 2-1 on Friday, with the goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz.

Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday.

Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar.

Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot into the top of the net.

Colombia got one back in the 80th when striker James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot.


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Wimbledon: Federer, Djokovic set for final showdown

News4u-Sports Desk- Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will clash in a titanic showdown for the Wimbledon title after crushing an uprising from the next generation in the semi-finals on Friday.

Seven-time champion Federer demolished Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach his ninth Wimbledon final, while top seed Djokovic defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (9/7) as the threatened overthrow of the established order fell flat.

Federer, 32, who becomes the oldest man to make a Grand Slam final since Andre Agassi reached the 2005 Australian Open final at the age of 33, holds an 18-16 career lead over Djokovic, including a victory in their only previous major final meeting at the 2007 US Open.

Federer has beaten 2011 Wimbledon champion Djokovic in two out of three meetings in 2014 and is looking forward to renewing their rivalry which stretches back to 2006.

“Novak and myself always play good matches,” he said. “He is a great champion and is used to these occasions. He’s got the trophy here in the past and knows how it’s done.

“I know I don’t have 10 years left, so I’m going to try and enjoy it as much as I can. That I get another chance to go through these kinds of emotions is great.”

Remarkably, Sunday’s clash will be the first final in 19 Grand Slams that won’t feature either Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray.

Canadian eighth seed Raonic, touted as a candidate to shatter the big four’s stranglehold on the sport’s major trophies, never looked capable of troubling Federer in a Centre Court mismatch.

Raonic had fired a tournament-leading 148 aces en route to his first Grand Slam semi-final, yet Federer picked him off with ease to extend his career record to 5-0 against the 23-year-old.

“It was down to big concentration really,” said Federer, who will be playing in his first Grand Slam final since Wimbledon in 2012 when he went level with Pete Sampras as a seven-time winner.

“I had to focus on every point. You always say that but today especially I had to be careful on my serve and there were only a few chances when he served.

“I’ve played some great tennis this week, under pressure at times as well.”

The lack of drama in Federer’s victory was an anti-climax after a celebrity-packed Royal Box, including actor Jude Law and golf legend Jack Nicklaus, had been entertained by Djokovic’s gritty win over 11th seed Dimitrov.

Djokovic, a six-time Grand Slam winner, rarely hit peak form, but showed all his battling qualities to overcome Dimitrov in a three hour and two minute war of attrition.

The 27-year-old will look to avenge last year’s Wimbledon final defeat against Murray when he makes his 14th Grand Slam final appearance.

World number two Djokovic, who lost to Federer in the semi-finals in 2012, can also reclaim top spot in the rankings from Nadal for the first time since September 2013 if he lifts the trophy in his third Wimbledon final in four years.

“It was the semi-finals of Wimbledon playing against the future star. He was fighting and playing some great shots, so it was a tough match and it’s a good win for me definitely,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic has been beaten in five of his last six Grand Slam finals, with his last major triumph coming at the 2013 Australian Open, and he admitted he is desperate to end that frustrating run this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to another championship match, especially considering I have lost the last couple of finals. It’s a big challenge.” he said.

After his sensational quarter-final victory over defending champion Murray, Dimitrov fell short in his first Grand Slam semi-final appearance, with Djokovic’s extra experience proving crucial at the key moments.

“Of course I’m frustrated,” Dimitrov said. “I had a pretty slow start, but I got my act together and I was really playing a good tennis.

“You never know what would have happened if I had taken that fourth set.”


Wimbledon: Federer, Djokovic set for final showdown

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