The axiom “eat breakfast like a king” has been proven right ! A study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University found eating a good breakfast increases fertility among women who suffer from menstrual irregularities.
The influence of meal times on the health of women with menstrual irregularities due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been analysed in the study. PCOS affects approximately 6-10% of women of reproductive age, disrupting their reproductive abilities.
Women suffering from PCOS suffer from insulin resistance, which in turn leads to an increase in male sex hormones (androgens). It can cause menstrual irregularities, hair loss, increase in body hair, acne, fertility problems and future diabetes.
The study covered over 60 women with a body mass index of less than 23 in the age group of 25-39 for a period of 12 weeks.
The women were divided into two groups and were allowed to consume 1800 calories a day. One group consumed their largest meal, approximately 980 calories as breakfast and the other group as dinner. The findings showed improved results for the group that consumed a big breakfast.
Glucose levels of insulin decreased by 8% and testosterone levels decreased by nearly 50% in the breakfast group while dinner group showed no changes. The rate of ovulation too went up in the breakfast group compared to the dinner group, showing that eating a big breakfast leads to an increase in the level of fertility among women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
The study was published in the journal Clinical Science.
While the recorded tourist foot falls in Kerala during the year was 4.2 lakh, it jumped to about 8 lakh during 2012 , recording a spectacular growth rate of over 85% during the period.
During the past 6 years, many major international hotel chains became operational in Kerala, which created 30 to 40 percent growth in hotel rooms. It is interesting to note that many tourist destinations in North Kerala like Bakel and Wayanad, which also emerged as major tourism destinations during the period .
All the major tourist spots in Kerala are likely to come under CCTV surveillance soon. The Police Department will set up a surveillance system in tourist spots across the state and a fund of 2 crore has been sanctioned by the Home Department for this purpose.
CCTV cameras will be installed in 20 tourist spots that are popular among foreign and domestic travelers. These will be connected to the nearest police stations and an advanced patrolling vehicle would also be purchased for the tourist police. This advanced surveillance mechanism is expected to counter the increasing number of crime cases against the tourists.
The installation of CCTV will be taken up in different phases and in the first phase all the important tourist places would be covered. The second phase will ensure CCTV surveillance in all tourist destinations across the length and breadth of Kerala. It is expected that this ambitious project would be completed by March 2014.
Some tourist places like Fort Kochi, Kollam and Mattancherry are already under electronic surveillance and the police could bring to book many culprits using this surveillance mechanism. Apart from enhancing the security cover for the tourists, this mechanism has enabled the police to comb the entire Fort Kochi area from their control room without having to do extensive patrolling.
Unlike many other tourist destinations, Kerala has always been a safe and peaceful destination for tourists. The CCTV surveillance will surely add up to the safety credentials of God’s own country in the days ahead.
In an innovative promotional scheme to popularise Malayalam, The State Institute of Languages is all set to launch a slew of new technologies, including an English-to-Malayalam translator ‘Paribhashika’.
M R Thampan, director of the institute, said that as part of its efforts to popularise Malayalam the new initiatives would be launched on November 1, the state formation day, by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. “They include a spelling and grammar checking system, new Malayalam fonts and a complete translation system,”
The software ‘Paribhashika’, developed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is a pattern directed, rulebased English-to-Malayalam machine-aided translation (MAT) system. It is heartening to note that this software is the first of its kind for Malayalam where the AnglaBharati MAT engine has been customised for a Dravidian language. The institute is also planning to extend its language software in mobiles as well.
This software can be used for all possible types of translation as it has text and file input facilities apart from post editing options. Typically translation of a chapter from English to Malayalam takes three months by conventional methods whereas Paribhashika can wrap up the work within just a month. This innovative software will encourage the Malayalam writers to translate their works and will help in popularising Malayalam, the official language of Kerala among kids.
The butterfly park in Thumburmuzhi near Chalakudy river in Kerala has been selected by National Institute of Agro-biological Sciences, a premier research institute in Japan to conduct a detailed research on the butterfly species in India. Located at the foothills of the Western Ghats, this butterfly park has over 180 different species of butterflies.
The study will focus on the behavioural pattern of butterflies, host plants, food habits, and swallowtail butterflies. Spread over 10 acres near the fabled Athirapilly waterfall, this butterfly park has been a huge hit among butterfly enthusiasts from far and wide. The spectacular sight of the lush green rain forests on either side of the garden makes it a feast to the eyes of the visitors.
The Japanese researchers have offered technical guidance to increase the butterfly population in the park by planting special host plants. The Thumbormuzhi butterfly park is home to a few endangered species of butterflies like Papilio Buddha and Moonlight butterfly, along with a range of colourful winged insects.
Selecting the Thumburmuzhi butterfly garden by the Japanese team is a matter of pride as this will attract attention from butterfly enthusiasts and research institutes from all over the world.
As a draft notification declaring 60,000 sq km, or 37%, of the the Western Ghats as ecologically sensitive area (ESA) is about to be issued shortly, initiatives like these assume greater significance.
It seems that the hotly fought sea -saw game between the pro and the anti liquor campaigners in Kerala is likely to end in a tie. For every step to prevent alcoholism in Kerala, a counter step is being designed to promote drinking! For a cash starved treasury, the revenue of Rs.8841 crores last year from government controlled corporation selling Indian Made Foreign Liquor was something too big.
Now a few enterprising guys have devised a cheeky mobile application named ‘Kuppi’, (which literally means bottle in Malayalam ) that gives you the available liquor brands at BEVCO and its price in a few clicks. The the anti liquour campaigners says that this app violates Act 47 of the Indian Constitution as well as Cable Network (Regulation) Amendment Bill as Act 47, bans the use of intoxicating drinks and drugs for non-medicinal purpose, while the cable network amendment says that mobile being an electronic medium, cannot advertise liquor.
However, the illusive creators of the app who have gone underground following the controversy says that the details on the mobile apps carry only the details that are already available on the BEVCO website and does not promote any specific brand or drinking in general.
Kerala already holds the dubious distinction of being the first State to open an exclusive supermarket for premium brands of liquor so that the rich and the famous can get their favorite brand without having to stand in queue in the roadside outlets. The kick of ‘Kuppi’ is likely to linger on for many days considering the heated debate that it has set off!
Kerala schools will start incorporating lessons on the harmful effects of tobacco in the school curriculum soon. Framing laws alone will not succeed in curbing the surging tobacco use among Keralites unless the younger generation is made aware of the dangers of smoking.
Among a slew of measures to make Kerala tobacco free, school authorities have been asked to ensure that no sale of tobacco occur within 100 yards of schools. Over 250 high school students took the oath to desist from using tobacco products and to dissuade others from using them. On the occasion, documentaries were also screened on tobacco-induced cancer forms.
Kerala has a high smoking prevalence rate than the national average and studies have shown that more than one-third of the male population in Kerala use tobacco products of some form. The average smoking prevalence in Kerala is pegged at 28%, which is higher than the national average of 24%.
The survey further revealed that smokers in Kerala spend nearly 9% of their income on smoking. The steep rise in the number of smokers in the health conscious state of Kerala is attributed to various factors like stress, lifestyle changes and high income. Most youngsters opt for costly cigarette brands and on an average smoke eight to 10 cigarettes a day.
Additional Director of Health Services A.S. Pradeep Kumar said that of the 60 per cent of smokers who wanted to quit the habit, only 2-3 per cent was successful, because of the addictive nature of smoking.
Though there is a smoking ban in public places in Kerala, people often break this law as there is no fool proof surveillance mechanism in place. In the initial days of smoking ban, police were active in penalising the offenders in the bus stops and railway stations. However once the initial zest died down, things recoiled to where it started.
As they say, habits die hard and to put out the raging passion for smoking among Malayalees, the youngsters should be encouraged to play a proactive role in spreading the message of the harmful effects of smoking and its addictive nature!
In a path breaking discovery, Amrita Centre for Nano Science amd Molecular Medicine (ACNSMM) of Kochi in Kerala has developed a new nano medicine for drug-resistant blood cancer. The new nanomedicine dramatically improves the treatment of drug-resistant Chromic Myelogenuous leukaemia when used with Imatinib, standard drug for the disease. CML affects approximately two out of every 100,000 people in India annually, 40 per cent of which are resistant to Imatinib, which makes the treatment options limited for such patients.
In another invention, Amrita Centre has devised a mechanism to effectively prevent recurrence of Glioma, or brain tumour, which is a deadly disease that affects four out of every 100,000 people in India. ACNSMM has also developed a polymer wafer to prevent recurrence of brain tumour that is glioma.
Kerala has succeeded in guarding its envious health care track record of having the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in India successively for many years now. The latest data released by Registrar General of India shows Kerala has retained the lowest Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in India at 12 per 1000 live births.
Kerala is way ahead of the Indian average of IMR of 42 per 1000 and the health credentials of this tiny South Indian state has earned accolades from far and wide
Kerala is evolving as a dream destination for themed weddings in the league of Rajasthan and Goa. Though it is a fairly new concept among the local populace, destination weddings are bringing in a steady stream of foreign couples to God’s own country.
From post card pretty beaches to pristine backwaters, lagoons and hill stations- Kerala has all the frills of a wedding destination of world order. Kerala has enough and more to offer to those who are fancying something truly different on their wedding day.
There are many event management firms that offer exceptional themes and novel concepts for prospective couples. Kerala is famous for its natural themed wedding options that are held in hill station resorts, sprawling plantations or the sandy coastline of Kerala. House boat parties are also catching up the attention of party makers as it is a perfect party idea for big groups who can enjoy a night out in the backwaters without compromising on the modern day luxuries.
The excellent air connectivity of Kerala is another big plus for the tourists as it is well connected with all major airports around the world. Being a small state, Kerala is easy to explore and all it takes is a day for the tourists to travel from one end to the other of this South Indian state ! Couples can choose from various themes like traditional and modern and the best part is that all the back up services like florists , entertainment companies, photographers, priests and decorators are all available within an ear shot.
Though most of the themed wedding requests in Kerala are from European clients,the themed wedding concept is also getting popular among Indian couples. Considering the huge popularity of Kerala as a themed wedding destination, the day will not be far away when Kerala becomes an alternate wedding destination to Malaysia, Thailand, and Bali.