Dr Harsh Vardhan, Kiren Rijiju meet for convergent thrust to ‘Fit India’ movement

first_img Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The ministry will engage all institutions of the health ministry along with other medical institutions and organisations such as IMA to create nationwide consciousness about fitness and wellnessUnion Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan recently met Kiren Rijiju, MoS (I/c) Youth Affairs and Sports, for charting the convergent actions of the two ministries for greater visibility and synergy towards popularising fitness in the country in various age groups.Dr Vardhan said, “In a significant move, it has been decided that there shall be convergence of activities of the Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, and Youth Affairs and Sports for giving thrust to the national ‘Fit India’ movement, that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji earlier this year to encourage people to remain healthy and fit by including physical activities and sports in their daily lives”He added that the ministry shall be engaging with all institutions of the Health Ministry along with other medical institutions and organisations such as IMA to create nationwide consciousness about fitness and wellness. The ministry shall also actively engage with the state governments, the state health ministers and principals of various medical colleges. Additionally, this shall be taken forward with the frontline health functionaries that implement the National Health Mission (NHM) in close association with the communities.The thrust for popularising Fit India movement shall now see convergence of activities of both the Ministries, as the goal of this national movement is to encourage people towards positive, preventive and promotive health and wellness, Dr Vardhan stated. This becomes all the more significant as world over the burden of non-communicable disease is growing due to our changing patter of lifestyle. “Fitness forms an integral part of wellness, and with this in view we have already included various activities such as yoga, meditation, daily physical activities, jumba etc., in the Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness centres (HWCs) across the country,” Dr Vardhan said. In some states such as Gujarat, Shirodhara is also practised in some HWCs.“Even simple actions such as walking, cycling, stretching during our office and work hours, along with gyming and jogging help in keeping us fit and healthy,” he added. Encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyle with healthy eating habits has been one of the primary focus of the health ministry, he said. “We have launched the ‘Eat Right India’ initiative of FSSAI which has seen various promotional activities being rolled out, including the ongoing Eat Right Mela at Jawaharlal Nehra Stadium,” Dr Vardhan stated. FSSAI is also creating awareness about transfats in processed foods.Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Radheyshyam Julaniya, Sports Secretary, Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI and senior officers of the Health Ministry were also present during the meeting. Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Dr Harsh Vardhan, Kiren Rijiju meet for convergent thrust to ‘Fit India’ movement WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on December 27, 2019 Dr Harsh VardhanKiren RijijuNational Health MissionNHM MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more

Primary motor cortex contributes to word comprehension, study finds

first_imgTraditional modular views of cognition suggest that, to encode and comprehend the meaning of a word such as ‘throw’, the brain’s “language module” does not to involve any structures related to the meaning per se (i.e. the “motor module” responsible for the associated movements programs such as the arm and hand movements involved in the act of throwing.An alternative is offered by an embodied or distributed view suggesting that the brain areas encoding the meaning of a word include both the areas specialised for representing linguistic information, such as the word’s acoustic form, but also those brain areas that are responsible for the control of the corresponding perception or action. On this account, in order to fully comprehend the meaning of the word ‘throw’, the brain needs to activate the cortical areas related to hand movement control. The representation of the word’s meaning is, therefore, ‘distributed’ across several brain areas, some of which reflect experiential or physical aspects of its meaning.A team of researchers from Denmark, England, and Russia (Nikola Vukovic, Matteo Feurra, Anna Shpektor, Andriy Myachykov, and Yury Shtyrov) investigated the nature and the mechanisms of such distributed word representations. They carried out a series of experiments aiming at finding out how stimulating motor cortex using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) affects word comprehension.28 volunteers took part in these experiments. A TMS magnetic pulse was delivered to the areas in motor cortex responsible for hand movements as participants engaged in one of the two computer-based experimental tasks: detecting whether a presented string of letters is a word or not, and choosing whether the presented stimulus relates to an abstract or a concrete action.‘We used TMS to inhibit neural activity in the motor cortex as participants tried to distinguish between words related or unrelated to hand movements,’ says Andriy Myachykov, leading Research Fellow at the HSE Centre for Cognition & Decision Making and a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He notes: ‘The advantage of TMS methodology is that it allows to establish the causal link between the stimulated brain area and the cognitive function or behaviour it’s hypothesised to support. This distinguishes TMS from many other existing neuroimaging methods. If motor programmes are directly involved during the comprehension of action words, then suppressing neural activity in hand-related motor cortex would interfere with word processing but only if the word also denotes hand movement. Namely, this should lead to increase in task performance errors and longer reaction times. This is exactly what we found’.These new findings suggest that language-specialised brain areas work in constant interaction with other areas known to support other cognitive processes, such as perception and action. The resulting distributed meaning representations act as dynamic cortical networks rather than a series of specialised modules as suggested by traditional theories. Share on Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Sharecenter_img Email Researchers from HSE, Northumbria University, and Aarhus University have experimentally confirmed the hypothesis, whereby comprehension of a word’s meaning involves not only the ‘classic’ language brain centres but also the cortical regions responsible for the control of body muscles, such as hand movements. The resulting brain representations are, therefore, distributed across a network of locations involving both areas specialised for language processing and those responsible for the control of the associated action.The results have been published in the journal Neuropsychologia.One of the basic issues related to the nature of human cognition is the question about the correspondence between physical experiences and feelings, on one hand, and the nature of the brain representations of words and sentences describing these experiences, on the other. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

International Speedway Corp. Names Tracie Winters VP of Business Development

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — International Speedway Corp. has promoted Tracie Winters to vice president of business development. Winters assumes this role from her previous position as managing director, business development, a position she has held since 2006. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Winters, 37, reports to John Saunders, executive vice president, chief operating officer and will oversee ISC’s new business growth opportunities and initiatives as well as the company’s strategic plan. Joining ISC in 1999, Winters has held various positions with the company. Prior to her positions at ISC, Winters served as investor relations director for Gencor Industries Inc. in Orlando, Fla. Previous to that position, she worked for the investment banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, NY. Winters earned her undergraduate degree in international finance from Brigham Young University, and her masters of business administration from the University of Florida.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

UK Is World’s Top Maritime Business Hub, Report Shows

first_imgThe UK is the world’s leading maritime business services hub as the country’s companies offering marine insurance, shipbroking, legal services and education contribute GBP 4.4 billion (USD 6.3 billion) to the economy and employ over 10,000 people, UK maritime trade promotion body Maritime London cited a research published by the City of London Corporation.According to the research, an estimated 80-85 percent of its business comes from outside the UK.The UK has a 35 percent share of global marine insurance premiums, 26 percent of global shipbroking revenue, while 25 percent of the world’s maritime legal partners are based in the UK, the UK’s Global Maritime Professional Services: Contribution and Trends report, produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), shows.Furthermore, the UK is headquarters for many of the world’s leading maritime law and shipbroking firms, many of whom have expanded internationally by opening new offices across the globe. Also, the UK is the destination of choice for complex risk insurance, backed up by the expertise of Lloyd’s of London, the International Underwriting Association and the UK’s insurance broking community.However, the sector faces a number of threats to its preeminent position. For many years, the UK has not been considered a major area of shipping activity due to its lack of an established major hub port, limited local ownership and shipping activity when compared to the likes of Rotterdam, Hamburg or Shanghai. This disadvantage is not new.Corporation tax set at a higher rate in comparison to some other hubs, problems attaining visas and gold-plated regulation were all cited, as well as the relative cost of doing business in London.The report also identified that the UK should grow its links with mainland China and attract maritime investment by highlighting its strengths as a services hub.In addition, the report recommended that greater support from government is required to encourage young people to consider a career in this area, while companies should invest more in their people and training.“We need the continued support of the government in backing this sector and serious commitment by the industry to play a leadership role. This includes investing in the skills of our workers and promoting the sector and wider maritime industry effectively. We must be bold if we are to maintain our number one status – now and in the future,” Lord Mayor of the City of London Jeffrey Mountevans, a shipbroker with Clarksons, said.For the UK to stay ahead of the curve it would need to look at emerging industry issues such as cyber security, international piracy and new trade routes, the report shows.Finally, according to the report, the UK must work to maintain and protect key pillars of the industry like the Baltic Exchange and the International Maritime Organisation, as well as ensuring London remains attractive for the Greek and other notable international shipping community.“With the maritime industries facing the worst recessions in living memory, this is a pivotal time for everyone involved in the maritime industry and it is clear that the United Kingdom and the City of London…are exceptionally well placed to assist and serve the maritime industry,” Maritime London Vice-Chairman and Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, Harry Theochari, said.last_img read more