India and Bangladesh are both leading at the end of the second round of the IBCA Asian Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged 2017.
Bangladesh's Husain Ejaz, and Kishan Gangolli, Ashwin K. Makwana and Yudhajeet De from India have two points each.
The games are being broadcast on Radio Chess application online. This is the first time in the history of the visually challenged that a move-by-move live audio commentary is being broadcast.
The games are also being live telecasted in Monroi.com and Follow Chess App.
The government of India will soon change the definition of blindness to bring it in line with the criteria of the World Health Organization. This is to ensure that Indian data on blindness meets the global estimates.
Under the National Programme for Control of Blindness, a person unable to count fingers from a distance of six metres is categorized as blind in India. The WHO rule is three metres.
The government says that because of the current definition, India projects a higher figure of blind people. So India gets presented in a poor light compared to other countries.
India also has to achieve the goal set by WHO which recommends reducing the blindness prevalence to 0.3% of the total population by 2020.
Disabilities in children are difficult to diagnose. They can be seen in subtle ways like withdrawal, hyperactivity or inability to focus on a particular task at hand.
Since many disabilities are linked to behavioral issues, parents are often blamed for poor parenting rather. Doctors say that many of these disabilities may be linked to exposure to toxins in uterus during pregnancy,
A little bit of care in eating and in other aspects during pregnancy can help avoid preventable causes of learning disabilities.
These include reduce exposure to cigarette smoke, both active and passive during pregnancy, reduce chemical exposure by way of hair colors and bleaches.
Eating healthy and staying away from roadside food. Staying away from drugs and alcohol even in small quantities during pregnancy as these is known to affect brain development in the growing fetus.
It is recommended that fruits and vegetables are washed well by soaking them before eating. Peel fruits like apple before eating as the top layer has the highest concentration of pesticide.
A study says that children who exercise regularly may have less risk of developing depression in later life.
The research suggests a positive relationship between exercise and depression.
The study was done on 90,000 participants between the ages of eight and 19 years old.
The participants were healthy and were not diagnosed with depression.
It suggests 60 minutes of physical activity a day for children and teenagers to reduce the symptoms of developing depression in later life.
Depression is a state of low mood that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well-being.
A study says that a personalized physical therapy programme for the elderly can help them from bad falls.
The research is based on the observations of 354 elderly patients above the age of 65 for a period of nine months.
It was found that participants in the physical therapy programmes had falls that were less serious and they experienced slower physical decline.
Physical therapy helped to reduce the risk of falls by almost 50% among the participants.
Such programmes can also reduce the number of hospital visits due to falls among the elderly.
Indian badminton player Sukant Kadam has won the singles and doubles bronze medals in the Spanish Para-Badminton International 2017.
Kadam’s final match was against top-seed Lucas Mazur of France.
Kadam took part in the Ireland Para Badminton International 2016 and had won a bronze in the singles event.
He also won a bronze medal in the Asian Championship in China in 2016.
This was the first tournament of the year and Kadam hopes to do better next time.
The LIC Trophy National Inter Zonal T20 cricket tournament for people with physical disabilities will be held in Mumbai from 30 March to 1 April.
Five regions - north, east, south, central and west zones will be taking part in the tournament.
It is going to be organized by the All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged, led by former India Test skipper Ajit Wadekar.
The tournament will be held under the International Cricket Council's T20 cricket tournament format.
Some relaxations to include cricketers with physical disabilities are done based on rules provided by the World Health Organization.
Down syndrome can be avoided if detected before a child is born by a simple test that costs less than Rs 2,000. However, not a single government hospital in Telangana can conduct the test.
Doctors say the test should be made available at least for testing on mothers who have already given birth to a child and are at high risk.
The test needs to be done within 20 weeks to find out if the fetus is growing with Down syndrome. While it cannot be prevented, detecting it early gives parents the option to decide if they want to have the baby.
People with Down syndrome are vulnerable to heart problems, blood cancer, and other health issues. It leads to mental retardation and abnormal physical growth if the child survives long.
People are unaware about Down syndrome and many who visit government hospitals could be sensitized and tests be conducted, say experts.
Category: Sports and Health
Date: Mar 26, 2017
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria that attacks the lungs.
Health minister J P Nadda has launched the National Strategic Program which is an attempt to provide cheaper and quality healthcare to people of India.
The minister also released an annual TB report, guidance document on nutrition support for TB patients and started many awareness campaigns.
These new initiatives were to put an end to deaths caused by tuberculosis.
The minister said that keeping TB away was everyone’s responsibility, and that even the private sector was responsible for providing quality TB care to patients.
25-year-old Arti Krishnamoorthy has Down's syndrome but that has not stopped her from becoming a medal-winning swimmer.
Arti is from Chennai and has taken part in the 2013 Special Olympics where she won the silver and bronze medals. She trains with every one else as an equal.
Arti was encouraged to take up swimming by her coach, Veerabhadra at the Down syndrome centre. She used to be scared of water but now swimming is like a therapy for her.
She is getting ready to show her ability at the National Paralympic meet in Jaipur this weekend and the next Special Olympics.