Doctors found LED bulb from seven-month-old’s lung !
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Doctors found LED bulb from seven-month-old’s lung !

Doctors at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital in Parel extracted an LED bulb from the lung of a seven-month-old girl who had swallowed it while playing with a toy mobile phone. The bulb was two-centimetre in diametre. Ariba Khan, whose family is from Chiplun in Ratnagiri district, had to wait for a week before the doctors could perform a bronchoscopy to remove the object as physicians in Ratnagiri couldn’t diagnose why she had persistent cough and fever. Unaware of the incident, her parents took her to doctors in Ratnagiri to treat the cough and fever. “The parents initially thought that Ariba had swallowed a thread or a small part of a toy. They took her to a local physician who couldn’t diagnose the condition. Her condition deteriorated within a week,” said doctors from the hospital. After being advised by relatives, the family admitted the child to Wadia Hospital. Dr Divya Prabhat, head of ENT department at the hospital, said an X-Ray report revealed that there was an object in the right lung. Ariba was put on antibiotics to prevent and control the infection. “A primary bronchoscopy that the lung was full of granulation tissues (tissue and microscopic blood vessels that form on the surfaces of a wound during the healing process). The tissues were hiding the object, thus making its removal difficult ,” said Dr Prabhat. The doctors continued with intravenous course of antibiotics and steroids for two days to clear the infection and granulations. On the third day, another bronchoscopy was performed, when the bulb became visible inside the lung. “Within two minutes this object, which initially looked like a strand of wire, was removed using forceps. To our surprise the object was a two-centimetre in diametre,” Dr Prabhat added.
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Dad Hires A Chopper To Find Missing Son As He Knew Something Was Wrong
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Dad Hires A Chopper To Find Missing Son As He Knew Something Was Wrong

Tony Lethbridge couldn't sleep. It was early Monday morning and it had been 24 hours since anyone had heard from his 17-year-old son, Samuel. It was out of character and Tony had a gut feeling something was wrong. Australian police told Tony and his wife that their son might have ran away and to go home and wait. "I just couldn't get it out of my head that he'd crashed somewhere," Tony said. Samuel had been driving back from the Central Coast in New South Wales around 6:30 AM on Sunday. He had messaged his girlfriend and arranged to meet her after she finished work, around lunchtime. He never arrived. He never called. As Tony's mind raced, he recalled an accident from a few years earlier along the same stretch of highway that he believed Samuel would have been driving on. That driver wasn't found for five days. "And he'd passed away," Tony said. "That was in my head, so I just thought bugger this I'm not going to sit around and wait. With the way the bush is there, if a car goes in you're not going to see it. The only way you'll see it is from the air. And that's what we did. "I thought, I'm going to get a helicopter no matter what." Tony walked into the Lake Macquarie Airport at 9 AM. "I just rocked in there and said, 'Mate, I've got $1000 – I need you to search as much as you can'." Within 10 minutes of taking off, the flight crew spotted a car just off the Pacific Highway that fit the description of Samuel's vehicle. dad hires chopper to find son "You wouldn't have seen him if it wasn't for the helicopter, because I couldn't see him from the road," Tony said. "If the helicopter wasn't hovering above, I would have never had found him." Trapped in his vehicle for nearly 30 hours, Samuel was dehydrated and suffering serious injuries. "He spoke to me when I got down to the car," Tony said. "I grabbed him and I said: 'Mate, dad's got you'." Emergency services arrived on the scene and had to cut the vehicle open to pull Samuel from the wreckage. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital with a broken arm, broken thigh bone, dislocated elbow and various small fractures. He is expected to make a full recovery.
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He Saves Toddler’s Life On The Very First Day Of His Job
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He Saves Toddler’s Life On The Very First Day Of His Job

Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer was dining at a fast food restaurant in Merrillville, Indiana, during his first day on the job when a mother rushed to his table for help. Melanie Hasse and her daughter, Charlotte, were just a few tables away from Officer Mayer and his colleagues eating lunch when Charlotte started to choke on an apple. "I looked over and she started gagging. I could see something kind of in the back of her throat, mistakenly reached in to try to grab it out, I think that pushed it back into her throat," Hasse recalled. Mayer rushed into action with another officer. Together they flipped the toddler over and began slapping her on the back. "I grabbed her and Officer Ramos to my right flipped her over, we did back slaps on her and got food dislodged from her throat right away," Mayer said. Mayer revealed saving the toddler was his first act as a paid police officer.
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This Is The New Free Meal Scheme In Kochi
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This Is The New Free Meal Scheme In Kochi

Despite 70 years of Independence, India has not solved its hunger problem, and a substantial part of the population continues to be affected by it. According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 report, over 19.07 crore people in India are undernourished, and that is about 14.5 percent of the entire global population. To make sure that no one goes hungry in the city anymore, the district administration of Kochi has come up with a free meal initiative under which people who cannot afford to buy food can collect coupons from designated counters in the city and exchange it to avail a meal at select hotels. Conceived by K Mohammed Y Safirulla, the District Collector of Kochi, the ‘Numma Oonu’ initiative will be officially launched on Republic Day by AC Moideen, Minister of State for Industries, Sports & Youth Affairs. The initiative has been envisioned in collaboration with Petronet LNG Foundation and Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association Ernakulam District Committee and is expected to start its operations on February 1. “We will set up ‘Numma Oonu’ counters at Ernakulam Collectorate and Ernakulam South railway station. Those who need food should collect the coupons from these counters and exchange them at the mentioned hotels. The Hotel and Restaurant Association has already identified four hotels each at Kakkanad and Ernakulam South for the scheme,” said Safirulla. In Kakkanad, the free meals will be served at Alakapuri Hotel near the Collectorate, along with Liba, Ayodhya and Galaxy Hotels at Vazhakkala. In Ernakulam South, one can avail the service at Aryas, Alfala, Arya Bhavan and Mughal hotels. One can redeem the coupons from any of these hotels that have registered themselves with the scheme. We hope that more cities and districts follow similar models that can help beat hunger and ensure that no one under their jurisdiction sleeps on a hungry stomach.
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Develop Your Baby’s Brain With These Superfoods
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Develop Your Baby’s Brain With These Superfoods

So much is going on in the first few months of a baby’s life, it’s no surprise that what a baby eats can have an effect on how important structures and connections in the brain develop. To help parents understand what babies need, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a set of recommendations for foods that ensure healthy brain development in babies’ first 1,000 days. In the guidelines, just published in the journal Pediatrics, the AAP’s Committee on Nutrition say that certain nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron, folate, certain vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids are critical for healthy brain development. Diets lacking these nutrients can lead to lifelong issues in brain function, they note. Dr. Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition, says that breast milk is recommended for newborns until they are about six months old. After that, she says, breast milk can’t provide the amount of iron and zinc that growing babies need, so breast milk should be supplemented with these nutrients if moms want to continue breastfeeding, or babies should be introduced to foods rich in them. Many baby foods are supplemented with zinc and iron, she says, but pureed meats are also a good natural source. Infant cereals are also enriched with these nutrients and could be good first foods for babies. After breast milk, the best diet for babies is one that includes a variety of foods, including meats rich in proteins and fruits and vegetables that contain different vitamins and minerals. “Infants are very vulnerable in the first few months of life to [nutrient] deficiencies,” says Schwarzenberg. “Their brains are developing at a rapid pace between one and two years, so we want pediatricians to be recommending a healthy spectrum of foods and not simply telling parents to give their babies certain foods. We want to make a positive statement about providing lean meats and fruits and vegetables, and also push back on the idea of superfoods.” No single food can provide babies with the variety of nutrients they need, she says. Studies show that early nutrition is important for building a healthy brain. “If you miss the opportunity to meet developmental milestones during the first 1,000 days of life, then there’s not an opportunity to go back and revisit them,” says Schwarzenberg. Iron, for example, is critical for setting up memory circuits and processing speed in the brain that can’t necessarily be recreated later. While it’s easier to feed babies their favorite foods, she says it’s important to make sure they’re eating a range of healthy foods. “We all have a tendency to pick one or two things the child likes and not stray too much from them,” says Schwarzenberg. “But if you are really looking to developing good brain health, then you really have to look at a variety of foods.”
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ISRO’s Batteries Would Soon Power India’s E-Vehicles !
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ISRO’s Batteries Would Soon Power India’s E-Vehicles !

Vehicular pollution is at an all-time high, and India’s crude oil imports amount to Rs 7 lakh crore annually. This has prompted the authorities to consider greener, alternative means of transport. According to media reports, ISRO’s lithium-ion battery technology may soon be available for commercial use in e-vehicles. A panel headed by cabinet secretary PK Sinha has made the recommendation. The panel has advised that “ISRO may consider transferring” its lithium-ion battery technology to interested parties on a “non-discriminatory basis for commercialisation with a ‘Make in India’ condition.” Only the approval of the space commission and other authorities is required. However, battery makers will be expected to pay Rs 1 crore as a one-time technology transfer fee. The committee of secretaries recommends that the Power Ministry should look into “requisite power tariff and access policies,” for enabling development of charging infrastructure and consult with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and others concerned, for the same. The panel, according to some, is on a mission to increase the use of zero-emission vehicles, amidst India’s growing dependence on oil, and deteriorating air quality. This move comes as a relief because as of now, Li-ion batteries are not manufactured commercially in India, and are imported from Japan or China. This is perhaps what prompted Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat, to remark that India needs to step up Li-ion battery production. The committee met on 8 January 2018, to discuss a viable strategy to increase the use of e-vehicles, and other technologies, to reduce emissions. The meeting was attended by several prominent dignitaries, including representatives from the department of space and cabinet secretariat. A mission under the Niti Aayog scheme, and an umbrella policy for driving the program to boost the use of zero-emission vehicles. An examination by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, of the possibility of leveraging the existing retail network of oil marketing companies, to scale up public charging infrastructure. An advisory, by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, to states, ensuring that the registration of Zero Emission Vehicles is facilitated. Steps to ensure leadership and inter-ministerial coordination in the monitoring structure suggested by the Niti Aayog.
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If Not For This Pit Bull , They Would Have Not Been Alive !
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If Not For This Pit Bull , They Would Have Not Been Alive !

A couple in Lakeview, New York, is crediting their pit bull for saving their lives. "Typically she only barks for one reason, and that's if someone is at the door," Ronene Ando said. So Thursday night, when Ruby wouldn't stop barking, Ando and her husband knew something was wrong. "That went on for about an hour and a half, and I guess at that point, I knew something was up. She got up and went downstairs,she opened up the gate and was standing down there." The Andos had put a propane heater in their basement recently, and immediately Ando smelled propane. Ruby picked up the smell and got her owners attention before carbon monoxide poisoning could occur. pit bull saves owners from carbon monoxide poisoning "Probably if it weren't for Ruby, I can't say, I don't know," Ando said. "The breed has a bad rap - they are very protective. They are really amazing dogs if they are trained well and kept active." Now the Andos are forever grateful for what they call "their life-saver."
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This India-Pakistan Couple Gets Married ; Thanks To Sushma Swaraj Who Made It Happen
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This India-Pakistan Couple Gets Married ; Thanks To Sushma Swaraj Who Made It Happen

We are accustomed to seeing and reading about heart-wrenching stories of skirmishes and escalating tensions between India-Pakistan, in the news. Thankfully, during these troubled times, there are a few instances of love. Naqi Ali Khan (27), who grew up in the bylanes of Lucknow, married his Pakistani fiancée, Sabahat Fatima (24), who is from Karachi. The ‘nikah’ was solemnised by Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, a Shia cleric and vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board. Cross-border India-Pakistan tensions led to visa hassles for the bride, due to which the wedding was delayed by two years. Sabahat then took the initiative to contact Sushma Swaraj, via social media. The Union Minister for External Affairs promptly intervened, and the bride was granted a visa. Naqi’s elder brother, Muzaffar said, “Our families are related, but were divided when the two countries underwent partition. The groom’s maternal grandmother and the bride’s paternal grandmother were sisters and lived together in Lucknow before partition.” Thus, was scripted an epic love story, between two people who were eager to start their lives together. Naqi and Sabahat spent Sunday watching a Hindi movie, in which the female lead plays a Pakistani, and the male lead an Indian. The grateful couple is happy to be together and said, “Both of us are extremely grateful to Sushma Swaraj for this great gift. We are hopeful that the Indian government will help us in getting Sabahat Indian nationality as well.”
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Disney employees would receive $1,000 bonus !
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Disney employees would receive $1,000 bonus !

More than 125,000 employees at Walt Disney Company across the globe will each receive a $1,000 cash bonus, the company announced Tuesday. The company will also invest $50 million to help hourly employees pay for college tuition starting with the upcoming fall semester, company chairman and chief executive officer Robert Iger announced Tuesday. Nearly 88,000 employees are eligible. “I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity; it opens doors and creates new possibilities,” Iger said in a statement. “Matched with the $1,000 cash bonus, these initiatives will have both an immediate and long-term positive impact.” Several large American companies have planned bonuses for employees recently. More than 67,500 Florida workers at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club will get paid $105.7 million in increases and bonuses, the company announced earlier this month, while also closing some Sam’s locations. Orlando-based Darden Restaurants said earlier this month the new GOP tax cut will prompt it to spend an additional $20 million on its 175,000-plus employees this year, but did not give specifics. And this week, about 27,000 Universal Parks and Resorts employees, including 18,000 in Orlando, are among 100,000 or so Comcast employees who are receiving $1,000 bonuses. Comcast, which owns Universal Orlando parent NBCUniversal, announced its bonuses in December. Both theme park companies said the extra money for employees came at least in part from the tax cut that reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Comcast also cited “the FCC’s action on broadband” as a factor. A financial analyst said Disney’s decision to give out bonuses wasn’t unexpected, as the multi-billion dollar company stands to save hundreds of millions of dollars from the new tax bill. The money for bonuses “are a drop in the bucket,” said Tuna Amobi, CFRA Research senior analyst. “The financial impact is immaterial. I don’t think investors will be too focused one way or another.” But it’s also a goodwill gesture to workers, especially after back-and-forth union contract negotiations, Amobi said. “This might be another way to appease the workers,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for them to show they are sensitive to the employees.” Under the new Disney bonuses, all full-time and part-time employees who have worked at Disney since Jan. 1 are eligible for the money — which will be split in two payments in March and September, a news release said. The employees can be hourly, salaried or tipped, but not executives. For the program to help employees pay for school, Disney will give $50 million initially and then pay up to $25 million annually in future years. “With this new plan, participants can pursue qualifying higher education or vocational training, including courses unrelated to their current responsibilities at Disney,” according to the release. No other details were immediately available. Tuesday’s announcement comes after Walt Disney World union members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s contract proposal Dec. 20, 2017. Disney’s offer would have given full-time and part-time employees a 3 percent or a 50-cent raise — whichever was higher — retroactive to Sept. 24, 2017, and again this September. Disney also proposed a one-time $200 bonus for full-time employees and those who get tips. Two locals representing Disney World employees said in a statement Tuesday the $1,000 bonus was not related to the ongoing labor negotiations. “Unionized Cast Members in Orlando are bargaining for real raises that make a lasting impact … ” according to a statement from Unite Here 362 and 737, which were part of a coalition of six unions that represents about 36,000 Disney employees. The timing of the bonus during the labor negotiations confused some employees who didn’t understand if it was related, said Madeline Johnson, who works at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Johnson planned to spend her money on college tuition. The 23-year-old Davenport resident pays her way at University of Central Florida on her $11 per hour theme park job. “A bonus is great,” Johnson said, although she added, “It’s a very small piece of the puzzle.”
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A smartphone battery exploded when a man gives it a bite
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A smartphone battery exploded when a man gives it a bite

A man at an electronics store in China decided to give a smartphone battery his own litmus test by biting it. The battery ruptured and caused a small explosion. The spectacle, captured by the store’s CCTV security cameras, was uploaded to Miaopai, a Chinese video sharing platform similar to the now-defunct Vine. It has since garnered 4.69 million views.

The man was in the store on January 19th to replace his iPhone battery. It’s not clear which store he was in, but the side of the shop has big characters that read “Professional screen change.” The man began to look closely at the battery and, to check if it was real, decided to bite down on it, triggering the explosion. Despite the fact that the blast was inches from the man’s face, and other onlookers, no one was reportedly injured.

“The battery is not gold, why are you biting it?” a Chinese netizen joked.

While it’s true that faulty and counterfeit lithium-ion batteries may sometimes explode or simply overheat, this man’s method of testing the battery was pretty suspect, as we won’t know whether the battery exploded because it’s fake or because he damaged it with his teeth.

After Apple admitted last month it was throttling iPhone CPUs to combat older batteries’ random shutdowns, the company offered battery replacements for $29 instead of the usual $79, which will possibly lead to more people deciding to replace their devices’ batteries.

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