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6yearold Bankura girl dies at city hospital swine flu suspected

first_imgKolkata: A 6-year-old girl from Bankura died at a city hospital with swine flu-like symptoms. The state Health department has sought a report from the hospital authorities in this regard.Sritama Roy (6), a resident of Kotolpur village in Bankura, was taken to the Institute of Child Health in Park Circus eight days ago, after she complained of fever and serious respiratory distress.After a thorough check-up, the doctors at the hospital decided to shift her to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). However, her health condition gradually deteriorated, Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefollowing which she died at the hospital on Wednesday morning.Sources in the hospital said that the victim died as she had been suffering from swine flu for the past few days. The girl’s swab tests have also confirmed the disease. The hospital authorities are yet to confirm how the victim had contracted the disease.It has also been learnt from the sources that another patient has been undergoing treat-ment at the hospital withswine flu.The state Health department is yet to confirm if the child actually died of swine flu or not. The department has asked the hospital authorities to submit a report regarding the treatment of the victim. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Health department had issued an alert to all the government-owned hospitals and medical colleges, after some patients were admitted to the city hospitals with swine flu-like symptoms a month ago. The hospitals were also asked to put in place an isolation ward, so that the patients with swine flu-like symptoms can be kept there.The department had also issued necessary guidelines to the hospitals for the treatment of the patients complaining of such symptoms.Sritama’s family members said that she had complained of fever around two weeks ago. They had then taken her to a local doctor. Some blood tests were done on the patient, but nothing was found. The doctor had also advised the patient to take some medicines.She had been under the medication of the local doctor for five days. As her condition failed to improve, some local residents told them to take the patient to the city hospital.last_img read more

Climate change is disrupting your sleep

first_imgWarmer than normal nights due to climate change can do major harm to human sleep, according to a new study that suggests a sleep-deprived planet by the end of the century.Using climate projections for 2050 and 2099 by NASA Earth Exchange, researchers paint a bleak picture of the future if the relationship between warmer nights and disrupted sleep persists.Warmer temperatures could cause six additional nights of insufficient sleep per 100 individuals by 2050 and approximately 14 extra nights per 100 by 2099, said researchers from University of California – San Diego (UCSD) in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey found that anomalous increase in night-time temperature by one degree celsius translate to three nights of insufficient sleep per 100 individuals per month.If we had a single month of nightly temperatures averaging one degree Celsius higher than normal, that is equivalent to 9 million more nights of insufficient sleep in a month across the population of the US today, or 110 million extra nights of insufficient sleep annually, researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Too little sleep can make a person more susceptible to disease and chronic illness, and it can harm psychological well-being and cognitive functioning,” said Nick Obradovich from UCSD.”What our study shows is not only that ambient temperature can play a role in disrupting sleep but also that climate change might make the situation worse by driving up rates of sleep loss,” Obradovich said.Researchers analysed data from about 765,000 US residents. They linked data on self-reported nights of insufficient sleep to daily temperature data.They then combined the effects of unusually warm temperatures on sleep with climate model projections.Researchers found that the negative effects of warmer nights is most acute in summer. It is almost three times as high in summer as during any other season.The effect is also not spread evenly across all demographic groups. Those whose income is below USD 50,000 and those who are aged 65 and older are affected most severely, researchers said.For older people, the effect is twice that of younger adults. And for the lower-income group, it is three times worse than for people who are better off financially, they said.The study was published in the journal Science Advances.last_img read more

7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You App

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. If this year’s Consumer Electronics Show taught us one thing, it’s that every consumer electronics company is trying to “appify” its hardware in order to become an internet of things company. But the key word here is “trying.” Many of the ideas we saw weren’t, shall we say, fully baked; and as a result they fell flat.Related: The ‘Internet of Things’ Is Changing the Way We Look at the Global Product Value ChainIt’s easy to fall into the “app trap” and connect a product for the sake of saying you’re mobile-friendly. But not everyone wants vibrating clothing that helps direct you to your destination via your smartphone’s Bluetooth — that’s a real thing by the way.Never heard of it? Spinali Design shorts connect to their wearer’s smartphone and helps direct the wearer through urban environments by buzzing when she needs to turn right or left. While the shorts are an interesting application for what technology can do, their contribution is not necessarily something a consumer needs tech to do.That’s not to say there is no value in having a connected product, but it’s critical to evaluate the “why,” the “how” and everything in between before you fall down a costly rabbit hole.If you find yourself at a crossroads as to whether or not to connect your product or service, make sure you ask yourself the following seven questions:1. Why am I even doing this?For many companies, the motivation to create a connected product comes from an executive initiative to be “tech-forward,” rather than from a clear customer or business need.Also, if you’re a hardware startup, you may be motivated by investor demands: Those people are looking for recurring revenue and SaaS, not hardware, widgets. But if you’re building an IoT product and don’t know why, you’re doing it wrong. It’s imperative that you know what your business goal is in delivering this connection. Have you surveyed customers? Is there a white space in your market that’s untapped?Take a look at Nest, for example. At a time when IBM’s Watson was defeating Jeopardy’s champions, the founders of the startup Nest Labs decided they wanted to make an equally thrilling, super sexy . . . thermostat. Why rethink a device in homes that most people ignore? Because there was a huge opportunity to help homeowners reduce their energy bills. And helping people save money will always help you generate money.Related: The Internet of Things Promises a Future of Being Coddled by Your AppliancesBefore you app, however, be prepared to answer the “why” question — whether you’re a startup looking to take a risk, or a veteran organization trying to evolve.2. How will I create value through data?Many companies building a connected product realize that the data collected from those products can be extremely valuable. But too often they don’t go through the effort of understanding where that value comes from or how they will utilize it.3. Am I going to use customer-usage data to generate customer insights to make my next product better?Are you going to look for issues and errors so you can provide service and support proactively? Do you have specific burning questions about your customers that data can help you answer? Do you have a retention problem with current customers and want to know how data can help improve those numbers?Having data doesn’t create value on its own — you have to do something with it.4. My product: Necessity or novelty?Often, the “next big thing” has a much shorter shelf life than anticipated. Take smartwatches, for example. The wearable industry is set to take off  — and the smartwatch was the first of these products to test the waters. What’s more, expectations for the market were initially high; but, contrary to forecasts, IDC reported late last year that shipments were down 51.6 percent year-over-year for the third quarter of 2016, and even tech giant Apple saw shipments drop 71.6 percent.So, why is the smartwatch industry floundering? Because these items don’t solve any burning problems, so the market doesn’t extend far beyond early adopters.5. What’s my product’s staying power?Pay attention to your product’s staying power. It may be overused and talked about ad nauseum, but it may not stick around.A great example of a device with staying power? Alexa. Why? It capitalizes on consumer demand and provides next-generation convenience to its users by acting as a virtual assistant.Other big name companies are picking up on Alexa’s longevity. Starbucks, for example, announced this year that it’s “taking the next step toward evolving the digital customer experience by launching voice-ordering capabilities within the Starbucks mobile iOS app and the popular Amazon Alexa platform.”This latest move will let consumers order their favorite coffee on demand without having to lift a finger. Starbucks essentially simplified an already relatively easy task — ordering through your phone. But now, thanks to Alexa’s voice messaging capabilities, Starbucks has brought the barista to you by connecting its mobile app to your in-home personal assistant.The moral of the story is that assessing the practical application of your product will help determine the difference between fad and forever.6. Am I a copycat?While staying competitive with other vendors is crucial for the life of a company, creating a copycat product when the competition is the current authority on that niche isn’t going to garner the desired results. If anything, you’ll just look like you’re playing catch-up — and that’s the last thing you need when coming out of the gates with a connected product.LG rolled out its Smart InstaView refrigerator at this year’s show but industry talking heads said it was virtually the same as Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator. Both appliances offer a large touch screen that allows consumers to track their groceries and expiration dates. Both offer — believe it or not — a full Alexa integration, meaning that those consumers can use voice commands to build grocery lists and order more groceries.The only real difference right now is that the Samsung product was revealed almost a full year earlier. Of course, time will tell how well it tests in the market. But, for LG, coming on to the scene under a veil of skepticism and observers’ mentality that “This has already been done” isn’t an ideal way to launch.That’s why before you launch, you should ask yourself what other improvements or offerings you can offer that show you’re one step ahead, instead of two steps behind the competition.7. Am I pricing myself out?Finally, there’s price. The average hairbrush costs around $10, and most people today brushing their hair don’t need any kind of direction. However, if you want stats on the health of your hair and advice on how to best brush, L’Oreal has created the Hair Coach — an “under $200” product. Will it fly? Who knows?Related: The Internet of Things Demands That Customer Service Catch UpWith any kind of change in a company — be it new leadership or a shift in your business model — there’s going to be an element of risk to any new product. But before you take the plunge into connected products specifically, assess the true value you’ll provide the customer and whether or not you need to put time and energy into something that could be either brilliant, or simply “excess tech.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 5, 2017 Register Now » 7 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

March Madness prices with Sunwings latest sale

first_img Travelweek Group Monday, March 5, 2018 TORONTO — From now until March 9 Sunwing is offering select vacation packages, including March as well as April departures, at up to half the regular price, plus up to 30% off pre-booked excursions and savings for Florida too.Families can take advantage of savings with stays at Viva Wyndham Maya resort in Riviera Maya, says the tour operator. A Sunwing Favourite, this all-inclusive resort combines a convenient location close to Playa Del Carmen with numerous family-friendly amenities such as the action-packed Viva Kids Club, rock-climbing wall and trapeze.Groups of friends or larger families can save at the popular Tropical Princess Beach Resort and Spa in Punta Cana, where there’s a high number of repeat guests, notes Sunwing. Set on Bavaro Beach, this resort offers spacious rooms that can accommodate up to five guests.Another consistently popular beachfront resort included in this promotion is Riu Montego Bay which offers a host of complimentary activities and amenities from water sports and evening entertainment to a large pool featuring a swim-up bar. Sunwing vacationers also enjoy varied RIUtopia benefits that include reservation-free dining at all restaurants (which includes a Jamaican Jerk BBQ), in-room liquor dispensers, regularly re-stocked mini bars and spa discounts.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsWith its Spring Sale, already underway, Sunwing is also offering discounts up to 30% on pre-booked excursions. The discount is available until March 15 and good towards select excursions departing between March 25 and May 31.The tour operator is also offering savings of up to $160 per couple on Florida flights and vacation packages, also good for bookings made by March 9. Posted by Tags: Promotions, Sunwinglast_img read more