VR Exercise | Sleep Importance | Azithromycin Study | Delhi Classical Music Festival | Himachal Pradesh Tourist – Lifestyle News this week
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Virtual Reality Exercise Provides Immediate Pain Relief for Women with Endometriosis: Study
A new study has found that virtual reality (VR) exercise sessions may be effective in providing short-term pain relief for women diagnosed with endometriosis. The study, conducted by Exercise Physiologist Dr Joyce Ramos and colleagues at Flinders University, assessed the benefits of self-managed exercises delivered through VR technology.
The study involved 22 Australian women experiencing pelvic pain due to endometriosis, who were divided into three groups: a VR exercise group, a telehealth exercise group, and a control group. The visual analogue scale was used to assess the severity of their pelvic pain. The results showed that the virtual reality and telehealth participants may not experience as severe increases in pain as the control group, indicating that both digital health interventions may help to reduce pelvic pain in women diagnosed with endometriosis.
Dr Ramos says that this is the first randomised controlled study to compare the potential benefits of a single telehealth appointment and VR-delivered exercise session on pelvic pain in women with mild-to-moderate endometriosis. She suggests that a single bout of VR-delivered exercise may be as effective as a single session of telehealth-delivered exercise in providing immediate relief from pelvic pain associated with endometriosis.
The study also provides important information on the potential benefits of these digital health interventions and the feasibility of a larger and more expensive full-scale study to assess future treatment options.
The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep for Optimal Health and Wellbeing
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy and happy life. Sleeping for 7-8 hours each night can help prevent many health problems, particularly chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, depression, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, to name a few.
A good night’s sleep not only helps you to focus better, make fewer mistakes, and improve your mood, but it also strengthens your immunity. However, many people suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia and are unable to get the right amount of sleep. Most sleep issues are due to poor sleep hygiene, including eating a heavy dinner, staying up late, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
According to Dr. Shirish M Hastak, Regional Director of Neurology, Stroke, and Neurocritical Care at Global Hospital in Mumbai, sleep deprivation is a major issue that many people are not aware of.
He says that if you need an alarm to wake up or need multiple cups of coffee or tea before noon to get through the day, then you are likely to sleep deprived. If you struggle to focus, feel fatigued and irritable, or take hours to complete a ten-minute task, then you are also likely not getting enough sleep.
Consequences of Lack of sleep
Lack of sleep can have serious consequences for your health, including chronic health problems, death, and decreased motor activity. Furthermore, lack of sleep can lead to micro-sleep episodes, which can put you at risk of accidents, and even hallucinations and seizures. Sleep deprivation is also linked to psychiatric issues, including depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
However, not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. Some people can function well on only 5 hours of sleep, while others may need 8 hours or more. According to Dr Hastak, the amount of sleep a person needs can vary greatly, much like how some people are satisfied with only two chapatis, while others may need five.
In conclusion, getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining good health and well-being. If you are having trouble sleeping or feel the effects of sleep deprivation, it may be time to change your sleep habits and seek professional help.
Single Dose of Azithromycin Reduces Maternal Sepsis and Death Risk by 33%: Study Findings
A new study has revealed that taking a single oral dose of azithromycin, a common antibiotic, can reduce the risk of maternal sepsis or death by 33% in women who give birth vaginally.
Maternal infection is one of the top five causes of maternal mortality worldwide, with 10% of maternal deaths caused by infections that occur around the time of delivery. Maternal infections also increase the risk of neonatal sepsis, which accounts for 16% of newborn deaths.
The study, called the Azithromycin Prevention in Labor Use Study (A-PLUS) was conducted at eight sites in seven low- and middle-income countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The trial was conducted from September 2020 to August 2022, with over 29,000 women randomized to either an active or placebo group.
The active group was given a 2-gram dose of azithromycin. The study’s primary outcome showed that maternal sepsis or death occurred in 1.6% of women in the active group compared to 2.4% in the placebo group.
The results of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings showed that azithromycin reduced the risk of maternal sepsis or death, but did not reduce the risk of sepsis or death in newborns.
However, there were no adverse effects on newborns. The study aimed to find a low-cost intervention that could be used globally to address the issue of maternal sepsis and death.
Delhi Classical Music Festival Returns with Stalwart Performances After Three-Year Hiatus
The Delhi Classical Music Festival, organized by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages and Sahitya Kala Parishad, will return to the national capital after a three-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The festival will feature performances by some of India’s most acclaimed classical musicians, including sarod players Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash, flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar, and vocalist Sumitra Guha.
The three-day event will be inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia at Kamani Auditorium and is expected to be a celebration of music that has the power to heal and bring peace to the minds of people.
The festival will kick off with a performance by Padma Shri awardee Sumitra Guha, followed by a flute composition by Pandit Ronu Majumdar and a sitar-sarod jugalbandi by Mohan Brothers.
On the second day, the audience can expect to hear performances by ‘Tantri Samrat’ Pandit Salil Bhatt, santoor player Rajkumar Majumdar, and vocalist Sudha Raghuraman.
The last day will feature performances by multi-percussionist Anuradha Pal, Hindustani classical vocalist and tabla artist Nitin Sharma, and the famous brother duo Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash. The Delhi Classical Music Festival will come to a close on February 12.
Himachal Pradesh Tourist Arrivals Reach Record High in 2022 After COVID-19 Dip
Tourism in Himachal Pradesh, India, is bouncing back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has seen 1.51 crore tourists arrive, including 29,333 foreigners, with Kullu and Shimla accounting for 36% of the total.
This is a 62% increase from 2021 when only 56.37 lakh tourists visited the state. The months of May and June saw the highest number of tourists, with 18.70 lakh and 20.63 lakh visits, respectively.
The tourism industry contributes around 7.5% to the state’s Gross Domestic Product. The state tourism department has implemented aggressive marketing and publicity efforts in states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh, which has helped increase the number of tourists.
They have utilized jingles in local languages, television advertisements, short videos for social media, and more.
Despite the slight dip in December due to less snowfall, the tourism industry is recovering from the losses incurred during the pandemic.
Dharamsala, Shimla, and Kullu-Manali are popular tourist destinations for various reasons, including ancient temples and adventure sports. Efforts to address traffic congestion and parking in tourist hotspots like Shimla, Manali, and Dharamsala can further improve the number of tourists visiting the state.
In 2019, 1.72 crore tourists visited Himachal Pradesh, but the number plummeted to 32.13 lakh in 2020 due to the pandemic.
However, it has since recovered, reaching 56.37 lakh in 2021 and now 1.51 crore in 2022. Popular tourist destinations in the state include ancient temples, the abode of the Dalai Lama, and locations famous for snow and adventure sports. The state has the potential to see even more tourists with the right efforts in place.