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On a mission to curb human trafficking

first_imgThe British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell joined a rally to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. “We need everyone to come together to tackle the dangers from trafficking and protect the human rights of those affected,” he said.Bucknell participated in the rally organised by the NGO, Association for Social and Humanitarian Action (ASHA) at Minakhan, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Prasun Bhowmick, member, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, West Bengal and Kamrul Islam, Block Development Officer also joined the rally. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe British Deputy High Commission is supporting projects in East and North East of India to tackle the issue of human trafficking. This includes project ‘Jagaran’, implemented by ASHA. “I am glad that we are working with local partners to tackle this problem,” Bucknell added. “Such projects can empower people to raise concerns, and work with authorities to address the dangers of human trafficking.” Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Secretary, ASHA said, “We have been trying to address trafficking in the vulnerable pockets along the Indo-Bangladesh border and the riverine belt in West Bengal. We are also working in the tribal community of Chhattisgarh and tea gardens of Assam. Poverty, ignorance, gender and caste based discrimination in the community and lack of political will are responsible for trafficking to flourish. We have initiated the process for sensitising the community on the various modus operandi of trafficking, empowering the adolescents, rejuvenating the block and village level Child Protection Committees and bridging the gaps between the community and the government machinery.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA signature campaign and a street play on the causes and concerns related to human trafficking were also part of the event. Local panchayat representatives, community leaders, block and district level officials and police officers were also present at the rally. India-UK stand united in a force for good partnership and everyone needs to come together to tackle the dangers that trafficking poses and protect the human rights of all concerned. Improving the lives of girls and women is one of UK’s top priorities for development around the world – including India. UK activities include a number of projects focusing on empowering women; capacity building for marginalised women, women’s legal rights; combating sex trafficking, child labour and bonded labour. The plan builds on demonstrated expertise in working with the poor communities, law enforcement agencies, improving policies and implementation and encouraging ethical businesses.last_img read more

Antioxidantenriched multivitamin may decrease respiratory illnesses in CF patients finds study

first_imgMay 24 2018Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the University of Colorado School of Medicine have found that taking a specially formulated antioxidant-enriched multivitamin may decrease respiratory illnesses in people with cystic fibrosis (CF).The study, which was recently published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, looked at the effects of a ‘cocktail’ of multiple antioxidants on inflammation and health outcomes in patients with CF. Inflammation is an important contributor to lung damage in CF, and contributes to progressive lung function decline.The 16-week study consisted of 73 pancreatic-insufficient CF patients ages 10 years and older (average age 22 years). These patients ordinarily do not adequately absorb important dietary antioxidants including carotenoids such as beta(β)-carotene, tocopherols (vitamin E), coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and selenium that help to neutralize inflammation in the body. To address this issue, the antioxidants used in the study were delivered in a capsule specifically designed for individuals with difficulties absorbing fats and proteins, including those with CF.Related StoriesMaking Bacterial Infections a Thing of the Past for Chronic Respiratory ConditionsTaking vitamin D and E during pregnancy may ‘reduce likelihood’ of asthmaStudy measures antioxidant levels in edible insectsAntioxidant supplementation was safe and well-tolerated. Supplemental antioxidants increased antioxidant concentrations in the bloodstream in treated subjects and temporarily reduced inflammation in the blood at four weeks but not 16 weeks. Importantly, antioxidant treatment appeared to both prolong the time to the first respiratory illness requiring antibiotics and reduce the frequency of respiratory illnesses they experienced.Specifically, half as many of the patients taking the supplemental antioxidants experienced a pulmonary exacerbation (or respiratory illness) requiring antibiotics compared to the group taking the control multivitamin without added antioxidants at 16 weeks. In addition, the antioxidant treated group experienced a lower frequency of respiratory illnesses compared to the control group.”Single oral antioxidant formulations have been previously tested in CF with mixed results. However, there had not been a well-designed, randomized controlled trial of an antioxidant ‘cocktail’ that included multiple antioxidants in a single formulation,” said Scott D. Sagel, MD, PhD, pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Colorado and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “While more research certainly needs to be done to find a treatment that delivers a sustained anti-inflammatory effect, we believe the fact that this antioxidant supplement prolonged the time patients had before their first illness is meaningful. It offers a simple, relatively inexpensive means for restoring and maintaining normal antioxidant levels in people who would otherwise have trouble doing so.” Source:https://www.childrenscolorado.org/last_img read more