Decades ago, I traveled the local trains of Bombay, most often clinging to the sides of the doorway, hanging on for life. Daredevil stunts like this helped me get to my destination on time, maybe a bit disheveled, and all the worse for wear, but still passable, till better dayshelped me buy a first class pass.

And what a change there was.

I realized I had walked into the Encyclopedia Britannica, or the MalayalaManoroma book of information, because everybody knew everything, but what they knew most about was cricket.

I was amazed at how pot- bellied, rolly-pollycloth merchants from the local city market, who I am sure had never touched a cricket bat, or held a ball, leave alone, seen the insides of a cricket stadium, gave oratory discourses in loud voices as to how Gavaskar should have played a shot. So much so I was quite convinced that had Sunil Gavaskar travelled to the Brabourne Stadium by the locals, instead of using other transport, he would have gained much more fame, then just being the best known batsman of his era.

“Arrey!” they would say, looking up at me, as if I was the cricketer’s best friend, “Sunil, could easily have lofted the third ball for a four, if he had judged it better!”

Nothing has changed today, but instead of travelling by the local, and finding these worthy books of knowledge, I find them in Whatsapp groups.

Like those travelers of yore, who were Armchair Cricketers, these are Armchair Politicians, who spend the whole day spewing venom and hate on all who oppose their party’s ideology, Armchair Economists who forward dozens of fake messages on how well the government has handled financial issues, with even statistics showing we have already become the richest nation in the world, and now Armchair Soldiers!” 

Wearing the army’s khakis, and hoisting some flag that has no similarity to our national tri-colour, they like generals lead their troops, not against an enemy country, but against those from other religions or who oppose their political party!”

With language that would have left normal foul tongued persons blushing, they use, sword and dagger in four-letter words and rabid talk to storm the walls of decency and culture.

But my mind travels back to those days of yore in the Bombay local. Was the batting of Gavaskar or Sachin affected by such talk? No! Gavaskar if told would have replied, “Get out of your armchair and let see you face one ball!”

Yes my dear forwarders and hate spewers, “Stand alone and fight, without foul words and without your mob! You can’t, because you fight like a cowardly terrorist, entrenched and hidden in your armchair..!” 

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Dr. Chandril Chugh, Sr. Consultant & Head – Interventional Neurology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket 

Hemorrhagic stroke surge for an immediate attention to prevent casualties. Depending on the cause of hemorrhage and the clinical condition of the patient, timely treatment can help not only in preventing mortality but the patient can also lead a better quality of life.

Hemorrhagic strokes refer to a condition where the damaged blood vessel leaks blood into the brain and is classified as intracerebral(blood leakage in the brain) and subarchanoid(blood leakage around the brain tissues). Various causes of hemorrhage inclue Aneurysms, Arterio Venous Malformation(AVM), tumors, fistula and other blood pressure related ailments. Interventional Neurology techniques have evolved tremendously in the last decade and with the advent of new devices, the treatment of aneurysms and AVMs has become much safer and effective.  In this era of minimally invasive neurological procedures provide patients with safer and effective treatment modalities so that they can go home early to their families.

It is often seen that many seemingly healthy person dies suddenly in sleep, that people consider to be suicide. But the reason could be attributed to brain bleeding. There are almost 5-6 Lakh casualties annually worldwide caused by rupturing of the aneurysm causing bleeding in the brain. Over 50% of the victims are found to be under the age of 50 years and the risk of development of such cases are two times higher in women in comparison to men.  Smoking, high blood pressure, and a family history of brain aneurysms seem to further increase a woman's risk of developing this potentially fatal condition.

Minimally invasive approach is available in which a Neurointerventionist treats the aneurysm by endovascular means from leg blood vessel avoiding an open surgery. A microcatheters (a very thin tube) is placed into the brain aneurysms through the leg blood vessel which is then occluded using specialized coils. This procedure is known as coiling which ensures minimal injury to the healthy brain and has better outcomes. 

Approximately half of all aneurysm ruptures. And often, only rupturing will provide clues of its existence. A sudden, explosive headache - often described as the "worst headache of the patient's life" - is the cardinal symptom of a burst aneurysm. But many people walk around with silent aneurysms for years. A number of factors can contribute to weakness in an artery wall and increase the risk of a brain aneurysm. Brain aneurysms are more common in adults than in children and more common in women than in men. Some of these risk factors develop over time; others are present at birth.

ICMR-DHR International Fellowships for Young Indian Biomedical Scientists 2019

Scholarship Description: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Department of Health Research (DHR) announces this fellowship program for young Indian biomedical scientists who wish to pursue research projects.

Eligibility Criteria: Indian applicants with MS, MD or Ph.D. in health and biomedical research fields with experience of 3 years or more in teaching or research roles are eligible for this fellowship.

Prize and awards: Selected fellows will be provided a chance to conduct the stipulated research project for a duration of 6 to 12 months with monthly stipend of USD 3000, excursion airfare, and a contingency grant of USD 50000 for research related expenses.

Last date of application: February 28, 2019

Mode of application: Only online applications are accepted

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Prakriti Research Fellowship 2019-20

Scholarship Description: Centre for Applied Research and People's Engagement (CARPE) invites applications from Independent Researchers and Small NGOs to run nature conservation projects for direct, tangible, long-term impact. The fellowship will fund such projects based on their social impact merits.

Eligibility Criteria: Independent Indian researchers who are self-motivated and passionate about nature conservation. Small NGOs and conservations groups in India can also apply for this fellowship.

Prize and awards: Selected fellows and their projects will be funded by CARPE to the tune of ₹200000 (2 Lakhs).

Last date of application: February 28, 2019

Mode of application: Online applications

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Turkiye Scholarships 2019

Scholarship Description: Turkey Government is inviting applications from young and bright under-graduates, graduates, post-graduates and doctoral candidates, who are looking forward to pursue full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey. The scholarship call intends to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the two countries.

Eligibility Criteria: The applicant must have 70% in class 12 with age no more than 21 years, 75% in Bachelor's or Master's degree with age less than 30 years and 90% academic merit is expected for Health Science application with age no more than 35 years. 

Prize and awards: Various scholarship amount of TRY 400 p.m. to TRY 1400 p.m. is offered, depending on the program opted. Additionally, tuition fee waiver, flight tickets, health insurance accommodation and one-year Turkish language course is also proposed. 

Last date of application: February 20, 2019

Mode of application: Only online applications are accepted

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SAGE Fellowship 2019

Scholarship Description: Leo & Mike Co. is providing a 10 week fellowship to teaching professionals who wish to explore and develop skills in teaching and education. The fellowship program includes a chance to attend rigorous pedagogy and delivery training with stipends to learn and implement teaching skills.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants between 17 to 65 years of age, interested in learning modern teaching skills and hone pedagogy qualities may apply for this fellowship. Working and non-working professionals who accept the training program location of Hyderabad for 10 weeks, are welcome to apply.

Prize and awards: Selected fellows will be provided ₹60,000 stipend for the 10 weeks program

Last date of application: February 28, 2019

Mode of application: Online applications submitted along with applicant CV are accepted for this fellowship

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Project Oriented Biology Education (POBE) 2019

Scholarship Description: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research is inviting applications from the 1st-year B.Sc. students from any science stream for this summer program. A Diploma in Biology will be awarded upon the successful completion of three summer programs of 6-8 weeks.

Eligibility Criteria:1st-year students of B.Sc. programme from any science stream can apply for this summer project.

Prize and awards: INR 10,000 p.m. will be given as fellowship amount. Applicants who complete POBE programme with outstanding performance will be eligible for admission to the MS-PhD programme of the Centre subject to satisfactory performance in the interview.

Last date of application: March 08, 2019

Mode of application: Applications can be made offline only via post.

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Pearson Research Funding 2019, University of Warwick, UK

Scholarship Description: Pearson PLC and University of Warwick, United Kingdom announces a research fellowship in the field of language assessment and pedagogy. This fellowship allows researchers to use the Pearson Academic data and derive solutions for language assessments applicable globally.

Eligibility Criteria: Language studies enthusiasts who are faculty members, doctoral students and freelance researchers in the respective field may apply for the fellowship.

Prize and awards: Fellowship amount from GBP2000 to GBP30000 will be provided to selected fellows depending on research duration and quality of merit in research proposal.

Last date of application: February 20, 2019

Mode of application: Applications to be submitted online via email

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CA (Dr) Ruchi Gupta, Founder and CEO,

In India, Infectious Disease are the major causes of Deaths, which account for more than half of all deaths in children. An important contributing factor to the enormous burden of ill health is the lack of access to good quality diagnostic testing. Diagnostic lab is an important component in healthcare.

Most critical treatment decisions are based on diagnostic lab results and with the advent of Information Technology and Computer, people are becoming more and more health conscious. So it became very important to choose your diagnostic centre wisely. The Most Desirable characteristics of the best diagnostic labs are as follows-

Reliability – Reliability is considered to be one of the most important factor while choosing up of the best diagnostic lab, as your doctor will provide you the medication based on these test only. Keeping the reliability factor is mind, one of the leading chains of diagnostic centre, 3HCare, provide the detail accreditation of the diagnostic labs available on this online portal which ensure transparency too. After the advent of 3HCare, it has been observed that there has been an increase in the number of people coming forward for their preventive health checkups.

Accessibility – Easy accessibility for all has proved to be a boon especially for elderly people who find it difficult to visit the diagnostic centre early morning, empty stomach. The advancement of technology eradicates the need of going to lab for appointments and collection of report , as the report is mailed to you. 3HCare maintain the complete data base of the patient for easy access as well as future consultations.

Get tested at convenient Time- Busy working professionals does not get enough time to go for the health checkups at desired location. The online technology helps in scheduling their test as per their time availability. The price transparency at 3HCare portal helps in creating awareness of the best prices and offers available at all the diagnostic labs.

Early diagnosis and treatment not only reduces the risk of patient developing long term complications  but for disease such as  TB, HIV and many more reduces the chances of transmission of disease to other members of community’. So while opting for a diagnostic lab the following things should be kept in mind kept in mind

Expertise – Experience and skill are the two most important aspects that should be kept in mind while choosing the diagnostic labs. Both these aspects ensure accurate results. The pathologist and lab technicians should be skilled and experienced.

Accuracy of Report- There is no space for human error when it comes to diagnostic test. It is essential that the test reports should be accurate without any error as, the wrong treatment will cost serious consequences

Latest Technology – The test should be done using latest technology as it will help in providing high quality diagnostic services. At the same time the pathologists and lab technicians should be given proper knowledge on how to operate these latest technology and heavy machinery. 

Patient diagnosed early can and learn strategies and tips to better cope and manage with the symptoms and the disease. Early diagnosis is the key to live higher quality of life for the person afflicted, less stress for family and more time to treasure the present and prepare for the future.