Keep Your Eyes Healthy In this Digital World (Infographics)

Keep Your Eyes Healthy In this Digital World.

Feeling bleary-eyed after a long day in front of your various screens? Here’s an infographic full of tips and techniques to ease your eyes into the digital world, showing you ways to cope with staring into screens all day.

If that’s not enough, the infographic gives you a peek at present and future tech that will make your eyes positively bionic, as well as new devices doctors are now using to diagnose eye problems much more efficiently than ever.

This must be getting bad — Those Acronym-Making People (TAMP — okay, I made that one up) have created one for the eye health problems that ensue after staring at screens for an average of six hours per day: CVS, or Computer Vision Syndrome:


Texila Warriors Out of the Cricket Tournament

In the Cricket tournament held in Guyana- the Texila American team nick Named “Texila Warriors” has attended a Tournament. We had won the first match on the 11 March 2012. We lost second match on 18 March 2012 and since it was a Knock out match – we are  out of the Tournament. Texila CEO Mr Saju Bhaskar & team are working out to get a professional coach to groom the team.



Texila American University news in Sunday Chronicle News paper

Texila American University news article in Sunday Chronicle-18th Mar 2012 on launching of a Nursing Course at TAU in partnership with the University of West of England.

Texila American University (TAU), launched in Guyana in September 2010, is progressing steadily. And with the first programme, the MD (Doctor of Medicine), up and running, the university is now fine-tuning arrangements for the introduction of a nursing programme to be conducted in collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE).

Plans are afoot for the collabortive nursing programme to commence in April 2012.  To this end, top officials of UWE recently visited the TAU’s campus facility, located at Woolford Avenue in Georgetown,  with a view to making a formal review of the facilities and learning resources for the upcoming programme, which is to be conducted jointly by the two universities.

The visiting officials — Professor Helen Langton, the  Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean; and Professor  Steven Neill, the Deputy Dean of the UWE (Faculty of Health Sciences) — arrived in Guyana on February 27 for a one-day visit, during which much was accomplished, according to Mr. Ashok Kumar, the International Operations Manager at TAU, who spoke with this newspaper.

Kumar said the agenda of the visit included the review of curriculum, classrooms, library, nursing skills, and laboratories and other learning resources available at TAU. He added that the outcome of the visit of the UWE officials was positive, noting that TAU is looking at going forward with the collaboration immediately.

Source: Guyana Chronicle Online

Articles about Texila American University in Kuwait Times website

Sixth Kuwait edu fair aims to lure prospective students from region – Major educational establishments offer services.

With major educational establishments making their presence felt, the Sixth Kuwaitedu Fair was launched yesterday morning at Al Safir International Hotel. The event is being held under the patronage of HH Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah and Adviser at the Diwan of Prime Minister, Sheikha Rasha Hmood Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. This fair will run till March 8, 2012. The Manipal University is one of the participants this year. “The university opened its branch in Dubai 10 years ago. Experiencing an increasing interest in our university, with more than 2,000 students, we decided to shift to our own brand new campus in Dubai International Academic City with more space, more facilities and more learning.

This is our effort to keep up with increasing student enrollments, and provide world class facilities that reflect our commitment to the region. It is bigger, better and in tune with the heritage of Manipal in education,” Najmul Qamar, Manager- Admissions at Manipal University told the Kuwait Times. It offers different majors in engineering, business management, media and communication, interior designing, IT, biotechnology. “We also offer sports facilities, workshops, labs for engineering and others. Furthermore, the cafeteria offers an international menu that satisfies palates at reasonable rates. Also, separate accommodation facilities are offered to boys and girls.

We also assist with visa facilities as well. The university provides Indian academic degrees that are internationally valid and accepted,” added Qamar. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Bahrain branch has a stall set up to woo prospective students. RCSI Bahrain was built on the heritage of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland which was founded in 1784. It aims to enhance healthcare in Bahrain and other GCC countries, and beyond through endeavor, innovation and collaboration in education, research and service. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Medical University of Bahrain was founded in 2004 under license from the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and was officially opened in October 2004.

As of October 2008, there are students belonging to 34 nationalities. A vibrant School of Nursing admitted its first cohort of students in October 2006. Clinical tuition will be provided in the King Hamad General Hospital when completed, and is currently provided in the other healthcare facilities of the Ministry of Health and the Bahrain Defence Forces Hospital. The University is staffed by academic and administrative personnel from Ireland and Bahrain.

“We receive a large volume of applicants from Kuwait, encouraging us to participate this year as well. This year,  we aim to attract even more Kuwaiti students because this is the first year government scholarship is being offered to study at our university. All applications can be submitted online,” said Elaine Cabrey, Student Recruitment Officer.

Some institutions are novices in Kuwaitedu. “We are looking to serve expats in Kuwait and the Middle East who would like to study abroad. We are glad to be participating in this fair,  and offer our services. We aim to let interested students know that they can complete the rest of the program in the United States while studying the first two years in Guyana. We have two students from the UAE for the next academic year, and we hope to host more students from the Middle East,” stressed Saju Bhaskar, Chief Executive Officer of Texila American University.

The Texila American University (TAU) is listed in the World Health Organization – The AVICENNA Directories, which is a publicly accessible database of schools, colleges, and universities for education of academic professions in health. It has three missions: To establish state of the art facilities for education and create higher level of educational systems in health care, technology and management, to provide the highest standard of medical training, using an innovative program that utilizes the knowledge from highly qualified teaching professionals and resources available across the globe, and to inspire within every graduate of the university the humanity and desire to provide the highest quality of medical care to their patients.

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Health Tip: Manage Memory Loss

Dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be frustrating as you struggle to maintain your memory. The Alzheimer’s Association offers these suggestions for coping with memory loss:

  • Create a schedule of daily tasks (meals, bedtime, etc.). Ask someone to call to remind you about activities such as taking medications or doctor’s appointments.
  • Fill out a book with important information, including contacts, appointments and your address.
  • Near the phone post a list, written in large print, of important phone numbers.
  • Ask a loved one to help organize your medications.
  • Keep a calendar and mark off each day as it passes.
  • Make sure your closets and drawers are well-organized, so you can find the things you need.
  • Post reminders around your home to lock doors and turn off appliances.

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Brain Produces Drug Similar to Marijuana

Researchers at Brown University have shown that the brain produces anandamide, a naturally occuring cannabinoid substance that functions as a pain suppressor. Anandamide is similar pharmacologically to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a compound found in marijuana.

In the study, researchers electrically stimulated the periaqueductal gray area (PAG) of anesthetized rats. PAG is a part of the brainstem that is involved in pain suppression and is found in mammals. The rats were also injected with a chemical irritant called formalin, a substance that causes prolonged pain.

The researchers measured the amount of anandamide in the PAG region using an atmospheric pressure-chemical ionization mass spectrometry machine. This very sensitive instrument allowed the scientists to measure extremely small quantities of the anandamide compound.

Researchers discovered that when the PAG area was stimulated, there was an increase in the release of anandamide. When injections of formalin were administered, even greater amounts of anandamide were released. These findings suggest that the brain uses a cannabinoid substance, anandamide, to control pain sensitivity.

The use of cannabinoids to control pain is not new. Recently there has been much controversy over whether cannabis, also called marijuana, should be used to alleviate pain. Researchers in this study believe these findings prove that cannabinoids, including marijuana, are definitely useful in controlling pain. They also stress the importance of additional studies and clinical trials with cannabinoids.

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Immune substances may help antibody-based drugs fight cancer

A new study suggests that antibody-based cancer drugs might help patients more if they are given with substances that stimulate the immune system.

This new study is the first to indicate that the drug trastuzumab, also known as Herceptin, may work better when it is followed by injections of interleukin (IL) 2 or IL-12. Both substances trigger the activity of immune cells known as natural killer (NK) cells.

The research, by scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, is published in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Cancer Research.

The drug trastuzumab consists of an antibody that targets the protein HER2, which is present on cancer cells of many breast tumors. NK cells are the body’s first line of defense against many infections, and they also attack tumor cells.

NK cells rush into action when they encounter bacteria or other foreign agents in the body that are coated with antibodies, large proteins released by immune cells in response to the presence of foreign material in the body.

Trastuzumab is used to treat advanced breast cancer cases that over-produce the HER2 protein. The drug coats the tumor cells with antibodies, but it is unclear exactly what happens next.

Presently, researchers believe that when the trastuzumab antibodies join with the HER2 protein, they trigger changes within the tumor cells that cause the cells to die or to grow more slowly. In this scenario, the immune system plays a relatively minor role in slowing the tumor’s growth.

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University of the West of England – Bristol, United Kingdom Visits Texila American University

Dr. Wesley C. Torrington (Left), Prof. Steven Neill (Second left), Prof. Helen Langton (Second Right) & Mr. Ashok Kumar (Right)

Prof. Helen Langton – The Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean and Prof. Steven Neill – The Deputy Dean of the University of West England (UWE) – Faculty Of Health Sciences visited Texila American University (TAU) last Monday, 27th Feb 2011 for making a formal review on the facilities and learning resources for the upcoming collaborative Nursing Program to be conducted by TAU in association with the UWE. UWE is consistently one of Britain’s leading universities for quality in teaching, and has a strong research tradition and history.

Texila American University believes that the upcoming collaboration can benefit the Nursing Students of TAU in many ways including, the adaptation of the standardized curriculum of the UWE, The option to choose Pathway Programs enabling the student to do the First part of the program in Guyana and the second Part in United Kingdom and the getting the professional expertise of UWE to raise the standards followed during the course of the Nursing Education at TAU.

Mr. Ashok Kumar, The International Operations Manager mentioned that “the agenda of the visit included the Review of Curriculum, Classrooms, Library, the Nursing Skills & other Laboratories and other Learning resources available at TAU. He also added that the outcome of the Visit of the UWE Officials is positive and TAU is looking at going forward with the Collaboration Immediately. The program intake is expected to start in May 2012 and will also be taken for the review of the General Nursing Council of Guyana and the National Accreditation Council Guyana for the formal approval.

TAU currently offers Doctor of Medicine(MD)&Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Programs in its Campus located in Woolford Avenue, Georgetown and has 65+ students in its Medical program. The current student population hails from different Countries including India, Africa, USA & Guyana.

TAU is working towards towards its goal to play a major role in attracting International students to Guyana – A Country which has all required resources to become the Educational Hub in the Caribbean and South American Region. The upcoming Collaborative Nursing program will be one its key programs to move towards TAU’s goal by attractinggood number of students from the neighboring countries.

Can the Human Lifespan Reach 1,000 Years -Some Experts Say “Yes”

Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey has famously stated, “The first person to live to be 1,000 years old is certainly alive today …whether they realize it or not, barring accidents and suicide, most people now 40 years or younger can expect to live for centuries.”

Perhaps de Gray is way too optimistic, but plenty of others have joined the search for a virtual fountain of youth. In fact, a growing number of scientists, doctors, geneticists and nanotech experts—many with impeccable academic credentials—are insisting that there is no hard reason why ageing can’t be dramatically slowed or prevented altogether. Not only is it theoretically possible, they argue, but a scientifically achievable goal that can and should be reached in time to benefit those alive today.

“I am working on immortality,” says Michael Rose, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine, who has achieved breakthrough results extending the lives of fruit flies. “Twenty years ago the idea of postponing aging, let alone reversing it, was weird and off-the-wall. Today there are good reasons for thinking it is fundamentally possible.”

Even the US government finds the field sufficiently promising to fund some of the research. Federal funding for “the biology of ageing”, excluding work on ageing-specific diseases like heart failure and cancer – has been running at about $2.4 billion a year, according to the National Institute of Ageing, part of the National Institutes of Health.

So far, the most intriguing results have been spawned by the genetics labs of bigger universities, where anti-ageing scientists have found ways to extend live spans of a range of organisms—including mammals. But genetic research is not the only field that may hold the key to eternity.

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