Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getting yearly physicals makes intuitive sense

Others worry that the average consumer is not yet ready to
fuel the next round of growth. “China is still at an
investment-led stage of growth,” argues Yin Xingmin, the
deputy director of the China Center for Economic Studies at
Shanghai’s Fudan University.” The country has a per capita
GDP of $5000 — based on the experience in other countries,
until GDP reaches $15,000 China can only rely on investment-
led growth.”
After a gridlocked Golden Week, many questioned whether the
country’s infrastructure is ready to shoulder the happy
burden of leisure spending. Gu Bo, a Beijing-based marketing
executive, planned a family trip to the famous communist
stronghold of Lu Shan. But after seeing stories of the crowds
thronging to the region, she decided to change her plans. “I
saw on TV there were loads of people there” she said. “I
don’t want to be trampled to death, so I returned the train
tickets and cancelled the trip.”
Getting yearly physicals makes intuitive sense—routine
checkups can pick up early signs of disease and get you on
treatment that could save your life. Or can they?
But the latest review, published in the Cochrane Library from
the The Cochrane Collaboration shows that such vigilance do
not reduce the risk of dying from from serious illness like
cancer and heart disease, and may cause unnecessary harm
VIDEO: TIME Explains: Cancer Screening
Why? Danish researchers studied 14 long-term trials (with a
median follow up of nine years) involving 182,880 people,
some of whom were offered general health checks and some who
were not. Nine of the trials found no differences in the
number of deaths during the study period between the groups,
including deaths from heart disease or cancer, two conditions
that are most commonly assessed during checkups. Overall, the
analysis failed to find any differences on hospital
admissions, disability, worry, specialist referrals,
additional visits to doctors or time off work. One trial did
find a 20% increase in diagnoses among those getting more
frequent health checks, and others recorded an increase in
the number of participants using drugs for hypertension, but
these did not translate into better health outcomes.
(MORE: Why People Stick with Cancer Screening, Even When It
Causes Harm)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Asian stocks edged up in the early

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Telecom stocks dropped after the Telecom Commission yesterday
recommended that all spectrum given to operators in the 900-
MHz band should be refarmed to the 1,800-MHz band at the time
of renewal of licences, beginning 2014.
The BSE 30-stock index, Sensex, resumed higher at 18,653.60
and moved up further to 18,667.02 on the back of higher Asian
declined afterwards to a low of 18,588.02, before quoting
18,592.70 at 1025 hrs.
It showed a nominal loss of 18.07 points or 0.10 per cent
from its last close.
The NSE 50-share Nifty also eased by 6 points or 0.11 per
cent to 5,654.25.
Major losers were Bharti Airtel (2.24 pc), Jindal Steel (1.78
pc), Sunpharma (0.92 pc), Wipro (0.75 pc) and Reliance
Industries (0.74 pc).
However, Tata Power firmed up by 2.12 pc, Bajaj Auto 0.64 per
cent, Dr Reddy 0.59 per cent and Tata Motors 0.59 per cent.
Asian stocks edged up in the early trade after the latest
data showed growth rate in China's industrial production and
retail sales accelerated in September 2012.
Key indices in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore
and South Korea were up.India announced the launch of a new
education resourcing programme, Microsoft Ed-vantage, in
response to strong feedback received from academic
institutions in India.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

if not sufficient

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While there's good reason to believe some countries intend to harness nuclear power toward green ends, there's also good reason to believe that other nations will use warming as a pretext for less virtuous purposes--namely, to acquire technology that would allow them to build nuclear weapons. And, even as nuclear power spreads to developing countries without such nefarious motives, the increased production of uranium and plutonium will provide new opportunities for would-be terrorists (or profiteers selling to terrorists). Nuclear power may be a necessary, if not sufficient, weapon against planetary apocalypse; but, in hyping its ameliorative properties, we could well open ourselves to a different sort of catastrophe.
In the American psyche, "nuclear" has long been synonymous with "doom." As Lawrence Wittner writes in The Struggle Against the Bomb, that conviction has applied not only to weapons, but to anything atomic. In fact, the grassroots arms control movement was kick-started in the 1950s less by the horror of duck-and-cover drills or the growth of the Soviet nuclear arsenal than by tests of our own H-bombs, which spewed radiation into the atmosphere. Ultimately, the first U.S.-Soviet arms control treaty, signed by President Kennedy in 1963, limited not nuclear bombs or missiles, but nuclear tests.