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Puja Bhattacharjee

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Health & Science

The Swaddle
05/27/2019
Scientists to Test An Antibiotic to Treat Women With Endometriosis

Researchers at The Washington University School of Medicine, in the U.S. have found metronidazole, an antibiotic, can inhibit the growth of endometriosis in mice by regulating the mice's gut microbiome. The finding opens up the potential of a new, cost-effective treatment for women with endometriosis.

Tech2
05/09/2019
Ozone pollution from Asia isn't well understood, but may be damaging Arctic plants- Technology...

Ozone pollution in the Arctic can take anywhere between a few days to several weeks and months through slower mixing in the high latitude troposphere, says Professor Frode Stordal, Department of Geosciences, University in Oslo (UiO). "Ozone can be formed in Asia and transported to the Arctic, or the ozone precursors can be transported to the Arctic and ozone being formed there.

CNN
Nerf guns can pose serious eye risk, doctors warn

But in a report published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors warn that popular toy Nerf guns really can put eyes at risk. The case report details three unrelated cases within three months treated in the Moorfields Eye Hospital accident and emergency department in London.

CNN
How does your child's screen time measure up?

The Parent Curve offers a look at the norms and numbers around tough decisions parents face. Where are you on the curve? The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that overuse of digital media and screens can put children and teens at risk of obesity, sleep problems, cyberbullying and negative performance at school.

CNN
Fan sues Cubs, MLB after ball blinds him in one eye

"I am trying to protect others from going through what I and my family are going through," John Loos said at a news conference in Chicago on Monday. During a Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game on August 29, Loos was hit by a ball traveling at high speed.

CNN
Beware these Halloween safety ghouls

Cloee Cooper, a research analyst in Boston, remembers it that way. "You get to dress up as someone else, walk all over town, attend haunted house parties and celebrations at school," she said. But Coopersays that when she was growing up in Mount Shasta, California, her parents had a few rules: "Don't go inside a person's house unless you know them.

CNN
Children still being prescribed codeine, despite warnings

Between 2010 and 2015, doctors collected data on more than 350,000 privately insured children up to 18 years old who had undergone those surgical procedures. They monitored the children's prescriptions for codeine and alternative opioids. Codeine, an opioid pain reliever, came under scrutiny due to its adverse effects on children.

CNN
Cholera cases in Yemen could reach 1 million this year

Alexandre Faite, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, described the scale of the outbreak as "unprecedented" on Friday. Faite said the number of suspected cases there stands at about 750,000 -- up from almost 276,000 as of July 5.

CNN
Epilepsy is personal for 'Hamilton' star

"She wasn't developing on a regular trajectory," said Cervantes, who stars as Alexander Hamilton in the hit musical theater production "Hamilton" in Chicago. Soon after, Adelaide had a seizure. "Then the terminology 'epilepsy' starts coming into the conversation about what's wrong with her," he said.

CNN
Cancer drugs from chicken eggs may lower costs

They have successfully genetically modified hens to produce eggs containing large amounts of interferon beta protein, a protein used to treat various illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and cancer. The protein is very expensive, costing between $300-$1000 for just one microgram, according to pharmaceutical company, Cosmo Bio who co-led the research.

Northwestern
SHyNE Resource | Fraser Stoddart: The Man Behind the Celebrity

Researchers and graduate students working in Lab number 2710 of Northwestern University's Department of Chemistry know that their boss likes order. He believes tidiness is a culture, an asset for running a successful lab, they note. You won't find any coats hanging at the back of chairs, bags on the table or boxes lying on the floor.

Northwestern
SHyNE Resource | Sodium-Ion Batteries May Power the Next Big Break In Tech

Researchers synthesized selenium nanotubes and used one as the cathode material for a nano battery. The nano battery was placed inside the transmission electron microscope (TEM), located at NUANCE, one of the centers of the SHyNE Resource at Northwestern University. They observed the reaction between selenium and sodium during the process of charging the battery.

Medill Reports Chicago
07/13/2017
Severe storms lab developing remote flash flood sensing system

Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, the oldest church camp in Oklahoma, hosts more than 50,000 kids and teens who come for summer camp each year. Falls Creek originates from the Washita River in Murray County and flows directly into the campgrounds named for it.

Medill Reports Chicago
06/27/2017
Building a better tornado warning system

People start trickling into the National Severe Storms Laboratory holding coffee cups and laptops. By 8 a.m., eight people fill a room for the Spring Experiment. The laboratory in Norman, Okla., is open all year. But now it's tornado season.

Live Blogs

Colorscope

CNN
Why gold has that special allure

For millennia, the metal has adorned crowns and hilts of swords. It has been used to enhance paintings and ornaments to increase their value. In some cultures, gold is a predominant feature of festivals and celebrations. In Eastern cultures, the metal is an integral part of auspicious occasions like marriages and festivals by way of gifts and sacred rituals.

CNN
Orange: The color of warmth and comfort

Frank Sinatra called orange the happiest color. Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky described orange as "red brought nearer to humanity by yellow." It is a sacred color in many Eastern religions. Hindu and Buddhist monks wear orange robes, and in Hinduism, orange represents fire and therefore purity; impurities are burned in fire.

CNN
The complicated gender history of pink

The color is overwhelmingly associated with delicacy and femininity. That, however, is a recent development. "If you go back to the 18th century, little boys and little girls of the upper classes both wore pink and blue and other colors uniformly," said Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York.

Videos Stories

Medill Reports Chicago
01/27/2017
Domestic worker gains her rights and finds her voice

Lucia Wrooman has been cleaning homes in the Chicago area for 14 years. Originally from Mexico City, she came to the United States with her Italian husband and son after they sold their restaurant in Acapulco in 2002.

Medill Reports Chicago
03/30/2017
Skokie animal hospital treats only exotic pets

Chicago Exotics Animal hospital opened its doors in November 2000 in Skokie, Ill. The clinic was started by Dr. Susan Horton who saw the need for an exotics-only practice. It caters exclusively to exotic pets like chinchillas, geckos, hamsters, bearded dragons and tortoises. The clinic has three full-time doctors, as many part-time doctors and nine technicians.

Medill Reports Chicago
12/08/2016
Chicago's LGBTQ community gearing up for Trump presidency

The LGBTQ community in Chicago is not taking any chances on President-elect Donald Trump's shifting statements. Organizations and groups advocating LGBTQ rights are hosting on-going events to calm, organize and inform the community about their rights and the resources available to them.

Edited Videos

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Politics & Policies

IndiaSpend
04/08/2019
How West Bengal Is About To Lose Its Demographic Opportunity

Kolkata: The son of farmers for whom farming was no longer viable, Tapan Das left home 20 years ago. Today he is 42, illiterate, earns about Rs 4,000 a month working on construction sites--Rs 3,000 if you deduct the rent he pays for a mud house without electricity and water in an illegal slum.

Governance Now
11/21/2018
Bridges to nowhere

September 4, 2018. Kolkata. It's quarter to five in the evening. The shanty dwellers in Majerhat felt the earth shake. A loud crash, dust rising from rubble and crumbling concrete, water splashing. The Majerhat bridge, running partly across a canal, had collapsed. A nearly 70-foot section came down, crushing many vehicles and killing one person instantly.

Governance Now
05/10/2014
Left seats set to go up but what's in store for future?

In complete disarray after 2011 assembly poll drubbing, the Left Front in Bengal tried to regroup before the general elections. A few more seats in this Lok Sabha won't matter much. The question is, are they in it for the long haul?

Governance Now
06/18/2013
'Rape has become a political slugfest in Bengal'

Governance Now photo On Monday, June 17, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee finally decided to visit the house of a Barasat college student who was raped and murdered on June 6.

Governance Now
04/28/2014
Why Mamata has fielded so many celebs, stars

One in every four Trinamool candidates in Bengal is a celeb, mostly from the film world. A look at the strategy behind Mamata Banerjee's masterstroke to contain faction fighting Only the most ardent of fans would recognise Deepak Adhikari even in West Bengal. Unless, of course, you add a.k.a. Dev.

Longform

Governance Now
07/30/2015
Life after India-Bangladesh land boundary pact

Living in geographical anomalies called enclaves along the Indo-Bangladesh border, they lived bereft of modern administration. After decades of struggle, people of 51 enclaves in India and 111 in Bangladesh get to chose their nationality (Puja Bhattacharjee) Agroup of seven crowd around a newspaper Abu Bakr Siddique is reading.

Governance Now
04/28/2016
The Coal India Saga: Fuelling growth

The inside story of how India's largest coal producer played on the strengths of the public sector to revive its fortunes Photos courtesy: CIL A few kilometres from the Dhanbad railway station lies Jharia Coal Field (JCF), one of the biggest coalfields in India.

Profiles

Governance Now
07/29/2015
In rags lay his raison d'ĂȘtre

Chance confrontations with rawness of reality changed his perception of life; he chose to make the most of it for others Even for a hillman, a winter night in the high-altitude Uttarkashi district can be ruthlessly cold. Biting, shivering, bone-chilling - all adjectives will fail here; cold will not.

Governance Now
11/18/2014
Puran Bhatt: a puppet of time

Puran Bhatt's world-renowned puppetry stares at the same fate as that of his locality, Kathputli Colony - bleak In the mid-1950s, a group of travelling artistes, mostly puppeteers from Rajasthan, would frequently tour the northern and eastern states, sometimes going as far as Nepal. The money was good, and they got respect.

Governance Now
02/06/2016
This road is actually green

Years ago, Rasool Khan toyed with the idea of adding plastic to bitumen to improve roads. Now, government has adopted the eco-friendly technology Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. But only a few adhere to this adage and Rasool Khan is one such person.

Governance Now
05/18/2013
Meet the man who took on realty giant DLF

The man whose efforts brought realty giant DLF on its knees wishes he never had to do all this It took Mr Biswas a lifetime of hard work to have a house of his own in VS Naipual's 1961 classic novel, 'A House for Mr Biswas'.

Urban Development

Governance Now
03/30/2015
Kashi and Kyoto - can the twain meet?

Irreverent city might not be game for a Kyoto-like transformation A s dusk sets in, Asi ghat comes to life. A stage has been set up and performers gather in colourful garb. Locals and tourists begin to occupy the steps of the ghat. Tea sellers and boatmen do brisk business.

Governance Now
03/14/2014
Surat: Where waste is not wasted

Rising out of an epidemic, Surat has made incredible progress in waste management with citizen participation - a model worth emulating Governance Now image Natwarlal Patel still remembers those few days in 1994 when a plague epidemic broke out in Surat. He spent a week holed up in his home, too afraid to venture out.

Governance Now
12/27/2013
Surat shows the way: A ring road that costs nothing!

To build a 66km ring road, Surat will not take a penny from the state or centre. Nor will it spend a penny from it's shallow pockets. So what's this self-financing, self-sustaining model that is making waves in urban planning circles?

Governance Now
03/22/2014
In Delhi, price of art has real estate tag to it!

A locality of artists sits on land worth 1,000 crore. It has gone to a builder for 6 crore. Even if the people survive relocation, their art may not Pooran Bhatt is famous in Kathputli Colony, and he is famous in the many countries where he has performed.

Miscellaneous

CNN
Investigations underway after Florida nursing home deaths

By Wednesday, eight of the nursing home's residents had died. The causes of the deaths are under investigation to see if any of them were heat-related, said Raelin Storey, director of public affairs for the City of Hollywood. "The initial investigation has determined that the facility's air conditioning system was not fully functional," the city of Hollywood, Florida, said in a statement.

CNN
Restaurant report card: What's in your meat?

The new report grades the 25 largest US fast food chains on where they stand on antibiotics. The results are a mixed bag: For the third year in a row, the only two As were awarded to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. More companies passed this year than ever before.

Millenniumpost
Reclaim the night, reclaim the day

For anybody a mid-December Delhi night brings up images of cold and eerily empty roads. And for a woman out in the street, it is nothing but the constant threat of rape or death. However, a group of c...

Governance Now
02/14/2012
Youth wasted in jail, yet he has no bitterness

Aamir returns home full of hope and pride Mohammed Aamir Khan has reasons to be unhappy, feel vengeful and hurt. Instead, he chooses to be grateful with an angelic smile spread across his face. Most of us complain about little inconveniences in our daily life.

Governance Now
12/17/2013
The 'third eye' makes diamond city a safer place!

People running Surat's renowned diamond cutting and textile units in zone-3 are sleeping better these days, and it's set to get contagious - thanks to the third eye! It was the first week of June and Khetan Bhuva was about to end his eight-hour shift.

Governance Now
10/15/2012
The contradictions of Salboni: big-ticket investment and wide spread poverty

The residents of the villages in Salboni block of West Bengal's West Medinipur district live in great poverty, with very little governance reaching them even as a mammoth steel plant, owned by the Jindal group, entered the state's record books as the biggest investment till date

Governance Now
04/16/2013
Lesson for babus: special children need special attention

With over 700 children with special needs, Salboni is adequately short of expert educators and infrastructure to give the lessons due to them. It's more an issue of implementation than a systemic snag, say experts Amrit Das stood on the porch of the headmaster's office in Salboni high school as his father spoke to one of his teachers, staring straight ahead, oblivious to the general air of chaos and cacophony around him.

Governance Now
04/13/2013
'Maoist sympathiser' turned MLA shows the way to locals

In a West Medinipur village, the local politician puts his MLA local area development fund to pump water, show the future to poor children In large swathes of land across India, few men are more powerful than an elected public representative, and fewer still are as essential for development as such men and women on a mission to usher in change.

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