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Current Affairs of 29 Jan 2018

Keshav Kishore, Published On:29-Jan-2018

1.       World Leprosy Day on last Sunday of January

• World Leprosy Day 2018 was celebrated on 28th January, the last Sunday of January.

• It focused on the target of zero cases of leprosy related disabilities in children.

• India, Brazil and Indonesia are the high-burden countries. WHO urges countries to scale-up interventions with a focus to avoid transmission of leprosy.


2.       Roger Federer won his 20th Grand Slam Title

• Roger Federer has won Australian open 2018 and achieved 20th grand slam in Men’s single Tennis of his career.

• He has won 6 Australian open titles, 1 French open title, 8 Wimbledon titles and 5 US open titles.

• He had achieved his first grand slam title in 2003.


3.       Several things not allowed inside MRI scan room

•The death of Rajesh Maru in BYL Nair hospital after he was sucked into an MRI machine has raised concern over the knowledge of MRI machine working.

• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces highly detailed 3-dimensional images of the body using electromagnetic waves.

• MRI scan can be used for Brain and Spinal cord, Bones and joints, Breasts, Heart and blood vessels and the internal organs such as liver womb or the prostate gland.

• MRI scans can produce strong magnetic fields, so it is not used in nerve simulator and cardioverter-defribrillator, which are used to cure nerve pain and to regulate heartbeats respectively.

• For precaution watches, phones, jewellery, hearing aids and metal objects are not allowed inside an MRI scan room.


4.        Honey can heal wounds in diabetics

• Researchers from IIT Kharagpur have reported that honey can be used for healing wounds in diabetics.

• In diabetic patients, the micro and macro-vascular alteration cause nerve damage and tissue hypoxia.

• The ascorbic acid in the honey stimulates the quick maturation of colagen fibres needed for wound healing.



5.                “Stree Swabhiman” Initiative for Women Health and Hygiene

• Stree Swabhiman initiative has been launched by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY).

• Aim of this initiative is to create sustainable model for providing adolescent girls and women an access to affordable sanitary products by leveraging Common Service Centers (CSCs).

• CSC will provide access to affordable, reliable and modern (eco-friendly) sanitary napkins to adolescent girls and women in rural areas.        


 Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express













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