HEATH NOTES: The fitness tracker that can tell if you’re getting depressed

An electronic body tracker could help doctors diagnose depression and anxiety disorders.

The device is made up of headset, wrist bands and an ankle bracelet, monitors heart rate, level of sweating, respiration and diameter of pupils. The data is collected and analysed by computers.

It is estimated one Briton in six suffers from anxiety or depressive disorder at some point. Some remain undiagnosed due to patients’ failure to recognise and report symptoms. However, physical symptoms can be used to indicate potential problems early.

The device (pictured) is made up of headset, wrist bands and an ankle bracelet, monitors heart rate, level of sweating, respiration and diameter of pupils

The device (pictured) is made up of headset, wrist bands and an ankle bracelet, monitors heart rate, level of sweating, respiration and diameter of pupils

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Woman marries minor boy in Mumbai, held for sexual assault

The woman was arrested by police following a complaint filed by the boy's mother.

The woman was arrested by police following a complaint filed by the boy’s mother. (Representational image | Reuters)

A 22-year-old woman was arrested earlier this month for marrying a 17-year-old boy and allegedly sexually assaulting him.

The woman is currently lodged at the Byculla jail along with her five-month-old daughter — her child with the minor boy. She has approached the Mumbai sessions court for bail.

The woman was arrested by police following a complaint filed by the boy’s mother. In the complaint, the mother has alleged that the woman had threatened them she would harm herself if she was not allowed to live with them. Following this, the boy left home, his mother claimed.

The case against her is registered under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act as well as Child Marriage Act at the Kurla police station. The definition of a “child” under the Child Marriage Act means a male who is under 21 years of age and a female who has not yet turned 18.

The police complaint filed by the minor’s mother alleged that the woman had “enticed” her son and that she was a two-time divorcee.

The mother said that she has two daughters aged 20 and 18 and her son is 17 years and eight months old. She further stated that her son and the woman had been in contact for two years. She also said her son informed his father that the woman had been threatening to commit suicide.

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Pondicherry University Professor Receives Woman Scientist Award

Pondicherry University Professor Receives Woman Scientist Award

Dr R Rukkumani, a faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Pondicherry University, received the prestigious ‘Woman Scientist Award’ by Biotechnology Research Society of India (BRSI). Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University, Prof. Gurmeet Singh appreciated Dr Rukkumani for her achievement.

Among several nominations from different Universities, Research Institutes and Industries, she has been chosen for the award. The award includes, certificate, shield, citation and a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-.

The award was given to her in the recently held 15th BRSI Convention and the International conference on Innovation for Bio Sustainable development held in Hyderabad.

The award was presented to her by the Director General of CSIR, Prof Shekhar C Mande in the presence of Directors of seven CSIR Research institutes.

Dr. Rukkumani has been working in the field of cancer Biology and her Molecular Medicine Research laboratory constantly works to find efficient therapeutics for cancer.

She has identified an efficient anticancer molecule from a natural source and has filed a patent for the same, said a statement from the University.

She is working on drug repurposing and nano targeted therapies for treating metastatic cancer.

She has also received awards like ‘Scientific excellence- Senior award’ by Biozone Research Technologies and ‘Outstanding Women in Science award’ by Centre for Advanced Research and Design, Venus International foundation, Renato Dulbecco Memorial Award by II World Cancer Congress  and ‘Best Teacher award’ from Pondicherry University the year 2018 .

She has published more than 60 International research papers and has obtained five projects from various funding agencies on Cancer.

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