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Should A 66-yr Old Woman Have Kids From IVF?

In Health, India, Women's Issues on June 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

Batheri Devi is a 66-year old woman from Haryana who gave birth to triplets last month after receiving in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).The same clinic yielded the world’s oldest mother at 70 last year.

“They don’t need children to play with or to have fun. Their only reason is to have someone to carry on the family name to leave their property to,” Dr. Bishnoi who carried out the procedure said.(Full post at the National)

Is anyone watching out for the children’s welfare here?


Finally! India Moves To Patent 900 Yoga Asanas.

In Health, India, Legal on June 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm

From Bollywood remakes, video piracy, generic medicines, copycat Internet startups and other creative ‘lifting,’ India doesn’t have the greatest track record on Intellectual Property Rights. The same complacency led to it losing its ownership on yoga and medicines that have been handed down over centuries.

As yoga has moved from marginal to mainstream, US authorities have issued 150 yoga-related copyrights, 134 patents on yoga accessories and 2,315 yoga-related trademarks. (2007 Times Online article)

It’s great to hear we’ve finally caught up with the reality that is the free market.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has prepared patent formats of nearly 900 yoga asanas (postures), to prevent European and American companies involved in fitness-related activities from claiming them as their own. (Full Post at Hindustan Times)

Gene That Lets You Live To 100 Found.

In Health, India, Science on May 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm

SCIENTISTS have discovered the “Methuselah” genes whose lucky carriers have a much improved chance of living to 100 even if they indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. (Times online)

We have to ask why? Why would anyone aspire to live that long?

Robert Gupta: Music Is Medicine, Music Is Sanity

In Health, India, Music on May 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Robert Gupta – the story of a child prodigy who was the youngest ever to join a major American orchestra, got a pre-med degree at age 17, then when faced with a choice followed his heart and picked music over medicine.

The Birth Control Pill Turns 50 On Mother’s Day.

In Event, Health, India, Women's Issues on May 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Rich in irony isn’t it?

And here’s different perspectives on the pill 50 years later today:

In 2008, Americans spent more than $3.5 billion on birth control pills. The pill is not so popular in India – less than 5% of the 49% of women who use contraception in India opt for the pill.

The pill’s business implications in the rivalry between TEVA and Bayer to corner the Asian Market.

How the recession is affecting family planning in some parts of the US.

The pill did not start the sexual revolution, and 4 other myths challenged in this Newsweek piece.

The world’s population in 1960 when the pill was approved was approximately 3 Billion. 50 years later, the world’s population is 6.8 Billion.