Vardhan Cautions against Virus Spread ahead of Festivals, Winter; Ministry Issues Guidelines to Manage Co-infections

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday cautioned people to be more careful and take the necessary precautions against coronavirus ahead of the festive season, saying the respiratory virus could show its effect more rapidly during the winters.

He said social distancing, wearing masks and repeatedly washing hands are crucial to prevent spread of the virus. Vardhan said if the necessary precautions are taken by people, then the chain of transmission of the virus will break.

“The next 2-3 months will have festivals and coincide with the winter season. As you are aware, the…respiratory virus could show its effect more rapidly during the winter,” he said. Vardhan, who is also the Science and Technology minister in addition to being the country’s health minister, was addressing the directors of the institutes under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

He said if people act carelessly and forget about precautions while celebrating festivals, then

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Data tool helps users manage water resources, protect infrastructure — ScienceDaily

River systems are essential resources for everything from drinking water supply to power generation — but these systems are also hydrologically complex, and it is not always clear how water flow data from various monitoring points relates to any specific piece of infrastructure. Researchers from Cornell University and North Carolina State University have now developed a tool that draws from multiple databases to give water resource managers and infrastructure users the information they need to make informed decisions about water use on river networks.

“A streamgage tells you what the water level is at a specific point in the river — but that’s not really enough information,” says Sankar Arumugam, co-author of a paper on the work and a professor of civil engineering at NC State. “If you are an infrastructure operator, what you really need to know is how long it will take for that water-level information to be

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IBM teams up with Activision Blizzard to manage tech for the Overwatch League

IBM will manage the technology for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League in a sign that esports is starting to demand the most sophisticated cloud and AI technologies. The idea is to put esports on the road to being a mainstream phenomenon alongside traditional sports.

This is the kind of marriage that we can expect to see more of in the future as gaming and entertainment demand high-end technologies from AI to cloud computing.

In a multi-year deal, IBM is teaming up with Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest players in the game industry. IBM will provide cloud, Watson AI, and machine learning for the Overwatch League and become a presenting partner of the Overwatch League Grand Finals. IBM will power interactive and analytical content for the league, which is one of the powerhouses of the $950 million esports industry.

The IBM sponsorship component kicks off at this year’s 2020 Overwatch League

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Children use make-believe aggression and violence to manage bad-tempered peers — ScienceDaily

Children are more likely to introduce violent themes into their pretend play, such as imaginary fighting or killing, if they are with playmates whom peers consider bad-tempered, new research suggests.

Academics from the University of Cambridge believe that the tendency for children to introduce aggressive themes in these situations — which seems to happen whether or not they are personally easy to anger — may be because they are ‘rehearsing’ strategies to cope with hot-headed friends.

The finding comes from an observational study of more than 100 children at a school in China, who were asked to play with toys in pairs. Children whose play partners were considered bad-tempered by their peers were 45% more likely to introduce aggressive themes into their pretend play than those whose partners were reckoned to be better at controlling their temper.

Importantly, however, a child’s own temperament did not predict the level of make-believe

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How AI And Technology Can Help Patients Manage Chronic Pain

President and CEO of Lucid Lane. Software technology expert and digital health advocate. 

About 20% of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately, for those millions of people, doctors and researchers are learning that painkillers — from powerful opioids to over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen — may not actually reduce certain types of chronic pain or improve quality of life. Some painkillers, especially opioids, can also be highly addictive. 

Some treatments for chronic pain begin by addressing the patient’s mental state — their beliefs about pain and the way those beliefs affect their behaviors. New technologies, including some powered by artificial intelligence, may also help make treatments for chronic pain more effective, accessible and affordable. As the president and CEO of a company that provides telehealth to people with pain and substance use issues, here are five things I believe AI and tech tools can

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