Amazing Health Benefits of Walking Bare-Foot

Before 20th century mostly people use to walk barefoot or with shoes made of animal skin. In addition, they also used to sleep on ground directly or on animal skin but this practice is almost gone with modern life style. After the 2nd world war, the use of rubber or plastic soled shoes became common and it was also a rare practice that somebody sleeping on the ground. What impact it has on human body?

It has a huge impact on our life as initially people were in touch with earth surface so they used to freely exchange the charges (electrons) between human body and earth but now due to use of insulated shoes and bed, we totally lack this opportunity, even at home we use shoes all the time and have rarely seen anybody walking bare foot. According to researchers, we used to neutralize the reactive oxygen species and free radicals after earthing or grounding which we are not doing now. In addition, our modern life style with the extensive use of electric appliances, smart phones, laptops etc., we keep charging our body but we have no way to exchange or remove these charges, which we can do by grounding or earthing.

During recent decades chronic diseases, immune disorders and inflammatory diseases have increased dramatically. These are also known as non-communicable diseases. One of the reasons of this increase in chronic disease is lack of removal and exchange of charges with the earth.  This removal or exchange of charges could have a huge health benefits.

So in conclusion, according to modern research, earth surface electrons are untapped health source. Many evidences shows that the connection with earth, whether being outside or inside barefoot, can be a simple yet profound effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, hypertension, blood disorders and other common health problems. Recent research shows that grounding or earthing the human body is an essential element of human health just like we need sunshine, clean air, nutritious food or physical activity.

So after reading this article, spend some time barefoot and exchange your body charges with earth to rejuvenate your body and make it a routine. You will experience amazing health benefits.

Reference

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/

 

Best regards

Dr. Aftab Ahmad

President NAYS

aftab.nays@gmail.com

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A new Hepatitis C treatment drug which can cure Hepatitis in just 2 months

There was great advancements recently in the treatment of Hepatitis C and almost each year a new drug was approved which was more effective than the previous ones. After the classical treatment with Interferon and later Pegylated Interferon, a new very effective drug came named Sovaldi which proved to be very effective and is also in use in Pakistan. Few other drugs also approved later like Harvoni and Epclusa and their treatment efficiency is more than 90%. The patients have to take these drugs from 2-6 months to cure.

There is good news for Hepatitis C patient as a new drug is approved recently entitled “Mavyret” which can treat all the genotypes of Hepatitis C in just 2 months. The drug has NS3/4A protease inhibitor and NS5A inhibitor and hence it is effective for all major genotypes of Hepatitis C. The recommended treatment length also depends on viral genotype, cirrhosis status, past hepatitis C treatment, general health status of the patient as sometime the patient has to take this drug for longer duration. The drug also proved to be effective for those who were previously treated but without cure.

For the approval of Mavyret, clinical trials were done with treatment duration of 2, 3 and 4 months on 2300 patients (suffering from different hepatitis C genotypes) in 27 countries. The studies included those without cirrhosis, with compensated cirrhosis, with severe chronic kidney disease and those who were not previously treated with direct-acting antivirals (DAA) treatment. The results were surprising as a cure rate of 92 to 100 percent was achieved.

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As there are millions of Hepatitis C patients in Pakistan so hope soon this drug will be approved and used in Pakistan and will save lives of millions of people.

 

Dr. Aftab Ahmad

President NAYS Pakistan

www.nays.com.pk

aftab.nays@gmail.com

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Pakistan improved by 6 spots in Global Innovation Index

The Global Innovation Index (GII) report 2017 is released with the theme “Innovation Feeding the World”. For 2017, they surveyed 127 economies using different metrics like education spending, patent filings, ICT infrastructure, higher education etc.

The 10th Edition of GII 2017 report was published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Switzerland retains its first position for the seventh year in a row followed by Sweden, the Netherlands, US, UK, Denmark, Singapore, Finland, Germany and Ireland as the top 10 most innovative countries of the world.

Pakistan jumped 6 position in 2017 as Pakistan moved from 119 ranking in 2016 to 113 in 2017. The main strengths of Pakistan were microfinance, researchers, global companies’ research and development, citable documentations, logistics, medium and high tech production etc. Pakistan has greatly improved over the years as Pakistan was ranked at 134 in 2014, 131 in 2015 and 119 in 2016.

If we compare Pakistan with other South Asian countries, India is taking the lead in the region being at position 60, SriLanka 90, Nepal 109 and Bangladesh is at 114 position. Some Islamic countries are performing very well in Innovation as Malaysia was ranked at 37, Turkey at 43 and Iran 75.

Although improvement in Pakistan is encouraging but still there is great need to focus on research in universities, higher education, infrastructure, creative goods and services, ICT etc. National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) focused on Innovation for the year 2017 and has arranged many seminars in different universities and research institutes and will continue it this year and coming years along with Innovators Club, Pakistan. Being President of NAYS and Director Innovative Club, I am very delighted that Pakistan is improving in Innovation and soon Pakistan will be among the 100 most innovative countries of the world.

 

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best regards

Dr. Aftab Ahmad

President NAYS Pakistan

aftab.nays@gmail.com

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A message from President NAYS on 8th Anniversary of NAYS Pakistan

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Dear Fellows and Colleagues

AlhamdoLillah we are celebrating 70th Anniversary of Pakistan. 8th Anniversary of National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan is also on the same day. The foundation of NAYS was laid on 14th August 2009 by dedicated young scientists of Pakistan and NAYS has earned great achievements in short span of time.

NAYS was established to provide a platform to young scientists of Pakistan so they could utilize their potential and play role for the promotion of education, health, innovation, science and technology in Pakistan. NAYS was a timely initiative as NAYS is first National Young Academy (NYA) of Asia. Now there are over 35 NYAs in the world but so far NAYS Pakistan is playing a leading role as we have initiated over 20 program to achieve our objectives and almost all the programs are running well.

NAYS Pakistan is one of the most popular science networks of Pakistan as there are thousands of scientists on mailing list, close to 1000,000 on NAYS FB page and around 50,000 on NAYS group. There are thousands of people on other NAYS pages and groups like science for youth, community education and awareness program, science and society, public health services, scholarships and jobs portal etc.

We could won several national and international grants notably from Emerging Nations Science Foundation, American Society for Microbiology, International Association for Study of Pain, American Association for Advancements of Science (AAAS), USA, CRDF Global, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), PASTIC, Pakistan Science Foundation etc. and through these grants we arranged hundreds of events across the country to promote education, awareness, science and technology. Even this year, we have won grants from Health Security Partners (HSP), CRDF Global and International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) and will arrange workshops across the country. We have arranged first workshop on Chronic Pain Management in Lahore and will arrange 1 workshop each months and a total of 12 workshops in major cities of Pakistan.

NAYS Pakistan not only arrange training and workshops but we also celebrate all the days related to education, innovation, science and technology like World Hepatitis Day, Cancer Day, No Tobacco Day, Weeks (Space week, breastfeeding week etc.) and Months (cataract awareness month, brain cancer awareness month etc.) across the country to raise awareness at general public level. This project had great impact in Pakistan and people of Pakistan are much more aware now to prevent various communicable and non-communicable diseases. In addition, they can make healthy choices in life. So far we have arranged hundreds of events as part of CEAP in universities, research institutes, schools, colleges and public places.

NAYS is blessed with a dedicated team of volunteers, passionate leadership and eminent advisory board, which are working together to develop education and research culture in the country. Pakistan is a blessed country in term of natural and human resources, there is only need to utilize them in proper way and NAYS along with other organizations is making their best efforts to engage, train and inspire our youth so they could play vital role of national development and could drive the future economy.

What NAYS has done over the years would not have been possible without the efforts of our volunteers who are working day and night for a great cause and I personally salute their courage, passion and dedication. NAYS has a huge team now so it is not possible to name all of them but a big thanks to all NAYS team members, who are our future science leaders, in shaa Allah.

In order to train our young scientists, we have recently established National Training and Research Laboratory (NTRL), in collaboration with SureBio Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical and Thermo-Fisher Scientific USA and hope to have more similar laboratories in other cities of Pakistan soon. The first training was arranged in NTRL few days back. As there are new technologies knocking our doors everyday so there is need to update our researchers and introduce them modern technologies and we are doing this through our NTRL and other similar programs. In order to make better career choices, we also published a book “The Career Guide”, which received great appreciation.

NAYS has a vision to provide guidance, education, awareness, introduction of new technologies and training, so that we can equip our youth to face the modern day challenges and to solve them. Recently we have established working groups related to Environment, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Women in Science. In these working groups we are gathering like-minded people so they could work on relevant issues. Beside this, we have taken several other initiatives especially in area of science education for youth, teacher trainings, career guidance etc. and will extend these in coming years. We can accomplish these tasks with your help and support so be an active part of NAYS and play your role for the betterment of Pakistan.

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At the end I am thankful to all the people, institutes, organizations and sponsoring bodies for their trust and support and do hope that you will keep supporting us and my special thanks to all the NAYS team members.

 

Long Live NAYS

Long Live Pakistan!!!

 

Dr. Aftab Ahmad Chattha

President

National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan

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Tips to get accurate readings of Blood Pressure (BP)

Blood Pressure (BP) is an important parameter to know the health status and especially in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). It is very important to get the accurate reading of BP as inaccurate reading can result in start of medicine which may not be necessary and vice versa. How you should prepare for the test and what factors should be considered during BP measurement are described below to get more accurate reading.

  1. Do not drink tea, coffee, soft drink or smoke 30 min before the test.
  2. Sit quietly for 5 min before the test.
  3. It is better to measure when you are in sitting position, with your feet on the floor and arm supported so your elbow is at about the heart level.
  4. Better to put the cuff on bare skin, not over the shirt.
  5. The cuff should completely cover at least 80% of upper arm.
  6. Do not talk during the measurement
  7. To be more accurate, measure the BP twice with brief break in between, if reading are different by 5 points, do it for the third time.

I do hope by following these points, you will be able to have your BP reading more accurate which will help the doctor to decide for your medication or treatment.

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Reference

Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA.

 

 

Best regards

Dr. Aftab Ahmad

President NAYS Pakistan

Aftab.nays@gmail.com

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International Guest House: Cheap and lovely accommodation in Washington DC

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Recently I was in Washington DC to join a conference and I stayed in accommodation of Georgetown University but I had to stay one extra night (which was not covered by the conference organizers) in DC so I could visit the city and go to Ukraine which was my next destination. I was searching for cheap accommodation as I did not want to pay much for just a night stay, I kept searching initially in the area nearby to Georgetown but all the hotels, bed and breakfast and guest houses were quite expansive (more than 100 USD/night), than I widened the search area and looked for other cheap accommodation in DC and I came to know about a residence which was really cheap compared to others and it was “International Guest House” which was located close to Columbia Heights. I sent them email for booking, they sent email in detail about booking procedure and asked me to call to confirm the booking for a night. I called and they did booking for me.

I took Uber ride “Uber Pool” and it cost me 8 USD to reach from Georgetown University in around 25 min. When I reached, two old people (I think they were above 60 but active in this age) greeted me, took my information and told me in detail about the guest house, while the gentleman was giving me instruction, the lady went to room and turn on the AC as it was summertime and hot. The gentleman, greeted me very well, showed me the kitchen, sitting area, and finally helped me to reach room. It was a nice clean room, I put my luggage, as I reached there around 3 pm and as I was fasting so I thought should have some sleep, I had a good nap and then went out to explore that area. It was nice, quiet area. I went to nearby Masjid for Iftaar and came back around 10 pm. Spent some time in sitting area, had a cup of tea which was provided by the owner of the guest house and went to room for sleep. My room was at top floor, I had good sleep at night, wake up at early morning, took shower and had breakfast which was prepared by the lady. It was just like I am in my own house, both lady and gentleman were so kind, they prepared bread for me and a cup of coffee, there were many items in breakfast which they prepared themselves for the guests. There were other guests from US and other countries, we had good discussion on the breakfast and at 10 am I checked out with lovely memories.

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I wrote on the guestbook that if I will come again to DC, I would love to stay in the same place. The night stay, free high speed internet, tea, coffee, breakfast and lot of love and care just cost me 45 USD. I took Uber ride again from guesthouse and went to city mall where I spent the rest of the day and in the evening I went to airport for my flight to Ukraine.

 

 

Dr. Aftab Ahmad

Director: Global Union of Scientists for Peace

aftab.nays@gmail.com

 

 

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Summer Vacations; a Way for Innovation

This year (2017) the focus of National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan is to promote Innovation in Pakistan and for that we arranged several program across the country and will arrange more. I have written few blogs on promotion of innovation in schools as schools are the places where we will develop innovative mindset.

Recently I visited my village and asked my nephew and nieces (from class 1 to 9) about homework during summer vacations and I was surprised to know that it was very similar as we used to get homework about 20 years ago, there is almost no change. During my school days if I remember, homework which we used to do had very little impact and it was just a way that we keep doing some studies and keep filling our notebooks. There is so much change in the world, should not we change this tradition which has very little advantage?

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Instead of giving pile of homework during summer to innocent kids, if we assign them science or community related projects like how we can increase the number of honeybees? How we can keep our home and neighborhood clean? How we can have internet for the whole village? How much it will cost to setup solar-power for a house? How to make smart villages? How to make smart cities? How to build a robot? How to build a wind power turbine etc. and there are hundreds of similar projects. This will not only help students to know the real life problems but will give them an idea to solve them in better way and when they will be in universities, they will understand, manage and solve complex problems easily. Moreover, students take deep interest in such projects and do with lot of enthusiasm.

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I will request our school teachers to please consider this idea and you will see a major change in Pakistan in next decade.

Let’s make Pakistan an innovative country.

 

Dr. Aftab Ahmad

President NAYS

aftab.nays@gmail.com

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