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Different ways in which the struggles of pediatric asthma can be overcome

Understanding how to care for those with pediatric asthma has improved over the last few decades, but there still seems a long way to go. Researchers from the Children’s National Health System went into detail regarding different methods to ensure that young asthmatic patients are kept out of the hospitals. “We know how to effectively treat pediatric asthma,” said Kavita Parikh, MD, pediatric hospitalist at Children’s National Health System. “There’s been a huge investment in terms of quality improvements that are reflected in how many papers there are about this topic in…

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Asthma in children could become worse if you live near a busy road

Asthma attacks in children, who live near a busy, major roadway or a playground, is often severe, suggests a new study. Long-time exposure to traffic-related pollution and dust has been linked to asthma in children. According to a research conducted by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, children living within a football field’s length of major roadways had nearly three times the odds of paediatric asthma compared to children who lived four times farther away. It has been long known that smog and pollution can bring on an asthma attack…

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WestBridge leads Series B investment in healthcare data firm Innovaccer

Innovaccer Inc., a Silicon Valley-based healthcare data platform, has raised $25 million (Rs 168 crore) in a Series B round of funding led by Westbridge Capital, a company statement said. US-based venture capital firm Lightspeed Ventures also participated in the round, the statement added. With this investment, the total capital raised by Innovaccer stands at $41 million. Innovaccer will use the funds to continue building its data platform by leveraging its machine learning capabilities and to create a set of new patient engagement applications and platform capabilities for partners to…

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India’s 7% projected growth rate ‘amazingly fast’, can double economy in 10 years: ADB

India’s projected GDP growth of over 7 per cent for the current fiscal is “amazingly fast” and if this momentum is maintained the size of the economy can double within a decade, ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada has said. The country shouldn’t worry about not achieving 8 per cent growth but focus on increasing domestic demand by reducing the income inequality, he said. Growth is driven more by domestic consumption than exports, he added. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected India to remain the fastest growing Asian nation with…

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New system for monitoring foreign investment limits in listed firms

RBI to disallow investment if there is non-compliance. The Reserve Bank, in consultation with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has decided to put in place a new system for monitoring foreign investment limits. Necessary infrastructure and systems to kick-start the monitoring mechanism, according to RBI, will be made available by the depositories. All listed Indian companies are required to provide the specified data/information on foreign investment to the depositories. The requisite information should be furnished on or before May 15, the RBI said. The listed Indian companies in…

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