Dr. Harsh Vardhan launches NISS

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Inaugurated the 13th annual conference of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India (AOI), Kerala branch, in Perinthalmana in north Kerala yesterday. More than 700 specialists attended the event.

I have stressed the need for enforcing statutory standards prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and directives issued by the Supreme Court to prevent noise pollution. Globally, noise has emerged as the single biggest cause of disability in the workplace. Read More …

Non-auditory effects on health

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Noise is a prominent feature of the environment including noise from transport, industry and neighbours. Exposure to transport noise disturbs sleep in the laboratory, but not generally in field studies where adaptation occurs. Noise interferes in complex task performance, modifies social behaviour and causes annoyance. Read the rest of this entry »

More than 15 million

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More than 15 million Americans currently have some form of coronary heart disease (CHD), which involves a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Risk factors for CHD include diabetes, high blood pressure, altered blood lipids, obesity, smoking, menopause, and inactivity.

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The Sound Behind Heart Effects

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“The new data indicate that noise pollution is causing more deaths from heart disease than was previously thought,” says working group member Deepak Prasher, a professor of audiology at University College in London—perhaps hundreds of thousands around the world. “Until now, the burden of disease related to the general population’s exposure to environmental noise has rarely been estimated in nonoccupational settings at the international level.” Read the rest of this entry »