[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Scientists have discovered for the first time that vitamin D can be measured in human hair, paving the way for non-invasively testing deficiency of the ‘sunshine vitamin’.
Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions world-wide, with over one billion people estimated to be affected. Deficiency has been linked with bone health, but it could also be a risk factor for depression, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, diabetes and cancer.
At present, the best way of assessing vitamin D is to measure the concentration of vitamin D in the blood.
However, this can be painful, requires expertise and training along with hygienic conditions and equipment so getting a sample is not always workable.
The study, published in the journal Nutrients, is a major step forward in assessing vitamin D status, researchers said in a statement.
“This study presents the first step towards the development of a novel test for assessing vitamin D status over time,” said Lina Zgaga, from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.
“The idea is that vitamin D is being deposited continuously in the hair as it grows; more might be deposited at times when vitamin D concentration in the blood is high, and less when it’s low,” Zgaga said.
“Therefore, test based on the hair sample might be able to give doctors a measure of vitamin D status over time — if hair is long enough, this even might be over a few years,” she said.
“Further research is needed to establish the exact relationship between vitamin D concentration in the blood and in hair over time,” she added.
“We also need to investigate different factors that might affect vitamin D levels in hair, the most obvious ones being hair colour and thickness, or use of hair products such as hair dye,” Zgaga said.
Other applications could also include historical samples from archaeological sites. Hair, along with teeth, is some of the longest lasting surviving biological materials after death.
“It could be possible to for the first time to assess the vitamin D status of historical populations — Elizabethans, Viking, Celtic, Roman, ancient Chinese, Egyptian,” said Eamon Laird, from Trinity College Dublin.
The presence of vitamin D in hair could be interpreted as a personal record of a person’s vitamin D status, research said.
(Inputs from media reports)
International Day of Peace 2023: All you need to know about date, history, significance, celebration of World Peace Day
The international Day of peace is associated the olive branch and dove symbols. The olive branch has been a traditional symbol of peace going back to ancient times. The dove represents peace and freedom
The International Day of Peace is celebrated all over the world on September 21. International Day of Peace is celebrated by United Nations to promote peace while stopping violence and conflicts worldwide each year. A theme is selected by United Nations that focuses on specific topics of conflict resolution and peace building.
The international Day of peace is associated the olive branch and dove symbols. The olive branch has been a traditional symbol of peace going back to ancient times. The dove represents peace and freedom. Resolution 36/67 was passed by the General assembly on September 30, 1981. The resolution called for stopping of all hostilities and global ceasefire on the day.
Hence the third Tuesday of September each year is celebrated as the International Day of Peace. The first international Day of peace was celebrated on September 21, 1982. The day marks a significant step towards raising awareness and promoting peace all over the world.
The official date was declared as September 21 in 2001. The aim of International Day of Peace aims to remind the UN’s commitment to conflict resolution and peace. The day encourages nations, communities, individuals and nations to work towards a just and peaceful world. It is an important day for promoting cooperation and understanding and promoting dialogue among countries and the people.
The United Nations believes true peace encompasses not just the absence of violence but undertakes the task of building up societies where all members feel they can flourish. It seeks to build a world where everyone is treated equally regardless of the day and their race which provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace and contributing to build a culture of peace. The United Nations Peace Bell was inaugurated at the UN Headquarters in New York City.
Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Greetings, wishes and quotes to share with your family
This year Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 19 and it will continue till September 28, 2023.
Lord Ganesha is often prayed to by devotees before embarking on a new journey. His birthday is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm by devotees all over the world. According to the Hindu calender Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year on the Chaturthi Tithi in the Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapada month.
The 10 day festival celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh, who is considered the god of prosperity, good luck and intelligence. This year Ganesh Chaturthi begins on September 19 and it will continue till September 28, 2023. According to Drik Panchang, the shubh muhurat for the festival are as follows:
Ganesh Chaturthi on Tuesday September 19, 2023
Madhyahna Ganesh Puja Muhurat 11:01am to 01:28pm
Duration -2 hrs 27 mins
Chaturthi Tithi begins: 12:39 pm on Septenber 18, 2023
Chaturthi Tithi ends: 01:43 pm on September 19, 2023
Ganesh Visarjan on Thursday, September 28, 2023
Here is a list of wishes, greetings, messages and quotes
- Wishing you a Ganesh Chaturthi filled with the joy of sharing and giving, as we remember Lord Ganesha’s love for modaks and his generous nature. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.
- As we immerse Lord Ganesha in water, may our worries dissolve and our lives be filled with serenity and clarity. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Lets celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi by embracing the idea that every obstacle can be turned into opportunity for success and growth. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- On this Ganesh Chaturthi may we learn from Ganesha’s kindness and humility and become better human beings. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May Lord Ganesha’s elephant head symbolize our ability to dream without limits and think big, which inspires us to achieve greatness. Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- May Lord Ganesha’s divine light guide you on path of righteousness. Here’s wishing you a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!
- Hope this Ganesh Chaturthi brings a year of happiness for you.Happy Ganesh Chaturthi 2023!
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Modak to Puran Poli, traditional sweets to try
As the joyful festival approaches, here are some traditional sweets that you can try during this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Chaturthi 2023 will be celebrated on September 19. Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The festivities usually continue for ten days and are referred to as Ganapati festival. The auspicious occasion is celebrated with various special delicacies, Ganapati aartis to appease the Lord. As the joyful festival approaches, here are some traditional sweets that you can try during this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Steamed modak: This is a quintessential dessert for Ganesh Chaturthi. The sweet is prepared with three ingredients namely rice flour, coconut and jaggery. These dumplings are known for their designs and coconut infused filling. In order to enhance the flavour and texture, modaks are usually steamed.
Coconut and sesame (til) laddoos: These ladoos are a delightful blend of flavours and texture. They are made with coconut, jaggery and nutties of til seeds. They treat one’s sweet tooth.
Puran Poli: This is a Maharashtrian sweet made from yellow gram and stuffed with fragrant cardamom, coconut, and jaggery. This sweet is often given a touch of ghee, but one can prepare a ghee-free version for a healthier twist without compromising on the delightful taste.
Sheera: Commonly known as suji halwa, is a classic dessert enjoyed during Ganesh Chaturthi. This is made from semolina, ghee, sugar and is flavored with cardamom and garnished with cashew and raisins.
Rava laddu: The dessert is crafted from roasted semolina, ghee, sugar and multiple chopped nuts. They are shaped into perfect rounds and capture the essence of simplicity and festivity.
Basundi: This is one of the most famous maharashtrian desserts which is close to rabri. They are thick, rich and extremely decadent. The dessert is prepared with milk prepared with cardamom and a host of chunky nuts and dry fruits. Basundi is usually served with deep fried pooris to enjoy it the best.
Shrikhand: This is a popular sweet across Maharashtra and Gujarat. Shrikand is made with strained yogurt and flavoured with cardamom and saffron. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins and often added to Ganesh Chaturthi bhog thali.